Two Asheville executives join advisory board of College of Business

Two Asheville-area executives have been named to the advisory board of Western Carolina University’s College of Business.

R. Parrish Ezell, assistant vice president and senior financial adviser for Merrill Lynch, and Jeff Lovette, vice president of product development for NetLert Communications Inc., will join the body that acts as a strategic adviser for the college.

Board members also assist in fundraising, work with WCU students to help them obtain jobs and internships, and serve as “eyes and ears” of the professional business world for the college.

Both Ezell and Lovette earned their bachelor’s degrees in business administration at WCU.

Other members of the college’s advisory board, and their business affiliation, are Alan Ward of Hendersonville, vice president for Merrill Lynch; Barry Smith of Camerton, retired from Pfizer Inc.; Robert A. Byrd Jr. of Greensboro, vice president of Scott & Stringfellow Inc.; Brad Bradshaw of Brentwood, Tenn., retired from Nissan North America; Carolyne Pelton of McLean, Va., senior vice president of BB&T Corporate Banking; Clifton Lambreth of Cordova, Tenn., growth manager for Ford Customer Service Division; David Kemper of Asheville, president of Kemper Strategy Inc.; David Wiggins of Asheville, Dixon Hughes PLLC; David Woodcock of Flat Rock, chairman of the Strategy and Planning Group of AIMS Worldwide Inc.; James Seagraves of Belmont, USA REIS LLC; John Horne of Charlotte, senior real estate representative with Duke Energy; Joseph Crocker of Winston-Salem, state assistant secretary of commerce; Lavoy Spooner of Asheville, regional director of external affairs for AT&T; and K. Ray Bailey, Buncombe County commissioner.

The board also includes WCU representatives Ronald A. Johnson, dean of the College of Business; Marcia Caserio, regional director of educational outreach; and Kenneth Flynt, the college’s associate dean of advancement.