Former Rebel Hoops Star John Stroud Honored As Businessman

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Regions Financial Corporation in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference recently announced the 2007 inductees into the Regions SEC Business Hall of Fame, which includes Ole Miss basketball legend John Stroud.

 

The Regions SEC Business Hall of Fame recognizes former SEC student-athletes who excelled in amateur athletics and who are now successful business owners.

 

Stroud, a two-time All-America pick with the Red and Blue, is the top scorer in school history with 2,328 points, which also ranks third in SEC history. He followed his college career with a two-year stint with the Houston Rockets of the NBA before embarking on a coaching career that included stops at Alabama, East Mississippi Community College and Millsaps College.

 

In his business endeavors, Stroud is the owner of the John Stroud Agency, a full-service independent insurance agency, located in New Albany, Miss.

 

In addition to receiving recognition from Regions and the SEC, each of the 12 inductees will be profiled for their on- and off-the-field achievements in an upcoming Lincoln Financial Sports SEC Game of the Week.

 

Since 2003, Regions has saluted more than 30 great student-athletes and business owners by naming them to its SEC Business Hall of Fame. Nominations were submitted by customers, bank associates and the public. This year's honorees, their sports, schools, graduation years and businesses include:

 

  • Larry S. Banks, football; Vanderbilt University, class of 1963 - Principle partner of Banks Law firm in Brownsville, TN.
  • Frank Bromberg, cross country/track and field; University of Alabama, class of 1978 - Owner of Brombergs, a retailer of fine jewelry, china, crystal, silver and high-end giftware, in Birmingham, AL.
  • Dr. Gregg Carr, football; Auburn University, class of 1987 - Partner in Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C., located in Birmingham, AL.

  • Dan Cross, basketball; University of Florida, class of 2000 - Owner of Athlete Connections, which provides workshops and seminars to help athletes transition to work roles, headquartered in Orlando, FL.

  • Thomas (Tommy) Elkins, golf; Louisiana State University, class of 1967 - Owner of Elkins Property Management, a real estate management and development company in Baton Rouge, LA.

  • Dawn Ellerbe, track and field; University of South Carolina, class of 1996 - Owner of Body Transform, which provides fitness training for all types of athletes in Columbia, SC.

  • Richard (Dick) Hatfield, football; University of Arkansas, class of 1965 - Partner with the law firm of Hatfield & Lassiter in Little Rock, AR.

  • Nikki McCray, basketball; University of Tennessee, class of 1995 - Operator of Allstar Kids, a childcare provider in Louisville, TN.

  • Mike McEnany, football; Mississippi State, class of 1983 - Owner of McEnany Roofing Inc., a full service commercial roofer in Tampa, FL.

  • Doug Pelfrey, football; University of Kentucky, class of 1991 - Founder of Legacy Management Group, which provides non-profit and event management services to professional athletes, located in Covington, KY.

  • Bill Stanfill, football; University of Georgia, class of 1971 - President and Broker of Dozier/Stanfill Real Estate Company, which provides real estate brokerage in rural, farm, timber and recreational properties, in Albany, GA.

  • John Stroud, basketball; University of Mississippi, class of 1980 - Owner of the John Stroud Agency, a full service independent insurance agency, in New Albany, MS.
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    "On the field, to be the best, you have to expect more and consistently deliver more," said Tim Laney, Regions Business Services. "Our 2007 inductees include many great athletes who have successfully built businesses and strengthened the communities where they live and work."

     

    "Since 1933, the Southeastern Conference has provided educational and athletic opportunities for thousands of student athletes," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are proud of their many accomplishments and salute Regions for its willingness to recognize the contribution these former SEC student athletes are making in business and their communities."

     

    Background on the Regions SEC Business Hall of Fame, video profiles of current inductees and information on past honorees are available at the Regions website - http://www.regions.com.

     

    About Regions
    Regions Financial Corporation is a member of the S&P 100 Index and Forbes Magazine's "Platinum 400" list of America's best big companies. With nearly $140 billion in assets, Regions is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates some 1,900 AmSouth and Regions banking offices and more than 2,400 ATMs. Its investment and securities brokerage, trust and asset management division, Morgan Keegan & Company Inc., provides services from more than 400 offices. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.


     

     

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