Clarke Medallion Dinner Honors Alumnus Rob Estes, '74

On Tuesday, September 24th, faculty of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business presented Rob Estes ’74 with the TC and Elizabeth Clarke Medallion. Established in 1975, the medallion is given to an individual whose distinguished career and contributions to business represent the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

“The Clarke Medallion is our Nobel Prize,” Dean Pulley explained when introducing the award. “Rob was in my class at W&M. I continue to marvel at what he has done, and the remarkable career he has had. What sets Rob apart in my mind, however, is how he has achieved what he has achieved—always, against the backdrop of the highest standards of personal integrity and personal character.”

Estes is President and CEO of Estes Express Lines, America’s largest privately owned freight transportation carrier. During his time as President, Estes has transformed the company from an East Coast carrier into an international powerhouse with over 200 terminals in America, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Estes Express Lines is committed to supporting their community. Earlier this year, Estes Express Lines donated a total of $1 million to twenty companies chosen by Estes employees. Charities selected include the Alzheimer’s Association, Meals on Wheels America, Make a Wish Foundation, and many more. Estes Express Lines is also one of the first companies to take part in the Corporate Chaplains of America program, a program that provides employees with emotional and spiritual support.

Rob and Jean Estes are also active members of the William & Mary community. The couple met at William & Mary and graduated in 1974 and 1975, respectively. Rob is a Trustee on the W&M Business School Foundation and Rob and Jean both serve on the University’s For the Bold Campaign Steering Committee.

Rob Estes was joined by his wife Jean, his two children, and his oldest granddaughter. Congratulations, from all in attendance!