Six graduates of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics will be inducted Friday morning into the college's Alumni Hall of Fame.
"They represent dedication and integrity in the business world and in the greater community in which they live," Devanathan Sudharshan, dean of the college, said in a statement.
In total, the hall of fame has 72 members since its inception in 1994. New inductees are:
Carter Harris of Greenwich, Conn., Class of 1979: Harris founded Knight Capital Partners in 2006. The business works with private equity fund and hedge fund managers and helps them market themselves to institutional investors worldwide. Before that, he worked for Nomura Securities International, Merrill Lynch and General Electric.
Mary Lassiter of Midway, Classes of 1982 and 1983: Lassiter is secretary of Gov. Steve Beshear's executive cabinet and state budget director. In her 27-year career in state government, Lassiter has also served as budget director for former Gov. Paul Patton.
Howard Lewis of Solon, Ohio, Class of 1970: In 1989, Lewis founded Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America. The company has grown at a compounded rate, topping 30 percent annually since that time. He previously worked for Capitol American Life Insurance Company of Cleveland and Central Trust Company in Cincinnati.
Darrell L. Williams of Beverly Hills, Calif., Class of 1984: Williams works with LECG Expert Services, and his career includes time spent previously as a staff economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisors and as a financial economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Scott Smith of Jupiter, Fla., Class of 1990: Smith is CEO of Coalition America Holdings Inc., NPPN, and Lodestone Solutions, LLC. The companies help clients manage health care and dental costs.
Sean Smith of Jupiter, Fla., Class of 1990: Sean Smith, Scott Smith's twin, is chairman and co-founder of Coalition America Holdings and Lodestone Solutions.