2013 Rising Stars
BBA '94, MBA '03
Jeremy Smitheal is a partner at Riverside Resources, a firm with a concentration on opportunistic commercial real estate investments. Jeremy received a BBA with Highest Honors in 1994 and an MBA in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining Riverside in 1996, Jeremy was a corporate finance analyst at Bear Stearns, & Co., where he participated in aspects of investment banking, including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and equity and debt offerings. At Riverside Resources, Jeremy has been actively involved in the acquisition and development of vertical mixed-use, office, high-rise residential, adaptive reuse, and master planned communities in Central Texas.
Jeremy has remained involved with the University of Texas through his role as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Finance since 2008. He is also active in local civic and professional organizations, having served as Director of the Real Estate Council of Austin, the Commercial Brokers Association, the Nature Conservancy, and the Advisory Council of the McCombs Real Estate and Investment Center.
Jeremy lives in Austin with his wife and three children.
Red Velvet Events Inc.
Cindy Lo is the President and Owner for Red Velvet Events, Inc., a full-service corporate event management and destination company. Cindy received a BBA in the Business Honors Program and Management Information Systems in 1998.
Prior to starting Red Velvet Events, Cindy worked for Trilogy Software, Inc. as an Integration Consultant and Technical Pre-Sales. Taking full advantage of her entrepreneurial upbringing and skills taken from working for an aggressive startup, Cindy started Red Velvet Events with the mission to use her project management and creative skills for a very different industry.
Eleven years in the making, and she still thinks she has the best of both worlds – doing something she genuinely does not call work while using technology to maximize the team’s efficiency in producing award-winning events.
Cindy has remained actively involved with The University of Texas at Austin by serving on the Management Information Systems Advisory Board, 1883 Council, Forty Acres Society, Forty Acres Scholarship Committee, and most recently UT Elementary. She also remains very involved with various special events and meeting professional networking groups.
Cindy is married to Scott Francis, and they have two young children who are enrolled in Austin’s Magellan International School.
Rising Star Honorees
David Anthony Murrell
Daniel B. Nelson
B.A. '96, MBA '06
BBA '99, MPA '99, J.D. '03
M. Christina Clayton
BBA ’02, MBA ’06 (University of Oxford)
Gregory H. Johnson
BS ’84 (Air Force Academy), MBA ’05
Holly Goodrich McMullan
BBA ’90, MBA ’97