The Knudson Churchill Scholarship Trust
E. Dean Butler
Droytwich Spa, England
- Formerly a marketing executive with Procter & Gamble.
- Founder, Lens Crafters optical superstore in the USA and Canada.
- Founder Vision Express optical superstores in the UK, Europe, Central Europe, SE Asia and South America.
- Currently semi-retired as Chairman of the Sight Resource Group of 120 optical stores in North America.
- Chairman of optical superstore groups in the Philippines, Guam and Singapore.
- Chairman of a storm windows business in the UK and a UK-based race car supplies business.
- Board of Directors of 1-800 Contacts (contact lenses by mail).
Actively races vintage cars worldwide, including an MG K3, ERA, T51 Bugatti and various Millers and pre-war Maseratis. Dean's first car was an MG TD -- and he still owns it! He also owns an MG KN special with replica Parnell twin cam engine and an ex Doreen Evans NA Special.
Thomas G. Cotter
Davidson, North Carolina
With a degree in criminology and some sales experience, Tom's real passion was automobiles and motor sports. He moved in that direction in 1983 when he went to work for Dick Bauer, an accomplished automotive marketing and public relations executive in New York.
In 1985, Tom scored big with a position as Director of Public Relations at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. During the next four years, Tom became known worldwide for his "out-of-the-box" strategies.
In 1989, he started his own agency....Cotter Communications, with one employee and one client. His business grew at a rapid pace and became so diversified, it soon became Cotter Group. Services expanded beyond public relations to incorporate marketing, promotions, hospitality, licensing, mobile marketing, corporate investment management, publishing and consulting.
From a small, rented house, with no heat, Cotter Group moved to its own, 14000 SF headquarters, in the shadow of Lowes Motor Speedway in 1984. Clients grew to more than 20 and his staff grew to more than 80 professionals.
In the summer of 2000, Cotter Group was acquired by entertainment powerhouse, ClearChannel Entertainment. ClearChannel merged Cotter with two additional marketing services firms to form CMI, a full service, global event marketing and promotions agency.
Beyond the high-speed environments of the race track and the agency, Tom devotes much of his time to charitable causes.
He organized the 1986 and 1988 Hayride 500's, in which caravans of North Carolina based NASCAR transporters delivered hay and other supplies to drought-stricken farmers in the South and Midwest.
In 1999 Tom coordinated the 3rd Hayride 500. More than 81 trucks delivered 4.9 million pounds of donated supplies to Rocky Mount, NC for distribution to the flood-ravaged victims of Hurricane Floyd.
Tom is Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center in Asheville, NC.
Tom has also dedicated time and resources to Motor Racing Outreach Camp CARE and The Children's Miracle Network.
He sits on the Pastoral Council of St. Mark's Church in Huntersville, NC.
Tom keeps his hand on the pulse of the auto industry as a contributing editor to Road & Track Magazine
He is an industry consultant to the Wall Street Journal and the Speedvision television network.
Tom actively campaigns a Morris Minor and a Mini Cooper in VSCCA events.
Beside his TD, he has numerous Woody's, and, a '65 AC Cobra that was featured in the February 2002 issue of Road & Track.
James I. Dunne
Norwich, New York
3 Children & 3 grandchildren
Cornell Univ. AB (English) 1959
Military: Officer, USN, 1959-1961
Business: QA Manager, Norwich Eaton Pharmaceutical-24 yrs. retired
CIVIC & CHARITABLE POSITIONS
Chairman; Greater Norwich Foundation
Chairman; Follett Foundation Advisory Committee
Member; Morrisville College Council
Trustee; Norwich YMCA
President: Northeast Classic Car Museum 1998-2000
Past President; Chenango County Catholic Charities
Trustee; Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation
Chairman; St. Paul's Cemetery Board
Distinguished Citizen Of The Year Boy Scouts Of America 1998
Chairman; American Cancer society, NYS Division
President; Four-County Library System Board
President; City of Norwich Youth Commission
Vice Chairman; City of Norwich Water Board
Director; Norwich YMCA Board
Founder; Chenango Big Brother-Big Sister Program
President; Chenango United Way
Antique Cars; MG: TF, YA, Jag XKE, Jag Mk2, '50 Ford Convertible, '41 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet, '49 GMC Pick-up, '51 Mercury convertible, '56 Cadillac convertible, '31 Cord Cabriolet.
Jim has attended numerous GOFs over the years and is a 'regular' on the White Field at Hershey each year in October.
Jim hosted The Registers Board of Directors meeting a few years ago at his Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, New York.
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III USN (Retired)
Senior Vice President
Strikeforce Systems Integration
He retired after over 33 years as a naval officer in the rank of Vice Admiral.
Hank established himself as a strong proponent of introducing the latest technology and innovative work practices on U.S. Navy ships. As Commander of the 120 ships of the U.S. Navy Surface Forces, Atlantic, he led the Surface Navy into applying the technologies of the 21st century.
He chaired the CNO Executive Steering Council for Smart Ship, which led the installation and integration of smart ship technology in all ship types.
He also served as the Deputy to the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet, whose responsibility encompassed all Naval Facilities and Forces in the eastern half of the United States.
He commanded the Guided Missile Cruiser Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) during the Persian Gulf War, the destroyer Briscoe (DD977) during the Lebanon crisis, and the minesweeper Dominant (MSO 431) during Cuban refugee operations.
His shore tours included Naval Forces Vietnam as an Advisor;
The Bureau of Naval Personnel
CNO Surface Warfare Division (N3)
Executive Assistant to Deputy CNO, Navy Programming Planning Division (N8) and Allied Forces Southern Europe.
Hank has an in-depth knowledge of strategies, architectures, and technologies for future Navy ship development.
Hank's wife Stevie, was the director of the Navy Surface Forces Atlantic Scholarship Fund, which gave scholarships to the dependents of Sailors who served in the surface forces. She retired from over 20 years of teaching, and now focuses on being a grandmother and home maker.
Hank is on the Board of Directors for the USS WISCONSIN (BB 64). They oversee the ship and raise funds for the future maintenance and upkeep of the ship, homeported in downtown Norfolk.
Hank also serves on the Board for the Tidewater Association of Service Corporations, a non profit organization that organizes the Navy contractors in the area.
Hank has been nominated to be the President of the regional United Services Organization (USO) in this area.
Hank is also on the Board of the Surface Navy Association (SNA), and is on the Scholarship committee, which provides scholarships to families of SNA members, including wives.
Hank has played in, and has coached, the Navy lacrosse team in the Vail, Colorado annual masters tournament.
Hank found his first T-Series MG (TD) in a New Hampshire barn in 1972 after his return from Vietnam. He and Stevie attended their first of many GOFs at Newport, RI, Mk 15, in the fall of 1972. Since then they have enjoyed several TCs and TDs, a concours TA and a very original VA Tickford which remains in their collection.
He started Vintage Racing in the early 80's with a TD MkII at Bryar in New Hampshire, and he currently campaigns a TC, a '51 Cooper MG., a '51 Devlin MG and a Morgan. His daughter Ryan currently races an MGA powered Elva Courier.
Hank's Morgan has received the "Performance and Presentation" award for his race group at the Monterey Historics.
Rick D. Pullen, Dean, College of Communications
California State University, Fullerton
Rick Pullen was named dean of the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, in 1995. Prior to that, he served as associate dean for four years and as a professor in the Department of Communications for 18 years.
Dr. Pullen's expertise lies in the areas of mass communications law, ethics and journalism. He is the author of one and co-author of two media law books. He is the original co-author of the national textbook, Major Principles of Media Law, and of the California textbook, Media Law in California. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers or journal articles. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at national, regional and statewide conferences and workshops as well as for various community groups.
Dr. Pullen has received multiple awards and honors. Most recently, he received the 2009 Sky Dunlap award for "lifetime achievement in journalism" from the Orange County Press Club. Previously, he was named the 2008 Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Linfield College in Oregon. Also, he was named the Journalism Professor of the Year by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and was honored by the Journalism Association of Community College and the Southern California Journalism Education Association for his support and involvement in community college and high school journalism education. In addition, the Nguoi Viet Daily News in Little Saigon recognized him for his support in the development of community and ethnic journalism.
Dr. Pullen is on the board of directors for the California First Amendment Coalition and served for six years on the national Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also serves on the board of directors of the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings.
Dr. Pullen has built strong international relationships with faculty and administrators in China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and England. He has traveled extensively and was a co-leader of a tour to the Middle East.
Dr. Pullen received his Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He is married and has three children. His son, Dr. Reid Pullen, is an endodontist; his daughter, Dr. Melinda Pierson, is a professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at Cal State Fullerton, and his daughter Erica Howell, is an assistant professor of special education at Cal State Fullerton.