Tommy Bahama CEO Terry Pillow Donates $250k to UCA College of Business

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 10:12 am  

Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama Inc.

Arkansas native Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama Inc. and an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, has made a $250,000 donation to the UCA College of Business, the school announced Friday.

The money will be used to provide support for the search for a new dean of the college and to create an endowment for future expenses. The fund will be named in memory of Pillow's parents, Homer and Regina Pillow. It is the sixth fund established in the UCA Foundation to support a faculty, chair or dean position, the school said.

UCA provost Steven Runge said the fund will help the school recruit and retain "the very best person as the next college of business dean."

"I'm often reminded of how influential my time at UCA has been in my life and career," Pillow said in a news release. "UCA is built on a reputation of excellence and I’m proud to be an alumnus and to support UCA’s long tradition of commitment to educating students."

A native of Corning, Pillow was named one of UCA's distinguished alumni this year. While a student, Pillow was an active member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and a class officer. He graduated with a degree in marketing in 1976.

Pillow began his career with Neiman Marcus in Dallas after working full time at Browning and White, a Conway men’s clothing store, while a student. After graduation, he joined the Neiman Marcus executive training program.

He has served as CEO at Tommy Bahama since 2008. Tommy Bahama has more than 3,000 employees and approximately $500 million in sales revenue. Previously, Pillow was CEO of Ralph Lauren Footwear, CEO of The Rockport Company, president of Coach Apparel and president of A/X Armani Exchange.

He and his wife, Kelley, live in Seattle with their young son, Sam.

 

 

 

 

 

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