Josh Westerhold (MBA '10) placed second out of over one thousand entrants in the "Prize2theFuture" competition of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for transformation of real estate adjacent to Birmingham's Railroad Park into a cooler, more vibrant part of the city.
Westerhold received a cash award of $10,000 for his entry entitled "The Stockyard," which would use stackable re-purposed shipping containers and rail cars to create a path leading from the Railroad Park toward Sloss Furnaces. The path would also have provided seasonal space leases for food, arts, entertainment and offices.
"Josh was one of my most outstanding students and it does not surprise me at all that he would have the creativity and leadership to submit a prize-winning proposal," said Stephen Yoder, J.D., an Assistant Professor in the School of Business who taught Josh in two MBA courses, including one on strategic leadership.
Westerhold is Director of the Annual Campaign at United Way of Central Alabama. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from Auburn University. Josh is married to Abby Westerhold, who is Associate Director for Leadership Giving at the School of Business.
First place, and a $50,000 cash prize, was won by Birmingham LEED Certified Professional and consultant Colin Coyne for his entry entitled, "One Birmingham Place," which would have an eight-element, multi-use facility for performance, social media, visual arts, community theater and community organizations.
The Railroad Park is located immediately north of the UAB campus.