Catching Up With George McLamb

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"Making a commitment to a group of people, collectively and individually, to trust, respect and be there to support them throughout life as needed and in return knowing with conviction they have done the same for me and the rest of the guys."

These are the words George McLamb '93 uses to define his personal meaning of brotherhood, the one attribute of the fraternity that caught his eye originally.

"The reason I joined Sigma Phi Epsilon was because of the obvious commitment by the members to brotherhood and fellowship," George said. "It was clear to me that SigEp at UNC was different than other fraternities on campus and offered me something I wanted to be a part of."

George can still remember back to initiation when all was said and done and he was received warmly as a new brother. He says his favorite part was "seeing the faces of each brother through the congratulations line with open arms welcoming me into their family."

Looking back on his time as an undergraduate, George said he had many amazing memories, recalling pledge trips and fun runs as ones that stuck out in his mind.

All of this fun combined with the sincerity of the brotherhood amounted into George taking away much more than memories. "Being a SigEp brother taught me about the virtues of character and integrity that have proven invaluable throughout my life and professional career," George said.

After graduating from UNC in December of 1993, George returned in the Fall of 1994 to pursue his masters in accounting. Graduating in May 2005 and having passed the CPA exam, George went to work in public accounting for Coopers and Lybrand where he helped in projects like launching the Entrepreneurial Advisor Services to mid-size manufacturing and high-tech corporations.

In 1997, George moved on to RTO, Inc., a rent-to-own company in Dallas, TX, as Assistant Controller. "I was instrumental in consolidating 13 inventory management systems and establishing operating policies and procedures for over 550,000 rent-to-own units," George said. "These changes resulted in over $1 million of annual cost savings and positioned the company for the public arena via a reverse acquisition."

George returned to North Carolina in 1998 to work for Productivity Point International, Inc. where he served as Corporate Controller and on the Executive Committee. After PPI, SigEp found its way back into George's life in 2002 when he teamed up with founder and fellow fraternity brother Jeff Grady '90 at Digital Lifestyle Outfitters. As Director of Finances and Operations, George's efforts resulted in growth sales to $100 million.

Later George held a position with Philips Electronics to assist them after a merger and eventually landed his current position at EA Consulting as CFO and COO.

He met his wife, Kendra, while working at Coopers and Lybrand right after college. They currently live in Raleigh, NC and enjoy golfing together and attending UNC football and basketball games.

Through all of the success that George has had since his undergrad days at SigEp, he still credits it with teaching him so much and in turn wants to give back to the fraternity. "I support NC Delta financially in an attempt to ensure that young men have the same opportunity I did to experience fraternity life and learn the values and principles that will make them successful in the long run," he said.

Serving on the Alumni Advisory Board, George is able to keep in touch with many of the brothers and reminisce often of what he took away from Sigma Phi Epsilon. "As an alumni volunteer at the chapter today, I am often reminded of the lessons I learned from Dr. Hennis ('he still has not aged a day') as an undergraduate myself," George said. "I hope to be able to influence another young man's life in a manner similar to his impact on mine. I am also reminded that our commitment to SigEp is a lifelong commitment and look forward to seeing more volunteers in the future getting involved with shaping the lives of the undergraduates."

Advice George has for the undergraduate chapter, and words of wisdom that everyone can live by, is to maintain a positive attitude. "Our attitude is the one thing we can control regardless of what is happening around us," he said. "I am hopeful they will always choose to view adversity and challenges as opportunities such that they can strive diligently to overcome those challenges and experience the joy of achievement."