Young Alumnus of the Year Award

Congratulations to the inaugural class of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

2016 Young Alumnus of the Year Awardees

Young Alumni of the Year accept their award at the 2016 PIKE Convention in New Orleands, Louisiana. Pictured from l to r: Justin Buck, Shane Pate, Joseph Beard, DeAndre Calvert, Aaron Golchert, Dzenan Berberovic, Justin Crosby, Jeremy Moss, Michael Crabb, Joshua Lunn, John Bobango.

This award recognizes alumnus members under the age of 35 and awards up to nine young alumni for their professional accomplishments, contributions to their community, and their involvement as a volunteer for Pi Kappa Alpha, all while displaying the values of a True Pike.

The Young Alumnus Award is presented bi-annually at each International Convention.

Joseph Beard

Joseph Beard

(Louisiana-Monroe, Eta Omicron ’05)

Category: PIKE Involvement

At the age of 23, Joseph Beard (Louisiana-Monroe, Eta Omicron ’05) became the advisor for Eta Omicron Chapter, providing mentorship and guidance to chapter leadership. His efforts contributed to the chapter earning multi-year recognition as a top-performing PIKE chapter with standout accomplishments in academics, community service, campus leadership, and athletics.

Outside of the Fraternity, Brother Beard is involved in his community and with his alma mater. He serves as Ouachita Parish Chapter alumni association president for the University of Louisiana-Monroe alumni association, as a ULM athletic foundation trustee, on the North Monroe Baptist Church finance committee, and as a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Professionally, Beard serves as vice-president for the Southeast region of The Money Source, a top-15 correspondent mortgage company in the United States.


Dzenan Berberovic

(South Dakota, Kappa Pi ’08)

Category: Career

Berberovic has served in various development capacities for the University of South Dakota, raising more than $20 million for the university through major philanthropic commitments. In his first two years with the USD Foundation, he was promoted three times, recently being named to the organization’s leadership team. His success is rooted in his love for and ability to inspire others---traits he learned in Pi Kappa Alpha.

As a sign of his personal commitment to the Fraternity, he formed an endowed scholarship to benefit chapter presidents.


DeAndre Calvert

DeAndre’ Calvert

(Wayne State, Delta Nu ’06)

Category: Civic

After graduating from Wayne State University, Calvert immediately began working as a community leader for the City of Detroit, where he held positions such as community engagement manager and community developer.

As a community organizer, he devoted his time to empowering youth in the community and working to reach them during their crucial years. As community developer, he worked to end blight and abandonment, one community at a time. He created and led the O’Hair Park Community Association which brought together the neighborhood’s residents to work toward a common purpose. Calvert went on to form several other organizations around Detroit with the same vision, gaining support from multiple groups including the Detroit City Council and the Michigan House of Representatives.
From his time spent working with Delta Nu Chapter to his work in the community, Calvert has been a faithful mentor to everyone around him.


Michael Crabb

Michael Crabb

(Nebraska-Omaha, Delta Chi ’07)

Category: Civic

Crabb currently serves as a board member and treasurer for the Omaha Conservatory of Music, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing musical instruction for all ages, instruments, and ability levels. Prior to serving as treasurer, he worked with the Conservatory staff to create financial forecasts for its String Sprouts program. The program, which provides free string lessons for children ages 4-10, was implemented in 2013 and has since grown to serve an expected 1,277 students in 2016-17.

In addition to his work with the Conservatory, Crabb gives back to the community as a big brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and as a youth interest group leader in the Omaha Venture Group. He is deeply involved in the local community while also balancing his professional career as an associate for Tenaska Capital Management and also serving as the chapter advisor for Delta Chi Chapter.


Justin Crosby

Justin Crosby

(New Mexico, Beta Delta ’01)

Category: Career

Crosby joined the Department of Energy in 2007 and has excelled through his commitment to the advancement of the organization and its people. In 2014, he was promoted to manager of the headquarters program section within the Office of Acquisition and Project Management, making him the youngest manager in the department. Crosby strives to maximize the potential of his team and the organization by stretching his capabilities, taking risks, sharing opinions, and defending controversial positions.

The Department of Energy recognized him for his success by awarding him with the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award, recognizing him as the Federal Procurement Director of the Year, and selecting him to attend the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Aaron Golchert

Aaron Golchert

(Missouri-St. Louis, Zeta Phi ’03)

Category: Career

Golchert is a well-respected business leader in the St. Louis region and was recently recognized by the University of Missouri-St. Louis Business College as the recipient of their 2016 Rising Star award. At the age of 33, he has already been on multiple boards of directors including the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri-St. Louis alumni association. In addition, he is the most tenured area director in all of N2 Publishing, where he works on the corporate product development team, as a national best practice expert, and runs three St. Louis area publications.

He is repeatedly requested to speak at regional and national N2 conferences, was the final speaker at his alma mater’s Dollars and Sense business speaker’s series, and was the alumnus commencement speaker at the university’s winter commencement---3 years after graduating himself.


Joshua Lunn

Joshua Lunn

(Mississippi State, Gamma Theta '03)

Category: Career

Recognized as an innovative entrepreneur and master engineer, Lunn is credited with co-founding two software companies, YoogleShop and Kopis Mobile, before the age of 30. In addition, Lunn has developed a number of highly successful mobile apps including one of the highest-grossing apps for hunters.

He has also designed and produced highly intellectual programming systems for financial services and electric utilities. In 2011, Lunn served as the Firmware Engineer at Heartland Micropayments where he developed credit card and debit card software.

In 2013, Lunn founded Kopis Mobile to build software applications and electronics to be used by the Department of Defense, law enforcement, and private security markets. Kopis Mobile’s mission is “to provide rugged and secure digital tools to empower our nation’s defenders in an increasingly dangerous world”.


Jeremy Moss

Jeremy Moss

(Virginia Tech, Epsilon ’01)

Category: Career

Moss is an associate at Vandeventer Black LLP in Norfolk, Virginia, practicing in the area of community association law. As counsel to several hundred community associations in the area, he consults clients to build community through consensus and take action in the best interest of the group, not individuals. A sought-after lecturer on community association law, he was named a fellow of the Community Associations Institute, an international membership organization dedicated to fostering vibrant communities, in 2014.

In addition to industry-related work, Moss has also dedicated himself to improving and elevating the practice of law and giving back to his alma mater. He currently serves as a member of the Virginia Bar Association Real Estate Council, chair of the Virginia State Bar Committee on Common Interest Communities, and is a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He has served on Virginia Tech’s alumni advisory board for student affairs since 2012.


Shane Pate

Shane Pate

(Oklahoma State, Gamma Chi ’00)

Category: PIKE Involvement

Pate was the cornerstone figure in the formation of the Gamma Chi alumni association, serving as its first president. The association has provided major support to the chapter and has reinvigorated and connected the alumni to the chapter.

He was also the primary driver for the new chapter house at Oklahoma State and is considered a leader of the land acquisition and fundraising committees. Under his leadership, over 6 million dollars have been raised for the housing campaign. Although he is quick to deflect praise for his efforts, without his leadership, the alumni association, and subsequently the new chapter house construction would have never happened.

He has also fulfilled the traditional role of advisory board chairman and chapter advisor to the utmost, and is an active member of the chapter’s housing corporation.
In addition, Pate has spent over 40 hours a week giving back to Pi Kappa Alpha.

“In terms of commitment of time to the advancement of Gamma Chi, we may never again in our lifetimes owe so much to one person as we owe to our dear brother Shane Pate,” said former International President John Michael Williams (Oklahoma State, Gamma Chi ’68).

For more information contact the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation at (901) 748-1948 or pikeinfo@pikes.org