GBBEA judges are selected for the awards program based on their demonstration and commitment to ethical practices, and include accomplished professionals representing the business, academic, public service, and consulting communities. The GBDEA program judges evaluate nominated companies on stringent criteria including documented evidence of the integrity of their corporate code of ethics, and demonstration to ethical practices.

2017 Judges Panel

JoAnn Brumit, CEO- Karlee Company

Jo Ann Brumit is the CEO of Karlee Company, a Garland-based sheet metal manufacturer. Karlee is a recipient of the 2011 Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award and the 2000 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in manufacturing. Jo Ann now serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Ethics Association, Inc. which is the 501(c)(3) company guiding the operations of the GDBEA.

Dr. Kevin Fegan, President- Northwood University

Dr. Kevin Fegan is President Texas Operations and VP Executive Education and Corporate Programming at Northwood University.  He joined Northwood as a staff member in 1987 and was elected Provost of the Texas campus in 2003. Dr. Fegan has served on the GDBEA judging committee since 2005.

Randy Gordon, Partner- Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Randy Gordon is Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Practice at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and Executive Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law. He focuses his practice on complex litigation, with an international reputation as a counselor to private and public companies in the areas of antitrust, RICO, securities and intellectual property law. Randy has served as a judge for three years.

Ann Kahn, President- Kahn Mechanical Contractors

Ann Kahn is President and co-founder of Kahn Mechanical Contractors. Ann was the first woman to qualify for the Texas Air Conditioning Contractors License and served as President of the North Texas Chapter Air Conditioning Contractors of America in 1985 and 2005. Kahn Mechanical was a recipient of the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award in 2014.

Dr. Carrie La Ferle, Director of Graduate Studies – SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute

Dr. Carrie La Ferle is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. For the past 15 years she has been teaching classes in International Advertising and Advertising Ethics. Her research examines how culture impacts advertising and consumer behavior. She also looks at the impact of advertising on society through cause-related marketing initiatives and the technique of retouching models in advertising.

Dr. Richard Peregoy, Associate Professor- University of Dallas College of Business

Dr. Richard Peregoy was appointed Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Management, University of Dallas, in 1991, where he teaches Experiential Leadership, Spirituality in Leadership, Team Building, Organizational Behavior and Strategic Policy Management and Implementation.  He received his BS degree, magna cum laude, from LaSalle College and and MBA from Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. In 1978 he earned his doctoral degree from Pace University. Dr. Peregoy has served on the judging panel since 2010.

Kelvin Sellers, General Counsel – Interstate Batteries

Kelvin Sellers is General Counsel & Director of Internal Audit for Interstate Batteries. He is responsible for the legal affairs of Interstate Batteries’ consolidated group of companies. Interstate Batteries was a GDBEA recipient in 2013.

Dr. Martinella Dryburgh, Director – Posey Leadership Institute

Martinella Dryburgh, PhD. is director of the Posey Leadership Institute and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Austin College. Dr. Dryburgh leads the GDBEA’s student evaluation team, which visits each nominee company for in-person, onsite interview and assessment. The team’s reports help guide the judges’ assessment of each nominees with real life feedback.

Austin College Student Evaluators

Dr. Martinella Dryburgh, Director of the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College, supervises the student evaluators for the GDBEA program.

Student teams visit the workplace of each nominated company and review the award submission with company officials, and note their observations of company employees “in action.”

The student evaluators provide written reports to the judges in advance of the April judging conference. They also join the judges at this meeting to answer any questions about their site visits and subsequent reports. The student evaluation program has proven invaluable to the judges in terms of humanizing the written submission of each nominated company.

Elizabeth Pargaman, Senior – Political Science

Karisma Sheth, Junior – Business Administration

Connor Cumpton, Sophomore – Business

Akshay Shetty, Senior  – Biology

Lauren Mara, Sophomore – Business Finance

Kevin Butler, Sophomore – Business Administration

Ethan Smith, Junior – Business Finance