Submit nominations for 2022 award recipients by October 31, 2021.

Join us in recognizing alumni who are creating momentum in their business or industry, and propelling the Kelley School forward, by nominating them for one of the KSBAA’s top alumni honors.

  • Academy of Alumni Fellows. The Academy of Alumni Fellows Award recognizes alumni who have earned the esteem of business leaders and managers by their demonstrated successes in business organizations and their contributions to management philosophies and practices. Learn more about this award’s criteria and submit a nomination.
  • Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. The Distinguished Entrepreneur Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated the ability to establish a new business, or turn around or significantly grow an established business, and who have contributed to management philosophies and practices. Learn more about this award’s criteria and submit a nomination.


Academy of Alumni Fellows 2021 Inductees

The Academy of Alumni Fellows recognizes alumni who have earned the stature of exceptional business leaders and managers by their demonstrated successes in business organizations and their contributions to management philosophies and practices.

Sherry Davis, BS’00

CFO, Lilly USA, Eli Lilly and Company


Sherry Davis is the chief financial officer of Lilly USA, Eli Lilly and Company’s largest affiliate. As CFO of Lilly USA, Davis has enhanced US government policy evaluation and has contributed to key transformation initiatives of Lilly USA commercial capabilities. During her 13 years at Lilly, Davis has held various international and domestic roles in the finance organization and has also been a key leader in Lilly’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, serving on the executive advisory board of the African-American Network. Most recently, Davis was the CFO and treasurer of the Lilly Del Caribe manufacturing site in Puerto Rico. While in this role, Davis helped lead the site through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the greatest natural disaster in the island’s history. Prior to that, she was the CFO for Lilly’s research organization, managing Lilly’s early-phase portfolio investments. Her other Lilly roles have included serving as a director in Corporate Audit Services and as the financial leader of the Access Expansion team, which focused on extending the reach of Lilly’s medicines in developing countries. She also had a short-term assignment in Johannesburg, South Africa, managing financial planning for Lilly’s South Africa and sub-Saharan affiliate.

Prior to joining Lilly, Davis worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and in the accounting department of Ford Motor Company. Davis is a certified public accountant (CPA) and maintains an active license in Indiana.

Davis attended Indianapolis Public Schools, graduating from Arsenal Technical High School. Davis earned degrees in accounting and finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana.

Davis serves on the Eskenazi Health Foundation and Lynx Capital advisory boards. She previously served on the advisory boards of the Kelley School’s Institute for International Business, the Kelley Alumni Association, and Tindley Charter Schools. She was also chair of the Indiana Certified Public Accountant Society Diversity Council and a member of the society’s Leadership Cabinet.

Ming Mei, BS’96



Ming Z. Mei is the co-founder and CEO of GLP, a leading provider of global logistic solutions with over $100 billion in assets under management in real estate and private equity.

Under Mei’s visionary leadership, GLP revolutionized the modern logistics industry with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to growth and value creation and has since expanded into adjacent sectors and new markets.

Mei serves as chairman of the investment committee of Eastern Bell Venture Capital and sits on various public and private boards. He is also an investor and board member of Value Retail China, a company specializing in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages.

Mei holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance at the Kelley School in 1996.

J. Lance Reese, MBA’03

CEO, Camelot SI LLC, Sharper Image licensee of

Windermere, Florida

Lance Reese is the chief executive officer of Camelot SI LLC, a private equity portfolio company that owns and operates the license for and the iconic catalog. Camelot Venture Group acquired the license in 2014 after operating the business for five years. Reese began his Camelot career as chief operating officer in March 2016 and was appointed chief executive officer in April 2018.

Reese found his initial career passion through technology. At the age of 16, he started a small technology consulting business that developed microfilm cataloging databases for hospitals and county governments, which ultimately evolved into developing governmental contract management software for nuclear waste management companies.

He was a computer programmer for organizations such as National Computer Systems and the Retail Operations Intelligence team at Mrs. Fields. His career progressed to the executive suite at RS&I, a distributor of satellite television and home security systems, where he advanced from programmer to MIS director to chief information officer over 12 years. Since then, he has held executive roles of chief information officer for Altrec and Melaleuca, and chief operating officer for Docutech and LIMU. He has an entrepreneurial management style, focusing on innovative marketing and state-of-the-art technologies to drive hypergrowth.

Reese completed his MBA at Indiana University in 2003 after gaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University. Throughout his career he has maintained strong ties with academia, participating in case study development and analysis for Indiana University MBA students. Additionally, he has served in curriculum consulting roles for Brigham Young University-Idaho and Idaho State University.

Reese and his wife Lorette currently reside in central Florida and have four children and one grandchild.

Volunteer Leadership Award 2021

The Kelley School of Business and the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association recognize alumni for extraordinary involvement with and investment in the Kelley School and its alumni network, and for inspiring others and impacting future generations as Kelley alumni leaders, through the Volunteer Leadership Award.

Patrick Beeman, BS'05

Managing Director, FTI Consulting

La Grange, Illinois

Patrick Beeman, a managing director at FTI Consulting, is based in Chicago. He has broad experience in client services, including 15 years of operational management, business development, engagement management, and technical consulting ranging from structured to semi-structured and unstructured data sets, systems, and infrastructure. Specifically, he has particular expertise in detailed data mining, analysis, and visualization; review, comparison, and improved performance of existing data systems; electronic discovery; data privacy and security; and creation of customized technology solutions in the form of applications and tools. He has also historically led the creation, management, and business development of data analytics practices.

Prior to rejoining FTI, Beeman was the CIO and senior vice president of Omnivere LLC, a litigation support and e-discovery company. Prior to that, he was part of Navigant’s Technology Solutions practice in the Disputes & Investigation segment. Beeman is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, and holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he studied accounting, finance, and business economics and public policy (BEPP).