MBA announces 2014 distinguished alumnus and service winners

Montgomery Bell Academy | September 24, 2014

Mr. John Cain Carter, MBA Class of 1984, has been named the school’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2014. After graduating from MBA, Carter attended the University of Texas, majoring in geology. He then served in the Long Range Surveillance Detachment of the 101st Airborne Division, a U.S. Army modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations. He later attended the Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University, where he met his Brazilian wife, Kika.


Carter’s vision of a conservation movement led by frontier producers and backed by science manifested itself in Aliança da Terra, a Brazilian conservation non-profit organization. Formed by farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the agribusiness industry, AT works with landowners to further land stewardship, to promote correct management of natural resources and to foster respect for rural workers. Developed by Aliança da Terra, the Registry of Social-Environmental Responsibility (RSR) serves to support producers in the social and environmental management of their lands. For the first time, transparency facilitates a positive feedback system that allows consumers to support those who are growing the food while providing crucial ecosystem services to society.


In 2009, Carter founded a wildland firefighter organization, the Aliança Brigade, trained by the USFS Smokejumpers. In six years, it has trained 600 volunteers, including six Indian tribes, fought 172 wildfires, and dramatically reduced fire’s impact across a vast area. Now recognized as the Volunteer Wildland Firefighting Unit of Brazil, the Aliança Brigade is expanding across the Amazon Basin, to include the creation of a Wildland Firefighter Training Center in partnership with Brazil’s Federal Government.


J. Barry Banker has been named the recipient of MBA’s Distingiuished Service Award. Banker has spent a great deal of his life in service to MBA. Banker grew up in Nashville and entered MBA in the 7th grade. He had a stellar career on The Hill, graduating in 1969. Banker went on to Vanderbilt University, earning a B.A. in 1973, then earned an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago in 1975.


Banker returned to Nashville and served as Treasurer, and later President, of Mid-State Steel, Inc., a family-owned steel distribution center in Nashville and Lexington, Kentucky. After selling the business in 1986, Banker became president of The Stewart Home and School, a private residential home and school in Frankfort, Kentucky that features 355 year- round students, ages 15-90 from 38 states and several foreign countries. Stewart Home specializes in students with special needs & intellectual challenges.


Banker has been an active member of the MBA Board of Trustees since 1990. He served as chairman of the Forging a Generation Ahead capital campaign that raised funds for the Joe C. Davis Building, an expansion of the schools Arts programs, a dining facility and kitchen, and additional classrooms on campus.


Banker serves on the board of Hope Through Healing Hands, Senator Bill Frist’s (’70) Foundation for Global Health. Banker and his wife Jean Ann have three children, P.G. (’99), Ann Stewart, and James (’06).


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