Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast has appointed four new members to the Pamplin Advisory Council at Virginia Tech.

The new members, all Virginia Tech graduates, are Cecil Doyle, of Roanoke, Virginia; Todd Rowley, of McLean, Virginia; Bob Lam, of Oakton, Virginia; and Kurt Zuch, of Atlanta, Georgia. 

Each will each serve a three-year term.

The council, which now has 71 members, offers guidance and ideas to the dean and other senior college administrators and serves as an advocate for the college and a bridge to the business community. Its members are alumni and friends of the college who are largely business professionals, many of whom have also contributed financial support to the Pamplin College of Business.

Council members play an important role in advancing the college, Sumichrast said. “Pamplin has benefited from PAC’s counsel related to curriculum, placement, and fundraising matters, and the college’s focus areas of technology, entrepreneurship, and global business.”

Cecil Doyle  is president of Doyle Properties in Roanoke. He recently retired from a 43-year career in the construction industry.  He was president and CEO of the architectural-engineering firm HSMM before its merger with the global design-construction firm AECOM in 2006 and later served as a region executive at AECOM.

During his career, he led the design team for many signature projects, including renovations of the Pentagon, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and multiple Smithsonian Institution museums. As a business owner and developer, he is active in the renovation and repurposing of several historic buildings in downtown Roanoke.

Doyle will serve on the council’s cabinet. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1968 and an MBA in 1993. 

Bob Lam is founder and principal of Bob Lam Solutions, a consulting firm to federal government contractors. Lam has more than 30 years experience in international, federal, and state and local government organizations.  

Lam was formerly a partner in Accenture’s worldwide public services business practice. He previously worked at Planning Research Corporation, Price Waterhouse, and Electronic Data Systems. He serves on the Pamplin’s MBA advisory board and is a guest lecturer in the MBA program.

Lam will serve on the council’s student recruitment committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in general business in 1975 and an MBA in 1977.

Todd Rowley is a senior vice president and commercial lending officer with Cardinal Bank. Rowley has worked in management positions at First Virginia, Signet, and First Union banks and was a senior vice president at Wells Fargo Bank and Capital One before joining Cardinal Bank in 2014.

Rowley has a long history of community and educational volunteer service, including serving as a member on and prior chair of Pamplin’s MBA Advisory Board. Rowley also serves on the boards of  the Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, and Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership on Ending Homelessness.

Rowley will serve on the council’s student recruitment committee. He received an MBA in 1994.

Kurt Zuch is a principal/partner at Ernst & Young, which he joined in 2014 after it acquired the third company he founded. Zuch started three consulting firms specializing in the energy industry, each of which he sold to larger consulting companies within a short time.

Zuch is a generous donor to Virginia Tech athletics and the Pamplin College of Business and supports a number of other causes through the family foundation he and his wife established.

Zuch will serve on the council’s cabinet. He received a bachelor’s degree in management science in 1990.



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