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Alumni Spotlight

Learn more about Radford University alumni - where they are now, what they are accomplishing, and why their connection to Radford University is important to them.


Alumnus Stephan Cassaday ’76 included in Barron’s Top 100 Ranking

Radford University alumnus Stephan Cassaday ’76, president of Cassaday and Company, Inc., was recently listed as the top independent financial advisor in Virginia and 34th in the nation on Barron’s magazine “2014 Top Independent Financial Advisors” list.

Barron’s has ranked independent advisors since 2007 and Cassaday has been included on the list each year.   Criteria used to rank the firm includes the advisor’s assets under management, quality of the practice, and the revenue that the advisor generates for their firm.

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Marketing graduate Bob Marshall ’01 is always on the go and one to take a chance. 

He began his college career at RU in 1988, then left to create an advertising company in Hawaii.  “Between my junior and senior year at Radford, I decided to take a two week vacation in Hawaii, and it turned into me leaving there for 10 years.  Then, I decided that I needed to complete my degree at RU,” says Marshall.

He said he came back older, at age 32, and determined not to fail.  “I met James Lollar during my first day back.  I spent a lot of time with him, and he told me that if ‘you put in the time, you’ll do great,’” says Marshall. His favorite class was Lollar’s professional selling course. 

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Mark Simons ’95 referenced a favorite college book when he started his company, The Goal Inc. 

“The Goal was a book that I used in one of my business classes at Radford University.  I enjoyed the book and the lessons that came along with it.  I also knew that anytime someone said ‘the goal’ in a meeting, I would get free marketing,” says Simons.

The Goal Inc. is a specialized technology consulting firm that assists and provides professional IT services to government contractors and commercial clients.

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Jennie Teass Allman '67 earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Radford College, now Radford University, with the intention of a long and wonderful career as a teacher. 

Although she taught for only two years, Allman still identifies herself as a teacher and has continued to support her community in roles such as Chairman of the Bedford County School Board.

Allman used her teaching skills to obtain her first job in corporate America as an educational representative with IBM in Roanoke. That position led to a business analyst role as marketing support representative. Then she moved to Dallas, Texas to serve IBM in its marketing department.

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“I chose Radford University,” says JP Beckham ’87, “because of its ideal setting, a lot of friends were already attending, and it was just the right size for me.”

Beckham also heard about RU’s outstanding business school.  “My Radford University education gave me a very solid foundation for understanding the business world, and enabled me to start a successful career upon graduation for a Fortune 100 Company.  RU professors, including my faculty advisor Brack Smith, gave me the confidence to keep working hard and reach for my goals.” Beckham is currently the Director of Risk Management and Compliance at the National Student Clearinghouse.

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