42ND JOSEPH WHARTON AWARD DINNER FEATURES OUTSTANDING HONOREES
Honorees: Steven B. Alloy, W'87, C'87, President, Stanley Martin Homes
Susan F. Wegner, Esq., C'88, President, Penn's MARAB
Ramesh K. Gupta, WG'89, Vice President, LightSquared
Wonya Y. Lucas, WG'90, President & CEO, TV One
Below is more information about our Club's outstanding "Class of 2012 Wharton Award Recipients:"
- Wonya Y. Lucas, WG'90
President & CEO of TV One, LLC
Wonya Y. Lucas is President and CEO of TV One, which is one of the premier cable television networks targeting the African-American market. A joint venture between Comcast/NBCU and Radio One, Inc., the network features entertainment, non-fiction and news programming targeted primarily to 25 to 54 year-old African-American viewers. The network is available in over 58 million homes.
Most recently, Ms. Lucas was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, where she was responsible for strategy and operations for the networks as well as oversight of the networks' research and marketing departments. She joined Discovery Communications in 2008 as the Global Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining Discovery, Ms. Lucas served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing for The Weather Channel and weather.com, and operations and programming for The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel HD, Weatherscan, The Weather Channel Radio Network, and newspaper syndication.
Before joining The Weather Channel in 2002 as Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Ms. Lucas held several positions at Turner Broadcasting System, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for CNN Domestic Networks and Vice President of Business Operations and Network Strategy for Turner Broadcasting's General Entertainment Networks, including TNT, TBS and TCM. Additional experience includes brand management for The Coca-Cola Company and The Clorox Company. She began her career as an engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
Ms. Lucas is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing.
- Ramesh K. Gupta, WG'89
Vice President, LightSquared
Ramesh K. Gupta Is Vice President of Satellite System Planning at LightSquared, where he has directed the development and deployment of the next generation satellite network. Previously, he was Vice President of advanced business and technology at AMCOM Communications, Managing Director at COMSAT Laboratories and Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications.
In addition to an M.B.A. from Wharton (WG”89), he holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, and from PEC University of Engineering and Technology, India.
Dr. Gupta pioneered some of the satellite technology developments at COMSAT, for which he was recognized with the COMSAT Research Award (1994). He holds four U.S. patents. His published work was recognized internationally at the satellite systems and technology conferences in Denmark (1992), and Japan (2011). In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He organized a very successful IEEE 2011 International Microwave Symposium in Baltimore as Technical Program Chair.
He was appointed to the Board of National Electronics Museum (NEM) in Baltimore, a non-profit organization with the mission to preserve electronics heritage and promote educational outreach in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM). He is currently leading a number of development initiatives at the Museum.
- Susan F. Wegner, Esq., C'88
Of Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP
Susan F. Wegner is an environmental attorney practicing with Holland & Knight. She specializes in transactional matters and focuses on business counseling and due diligence related to the environmental aspects of business operations.
Ms. Wegner is active in numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is the current President of Penn’s Middle Atlantic Regional Advisory Board, and served as its Vice President in charge of Special Events before rising to her current post. She is also a member of the Penn Trustees Council of Penn Women and Co-Chair of its Student Life Committee, and is a former member of the National Advisory Board of Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
Ms. Wegner graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D., summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law.
She is also very active with development at Georgetown Day School and with the Many Hands organization. Ms. Wegner edits the GDS High School Parent Newsletter and chairs the Bullis Senior Video Committee. She lives in Bethesda with her husband, Adam, C’87, and her two teenage sons.
- Steven B. Alloy, W'87, C'87
President, Stanley Martin Homes
Steven B. Alloy is the President of Stanley Martin, one of the Washington region’s largest privately-held companies. His responsibilities include oversight of Stanley Martin, First Heritage Mortgage, Excel Title, Heritage Contracting, and Duball LLC.
Mr. Alloy is dedicated to combating homelessness in our region. He is a current board member and Past President of HomeAid Northern Virginia, the local chapter of HomeAid America. HomeAid America is the largest builder of homeless shelters in the United States. Mr. Alloy also served on the Board of Directors and was an officer of the Abused & Homeless Children’s Refuge in Vienna for several years. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of Shelter House in Falls Church. Annually, Stanley Martin’s employees perform a renovation project for a Northern Virginia homeless shelter or group home.
Mr. Alloy is also Life Director and Past President of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, which represents nearly thirty thousand employees in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Alloy also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. He is an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Alloy is a graduate of the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a fitness and sports enthusiast, still plays soccer, and is married with three children.