Six St. Louis Alumni to Receive ‘Southeast Salutes’ Awards


early morning Cityscape of St. Louis skyline in Missouri stateCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 28, 2014 – The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will recognize six Southeast alumni from the St. Louis area at the 14th annual “Southeast Salutes” celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Ces and Judy’s, 10405 Clayton Road in St. Louis.

Alumni, spouses and friends are welcome to attend. Registration is open, but space is limited. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations can be made through the Southeast alumni website, or by calling the University’s Alumni Relations office, (573) 651-2259.

The 14th annual celebration will honor Glenn Barks, chief executive officer of First Community Credit Union; Don Clayton, vice president and chief financial officer of St. Louis-based HD Supply Waterworks; Judith Beyers Leo, a retired educator from the Ferguson-Florissant and Clayton school districts; John Mather, a certified public accountant and regional industry leader for BKD, LLP’s National Manufacturing & Distribution Group; Matt Riordan, national sales manager for and a founder of FOX Sports Midwest; and Kerry Robinson, professional baseball scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and a former Major League Baseball player.

The St. Louis Chapter of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association created Southeast Salutes in 2001 to honor outstanding alumni from the St. Louis area who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University through career and community achievements.

Glenn D. Barks PhotoGlenn Barks has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry and in 2001 was named chief executive officer of First Community Credit Union, the largest credit union in Missouri and among the top 100 credit unions in the nation. He joined the company in 1985 as executive vice president following a 12-year career in the savings and loan industry. Barks is a native of St. Louis and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast in 1973. During his tenure, First Community has grown from $184 million to more than $2 billion in assets and has attracted nearly 250,000 members. Through careful expansion, Barks has grown the credit union’s branch network to 40 locations in Missouri and Illinois and partnered with retail giant Walmart in 16 store locations.  In 2011, he was selected to serve on the Federal Reserve Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) for the 8th Federal District which provides input to the Federal Reserve Bank Board on the economy, lending conditions and other issues of interest to community depository institutions. In 2013, Barks was chosen to serve a four-year term on the CDIAC’s national panel in Washington, D.C.   He and his wife, Jan, live in Chesterfield, Mo., and have three grown children, Amanda, Brent and Brian. They also have four grandchildren, Brody, Ava, Bennett and Jack.

Don ClaytonDon Clayton
graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in November 1997. He currently serves as vice president and chief financial Officer of St. Louis-based HD Supply Waterworks, a business unit of HD Supply (NASDAQ “HDS”). HD Supply Waterworks is the nation’s leading distributor of water, sewer, storm and fire protection products, with locations in 45 states. In this role, Clayton leads the company’s financial functions and a variety of operational functions such as fleet and real estate management. Prior to joining HDS in 2004, Clayton served as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked in the audit practice of the St. Louis and Philadelphia offices. Clayton serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for Southeast’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business, and he has been active in campus speaking events and mentoring of Southeast business students. Under his leadership, HDS has offered career opportunities to numerous Southeast graduates and established the HD Supply Endowed Scholarship for Southeast business students. Clayton and his wife, Adrienne, live in Weldon Spring, Mo., and have three children, Austin, 18, Lindsay, 15, and Cole, 7. Austin is a freshman at Southeast, majoring in computer science.

Judy Leo EDITEDJudith Beyers Leo
graduated from Southeast Missouri State College in1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, in which she studied speech, theatre and English.  She also received a Master of Arts in education from Southeast in 1970.  As an undergraduate, Leo performed in numerous student theatrical productions including roles as Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth,” Linda Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Kate in “Taming of the Shrew” and Dolly Levi in “The Matchmaker.” Leo’s teaching career spanned 38 years during which she taught elementary education in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and English and American studies at Wydown Middle School in the School District of Clayton. She was honored with the Teacher of the Year award from the Ferguson-Florissant School District and an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992 from Emerson Electric. In addition, she was selected as one of 50 teachers nationwide to participate in a summer institute on reading, writing and civic education at Harvard University. She also was chosen to represent the School District of Clayton in a year-long fellowship program on education policy and was selected to be part of Emerson Electric’s Community Leadership Program. Since retiring, Leo became a founding member of the Ferguson Eco Team and has been involved in numerous committees and projects at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End.  She is a founding member and current chairperson of St. Louis Cares, a Southeast alumni scholarship fund-raising group in the St. Louis area. She and her husband, John, live in Ferguson, Mo.  They have four sons and six grandchildren (with a seventh expected next spring).

John Mather 6.2014John Mather
is a 1991 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity and was on the Southeast baseball team.  Mather is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is the regional industry leader for BKD, LLP’s National Manufacturing & Distribution Group.  He has 23 years of experience serving clients in a variety of industries and provides a wide range of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services. His experience includes due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, feasibility studies, implementations of employee stock ownership plans, debt financing and development of cost accounting systems.  His expertise in mergers, acquisitions and transaction services involving private equity and venture capital firms led to his appointment to the firm’s transaction services team. Mather is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs and Illinois CPA Society.  He also is active in the Association for Corporate Growth and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers.  He is active in the United Way and Center of Creative Arts, where he served on the organization’s executive committee and was its treasurer. Mather and his wife, Angie, live in Sunset Hills, Mo., with their two daughters, Maddie, 13, and Ashley, 11.

Matt RiordanMatt Riordan
received a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University in 1982, majoring in mass communication.  He has been with FOX Sports Midwest for 19 years and was one of the original four executives that started FOX Sports Midwest which serves as the television home of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Kansas City Royals and Indiana Pacers. FOX Sports Midwest has grown to be the top revenue-generating television property in the St. Louis region. Riordan is the broadcast company’s national sales manager, responsible for advertising sales throughout the FOX Sports Midwest coverage area. FOX Sports Midwest produces more than 450 live sporting events each year, which are distributed to nearly six million homes throughout a six-state region. As a Southeast student, Riordan was a staff member and on-air personality during the early years of KRCU, the campus radio station.  He and his wife Tina are celebrating 25 years of marriage and reside in Ballwin, Mo., with their daughter Allie, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Sean, a junior at Southeast Missouri State where he is majoring in mass communication and minoring in sales management.

kerry-robinsonKerry Robinson
is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies. As a member of the Southeast baseball team, he had an Ohio Valley Conference record 35-game hitting streak his senior season and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 34th round of the 1995 MLB draft. In 1996, he led the Midwest League with a .359 batting average and 50 stolen bases and was second in the league in hits, triples and runs while playing for Single-A Peoria, Ill. He played for several Major League organizations before returning to St. Louis where he was a part of two Cardinals playoff teams. Robinson is featured in Tony LaRussa’s best-selling book “Three Nights In August” in which he delivered a game-winning, walk-off home run. Robinson was also a contributing author for the book “A Special Season” about the St. Louis Cardinals. He now works for the Cardinals as a pro baseball scout. He earned his first World Championship ring in 2011 and a National League Championship ring in 2013. Robinson is also passionate about consulting small business owners and has strategies to improve business in St. Louis and across the country. He was inducted into the Southeast Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. Robinson lives in Ballwin, Mo., with his wife, Maggie, and daughters, Brittney 17, Cammie, 14, and Kori, 9.