Jim Hurst, Woody Truitt Named Honorary Members of Delta Mu Delta
Mar. 10, 2010
FLORENCE, Ala. – Jim Hurst, president of Gobble-Fite Lumber Company in Decatur, and Woody Truitt, entrepreneur and business consultant, will be named honorary members of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business administration at a ceremony on campus this afternoon.
Delta Mu Delta, founded in 1913, is the highest national recognition a business student can earn. The honor society, affiliated with the Association of College Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), fulfills the purpose of promoting higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta membership provides recognition for a lifetime.
Hurst, who grew up in Lawrence County, is a 1955 graduate of Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama) with a major in accounting and minor in economics. He served in the Military Police Corps in the U.S. Army from September 1955 to September 1957, at which time he was honorably discharged with a rank of 1st Lieutenant. He then worked for the State of Alabama Banking Department as a bank examiner until 1960. Hurst was hired by Gobble-Fite Lumber Company as head bookkeeper Feb. 1, 1960. Since then, he has also served as corporate secretary and treasurer and, since 2002, as president.
Hurst was one of the 12 founding directors of First American Bank in Decatur. He served on the bank’s board of directors and also as chairman of the bank’s Audit Committee for more than 20 years.
Truitt, of Florence, is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking. He also attended NACVA’s Accredited Business Valuation Analyst program. Truitt received an MBA degree from Jacksonville State University, which included a semester of studies in the graduate business program at UNA.
Truitt is co-owner of two off-campus textbook stores serving UNA. He is also a business consultant through his company TruMarketing. Truitt is owner of a licensed product management company, Brand Management International LLC; a business education company, Business Educators of America; and three Web sites offering licensed products to consumers. Before establishing his consulting business, Truitt spent 18 years with TeeJays Manufacturing Company, holding positions as chief financial officer, chief operations officer, director and sales and marketing and board member. His professional background also includes positions as president and chief executive officer of a federal savings and loan association and president and CEO of a commercial bank. Truitt also holds a real estate broker’s license and has developed residential and commercial properties.
UNA students named to Delta Mu Delta this afternoon include:
ATHENS – William Kirk Shannon
FLORENCE – W. Thomas Corum, Jared Fowler, Dillon Hodges, Qingwei Kong, Megan Danielle Mayhall, Christopher M. Michael, Anna Alaine Peck, Emily Lauren Pounders, Heather Unger-Robertson, Minh Pham Thanh Vu and Alesha Marie Willis
GOODSPRING, Tenn. – Melanie Carole Smith
MUSCLE SHOALS – Shelley F. White
SELMER – Chelsea Leigh Campbell
SPRUCE PINE – Addie Grissom
SULLIGENT – Jordan Roberts
TUSCALOOSA – Molly West
FLORENCE – Abdulqader AL Showaikhat, Alison Nicole Manning, Jessica E. Sandlin, John P. Sercel, Laurie Lee Johnson and Harshani Kulatunga
GARDEN CITY – Crystal Cupp
HODGES – Whitney Caress Stidham
MUSCLE SHOALS – Jennifer Y. Bragwell and Leann M. Jeffreys
PHIL CAMPBELL – Meredith Dawn Glasgow
RED BAY – Rebecca Whitehead
TUSCUMBIA – Andrew Williams Posey and Rhonda Leigh Stegall
ATHENS – Neelam Acharya
BEARDEN, Ark. – Alice Lynn Sullivan
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Chiho Lai
CARY, N.C. – Edward Victor Zorek
CLANTON – Gordon Todd Vaughan
DECATUR – Jonathan Cornett Norris
EUTAW – Mary Katherine Cannon
FLORENCE – Kenneth Melvin Davidson, Mitsutaka Hino, Duy Anh Luong and Xian Zhang
HAMPTON COVE – Gary D. Walton
HOSCHTON, Ga. – Edward Lawrence Warner
HUNTSVILLE – Anh Huy Tran Nguyen
MADISON – Brooke Berg
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Bradley O. Browne
NORTH FREEDOM, Wis. – Kyle Joel Berra
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Adolf Onwuka Nanyel
PULASKI, Tenn. – Tina M. Newell
RUSSELLVILLE – Corey Michael Hatton
SHEFFIELD – William Christopher Allen
STAR, N.C. – Lisa E. Davis
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Ryan Michael Callahan
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – Kristi Ann Kennedy
WAYNESBORO, Tenn. – Andrew Thomas Helton
WINFIELD – Tiffany Estes Overton