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April 08, 2009
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Yates Honored with Huntingdon Achievement Award

Yates photo
L-R: The Rev. Dr. Ed Sells, Betty Sells,
Lisa Sells Yates, Rick Yates, Kathryn
Yates, and Connor Yates.

Montgomery, Ala.—Lilburn, Georgia, resident Richard “Rick” Yates was honored by the Huntingdon College National Alumni Association with the Alumni Achievement Award during the Reunion Weekend Alumni Awards Banquet, Friday, April 3. Yates, a member of the Huntingdon College Class of 1982, was accompanied by his wife, Lisa Sells Yates, a member of the Huntingdon Class of 1983; his daughter, Kathryn Yates, a member of the Huntingdon Class of 2009; his son, Connor, a junior at Parkview High School; and Lisa Yates’ parents, the Reverend Dr. Ed and Mrs. Betty McNeill Sells.

Yates earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and computer science and went on to complete a master’s degree in business administration at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While a student at Huntingdon, Yates was a member of the Special Activities Council of the Student Government Association and of the Executive Council of the Campus Ministries Association.

Yates serves as the global director of Bottler Solution Services at the Coca-Cola Company, where he leads a multi-national team in the delivery of business applications as part of a strategic initiative designed to create competitive advantage, transformational business capabilities, and operational efficiencies for independent and company-owned bottlers. His responsibilities call for him to work closely with bottlers and strategic suppliers in Australia, South Africa, China, the Philippines, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Argentina, and India.

Yates began his career in 1982 at Bellsouth Telecommunications in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked for 11 years in various technology roles. Since 1993 he has held a range of global leadership roles at the Coca-Cola Company.

In the community, Yates has served as a youth counselor, a member of the praise band, and an administrative board and pastor-parish relations board chair for Harmony Grove UMC in Lilburn, Georgia. He has participated in or led four mission trips to Venezuela and Ecuador. He is a band parent for Parkview High School marching band.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Celebrating its centennial year in Montgomery this year, the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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