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Advisory Council Membership

Tower, Capital and AT&T Center

Executive Committee

  • Richard Folger (Midland, TX) - Chair
    Richard FolgerRichard Folger is a Managing General Partner of Colbridge Partners, Ltd. a financial investment partnership focused on energy development. In April 2015, he retired as Chief Executive Officer and President of Warren Equipment Company, a position he held since 1999. The company is listed as a Forbes 400 America’s Largest Private Companies and provides equipment to the energy and construction industries. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Compressor Systems, Inc.

    Richard is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Petroleum Land Management and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. He received a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Richard is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. In 2011, he was recognized by The University of Texas Cockrell School with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

    Richard’s community and professional affiliations include: Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - El Paso Branch, Immediate Past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Midland Memorial Hospital, Advisory Board for The Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust and The Rea Charitable Trust, Director of Permian Basin Petroleum Association, Engineering Advisory Board for The University of Texas, and Executive Committee of The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council. Active memberships include the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin.

    Richard is a lifetime member of the Texas Exes and has supported the University through endowments including a Leadership Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

    Richard and his wife Lois reside in Midland, Texas, and they have two married daughters and two grandchildren.
  • George Ackert (Bernardsville, NJ) - Vice Chair

    George AckertGeorge Ackert is an internationally recognized investment banker and advisor to companies in the transportation and infrastructure space, as well as leasing/rental and business services. Mr. Ackert is Global Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at Evercore Partners, which he joined in 2009.

    Mr. Ackert's advisory assignments at Evercore have included advising Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; advising AMR on the strategic alternatives for American Eagle; the $500mm investment in PAL (Philippines Airlines), the $1.4bb sale of Coinmach/concurrent merger with Airserve; Carlyle’s acquisition of Landmark Aviation; the acquisition of LINC by Universal Truckload, the Sale of RMI by Carlyle to GE Transportation, the sale of 50% of Volaris to a consortium (including Indigo); the USPS on its restructuring, advised the creditors of YRC Worldwide creditors in connection with strategic alternatives and restructuring; The Carlyle Group on its $600 million venture with RPK, and advised AFL on its sale to FedEx Express. Previously, he was the Global Head of Transportation & Infrastructure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ackert also advised on a number of other significant transactions including: the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation to Canadian Pacific Railway; the sale of Pegasus Aviation Finance Company by Oaktree Capital Management to Terra Firma; the SkyWest Airlines acquisition of ASA from Delta Air Lines; the sale of Spirit Airlines; and on private equity transactions for Hertz and PODs. George was also instrumental in the merger/IPO/Chapter 11 re-emergence of America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as the full recapitalization of AMERCO (U-Haul).

    Mr. Ackert began his career as an associate attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions and Structured Finance at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, and a B.B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

    George has been married to Pamela Ackert for 21 years, and they have two children: George and Victoria Ackert. They live in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

  • Ray Nixon (Dallas, TX) - Past Chair
    Ray Nixon Ray Nixon joined Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss in 1994 from Smith Barney, Inc., where he was a member of the firm's Investment Policy Committee and served as their lead institutional stockbroker for the Southwest. During his 35-year investment career, he also served as a research analyst for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Mr. Nixon holds a BA and an MBA from The University of Texas. He is a member of the Board of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, the Board of the Salvation Army and the Investment Committee of The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
  • Red McCombs (San Antonio, TX) - Honorary Life Chair
    Red McCombsRed McCombs began his career as a salesman in the automobile business in Corpus Christi in 1950. In 1958, he relocated to San Antonio where he is owner of McCombs Enterprises. He is also co-founder of Clear Channel Communications and McCombs Energy Corporation and is active in a variety of other enterprises. Currently he is involved as lead investor of Circuit of the America’s  Formula 1 Grand Prix race and is excited about the annual race and related events at the Circuit of the America’s track near Austin.

     
    McCombs has had numerous leadership roles in national, state and local civic organizations, including the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio's World's Fair. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University and chairman of the Board of Visitors of Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and remains active in the local and statewide charitable communities. He is a member of the National Auto Dealers Hall of Fame, National College Football Hall of Fame, Texas Business Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and San Antonio Business Hall of Fame.

    McCombs is the former owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and the NBA's Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.

    McCombs has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Southwestern University and The University of Texas at Austin. He has been honored with the Presidential Citation from The University of Texas at Austin and received an Honorary Ph.D. Letter from Southwestern University.

Effective September 1, 2017

New Members

New members effective September 1, 2017

  • Travis Fagan (Dallas, TX)
    Travis Fagan - Bio Coming Soon
  • Gay Gaddis (Austin, TX)
    Gay Gaddis Gay Gaddis is Founder and CEO of T3—The Think Tank. Opened in 1989, T3 is one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the United States, with offices nationwide and a growing roster of Fortune 200 clients that have included UPS, Allstate, Staples, Boston Consulting Group, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Dell, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut to name a few. T3 is ranked as a top innovation agency in the U.S. Its simple mission statement has not changed since day one: “Kick-ass work for clients who want to kick ass.”

    Gaddis pursued a degree in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, Mortar Board, Texas Spirits and staff for the school’s Cactus Yearbook. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977 with a BFA in Studio Art. She is a lifetime member of the Texas Exes alumni organization.

    Gaddis originally started her advertising agency, T3, by cashing in a $16,000 IRA. In its early years, T3 was headquartered out of a single historic house in Austin, Texas, which grew into a campus of houses in Austin’s Judge’s Hill neighborhood. The agency headquarters now operates out of the 35,000-square foot former Texas Medical Association building at Lamar and MLK.

    In 1998, Gaddis was among 40 executives recognized by The White House and President Bill Clinton for leadership in creating a family-friendly workplace environment for “T3 & Under,” a program that allows moms and dads to bring their babies to work until they are 6 months old. Over 100 happy babies have started their careers at T3 over the past 28 years.

    She has received numerous awards and honors including Fast Company’s “Top 25 Women Business Builders” and Inc. Magazine’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year.” Gay has been a guest lecturer at The University of Texas, Harvard, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Stanford, TCU, Texas State, the University of Arkansas and UCLA. She has literally mentored hundreds of young people starting their careers in business. Gaddis is a regular contributor to Forbes and Fortune, and is part of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Insider Network. She has a new book, Cowgirl Power, coming out in January 2018 which encourages women to take more personal ownership of their careers and family life.

    In 2015, after taking a 38-year hiatus from painting, Gaddis returned to her roots as an artist, making her debut with a solo art exhibition at The Curator Gallery in New York City. Her show, “Sky Descending,” depicts life from her home at the Double Heart Ranch. The show was named one of the most successful solo art exhibitions in the gallery’s history and was featured in several media outlets, including Paper Magazine, The Alcalde and Texas Monthly. In 2017, Gaddis was named one of 10 Artists To Collect Now by Texas Monthly.

    Gaddis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), the Global Advisory Board of the Womensphere Foundation, Dean’s Advisory Council to The University of Texas McCombs School of Business and is an advisor to TeXchange. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY). In 2015, Gaddis was appointed the first female Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council; she continues to serve today. Elected by peers, Gaddis is the former Chair of The Committee of 200 (C200), a top women’s business organization founded with the purpose of advancing women’s leadership in business. She also is a board member of The Foundation for A Globally Competitive Texas. As a gubernatorial appointment she served on the Lower Colorado River Authority board and chaired the Water Committee.

    Gaddis is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, women's leadership and corporate culture and innovation. She is represented by Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau based in New York.

    Gaddis lives in Austin, Texas and is married to Lee Gaddis. Together they own and operate the historic Double Heart Ranch in the Texas Hill Country where she raises Texas Longhorn cattle and Boer goats. She has three children: Ben Gaddis (President, T3), Sam Gaddis (a serial entrepreneur working on software development) and Rebecca Gaddis (lifestyle entrepreneur, founder Ambhasaa).

  • Phil Green (San Antonio, TX)
    Phil GreenPhil Green serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. and Frost Bank. Green joined the Cullen/Frost organization in July 1980 and served in a number of managerial positions in the company’s financial division before being named chief financial officer in 1995, a position he held until 2015, and was named group executive vice president in 2001. He was named president of Cullen/Frost in 2015.

    Green also had oversight for Frost’s technology, operations and capital markets areas. In recent years he has helped lead the company’s efforts to enhance its technology and product offerings as a part of delivering outstanding customer experiences.

    Green was a member of the management team that helped Frost navigate the Texas downtown of the 1980s, as well as the financial crisis of 2008 in which Frost declined the TARP funding program. Frost was the first bank in the nation to publicly decline to apply for TARP funds.

    Green is a past president and director of the South Texas Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI). He is also a past director and executive committee member of the San Antonio Symphony. He has served on the advisory committee for strategic planning for the Boy Scouts of San Antonio. Phil is a past board member and a member of the investment committee for the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. He currently serves on the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and on the McCombs Scholars Program committee. Phil is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Mid-Sized Bank Coalition of America.

    Green graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to joining Frost, he spent three years in public accounting with Ernst & Ernst, Green, 61, is married and has six children.
  • Bryan Grundhoefer - Bio Coming Soon
  • Mindy Hildebrand (Houston, TX)
    Mindy Hildebrand began her career as a paralegal for the Law Office of Tom Henderson in Houston, Texas in 1987. Currently, she is the owner of River Oaks Donuts in Houston, and serves as Vice President of the Hildebrand Foundation, Hilcorp Ventures, Inc., and the Texas A&M Equine Initiative Foundation.

    Hildebrand served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Texas, and as long time board member for the Memorial Park Conservancy. She holds a BBA Management from the University of Texas.

    She is the Chair of the Memorial Park Conservancy Endowment, and serves as a board member for the National Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Houston Parks Board, Episcopal High School Endowment, Episcopal High School, the University of Texas Development Board, and MD Anderson Board of Visitors.

    Hildebrand also serves as a committee member for the Museum of Fine Art Houston, and for over 30 years for the International Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
  • Rob Holmes (Dallas, TX)
    Rob HolmesRob Holmes is the head of Corporate Client Banking and Specialized Industries at JPMorgan Chase & Co. The business, which operates from many offices in the U.S. and Canadian regions, provides traditional banking services, investment banking solutions and international capabilities to companies across all industries, typically with $500 million and greater in annual sales. In addition, Rob holds the responsibility for coordinating Investment Banking Coverage across the Commercial Bank to ensure seamless execution for all Commercial Banking clients.

    Rob is a member of the Commercial Banking Executive Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.

    Rob has worked for J.P. Morgan and its predecessor firms since 1989 in a variety of roles. Prior to being named head of Corporate Client Banking and Specialized Industries, Rob was the co-head of J.P. Morgan’s North American Retail Industries Investment Banking practice and head of Investment Banking for the southern region of the U.S. As a U.S. region head, Holmes served as a member of the North America Investment Banking Management Committee, the primary governance body for banking.

    In the Investment Bank he was responsible for advising clients on strategic alternatives and structuring a broad spectrum of corporate finance executions. He has extensive experience in the arrangement of both public and private financings in the debt and equity markets.

    An active member of the community, Rob most recently served as a National Trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and on the board of the Dallas Citizens Council. He currently serves on the board of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Development Board of The University of Texas, and is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

    Rob received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Charlyn reside in Dallas and have three children, Ashley, Allison and Baron.
  • Rob Malcolm (Austin, TX)
    Rob Malcolm - Bio Coming Soon
  • Christopher Manning (New York, NY)
    Chris ManningChristopher “Chris” Manning is a Managing Partner of Trilantic North America and Chairman of Trilantic Energy Partners North America. Chris is also a member of the Investment Committees of Fund III, Fund IV Global, Fund V North America and TEP North America. His primary focus is on investments in the energy sector. Chris joined Trilantic North America in 2009 at its inception, prior to which he was at Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking (LBMB). Chris joined LBMB in 2000 and was the Head of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division, including both the Asset Management and Private Equity businesses, in Asia-Pacific from 2006 to 2008. He was also a member of the Global Investment Management Division Executive Committee and the Private Equity Division Operating Committee. Prior to joining the Natural Resources investment banking practice at Lehman Brothers, Chris was the Chief Financial Officer of The Wing Group, a developer of international power projects. Prior to The Wing Group, he was in the investment banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he worked on M&A and corporate finance transactions in the energy industry. Chris is currently Chairman of the Board of Fluid Delivery Solutions LLC and a director of Enduring Resources LLC, Indigo Minerals LLC, Solaris Midstream Holdings, Trail Ridge Energy Partners II LLC, TRP Energy LLC, Velvet Energy LTD and Ward Energy Partners. Chris was previously Chairman of the Board of LB Pacific and TLP Energy and a director of Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR), Antero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM), Mediterranean Resources, LLC, Templar Energy LLC and VantaCore Partners. Chris holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Kirsty McCormack (Houston, TX
    Kirsty McCormack Kirsty McCormack, Vice President Planning and Commercial Operations, BP Upstream, is responsible for short and long term business planning for BP’s Upstream business. The role includes responsibility for strategy, portfolio analysis, external results reporting and financial management information. Kirsty joined BP in 1997 after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, UK, and has spent her whole career with BP.

    She has held a wide variety of leadership roles in finance in the Upstream business, including regional Commercial Manager roles in Egypt, Angola and the Gulf of Mexico. More recently she was Finance Director for BP’s global project delivery organization, and as part of the leadership team she was instrumental in ensuring delivery of BP’s portfolio of major projects.

    Outside of Upstream finance, Kirsty has also held roles in Group Treasury and in the Portfolio Management Office for a major organizational change program. She was appointed to her current role in 2017 and reports to the Upstream CFO. She is based in Houston Texas, USA.
  • Pam McIlhenny (Austin, TX)
    Pam McIlhennyPam McIlhenny currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Miller Thomson & Partners, LLC, a startup natural gas company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was previously one of nine founding partners and the startup VP Finance of Energy Partners, an oil and gas company headquartered in New Orleans. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer for XCL, Ltd., a Lafayette, Louisiana oil and gas company that obtained the first onshore oil concession in the People's Republic of China. After receiving her M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, Pam began her career at Texas Commerce Bank, and was Senior Vice President in the bank's Energy Group at the end of her tenure there. Pam and her husband, Edmund McIlhenny, divide their time between Austin, Texas and Avery Island Louisiana, where Edmund is a Director of McIlhenny Company, manufacturer of Tabasco brand pepper sauce products.
  • Bill Montgomery (Houston, TX)
    Bill MontgomeryBill Montgomery is a Partner of Quantum Energy Partners and is a member of Quantum’s Executive and Investment Committees. Founded in 1998, Quantum is a leading provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry and has managed more than $13 billion of equity commitments since its inception. Bill is responsible for originating and overseeing investments in the oil and gas upstream and oilfield service sectors. Prior to joining Quantum, Bill was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he headed the firm’s Natural Resources Group as well as its Houston office. Bill’s career as a banker spanned 22 years and was focused on large cap energy companies primarily in the upstream and oil service sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Apache Corporation, Enterprise Products Holdings, LLC and Cockrell Interests. He has also been an active civic leader, chairing the boards of The Houston Museum of Natural Science and The St. Francis Episcopal Day School and currently serves on the board of trustees of The Kinkaid School, The Episcopal Health Foundation and the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Bill earned his B.B.A. from The University of Texas and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Craig Musgrove (Dallas, TX)
    Craig MusgroveCraig Musgrove is Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Frito-Lay North America.  In this role, Craig is responsible for the strategy, revenue, profitability, and people associated with Frito-Lay North America retail customers, as well as eCommerce.

     

    Craig has held a variety of sales and general management roles within PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President Transformation for FLNA, Vice President of Sales/Marketing for FLNA, Region Vice President for FLNA and Vice President/General Manager for PepsiCo.  He joined PepsiCo in 1991 as a sales associate in after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing.

    Craig, his wife Cindy, daughter Daniella and son Lucas live in Dallas.

  • Scott Plantowsky (Bellaire, TX)
    Scott PlantowskyFor approximately 30 years, Scott Plantowsky has held meaningful operating and advisory roles in a variety of successful business enterprises. His operating and financial leadership has driven several startups to extraordinary valuations. The areas of success have occurred in industries such has high tech software and hardware, real estate, equipment leasing and furniture manufacturing, both domestic and internationally. He has current and past business relationships and operating experience, both domestically and overseas, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Mexico, Vietnam, China and Cambodia. Currently, Mr. Plantowsky has focused his efforts as a Private Investor and is a valued advisor to a variety of business ventures and charities

    Mr. Plantowsky has served on several charitable organizations including Advisory Boards of Texas Children’s Hospital, The Arthritis Foundation and Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces and is an avid supporter of many other organizations such as Houston Holocaust Museum and Seven Acres Jewish Home for the Aged. He is an adventurous traveler and enjoys skiing, fishing and golf as hobbies. He resides in Bellaire, Texas with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Hannah and Jake.
  • Tammy Romo (Dallas, TX)
    Tammy Romo - Bio Coming Soon

Active Members

  • George Ackert (Bernardsville, NJ) - Vice Chair*

    George AckertGeorge Ackert is an internationally recognized investment banker and advisor to companies in the transportation and infrastructure space, as well as leasing/rental and business services. Mr. Ackert is Global Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at Evercore Partners, which he joined in 2009.

    Mr. Ackert's advisory assignments at Evercore have included advising Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; advising AMR on the strategic alternatives for American Eagle; the $500mm investment in PAL (Philippines Airlines), the $1.4bb sale of Coinmach/concurrent merger with Airserve; Carlyle’s acquisition of Landmark Aviation; the acquisition of LINC by Universal Truckload, the Sale of RMI by Carlyle to GE Transportation, the sale of 50% of Volaris to a consortium (including Indigo); the USPS on its restructuring, advised the creditors of YRC Worldwide creditors in connection with strategic alternatives and restructuring; The Carlyle Group on its $600 million venture with RPK, and advised AFL on its sale to FedEx Express. Previously, he was the Global Head of Transportation & Infrastructure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ackert also advised on a number of other significant transactions including: the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation to Canadian Pacific Railway; the sale of Pegasus Aviation Finance Company by Oaktree Capital Management to Terra Firma; the SkyWest Airlines acquisition of ASA from Delta Air Lines; the sale of Spirit Airlines; and on private equity transactions for Hertz and PODs. George was also instrumental in the merger/IPO/Chapter 11 re-emergence of America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as the full recapitalization of AMERCO (U-Haul).

    Mr. Ackert began his career as an associate attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions and Structured Finance at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, and a B.B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

    George has been married to Pamela Ackert for 21 years, and they have two children: George and Victoria Ackert. They live in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

  • John Bass (Houston, TX)
  • Brett Biggs (Rogers, AR)

    Brett BiggsBrett Biggs is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart. He is responsible for shared services, accounting and control, corporate strategy and development, business planning and analysis, internal auditing, treasury, tax, and several other key areas of the company.

    Brett held the roles of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for both Walmart International and for Walmart U.S. 

    He has also served as Senior Vice President, International Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions and Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance. Brett held roles for Sam’s club including Chief Financial Officer and later Senior Vice President, Operations.

    Prior to joining Walmart in 2000, Brett held various M&A and corporate finance positions with Leggett & Platt, Phillips Petroleum Co. and Price Waterhouse.

    Brett is involved in various civic functions including serving on the Board of Directors for MANA, a nonprofit group focused on acute malnutrition in African children. Brett also serves on the Cancer Challenge Board and as Walmart’s corporate representative on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas.  Within Walmart he serves on the Walmart Foundation Board as well as being an executive sponsor for the Hispanic/Latino Resource Group and the Women in Finance leadership group.

    Brett graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received a MBA with Honors from Oklahoma State University.  He serves in various advisory roles at Harding University.

    Brett and his wife, Kara, have two daughters and live in Rogers, Arkansas.

  • Teresa Binning (Chatham, NJ)
    Teresa Binning Teresa D. Binning is retired from a career in public accounting and is currently involved in various civic and charitable organizations including The Chatham Emergency Squad, where she is an EMT, and the Junior League of MorristownBinning is also a member of The University of Texas Development Board and the College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council.  She resides in Chatham, NJ and Jackson, WY with her husband, Gary, and graduated with a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Michael J. Blue (Austin, TX)
    Michael BlueMichael Blue is the Managing Partner for the Austin office of Ernst & Young. Prior to assuming his roles in Austin, Michael was Partner in the firm's Capital Markets Group in Paris, France and was responsible for European multinational companies going public in the U.S. and other European multinationals registered on U. S. stock exchanges. He has also worked in San Jose, Frankfurt, Germany and Houston offices.


    Michael has over 30 years of experience serving high growth, technology companies, from venture backed start-ups to multinational public and privately held companies with a focus on the semiconductor, software and biotechnology industries. He has extensive expertise in SEC reporting, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as international accounting and auditing, and strategic transactions.

    His clients have included National Instruments, Cree, Inc., Silicon Laboratories Corporation, Cirrus Logic, Luminex, GenSet, Whole Foods, Business Objects, Epicor, Websense, SAS, and Xilinx.

    Michael has a BBA in Accounting in 1985 from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Bill Braun (Houston, TX)
    Bill BraunBill Braun is Chevron’s chief information officer and the president of its Information Technology Company. Bill assumed this role in 2015 and is based in Houston, TX.

    Bill joined Chevron in 1991 as a programmer, and has held technical and management positions across the organization, including Chevron North America Exploration & Production, Supply & Trading and ITC. These positions included responsibilities in telecommunications, fraud management, project management and operations. He has served with the corporation in Texas, California and Singapore.

    Bill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2014. He serves on the Board of Directors for SEARCH Homeless Services of Houston and as a co-chair for the Governing Body of the Houston CIO Executive Summit.
  • Shane Brisbin (San Francisco, CA)

    Shane BrisbinShane Brisbin is a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in San Francisco. For more than 20 years Shane has served as a financial advisor exclusively for families of significant wealth. His team manages in excess of $4 billion on behalf of Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs and Private Investors who require comprehensive and sophisticated investment advice. Shane has been recognized by Barron’s magazine’s 2016 ranking of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors. MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, BS from the University of Southern California.

  • Daniel O. Chesnut (Dallas, TX)
    Dan ChesnutDan Chesnut is the chief operating officer for KPMG’s Advisory business in the U.S. KPMG Advisory is made up of 30,000 business advisers from across KPMG International's global network of member firms organized into three service groups – Risk Consulting, Management Consulting, and Deal Advisory. Most recently, he served as the chief operating officer for Risk Consulting globally and in the U.S. 

    Mr. Chesnut has a diverse industry background, serving clients in the manufacturing, retail, energy, telecommunications, and software and services industries. He has served as the engagement and lead partner for many of Advisory’s largest clients in the Dallas area. He previously served as the Southwest Area managing partner – Advisory, an Area Service Line Leader, and as an external audit partner. 

    Mr. Chesnut is a CPA in the state of Texas with 32 years of experience (29 years providing audit and advisory services and three years in industry serving as a corporate financial officer). Dan is a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army – DFW Metroplex Command, serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Accounting at The University of Texas, and is a past board president of the Dallas Fort Worth Retail Executives Association and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of Financial Executives International where he served on the board of the Dallas chapter for five years. Mr. Chesnut is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jane-Page Crump (Houston, TX)
    Jane-Page CrumpJane-Page Crump graduated with an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas. For her thesis she developed a computer program titled, Model for Obtaining the Optimum Level of Trade Credit, which determined a manufacture’s break-even point for the manufacturing of a product. While in graduate school, she taught tax accounting and bookkeeping at an Austin business college. Upon graduation, from UT, she joined PriceWaterhouse in Houston as a tax accountant. She remained in tax accounting for five years after which time she decided to pursue her original business ambitions in the field of design and studied for and passed the NCIDQ – the qualifying exam for Professional Interior Designers.

    Jane-Page Crump serves as president of Jane Page Design Group (JPDG), an award winning interior design firm which is renowned for being one of the top design firms in Houston. Jane-Page attributes the success of her business, in part, to her diverse education and to her talented staff. Her firm has won many national and local design awards and has won more awards with her Theater designs than any design firm in Houston.

    JPDG design work has been recognized by numerous organizations and has been published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. In 2016 she was recognized with the ASID National Lifetime Achievement Award in design. In addition to her design work, Jane-Page is known for her professional service. A member of the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID), she is a former president of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. She is also a past president of the Texas Association of Interior Design (TAID).

    In 2014 Jane-Page Crump was recognized by the Crones and Colitis Foundation as a 2014 Woman of Distinction for her many philanthropic endeavors. In 2010, Jane-Page was honored as one of Houston’s Most Influential Woman by Houston’s Business Woman Magazine, and in 2012, she was inducted into the Greater Houston Woman’s Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Fame. In the community, Jane-Page volunteers her time with many non-profit organizations.

    Jane-Page serves on the Board of Directors as Past President for the Chaplewood United Methodist Church Foundation and on the Board of Directors as Past President for Preservation Houston. Crump believes in giving back to the community and encourages and supports her staff in their community services.

    Jane-Page and James G. Crump (past Partner in Charge, Houston office and Global Energy Partner for PriceWaterhouse Coopers) are married with children and grandchildren.
  • R. Scott Dennis (Dallas, TX)

    Scott DennisR. Scott Dennis is the Chief Executive Officer of Invesco Real Estate. He is responsible for the day-to-day strategy execution and management of the global real estate business. Mr. Dennis has been with Invesco for 25 years. Prior to his role managing the global real estate group, he was co-head of IRE’s North American group and head of the U.S. acquisitions team. Over his career, Mr. Dennis has been involved in more than $25 billion of real estate investments, covering a broad range of property types and investment structures.

    Before joining Invesco, Mr. Dennis worked at Bankers Trust Company, where he was responsible for structuring equity and debt investments on behalf of Bankers Trust and other institutional clients. Additionally, Mr. Dennis was with Trammell Crow Company, where he was responsible for investments on behalf of their commingled funds.

    Mr. Dennis earned a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Dennis has 36 years of real estate investment experience.

  • Travis Fagan (Dallas, TX) - New Member*
    Travis Fagan - Bio Coming Soon
  • Richard Folger (Midland, TX) - Chair*
    Richard FolgerRichard Folger is a Managing General Partner of Colbridge Partners, Ltd. a financial investment partnership focused on energy development. In April 2015, he retired as Chief Executive Officer and President of Warren Equipment Company, a position he held since 1999. The company is listed as a Forbes 400 America’s Largest Private Companies and provides equipment to the energy and construction industries. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Compressor Systems, Inc.

    Richard is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Petroleum Land Management and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. He received a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Richard is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. In 2011, he was recognized by The University of Texas Cockrell School with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

    Richard’s community and professional affiliations include: Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - El Paso Branch, Immediate Past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Midland Memorial Hospital, Advisory Board for The Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust and The Rea Charitable Trust, Director of Permian Basin Petroleum Association, Engineering Advisory Board for The University of Texas, and Executive Committee of The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council. Active memberships include the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin.

    Richard is a lifetime member of the Texas Exes and has supported the University through endowments including a Leadership Chair in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

    Richard and his wife Lois reside in Midland, Texas, and they have two married daughters and two grandchildren.
  • Jeff Fronterhouse (Dallas, TX)
    Jeff Fronterhouse Jeff Fronterhouse, Managing Partner of Riata, co-heads the firm’s Investment Committee and is responsible for the overall management, operations, and strategy of the firm. Prior to Riata, Mr. Fronterhouse co-founded and was Co-Chief Executive Officer of Brazos Private Equity Partners, a private equity investment firm that managed $1.4 billion of capital commitments across three funds. Since Brazos’s founding in 1999, the firm has invested approximately $1 billion of capital in 80 platform and add-on acquisitions, representing almost $3 billion in transaction value. Prior to co-founding Brazos, Mr. Fronterhouse was a senior investment professional at Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, a private equity investment firm. Earlier in his career, he specialized in mergers and acquisitions for The First Boston Corporation. During his greater than 26-year career in private equity, Mr. Fronterhouse has been instrumental in sponsoring and executing over 100 private equity transactions in the consumer, industrial, healthcare, and business services sectors.

    He currently serves on the board of directors of several companies, including Smile Source, European Wax Center, Acuity Eyecare Holdings, and WSS. Mr. Fronterhouse formerly was a member of the Dallas Citizens Council and YPO and served on the boards of Baylor Healthcare System Foundation and Highland Park Education Foundation. He currently serves on The University of Texas Development Board. He is also a member of the Texas Cowboys Alumni Association Advisory Council and The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.

    Mr. Fronterhouse received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors from The University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.
  • Gay Gaddis (Austin, TX) - New Member*
    Gay Gaddis Gay Gaddis is Founder and CEO of T3—The Think Tank. Opened in 1989, T3 is one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the United States, with offices nationwide and a growing roster of Fortune 200 clients that have included UPS, Allstate, Staples, Boston Consulting Group, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Dell, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut to name a few. T3 is ranked as a top innovation agency in the U.S. Its simple mission statement has not changed since day one: “Kick-ass work for clients who want to kick ass.”

    Gaddis pursued a degree in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, Mortar Board, Texas Spirits and staff for the school’s Cactus Yearbook. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977 with a BFA in Studio Art. She is a lifetime member of the Texas Exes alumni organization.

    Gaddis originally started her advertising agency, T3, by cashing in a $16,000 IRA. In its early years, T3 was headquartered out of a single historic house in Austin, Texas, which grew into a campus of houses in Austin’s Judge’s Hill neighborhood. The agency headquarters now operates out of the 35,000-square foot former Texas Medical Association building at Lamar and MLK.

    In 1998, Gaddis was among 40 executives recognized by The White House and President Bill Clinton for leadership in creating a family-friendly workplace environment for “T3 & Under,” a program that allows moms and dads to bring their babies to work until they are 6 months old. Over 100 happy babies have started their careers at T3 over the past 28 years.

    She has received numerous awards and honors including Fast Company’s “Top 25 Women Business Builders” and Inc. Magazine’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year.” Gay has been a guest lecturer at The University of Texas, Harvard, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Stanford, TCU, Texas State, the University of Arkansas and UCLA. She has literally mentored hundreds of young people starting their careers in business. Gaddis is a regular contributor to Forbes and Fortune, and is part of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Insider Network. She has a new book, Cowgirl Power, coming out in January 2018 which encourages women to take more personal ownership of their careers and family life.

    In 2015, after taking a 38-year hiatus from painting, Gaddis returned to her roots as an artist, making her debut with a solo art exhibition at The Curator Gallery in New York City. Her show, “Sky Descending,” depicts life from her home at the Double Heart Ranch. The show was named one of the most successful solo art exhibitions in the gallery’s history and was featured in several media outlets, including Paper Magazine, The Alcalde and Texas Monthly. In 2017, Gaddis was named one of 10 Artists To Collect Now by Texas Monthly.

    Gaddis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), the Global Advisory Board of the Womensphere Foundation, Dean’s Advisory Council to The University of Texas McCombs School of Business and is an advisor to TeXchange. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY). In 2015, Gaddis was appointed the first female Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council; she continues to serve today. Elected by peers, Gaddis is the former Chair of The Committee of 200 (C200), a top women’s business organization founded with the purpose of advancing women’s leadership in business. She also is a board member of The Foundation for A Globally Competitive Texas. As a gubernatorial appointment she served on the Lower Colorado River Authority board and chaired the Water Committee.

    Gaddis is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, women's leadership and corporate culture and innovation. She is represented by Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau based in New York.

    Gaddis lives in Austin, Texas and is married to Lee Gaddis. Together they own and operate the historic Double Heart Ranch in the Texas Hill Country where she raises Texas Longhorn cattle and Boer goats. She has three children: Ben Gaddis (President, T3), Sam Gaddis (a serial entrepreneur working on software development) and Rebecca Gaddis (lifestyle entrepreneur, founder Ambhasaa).

  • Jonathan Goldman (Atlanta, GA)
    Jonathan Goldman serves as Managing Partner and CEO of Genesis Capital. Mr. Goldman has successfully completed a wide variety of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, restructurings, initial and secondary public offerings of equity, debt financings and underwritings, and derivative hedging transactions.

    Since founding Genesis Capital in 2003, the firm has established a track record of working with public corporations, family owned businesses and private companies to achieve their strategic and financial objectives. Mr. Goldman has lead Genesis Capital’s focus on client need rather than size and, as a result, has served clients over $30 billion to under $50 million in transactions exceeding $1 billion to under $25 million. Clients include public corporations such as Northrop Grumman (NYSE: “NOC”), Spectrum Brands (NYSE: “SPB”), Choicepoint (NYSE: “CPS”), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: “HOT”), Cousins Properties (NYSE: "CUZ") and Lodgian (AMEX: “LGN”), as well as leading family owned businesses, including The Paradies Shops, Herschend Family Entertainment, and Jackson Healthcare. Jonathan also has strong relationships with many private equity firms, hedge funds and family offices

    Prior to Genesis Capital, Mr. Goldman was a Managing Director of Robertson Stephens, L.L.C. and a member of that Firm's Management Committee. At Robertson Stephens, Jonathan's responsibilities included managing the firm's global investment banking activities for the Software Group, Electronic Manufacturing Group, and Energy Technologies Group, managing the Atlanta office and activities in the Sunbelt Region of the United States, assisting in managing the firm's Healthcare Group, and serving on the firm’s Fairness Opinion Review Committee. Prior to joining Robertson Stephens, Jonathan was a Managing Director with The Robinson-Humphrey Company, L.L.C. where he served as Head of the Healthcare Group and also focused on leading technology solution and service providers. From 1987 to 1995, Jonathan was in the investment banking group of Credit Suisse First Boston, Inc

    Jonathan serves on several community, philanthropic and company Boards. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc.; is a member of the University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Council;  Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Charity Clays, LLC; Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Committee for Camp Sea Gull; and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.  He also currently serves as an Advisory Board Director for MAX ExchangeThe Last Straw, Inc., HiCast Sports and a former Director for The Paradies Shops, Inc., EveryBody Wins for LiteracyGeorgia Special Olympics, and The Temple.

    Jonathan received a B.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas in Austin.
  • Phil Green (San Antonio, TX) - New Member*
    Phil GreenPhil Green serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. and Frost Bank. Green joined the Cullen/Frost organization in July 1980 and served in a number of managerial positions in the company’s financial division before being named chief financial officer in 1995, a position he held until 2015, and was named group executive vice president in 2001. He was named president of Cullen/Frost in 2015.

    Green also had oversight for Frost’s technology, operations and capital markets areas. In recent years he has helped lead the company’s efforts to enhance its technology and product offerings as a part of delivering outstanding customer experiences.

    Green was a member of the management team that helped Frost navigate the Texas downtown of the 1980s, as well as the financial crisis of 2008 in which Frost declined the TARP funding program. Frost was the first bank in the nation to publicly decline to apply for TARP funds.

    Green is a past president and director of the South Texas Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI). He is also a past director and executive committee member of the San Antonio Symphony. He has served on the advisory committee for strategic planning for the Boy Scouts of San Antonio. Phil is a past board member and a member of the investment committee for the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. He currently serves on the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and on the McCombs Scholars Program committee. Phil is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Mid-Sized Bank Coalition of America.

    Green graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to joining Frost, he spent three years in public accounting with Ernst & Ernst, Green, 61, is married and has six children.
  • John D. Harkey, Jr. (Dallas, TX)

    John HarkeyJohn D. Harkey, Jr. has over 25 years of experience as a private investor, chief executive and director of both public and private companies.  He has merged, acquired, operated and/or served on the board of directors of eight public companies in energy, technology, aerospace, telecommunications, biotech and restaurants, and private companies in real estate, healthcare, farm and ranch products and software development.

    Harkey is the founder of Consolidated Restaurant Companies, Inc. (CRC) and its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  CRC operates full-service restaurants and employs more than 5,000 people in 18 states and in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  CRC currently operates and franchises the casual-dining restaurants Cantina Laredo, El Chico, Black Oak Grill and Lucky’s, and fine dining steakhouses III Forks, Cool River Café and Silver Fox Steakhouse.

    Mr. Harkey is also the Co-Founder and past Executive Chairman of AveXis, Inc., a clinical stage Gene Therapy Biotech Company focused on developing gene therapy for patients with rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases like Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  (NASDAQ:AVXS).

    He is formerly the Chairman of the Board of Regency Gas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:RGP, sold to Energy Transfer) has served on the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Equity, LP (NYSE: ETE) and Energy Transfer Partners, LP (NYSE: ETP).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Loral Space & Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LORL), and on the Board of Directors of Emisphere Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:EMIS).  He formerly served on Board of Directors of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), which was recently acquired by AT&T. 

    Philanthropically, Mr. Harkey serves on the Board of Directors of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, the President’s Development Council of Howard Payne University, the Executive Board of Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the CEO Advisory Board of Dallas Arboretum and is chapter chair of the Dallas YPO-Gold Chapter.

    Mr. Harkey obtained a B.B.A. in the Business Honors Program and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.B.A. from Stanford University School of Business.  During his time at UT, he was actively involved in the University and recognized with the Outstanding Student Award.

  • Mindy Hildebrand (Houston, TX) - New Member*
    Mindy Hildebrand began her career as a paralegal for the Law Office of Tom Henderson in Houston, Texas in 1987. Currently, she is the owner of River Oaks Donuts in Houston, and serves as Vice President of the Hildebrand Foundation, Hilcorp Ventures, Inc., and the Texas A&M Equine Initiative Foundation.

    Hildebrand served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Texas, and as long time board member for the Memorial Park Conservancy. She holds a BBA Management from the University of Texas.

    She is the Chair of the Memorial Park Conservancy Endowment, and serves as a board member for the National Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Houston Parks Board, Episcopal High School Endowment, Episcopal High School, the University of Texas Development Board, and MD Anderson Board of Visitors.

    Hildebrand also serves as a committee member for the Museum of Fine Art Houston, and for over 30 years for the International Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
  • Rob Holmes (Dallas, TX) - New Member*
    Rob HolmesRob Holmes is the head of Corporate Client Banking and Specialized Industries at JPMorgan Chase & Co. The business, which operates from many offices in the U.S. and Canadian regions, provides traditional banking services, investment banking solutions and international capabilities to companies across all industries, typically with $500 million and greater in annual sales. In addition, Rob holds the responsibility for coordinating Investment Banking Coverage across the Commercial Bank to ensure seamless execution for all Commercial Banking clients.

    Rob is a member of the Commercial Banking Executive Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.

    Rob has worked for J.P. Morgan and its predecessor firms since 1989 in a variety of roles. Prior to being named head of Corporate Client Banking and Specialized Industries, Rob was the co-head of J.P. Morgan’s North American Retail Industries Investment Banking practice and head of Investment Banking for the southern region of the U.S. As a U.S. region head, Holmes served as a member of the North America Investment Banking Management Committee, the primary governance body for banking.

    In the Investment Bank he was responsible for advising clients on strategic alternatives and structuring a broad spectrum of corporate finance executions. He has extensive experience in the arrangement of both public and private financings in the debt and equity markets.

    An active member of the community, Rob most recently served as a National Trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and on the board of the Dallas Citizens Council. He currently serves on the board of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Development Board of The University of Texas, and is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

    Rob received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Charlyn reside in Dallas and have three children, Ashley, Allison and Baron.
  • Andy Jacobs (Dallas, TX)
    Andy JacobsAndy Jacobs served in various executive positions at Capstead Mortgage Corporation (“Capstead”) beginning in 1988, last serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director from July 2003 to July 2016. Capstead began listing on the NYSE in 1985 and is the oldest mortgage Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”). Capstead operates as a self-managed REIT. It earns income by investing in a leveraged portfolio of residential mortgage pass-through securities consisting almost exclusively of adjustable-rate securities issued and guaranteed by Government Sponsored Enterprises, either Fannie Mae (“FNMA”), Freddie Mac (“FHLMC”), or by an agency of the federal government, Ginnie Mae (“GNMA”). Mr. Jacobs served as Chief Financial Officer from July 1989 to July 2003, except for a six-month period in 1998 when he served as Chief Investment Officer. He also served as the principal financial officer of Tyler Cabot Mortgage Securities Fund, Inc., a closed-end registered investment company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange from 1988 until its merger into Capstead in 1992.

    Mr. Jacobs previously served as a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) and was founding chairman of NAREIT’s Council of Mortgage REITs; is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas System; and is a member of the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business, the Advisory Council to the Department of Accounting at the McCombs School of Business, and the Executive Council of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the McCombs School of Business.
    Mr. Jacobs received a BBA in Accounting (with honors) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
  • Martin B. Kaplan (Chicago, IL)

    Marty KaplanMarty Kaplan has served as the President of Nalpak Ventures, a family investment office since January 2017. Previously, Marty worked at Mesirow Financial, Inc. from April 1995 until his retirement from the firm in December 2016. Marty served in several management capacities at Mesirow Financial, Inc.; a diversified financial services firm based in Chicago. Marty started his career working in the Advanced Strategies (hedge fund of funds) group where he served as the director of research from 1995-2006. He then served as chief executive officer of the Advanced Strategies group from 2006 through 2014. He then became director of corporate strategy for the parent company where he was responsible for developing and implementing key strategic business initiatives and enhancing the firm’s institutional investment management capabilities. He also served as chairman of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, and was a long-standing member of its investment and executive committees. Marty also served on the Board of Directors of Mesirow Financial from 2006 -2016.

    Prior to his tenure at Mesirow Financial, Marty was an attorney with the law firm of Katten Muchin & Zavis, where he specialized in matters involving securities, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and sports law. Marty is involved in a number of charitable and philanthropic organizations and serves on the Investment Committee for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Marty resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 daughters.

    Marty earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Finance and Real Estate in 1990 and a JD from The George Washington University in 1993.

  • David Kirk (Midland, TX)
    David KirkDavid Kirk graduated from the University of Texas in 1968 with a Bachelor of Business degree.  He now is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Texas, Midland, Texas. A group of investors together purchased the Kent County State Bank, Jayton, Texas, in 2010.  Subsequent to that, the bank was moved to Midland and one week later opened an office in El Paso. The bank has satisfactorily grown to have in excess of $250 million in assets. David began his banking career in Gorman, Texas, while in high school at the First National Bank.  A substantial portion of his banking career has been involved in energy lending.  His wife, Sue, is a graduate of Texas Tech University. Sue and David have developed a fondness for collecting western art and enjoy participating in various art endeavors.  In the last few years, David has been an Advisory Board Member of the Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody, Wyoming.  The Kirks have a wonderful Scottish Terrier named Alexander the Great, and "Al" and Sue spend the warm months of the year at a property in Northwest Montana. David joins them for about ten days out of each month for that variable time frame.  The Kirks also have cattle operations in Texas and New Mexico, and oil and gas investments.
  • Steve LeBlanc (Austin, TX)

    Steve LeBlancSteve LeBlanc is the Founding Partner of CapRidge Partners, a fully integrated real estate operating company focused on value investments in commercial properties in the growth markets of the US.

    Steve LeBlanc is the former senior managing director of private markets, overseeing the real assets, private equity and principal investments portfolios at the $110 billion Teacher Retirement System of Texas (“TRS”). LeBlanc’s team was responsible for managing the more than $45 billion real estate and private equity portfolio exposure for the fund. His team made 116 investment commitments around the globe of nearly $30 billion in equity from 2008 to 2012. LeBlanc led the creation of the $ 6 billion private markets’ strategic partnership network at TRS.

    An experienced leader of investment professionals and assets in the real estate industry, LeBlanc was president and chief executive officer of NYSE-listed REIT Summit Properties in Charlotte, N.C. Summit had 500 employees, 18,000 apartment homes and $150-300 million of annual development and acquisitions. From 1998 to 2004, Summit increased its equity market cap from $0.5 billion to $1.1 billion (225 percent) and the total market cap from $1.26 billion to more than $2 billion (176 percent). The total rate of return for shareholders was 144 percent and averaged nearly 20 percent a year. Summit Properties merged with Camden Property Trust on Feb. 28, 2005.

    LeBlanc also served as president of Urban Growth Property Trust in Chicago, Ill., where he developed the company’s strategic business plan, orchestrated the transition to REIT status and recruited, hired and trained the team, which initiated more than $250 million in acquisitions and developments.

    Prior to that, LeBlanc served as the executive vice president for Archstone Communities Trust in Santa Fe, N.M. Initially, he was head of acquisitions of existing communities, then promoted to head of land acquisitions, then promoted to head of development, then promoted to head of development for Security Capital Atlantic and helped take it public and subsequently merged into Archstone. He was responsible for the development, acquisition and management of 11,000 apartment homes and the purchase of land for an additional 10,000 apartment homes.

    Prior to that, LeBlanc was a senior partner at Lincoln Property Company where he was initially the partner for Austin/San Antonio (1984-1987). He was then promoted to senior partner for all of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma (1987-1989). He was then promoted to open the office in the northeast (1989-1992). He was responsible for the management of 17,000 apartments, as well as the firm’s acquisition and development activities.

    LeBlanc was a member of the Private Capital Research Institute, and the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. He is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), and on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Institutional Real Estate Letter – North America.

    LeBlanc is a trustee and governor of the Urban Land Institute and formerly served as chairman of the District Council in Austin. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Investment Advisory Board of the Employee Retirement System of Texas and the Penland School of Crafts and Charlotte Latin School.

    In 2011, LeBlanc was invited to testify in front of the Congressional Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises on the “Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011.” He has been on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smarts” and “Money Moves,” as well as a guest host on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

    LeBlanc has a Bachelor of Business Administration in real estate/finance from The University of Texas at Austin where he is the Associate Director of the Real Estate and Finance Council and a professor at the McCombs School of Business where he led the creation of the Real Estate Certificate Program for Undergraduate Students at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Lance Loeffler (Houston, TX)
    Lance LoefflerLance Loeffler joined Halliburton in 2014 as Vice President of Corporate Development, with global leadership responsibilities for the Company’s strategic mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

    Previously, he served as Director in Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources Investment Banking Group, where he primarily covered oilfield services and downstream companies. He also served in various other investment banking roles in the 10 years prior to joining Halliburton.

    Lance received his BBA and MBA degrees from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.
  • Clement Marcus (El Paso, TX)

    Clement MarcusClement Marcus is Partner of MIMCO, Inc., a commercial real estate management and investment company based in El Paso, Texas.

    Clement also serves as trustee of the over 40 year old company, which provides real estate investment opportunities in El Paso and includes over 320 properties throughout Texas and New Mexico.

    Clement began his career while he was a student at The University of Texas at Austin by starting up LALA Imports, which he continued to run as CEO post graduation. He then joined forces with his brother to start up EP Marcus Investments, which led to the creation of MIMCO, Inc.

    Clement is actively involved in numerous non-profits and serves as an Ambassador of the Woody Hunt Gift Challenge, which provides scholarships for El Paso students at the McCombs School of Business. He is an involved member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has served on a number of boards over the years, including:  UTEP Centennial Commission, El Paso Center for Children, El Paso YMCA Metro, Wells Fargo Advisory Committee, University Medical Center Foundation as Chair, and UTEP Rebounders as President.

    He and his wife of 28 years, Amy, permanently reside in El Paso and have three children: Troy (BBA in Finance 2010), Paige, and Mitchell. Clement earned is BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Amy also attended The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at El Paso. 

  • Rob Malcolm (Austin, TX) - New Member*
    Rob Malcolm - Bio Coming Soon
  • Christopher Manning (New York, NY) - New Member*
    Chris ManningChristopher “Chris” Manning is a Managing Partner of Trilantic North America and Chairman of Trilantic Energy Partners North America. Chris is also a member of the Investment Committees of Fund III, Fund IV Global, Fund V North America and TEP North America. His primary focus is on investments in the energy sector. Chris joined Trilantic North America in 2009 at its inception, prior to which he was at Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking (LBMB). Chris joined LBMB in 2000 and was the Head of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division, including both the Asset Management and Private Equity businesses, in Asia-Pacific from 2006 to 2008. He was also a member of the Global Investment Management Division Executive Committee and the Private Equity Division Operating Committee. Prior to joining the Natural Resources investment banking practice at Lehman Brothers, Chris was the Chief Financial Officer of The Wing Group, a developer of international power projects. Prior to The Wing Group, he was in the investment banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he worked on M&A and corporate finance transactions in the energy industry. Chris is currently Chairman of the Board of Fluid Delivery Solutions LLC and a director of Enduring Resources LLC, Indigo Minerals LLC, Solaris Midstream Holdings, Trail Ridge Energy Partners II LLC, TRP Energy LLC, Velvet Energy LTD and Ward Energy Partners. Chris was previously Chairman of the Board of LB Pacific and TLP Energy and a director of Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR), Antero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM), Mediterranean Resources, LLC, Templar Energy LLC and VantaCore Partners. Chris holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Scott Mattei (Charlotte, NC)
    Scott MatteiScott Mattei is the President of Mattei Holdings LLC, a multi-faceted family office. As President of Mattei Holdings he oversees numerous underlying companies specializing in asset allocation in both public and private markets including real estate development, land sales, private equity and hedged investments. Scott also serves as Trustee of the Mattei Foundation, a private family foundation.

    Scott began his career working in his family’s startup, Checker’s Drive In Restaurants, and served an integral role in the subsequent public offering of the company. Following the IPO of Checker’s, he became actively involved in the internet space and was an initial investor and manager of Berkeley, CA based Inktomi which was taken public in 1998 and later acquired by Yahoo. Further investments by Mattei Holdings have included owning and managing a NASCAR Sprint Cup team, significant real estate investments in the Southeast, mezzanine financing and diversified public and private equity management.

    Scott is an actively involved member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Ashley and two children, Kate, age 9, and Charlie, age 6. Scott earned his BBA in Finance and BA in History from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Jim McBride (Austin, TX)
    Jim McBride is a founding partner of Blue Sage Capital, an Austin, Texas based middle market private equity firm that invests in basic industrial, manufacturing, distribution and service businesses.  Founded in 2003, and with $250 million in assets under management, Blue Sage focuses on companies that are profitable, growing and enjoy a leadership position in their sector.

    Prior to forming Blue Sage, Jim spent over a decade as the senior, non-family executive of The LBJ Holding Company, a private investment holding company of the family of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson.

    Jim currently serves on the boards of C&M Conveyor, Inc., Gatti’s Pizza, Parker School Uniforms, and Cobalt Environmental Solutions.  In addition, he is an advisory director for Frost Bank Austin and on The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council.  He is the past president of Caritas of Austin, and continues to serve on its Community Advisory Board, and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church-USA.

    Jim received his BBA in Finance (1982) and his MBA (1990) from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Kirsty McCormack (Houston, TX) - New Member*
    Kirsty McCormack Kirsty McCormack, Vice President Planning and Commercial Operations, BP Upstream, is responsible for short and long term business planning for BP’s Upstream business. The role includes responsibility for strategy, portfolio analysis, external results reporting and financial management information. Kirsty joined BP in 1997 after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, UK, and has spent her whole career with BP.

    She has held a wide variety of leadership roles in finance in the Upstream business, including regional Commercial Manager roles in Egypt, Angola and the Gulf of Mexico. More recently she was Finance Director for BP’s global project delivery organization, and as part of the leadership team she was instrumental in ensuring delivery of BP’s portfolio of major projects.

    Outside of Upstream finance, Kirsty has also held roles in Group Treasury and in the Portfolio Management Office for a major organizational change program. She was appointed to her current role in 2017 and reports to the Upstream CFO. She is based in Houston Texas, USA.
  • Stephen A. McGaw (Dallas, TX)
    Steve McGawSteve McGaw is responsible for AT&T business marketing, including marketing traditional telecom services to businesses as well as strategic business services such as Ethernet, IP networking, hosting, cloud, mobility and applications services.

    Previously, McGaw served as senior vice president-corporate strategy, responsible for driving AT&T’s overall long-term planning activities and strategic initiatives. Before that assignment, Steve lead consumer strategy, responsible for leading a team to ideate, analyze, and present strategic alternatives for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

    Prior to that he served as senior vice president-supply chain of AT&T’s wireless business (formerly Cingular Wireless), where he was responsible for all supply chain operations, including the procurement of over $15 billion of products and services annually, and the receipt, warehousing and distribution of these products for all wireless business units.

    Previously he served as senior vice president of Corporate Development and was instrumental in Cingular’s valuation, analysis and negotiation of its acquisition of the former AT&T Wireless. Other projects which McGaw has directed include the purchase of numerous wireless properties, property swaps, network sharing joint ventures, and the purchase of wireless spectrum.

    During his career, he has held a variety of positions at SBC and AT&T Bell Labs, including managing director of Corporate Development, vice president of Business Marketing, as well as sales, international and technology planning positions.

    Mr. McGaw currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, the Advisory Committee to the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering, the Board of Trustees for LaunchAbility, a non-profit company serving Dallas-area families, and the World Economic Forum Steering Committee regarding ‘Delivering the Digital Infrastructure’.

    His education includes an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Science in Computer Science at Northwestern University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
  • Pam McIlhenny (Austin, TX) - New Member*
    Pam McIlhennyPam McIlhenny currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Miller Thomson & Partners, LLC, a startup natural gas company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was previously one of nine founding partners and the startup VP Finance of Energy Partners, an oil and gas company headquartered in New Orleans. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer for XCL, Ltd., a Lafayette, Louisiana oil and gas company that obtained the first onshore oil concession in the People's Republic of China. After receiving her M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, Pam began her career at Texas Commerce Bank, and was Senior Vice President in the bank's Energy Group at the end of her tenure there. Pam and her husband, Edmund McIlhenny, divide their time between Austin, Texas and Avery Island Louisiana, where Edmund is a Director of McIlhenny Company, manufacturer of Tabasco brand pepper sauce products.
  • Holly McMullan (Larchmont, NY)
    Holly McMullanHolly McMullan is head of business development – North America for Apollo Global Management where she is responsible for fundraising efforts for Apollo's private equity, natural resources, real estate, and credit businesses. Prior to joining Apollo in 2008, Ms. McMullan was a senior vice president at Pequot Capital Management where she was responsible for U.S. sales coverage of institutions and consultants. Prior to Pequot, Ms. McMullan worked for Guggenheim Partners, Bear Stearns, and Robertson Opportunity Capital. Ms. McMullan holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. (honors) in International Business from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. Ms. McMullan currently serves on the following Advisory Boards: McCombs Advisory Council, Wall Street for McCombs, and the Hicks Muse Private Equity Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Tom Melody (Houston, TX)
    Tom Melody  Tom Melody joined JLL in 2010 as Executive Managing Director and Co-Head of JLL’s national Real Estate Investment Banking practice. JLL is a global real estate services company and Mr. Melody is a member of JLL Capital Market’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining JLL, Mr. Melody held a Vice Chairman position at CBRE and helped build its Real Estate Investment Banking platform into one of the nation’s largest.

    Mr. Melody serves on the Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas; Harvard’s REAI International Advisory Board; ULI’s CRC-Gold Council; The Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee at the University of Texas; and is a member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Mr. Melody graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 with a BBA, received an MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1984 and earned an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989.
  • Mark Metcalfe (San Antonio, TX)
    Mark MetcalfeMark Metcalfe is an executive vice president and regional manager of the Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking offices in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Based in San Antonio, he oversees a team of middle market banking professionals who provide lending, treasury management, and deposit products to middle-market companies in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and the surrounding communities.

    Mark began his career 30 years ago as a credit analyst with Promenade Bank. He held commercial lending and management positions with major national banks. In 1999, he joined SouthTrust Bank, which was later acquired by Wachovia. He became the San Antonio commercial banking regional manager after the merger of Wachovia and Wells Fargo in 2009 and was given responsibility for the Austin market in 2013.

    Mark graduated with a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.

    Mark is the immediate past chairman of the board for the Witte Museum and immediate past auction chairman for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He serves on the executive board of Junior Achievement of South Texas. He is also chairman of the president’s advisory board of St. Philip’s College and a member of the advisory council of The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

    Mark lives in San Antonio with his wife and three children.
  • Christopher Mize (Houston, TX)
    Christopher MizeChristopher Mize is Managing Director, Chairman of Energy Americas in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. Mr. Mize has 26 years of energy investment banking experience, primarily in Houston.  He joined Morgan Stanley in its Houston office in November 2014. Prior to that, he worked as a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Houston office of Greenhill & Co. from 2009.

    He was also Co-Head of Bank of America and of Merrill Lynch’s Energy & Power practice. He received his MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BA from Southern Methodist University.

  • Niloufar Molavi (Houston, TX)
    Niloufar Molavi

    Niloufar Molavi is a Vice Chair, U.S. Energy Leader and Market Managing Partner (MMP) for Greater Houston for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Niloufar leads a practice comprised of 920 professionals serving U.S. energy clients in the oil and gas industry and is responsible for all client services – assurance, advisory and tax – for the geographic markets of Houston, Tulsa and New Orleans.

    She previously served as energy leader within PwC’s Tax practice and as the firm’s U.S. Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing the firm's diversity strategy and all of its related programs and initiatives. With over 20 years experience with PwC, Niloufar has served a wide range of energy companies both in the U.S. and abroad, advising clients on international and U.S. tax structuring, mergers, acquisitions and potential public offerings.

    Niloufar served on the firm's national tax Sarbanes-Oxley task force and co-developed the PwC Sarbanes-Oxley 404 tax training program. She serves on the national Tax Accounting Services Task Force and served as the local Houston office FIN 48 & FAS 109 technical leader. Niloufar also led the Tax IFRS efforts for the Energy sector.

    Niloufar began her career with PwC in 1991 and was promoted to partner in 2001. She joined the firm’s U.S. Leadership team in 2009. She earned her degree in Accounting as well as a Masters in Professional Accounting with a concentration in Taxation from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and also serves on the non-profit board of Dress for Success Houston. She is a licensed CPA in Texas and resides in Houston with her husband and two children.

  • Bill Montgomery (Houston, TX) - New Member*
    Bill MontgomeryBill Montgomery is a Partner of Quantum Energy Partners and is a member of Quantum’s Executive and Investment Committees. Founded in 1998, Quantum is a leading provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry and has managed more than $13 billion of equity commitments since its inception. Bill is responsible for originating and overseeing investments in the oil and gas upstream and oilfield service sectors. Prior to joining Quantum, Bill was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he headed the firm’s Natural Resources Group as well as its Houston office. Bill’s career as a banker spanned 22 years and was focused on large cap energy companies primarily in the upstream and oil service sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Apache Corporation, Enterprise Products Holdings, LLC and Cockrell Interests. He has also been an active civic leader, chairing the boards of The Houston Museum of Natural Science and The St. Francis Episcopal Day School and currently serves on the board of trustees of The Kinkaid School, The Episcopal Health Foundation and the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Bill earned his B.B.A. from The University of Texas and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Craig Musgrove (Dallas, TX) - New Member*
    Craig MusgroveCraig Musgrove is Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Frito-Lay North America.  In this role, Craig is responsible for the strategy, revenue, profitability, and people associated with Frito-Lay North America retail customers, as well as eCommerce.

     

    Craig has held a variety of sales and general management roles within PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President Transformation for FLNA, Vice President of Sales/Marketing for FLNA, Region Vice President for FLNA and Vice President/General Manager for PepsiCo.  He joined PepsiCo in 1991 as a sales associate in after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing.

    Craig, his wife Cindy, daughter Daniella and son Lucas live in Dallas.

  • James Nakfoor (Houston, TX)
    Jimmy Nakfoor Jimmy Nakfoor is the owner of Palm Street Capital. L.P. Since 1991, the company’s primary function has been to manage the public market trading of US and European based equity and fixed income instruments on behalf of a Mexican client.

    Jimmy is also the owner of Greystone Realty, L.P. Greystone is a Texas based real estate company focused on commercial investment and brokerage. Investments primarily include raw land and commercial assets.

    He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the UT Chancellors Council, The Strake Jesuit Foundation Board, and The Yellowstone Academy Mentoring Program and is a Texas Children’s Hospital Ambassador.

    Jimmy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Economics in 1986 and an MBA in 1991. He also holds his Texas Real Estate Broker’s License.

    Jimmy is married to wife Alix and they have three children: James (16), Ellie (14), and Will (12).

  • Allison O'Neal (La Jolla, CA)
    Allison O'NealAllison O'Neal is managing partner of Ascent Strategies. Prior to Ascent, Ms. O’Neal served as vice president of National Sales and Client Services at TAC Financial, a service provider through The Americas Card Visa®. While at TAC Financial, she increased bottom line profitability by using her corporate experience and executive relationships to source a new level of clientele, increasing average revenue per unit over four times the industry standards.

    Early in her career, as a forward-thinking and creative innovator at J.P. Morgan Chase in Dallas, Texas, Ms. O’Neal presented an unsolicited proposal outlining a specialized technology group, which she eventually led as vice president. Her group marketed financial services to technology companies with annual revenues of $10 million to
    $1 billion. Not only did she close ten new client relationships in six months, she exceeded all sales goals and achieved unit profitability goals within four months.

    Additional banking experience during her 12 year tenure in the industry includes positions as a private client advisor, J.P. Morgan Dallas and as vice president, Business Development Officer for the trust department at U.S. Bank, La Jolla. New to U.S. Bank/Scripps La Jolla and the Community, she personally sourced and closed ten accounts of which seven were fully managed trust accounts within the first six months and identified and qualified an additional $50 million of new business opportunities.

    Ms. O’Neal did work for a combined six years in the Corporate Finance departments of American Airlines and Texas Instruments. At American Airlines she streamlined reports generated for the Department of Transportation saving over 100 analyst hours monthly and was promoted to a supervisory position after six months of employment.   At Texas Instruments she was elected as team leader for People and Asset Effectiveness Programs and received multiple Method Improvement Recognition Awards from executive management.

    Ms. O’Neal earned an MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and holds a BBA in Finance with a minor in Real Estate from The University of Texas at Austin. She is in process of earning her Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts. She resides in La Jolla, CA with her three teenage children and is actively involved with the local University of Texas alumni group working the Salt Lick BBQ scholarship fundraiser and has served on the Scholarship Review Committee.
  • Scott Plantowsky (Bellaire, TX) - New Member*
    Scott PlantowskyFor approximately 30 years, Scott Plantowsky has held meaningful operating and advisory roles in a variety of successful business enterprises. His operating and financial leadership has driven several startups to extraordinary valuations. The areas of success have occurred in industries such has high tech software and hardware, real estate, equipment leasing and furniture manufacturing, both domestic and internationally. He has current and past business relationships and operating experience, both domestically and overseas, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Mexico, Vietnam, China and Cambodia. Currently, Mr. Plantowsky has focused his efforts as a Private Investor and is a valued advisor to a variety of business ventures and charities

    Mr. Plantowsky has served on several charitable organizations including Advisory Boards of Texas Children’s Hospital, The Arthritis Foundation and Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces and is an avid supporter of many other organizations such as Houston Holocaust Museum and Seven Acres Jewish Home for the Aged. He is an adventurous traveler and enjoys skiing, fishing and golf as hobbies. He resides in Bellaire, Texas with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Hannah and Jake.
  • Lawrence Pope (Houston, TX)
    Lawrence Pope is Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer for Halliburton, where he has global leadership responsibilities for Supply Chain, Information Technology, Human Resources, Real Estate Services, Corporate Aviation, Corporate Affairs and Security. He is a member of the Company's Executive Committee.

    Previously, Mr. Pope was Vice President of Human Resources and Operational Excellence. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Administration for Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR).

    Mr. Pope holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and has a master's degree in business administration from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He is a graduate of Halliburton's President's Leadership Seminar (now called the President's Leadership Excellence Program), Halliburton's yearlong leadership development event in which a select group of high-potential senior managers, directors and first-time executives participates each year. He is also a Certified Compensation Professional.
  • Tammy Romo (Dallas, TX) - New Member*
    Tammy Romo - Bio Coming Soon
  • Frederick E. Rowe (Dallas, TX)
    Shad Rowe Frederick (Shad) Rowe founded Greenbrier Partners, a Dallas-based investment fund, in 1985.  Prior to founding Greenbrier Partners, Mr. Rowe was president of Rowe & Company, Inc. Investment Brokers / Bankers which he founded in 1978.  He began his career at Schneider, Bernet & Hickman, Inc. Investment Bankers where he became vice president and corporate syndicate manager.

    Mr. Rowe is a member of the Investment Committee at Texas Health Resources, a former trustee of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, and a former chair of the Texas Pension Review Board where he served for 12 years.  Mr. Rowe co-hosts the annual Great Investors’ Best Ideas Foundation symposium which he co-founded in 2007, serves as president of the Investors for Director Accountability Foundation, is a member of the Executive Committee of Texans for Lawsuit reform and is on the board of directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

    Mr. Rowe’s articles have appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Texas Monthly, and D Magazine.  His comments have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg Markets, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, and on CNBC and Bloomberg Television.

    Mr. Rowe graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in History.  After serving on active duty as a Junior Officer in the United States Navy, he earned an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

    Mr. Rowe and his wife of 40 years, Michele, live in Dallas.  They have four grown children. 

  • Tony Schell (Austin, TX)
    Tony SchellA native of Dallas, Texas, Tony Schell is a founder and managing director of Escalate Capital Partners, an Austin-based mezzanine capital firm that invests in equity-sponsored growth companies. Prior to Escalate, Tony was a Managing Director of the Technology and Life Sciences Division for Comerica Bank and its predecessor, Imperial Bank. Earlier in his career, Tony held a variety of corporate finance positions with The Sabre Group and Coopers & Lybrand. Tony began his career as a commercial lender with MBank Dallas (subsequently acquired by Bank One) and First Gibraltar Bank (subsequently acquired by BofA). He earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and 1995, respectively, and is also a licensed CPA. Tony and his wife, Kristin, have four children and reside in Austin.
  • Gretchen F. Seay (Dallas, TX

    Gretchen SeayGretchen Frary Seay is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Clearsight Advisors.  Clearsight focuses on M&A and Growth Equity capital raise advisory in the technology and business services markets.  Gretchen leads the firm’s initiatives in Data Analytics and Public Sector Technology and recently opened and manages the Texas office in Dallas.

    Prior to joining Clearsight, Gretchen served as a senior investment banker on the M&A teams at Agility Advisors and Updata Capital where she executed over 30 M&A and financing transactions for software and IT services clients.  Additionally, Gretchen led the Price Waterhouse Coopers (“PWC”) federal transaction team spearheading the U.S. government’s asset divestiture initiative following the end of the Great Recession. Gretchen began her career with Arthur Andersen in the Global Emerging Markets group, executing privatization (divestiture) programs in both post-Soviet Russia and Egypt.

    Gretchen’s experience includes nearly 20 years of structuring and executing sell-side, buy-side, divestiture, recapitalization and growth equity transactions for private and public companies.  She possesses extensive investment banking experience across business services and technology sectors including software, data analytics, cybersecurity, public sector technology, as well as other professional services.

    Gretchen serves as an Advisory Board Member for the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Northern Virginia Technology Council, and Technology Titans of Texas.  Gretchen earned a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and an MBA from the Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.  She is also the very busy, proud mother of three energetic kids.

  • Stacy Smith (Dallas, TX)
    Stacy SmithG. Stacy Smith is co-founder and managing partner of SCW Capital, focusing on the energy and financial sectors. Prior to founding SCW, Stacy co-founded Walker Smith Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund based in Dallas, Texas where he served as portfolio manager from 1997 to 2013. From 1994 through 1996, Smith was a co-founder and manager of Gryphon Partners, a long/short equity hedge fund focused on small and mid-cap domestic equities. He started his investment career as an energy analyst at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an international investment bank.

    Smith graduated in 1990 from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Business Administration in finance and accounting. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Bank and co-founded Stonelake Capital Partners. He is an advisor to EAW Energy Partners, a company that acquires oil and gas minerals, and a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.
  • Tom Sweet (Austin, TX)
    Tom SweetTom Sweet is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Dell. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company's finance function including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, investor relations and corporate strategy.

    Prior to being CFO of Dell, he was vice president of corporate finance, controller and chief accounting officer with responsibility for global accounting, tax, treasury and investor relations, as well as global financial services. Tom was responsible for external financial reporting for more than five years when Dell was a publicly-traded company. Prior to this, he served in a variety of finance leadership roles at Dell including vice president, responsible for overall finance activities within the corporate business, education, government and healthcare business units of Dell. He has also served as the head of internal audit and in a number of sales leadership roles in education and corporate business units since joining Dell in 1997.
    Prior to Dell, Tom was vice president, accounting and finance, for Telos Corporation. Before that, he spent 13 years with Price Waterhouse in a variety of roles primarily focused on providing audit and accounting services to the technology industry.

    Tom received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and is a CPA. He currently serves on the Salvation Army Central Texas Advisory Board and also serves on the Advisory Board at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas Austin.
  • Rebecca Szelc (Dallas, TX)
    Rebecca SzelcRebecca Szelc is a Managing Director with Berkeley Research Group, an international consulting firm. She has extensive experience both as a profit improvement and lost profits consultant, as well as a consulting and testifying expert on economic damages issues associated with a variety of complex commercial disputes, including tortious interference, theft of trade secrets, patent and copyright infringement, false advertising, loss of use, and breach of contract. Rebecca is a nationally recognized expert on business interruption issues associated with natural and man-made disasters and major product recalls. Her clients have ranged from large privately held companies to Fortune 100 and 500 national and global organizations, including Coca Cola, Dupont, Universal City Studios,The Belo Corporation, Dial Corporation, J.C. Penney and HEB. Prior to joining Berkeley Research group, Rebecca served as a Managing Director with Charles River Associates, led an internal consulting practice for a litigation boutique, and served as a Partner with Deloitte in its Financial Advisory Services group.

    Rebecca regularly provides lectures and continuing education seminars to national audiences on lost profits issues associated with insured losses and commercial disputes. She is also a frequent speaker on topics such as business development for professional services firms and women in business, and has spent much of her career assisting her own and other firms with the advancement and retention of high-talent women.

    Rebecca received her MBA from the McCombs School of Business where she currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Finance program, and for whom she delivered the 2014 commencement address. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Annette Simmons School for Education and Human Development at SMU.

    While studying at McCombs, she met her husband, Rick, a classmate in the program. Rebecca and Rick’s daughter Camille is continuing the Szelc family McCombs tradition, and is currently a freshman in the school’s undergraduate program.
  • Mike Van de Ven (Dallas, TX)
    Mike Van de Ven Mike Van de Ven , Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines joined the Company in 1993. Dallas-based Southwest (NYSE: LUV) is the only airline in the world to have been profitable for 41 consecutive years, never have had a single Employee furlough, and continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, with over 3,600 daily flights, and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world serving destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and is expanding into near international markets. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.

    Mike has held several positions at SWA such as Executive Vice President of Aircraft Operations, Senior Vice President of Planning, Vice President Financial Planning, and Director of Internal Audit. As EVP-COO, he provides Executive Leadership to the following Southwest Departments: Flight Operations; Ground Operations and Cargo; Inflight and Provisioning; Maintenance and Engineering; Network Operations Control; and Labor Relations. Prior to joining Southwest, Mike was a senior audit manager at Ernst & Young in Dallas, TX.

    Van de Ven is a Longhorn through and through and received a B.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He lives in Plano, TX with his wife, Cindy, and they have two sons. The best advice he’s says he’s been given is “Happiness is something you decide, not find.”
  • Andrew Vo (Houston, TX)
    Andrew Vo

    Andrew Vo is a Managing Director at Accenture and responsible for leading the company’s Global Trading Operations practice which provides strategic and transformational commodity trading and risk management solutions for Fortune 500 clients. He also serves as the North America offering lead for Accenture Management Consulting's Tax, Liquidity Management, Finance Process Led Transformation, and Real Estate services.

    Outside of his primary roles, Andrew oversees all North America Management Consulting undergraduate and MBA/Advanced Degree campus recruiting. Andrew also serves on Accenture’s North America Advisory Council where he helps shape strategic growth and operational initiatives.

    Prior to joining the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, Andrew was an active member on the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board for five years. He is also a Texas Venture Labs Advisory Board Member and responsible for the Accenture Venture Partners Skills to Succeed program.

    In 1995, Andrew earned his BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, the Texas Exes Alumni Association honored Andrew with an Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award based on his service to the University. Andrew is the founder and senior advisor of UT’s Texas Iron Spikes service organization which has actively supported Special Olympics Texas and the Texas Longhorns Baseball program for two decades. He and his wife, Sophie, reside in Houston.

  • Shawn Wells (London, UK)
    Shawn WellsShawn Wells is Chief Operating Officer of East Lodge Capital Partners, a London-based hedge fund that invests in European and US structured and corporate credit markets.

    Shawn has been in the investment management industry for more than 20 years, holding several senior positions in firms including hedge funds, investment banks and multi-national mutual fund firms. Most recently, Shawn served as Managing Director and General Counsel of Roc Capital Management, a long-short equity hedge fund based in New York City. Prior to Roc, Shawn was Senior Managing Director of Sterling Stamos Capital Management in Menlo Park, CA and also served as General Counsel of Merrill Lynch’s hedge fund division in New York City. In addition, Shawn was Senior Associate General Counsel of Franklin Templeton Investments, where he headed up the firm’s international and alternative strategies legal teams.

    Shawn is a Certified Public Accountant, and received his BBA in Finance (1986) and Accounting (1987) from The University of Texas at Austin. Shawn received his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1992.

    Shawn is married to Kara Nordstrom Wells, a 1991 graduate of the McCombs School of Business and a member of the Development Board of The University of Texas. They live in London and enjoy supporting the Longhorns from across The Pond.

  • Sarah H. West (Houston, TX)

    Sarah WestSarah West is owner of Sarah West & Associates, LLC in Houston, Texas. She specializes in architectural consulting and finish out of residential properties throughout the United States. She also serves as a liaison between clients, builders and architects throughout the building process. Sarah’s work has been published in many publications.

    Sarah currently serves on the University of Texas President’s Development Board and is a member of the School of Undergraduate Studies Advisory Board. She is also one of the founders of the McCombs Texas BBA Parents Council and is involved with UT System. Sarah has also served on the Advancement Committee for Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas and has been recognized in H Magazine for her philanthropic efforts in education and the community.

    Sarah and her husband Larry have three children. Dillon West graduated with a BBA from McCombs in 2015. Harrison is completing his Master of Science in Finance degree through McCombs. Cameron is junior in the McCombs School of Business.

    Sarah graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1987 with BFA in Communication Arts-Public Relations.

  • Marcie Zlotnik (Houston, TX)
    Marcie ZlotnikMarcie Zlotnik is a senior executive and entrepreneur recognized for successfully establishing new businesses and advancing existing companies into energy market and telecom leaders. Most recently as co-founder and chairman of the board of StarTex Power, Ms. Zlotnik grew the company to revenues of $500 million in seven years until its sale to Constellation in 2011.  In addition to directing all day-to-day operations of the company, she focused her attention on the company’s legislative and regulatory affairs, and was invited numerous times to testify before the Texas House and Senate committees overseeing retail electricity markets.

    In recent years, Ms. Zlotnik has lectured frequently on corporate culture and its effect on employee productivity and customer satisfaction; in 2014 she was the commencement speaker at the Masters of Public Administration graduation at The University of Texas at Austin. In recognition of her professional expertise, she is a member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas, the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a member of the University President’s Committee on Business Productivity for The University of Texas at Austin.  Ms. Zlotnik was invited to join The Committee of 200, an international organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in business. Ms. Zlotnik and her companies have been recognized with numerous awards including Best Places to Work in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2010, a finalist and the only Texas Company for Top Small Company Workplace by Inc. Magazine in 2010, and ranked 30th on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in 2009. This year, Ms. Zlotnik and her husband will be inducted into The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. As well, she was personally named a Houston Woman Magazine’s Most Influential Woman in 2010 and Business Woman of the Year by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 1996.

    Her commitment to the community is equally strong; she is co-chair of the Sugar Land Skeeters Foundation, on the advisory Board of Girl’s Inc. of Greater Houston and The Board of the Gulf Coast Power Association and its Women’s Empowerment program. Ms. Zlotnik earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  She and her husband have three sons and live in Houston, Texas. 
*Effective September 1, 2017

Lifetime Members

  • Paul Aaron (New York, NY)
  • John L. Adams (Dallas, TX)
    John Adams John Adams, BBA '66, JD '69, Life Member, has Chaired and is actively involved in numerous Dallas based civic and charitable organizations.  He is the former Vice Chairman of Trinity Industries, a Dallas based industrial manufacturing company.  Prior to joining Trinity, he was Chairman and CEO of Chase Bank of Texas, which is now the Texas business of JP Morgan Chase.  Besides serving on the Trinity Industries Board, he is also Chairman of Group 1 Automotive Board of Directors, an international Fortune 500 automotive retailer, and recently retired as a Director of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.  In 2013, Adams was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and is Chairman of the McCombs Scholars Program and serves on their Advisory Council.  He is Chairman of the University of Texas Austin Development Board and is a member of the Chancellor's Council Executive Committee.
  • Les L. Allison (Houston, TX)

    Les L. Allison is president of Allison Interest Inc., a private investment company founded in 1981 with interest in real estate, healthcare, banking, technology and energy.

    Allison serves as an advisory director of Amegy Bank of Texas, Episcopal High School Board of Trustees, Boys and Girls Country Board, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation Board, and The University of Texas Chancellor's Circle Executive Committee.

    Allison received a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • J. Robert Alpert (Dallas, TX)
    Joseph Alpert  J. Robert Alpert is CEO of The Alpert Companies in Dallas. He has managed his own portfolio of companies since 1961, with investments in banking, finance, real estate and entertainment. During the past 15 years, his focus has been on investments worldwide that promote innovative technology and employment.

    Alpert currently serves as advisory director for SunTex Ventures located in Dallas, Texas. He also serves as an advisory director for Marcon gruppen AB in Malmo, Sweden and Trio Consulting (UK) in Stockholm, Sweden. Alpert has served on three public boards in the past, Texas Industries of Dallas; CNF, Inc. of California and Aladdin Industries of Tennessee.

    Alpert retired as the Honorary Consul of Sweden-Dallas in 2003 after fifteen years of service. He was knighted and received a medal of honor from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. Alpert is also trustee emeritus of Colby College in Maine and former chairman of the Dallas Foundation for Health, Education and Research.
  • Louis Baldwin (Fort Worth, TX)
    Louis BaldwinLouis Baldwin, currently active in private investments and ranching in Fort Worth, was formerly Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Advisory Director of XTO Energy, Inc. He served as a senior financial officer of XTO from its formation in 1986 through its merger with ExxonMobil in 2010 and as a consultant to XTO through 2011. Before joining XTO he was assistant treasurer of Southland Royalty Company. Baldwin is a Fort Worth native and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Stephen P. Ballantyne (San Antonio, TX)
    Steve Ballantyne - Bio coming soon.
  • Howard M. Berk (Scarsdale, NY)
    Howard Berk

    Howard Berk, since 2002, has been a partner at MSD Capital, L.P., the investment firm formed to manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family.  From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Berk was managing director of TG Capital Corp., a single family investment office.  From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Berk was with the Stenbeck Group, acquiring and managing businesses in multiple countries.  Prior to that, he was with Goldman Sachs & Co., where he worked in the Principal Investment Area as well as the Mergers and Acquisitions department.

    Mr. Berk is on The University of Texas Development Board, The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, is a Wall Street for McCombs Founding Board Member, is on The Humane Society of the United States National Council and serves on the boards of Westchester Reform Temple, White Plains Hospital and DineEquity Inc. (NYSE: DIN).

    Mr. Berk graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas in 1987 with a BBA in Finance and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991.

  • Lewis E. Brazelton III (Houston, TX)
    Lew Brazelton - Bio coming soon.
  • Jon Brumley (Granbury, TX)
    Jon BrumleyJon Brumley is chairman of Bounty Investments, LLC. He began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1967. He co-founded XTO Energy in 1986 and helped form Pioneer Natural Resources in 1997. In 1998, he and his son Jonny Brumley co-formed Encore Acquisition Company. Encore was sold in 2010 and Brumley immediately formed Bounty Investments, then added Bounty Minerals in 2013.

    Appointed by Governor Mark White as Chairman of the Texas State Board of Education in 1984, Brumley has been active in educational causes and oversight since 1980, and was appointed chairman of the TCU School of Education’s Millennium Task Force in 1999. He has also been chairman of the Fort Worth Children’s Hospital.

    Brumley received a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin 1961 and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 1998, and was designated as a Distinguished Alumni in 2011.
  • Preston Butcher (Menlo Park, CA)

    Preston Butcher is Chairman and CEO of Legacy Partners, in Foster City, CA and a manager and developer of property in the western United States.  In 2002, Legacy Partners was honored as Builder of the Year by Multifamily Executive Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders.  Butcher co-founded the National Multi-Housing Council and California Housing Council and continues to serve as director for each. 

    Butcher is a member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Center for Real Estate at UC-Berkeley and was a founding board member of BRIDGE, a non-profit housing corporation created to provide low to moderate income housing.  He is currently a director of the Charles Schwab Corp.


    Butcher is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute, a former director or BRE Properties, Inc; former director of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp; and past Overseer of Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

     

    He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Tim Byrne (Dallas, TX)
    Tim ByrneTim Byrne is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Residential Division of Lincoln Property Company, one of the largest real estate development and management firms in the United States. As President and CEO, Mr. Byrne is directly involved in the development and operations of all multi-family ventures, from acquisition through financing, design, construction and lease-up. Since joining Lincoln as President in 1984, Mr. Byrne has successfully developed over 100,000 units, with a value in excess of $9 billion, and currently oversees over 135,000 units across the country.

    Mr. Byrne joined Lincoln Property Company from the Byrne Company, a Dallas-based residential and retail development company he founded in 1976. A native of Dallas, Mr. Byrne received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Museum of Art, Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council, the Urban Land Institute, Dallas Citizens Council, and a former board member of the Dallas Real Estate Council. Mr. Byrne is also involved in the community, and is an active committee member of the Highland Park United Methodist Church, and a former board member of both St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal School and the Dallas County Association of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
  • John W. Carpenter III (Dallas, TX)
    John Carpenter John Carpenter is principal at Miramar Holdings, an investment firm. Prior to Miramar, he held leadership positions with Southland Financial Corporation from 1977 to 1989. Carpenter was president of Las Colinas, Inc. from 1989 to 1992, and was chairman and CEO of JPI Companies from 1992 to1997.


    Carpenter has been  active in the Dallas community, serving on the boards of the Trinity River Improvement Association, The Texas Horse Park, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, State Fair of Texas and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He served on the Highland Park Independent School District Board from 1998 to 2004 and is on the board of the West Dallas Initiative. John and his parents, Ben and Betty Carpenter, recently donated funds to create the Carpenter Family MBA Leadership Center in the McCombs School to provide MBA students and organizations a space to gather and conduct business.

    Carpenter holds a BBA from Texas Tech and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • H. Scott Caven, Jr. (Houston, TX)
    Scott Caven

    Scott Caven - Bio coming soon.

  • Robert A. Chereck (Dallas, TX)
    Robert ChereckRobert A. Chereck is Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Citizens Council, a non-profit organization of approximately 100 Chief Executive Officers who lead and serve in the moments that matter the most for the people of Dallas.

    Chereck retired from Plains Capital Corporation in 2015 where he served as Executive Vice President – Office of the Chairman. Mr. Chereck steered the integration of Southwest Securities FSB by HillTop Holdings. He stepped into this role after serving as Executive Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Securities FSB, where he worked with the board of directors and regulators to turn around operations, upgrade the workforce, restructure processes, and facilitate the merger of Southwest Securities FSB and PlainsCapital Bank.

    Before joining Southwest Securities FSB, Mr. Chereck built a successful and influential career with Wells Fargo. He started as Commercial and Corporate Banking Group Manager for First Interstate Bank of Texas, and when Wells Fargo acquired this institution, he became Executive Vice President, Southwest Division Manager. In this role, he expanded the division from five to 11 offices and $10B in loan commitments, $377M in revenue, and $178M in annual profit. He oversaw all operations and drove performance across loan, treasury management, deposit, international, and investment banking services for middle-market companies.

    Prior to Wells Fargo, Chereck was President of Norwich Financial Associates, Managing Director of Mason Best Company and Executive Vice President of Interfirst Bank Dallas. At Interfirst, he was manager of the Energy Lending Group, Eastern Corporate Group and Southwest Group, and served as group manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, operating through the bank’s London office.

    Chereck is a board member of Children’s Health Systems of Texas, Dallas Citizens Council, Impact Dallas Capital and Dallas Regional Chamber.

    Chereck earned a BA in government and an MBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Eugenio Clariond Reyes-Retana (San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL)
    Eugenio Clariond

    Eugenio Clariond Reyes-RetanaEugenio Clariond Reyes is Chairman of Grupo Cuprum SA, Grupo Cleber SA and Grupo FMC Capital SA. (Companies involved in the production of aluminum and the distribution of automobiles and trucks). He also serves as Independent Director for Mexichem SA, Pochteca SA, Banco BX+, Fibra Monterrey and Grupo Industrial Saltillo SA.

    In non for profit organizations, he serves as Chairman of Fondo de Agua Metropolitano de Monterrey (Monterrey Water Fund), Director of the Monterrey Tech (ITESM), Honorary Consul of Brazil in Monterrey. He serves on the Advisory Council for the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. The Harte Research Institute (Gulf of Mexico Studies) and the School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

    Mr. Clariond formerly was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Grupo IMSA, Director of Texas Industries Inc. , Navistar International Truck & Engine Corp. and Johnson Controls, Inc. Vice-Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Chairman of Mexican Fund for Nature Conservancy (FMCN), Chairman of the Mexican Council of Businessmen (CMHN), Chairman of Parque Fundidora Trust, Chairman of the USA-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Camara de Industria de Transformacion in Nuevo Leon (CAINTRA), Chairman of Ciudad de los Niños Trust, Chairman of National Council of Business Trade (today COMCE), Chairman of COMCE Noreste, Chairman of US-Mexico Business Committee, Chairman of the Latin American Business Council (CEAL), Director of Bats Conservation International (BCI).

    He has a BBA and MBA from the Monterrey Tech (ITESM).

  • J. Coley Clark (Dallas, TX)

    J. Coley Clark is retired Chairman and CEO of BancTec, Inc. He initially joined BancTec in September 2004 as President and CEO and in June 2007, he was appointed Chairman and CEO.

    Clark retired from EDS in 2004 as Senior Vice President and head of the Financial and Transportation Industry Group. Clark’s long career with EDS began in 1971 when he joined the Systems Engineering Development Program and later progressed through a variety of technical, sales and management roles related to the financial and insurance industries. He assumed responsibility for the Financial Industry Groups in 1986 and was named a corporate officer in 1989. He was appointed a Senior Vice President in 1996 and served as a member of the Global Operations Council, EDS’ senior executive team.


    Clark currently serves on the boards of MoneyGram International and Docupace Technologies, a premier provider of secure and federal and state compliant electronic processing platforms for financial institutions and the wealth management industry. He previously served on two public company boards, Carreker Corporation and i2 Technologies, Inc. Active in his community, Clark is a life member of the Salesmanship Club and is on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees. He was former chairman of the Financial Services and Insurance Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and former president of the Dallas Theater Center. He also served on the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and was a member of the Dallas Citizens Council. He is a lifetime member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and a member of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council, the University of Texas President's Associates and the Executive Committee of the Chancellor's Council for the University of Texas system.

    Clark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He served three years in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of captain and served as a company commander in Europe and Southeast Asia.

  • Peter R. Coneway (Houston, TX)
    Peter Coneway Peter Coneway joined Riverstone Holdings LLC as managing director in March of 2009 following his service as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Riverstone Holdings is a private equity firm specializing in the global energy and power sectors with offices in Houston, New York and London.
    Coneway spent 37 years in various capacities at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He joined the firm in 1969 after graduating with an MBA from Stanford University. He founded the Houston office for Goldman Sachs in 1975; was named a general partner in 1978; established the firm’s securities sales, trading and research division in Tokyo in 1987-88; and returned to manage the Houston office.

    Coneway is currently a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, a member of the board of trustees of the Texas Heart Institute, and continues to serve as a member of the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors, having previously served as chairman. He has served on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institute, served as chairman of the Stanford Business School Trust, director of the Greater Houston Partnership, and chairman of the Houston/Harris County Sports Facility Public Advisory Committee.

    Coneway earned his BBA from The University of Texas. He received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award in 1983; was appointed to the UT System Board of Regents in 1993; was named a Distinguished Alumnus in October 2003; and was inducted into the McCombs Business School Hall of Fame in 2004.

  • Catherine P. Crain (Houston, TX)
    Catherine Crain

    Catherine P. Crain is a Vice President at Fayez Sarofim & Co. and a co-manager of the mutual funds that Fayez Sarofim & Co. manages for The Dreyfus Corporation. She is also a portfolio manager for a variety of institutional and high net worth clients. Ms. Crain joined the Firm in 1993 as a Research Associate. Over the years, areas of research responsibility have included the transportation, media and entertainment, and consumer products sectors.

     Ms. Crain received a M.B.A. from the University of Texas in 1993 with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. with Highest Honors in the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to joining Fayez Sarofim & Co., she was employed at Merrill Lynch & Co. as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking Division in New York and Houston.

     Ms. Crain is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute. She is a life member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and served as an investment counselor to the McCombs School's MBA Investment Fund from 1994 to 2003. She is a past trustee of The Joy School and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian School.

  • Gary T. Crum (Houston, TX)

    Gary T. Crum is president of the CFP Foundation, and a founder and former director of AIM Management Group, Inc. He served as president, CEO and director of investments for AIM Capital Management, the investment advisory subsidiary of AIM Management Group and director of parent company AMVESCAP PLC, after AIM Management Group's merger with INVESCO in 1997. Prior to founding AIM Management Group, Crum gained valuable industry experience as portfolio manager and head of fixed-income investments for American General Capital Management.

    Crum is on the Board of Directors for the McCombs School of Business MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C. at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University (SMU) and on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU, and is a trustee of the AIM Foundation. He was formerly a member of the Boards of Trustees at Episcopal High School and the Memorial Endowment Fund for St. John the Divine Church in Houston. Crum was inducted into the McCombs School Hall of Fame in 2004 and is the former chair of the McCombs School Advisory Council.

    Crum received a BBA from SMU and an MBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Kenneth P. DeAngelis (Austin, TX)
    Ken DeAngelis Ken DeAngelis is a founder of Austin Ventures and has served as general partner since 1981. He focuses on services investing. Previously DeAngelis was with the Merchant Banking division of the Bank of Boston.

    He has been active in the Austin community for many years and is a member of the University's Development Board. He was also past chairman of the McCombs School Advisory Council. DeAngelis was actively involved, for many years, with the local PBS affiliate, KLRU-TV, and is a past board chairman. Currently he serves on the Board of Governors for Hyde Schools, headquartered in Bath, Maine.

    DeAngelis received his B.A. from Harvard University and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jason H. Downie (Dallas, TX)
    Jason Downie

    Jason Downie has over 19 years of investment experience and co-founded Tailwater Capital in January 2013. At Tailwater, Mr. Downie’s primary responsibilities include deal sourcing, execution and monitoring of the Firm's investments as well as management of the Firm. Mr. Downie currently serves as a director of Align Midstream Partners LP, Pivotal Petroleum Partners LP, TW SWD & Solids Holdco LP, TSL Holdings I LP, and Southcross Holdings LP.Prior to co-founding Tailwater Capital, Mr. Downie was a Partner with HM Capital and served on the Investment Committee. Mr. Downie joined HM Capital from Rice, Sangalis Toole and Wilson, a mezzanine private equity firm, where he was an Associate. Prior to Rice, Sangalis Toole and Wilson, Mr. Downie was an Associate in the Equity Trading Group with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, responsible for energy and transportation. Mr. Downie earned both a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Dallas with his wife Berkeley and their four children, Sam, Michael, Malcolm, and Vivian.

  • Alan W. Dreeben (San Antonio, TX)
    Alan DreebenAlan Dreeben is a partner and serves on the board of directors of Republic National Distributing Company in San Antonio, Texas. He also serves as an advisory director of Cullen Frost Bank. Mr. Dreeben is member of the board and past chair of Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America and serves on the board of The Institute of Masters of Wine-North America.

    With a long history of commitment to education at all levels, Dreeben sits on the Executive Committee of the UT System Chancellor’s Council and is a past regent and chairman of the Texas State University System. He serves on the development board of UT, is a trustee and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio. He has held several positions with the Alamo Heights ISD in San Antonio, including past president, trustee, and director of its foundation and serves on the board of the Bexar County Federation of Schools.

    In addition, Mr. Dreeben has held leadership positions in more than 20 community and religious organizations, including Any Baby Can, Hospice of San Antonio, the Council on Alcoholism, the McNay Art Museum, the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation, United Way, and Temple Beth El. He has received a number of awards: the Chairman’s Award of TSUS, the Dallas Morning News Outstanding Individual in the Wine Business, the UTSA Ethics Award, National Conference Award, and Man of the Year in the New World Wine & Food Organization.

    Mr. Dreeben received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive MBA from Harvard University. He holds an honorary doctorate (LL.D.) from Texas State University.
  • Robert M. Duffey Jr. (Rancho Viejo, TX)
    Bobby Duffey - Bio coming soon.
  • Robert D. Duncan (Houston, TX)
    Robert DuncanRobert Duncan is founder and chairman of Transwestern, a global, diversified real estate organization actively involved in real estate investment, development, and services.

    Transwestern provides acquisition services, portfolio and asset management, property management, agency leasing, tenant representation, investment sales, financing, development and research for owners, investors, and users of real estate in 34 cities across the country and in 15 countries around the world through its alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate. With specialized competencies in office, retail, industrial, multifamily and healthcare asset classes, Transwestern’s mission is to be the #1 real estate value creator in America. Combining macro-market research and local market reconnaissance, Transwestern designs and executes creative investment strategies for investors and users of real estate. Through co-mingled funds and separate accounts, Transwestern has invested more than $5 billion of private equity capital and acquired more than $12 billion of real estate properties. Through its development company, Transwestern has developed over 150 projects across the country with values exceeding $10 billion.

    As founder and chairman of Transwestern, Robert has directed the company’s expansion from a small Texas development company in 1978 to a diversified global real estate organization today.

    Robert is an active member of The Real Estate Roundtable and World Presidents’ Organization. He is a founding member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas Real Estate Center, serves on the Development Board of the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Lifetime Member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Committee. He is a founding member of the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business Real Estate Program.

    Robert is a Lifetime Member of the Greater Houston Community Foundation; and is a past Director of the Greater Houston YMCA and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital System. He serves on the Board of Paradisus Dei and Bo Porter’s SELF Foundation.

    Robert was honored by the Cornell Real Estate Review with its 2010 Industry Leader Award for shaping Transwestern's integrated services and investment approach to commercial real estate for the benefit of the firm’s investors and clients. Robert was recently inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, recognizing his impact on commerce in Texas and his contributions and service to communities and institutions in Texas.

    Robert earned a BBA degree in the Business Honors Program, an MBA degree in Finance, and a LLB degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Houston with his wife Marcy and their six sons.
  • James R. Elliott III (New York, NY)

    James R. Elliott III is global head of the Mergers & Acquisitions with JP Morgan.

    Elliott joined JPMorgan in 1997 as a senior member of the M&A Department. He began his career at the First Boston Corporation in 1976 and spent ten years in the Mergers and Acquisitions department specializing in energy sector takeovers. He was appointed head of Risk Arbitrage Department in 1986 and managed a $500 million portfolio until his departure in 1989. In 1990, he started and managed a hedge fund, which invested in M&A Risk Arbitrage and Special Situations.

    Elliott received a BBA and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Miguel W. Espinosa (Houston, TX)
    Mike Espinosa - Bio coming soon.
  • Richard W. Evans Jr. (San Antonio, TX)
    Dick Evans Dick Evans is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. and Frost Bank in San Antonio, Texas. A native of Uvalde, Texas, Evans graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree in 1967. Before joining Frost Bank’s training program in 1971, he served as an assistant national bank examiner with the Comptroller of the Currency.

    During Evans' career at Frost, he has served as a commercial loan officer, a vice president in the bank’s commercial loan, credit and marketing areas, and then as senior vice president in the marketing division. In 1977, he was named executive vice president of the banking group and was elected president of Frost Bank in 1985. In 1993, Evans was elected chairman of the board of Frost Bank and chief banking officer of Cullen/Frost in 1995, and in 1997, chief executive officer.

    Evans has served several two-year terms as a member of the Federal Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

    In the civic and professional arena, Evans is a member of the board of directors of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, an organization in which he served as general campaign chairman for 2003-2004 and chairman for 2004-2005. He is also a member of the board of directors and past chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and the San Antonio Medical Foundation. He is as a member of the business Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation in Austin, and past chairman of the United Negro College Fund. Evans is a director and life member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. He is one of 30 bankers globally to be a member of the International Finance Conference. He has been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and was inducted as International Citizen of the Year by the World Affairs Council. In November 2014, he was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame.

    Evans is married and has two children and four grandchildren. 
  • Kathleen W. Farlow (Austin, TX)
    Kathleen FarlowKathleen Farlow joined Deloitte in 1983 and became partner in 1994. For most of her career her role has been and continues to be a client service tax partner on large multinational Fortune 500 clients. In addition to her client service roles, she has been Deputy National Managing Partner – People, Regional Tax Managing Partner – Mid America, and the Gulf Coast Tax Managing Partner. In October of 2012, Kathleen relocated to Austin to be the Central Texas Managing Partner leading Deloitte professionals in Austin and San Antonio.

    Kathleen is dedicated to supporting The University of Texas at Austin and has long been a member of The UT Accounting Department Advisory Council and is a member and former chair of the McComb’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. In 2012, Kathleen received the Texas Star award for her support of accounting education at the University of Texas. The McCombs School of Business named Kathleen the Outstanding Corporate Champion in 2014. She recently accepted a role as board member and chair of the audit committee for Texas Exes.

    She currently serves as Chairman of the Board for United Way of Greater Austin and as a member of the Board and the Finance Committee for Ballet Austin.
  • William N. Finnegan IV (Houston, TX)
    Bill Finnegan Bill Finnegan is a partner with Latham & Watkins LLP in Houston. His practice focuses on various corporate and securities transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, public and private company mergers and acquisitions, and joint venture and partnership transactions. Bill’s clients are drawn primarily from the energy industry, both nationally and internationally.

    Bill is married to Susan and they are the parents of Nick, Terrell and Scotty. Bill received a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a JD from The University of Houston School of Law.
  • Anthony D. Forcum (Plano, TX)
    Tony Forcum Anthony D. "Tony" Forcum is a principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP and a member of its Board of Directors. His practice focus area is concentrated in strategy and operations consulting and he serves as lead consulting principal or advisory principal to clients in a variety of industries. He served as Deloitte Consulting’s National Managing Director—Operations & Finance from 2003 through 2009 and managing director of Deloitte Consulting’s Texas practice offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin from 1997 to 2001. He also served as Managing Director of the Dallas office in 1996. He served as the national recruiting principal for Deloitte Consulting at UT-Austin for many years and is currently a member of the firm’s UT MBA recruiting team.

    Tony joined a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche in 1974 after graduating from Emporia State University and became a partner in 1984.

  • Jake Foley III (New York, NY)

    Jake Foley III is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Sponsors Coverage Group. He focuses on large-cap private equity, hedge fund, and multi-strategy funds. In addition, Mr. Foley focuses on transaction development and idea generation with an emphasis on key trends and transaction catalysts for the benefit of the firm’s clients. He is based in the firm’s New York office.

    Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Foley led the Deutsche Bank’s transaction origination group for five years after doing the same for Banc of America Securities. In both cases, he was the corporate client-facing M&A partner for clients seeking to work with private equity investors and the deal origination officer. He began his career as an associate in the corporate finance training program of First Chicago, with a brief stint in PaineWebber’s high yield group before joining Morgan Stanley for nearly 10 years, first in high yield, then in the business development group. He has worked on restructurings, complex capital structure based M&A, and as an advisor to various companies, funds, and sovereign entities.

    Mr. Foley is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received both his Bachelor of Business and Master of Professional Accounting in 1988. He is a member of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council, the University Development Board, the Littlefield Society, President’s Associates, and the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, and he chaired the Commission of 125’s Finance and Resources Committee.

  • Jack D. Furst (Argyle, TX)
    Jack Furst

    Jack D. Furst is a distinguished private equity investor. He manages his own capital making investments in real estate, oil and gas, fixed income securities and public and private equities. Jack is an Adjunct Professor at The University of North Texas (the Harvard of the Southwest) where he teaches finance and investments. He has over 25 years of private investment experience completing over $50 billion in transactions which resulted in attractive returns for investors.

    Jack was a founding Partner HM Capital Partners(formally Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Incorporated). The Firm, established in 1989, specialized in private investments of companies primarily serving the energy, financial services, food, manufacturing and media sectors of the economy. Prior to founding HM Capital, he was a partner at Hicks & Haas Incorporated (a private investment firm) from 1987 to 1989. From 1984 to 1986, he was a merger and acquisition/corporate finance specialist for The First Boston Corporation in New York. Before joining First Boston, Jack was a financial consultant at Price Waterhouse in Phoenix. He received his BS degree with honors from the College of Business Administration at Arizona State University and his MBA degree with honors from the Graduate School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

    Jack serves on the board of directors for several companies. He also serves as an officer and executive board member of Circle Ten Council (Dallas)-Boy Scouts of America, an executive board member of Longhorn Council (Ft. Worth)-Boy Scouts of America, an officer and executive board member of Boy Scouts of America (National Council), a member of The University of Texas at Austin Mc Comb's School of Business Advisory Council and a founding Advisory Council Member of the MBA Investment Fund, a founding family and board member of Cross Timbers Community Church (Argyle, Texas), an advisory board member of Christian Community Action (Lewisville, Texas), and a trustee and board member of The National Safety Council (Chicago). Jack is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow, a fellowship of leaders that is administered by the Aspen Institute. He was inducted into W. P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame at Arizona State University in 1999. Jack is also the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award and the W.P. Carey School of Business 2008 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

    Jack, and his wife, Debra, have two children; son, Jackson (15) and daughter, Jordan (12). The entire family is involved in Scouting and resides at their ranch in Argyle, Texas.

  • Mark D. Gibson (Dallas, TX)
    Mark D. Gibson became a director and Vice Chairman of HFF, Inc. in November 2006 and effective April 1, 2014, he became the Chief Executive Officer of HFF, Inc. Mr. Gibson is one of our founding partners having joined our predecessor firm, Holliday Fenoglio & Company, in 1984. Mr. Gibson has held the position of executive managing director of HFF LP since 2003, served as a member of either HFF LP's executive and/or operating committee, when each was the governing committee, from 2003 to 2010 and also served as co-head of the Company’s Dallas office during that time period. Mr. Gibson has served as a member of HFF LP's executive committee since 2010 and he has also been a member of the operating committee of HFF Holdings since 2003.
    Mr. Gibson is a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and a member of ULI’s IOPC Council; a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE); chairman of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance and Investment Center; a member of the board of visitors at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics; member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas at Austin; advisory board member of Baylor Healthcare System Foundation; and a member of World Presidents’ Organization and World Affairs Council.
    Mr. Gibson graduated in 1981 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance.
  • Brian Gladden (Austin, TX)
    Brian Gladden

    Brian Gladden serves as senior vice president, Chief Financial Officer for Dell. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the finance function including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, audit, and investor relations. Before joining Dell in May 2008, Brian was president and CEO of SABIC Innovative Plastics, the former General Electric Plastics.

    Before joining SABIC Innovative Plastics, Brian spent nearly 20 years with GE in a variety of financial and general management leadership roles. During his career with the company, he served as vice president and general manager of the resin business for GE Plastics, CFO of GE Plastics, and vice president and CFO of information technology for GE Medical Systems Healthcare. He was named a GE corporate officer in 2002 and had formerly served on the corporate audit staff for GE.

    Brian earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Millersville University.

  • John C. Goff (Fort Worth, TX)
    John Goff John C. Goff is a private investor based in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Goff co-founded Crescent Real Estate Equities with Richard Rainwater in the early 90s, designing the strategy and orchestrating the acquisitions leading to its initial public offering in May 1994. Under his leadership as Vice Chairman and CEO, Crescent grew from approximately $500 million at its IPO to $6.5 billion upon its sale to Morgan Stanley in August 2007. Crescent provided its shareholders a 15.4 percent compounded annual return and more than $2.5 billion in cash dividends during its 13 years as a public company. In November 2009, Mr. Goff partnered with Barclays Capital to reacquire Crescent in a joint venture, and he now serves as Chairman and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Holdings.

    Mr. Goff also is founder and Managing Principal of Goff Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in real estate debt and equity through offices in Fort Worth, Denver, and Stamford, Connecticut. Founded during the credit crisis of 1998, the firm has invested in more than $4 billion in assets.

    Mr. Goff’s family office, Goff Capital Inc., employs a team of professionals based in Fort Worth and invests in public securities, distressed debt, oil and gas, and private equity.

    Mr. Goff directs much of his charitable efforts through The Goff Family Foundation which focuses on education through scholarship programs and creative solutions for specific schools in need. Most notably, the foundation founded B Sharp Youth Music, a non-traditional, after-school, music education program and Fort Worth’s only elementary youth orchestra.
  • C. Kim Goodwin (Jamestown, RI)
    C. Kim Goodwin C. Kim Goodwin, with over twenty years of experience in investment and financial services, most recently served as managing director and head of equities, globally for Credit Suisse's Asset Management Division. Based in Europe, Ms. Goodwin had been responsible for the management of all Credit Suisse equity products in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, as well as all multi-country equity products. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ms. Goodwin's career includes senior executive positions at State Street Research & Management Company, American Century Investments, Putnam Investments, Prudential Investments, and Mellon Bank. Along with her business accomplishments, Ms. Goodwin has appeared frequently in the financial press, including CNBC, and has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, Investment News, and Barron’s.

    Ms. Goodwin earned a bachelor's degree in politics, cum laude, from Princeton University, and two master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin - one in public affairs from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and an MBA specializing in finance from The McCombs School of Business. Goodwin is a life member of the Texas Exes, as well as a former member of the UT System's Chancellor's Council, the UT Development Board and the MBA Investment Fund Advisory Board. Ms. Goodwin currently serves on the board of directors for Akamai Technologies and on the advisory council for Correlation Consulting, specialists in socially and environmentally conscious investing. She is now a consultant for a range of clients, with a primary focus on business restructuring, talent management, and investment performance.

  • Sue E. Gove (Carrollton, TX)
    Sue Gove

    Sue E. Gove is an international retail senior executive with extensive experience as a CEO, COO and CFO. She is a thoughtful leader achieving consistent results in consumer- facing multi-channel retail companies while driving market share growth. Known for leading successful turnarounds, strategic differentiation, and recruiting best in class talent- her strengths are in strategy development, management, marketing, merchandising and supply chain, finance and IT, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she has public and private company board experience and has provided boards with strategic planning and advisory services while significantly enhancing shareholder value.

    She joined Golfsmith International (GOLF) in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer and became President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors in 2012. She led market share growth in the US and Canada, was instrumental in improving the firm’s revenue in a declining market , tripled the profit of the web channel, enhanced operations and improved profitability. She led the Golfsmith-Golf Town merger (finalized in 2012), and as Chief Integration Officer integrated the two firms, and positioned the company for growth.

    Prior to Golfsmith International, Ms. Gove worked as independent consultant for Alvarez and Marsal, serving specialty retail and private equity clients.

    Ms. Gove began her career with Zale Corporation (ZLC), America’s largest specialty jewelry retailer. Her 25-year tenure spanned private and public ownership, and her roles evolved from accounting to operations, serving as VP of Operations, SVP of Strategic Planning, Treasurer, CFO, and EVP and COO. She brought significant value to the firm utilizing her operations, strategic planning, financial and management skills. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, she successfully drove the firm’s strategic efforts of growing market share, enhancing the customer in-store experience and improving profitability by refining the supply chain function.

    Ms. Gove has been an Independent Director of AutoZone Inc. (AZO) since 2005, and also serves as the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee. Sue joined the Board of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (ICON), in October, 2014, as an Independent Director, and serves on the Audit Committee. She served on the Board of Golfsmith International and Zale Corporation and has been actively involved with trade and industry associations in the golf and jewelry industries. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

    Ms. Gove graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting. She is an active supporter of Sky Ranch, a Christian camp for children with locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. She has four children, enjoys golf and entertaining.

  • Robert H. Graham (Houston, TX)
    Robert Graham Robert H. Graham was a co-founder of AIM Investments in 1976 and served at various times as its president, CEO and Chairman before retiring in 2007. He also served as vice chairman of AMVESCAP PLC (now Invesco Ltd.), the parent company of AIM and Invesco PLC following their merger in 1997.He is a member of the board of directors and former Chairman of Houston Zoo, Inc. He also serves on the board of trustees of Southwestern University and the national advisory board for Prison Entrepreneurial Program. He is Chairman of the Development Board of UTHealth in Houston and a member of the board of directors of the MBA Investment Fund, the board of visitors of McDonald Observatory, the Development Committee of UT Austin, the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council and the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council of The University of Texas System.

    A Houston native, Graham received a B.S. degree and M.E. electrical engineering and an MBA in finance, all from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Graham was inducted into the McCombs School Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • Joseph M. Grant (Dallas, TX)
    Jody Grant Joseph M. Grant is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Texas Capital Bancshares and founder and Senior Partner of BankCap Partners.

    Mr. Grant is a native of San Antonio where in high he set two national Junior Olympic swimming records and was a high school All American in 1955 and 1956. He attended Southern Methodist University on a swimming scholarship where he majored in Finance. At SMU, he won four individual Southwest Conference championships, was the high point medalist in 1959, and was named to the collegiate All America team.

    Mr. Grant earned an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. Upon receiving his degree, he joined the executive training program at Citibank in New York City. After five years he returned to the University of Texas to earn a Ph.D. in finance and economics. Upon completion in 1970, Mr. Grant joined Texas Commerce Bank as senior economist where he developed the expansion strategy for Texas Commerce Bancshares, which became the 26th largest bank in the country (now J.P. Morgan Chase). As economist, he garnered a national reputation as an energy economist during the energy crisis of the 1970s.

    After five years at Texas Commerce, Mr. Grant joined Texas American Bank in Fort Worth where he became chairman and CEO of Texas American Bancshares (TAB) in 1986. He took office just as the Texas economy was caught in the vortex of the “perfect storm.” Nine of the ten largest banks in Texas failed to survive, including TAB. He chronicled this experience in his book, The Great Texas Banking Crash—an Insider’s Account, published in 1996.

    In 1990, Mr. Grant joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as CFO. In 1996, he co-led its split-off from General Motors, which then was the fourth largest transaction ever on Wall Street. In 1998, he founded Texas Capital Bank and its parent Texas Capital Bancshares, then the largest start up in U. S. history. In recognition of this success, in 2001 he received banking’s highest honor by being named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker. Texas Capital went public in 2003 and is now $10 billion in assets. He served as chairman and CEO until his retirement in 2008. Today, Mr. Grant serves as chairman emeritus of Texas Capital and is the founding partner and Chairman of BankCap Partners, a private equity firm formed to expand the Texas Capital model outside of Texas. In 2007, BankCap started Atlantic Capital Bank in Atlanta, which replaced Texas Capital as the nation’s largest start up. BankCap’s other portfolio banks are Xenith Bank in Richmond, VA and Tristate Capital Bank in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Mr. Grant is a member of The University of Texas at Austin College of Business Administration Hall of Fame, The Board of Visitors of the Foundation of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the boards of trustees of the foundations of Dallas County Community College and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is a member of Chief Executive Organization, World Presidents Organization, and is the immediate past chairman of Communities Foundation of Texas. In 2010, he was inducted into Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans where he is also a member of its board of directors. He has served on the boards of trustees of SMU and TCU, and the boards of directors of numerous public companies. In 1987-1988, he served as International President of the Young Presidents Organization, which today has 20,000 members in 120 countries. He also has served as chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and of the North Texas Commission, which is an economic development and marketing agency for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. On October 24, 2013, Mr. Grant will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of SMU, and on November 14, 2013, he will be inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Grant is chairman of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which operates Klyde Warren Park, a $110 million park that serves as the epicenter of the Arts District and connects Uptown and Downtown Dallas. He led the effort to develop the Park, which opened to great acclaim in October 2012. Klyde Warren Park has been transformational for Dallas, connecting Uptown and Downtown, and serving as the “Front Lawn” of the Arts District. It is believed to be a major catalyst in attracting businesses and residents to Uptown and Downtown thereby accelerating the revitalization of central Dallas.

    Mr. Grant and his wife Sheila have two grown children, Mary Elizabeth Grant and Steven Clay Grant.
  • Robert G. Greer (Houston, TX)
    Robert GreerRobert G. Greer is chairman of the board for Texas Gulf Bank, N.A. Previously he was vice chairman for Bank of Texas, chairman for Bank of Tanglewood, the first CEO and later senior chairman of the Cullen Center Bank and Trust, and vice chairman, Frost Bank, in addition to holding numerous other banking leadership positions since he began his career in 1955, including president of the Texas Bankers Association. 


    Greer is former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas at Austin, member of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council and member of the Development Board of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He also serves as a Life Member of both the UT Health Science Development Board of Houston and the Texas Medical Center Board.

    Greer received his BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • J. William Gurley (Woodside, CA)

    Bill Gurley has spent over 10 years as a General Partner at Benchmark, joining in 1999. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston.

    Bill also maintains a blog on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses called Above the Crowd.

    Over his venture career, he has worked with such companies as GrubHub (IPO: GRUB), Nextdoor, OpenTable (IPO: OPEN, Acquired by Priceline), Stitch Fix, Uber, and Zillow.com (IPO: Z).

    Education: BS in computer science from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Texas. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • Barbara Sublett Guthery (Austin, TX)

    Barbara Sublett Guthery is general partner of Sublett Partners, Ltd. After 30 years in the New York metropolitan area, where she was a vice president with Prudential Securities Inc., she returned to Texas in 1991. Prior to the formation of UTIMCO, she served as one of the five investment advisors to the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

    Guthery was a member of the first Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council, and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the UT College of Pharmacy and the McCombs Advisory Council. Active with the Texas Exes, she currently serves on the Public Affairs Committee, the Scholarship Committee and the Investment Committee. Guthery has donated a Presidential Scholarship in Entrepreneurship Education to the McCombs School of Business and a basketball scholarship to the Longhorn Foundation. She is also chairman of the Neighborhood Longhorns Board and on the Caritas Community Advisory Board. She is a member of the board of the Colorado Chautauqua Association and the VP of the Colorado Chautauqua Cottagers.

     

     

  • Katherine J. Harless (Irving, TX)
    Kathy Harless

    Katherine J. (Kathy) Harless has had significant success leading growth, turnaround and IPO for several multi-billion dollar businesses in consumer and B2B markets as CEO/President. She is currently active on multiple boards of directors, corporate and non-profit.

    She served as President and CEO of Idearc Media Inc. from 2006-2008. She led the successful spinoff of Idearc Media from Verizon Communications and navigated the company from print centric to a multi-platform media company. Idearc brands include the second largest national yellow pages directory and Superpages.com among the top 50 most accessed websites. Idearc renamed itself SuperMedia Inc and listed with NASDAQ in 2010.

    Previously, she served as President of Verizon Information Services, the nation’s most advanced provider of yellow pages and related shopping information, from 2000-2006. Before that (1996-2000), she was President of GTE Airfone, where she directed overall operations, and pioneered the expansion of air-to-ground public telecommunication services in the United States and other countries.

    Harless worked for GTE from 1973 to 2000, starting in her hometown of San Angelo, Texas, and carrying out assignments of increasing responsibility in finance, sales, marketing and operations. She was appointed Regional President for GTE Telephone Operations in Texas and New Mexico in 1994. At GTE she was the first woman President of a GTE subsidiary company and first woman Vice President in GTE Telephone Operations.

    Harless serves on the board of directors for the Toro Company, on its Audit Committee, Compensation and Human Resource Committee, as well as the Nominating and Governance Committee. She was a member on the Idearc Media board and Verizon Foundation board. She is a lifetime member of and serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She twice served as Chairman of the Yellow Pages Association board.

    Harless is a Director and member of the North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and Committee of 200. She was featured in the September 2010 issue of The Agenda Diversity 100 as “Top Diverse Board Candidates You’ve Never Heard of” and also in the November/December 2005 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of the “Women Worth Watching in 2006.”

    In 1998, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Texas at Austin, the business school’s highest honor for outstanding achievement.

    Harless earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Frederick B. Hegi Jr. (Dallas, TX)

    Frederick B. Hegi Jr. is the founding partner of Wingate Partners and former chairman of United Stationers, Inc. Previously, he was chairman of Loomis, Fargo & Co. and Kevco and lead director of Lone Star Technologies. He also serves on the boards of Hallmark Cards, Texas Capital Bancshares, Drew Industries and Austin Industries, among others. Prior to forming Wingate, Hegi was president of Valley View Capital Corporation.

    Hegi has co-chaired Southern Methodist University's (SMU) annual fund campaign and Harvard Business School's major gifts campaign, and is active in several Dallas-area philanthropic organizations. He is a member of SMU's board of trustees, a trustee of UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, a member of the Board of Visitors of UT Southwestern University Hospitals, former Chairman of UT Southwestern's Presidents Research Council, a trustee for the AT&T Dallas Center for Performing Arts Foundation, a member of the Chancellor's Council Executive Committee of The University of Texas System and immediate past chair and trustee of The Communities Foundation of Texas. At The University of Texas at Austin, he is former chair of the McCombs School of Business Foundation, is a member of The University of Texas at Austin's Development Board and served on the Commission of 125. Hegi is a former chairman of the McCombs School Advisory Council. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both SMU and its Cox School and has been inducted into the McCombs School Hall of Fame.

    Hegi has a BBA from Southern Methodist University, an MBA from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jeffrey M. Heller (Dallas, TX)
    Jeff Heller Jeff Heller currently serves as vice chairman of EDS. He had retired from EDS in 2002, after a 34-year career with the company, but returned in 2003. He originally joined EDS as a trainee and moved through various technical management and executive positions before becoming senior vice president in 1987. He was named president and COO in 1996, and vice chairman in 2000. During his career, EDS grew from a small start-up company to a Fortune 100 corporation with revenues of $21.5 billion and 140,000 employees.

    Heller’s UT career was highlighted by his achievements as an NCAA All-American swimmer for the Longhorns from 1957-1961. In 1995, he was honored with the Frank Erwin Award in swimming and, in 2000, he was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor. In 2002, he was inducted into the McCombs School Hall of Fame. Heller is a 2003 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

    Heller serves on the board of directors of several public, private and charitable companies and institutions and was appointed to UT-Austin’s Commission of 125.

    Heller earned a B.B.A. in finance from The University of Texas of Austin.

  • William C. Helms (Houston, TX)
    Bill HelmsWilliam C. “Bill” Helms is the vice chairman of the BBVA Compass board of directors, where he is active in business development and in supporting the bank’s growth as directed by executive management. He also oversees BBVA Compass’ national and local advisory boards and is involved in its government relations efforts.

    Previously the executive officer and head of Wealth Management, Helms was responsible for the strategy and growth of private banking, asset management, international wealth management, broker-dealer activities and registered investment advisors.

    Before joining the organization in 2003, Helms spent 17 years with Bank of America in a number of progressively responsible positions, culminating as co-president of Bank of America’s private bank. He also spent 11 years at JPMorgan Chase, first as a credit analyst and ultimately as vice president of the corporate division.

    Helms serves on the Chancellor’s Council for the University of Texas System and as an advisory director for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He also serves on the board for the McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science and the Texas Bankers Association. He is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Regional Bankers Committee and the Financial Services Roundtable. Helms recently served on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Grand Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

    Helms earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Gilbert A. Herrera (Houston, TX)

    Gilbert A. Herrera founded Herrera Partners in 1992. It is a private investment banking firm that provides merger & acquisition advisory, fairness opinions, SEC compliance, expert testimony, valuations, bankruptcy-related restructuring and related services. He formerly served as director of Coopers & Lybrand's Southwest region corporate finance group. Previously, he was the senior investment banker for Underwood, Neuhaus & Co.

    In 1995, Gilbert received the Outstanding Young Texas-Ex award from the Texas Exes. In 2001, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as chair of the General Services Commission and by appointment from the Supreme Court of Texas he served as a member of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline from 1993 until 1999. He currently serves as Chair-elect of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CHRISTUS Health Gulf Coast, Vice Chair of Business and Financial Affairs for UTMB’s Development Board and on the Executive Committee of Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

    At The University of Texas at Austin, Herrera serves on the Advisory Council for the Ex-Students’ Association, the MBA Investment Fund and the Executive Committee of Chancellor's Council of The University of Texas System. He is also a member of the Littlefield Society and previously served on the University's Commission of 125.

    Gilbert earned a BBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Thomas O. Hicks (Dallas, TX)
    Thomas O. Hicksis Chairman, Founder and Partner of Hicks Holdings LLC, a Dallas-based family office that owns and manages the Thomas and Cinda Hicks Family's real estate, corporate assets, and investments.

    Through Hicks Equity Partners LLC (“HEP”), the private equity firm led by Thomas O. Hicks, HEP targets acquisitions, buyouts, buy-and-builds, corporate divestitures and selected growth capital investments, typically investing $15-100 million per portfolio company, in companies with enterprise values between $50-500 million. HEP focuses its efforts on partnering with exceptional management teams in industries identified as attractive sectors of growth for the future and its professionals collectively have over 200 years of experience across a variety of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, media, healthcare and retail and consumer products.

    Some of HEP’s investments to date include: Anvita Health, a leader in clinical decision support systems, subsequently acquired by Humana Health; Drilling Tools International, a privately held oilfield services company; Daily Greens, an Austin, Texas based cold-pressed, organic vegetable and fruit juice company; Glori Energy, an oil technology company that deploys its proprietary AERO™ System to significantly increase oil production from mature oil fields; Grupo Pilar, a leading animal and pet food company in Argentina; Just Brakes, a leading retail provider of automotive brake and maintenance services, acquired in partnership with Gemini Investors, Monhegan Partners and Bill Ihnken and sold in 2017 to Pep Boys; Latrobe Specialty Steel, a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty steel to the aerospace industry, subsequently acquired by Carpenter Technology Corporation; Ocular LCD, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance liquid crystal displays, modules and systems; and, through H-D Advanced Manufacturing, Inc., investments including Crown Precision, a state-of-the-art aerospace machining services company; Firstmark, a flawless aerospace and defense product solutions company; Innovative Mechanical Solutions, or iMech, based in Edmonton, Alberta, an industry leader in the engineering, design and manufacture of custom bearings for the directional drilling motor industry; Intellifuse Technologies LLC, a provider of radial bearings and wear resistant coating technology; Leading Edge Heat Treating Services, a manufacturer of superior heat treating solutions; Numeric Machine, a full service machining company with CNC capabilities; Overton Chicago Gear, a premier manufacturer and distributor of large, custom, mission-critical gears and gearboxes; Precision Aero, manufacturing machined components for critical industrial systems; and Sungear, a manufacturer of aerospace gears.

    Previously, Mr. Hicks co-founded, and was Chairman from 1989 through 2004 of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Inc., (“HMTF”), a nationally prominent private equity firm specializing in leveraged acquisitions. During Mr. Hicks' tenure as Chairman, HMTF successfully raised over $12 billion of private equity funds, consummated over $50 billion of leveraged acquisitions, and was one of the world's most active private investment firms. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Hicks was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Hicks & Haas, a Dallas-based private equity firm. The successful acquisitions of HMTF and Hicks & Haas included AMFM Inc., A&W Brands, Inc., Berg Electronics, Inc., Dr Pepper/Seven Up Companies, International Home Foods, Life Partners Group, Pinnacle Foods, Sybron International, and Yell Group plc, among others.

    From 1995 – 2011, Mr. Hicks was the Owner and Chairman of the Dallas Stars, a National Hockey League club. During his ownership, the Club captured seven Division Championships, three Western Conference regular season crowns, two Presidents’ Trophies as the team with the best regular season record, two consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Finals and the 1999 Stanley Cup Championship. The Stars had the third-best record in the entire NHL over his 15 seasons as owner. He was also instrumental in the development and building of the American Airlines Center ("AAC") in Dallas, TX which opened in July 2001.

    Thomas O. Hicks was also the Owner and Chairman of the Board of the Texas Rangers, a Major League baseball club and of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington from June 1998 to August 2010. During his ownership, the club captured three American West Division titles and was the 2010 American League Champion, advancing to the World Series the same year.

    Mr. Hicks serves on the boards of directors of Drilling Tools International, H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company, and Standard Pump Parts. He is also a member of the University of Texas Chancellor's Council. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees for The Center for Strategic and International Studies. Also a former member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Mr. Hicks served as Chairman of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), which manages the $20 billion University of Texas Permanent University Fund and Long Term Funds. Mr. Hicks graduated with an MBA from the University of Southern California in 1970 and a BBA from the University of Texas in 1969. He is also a past recipient of the University of Texas’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, and has served several years as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

    Mr. Hicks is the father of six children, and he and his wife, Cinda, reside in Dallas
  • Richard S. Hill (Austin, TX)
    Richard Hill

    Richard S. Hill is co-founder and partner of HPI Real Estate Services & Investments founded in 1992. Richard's real estate career has drawn strength from a background in accounting. After earning a business degree at the University of Texas in 1976 and an MBA in 1978, Richard served as senior accountant at Arthur Young & Co. in Dallas for two years then joined Trammell Crow Company in 1980. During his tenure at Trammell Crow Company he became partner in charge of the office and industrial divisions at the Austin office as well as the industrial division in San Antonio. HPI Real Estate Services & Investments operates and develops office, retail and industrial properties in Austin and San Antonio. HPI Residential operates and develops multifamily projects in Texas. Additionally he is involved in Cavender-Hill Properties in San Antonio, which is a Real Estate Services business focused in office and industrial properties.

    Richard also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Wildlife Association, Sovereign Bank, and Community TechKnowledge Inc., Executive Committee Member, University of Texas Chancellor’s Council, Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, past President, Greater Austin Crime Commission, past President, Real Estate Council of Austin, past President. Richard is married to Rae Hill and has three children.

  • Charles M. Holley Jr. (Austin, TX)
    Charles Holley

    Charles Holley retired from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. January 31, 2016 after more than 21 years with the company. From November 30, 2010 until his retirement, Charles was the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart, responsible for accounting and control, corporate strategy and development, business planning and analysis, internal auditing, investor relations, treasury, tax, and several other key areas of the company. The lead financial executive in each operating segment of the company (Walmart U.S., Sam's Club and Walmart International), as well as Global eCommerce, reported to him. Charles also served on the Walmart executive committee, the Walmart real estate committee and chaired the company’s executive finance committee.

    Before being appointed CFO, he was executive vice president, finance and treasurer, responsible for corporate strategy and planning, tax, investor relations, financial support of corporate overhead functions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and treasury operations, which includes capital markets and cash management. Charles also served as the company’s chief risk officer.

    Previously, Charles was senior vice president of finance with responsibility for the company’s accounting, tax, financial reporting and investor relations areas. From 2003 to 2005, he served as senior vice president and controller. From 1994 through 2002, Charles held several roles in Walmart International, including senior vice president and chief financial officer for the division. He helped pioneer the company’s international expansion efforts, which included leading Walmart International’s merger and acquisition activities.

    Before joining Walmart, Charles worked for Tandy Corporation as managing director for its European Memorex consumer product division (Memtek International) and served as director of finance for its international operations. He also spent more than 10 years with Ernst & Young. Charles served as a member of several financial organizations, including Financial Executives International, the CFO Board Academy and The Conference Board Council of Financial Executives. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Presidents’ Development Board.

    Also an active volunteer, Charles was a board member for the Cancer Challenge of Northwest Arkansas and has recently served on the national board of trustees for The First Tee. He was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Corporate Champion award by the McCombs School of Business. Charles received his BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his MBA in finance at the University of Houston. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Joe E. Holt (Austin, TX)
    Joe Holt Joe E. Holt, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Commercial Banking, retired in April 2017, concluding a 45 year career with JPMorgan Chase. Prior responsibilities included Central Texas Region Manager; Chairman and CEO Austin Region; Head of South Technology U.S. Corporate Banking; Head of Middle Market Banking for the Texas Regions; and other senior executive roles within the finn.

    Within the community and region, Joe is actively involved. He is a member of the University of Texas at Austin's Development Board.He serves on the University of Texas System Chancellor's Council Executive Committee and is a Past Chair. He is a life member of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. He also serves as a life member of the Advisory Council of the UT Austin McCombs School of Business, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCombs School of Business Foundation. In October 2016, he was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization and served as President. Additionally, he is a member of the National Leadership Council of The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas. He is a former Chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of the Austin Economic Development Corporation. He is on the Executive Committee of the Greater Austin Crime Commission. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Austin Symphony, serves on the Executive Board of the Capitol Area Council of Boy Scouts of America and is on the Board of the American Heart Association. Joe is a member of The President's Council for Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

    A native of Henderson, Texas. Joe graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B. B. A. in Finance in 1971, and resides in Austin with his wife, Sonja.

  • James R. Huffines (Dallas, TX)
    James HuffinesJames R. Huffines serves as Chief Operating Officer of Subsidiaries of Hilltop Holdings. Mr. Huffines has more than 30 years of experience with expertise in lending. As Chief Operating Officer of Subsidiaries, Mr. Huffines oversees the activities of Hilltop Holdings subsidiary companies PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, HilltopSecurities, and National Lloyds. Mr. Huffines joined Hilltop subsidiary PlainsCapital Bank in 2001 as Central and South Texas Region Chairman. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of PlainsCapital Corporation in November 2010. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Subsidiaries of Hilltop Holdings in 2016. Prior to joining PlainsCapital, he held executive positions at Dallas Bancshares, Inc., Bank of Dallas, and Republic National Bank of Dallas. Mr. Huffines received Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from The University of Texas. He is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
  • Ralph T. Hull (Houston, TX)
    Ralph Hull

    Ralph T. Hull's professional career involved investing in and supervising small, Houston-area banks, and he is presently a full-time investor.

    Hull has served on numerous Houston civic organizations and is currently a member of the UT Austin Development Board and the UT Health Science Center Advisory Council. He is a life member of the UT College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council and is also a member of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council.

    He earned a BBA and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Ronald C. Hulme (Houston, TX)

    Ronald Hulme is the Chief Executive Officer of both Bluescape Energy Partners and Parallel Resource Partners, two private equity firms that are focused on North American energy. These firms have combined assets in excess of $1 billion and Mr. Hulme serves on the Boards of several portfolio companies.

    From late 2008 until early 2011, Ron served as the Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Capital, an $8 billion AUM multi-strategy hedge fund and co-sponsor, along with Bluescape Resources, of Parallel Resource Partners.

    Previously, Ron spent 26 years at McKinsey & Co. where he served many industry leading energy and private equity clients. He led several of McKinsey’s Practice Groups, including the Global Corporate Finance Practice, the Global Risk Practice, the Global Strategy Practice, the Americas Oil and Gas Practice, and the Houston Office. Ron was also an active leader in McKinsey’s internal governance, having served in the Office of the Managing Director and as a member of the Firm’s Shareholders Council (the Firm’s elected Board).

    Ron earned a BBA degree from the University of Texas where he graduated first in his class and an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is an active board member of several non-profit organizations including Texas Children’s Hospital (Past Chairman), the Alley Theatre, the University of Texas Energy Institute, the Advisory Board of the UT McCombs School of Business, and Reasoning Minds.
  • Alfred Jackson (Houston, TX)

    Alfred Jackson is the founding partner of the Inroads Group, Ltd. Mr. Jackson has over 22 years of investment experience. He is also a founding partner of Capital Point Partners, a mezzanine investment fund. He spent 21 years as a principal with Davis Hamilton Jackson and Associates (“DHJA”) an institutional investment firm with more than $4 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining DHJA, Mr. Jackson was Vice President of the Institutional Fixed Income Division of Capital Municipal Securities. Mr. Jackson also played professional football with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons for seven years. Mr. Jackson is a past or current Board Member of the University of Texas Exes Investment Committee, Houston Children’s Museum, and is currently President of the Bakari Scholarship Fund. He is also a former Board Member of the Texas Health Science Center and Trustee of the Houston Municipal Pension System. Mr. Jackson was appointed to, and serves on , Governor Rick Perry’s Economic Council for the State of Texas. Mr. Jackson received his B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

  • Stephan A. James (Spicewood, TX)

    Stephan A. James retired from Accenture and his international chairman role in August 2006. From 2000 to 2004, he was COO of Accenture, with primary responsibility for Accenture's global operations and functions including marketing, finance operations and human resources. He was also responsible for the development of expert capabilities in technology, business consulting and outsourcing. In 1999 to 2000, he was chief executive of Accenture's Resources Operating Group focused on energy, chemicals and utilities industries. For the six prior years, he was the chief executive for their global Financial Services Operating Group focused on banking, insurance and health care. He joined the company in 1968 and became a partner in 1979. James was vice chairman of Accenture's board of directors and the firm's management committee, as well as a member of its executive committee and global leadership council.

    James is currently on the Board of Directors for Navigant Consulting, Fidelity Information Services, and BMC. He is also on the Board of the University Coop.

    James has a BBA with a specialization in industrial management and labor relations from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Kenneth M. Jastrow II (Round Mountain, TX)
    Kenneth Jastrow Kenneth M. Jastrow, II served as chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc., an Austin-based Fortune 500 company with interests in paper, forest products, real estate and financial services, from 2000 to 2007. Jastrow worked at Temple-Inland for over 27 years. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and 1999, Group Vice President from 1995 until 1998, and Chief Financial Officer of Temple-Inland from November 1991 until 1998.

    Jastrow is Non-Executive Chairman of Forestar Group, Inc., and serves as a Director of KB Home, MGIC Investment Corporation, and Genesis Energy, LLC. Jastrow is past Chairman of Texas Taxpayers Research Association and Texas Mortgage Bankers Association. In 2007 Jastrow was awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal presented by the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities. In addition, he received the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Distinguished Service Award and Boy Scouts of America (Midland, Texas) Distinguished Citizen Award.

    At The University of Texas, Jastrow served as Chairman of the following: Development Board, Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business, and Neighborhood Longhorns. Jastrow also served as Chair of the Commission of 125. Currently, Jastrow is Chairman of UT’s Capital Campaign. In 2004 Jastrow was named a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas, and he was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, 2003. In addition, Jastrow received a Presidential Citation in 2010 and was presented an Honorary “T” Award in 2008.

    Jastrow earned his BBA in 1969 and MBA in 1971 from The University of Texas. Jastrow came to UT from Midland, Texas and is married to Susan Thomas Jastrow. Kenny and Susie have three children, all married: Marty and J. McCartt, Kenny and Kendal Jastrow, and Corby and Stephanie Jastrow, and seven grandchildren. The couple resides on a ranch outside Austin in the Hill Country of Texas.

  • Rob L. Jones (Houston, TX)
    Rob Jones

    Rob L. Jones was appointed as Director of the general partner of Shell Midstream Partners in October 2014. He is a private investor and consultant based in Houston, Texas.

    Since September 2012, he has served as an Executive in Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also serving as Lead Independent Director for Susser Petroleum Partners, L.P. (SUSP), a publicly traded partnership. SUSP is controlled by SusserHoldings, Inc., a Fortune 500 convenience store operator and wholesale fuel supplier based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    He previously served as the Co-Head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities (MLC). MLC is a global commodities trading business and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

    He is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with Honors and an MBA with High Honors and was a Sord Scholar. Mr. Jones is a Life Member of the Dean's Advisory Council of The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and an Emeritus Member of the Children's Fund of Houston Texas. .

  • Don D. Jordan (Houston, TX)
    Don Jordan Don D. Jordan is the retired chairman and CEO of Reliant Energy, based in Houston, Texas. Joining the company, formerly Houston Industries, in 1956, Mr. Jordan served in several management positions at Houston Lighting & Power Company (HL&P), Houston Industries and Reliant Energy. Mr. Jordan served as chairman of the board and was elected president and CEO of Houston Industries Inc. in 1977. Houston Industries changed its name to Reliant Energy in February 1999.

    Among his many community activities, Mr. Jordan served as president and chairman of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, chairman of the board of South Texas College of Law and chairman of the board of the Houston Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the World Energy Council headquartered in London, England, chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 17th Congress of the World Energy Council, held in Houston in 1998, and now serves as the honorary lifetime president of the World Energy Council. Mr. Jordan also serves as director of AEGIS Services, Inc., BJ Services Company recently acquired by Baker Hughes, Inc., and as an executive committee member of South Texas College of Law, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and Greater Houston Partnership. He previously served on the board of the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Heart Institute as well as many other civic and charitable organizations.

    Mr. Jordan is the recipient of many honors, including Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Texas and from the South Texas College of Law; the 1998 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Rotary Club of Houston; 1998 Executive of the Year from World Cogeneration Magazine; and a 2001 inductee into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Jordan received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the South Texas College of Law. He is married and has three daughters.

  • Herbert D. Kelleher (San Antonio, TX)
    Herb KelleherHerbert D. Kelleher is co-founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines. Under his leadership, Southwest became the most consistently profitable, productive and cost-efficient carrier in the country.

    His revolutionary vision, famously sketched out on a cocktail napkin in 1966, became an industry-leading business strategy delivering high value for shareholders, a stimulating corporate culture that encourages new thinking, and an enjoyable low-cost option for business and leisure travelers. It is no coincidence that Fortune rates Southwest as one of the world's most admired companies, as well as one of the best to work for.

    He has been named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine and CEO of the Century by Texas Monthly. His gift to the McCombs School established the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, ensuring that his legacy of innovation will spur future economic growth in Texas and beyond. He is also a member of the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame.

    Kelleher is a graduate of Wesleyan University and has a law degree from New York University.

  • Gary C. Kelly (Plano, TX)
    Gary Kelly Gary C. Kelly serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. Under Gary’s leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine’s list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking eighth in 2017. In the same Fortune survey, Gary was recognized as one of the top five underrated CEOs.

    Gary is a 30-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. In January 2017, Gary relinquished the title of President. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.

    Southwest Airlines is celebrating 44 years of consecutive profitability and was named “Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World in 2015 and named one of the Top 20 America’s Best Employers of 2016 by Forbes. The nation’s leading low-cost carrier has consistently received the lowest ratio of Customer Complaints to the Department of Transportation (DOT) since they began tracking Customer Satisfaction.

    Gary’s biggest source of pride is the fact that Southwest Airlines has never had a single layoff in the airline’s 46-year history. Gary has pioneered the airline’s transformation through several key initiatives, including the acquisition of AirTran Airways, the repeal of the Wright Amendment, and the launch of international destinations for the first time in Southwest’s history—all while staying true to the Company’s core values and People-centric Culture.

    Gary has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, most recently as a 2017 Junior Achievement Dallas Business Hall of Fame Laureate inductee; 2016 inductee into the Texas Business Hall of Fame; and he is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Tony Jannus Award. Gary was named to Fortune magazine’s list of the Top 20 People in Business in 2014; was twice named D CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year; he’s been named one of the best CEOs in America by Institutional Investor magazine three times; and Gary was selected as Dallas Business Journal’s CEO of the year for 2011. In 2010, Gary was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, Gary was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame at the University of Texas at Austin. Gary received the 2013 Father of the Year Award; and Gary was the recipient of the 2013 McLane Leadership in Business Award at Texas A&M University.

    Gary is a lifelong Texan and received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. As a proud alumnus, Gary has served the University in a number of capacities, including on the McCombs School Advisory Council. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln National Corporation and Airlines for America, the airline industry advocacy group (serving as Chairman from 2012 - 2014). Gary is a current member of the Business Council and the Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees. Gary previously served on the President’s Job Council.
  • Ellen L. Keszler (Dallas, TX)
    Ellen Keszler

    Ellen L. Keszler serves as CEO of Clear Sky Associates, a strategy consulting firm focused on the technology and travel industries. She serves on the board, audit committee and nominating/ governance committee of Pros Holdings (NYSE PROS), a big data software company. She is also on the board of four private technology companies: Farelogix, a travel distribution company; Sojern, the leading data-driven traveler engagement platform; ID90 Travel, an airline employee travel technology provider; and RouteHappy, the product differentiation platform for air travel. She also serves on the advisory board of six technology start-up companies. She has served for the past three years as a judge at the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit, and in 2014 was named to the Skift30 as one of the 30 top movers and shakers in online travel.

    Previously, Ellen was president of Travelocity Business, launching this online oriented corporate travel business in 2003 and growing it to over $30 million in revenue in less than four years, with operations in the US and UK. Prior to that, she led the North American division of Sabre Travel Network, a $1B revenue business. In these leadership roles she had responsibility for sales, account management, software product management, marketing and operations for Sabre’s global distribution business, and corporate travel agency businesses.

    The first thirteen years of Ellen’s career were spent in a variety of finance functions at JCPenney, American Airlines and Sabre Holdings. These functions included financial planning, strategic analysis, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, as well as financial operations.

    She is a lifetime member of the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She served for eight years on the board North Texas Public Broadcasting, chairing the finance committee and serving on the Executive Committee for four years. She served on the board of Trustees of Preston Hollow Presbyterian School for 6 years, including as Vice President. She was on the board of the National Business Travel Association Foundation for three years and served for two years as its chair. She has twice served as a mentor at Menttium, an organization dedicated to improving professional performance of high potential female executives through mentoring.

    Ellen received her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • R. Paul Kinscherff (Chicago, IL)
    Paul KinscherffPaul Kinscherff Paul Kinscherff was appointed Executive in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin effective September 1, 2017.

    Prior to his UT appointment, Kinscherff held a variety of senior financial management positions at The Boeing Company, variously serving on Boeing’s Finance Leadership and International Leadership teams for over 15 years.

    Most recently, he was Vice President, Corporate Development and led the company’s merger and acquisition activity.

    Other leadership positions at Boeing included:
    • Vice President, Corporate International Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Boeing International;
    • President of Boeing Middle East, based in Dubai;
    • Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, responsible for corporate finance and banking, pension and savings investments, risk management and insurance and global treasury operations. Kinscherff also served on the Board of the Company’s finance subsidiary, Boeing Capital Corporation, and was Chairman of the Boeing Employee Benefits Investment Committee;
    • Vice President of Investor Relations

    Previously, Kinscherff worked at Lockheed Martin in progressively responsible corporate, operating segment and customer finance roles. He started his career with Atlantic Richfield in international corporate audit, including expatriate duties in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Kinscherff graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He earned master’s degrees in the dual degrees program in business and public policy from the University of Texas at Austin, and serves on the advisory leadership boards of the McCombs and Marshall Schools of Business. Civically active, previous memberships include the American Business Council of the United Arab Emirates, board memberships on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the President’s Committee on Business Productivity at the University of Texas.
  • Aaron W. Kozmetsky (Dallas, TX)

    Aaron W. Kozmetsky is Chief Investment Officer of KMS Ventures where his primary responsibilities include sourcing opportunistic investments, asset allocation, and manager selection oversight for all asset classes.

    Aaron is presently a Member of the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, Lifetime Member of McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, Texas Exes Investment Committee, and a Lifetime Member of The University of Texas at Austin Development Board.

     Aaron earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BBA from Texas Christian University.

  • Gary M. Kusin (Dallas, TX)
    Gary Kusin Gary Kusin is a Senior Advisor to TPG, a private equity firm based in San Francisco and Ft. Worth. He is former president and chief executive officer of FedEx Kinko’s, today operating as FedEx Office. Mr. Kusin was responsible for the strategic growth and transformation of Kinko’s and oversaw the ultimate sale to FedEx. Mr. Kusin then assisted FedEx in the transition of Kinko’s into FedEx Kinko’s. During that 2 year transition Gary served on the 9 person Strategic Management Committee for FedEx Corporation worldwide, reporting to Fred Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation.

    Prior to joining Kinko’s in 2001, Mr. Kusin was chief executive officer of HQ Global Workplaces, the world leader in serviced offices, now a part of Regus. In 1995, Mr. Kusin co-founded Laura Mercier Cosmetics, a makeup line now sold through leading specialty and department stores worldwide, which he sold to Neiman-Marcus in 1998. Prior to co-founding Laura Mercier Cosmetics, since 1983 Mr. Kusin was president and co-founder of Babbage’s Inc., the leading consumer software specialty store chain in the US, which now operates under the name GameStop (NYSE: GME). Earlier in his career, he was vice president and general merchandise manager for the Sanger-Harris division of Federated Department Stores, today operating as Macy’s.

    An Inc. magazine “Entrepreneur of Year” award winner, Mr. Kusin serves on the board of directors of Sabre Holdings, Savers, Inc., FleetPride and Taco Bueno.

    Gary has been very involved in community activities throughout his career. A representative sample of positions held across time includes the St. Mark’s School of Texas Board of Trustees, Dallas Young Presidents’ Organization Chairman, Dallas Citizen’s Council board of directors, the Southwestern Medical School Foundation and as Chairman of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas McComb’s School of Business.

    He earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from the Harvard Business School and lives in Dallas with his wife Karleen.
  • Thomas L. Kuzio (Dallas, TX)

    Thomas L. Kuzio recently retired as the senior vice president of sales for PepsiCo International. Prior to this role, Tom was senior vice president of Sales for PepsiCo United Kingdom & Ireland; senior vice President, National Sales for Frito-Lay North America (FLNA); president of Frito-Lay-West; Director of Sales for Frito-Lay-Australia; and vice president, Sales Development for FLNA. He joined PepsiCo in 1978 and before that worked for Procter & Gamble. He is actively involved on the Dean's Advisory Board of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and The University of Texas at Austin. Kuzio and his wife, Janet, have recently moved from London to NYC. They have four sons: Geoff, Alex, Steven and Scott.

    Kuzio holds a B.S. from Miami University, an MBA from Golden Gate University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

  • John Lancaster (New York, NY)
    John Lancaster

    John Lancaster is a Managing Director at Riverstone Holdings LLC, a New York-based private equity firm focused on investments in the energy and power industry globally. Mr. Lancaster joined Riverstone in 2000 and is responsible for the sourcing and management of investments across the energy industry, with a particular emphasis on the oilfield service and exploration and production sectors.

    Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Lancaster was a Director with The Beacon Group, LLC , a privately held firm specializing in principal investing and strategic advisory services in the energy and other industries. Mr. Lancaster began his career at Bankers Trust and later at CS First Boston, spending time as an investment banker and equity research analyst focused on the oil service and unregulated gas transmission sectors of the energy industry.

    Mr. Lancaster serves on the Boards of Directors of Cobalt International, Titan Specialties, Dresser Industries, Moreno Energy Group, Dynamic Offshore Resources, Enduro Resource Partners, Cuadrilla Resources, and Liberty Production. Mr. Lancaster received his BBA from the University of Texas in 1990 and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Darien, CT with his wife Whitney and their four children, Nicholas, Amelia, Elliott, and Russell.

  • Frank Lee (Houston, TX) - Newly Appointed Lifetime Member
    Frank LeeFrank Lee is chief operating officer of Cypress Asset Management, an investment management firm he co-founded in 1996. Prior to that, was a principal with Fayez Sarofim & Co for thirteen years.

    He has previously served on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries Houston and served for many years on the investment committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. He served as an investment counselor to the McCombs School's MBA Investment Fund during its inception.

    Frank graduated with a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Judith Oliver Lee, UT BBA and they have four children, Grace, Parker, Perry, and Jay.
  • S. Todd Maclin (Dallas, TX)
    Alan Dreeben

    At the end of 2016, Todd Maclin retired from JPMorgan Chase and opened his family office in Dallas, Texas. For almost 37 years, Todd held a variety of leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor organizations, rising to the rank of Vice Chairman and a member of the JPMC Operating Committee in New York. For almost 12 years, Todd served as CEO of the JPMC Commercial Bank, and later as Co-CEO of Consumer and Business Banking. Todd’s career at JPMC included assignments in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and New York. He has traveled extensively overseas, supervising global JPM businesses and serving clients of the firm.


    Todd is now a private investor and active member of the Dallas community. His investment activity is centered on areas where he can utilize his banking experience, with a particular focus on investing in commercial real estate, energy and private businesses. Opportunities present themselves through his extensive network of friends and former clients.

    Todd is very involved in civic pursuits, serving as a director of The University of Texas Development Board; a member of the Advisory Council for McCombs Graduate School of Business; on the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council; on the Board of Visitors of UT Southwestern Health System; on the Steering Committee for the O'Donnell Brain Institute for UT Southwestern; on the Board of Southwestern Medical Foundation and a member of its Investment Committee. Todd also serves on the Board of Texas Exes Alumni Association, and is currently acting Interim Co-Executive Director. He is a lifetime member of Texas Exes and UT President’s Associates.

    Todd and his wife Diana are serving as Co-Chairs for the St. Philip’s School and Community Center for its We Believe Capital Campaign. He also serves as a Board member of The Dallas Foundation and a member of its Development, Donor Services and Marketing Committee.

    Todd and Diana reside in Dallas, Texas.
  • Frank W. Maresh (Hunt, TX)
    Frank Maresh Frank Maresh is currently a self-employed CPA. He retired from KPMG Peat Marwick in 1993 and has since served as a private investor and consultant to businesses. He serves on two public company boards (Argenaut Insurance Company and Eagle Materials) as the Sarbanes Oxley "Audit Committee Financial Expert."

    Maresh was the youngest audit partner to enter the firm when he came to KPMG in 1968. During his years at KMPG, Maresh was vice chairman of KPMG's Board of Directors, a member of the firm-wide Management Committee and partner in charge of the Southwest Region. When he retired in 1993 to enter venture capital business, he was appointed to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy by Governor Ann Richards, and served as chairman.

    As an involved member of the community, Maresh has been chairman of the Board of Directors for the Central Houston Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Business Committee for the Arts. He has been a president and member of the Board of Directors for the Easter Seal Society of Harris County, Travelers Aid Society of Houston and the Lakeside Country Club of Houston.

    Maresh recently received the first "McCombs Accounting Program Texas Star Award" at the May 2005 commencement ceremonies as the outstanding UT accounting alumnus.

    He earned a BBA and an MPA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • John H. Massey (Dallas, TX)
    John Massey

    John H. Massey has been a senior investment advisor with Lehman Private Equity Fund Advisers since 1996. In May 2009 he became chairman of the Investment Committee of the Neuberger Berman, LLC Private Equity Funds Group, which manages and administers more than $20 billion of private equity limited partnership interests. Neuberger Berman, LLC succeeded to the private equity funds previously managed by Lehman Private Equity Fund Advisers.

    Previously, Mr. Massey was chairman and CEO of Life Partners Group, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, from 1994 to 1996; and chairman and CEO of First Southwest Investments from 1992 to 1994. He has served in numerous executive leadership positions with publicly held corporations including Gulf Broadcast Company, Anderson Clayton & Co. and Gulf United Corporation. He began his career with Republic National Bank of Dallas as an investment analyst in 1966. Massey has served on the board of directors of more than 40 corporations including six companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange..

    Massey currently serves on the boards of several financial institutions, including First Southwest Company, Brazos Funds, Inc., Occidental Life of North America, Central Texas Bankshare Holdings, Inc. and Hill Bankshares Holdings, Inc., among others.

    Massey received the Most Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southern Methodist University's (SMU) Cox School of Business in 1993. He serves on the advisory board of The University of Texas at Austin's School of Law, served eight years on the Johnson School of Management's board at Cornell and also served 16 years on the board at the SMU's Cox School of Business. He is also active in agricultural and wildlife conservation activities in Colorado County and Matagorda County, Texas.

    Massey received a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. He also earned an L.L.B. from The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1966 and a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1971.

  • Joseph N. Matlock Jr. (Austin, TX)

    Joe Matlock - Bio coming soon.

  • W. Baker McAdams (Houston, TX)
    Baker McAdams

    Baker McAdams retired in 2012 as Vice President of the McAdams Group at Morgan Stanley PWM after over 15 years.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked for Accenture, retiring after 33 years in 1995.

    McAdams lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Penny. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Red McCombs (San Antonio, TX) - Honorary Life Chair

    Red McCombs began his career as a salesman in the automobile business in Corpus Christi in 1950. In 1958, he relocated to San Antonio where he is owner of McCombs Enterprises. He is also co-founder of Clear Channel Communications and McCombs Energy Corporation and is active in a variety of other enterprises. Currently he is involved as lead investor of Circuit of the America’s Formula 1 Grand Prix race and is excited about the annual race and related events at the Circuit of the America’s track near Austin.

    McCombs has had numerous leadership roles in national, state and local civic organizations, including the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio's World's Fair. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University and chairman of the Board of Visitors of Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and remains active in the local and statewide charitable communities. He is a member of the National Auto Dealers Hall of Fame, National College Football Hall of Fame, Texas Business Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and San Antonio Business Hall of Fame.

    McCombs is the former owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and the NBA's Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.

    McCombs has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Southwestern University and The University of Texas at Austin. He has been honored with the Presidential Citation from The University of Texas at Austin and received an Honorary Ph.D. Letter from Southwestern University.

  • Hugh E. McGee III (Houston, TX)
    Skip McGeeHugh E. "Skip" McGee is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intrepid Financial Partners, an independent merchant bank founded in 2015 that specializes in the energy sector.

    Prior to co-founding Intrepid in April 2015, Skip served as a member of the Barclays Group Executive Committee and CEO of Barclays, Americas responsible for its Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Credit Card and Wealth & Investment Management businesses in the region. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership positions at Barclays including CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking, Americas and Chairman and Head of the Global Investment Banking Division. At the time of his promotion to CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking Americas, Skip was the longest serving Head of an Investment Banking Division across Wall Street. He joined Barclays in September 2008 when he negotiated the move of 10,000 former Lehman employees over to Barclays after the bankruptcy of Lehman.

    Prior to Barclays, Skip was a senior executive at Lehman, where he spent the majority of his career. At Lehman, he was a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and most recently Head of the Global Investment Banking Division from 2002-2008 after running the highly successful Global Natural Resources and Power franchises. Skip joined Lehman in 1993 after six years at First Boston and Wasserstein Perella.

    Skip is has over 30 years of experience and has been involved in many landmark transactions, including Energy Transfer’s $38 billion proposed merger with Williams, Kinder Morgan's $21 billion acquisition of El Paso Energy, BHP Billiton’s $15 billion acquisition of Petrohawk, Verizon’s $135 billion acquisition of its remaining stake in Verizon Wireless from Vodafone, Exxon Mobil's $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy, Kerr-McGee's $18 billion sale to Anadarko, Pfizer’s $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth, and the Williams Companies’ $3 billion financial restructuring.

    Skip graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Civil Engineering and received a J.D. degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a Lifetime Member of the Advisory Council of McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and sits on the Advisory Council for the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University.

  • John D. McStay (Dallas, TX)

    John D. McStay is President of John McStay, Inc., a private investment company with investments in a wide range of financial assets, real estate, ranching and operating companies. McStay was previously senior vice president and trust investment officer for Mercantile National Bank at Dallas and president and CEO of Mercantile Securities Corporation. In 1983, he founded John McStay Investment Counsel, which grew to $6 billion under management and was purchased in 1999 by American International Group (AIG).

    A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), McStay has served as national director for the CFA Institute and as a director in both the Dallas and Austin-San Antonio Societies. He is a past director of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), which oversees the management of The University of Texas System's portfolios. He is a reserve elder of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, a member of the Governor's Business Council, a trustee of Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Texas. He is on the Advisory Committee for the MBA Investment Fund and is a 2008 inductee in the Hall of Fame of the McCombs School of Business.

    McStay holds both a BBA and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Ardon E. Moore (Fort Worth, TX)

    Ardon Moore is President & CEO of Fort Worth-based Lee M. Bass, Inc. where he has been employed since 1988. In addition, Moore serves as general partner and/or director of numerous other Bass entities. Moore participates, both as a principal and as a representative for Bass, in a broad array of asset classes and industries including public and private equities, debt, real estate, energy, agriculture, hedge funds and venture capital.
    Moore serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) where he serves on both the Compensation and Policy Committees. He also serves on The University of Texas Development Board, The McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council.

    Moore is a former Trustee of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Trust, a former Trustee of Cook Children’s Hospital, former Board President of All Saints Episcopal School of Ft Worth, and currently serves as President of the Fort Worth Zoological Association.

    Moore was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as Chairman of the 2015 Texas Inauguration.

    Moore received a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is married to Iris Hudson Moore and they have three sons.

  • Shea Morenz (Houston, TX)
    Shea Morenzis the Chief Executive of Morenz Group where he and his team are focused on global investments and operating businesses. He is also currently working on special projects at Quintana Minerals Corporation. Shea is a member of the Board of Directors for Stratfor Global Intelligence in Austin, Texas and serves as an advisor to the senior executive team.

    Prior to Morenz Group, Shea was the CEO of Stratfor for nearly 5 years, a geopolitcal intelligence firm based in Austin, Texas. While at Stratfor, he drove the firm's global business strategy, including the ongoing expansion of its services to corporations and organizations across the world. He also oversaw Stratfor's operational efficiency, product development, growth and strategic client relationships.

    Before joining Stratfor in 2011, Shea spent 10 years with Goldman, Sachs & Co. He was a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division and was the Region Head for Private Wealth Management for the Southwest Region. He began his career with the firm as an advisor to families, foundations and endowments on risk management. Previously, Shea played professional baseball for the New York Yankees.


    Shea is involved with a number of community organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council Executive Committee, the Advisory Board for Texans for Education Reform and the Board of Visitors for the Menninger Clinic. He serves on the Chancellor’s Council and Development Board for the University of Texas System as well as the Advisory Council for the McCombs School of Business. Shea also serves on the McCombs School of Business MBA Investment Fund Advisory Committee. Shea is the founder of the University of Texas 1883 Council. He is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, Austin Chapter.

    Shea earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he lettered in both football and baseball and received Southwest Conference Academic Honors.
  • Ben Moreland (Houston, TX) - Newly Appointed Lifetime Member
    Ben MorelandW. Benjamin (Ben) Moreland was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Crown Castle in June 2016. Crown Castle (NYSE: CCI), a leading provider of wireless infrastructure in the US, owns and operates over 40,000 towers and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) facilities, supported by over 28,000 miles of fiber nation-wide. An S&P 500 Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, Crown Castle has over 3,000 employees in the US. Prior to his current role, Mr. Moreland served as President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2008 until May 2016 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000. He joined Crown Castle in 1999 after 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank and predecessor, Texas Commerce Bank, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking. Mr. Moreland is a former member of the Board and Chairman of WIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association. He also serves on the Boards of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), Monogram Residential Trust (NYSE: MORE), the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Methodist Hospital, where he chairs the subsidiary, Methodist Health Centers Board. He is also a former member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a member of The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council.

    Mr. Moreland holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The University of Houston.
  • David A. Morris (Houston, TX)
    David Morris David A. Morris is a partner in the Houston office of Heidrick & Struggles and a partner with the firm's Global Financial Services Practice. Morris specializes in recruiting senior executives in a broad range of industries, as well as members of boards of directors.

    Previously he was managing director and branch manager for Russell Reynolds Associates. Before entering the executive search industry, Morris had a distinguished career in financial services, including positions with Merrill Lynch, subsidiary Lionel D. Edie & Company and United States Trust Company of New York.

    Morris received a BBA and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • J. Marc Myers (Dallas, TX)
    Marc Myers Marc Myers co-founded Myers & Crow Company in 1994 after 23 years with Trammell Crow Company where he was C.E.O. of the Dallas Industrial Division and a member of the Management Board. During his 38-year career in real estate development, Marc was responsible for over 37 million square feet of office and industrial buildings. Marc co-founded Myers & Crow Company, which currently specializes in development of suburban office buildings and industrial buildings in Texas and has completed over 11.2 million square feet in 72 buildings since 1994 in North Texas, Houston and San Antonio. Marc is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Baylor Health Foundation. He is a recent past chairman of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and a member of the Hermes Society. He recently served on the Board of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and is a member of the Bradfield Society. Marc is active in a number of real estate organizations and a member of the Dallas Real Estate Developer Hall of Fame. Marc is a co-founder and the 2012 Chairman of the Board for Special Camps for Special Kids (Camp John Marc), a facility for chronically ill children, named in honor of his late son. Marc is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with both a BBA and MBA in finance, after which he served in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. Marc is married to Jan Willoughby Myers (also a UT graduate) and has three grown children.
  • Mike A. Myers (Dallas, TX)

    Mike A. Myers has been chairman and owner of Myers Financial Corporation since 1969, and is president of Myers Development Corporation, a residential development company in Texas. He has also been chairman of nine Texas banks and is currently serving as Chairman of the board and CEO of Myers Bancshares, Inc., which is the holding company of the oldest and largest continually owned independent bank in Tarrant County, now operating six branches. He has served on the board of directors of several major national firms, and has extensive experience owning and operating country clubs across the state. Myers is founder and majority partner in the UT Golf Club which is located at Steiner Ranch in Austin and serves as the home course for UT’s golf teams.

    Myers has held volunteer positions at organizations including the Dallas Assembly, Dallas Citizens Council, Young Presidents Organization, Longhorn Education Foundation, Dallas Community College Foundation, Parkland Hospital Foundation and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. He is currently serving as a director for the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation and is a Trustee Emeriti for the UT School of Law Foundation. Myers has been recognized as DFW “Entrepreneur of the Year”, is a member of the McCombs School Hall of Fame, a UT Distinguished Alumnus honoree, a recipient of the university’s prestigious Presidential Citation award, a 2008 inductee into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and named the 2010 Distinguished Alumni for Community Service from the UT School of Law. The Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Field bears his name.

  • Toni A. Neal (Bozeman, MT)
    Toni Neal Toni A. Neal served as director of public money programs for the State of Texas Treasury, and helped achieve $1 billion in additional interest income through innovative cash management strategies. She also serves on boards of several start-up high technology companies in Austin and Montana, the Montana State University Business School Board, and is Treasurer and Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club, among other community activities. Neal studied computer science and industrial engineering at the University of Oklahoma and earned her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Erin Mulligan Nelson (Austin, TX)
    Erin Nelson

    Erin Mulligan Nelson is a dynamic leader with 20+ years of experience in social/ e-commerce technology, marketing, sales and global business leadership. She’s had the privilege of serving as a Section 16 officer/ Chief Marketing Officer twice in two very different capacities, once at a Fortune 50 company (Dell) and once at a high-growth startup, pre- and post-IPO (Bazaarvoice).

    Erin is currently the CEO of Bloom Ventures, a firm which leverages capital, consulting and connections to help businesses, brands and ideas bloom.

    Erin previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Dell where she was responsible for the Dell.com business as well as the company’s global brand, communications, social media, agency and corporate social responsibility strategies. Following her time at Dell, she was Chief Marketing Officer of Bazaarvoice where she played a core role in leading that company through its successful IPO in 2012.

    Erin serves on the board of directors for Waller Creek Conservancy and tech startup DishOpinion and is on the Advisory Council for the University of Texas McCombs Business School. She's a past board member of the Association of National Advertisers and the Ad Council. In 2010, Erin was one of seven individuals inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Lifetime Hall of Achievement recognizing outstanding advertising/marketing professionals aged 40 and under.

    Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in International Business and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.

  • James M. Neissa (Weston, MA)
    James NeissaJimmy Neissa is head of Rothschild North America based in New York. He oversees all of Rothschild’s activities in Nor Maerica including investment banking and asset management. Jimmy was formerly Joint Global Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank responsible for all global investment banking activities based in New York. Jimmy joined UBS as Head of their M&A business based in New York and London. Previously, Jimmy was with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in New York and London where he led the firm’s European Mergers & Acquisitions practice in London.

    Jimmy received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

  • Ray Nixon (Dallas, TX) - Newly Appointed Lifetime Member
    Ray Nixon Ray Nixon joined Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss in 1994 from Smith Barney, Inc., where he was a member of the firm's Investment Policy Committee and served as their lead institutional stockbroker for the Southwest. During his 35-year investment career, he also served as a research analyst for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Mr. Nixon holds a BA and an MBA from The University of Texas. He is a member of the Board of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, the Board of the Salvation Army and the Investment Committee of The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
  • William P. O'Hara (Austin, TX)
    Will O'Hara

    Will O'Hara turned his leadership in the corporate world into an opportunity to serve future generations as both an educator and a philanthropist. O’Hara began his career with Sears, Roebuck & Co., eventually joining Dean Witter, then a division of Sears, staying with the firm through its merger with Morgan Stanley. He retired in 2000 as Managing Director of Card Services, Morgan Stanley Europe, and decided to give back by teaching at McCombs. As an accounting lecturer for ten years, he earned the McCombs Undergraduate Honor Roll Award, the Texas Blazers’ Outstanding Teaching Award (twice), and the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award. He and his wife, Beverly, have generously supported research fellowships, student scholarships and other worthy goals. Now in his “second retirement,” O’Hara serves on boards of directors and audit committees in the financial industry.

  • Norma Petrosewicz (Richmond, TX)

    Norma PetrosewiczNorma Montalvo Petrosewicz, an attorney who specializes in estate planning and probate matters, recently celebrated the 26th anniversary of her firm, Petrosewicz Law Firm, P.C.
    Norma received her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin (’82) and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law (’85). She is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been a speaker for the State Bar of Texas continuing education courses, and has authored many articles on various estate planning topics.

    Norma serves on the Board of Directors of the Madison Charitable Foundation, Inc. where she is personally responsible for awarding over $1.0M in grants a year. Norma is also on the Board of Directors for Oak Bend Medical Center, where she serves on the Executive Committee and is chairing the Vision 20/20 Campaign, a capital campaign for improvements to the hospital. Additionally, she is a lifetime member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and Parents Council. She is currently participating in the Leadership Fort Bend Program, sponsorship by the Central Fort Bend Chamber.

    Norma shares an office with her husband of 28 years, Tom, who is a Principal in Petrosewicz & Company, Inc., Certified Public Accountants. They have two children, Danielle (20) who is a junior enrolled in UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, and TJ (19) who is a freshman enrolled at the University of Incarnate Word where he is a member of the fencing team.

  • Robert G. Phillips (Houston, TX)

    Robert G. Phillips is the president and CEO of Crestwood Midstream Partners, a private midstream company based in Houston with total equity commitments of $150 million to pursue the acquisition and development of North American midstream assets. He also is a senior advisor to Kayne Anderson.

    Phillips is the former president and CEO and a director of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD), the largest publicly traded master limited partnership. He previously served as chairman of the Board and CEO of GulfTerra Energy Partners, L.P. from 1999 to 2004 and president of El Paso Field Services from 1996 to 2004. Prior to that he was chairman, president and CEO of Eastex Energy, Inc. from 1981 to 1995.

    Phillips is active in Houston civic affairs and currently serving on the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Country of Houston and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, Inc.

    Phillips earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin as well as a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

  • Pat P. Priest (Dallas, TX)
    Pat Priest

    Pat Priest is currently Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Dallas Regional Chamber. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was Managing Director and CFO of The Beck Group, a construction, architecture and real estate development company located in Dallas, Texas. Previous positions include President of Intershop Real Estate Services, a Swiss-based real estate investment company, CFO of Rosewood Property Company, and Chief Investment Officer of Wyndham International.

    Priest has served on the Boards of Directors for both public and private companies, as well as numerous non-profit organizations, including The Real Estate Council, YMCA, The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Chapter of the International Women's Foundation.

    A native of North Texas, Priest is a graduate of the University of North Texas, and earned an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas.

  • Joe N. Prothro (Dallas, TX)

    Joe Prothro - Bio coming soon.

  • Elysia Ragusa (Austin, TX)

    Elysia Holt Ragusa began her career as a broker with The Staubach Company in February, 1989. She served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Staubach Company from 2001-2007 serving as the chair of the Executive Committee and the Operating Committee and a member of its Board of Directors. As President and COO, she oversaw Staubach’s North American operations and provided strategic direction for all business units. Under her leadership, Staubach was established as one of the most prominent real estate service providers in the U.S. Her focus on client service, knowledge of transaction management and strategic negotiation skills were key to the development of the corporate vision, and establishing and driving the implementation of annual performance plans. Ms. Ragusa’s focus on business development supported Staubach’s achievement of one of the highest broker production rates in the industry and an average 20% annual sales growth; under her leadership The Staubach Company grew from $200 million to $550 million in revenue. Ms. Ragusa was a member of the leadership team who evaluated and negotiated the company’s merger with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008.

    Prior to her role as President and Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Ragusa was president of Staubach’s Southwest Corporate Services Division and was responsible for the leadership of and the day to day operation of the office, industrial and national account services groups in Dallas/Ft. Worth, as well as several surrounding states. Under her leadership from 1994-2001 the business grew over 300%. In November 1999, Ms. Ragusa and her partner founded The Staubach Company-Central Texas, LLC, an affiliate of The Staubach Company.

    Ms. Ragusa is an International Director of Jones Lang LaSalle and currently provides team leadership and has P&L responsibility for the Central Texas market while also serving clients in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth. Ms. Ragusa concentrates on office and industrial tenant representation, with an emphasis on workplace strategies, build-to-suit projects, lease negotiations and portfolio planning.

    With over 25 years experience in commercial real estate, Ms. Ragusa has successfully negotiated 350 million square feet of commercial real estate transactions valued at over $4 billion including work for national clients whose growth strategies were driven by merger and acquisition activity.

    Her focus on client service, knowledge of transaction management and strategic negotiation skills have been key to successfully leading multiple projects for Kimberly-Clark, Ernst & Young, Austin Ventures, First Tennessee National Bank, Southwest Securities Group, Sterling Commerce, Sterling Software, Texas Instruments and Weil Gotshal & Manges among many others serving as their lead broker.

    Elysia has served nonprofit organizations both with planning and transaction management having served on the Facilities Committee of the United Way and led the purchase and build-out of a new facility for the Visiting Nurse Association with a Meals on Wheels kitchen.

    Elysia has her BA from the University of Texas, MBA from Southern Methodist University and Master of Arts from the University of Dallas.

    Elysia serves on the Board of Directors Fossil, Inc. (Fossil; NASDAQ:FOSL) a global design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories with $1.5 billion in 2008 sales. She serves on the Fossil Compensation Committee and Governance Committee.  Elysia also serves on the Board of Directors of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI) a Texas regional business bank with $8.0 Billion in assets.

    She is a member of the Opportunity Austin through the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Museum of Art Board, International Women’s Forum, The Susan B. Komen Advocacy Alliance Board, Austin Museum of Art Board, Real Estate Council of Austin, Texas, Dallas County Community College Foundation Board and is a lifetime Board member at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She previously served as a Board Member of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas & the United Way Executive Committee and boards of the Visiting Nurse Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and American Heart Association as well as a member of the Dallas Citizens Council.

  • Benjamin E. Rodriguez (San Antonio, TX)
    Ben Rodriguez

    Benjamin E. Rodriguez is president of Management and Business Advisors (MBA), a strategic planning consulting firm based in San Antonio. MBA has an international client base of mid-sized companies that have shown dramatic growth.

    Rodriguez has been recognized by a San Antonio daily newspaper as one of the 10 most significant business leaders in the decade of the 80's and one of the most promising leaders in the 90's. He is a familiar face on San Antonio and statewide civic and nonprofit boards, serving numerous chambers, arts, scouting and educational organizations. In 1987, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the McCombs School of Business.

    He has a B.A. and an BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, and was selected as a Cactus Outstanding Student. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

  • Stephen J. Rohleder (Austin, TX)

    Steve RohlederStephen J. Rohleder retired in August, 2015 after an influential and successful 34 years with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 336,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.

    He recently joined the Board of GTY Holdings and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Over the past year he served as a Director for the technology services firm Apogee. He has also served on the Advisory Board for Kony (a mobility technology company). He has provided strategic advice on the IT/BPO Services market to clients of Third Bridge and Mosaic Consulting, and worked on strategic consulting projects for a number of small technology companies in the Austin area.

    During his tenures as Accenture’s Global Chief Operating Officer (2004 – 2009), Chief Executive for North America, and Chief Executive of Health & Public Service (2009-2014), Steve set focused and transformative strategies – consistently leading to profitable growth. While COO, he was responsible for leading the company’s strategic direction and overall operational performance. During this period, Accenture grew by $8.1B in revenue ($13.5B to $21.6B) an increase of approximately 60% in 5 years. He was also responsible for all global operations (e.g., CIO, Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, Sales Effectiveness, Geographic Services and the Global Delivery Network) in approximately 50 countries and 175 cities. He helped move Accenture’s General and Administrative cost base from 20.9% to 17.7% (a 320bps improvement); while also growing global headcount from 103,000 to 177,000 (72% growth). Accenture’s share price increased to $35.52 (from $26.47, an increase of 34%).

    As a Chief Executive, Steve scaled each business in a unique and influential way, with highlights including: leading the turnaround of the ~$8.5B North American Application Services business; helping drive the acquisition of Enkitec in 2014 to grow Accenture’s Engineered Systems business – marking Accenture’s first big bet with Oracle; and developing and implementing Accenture’s global Health strategy. He also led the development and design of the strategy for Accenture’s US federal business, which resulted in the creation of Accenture Federal Services, a standalone organization responsible for all of Accenture’s government contracts.

    Spending over three-quarters of his career in the public sector, higher education and healthcare industries, Steve is a well-known expert called on to participate in many forums and speaking engagements including investor conferences, client board meetings and White House special taskforces. He was instrumental in Accenture’s success as the preferred provider supporting the federal government roll-out of healthcare enrollment nationwide. He has spoken at the National Governor’s Association on Workforce Development and been a keynote speaker at World Congress on Information Technology.

    He has been featured in the Washington Post, interviewed by Fox Business News, CNBC, ForbersVideoNetworking.com and BusinessWeek. He co-authored an e-government op-ed titled, “Moving at the Speed of Government” which appeared in USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post and other leading publications. He has testified before Congressional committees on Homeland Security, Government Reform and the creation of the Digital TechCorp.

    He is also passionate about inclusion and diversity and is an expert and thought leader in this area. He has led the company in implementing broad-based programs to increase the diverse representation of the workforce as well as to mentor and champion women who now hold significant leadership positions with the company. Steve is known for his judgment and mentoring, whether individually or as a member of the faculty at Accenture’s internal educational series for new and aspiring leaders and executives.

    One of the primary reasons for Steve’s continued success at Accenture has been his passion for the people he works with every day. He has been a figurehead within the areas he has been responsible for and he leads from the front -- empowering those around him and creating a collaborative environment that enables individuals to bring their uniqueness while also supporting organizational success.

    His leadership style is centered on courage, conviction and compassion. Most recently, Steve brought to life a self-paced activity to help all North America people improve their career and life experience – helping them find greater work and life integration and become more fulfilled both inside and outside of work.

  • Stanley Rosenberg (San Antonio, TX) - Newly Appointed Lifetime Member
    Stanley Rosenberg is owner of The Rosenberg Group and a partner in the San Antonio, Texas law firm of Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather LLP. He was a partner in the law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP from April 1999 until May 2001; a partner in the law firm of Rosenberg, Tuggey, Agather, Rosenthal & Rodriguez from February 1990 through April 1999; and a partner in the law firm of Oppenheimer, Rosenberg & Kelleher, Inc. from its inception in 1971 until February 1990. Mr. Rosenberg has advised major business clients on a broad range of real estate and corporate matters and has also represented clients on various phases of real estate developments, including land acquisition, platting, subdividing, financing and sales. Mr. Rosenberg represents the owner of an NFL team with respect to his various business interests, including automobile dealerships, and he also handles related legal matters in Louisiana and Texas. Additionally, Mr. Rosenberg has handled initial public offerings for various companies and advised on the sales of multimillion-dollar businesses.

    A leader in varied civic and community groups, Mr. Rosenberg has also held leadership roles in various legal and philanthropic capacities, including: Committee Chairman–State Bar of Texas Task Force on Title Companies (1984 to 1990); Member, University of Texas Graduate School of Business Advisory Council (1991 to 1992); Member of the Board of Visitors, University of Texas Law School (1992 to 1994); and, Director, University of Texas Health Science Center Development Board (1994 to present); Director of MAXXAM, Inc. (1981 to present); Director of National Western Art Foundation (2007 to present); Director of New Orleans Louisiana Saints (1984 to present); Director of New Orleans Pelicans (2012 to present); Director of Lone Star Capital Bank (2003 to present); and Member of Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (2009 to present).
  • William E. Rosenthal (Fort Worth, TX)

    William E. Rosenthal grew up working in his father's meat business, Standard Meat Company. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1972, he joined the family's business, which was ultimately sold to Sara Lee Corporation in 1983. He remained at Sara Lee as president of Standard Meat until 1989.

    In 1990, Rosenthal established Rosani Foods, and Pizza Hut soon agreed to purchase his first product, pepperoni. He later merged Rosani Foods with Kettle Cooked foods, a young emerging food company, forming KPR in 1992. KPR was acquired by Foodbrands America in 1995, which was in turn purchased by IBP, Inc. in 1997.

    Rosenthal retired in 1998 from KPR Holdings, LP to pursue other business interests and focus his attention on the "new" Standard Meat Company and Penrose Group, LLC, a company that oversees all of his investments. In July, 2003 he became chairman of CTI, LLC, a food manufacturer for the foodservice industry.

    Rosenthal also serves on several boards in the Fort Worth area including Shady Oaks Country Club, Cook Children's Medical Center and the Fort Worth Zoo. He also serves as a trustee of Texas Christian University and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors.

    Billy is married to Rozanne and they are the parents of three children, Ashli, Ben and Maddie. He earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Robert B. Rowling (Dallas, TX)
    Bob RowlingRobert B. Rowling is the owner and chairman of TRT Holdings, Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in energy, hotels, financial services and fitness. Among the subsidiary companies which TRT controls are Tana Exploration Company, Gold’s Gym International, and Omni Hotels & Resorts. Tana Exploration is an upstream exploration and production company focused in the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana state waters. Gold’s Gym owns and franchises more than700 fitness facilities around the world. Omni Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel brand comprised of 60 hotels and resorts across North America.

    Rowling attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1979, Rowling received his Juris Doctor with honors from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

    Rowling currently serves on the national board of Young Life and the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation, and previously served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents and as chairman of UTIMCO, which manages the $35 billion U.T. endowment funds. In 2003, Rowling was the recipient of the SMU Dedman Law School Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into both The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and the All-American Wildcatters for his achievements in the oil & gas industry. Rowling was inducted as a UT Austin Distinguished Alumni in November 2013.
  • Thomas L. Ryan (Houston, TX)
    Tom RyanThomas L. Ryan was elected Chairman of the Board of SCI effective in January 2016 and, previously, he had been appointed Chief Executive Officer in February 2005. He joined the Company in 1996 and served in a variety of financial management roles until November 2000, when he was asked to serve as Chief Executive Officer of European Operations based in Paris, France. In July 2002, Mr. Ryan returned to the United States where he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of SCI. Before joining SCI, Mr. Ryan was a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand LLP for eight years. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Ryan serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Greater Houston. Mr. Ryan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Community Foundation Governing Council, the Board of Directors of Genesys Works and the University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Council. Mr. Ryan is a member of the Board of Trust Managers of Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) and serves as director of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK).
  • J. Michael Sanders (Weston, MA)
    Mike Sanders

    J. Michael Sanders is the Executive Director of Potomac Research Group, a leading policy/regulatory research firm in Washington DC. Previously, Mike was the Executive Director of Ned Davis Research and the CEO of Davis, Mendel and Regenstein. Prior to his time at Ned Davis, he was Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Company.

    A native of Azle, Texas, Sanders graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in 1981. He resides with his wife and four children in Weston, Massachusetts.

  • Milton L. Scott (Houston, TX)
    Milton ScottMilton L. Scott is a founding majority shareholder, Chairman, and CEO of The Tagos Group, LLC and Corrosion Prevention Technologies. Milton has distinguished himself as a leader and visionary in finance, entrepreneurship, and corporate governance in both the public and private sectors. Tagos was founded in 2007 as a supply chain management, technology, and advisory firm by a team of professionals with executive supply chain and corporate leadership experience. The company has evolved over the past nine years from its original international advisory and managed services offerings. Tagos holdings now include leading edge technology companies in corrosion mitigation and cement. Corrosion Prevention Technologies is a subsidiary of The Tagos Group.

    As Co-Founder, Managing Director, and CFO of Complete Energy Holdings, LLC, a company started in 2003 to acquire, own, and operate power generation assets in the U.S., he co-led several successful acquisitions. The first acquisition was the 837-megawatt Batesville Generating Facility in Batesville, Miss., acquired in August 2004 for $330 million.  The second acquisition was the 1,022-megawatt La Paloma Generating Facility near Bakersfield, Calif., acquired for $580 million in August 2005. This acquisition, hailed by Project Finance International as “the power deal of the year,” included private equity, mezzanine debt, and first and second lien project financed debt.  He sold his interest in Complete Energy Holdings, LLC in 2006.

    From 1999-2002, Milton served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Dynegy Inc. (a Fortune 500 company during this time). In this role, he was responsible for risk management over trading operations, strategic planning and budgeting, compliance and internal audit, human resources, supply chain, global facilities management, insurance, and corporate security and corporate governance.

    Prior to joining Dynegy, Milton spent 21 years with the Houston office of Arthur Andersen LLP. He was a partner in the Audit and Assurance practice and his clients consisted of companies in the energy and manufacturing industry, including exploration and development, offshore drilling, and oilfield services. During his last three years with Arthur Andersen, he served as partner in charge of the Southwest Region Technology and Communications practice. While in this position, he assisted in opening the Austin office and significantly grew the practice.

    Milton currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is Chairman of the board of Sterling Construction Company, a leading heavy civil construction company that specializes in the building and construction of transportation and water infrastructure in large and growing markets.  He is Chairman of the Board of Inea International Ltd, a privately held company that has developed a proprietary process that revolutionizes the way cement is made by using an abundant bi-product of coal powered facilities – coal fly ash.  He serves on the advisory board of The CapStreet Group, a prominent, Houston-based private equity firm investing in middle market companies with enterprise values of less than $150 million.

    Milton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

  • George E. Seay (Dallas, TX)
    George SeayGeorge Seay is the founder and chairman of Annandale Capital, LLC, a global investment and money management firm, an attorney with an MBA, a civic leader and a philanthropist.

    George is a seventh generation Texan who likes to say that he walks in the footsteps of giants. His grandfather, George E. Seay, Sr., was a prosecutor in the famous Nuremberg war crime trials of 1945-1946, where many prominent Nazis were tried and convicted. His great-uncle Charles Seay, Sr. was a successful businessman, notable philanthropist, and Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin. His grandfather William P. Clements, Jr. was the first Republican elected Governor of Texas since Civil War Reconstruction. With this kind of family heritage and tradition of involvement and achievement, George’s business, political and philanthropic passions just come naturally.

    George earned his BA (summa cum laude) and MBA. (Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and J.D. degree (cum laude) from Southern Methodist University. He got his first taste of politics working as a campaign aide to Texas Governor Clements and later foreign policy experience as an aide to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. These experiences solidified his commitment to preserving the economic system that allows Americans unparalleled freedom and prosperity. This passion is now focused vocationally on preserving and increasing the wealth of institutions, families and family enterprises.

    George initially planned to be an attorney. His law school credentials were stellar: president of the SMU Law Review Association and member of the Order of the Barristers (limited to the top 11 law students based upon leadership, scholarship, service and character). He began his law career in the Dallas office of Locke Purnell Rain Harrell, but soon took the leap of beginning his own practice in Austin while simultaneously working on an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at UT.

    In 1998, George’s career took a very different turn when he founded Seay Stewardship and Investment Company, specializing in U.S. stocks and bonds. In 2005, he founded a second company, Annandale Capital, LLC, which provides investment counsel and management of sophisticated investment alternatives across all asset classes. George recognized early on that the pricing and incentive structure for traditional hedge funds worked well during boom times, but would cause investors’ and managers’ interests to diverge in flat or down equity markets. As a result, George created Annandale’s unique business model that offers a menu of sophisticated analysis, counsel and money management services. The company is known for its quantitative and qualitative asset allocation, risk analytics and rigorous due diligence.
     
    A number of notable not-for-profit organizations have benefited from George’s unusual combination of legal and financial expertise. He serves or has served on the boards of UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, UT McCombs School of Business, New Covenant Foundation, 7th Generation Foundation, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War Foundation, to name a few. George is the co-founder of Legacy, a national fellowship of business and civic leaders committed to policy, philanthropy and political engagement.

    He is involved in all manner of family activity with his three children.
  • Brien Smith (Dallas, TX)
    Brien Smith Brien P. Smith is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and a leader of the Firm’s Private Equity Fund of Funds practice. Mr. Smith is a member of the Neuberger Berman Private Equity Investment Committees. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2001, Mr. Smith worked in the private equity sector serving in a number of roles for Mason Best Company, L.P., and its affiliates. Mr. Smith began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he focused on the financial services sector in the southwest. Mr. Smith sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of a number of investment relationships on behalf of Neuberger Berman funds. Mr. Smith also sits on the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a director of National Autotech Inc. and has also served on a number of other boards of directors. Mr. Smith received a Master’s in Professional Accounting and a BBAfrom the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Stacy J. Smith (Los Gatos, CA)
    Stacey J SmithStacy J. Smith is senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Intel Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for leading the worldwide finance organization, and overseeing finance, accounting and reporting, tax, treasury, internal audit, and investor relations.

    Smith joined Intel in 1988 and has held positions in Finance, Sales and Marketing, and Information Technology. In March of 2006 he was appointed assistant chief financial officer. He has also held the position of chief information officer where he was responsible for Intel's Information Technology Group. He was the general manager of Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) where he was responsible for Intel product sales and marketing in the EMEA region. Smith became vice president of Sales and Marketing in 2002. Over the years, he has held Finance positions in various divisions, Components Manufacturing, Systems Manufacturing, and Sales and Marketing. He has been located with Intel in the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

    Smith is a graduate from the University of Texas where he earned his MBA degree in Finance in 1988.
  • Joel V. Staff (Houston, TX)

    Joel V. Staff is a private investor, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Kinder Morgan, Inc., president of the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s Hospital and a senior advisor to TPH Partners.

    His previous experience includes service as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Reliant Energy, Inc. from 2003 – 2007 and as CEO and Chairman of National Oilwell Varco Inc. from 1993 – 2002.  For 17 years prior to that he held various financial and general management positions with Baker Hughes Incorporated, including senior vice-president and president of the drilling and production groups.

     Staff earned a BBA from the University Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

  • Ronald G. Steinhart (Dallas, TX)

    Ron Steinhart, active in the Dallas financial community for more than 37 years, retired as chairman and CEO of the Bank One Commercial Banking Group in 2000.
    Steinhart serves on numerous boards, including Animal Health International, Inc., Texas Industries, Inc., Penske Automotive Group, Inc. and MFS/Sun Life Series Trust. In May 2002, President Bush appointed Steinhart to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, overseeing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum until 2008. He has received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas Exes. He was also a member of the University's Commission of 125.

    Steinhart holds a BBA in accounting and an MBA in finance, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Bryan D. Stolle (San Jose, CA)

    Bryan D. Stolle is a general partner with MDV, a leading Silicon Valley early-stage venture capital firm with over $2B under management. Prior to MDV, Stolle founded Agile Software (NASDAQ: AGIL), a leading provider of product lifecycle management solutions, in March 1995. He served as Agile’s CEO through April 2006, and continued to serve as Chairman through the recent acquisition of Agile by Oracle Corporation. He also serves on the boards of several private pre-IPO companies.

    Prior to founding Agile, Stolle served in executive marketing and product management roles at several high-tech start-up firms in Silicon Valley and Texas. He started his career at EDS.

    Stolle also serves on the Santa Clara University Leavy Business School Advisory Board, and frequently speaks to undergraduate and graduate classes at both Santa Clara and Stanford universities.

    He is also active on non-profit boards, serving as a board member and treasurer for The San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, board member and past president of the Board of Trustees for Montalvo Arts Center, as well as the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council.

    Stolle received a BBA and an MBA in from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Donald J. Stone (Dallas, TX)
    Donald Stone Donald J. Stone retired in 1988 as vice chairman of Federated Department Stores. Previously, he was CEO of Federated's Dallas division, Sanger Harris, and before that was at the Houston division, Foley's. He spent 39 years with Federated in these three capacities.

    He was inducted into the McCombs School Hall of Fame in 1992, and was chairman of the McCombs School Advisory Council from 1990 to 1992. He has been involved with many nonprofit organizations, including serving as president of the Dallas Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, and the Dallas High School for the Performing Arts. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, since 1989.

    Stone holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • John T. Stuart III (Dallas, TX)
    John Stuart John Stuart is managing partner of Little Elm Investment Co. LP. Stuart retired as vice chairman of Guaranty Bank on August 31, 2003. He joined Guaranty in 1990 as chief lending officer. Stuart began his banking career with Republic National Bank as management trainee and later became president of RepublicBank-Dallas and its successor firm First RepublicBank Dallas.

    Stuart is past president of Circle 10 Council, serves on the board of the Boy Scouts of America – Southern Region, and is the past chair of The University of Texas System chancellor's council. He also serves on the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. He is a member of the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, chair of The University of Texas Foundation, a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin and served on the University's Commission of 125. He was also past president of the Texas Exes and past chair of the McCombs School advisory council. He also has an endowed chair in the McCombs School

    Stuart holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and attended Southern Methodist University's Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and Harvard University's Advanced Management Program.

  • Sam Susser (Corpus Christi, TX)
    Sam Susser Sam Susser is the President of Susser Holdings II, L.P. From 1988 to 2014, Mr. Susser led the growth of Susser Holdings Corporation from a five store operation to a $6.7 billion enterprise that was a member of the Fortune 500 and employed 12,000 team members. The Company went public in 2006 and was traded on the NYSE as “SUSS” and its wholesale fuel division, Susser Petroleum Partners went public in 2012 and was traded as “SUSP”. After producing 26 consecutive years of same-store merchandise growth, the business was sold to ETP on August 29, 2014, and Mr. Susser continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of SUSP (now renamed Sunoco LP “SUN”) until May 2015.

    Prior to founding the Southguard Corporation (predecessor to Susser Holdings) in 1988, Mr. Susser spent 1985-1987 with Salomon Brothers Inc in New York City and in Dallas in the corporate finance division and in the mergers and acquisitions group. He received his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Mr. Susser is currently a director of National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE: NNN), a member of the Advisory Board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Co-Chair of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for the Study for Energy, Law and Business, is Chairman of the Driscoll Children's Hospital System in South Texas, a Trustee of the Driscoll Foundation, an Advisory Trustee of The Texas State Aquarium, is Co-Chair of Governmental Relations Committee at the MD Anderson Board of Visitors and serves on several other civic organizations.

    In 2009, Mr. Susser was admitted to the Texas Business Hall of Fame, was named Border Texan of the Year in 2013, named CSP’s Retailer of the Year in 2014 and named to the U.T. McCombs Hall of Fame in 2017. In June 2012, he served on the University of Texas Committee on Business Productivity. He is also a member of the Development Board for UT Austin, a member of the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, a member of the Advisory Board of the Schusterman Center for Judaic Studies, a member of the Advisory Board of the UT Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas and WPO. In 2015, he was appointed to the Governor’s University Research Initiative Advisory Board. He and his wife Catherine have one daughter (18) and two sons (16 and 14).
  • Jeffrey L. Swope (Dallas, TX)
    Jeff Swope

    Jeffrey L. Swope is the managing partner of Champion Partners Ltd., a privately-owned commercial real estate investment firm he founded in 1991. His professional accomplishments have included being founding chairman of the Real Estate Council, Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and a Hall of Fame member of the Dallas Board of Commercial Realtors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of East-West Ministries and Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE:PDM).

    A BBA and MBA graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, Swope served as chairman of the University’s Development Board, founding chairman of the Real Estate and Finance Center, and as a trustee of the McCombs Business School Foundation. Swope is a McCombs Hall of Fame member, and is a Life Member of the McCombs Advisory Council, the UT Development Board, and the Texas Ex’s. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Council, Longhorn Foundation, and Ethics at McCombs Advisory Council. He has also served as a member of the Commission of 125, President’s Executive Council, and as president of the Century Club.

    Prior to founding Champion, Swope was a partner at the Trammell Crow Company and was one of the founding partners at Centre Development Company. He and his wife Ann have four children and nine grandchildren.

  • Charles S. Teeple IV (Spicewood, TX)

    Charles S. Teeple IV is president of Penta Properties, Inc., a real estate development firm focusing on Austin and San Antonio. Current projects include mixed use development in downtown San Antonio’s Historic City Center and a luxury apartment at the front door of NSA’s new facility in northwest San Anotonio.

    He serves as a member of the IC2 Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center Executive Council. He served on the University's Commission of 125 and is past president of the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

    Teeple received BBA and MBA degrees in finance and real estate from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Ralph B. Thomas (Houston, TX)

    Ralph ThomasRalph B. Thomas is a senior vice president, portfolio manager, and member of the Investment Committee at Fayez Sarofim & Co. He joined the firm in 1968. Clients of the firm include corporate pension plans, endowments, foundations and individuals.

    Mr. Thomas attended the University of Texas, where he received a B.B.A. in Finance. He went on to attain his M.B.A. in 1968 from the University of Texas. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Investment Counselor. He is a member and past secretary of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts, past president of the University of Texas College of Business Century Club, past president of the University of Texas Graduate Business School Club of Houston, past chairman of the University of Texas College of Business Administration Foundation Advisory Council, and a member of the Texas Longhorn Education Foundation. He is a past chairman and lifetime member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, a member of the McCombs School of Business Campaign Committee, a member and director of the McCombs MBA Investment Fund, a lifetime member of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, a member of the McDonald Observatory & Astronomy Advisory Council (Board of Visitors), and a member of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Technology Commercialization Advisory Council.

    He is a member of the board of directors and past chairman of the Development Board for the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston. He continues to serve at the UT-Health Science Center as a member of its Development Board, a member of the Government Relations Advisory Council, and a member of the IMM Advisory Council (The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases).

    Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Steering Committee of the Lone Star Flight Museum and was appointed to the Texas World Trade Council.

  • Jere W. Thompson (Dallas, TX)

    Jere Thompson joined The Southland Corporation, initially based in Miami, in 1956, following active duty in the U.S. Navy. He returned to Dallas in 1962 as vice president with responsibility for retail business, primarily 7-Eleven stores. In 1983, he became president and CEO, retired in 1991, and served on the board of directors until 1996.

    His past service to The University of Texas at Austin includes membership and chairmanship of the University's Development Board and The University of Texas System Chancellor's Council. Thompson is past chair of the McCombs School Advisory Council and he is a member of the Longhorn Foundation.

    Thompson received a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • McHenry T. Tichenor Jr. (Dallas, TX)
    Mac Tichenor McHenry T. Tichenor Jr. is president of Tichenor Ventures, LLC, a biotechnology investment firm based in Dallas, and serves as executive director of the WWWW Foundation (QuadW), a private philanthropic foundation focusing on cancer research, higher education, and personally transforming mission work. Tichenor retired as president of Univision in December 2004, after a 25-year career in broadcasting.  

    Tichenor is a director of NGM Biopharmaceuticals and board chair of the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration (SARC). He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a Trustee of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. He and his family are active in the Highland Park United Methodist Church.

    Tichenor earned a Plan II B.A. and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and, in 2009, an MS in Biotechnology from the University of Texas at Dallas.

  • Gifford O. Touchstone (Dallas, TX)

    Gifford Touchstone - Bio coming soon.

  • Peyton L. Townsend (Dallas, TX)

    Peyton Townsend is a first vice president with RBC Wealth Management (formerly Rauscher, Pierce, Refsnes) in Dallas. He has served as branch manager and as a member of the Director's Circle and the Broker's Advisory Council. He began his career with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company prior to joining Rauscher Pierce.

    Townsend is a member of the UT System's Chancellor's Council and of UT-Austin’s Development Board as well as the Texas Leadership Society and Dallas Leadership Council. He is a member of the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council and a life member of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. He is also a Life Member of the Texas Exes and has served on their Executive Council, Board of Directors, and as chairman of the Investment Committee.

    Townsend received a B.A. in government from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Tom E. Turner (Dallas, TX)

    Tom Turner founded and served as President and CEO of First National Bank of Park Cities (now Bank of Texas, N.A.) for fifteen years where he is now Honorary Chairman of the Board. He currently sits on the boards of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, Highland Park Sports Club (Advisory Director) and is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and Hyland Park Presbyterian Church.

    Prior to his work with First National Bank of Park Cities, Tom held positions with National Bank of Texas, First National Bank of Dallas and Republic National Bank. He has also been a member of the Finance Committee for Texas Health Resources, the Government Relations Council for Texas Bankers Association, the Legislative Committee Independent Bankers Association of Texas and was one of the founders of Park Cities Chemical Awareness Council. Tom served on the McCombs School’s Advisory Council beginning in 1999 and rejoined in 2010 as a Lifetime member.

    Tom received his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

  • Lynn Utter (Devon, PA)
    Lynn UtterLynn Utter serves as Chief Executive Officer and board member for First Source, a leader in packaging and distribution of specialty candies, nuts and snacks throughout the United States. She has served as a Director for WESCO International, a Pittsburgh based Fortune 500 industrial distribution company, since 2006 and as a Director for private equity-backed Merchants Metals since 2015. Prior to First Source, she served as global President and Chief Operating Officer of Knoll Office, and as the Chief Strategy Officer at Coors Brewing Company. Her previous experience includes six years with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, and four years with Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C.

    Lynn has served on a myriad of not-for-profit boards including the Board of Overseers for the Henry Crown Fellowship at The Aspen Institute, The University of Texas, and United Way; and recently co-chaired the Stanford GSB's Task Force on Women. She received the Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, has been named to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and was honored as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex. Lynn received a bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Texas, and she earned an MBA from Stanford. Lynn and her husband share an almost empty nest outside of Philadelphia, PA.

  • Peter S. Wareing (Houston, TX)

    Peter S. Wareing is a general partner of Wareing, Athon & Company, a Houston-based private equity group. He is chairman of the board of Gulf Coast Pre-Stress and Texas Concrete Company. In addition, he is vice chairman of Nordic Cold Storage. He is a director of CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP).

    As a community volunteer, Mr. Wareing is a member of the boards of Texas Children’s Hospital and The Greater Houston Partnership. He has served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations in Houston.

    Mr. Wareing received his undergraduate degree in business administration from The University of Texas and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • George S. Watson (Dallas, TX)

    George WatsonGeorge Watson, a founder of Watson&Taylor Companies in 1974, serves as President and Owner of Steelecreek Management, LLC., the manager of Watson&Taylor Self Storage. Since 1974, Mr. Watson has been involved in the self-storage business as well as other business entities engaged in the ownership and management of real estate. For many years, he partnered with A. Starke Taylor III (Tracy) in Watson&Taylor Management, Inc. which was named a Top Operator multiple years through 2012 by Inside Self Storage. In 2013, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Watson exited their partnership for estate planning purposes and Watson&Taylor Self Storage has continued as the operating trade name for property locations managed by Steelecreek Management, LLC.

    Mr. Watson has owned and managed over 80 self-storage properties as well as shopping centers, commercial developments, multi-family, office buildings and land holdings in Texas and many different areas of the United States. Self Storage properties have been located in the following states: Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia and Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Amarillo, Addison, Garland, Baytown, Galveston, Bryan/College Station, Pasadena and Wichita Falls.

    Mr. Watson served on the Board of Directors of First City Bank of Dallas from 1984-1987 and as a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee from 1985-1987. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Capital Network, a non-profit corporation that assisted entrepreneurs and others in locating capital. He is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and was named as one of the City of Dallas’ North Stars for his commitment to the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Watson is also a member of the University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Watson has been married for 50 years and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

    Mr. Watson graduated Summa Cum Laude with both a BBA and a MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • James C. Weaver (San Antonio, TX)

     As CEO, James "Rad" Weaver oversees the continued implementation of McCombs Partners investment strategies, including the management of direct investments in private operating businesses. The portfolio consists of over 40 investments throughout the United States across a wide range of industries, including technology, finance, automotive, and natural resources.

    Mr. Weaver serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Grand Prix and on the Board of Managers for Med Resources. He is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council and the on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio branch. He is a recent member of the YPO San Antonio Chapter and Board of Director for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Weaver graduated from University of Texas in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Mr. Weaver serves on University of Texas Austin Development Board and on the Board of Trustees for the McCombs School of Business.

  • Gary M. Weed (Dallas, TX)
    Gary M WeedGary M. Weed is Vice President of Downstream Business Services, and Downstream Controller at Exxon Mobil Corporation, located in Fairfax, VA. Downstream Business Services comprises Downstream Controllers, Tax and Treasurers. Gary has direct, global responsibility for the activities of Downstream Controllers which are located in about ninety-five countries.

    Gary was born in New York and educated in Texas where he received a BS and MBA. During his early career he held a variety of positions in Upstream and Downstream followed by positions in Treasurers and Controllers in the Corporate headquarters. After a period as Corporate Assistant Controller he spent three years in Italy as Business Services Manager before being appointed Downstream Controller. He was appointed to his most recent position, VP Downstream Business Services, in 2003.

    Gary is married with two daughters and enjoys hiking, skiing, music and photography.
  • Marty Wender (San Antonio, TX) - Newly Appointed Lifetime Member
    Marty WenderCharles Martin "Marty" Wender is well known for his achievements and vision. Marty Wender, a Fort Worth native, began his San Antonio business career in 1969, upon graduating from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin and marrying San Antonio native Rene Lynn Mandel.

    Marty Wender’s business real estate development projects in San Antonio include the 3,500 acre Westover Hills development, one of the country’s premier, mixed use, large scale, master-planned, developments; Fawn Meadow in the South Texas Medical Center; and Crownridge at IH-10 West and Camp Bullis Road.

    Marty was selected as one of five “Visionaries” by the San Antonio Business Journal special section entitled “A Century of Business” for his vision and accomplishments in his revitalization of the City’s west side and his Westover Hills Development. Westover Hills has become home to Sea World of Texas, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Hotel, Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q, Maxim Integrated Products, Wells Fargo Operations Center, and the Alamo Colleges Northwest Vista Campus. QVC Network, Inc., The American Funds Group/Capital Group Companies, Nationwide Insurance, and numerous other major companies have built corporate campuses in Westover Hills. Additionally, Westover Hills is home to six major data center facilities, including Microsoft and Valero.

    Marty is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council and a Board member of the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Bexar County. Marty was the 2002 Chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; and was a member of “Team Toyota” that helped lure Toyota to San Antonio. Marty served on the Board of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; the Board of the San Antonio Medical Foundation; the University of Texas Health Science Development Board, and many others. Additionally, Marty is a member of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council; the University of Texas Longhorn Advisory Council; and the University of Texas at San Antonio Business Advisory Council.

    Marty Wender has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions because of his achievements, his devotion and service to the community and his vision for the future of San Antonio and Texas. Marty’s willingness to try the untried and his insistence on quality are his hallmarks. 
  • C. John Wilder Jr. (Dallas, TX)

    C. John Wilder is executive chairman of Bluescape Resources Company LLC. He is the former chairman, president and CEO of TXU Corp. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and CFO of Entergy Corporation, positions he held since joining the company in 1998. He also served as a director or officer for 65 Entergy-related companies.

    Prior to Entergy, Wilder spent almost two decades with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, most recently as CEO of Shell Capital in London. He served as a director or officer for more than 75 Shell-related companies.

    Active in community service work throughout his career, he is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Edison Electric Institute and the United Methodist Church. He is also on the advisory bodies of The Global Entergy Management Institute at the University of Houston and the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

    A native of Missouri, Wilder graduated magna cum laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in business administration, and he earned an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Rayford Wilkins Jr. (Dallas, TX)

    Ray Wilkins, CEO-AT&T Diversified Businesses, is responsible for international investments, advertising and publishing, and Customer Information Services.

    Previously, Mr. Wilkins served as group president and chief executive officer-SBC Enterprise Business Services, with responsibility for serving the company's 12,000 largest business customers and overseeing sales, customer care, data solutions engineering, consulting and operations of the company's advanced data and Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

    Before that, Mr. Wilkins served as group president-SBC Marketing and Sales, with responsibility for all marketing and sales, including product development, sales support, business communications services and global and consumer markets, which then represented a $30 billion revenue stream.

    In September 2000, he assumed the role of president and CEO of SBC Pacific Bell, where he was responsible for all business and consumer market sales, customer service, network services and external affairs in California and Nevada

    In 1999, he was named president-SBC Business Communications Services, with responsibility for providing complete telecommunications and data communications solutions to more than 3 million small, medium and large business customers nationwide. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Southwestern Bell Telephone, with responsibility for providing communications products and services throughout the region. In 1997, he served as president of Pacific Bell Business Communications Services, with responsibility for all business market sales, customer service, network integration and information services, as well as overall financial performance. He assumed that position after having served as president for the Kansas/Western Missouri market area.

    Mr. Wilkins began his career as a commercial assistant with Southwestern Bell Telephone in Houston in 1974.

    Mr. Wilkins is a member of the boards of Valero Energy Corporation, América Móvil, The Tiger Woods Foundation and the National Urban League. Mr. Wilkins is also a member of the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the Executive Leadership Council.

    He has received numerous honors and recognition for his contributions both inside and outside of the company. Savoy magazine named him as one of the “2010 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” In 2006, he was recognized as one of "The 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology" by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine and was named one of "The Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America" by Black Professionals magazine. In 2005, he was named one of "The 75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America" by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2005, as well as in 2002, he was named one of "The 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology" by eAccess Corp., an online publisher.

    In 2002, he was named by Fortune magazine as one of the "Nation's 50 Most Powerful Black Executives" and was honored as a "distinguished alumnus" of the Waco Independent School District in 2000. Black Enterprise named him one of the "Top 50 African Americans" in 1999. And in 1997, he received the Eagle Award from the National Eagles Leadership Institute and was named CEO of the Year by the Minority Supplier Council.

    Mr. Wilkins earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974. He attended the University of Pittsburgh's management program for executives in October 1987.

  • Thomas Delano Williams (Dallas, TX)
    Del Williams

    Thomas D. Williams is General Counsel of Hillwood, a Perot Company. Prior to its acquisition by Dell, Mr. Williams served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Perot Systems Corporation. Following the acquisition he served as Vice President of Dell, Inc., leading the legal support for Dell Services.

    Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, a member of the Development Board, and of the Texas Scholarship Committee. He was Chairman of the McCombs Business School Foundation and was President of the Law School Alumni Association. He is a recipient of an Outstanding Young Texas Exes award.

    He was the Vice Chairman of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, Chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation and President of the Dallas Assembly. He is a member of the University‘s Commission of 125 and the Board of Directors of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.

    Mr. Williams received a BBA in Accounting with honors and a J.D. with honors, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Christopher Wrather (Los Alamos, CA)

    Chris Wrather - Bio coming soon.

  • Elizabeth H. Yant (Houston, TX)
    Liz YantElizabeth "Liz" Henke Yant retired in June, 2010 from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Houston. As a partner with PwC, Liz had 32 years of experience in international and domestic taxation of multinational companies and managing several tax consulting practices. She was the lead engagement tax partner for several of PwC’s largest energy industry clients. From 1994 to 1996, she managed the Price Waterhouse Tax and Legal Practices for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Liz was a tax partner in the Houston office from 1989 to 1993 developing a middle market practice in technology in the Houston area and was a member of the team that opened the Price Waterhouse office in Austin in 1984.

    Liz is a member of the McCombs School of Business Department of Accounting Advisory Council. She was inducted to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2009, and was honored with the Texas Star Award by the McCombs Department of Accounting in 2007. She served as a founding advisor to the McCombs Energy Management and Innovation Center.

    Liz and her husband Billy are enjoying retirement in Rockport, Texas and Soldotna, Alaska.

    Liz holds a BBA in Accounting (1977) and an MPA in Taxation (1978) from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Peter A. Zandan (Santa Fe, NM)
    Peter Zandan

    Peter Zandan is currently global vice chairman at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a marketing communications firm with 3000 employees in 85 countries. Zandan has more than 30 years of business leadership experience working with top brands such as Apple, IBM and Microsoft. He was founder, chairman and CEO of IntelliQuest Information Group, one of the world’s fastest growing data analytics firms, which he took public on the Nasdaq (IQST). He also co-founded and served as chairman of Zilliant, a leading provider of price-optimization/artificial intelligence solutions. Zandan was selected by Interactive Week
    as one of the “Unsung Heroes of the Internet” and awarded Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year” for his leadership at IntelliQuest. He continues to be active with a number of businesses as an investor in over 20 early stage enterprises.

    Peter attended graduate school at The University of Texas — where he earned his MBA and Ph.D. in evaluation research. Zandan has worked with organizations such as KLRU Public Broadcasting Service, EarthSky, Austin City Limits and The University of Texas at Austin. He received Austin’s "Soul of the City" business award, the Austin Chronicle’s "Best Visionary" award and the Austin American-Statesman’s "Hero of Democracy" award. A former faculty member at The McCombs School of Business, he now serves as a lifetime member of the Business Advisory Council. He received an appointment to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine , D.C.

    Peter resides in Austin, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Robert Zlotnik (Houston, TX) 
    Bob Zlotnik Robert “Bob” Zlotnik, Managing Director of BZMZ Interests, has over 30 years of diversified business experience, primarily with service-related entrepreneurial businesses. BZMZ Interests has investments in the sports, automobile and hotel industries among others. Previously Bob was the Co-founder and President and CEO of StarTex Power. StarTex Power was sold in 2011 to Constellation Energy. StarTex was a J.D. Power and Associates award winner, and was named by Inc. Magazine in 2009 as the #1 fastest growing privately-owned energy company in the U.S and one of the 40 best places to work in the U.S. In 2008-10, Zlotnik was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for the Gulf Coast region.

    Prior to StarTex Power, Zlotnik held executive positions with PACE Entertainment, a $700 million international live entertainment company which was sold to Clear Channel, Lifeco Travel Services, an $800 million international corporate travel agency which was sold to American Express, and Ernst & Young.

    Bob is currently the Chairman of The McCombs Advisory Board at The University of Texas, Treasurer of The McCombs School of Business Foundation, a member of the University of Texas Development Board, University of Texas Athletics Council and Executive Committee Board Member of Pro-Vision, a Houston based charter school. He has coached youth baseball for over 15 years and several of his former players have played collegiately and professionally. He has also been a nationally ranked tennis player.

    During his time at UT, Bob was a member of the Longhorn Baseball team and in 1979 he was named the outstanding graduate business student.
Effective September 1, 2017

Ex-Officios

University Leadership

  •     Gregory L. Fenves
        President
        The University of Texas at Austin

McCombs School Leadership

  •     Jay C. Hartzell
        Dean
        McCombs School of Business
  •     Jeff Melton
        Assistant Dean, Development & External Relations
        McCombs School of Business

Alumni Network Board Chairs

  •     Ken Weitzel
        Chair, MBA Advisory Board 
        McCombs School of Business
  •     Brandi Kleinman
        Chair, BBA Advisory Board
        McCombs School of Business
Effective September 1, 2017