Senior Class Speaker: Thad Shelly '75
Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Tiedemann Wealth Management, Jupiter, FL
With almost 30 years of investment experience, Mr. Shelly is Managing Director responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships and Senior Advisor for the Firm and its clients. Before joining Tiedemann in 2013, Mr. Shelly was a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Wealth Management LLC where he was responsible for leading the firm's efforts in working with wealthy family groups and individual investors in the management of their investable assets. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Shelly was a Senior Managing Director at Bessemer Trust, overseeing client acquisition and account management for their Delaware Trust Company, Mid-Atlantic, South and Southeast regions. Before assuming his regional management responsibilities, Mr. Shelly successfully managed Bessemer's Washington, D.C. office while overseeing the firm's Equity Risk Management advisory services. Prior to joining Bessemer in 1998, Mr. Shelly was the Founder and Director of Private Client Services at Legg Mason from 1992 to 1998. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1984 to 1992 where he provided investment advisory and brokerage services to institutional and wealthy individual investors. He is also a member of The Florida Council of 100, a business leadership organization of CEOs.
Junior Class Speaker: Tulane Patterson ‘78
Founder and author
Mr. Tulane Patterson is a native of Lynchburg and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, class of 1978. He also holds an MBA from Lynchburg College. In 1998, Mr. Patterson founded Generation Solutions, a home retirement and health care service company in Lynchburg and in Roanoke. Following that , he founded Generation Home Medical in 2005 and the Covenant Foundation, now Centra PACE, in 2001. Last year, he founded Christian Health Outreach, a not for profit third world health care health education ministry. Mr. Patterson has authored over a dozen published articles and two books and has served on the boards of several civic organizations such as the Lynchburg Kiwanis Club, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of commerce. He is married with four daughters.
Sophomore Class Speaker: Hiter Harris '83
Partner, Harris Williams & Co, Richmond, VA
Mr. Harris co-founded Harris William & Co. in 1991 as a national investment banking firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Under Mr. Harris' leadership, Harris Williams & Co. has become one of the largest and most influential mergers and acquisitions boutiques in the country. Having directed over 200 mergers and acquisitions transactions during his career, Mr. Harris has worked extensively in the industries of consumer products, building products, industrial manufacturing, natural resources, retailing, media, and various services businesses. Mr. Harris earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, with Distinction, in 1987.
Freshman Class Speaker: John Z. Axsom '05
Teacher, Menchville High School; owner, Axsom Martial Arts
Mr. Axsom graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News in 2001, and went on to Hampden-Sydney College that fall. After four years, Axsom enjoyed his time with his friends and his professors the most, and was honored to look back on his service at H-SC as a Student Senator, Honor Court Investigator, Head RA for Freshmen, and Student Body President. After H-SC, Axsom attained two graduate degrees--one from Christopher Newport University, and the other from The George Washington University. Currently, Axsom teaches 11th and 12th grade History (AP) and Government (Honors and Average) at Menchville High School, and simultaneously owns and operates Axsom Martial Arts, a traditional Okinawa Karate Dojo. Axsom is proud to have studied Shorin-ryu karate for the last 21 years, and currently holds the rank of Godan (5th degree black-belt). Aside from his current positions, Axsom was a Director of Development for the USO of Hampton Roads for three years, and co-founded Commonwealth Strategies Political Consulting with his two best friends, and fellow Hampden-Sydney graduates, Brandon Chiesa '05 and Kevin Hoffer '06. Axsom continues his service to Hampden-Sydney acting as the President of the Peninsula Alumni Club (Hampton Roads), and the Vice-President for Admissions of the H-SC Alumni Council. Axsom's interests outside of teaching, recruiting for Hampden-Sydney, and karate include hunting and politics.