R-MC Presents Entrepreneur Awards to Distinguished Alumni (VIDEOS)

Nov 10, 2017


Executive of the Year
Adam T. Vasquez ’99
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Joshua D. Hildreth ’94
Entrepreneur of the Year
Susan P. Quinn ’80

entrepreneur awardsThe Randolph-Macon College Board of Associates presented its Entrepreneur Achievement Awards to three notable alumni at the Macon Connections Professional Networking Event on November 9, 2017 at the Country Club of Virginia. President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed guests to the event.

Cal Whitehead '96, chair of the Board of Associates and member of the Board of Trustees, gave the opening remarks, and Rodney Jefferson '94, chair of the Board of Associates Entrepreneur Awards Committee, presented the awards.

Adam T. Vasquez '99 was presented the Executive of the Year award; Joshua D. Hildreth '94 received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award; and Susan P. Quinn '80 was presented the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The award, established in 2009, recognizes alumni who transform a vision into a viable, sustainable enterprise. Recipients demonstrate the ability to envision a unique or highly improved concept and bring it to an extraordinary outcome.
The following awards were presented:

Executive of the Year
Adam T. Vasquez '99
President and CEO, Merit

Vasquez earned his B.A. in studio arts at R-MC, where he played lacrosse for the Yellow Jackets. He went on to earn his M.S. and MBA at University of Maryland.

Vasquez believes that marketing is broken and must evolve from "tactical marcom" (marketing and communications) to companies carving out their own space and defining what’s next in their industry. Throughout his career, Vasquez has created markets and expanded them, and his business acumen has led to much-deserved recognition.

He has served as an engine for sustained growth, profitability, and mission success for companies like TE Connectivity, Auntie Anne’s, and Peeps. His focus on innovation applies to everything Vasquez does, from coaching a youth lacrosse team to serving on the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Whitaker Center Board.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Joshua D. Hildreth '94
Principal, DMG Interiors & Josh Hildreth Interiors

Hildreth graduated from Randolph-Macon with a major in English and a minor in political science. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Sigma.

Hildreth is the founder and owner of two companies—DMG Interiors and Josh Hildreth Interiors. DMG Interiors was founded in 2003 to create healing environments in the medical market. The company has grown throughout the years, and its focus has morphed to include not only healthcare but a range of other commercial projects. A full-service interior architecture firm, DMG Interiors has been recognized in numerous national and local publications.

Josh Hildreth Interiors, founded in 2016, focuses on high-end residential design. Hildreth’s work was featured twice on the cover of the Washington Post Local Living section, which highlighted rooms he designed in the 2016 and 2017 DC Design House, a nonprofit showhouse. Hildreth is currently designing a new line of furniture and lighting products.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Susan P. Quinn '80
President and CEO, circle S studio

Quinn earned her B.A. in political science from Randolph-Macon.
After starting her career in the retail-banking sector, she founded her own marketing communications company in 1985. While driving strategy and marketing content for clients, she collaborated with Mark Smith Design for creative execution. Their combined talents, along with those of Michelle Davis, were formally merged in 1999 to create circle S studio, a digital and design firm.

Quinn regularly gives back to her alma mater: She is a member of the Board of Trustees; she provides mentorship for student-interns at circle S studio; and she volunteers with The Edge career center. In addition, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Community School, where she is chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and she is a mentor to MBA students at University of Richmond's Robins School of Business.

The Randolph-Macon College Board of Associates
Created by the R-MC Board of Trustees in 1980, the Board of Associates is an organization of R-MC alumni who have pledged to join their talents, energies, resources and wisdom to advance the mission of Randolph-Macon College. Through collective involvements and individual activities, members of the Board of Associates strive to procure new and sustained financial resources, to attract qualified students, to enhance the image and reputation of the institution, to enrich the educational experience of the students, and to provide advice and opportunities to students in preparation for fulfilling careers.