receives Distinguished Graduate Award
Alva "Al" Claude Pipkin, top financial planner,
served as Coor's vice president of finance
LAKELAND, Fla. (March
4, 2003) - Florida Southern College honors alumnus Alva "Al" Claude
Pipkin, a 1953 graduate, at its Founders Day convocation March 21
at 10:10 a.m. in Branscomb Auditorium. Pipkin will receive the Department
of Business and Economics Distinguished Graduate Award.
Pipkin, retired vice president of finance at Coors Brewing Company
of Golden, Colorado, is known as one of the top financial planners
in the country. He gained considerable recognition for developing
Coors' reputation as one of the nation's leading financial organizations.
Since retiring, he has devoted much time to speaking, leading seminars,
writing and consulting.
Pipkin's speeches and articles on the subject of "The 21st Century
Controller" have challenged the industry's controllers to assume
a more integral role in modern business using advanced computer
technology. His work has been published in numerous periodicals
and used frequently in MBA programs, accounting classes, and seminars.
Pipkin was the founder of the American Ingenuity Award and Hall
of Fame, sponsored by Coors. Begun in 1986, the award honors individuals
who have made significant accomplishments in business through innovation
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.