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McCombs Alumni Rising Star Award

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McCombs Alumni Rising Star Award Process Overview

The McCombs School of Business is pleased to present three young alumni with the Rising Star Award. The dean recognizes the rising stars at the annual Hall of Fame ceremony in Austin. Established in 2004, this award recognizes one BBA, one MBA, and one Specialty Masters graduate for being successful professionally and helping to strengthen the Texas McCombs Alumni Network. These graduates will be consummate business professionals as a result of their achievements, leadership, community involvement, and loyalty to the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dean Lillian Mills will present the 2021 awards at the Fall 2021 Hall of Fame event in Austin. The McCombs School’s program advisory boards administer and determine the Rising Star Awards in consultation with the dean.

Rising Star Award Criteria

  • Successful career advancement
  • Evidence of public recognition accorded by professional groups/corporations outside The University of Texas at Austin
  • Civic activity and public service by a nominee on a local, regional, state, national, or international basis
  • Current or former positions of business or community leadership
  • Service to the McCombs School of Business and The University of Texas at Austin

2022 nominations will be accepted starting in January 2022.

2021 Rising Star Award Honorees

Each year, the McCombs School of Business is pleased to present young alumni with the Rising Star Award. Honorees are acknowledged at the annual Hall of Fame ceremony. We present this award to alumni who have been successful professionally, and have helped strengthen the McCombs Alumni Network. These are graduates who have presented themselves as consummate professionals and dedicated business people. Congratulations to the 2021 honorees!

Jessica M. Lopez

Jessica M. Lopez

BBA '10, MPA '10

IDX

Michael C. Smith

Michael C. Smith

MBA '05

ExxonMobil Argentina

Past Rising Star Honorees

2015 - >

2015 -

2019

Kovid O. Gupta, BBA '10
Lance T. Loeffler, BBA '99, MBA '04
Carlos A. Whitaker, BBA '00, MPA '00

2018

David R. Druley, BBA '88, MBA '03
Jeffrey M. Duchin, BBA '98
Lisa Seacat DeLucaMSTC '10

 

2017

Marissa Jarratt, BBA '99, MBA '04
Kurt Leedy, BBA '02

 

2016

T. Mark Whatley, MBA '04
Ashish K. Gupta, BBA '00

 

2015

David Busker, MBA '07
Jack Nelson, BBA '98

2010 - 2014

2014

Scott Mattei, MBA '95
Vivek Shah, BBA '03


2013

Jeremy Smitheal, BBA '94, MBA '03
Cindy Lo, BBA '98


2012

Ryan Oliver, MBA '06
Dominic Sung, BBA '03


2011

Matt Chasen, MBA '04
David Anthony Murrell, BBA '01


2010

Daniel B. Nelson, BA '96, MBA '06
Matt Polze, BBA '99, MPA '99, JD '03

2005 - 2009

2009

Gregory H. Johnson,  MBA '05
M. Christina Clayton, BBA '02


2008

Holly Goodrich McMullan, MBA '04


2007

Tony Rogers, BBA '90, MBA '97


2006

Ted Wang, MBA '96


2005

Jeff Hoogendam, MBA '95