Steven Buffington, VP of Finance and Research at BB&T Capital Markets
Steven Buffington is an accomplished senior vice president with finance and research experience. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina – previous employers include BB&T Capital Markets and a private wealth management firm
Glenville State College honored Buffington with an All-American track and wrestling award, while Ravenswood High School honored him as West Virginia All-State football player, Little Kanawha Conference Football champion, and 100 yard dash record holder at Ravenswood.
Early Life and Education
Buffington graduated Ravenswood High School as a West Virginia All-State football player and two-time Little Kanawha Conference Wrestling Champion, before continuing his college football career at Glenville State College where he received first team all-conference honors his senior year and still held all GSC receiving records upon graduating.
After graduating from Truman, he began teaching physical education and algebra for 13 years in Savannah, Missouri and Hannibal, Montana, while also dabbling in iron work during summer breaks.
He first appeared as a guest on the CBS national radio program Luke Slaughter of Tombstone in February 1958, which led to various roles on television and film; for instance in Damn Citizen he portrayed an intelligent small-time gambler.
Buffington has held multiple roles throughout his career, such as sales, business development and leadership. He has held these responsibilities at several mining companies such as Barrick Gold and Hycroft Mining Operations where he successfully led multiple project ramp-ups and operational reforms for both underground and open pit mining operations.
Erich has extensive experience executing major capital projects and managing asset divestitures. Through this work, he has developed and implemented innovative technology solutions for driving growth. Furthermore, his responsibilities have included mentoring and leading teams of enterprise account executives and presale technical consultants.
As part of his hobbies, he coaches the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Jones College – leading them to a 99-11 record with three conference championships under his tutelage. Additionally, he serves on the Willmar Chamber of Commerce board.
Achievement and Honors
As a coach, Buffington has won many accolades during his tenure. In 2008 he received the WVIAC Coach of the Year award for the Pirates. Additionally he coaches varsity boys baseball team featuring players like Braden Osbolt, Mason Trucks and Trevor Bagwell; Caden Swift as catcher as well as pitchers Zane Axelberg and Kaleb Hammond have all played under him.
Ravenswood High School athlete Don Bevand was an All-West Virginia All-State Football Player, two-time Little Kanawha Conference wrestling champion, state champion in 100 yard dash and 180 yard low hurdles and attended Rookie Camp with Philadelphia Bell of World Football League.
He resides in Middletown, New York and currently works at 7 Mile Advisors as an Associate. He has been at this company for one year.
He holds the 100 yard dash record at Glenville State College. Additionally, he played football and wrestled during high school before appearing in several films such as Damn Citizen as a cunning small-time casino operator.
As Jones men’s and women’s tennis team coach, he currently oversees both teams’ tennis programs. Since taking this position, four players have earned All-MACCC Conference distinction while three received ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards from ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership Institute. Furthermore, two times NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year Award winners from Mississippi Association of Coaches recognized him.
He is both a father and grandfather. He has two sons and four grandchildren, as well as one sister named Lana August.
Yik Yak is founded by two cofounders who are refreshingly un-Silicon Valley: They reside in a three-bedroom apartment together and use a marker by the bathroom sink to brainstorm while brushing their teeth – not to mention having difficulty believing what is taking place is real!
Droll and Buffington created their now popular college campus-wide anonymous messaging app while students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013.
They first used it to address cyberbullying, then added tools to flag racist, misogynist or offensive content. But they’ve since faced lawsuits from former cofounders who feel betrayed, as well as questions over their privacy practices and privacy management procedures. Recently they brought on board new investor Jim Goetz who led large investments into WhatsApp prior to its $19 billion sale to Facebook.