Adams and Luckie were nominated to be included in the initial Thirty Under 30 class by their peers, older alumni and friends of the fraternity. After several weeks of initial legwork by the Pi Kappa Phi alumni engagement team, a committee of volunteers reviewed all of the nominees in areas such as impact, leadership and service, and awards and recognition. The list of nominations was narrowed to 30 finalists. Both will receive special recognition at the fraternity’s convention this August in Atlanta.
Adams is a quickly rising financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments, opening his own branch in Bossier City in 2011. Adams graduated from NSU in 2009 and now serves on the university’s Presidents Council, NSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and Beta Omicron Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a student, he served the Beta Omicron Chapter as Secretary, Vice Archon, cycled Gear Up Florida (2007) and was IFC president. Since signing on with Edward Jones, he has made an impact in north Louisiana by working with successful individuals and business owners by offering fee-based investing, retirement plans, 401k rollovers, annuities, life insurance and more.
“I was very humbled and honored when I got word about receiving this award,” Adams said. “NSU and Pi Kappa Phi played a large role in my development as an undergrad. Both taught me the importance of being involved in my community. The connections and relationships built while I was a student led me to my career at Edward Jones and I couldn’t be happier.”
Luckie is an example of someone who has had both an outstanding career and a track record of dedication and impact as an alumnus at an early age. A 2008 NSU graduate, Luckie served his chapter as Chaplain and was a member of student government and homecoming court. By age 23, Lane had become the lead anchor for the primetime news at KTRE-TV. He has since moved on to KLTV, anchoring the highest-rated morning show in east Texas. His diversity as an anchor, reporter and producer has led to notoriety in his field. Lane served as the founding chapter advisor for Iota Zeta (Stephen F. Austin) and currently serves as chapter advisor to Theta Pi (Texas-Tyler), President of the Beta Omicron Alumni Association, board member for the NSU Alumni Association and as a facilitator for Mid Year Leadership Conference, Ladder of Risk and ASTP. His efforts earned him the fraternity’s Facilitator of the Year award and resulted in Beta Omicron earning the Alumni Chapter of the Year award in 2013.
“I’m so humbled and honored by this recognition,” Luckie said. “Pi Kappa Phi and Northwestern State provided me with unmatched leadership opportunities as a student and I genuinely believe they were critical to finding success in my dream career so quickly. I’ve benefitted first-hand from the numerous dedicated alumni who invest their time in mentoring student leaders, so it is very important to me to remain connected to my alma mater. Paying it forward by working with student leaders at NSU has been a very rewarding experience.”
Alumni of 25 different chapters of all sizes, locations and age are represented in the group of 30, painting a broad, yet distinguished, view of Pi Kappa Phi as a national organization.
The recipients come from all types of backgrounds, and were nominated for all types of outstanding achievement-- volunteerism, professional achievement, etc. While the qualifications of the honor can vary, all of the recipients have in common a commitment to fraternal values.