In recognition of outstanding accomplishments in his chosen profession which reflect honor upon the college, Thomas H. “Tam” Milton ’72 of Greensboro, N.C. will receive the Presbyterian College Alumni Gold P Award.
Milton graduated from PC with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He was a distinguished military graduate from the PC ROTC program, receiving a regular Army commission. Milton served on active duty from 1972-1975. He played football at PC and was selected to the All-Decade team for the 1970s and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Milton’s wife, Suellen attended PC, as well as his two younger brothers, Ken and Tim. His oldest daughter Tricia Milton Shaw is a 1997 graduate of the College.
Milton began a 30-year career with Merrill Lynch as an account executive in Atlanta, Ga. He was selected for the Management Development program in 1982 and began his management career as the sales manager in the New Orleans, La. Office. Subsequent promotions took him to Montgomery, Ala. As the resident vice president and in 1988, he took over the Greensboro, N.C. complex.
He became the district director of the Carolinas in 1991, growing Merrill Lynch’s presence in North and South Carolina to 210 offices, 360 financial advisors, and 140 support staff. Milton also established the Merrill Lynch Trust Company of North Carolina.
While district director of the Carolinas, Milton was selected to attend the Sales Management Program at Northwestern University, Kellogg Business School and the 18 month Merrill Lynch Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. In early 1998, he was part of the project team that established Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, opening 32 branch offices in Japan with 2500 employees. Milton relocated to Tokyo as deputy president with direct responsibility for branch management, training, product development, human resources, and legal departments.
In November of 2000, Milton returned to New York to serve as senior vice president of human resources for Merrill Lynch and Co., directing 1200 human resource professionals across global business segments. In 2012, he returned to Merrill Lynch Private Client as managing director of the five offices of the Charlotte-South Park complex, before returning to manage the seven offices of the Greensboro complex, and retiring from Merrill Lynch in 2005.
Milton continues to be active in the financial services industry as a consultant to leadership teams and coach to financial advisors.
Active in the communities where he lived, Milton has been a part of United Way campaigns, the Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Symphony, and Triad Golfers Against Cancer. He has been a Sunday school teacher, youth advisor, and deacon at various Presbyterian churches. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Canterbury School in Greensboro and Starmount Forest Country Club.
Milton has served on the PC Board of Trustees since 2010. Previously, he and Suellen served on the Board of Visitors from 1995-1998. He was on the executive committee for the Promise and Challenge campaign. He and his wife established the Thomas H. and Suellen K. Milton Scholarship and are distinguished members of the William Plumer Jacobs Society. The Miltons have been generous donors to PC for 32 consecutive years.
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