Cameron Insider Winter Edition, 2012

Cameron Alumni of the Year

By Jessica Berinson '11

Each year, hundreds of promising students graduate from the Cameron School of Business with hopes of doing something great. This year, UNCW and the Cameron School honored four outstanding alumni who have made good on these hopes, asserting their ability to achieve as UNC Wilmington graduates.

Donis Noe Smith

Donis Noe Smith


Donis Noe Smith '86, '94M has been a wealth advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for 15 years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from UNCW, Smith gained substantial experience in the business world and has worked hard to achieve success. In 2003, Smith earned the Certified Financial Planner Practitioner designation, as well as the Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisor designation in 2007.

Smith has also established herself in giving back to the Wilmington community. As a member of the New Hanover County Estate Planning Council and the Investors Roundtable of Wilmington, she has been active in assisting local Wilmington investors by speaking on her experience in the financial sector.

Her outreach has also extended to UNCW and the Cameron School of Business. She served as past chair of the UNCW Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the Cameron School of Business Alumni Chapter Board of Directors. She helps to prepare future graduates by mentoring business students as a member of the Cameron Executive Network.

Gareth Montague-Smith

Gareth Montague-Smith


Gareth Montague-Smith '96, '97M has distinguished himself in the accounting field by taking an active role in his professional community. After completing an undergraduate degree and a master's degree in accounting at UNCW, Montague-Smith joined KPMG in 1997 and work his way to audit senior manager at their Raleigh office. He spent 11 years working on some of the firm's largest global public and non-public companies and was nominated to spend two years working in one of KPMG's national offices.

Montague-Smith is recognized as a CPA in both North Carolina and New Jersey, and has become a prominent member of both states' accounting communities. He is a member of both the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs. Montague-Smith has also established himself nationally as an active member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Accounting and Attestation Board.

He gives back to his alma mater as a member of the UNCW Accounting and Business Law/Master of Science in Accounting advisory boards. Montague-Smith has worked to promote healthy, physically active lifestyles with his outreach as a member of Be Active NC.

Judy Tharp

Judy Tharp


Judy Tharp '78 work with that state's credit union industry has placed her at the top of her profession. She began her career in credit unions when she founded the Cape Fear Employee's Credit Union for the employees of DuPont. She served as president/CEO until 1994, when she was voted North Carolina's Credit Union Person of the Year. This prestigious honor led Tharp to executive positions for two credit unions in South Carolina. She is the president/CEO of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.

Tharp was an officer of CUNA Mutual Group, a national multi-billion dollar financial products and insurance company. Her work in overseeing lending strategies and solution development has been instrumental to her in working with credit unions.

Tharp became involved in many organizations including the Credit Union Executive Society, the N.C. Credit Union League, First Carolina Corporate Credit Union and Credit Union National Association. She is currently vice chair of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, as well as an active member of the Carolinas Credit Union Service Corporation board of directors.

Malcomb D. Coley

Malcomb D. Coley


Malcomb D. Coley '86, '89M was recognized as the 2011 UNCW Distinguished Alumnus by the UNCW Alumni Association. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in accountancy and Master of Business Administration at UNCW. Since then, Coley has become a partner in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services Group of Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Ga. His work focuses on the company's diversity initiatives across the Southeastern United States.

Coley's commitment to diversity in accounting has served as a backbone for his involvement in other related programs. He serves as the treasurer of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and is a founding member of the Research Triangle Park chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.

Committed to UNCW, Coley also holds a position on the Cameron School of Business Executive Advisory Board and regularly appears as a featured speaker in CSB classes.

Shaun Olsen

Shaun Olsen


Shaun Olsen '02 was named Young Alumnus of the Year by the UNCW Alumni Association and has worked very hard to earn the title. After graduating from UNCW with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in information systems, Olsen started Olsen Enterprises, a technology company encompassing Opterex, Inc., BBXComputers and AcoustiCreations, Inc. His company is focused on network administration, systems integration and product management.

In 2009, Olsen was recognized as Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year for stimulating local economy through innovative business. UNCW also awarded him with an Entrepreneurship Award in the technology category.

Olsen has also worked to give back to the UNCW community. He is an active member of the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center as well as the Cameron Executive Network, through which he is currently mentoring two UNCW business students.