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Loyola professors honored for professionalism in business community

August 30, 2013

Patrick Lynch, visiting assistant professor of accounting at Loyola University New Orleans, and Clayton White ’78, M.B.A. ’93, J.D. ’07, alumnus and adjunct professor in the MBA program, are honorees in the 2013 Money Makers program, presented by New Orleans CityBusiness.

Lynch and White will be honored during an awards celebration Thursday, Sept. 26 at The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans located at 921 Canal Street. The ceremony begins at noon. A special publication inserted into the Oct. 4 issue of CityBusiness will also honor them as top financial leaders.

Money Makers recognizes 50 financial professionals whose fiscal work has set the pace for their company and the region. Honorees are selected based on industry and community involvement, and achievement through their energy and innovative ideas. Their work provides a model of professionalism to their peers and goes above and beyond the call of duty. Honorees will be recognized in four categories: Banking, Corporate, Investment and Professional.

Lynch has 41 years of business experience and has been at Loyola since 2006. He founded his own accounting firm—Rogers, Lynch and Associates LLC—which has provided accounting and consulting services nationally and in the U.K. His areas of specialization include construction, health care, food manufacturing, asset-based lending, insurance and public utilities industries. Additionally, he held vice president positions with three international insurance brokerage firms, traveling extensively across the U.S. designing risk finance programs and forming captive insurance companies in offshore and U.S. domiciles for Fortune 1000 companies. Lynch is the recipient of the College of Business Faculty Award for Outstanding Teacher in 2008 and the 2010 and 2011 College of Business Faculty Award for Outstanding Service.

White has more than 25 years of experience working with startup and early-stage companies. His background includes organizational structure, mergers and acquisitions, financial management and controls, capital structure and corporate governance. He has taken companies through the venture capital process and is currently involved in company valuations, due diligence, planning, capitalization and exit strategies.

White is a member and organizer of the South Coast Angel Fund, which began a partnership with Loyola several years ago. Through the fund, Loyola students enrolled in entrepreneurial classes provided support to the investors by evaluating presentations of prospective businesses and providing market, financial and legal analyses used in South Coast’s decision-making process. In late 2011, the university took a big next step, investing $50,000 into the fund, which was created to utilize the capital, resources and expertise of its members to achieve returns from its investments in entrepreneurial and early-stage companies, primarily within Louisiana and the Gulf Coast community.

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