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Distinguished Speaker Series

An important part of the Texas Executive MBA Program is the Distinguished Speakers Series. Executives from both the private and public sectors are invited to campus to address our students. The perspectives that these leaders bring, plus the interchange of ideas that occurs, add a distinctive dimension to the MBA education.

During the past few years the Distinguished Speakers Series has included the following:

Tom MeredithGary Hoover 2

Co-founder and General Partner, Meritage Capital, L.P.
CEO, MFI Capital
As the former CEO of Dell Computer, Mr. Meredith helped guide the company through tremendous growth in the 1990's. He is also an active investor, civic leader, and philanthropist. 

Gary Hoover
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, McCombs School of Business
Mr. Hoover is the founder of several successful businesses, including Bookpeople, Hoovers Online and Travelfest. He was named the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The University of Texas at Austin.

Kristine Grabe 
Senior HR Generalist, Edward Jones
David Grabe
Ms. Grabe is a human resources leader with extensive experience in both the manufacturing and service industries. She spent most of her career with Anheuser-Busch as the vice president of Human Resources for the Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks. Mr. Grabe, a CPA for 30 years, also worked at Anheuser-Busch in the areas of manufacturing (VP of accounting and control for the beer company), services (VP of finance for the entertainment company), mergers and acquisitions (senior manager of corporate accounting) and treasury finance operations. Both Mr. and Ms. Grabe were influential in the company's merger with InBev.

Andrew Jones III
Assistant Vice President, AT&T Global Business & Operations Sourcing
Mr. Jones is responsible for all AT&T global business and operations sourcing in the information technology areas, including network systems, in addition to all IT outsourcing and offshore arrangements. Andy directs a nationwide management workforce negotiating and managing contracts with companies worldwide. He has more than 35 years experience in the telecommunications industry, which includes managing nationwide organizations in finance & accounting, merger & acquisitions and finance operations.

Steve Courter
Managing Partner, Courter Group
Mr. Courter was the former CEO of Broadwing Communications, where he was responsible for the tactical and strategic direction, including the sale of the network.

Kevin Lalande 
Managing Director, Santé Ventures

Patrick J. Balthrop, Sr
President & CEO, Luminex Corporation

Sam Fuller
CEO, Waldo Networks

Gregg Burt
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hart InterCivic, Inc

Gregory A. Wright
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tesoro Corporation