Each year, the WMY Memorial Conference recognizes outstanding alumni who have had great impact in both professional and community service endeavors. Candidates were nominated through an online and written submission process open to all AAMBAA alumni. We would like to congratulate all alumni award nominees for their exemplary accomplishments in both the public and private sector.
Without further ado, we are greatly excited to announce the winners of the 39th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Alumni Awards:
The Emerging Leader Award seeks to recognize the burgeoning career of a young alumnus who has demonstrated impressive early accomplishments in both their professional pursuits and in service to the community. Graduates from the classes of 2006-2011 are eligible for this award.
Currently, Bryan J. Lattimore is a consultant in the Stamford, CT office of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. There, he primarily serves technology, media and consumer companies on a range of topics, including innovation, marketing and sales. Most recently, his work has included leading the ideation and problem-solving process for a ~$20B technology business learning to use digital in new and interesting ways for its customers.
Prior to McKinsey & Company, Bryan worked on Madison Ave., pitching and developing creative ideas for brands like Back to Nature, Cymbalta, Oreo, Nokia, Verizon, & Tazo Tea/Starbucks. While in the advertising business, he worked with a team of designers and writers to create The Lost Experience, an alternate reality game released to lift audience engagement for ABC’s Lost. He also led the strategic planning process for the "Depression Hurts" campaign which won multiple industry awards.
Bryan earned a B.A. in Journalism with a focus on Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004 and a MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. In addition to client work, Bryan co-leads recruiting for African-American consultants at Wharton. He also enjoys looking for new restaurants on the weekends and unashamedly ordering everything on the menu.
The Trailblazer Award is awarded annually to an alumnus who has achieved the higher reaches of an exceptional career while exemplifying the excellence embodied by the Whitney M. Young Jr. legacy. Graduates from the classes of 1992-2005 are eligible for this award.
Mr. David J. Hopkins is a co-Founding Principal of Capital Solutions for Community ReInvestment (CSCRi), LLC. CSCRi is a full-service management consultancy that specializes in management strategy, project management, financial modeling, raising capital and resident ownership development, primarily targeting low-income communities. In his role as Principal, Mr. Hopkins has helped establish the practice as a trusted advisor in Public-Private-Partnerships and interests, with his leadership in financing senior housing projects; advising municipalities on repurposing urban assets; integrating small and minority businesses into mixed-use redevelopment; devising ownership models that positions low-income residents as investors in commercial real estate development and profit-sharing; facilitating tax credit trading into specialized markets; and fostering collaboratives with community stakeholders, community development financing institutions and master plan design. With projects in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and Atlanta/Macon Georgia, David is responsible for the overall management and operating performance of economic revitalization initiatives.
Prior to launching CSCRi, Mr. Hopkins was responsible for community building across 4 major markets for PNC Bank, where, in 3 years, he helped generate over 500 housing units, 200 jobs and $100MM in redevelopment. He achieved two consecutive “Outstanding” ratings in the bank’s largest region for compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act. He led his markets through one of the most challenging economic periods, developing and deploying programs to provide and sustain financial literacy and independence for low-and-moderate income families.
Mr. Hopkins attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where he majored in Economics and Sociology. He received his MBA in 2002 from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hopkins currently serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Homewood Children’s Village, Vice Chair for the Josh Gibson Foundation Board and founding member of the Black Alumni of Guilford College Board. He is also ex-officio board member to the Neighborhood Learning Alliance and WQED Multimedia. Mr. Hopkins is a member of the Wharton Admissions Committee and mentor to students at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. He is a lifetime member of the National Black Alumni Association and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated where he chairs the Hopeless People is a Voteless People campaign for voter registration and awareness.
Each year, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Conference inducts a distinguished member of the alumni body to the Legacy Circle. Members of the Legacy Circle are those alumni whose professional achievements and contributions to society have created opportunities for others and inspire all around them to achieve the very best. Graduates from the classes up to 1991 are eligible for induction.
Sam Patterson has spent his entire professional career as an entrepreneur. In 1986, Mr. Patterson co-founded Shepard, Patterson and Associates, Inc., an information management and technology consulting company. The company developed a substantial commercial customer base initially, and later expanded into the Federal, State, and the Municipal marketplaces. In 1995, Mr. Patterson became Chairman, CEO, and sole-owner of Shepard-Patterson and in 2005 changed the name to TreCom Systems Group, Inc. In addition to the technology business, Mr. Patterson has business interest in Insurance and Financial Services (PK Financial Group, LLC), Real Estate and Property Management (Ivy Leaf Properties, LLC), and a number private equity investments.
Mr. Patterson’s professional and civic affiliations include the Wharton Alumni Association, the Cheyney University National Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the Men of BACA. Mr. Patterson’s current and previous board appointments include Innovation Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, African American Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Institute, and the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University.
Sam has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. Degree from Cheyney University. Mr. Patterson is also a graduate of Dartmouth University’s Amos Tuck School’s Minority Business Executive Program.
Sam is married to the former Deidre Lyons. The couple has two daughters and resides in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Please join us in celebrating the achievements of these inspiring alumni at the WMY evening gala on December 1st!