CBU School of Business to Honor Brenner, Hilliard

(Memphis)—The Christian Brothers University School of Business will honor two prominent Memphis businessmen at the school’s annual Founders Award Dinner to be held on Saturday, November 11. Henry L. Brenner will be recognized with the Community Service Award, and Herbert H. Hilliard will be recognized with the Corporate Achievement Award. The event will be held at the Memphis Hilton Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., beginning at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Henry Brenner has worked 37 years in the securities industry and is the pioneer of the discount brokerage business in Memphis. Brenner was founder and president of Brenner Steed, one of the nation’s first discount brokerage firms. Brenner Steed was sold to Union Planters National Bank in 1982, the first sale of a brokerage firm to a national bank since 1933. He also founded and co-chaired the National Committee of Discount Securities Brokers, a Washington-based trade organization. He founded Heritage Capital Advisors in 2001 with offices in Memphis and Atlanta.

Brenner graduated from Christian Brothers University in 1968 and has since served in several leadership positions with the university, including service on the Board of Trustees and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Business. He is a former president of the CBU National Alumni Association and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985. His community involvement also includes service on the boards of Ave Maria Home, The Mid-South Fair, 100 Club of Memphis, the Fire Museum of Memphis and the Memphis Development Foundation. He served as co-chair of the Ave Maria Home Golf Tournament and chairman of the Celebrity Committee for the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic. Brenner also served as finance chair of the Shelby County Republican Party and was a candidate for election to the Shelby County Commission in 1994.

Herbert Hilliard has served as executive vice president of risk management for First Horizon National Corporation since November 2001. He is responsible for government relations, compliance, internal audit and security as well as risk management for First Horizon National Corporation and its banking subsidiary, First Tennessee Bank. Hilliard joined First Horizon in 1969 and served as executive vice president and manager of government relations from April 1987 to 2001. AARP, Working Mother, Business Week and Fortune magazines have all recognized FHN companies as some of the nation’s best employers. FHN also was named one of the nation’s 100 best corporate citizens by Business Ethics magazine.

Hilliard is active in the community, currently serving as a member of the board of directors of the National Civil Rights Museum and a member of the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority. He is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council, the Tennessee Bankers Association Government Relations Council and the Financial Services Roundtable Government Relations Committee. Hilliard is also chairman of the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, Tennessee’s leader in health care financing. In 2004 he was named one of the 50 most powerful African-Americans in Tennessee.

The CBU School of Business will also pay posthumous tribute to two of its founding faculty members, Brother Emery Hogan and Brother Roland Klassen, with the School of Business Faculty Award of Distinction.

Brother Idonius Emery Hogan was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1909 and entered the novitiate of the Christian Brothers in 1935. His first teaching assignment was at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis in 1939, but he went on to teach at various Brothers’ institutions in the Midwest before returning full-time to CBU in 1970. He served there as a professor of economics for 18 years and also served as head of the division (a position equivalent today to the dean). Brother Emery left CBU for the La Salle Institute in Glencoe, Mo., in 1988 and passed away there in 1995.

Brother Jude Roland Klassen was born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1930 and received the habit of the Christian Brothers in 1956, after being denied for several years due to ill health. He taught at various posts in Wisconsin, Missouri and Ohio before joining the business faculty at CBU in 1977. Plagued by continuing health problems throughout his life, Brother Roland is fondly remembered as an amazingly patient teacher who spent hours on end helping students grasp basic accounting principles. He died suddenly while on retreat in Florida in 1994.

The recipient of the Harry B. Solmson Faculty Chair of Excellence will also be announced during the award dinner. Named in honor of the former Schering Plough executive, the chair was endowed by his family to honor a business administration faculty member at CBU.

Reservations for the CBU School of Business Founder’s Award Dinner are priced at $100 per person, $800 for a table of eight, or $1,000 for a table of ten. For more information, call (901) 321-3315.


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