The MSBA Advisory Council is comprised of industry leaders with the purpose of advising the MSBA staff on the development of the program. Council members serve as liaisons and advocates of the MSBA Program, offer advice and guidance to the curriculum committee, and assist in student recruitment and student mentorship to strengthen the overall student experience. Members have the opportunity to participate in MSBA practicum projects, networking events, and student treks.
Data Analytics Manager, Corporate Finance Division, 3M
Managing Director, Analytics & Business Insight, Charles Schwab
Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy, Data Science Center, Southwest Airlines
Interim Director of Quality and Performance Improvement, CommUnityCare
Senior Director - Enterprise Data & Analytics, Walmart
Senior Vice President, SAP Analytics
Mike Flannagan is a Senior Vice President at SAP, responsible for Analytics products, and leads global portfolio and go-to-market strategy for SAP Leonardo. In this role, he is responsible for products that accelerate innovation and enable digital transformation for the world’s largest companies. Mike’s team drives the strategy behind SAP Leonardo, which employs design thinking to find the toughest business problems across numerous industries and unites technologies from Big Data, Analytics, Machine Learning, Blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the SAP Cloud Platform to solve them.
Prior to joining SAP, Mike was Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Data & Analytics Software Group at Cisco Systems. Mike is engaged with the start-up community as an angel investor, mentor and board member. He has been granted multiple patents, is a published author, and frequent keynote speaker at industry events.
Mike is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. GPSDD was launched in 2015, alongside a new global framework for sustainable development, adopted by world leaders during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Mike attended The University of Texas at San Antonio before earning his MBA from Auburn University, where he is now a guest lecturer and serves on Advisory Boards for the College of Business and the Graduate School.
Director of University Research Collaboration, USAA
Jim Griffin, Americas Director, Cartesian DataSciences
Jim Griffin is the Americas Director of Cartesian DataSciences, specializing in machine learning and advanced marketing analytics. He has twenty years of analytics, CRM, and loyalty experience in the USA, Latina America, Asia, and the Caribbean. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota, is Six Sigma Black Belt trained, and did post-graduate work in Statistics.
Jim is a 2018-2019 MSBA Advisory Council Member.
Director, Data and Analytics Center, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Granger Huntress is currently the Director for the Data and Analytics Center at McCombs School of Business. He previously worked as Senior Product Manager, Solutions Engineering and Analytics with Dun & Bradstreet.
Data Scientist, HomeAway.com
Brian Lakey works as a Data Scientist with HomeAway.com. He is a 2017-2018 MSBA Advisory Council member.
J. Scott Meier
Director, Data Analytics Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
Principal, Merik Markets, LLC
Data Scientist, EOG Resources
Jake is currently a Data Scientist with EOG Resources in Houston, TX.
Senior Director of Data Science, DOSH
Brent Schneeman is the Senior Director of Data Science with DOSH. He previously served as a Senior Director in Data Science for HomeAway.com. He is a 2017-2018 MSBA Advisory Council member.
Director of Customer Insight Analytics, FedEx Services
Doug Shaver is the Director of Customer Insight Analytics at FedEx Services, which is the largest global customer analytics team serving the family of FedEx operating companies. Analytics range across customer segmentation and profiling, program and campaign analytics, targeting analytics, triggering process analytics, decision systems, lifecycle, enterprise contact analytics, real estate decision analytics and much more. He has been with FedEx for over 18 years. Prior to his role at FedEx, he worked in the engineering guidance, navigation, and control analytics field for 11 years. Doug holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama.
Lead AI Research Technologist, Dell
Michael is a recognized technical evangelist who speaks globally on the impact of emerging technologies across diverse industries. With 25 yrs experience, he currently serves as Lead AI Research Technologist in Dell Technologies Services and Strategy organization. Michael's current responsibilities span both specific AI domains including ML/DL/RL/AR, Federated Learning, Data Architecture and Knowledge Graphs as well as broader business application areas for those technologies such as fraud, supply chain, hardware design, sales and software.
Michael has a solid track record as a visionary thought leader shown by historically accurate technology predictions 5-10 years out. His previous experience as sole proprietor of a computer business and subsequent 19 yrs at Dell with roles including factory test strategy, supply chain, quality and services organizations gives him a unique perspective of Dell’s entire product life-cycle. This history provides him with a broader view of how Data Science, properly contextualized, is key to business transformation. He is on the core team for Xavier Health’s AI Initiative bringing FDA and industry together to advance AI in Healthcare and has been granted thirteen hardware and software patents in eight countries.
Partner, M&A Operations and Analytics, PwC
Finance Manager, 3M
President, Zebra Technologies
Ed Tonkon is President of Zebra Retail Solutions, a subsidiary of Zebra Technologies,
a $4B NASDAQ listed publicly traded technology company. Ed has over 25 years of senior executive leadership experience in the publicly traded and private equity corporate environments of retail and business-to-business outsourcing, with a substantial logistics component. Ed was formerly CEO of Hart Systems, LLC which was acquired in December, 2013 by Zebra. Previously, Ed was CEO of Noble Logistics a leading national provider of time critical logistics services to the wholesale automotive parts industry.
From 1999 to 2005, Ed was CEO and member of the Board of Directors of WIS International, the world’s second largest physical inventory management and merchandising services business with over 14,000 employees.
Prior to WIS, Ed’s background includes serving as President and General Manager of Huffy Service First, a former subsidiary of Huffy Corporation, and the only nationwide provider of product assembly services to retail. He also held various management posts with Southland Corporation and Chief Auto Parts in Dallas, including Controller positions for the Chief Auto Parts stores division and distribution center.
Tonkon has been a featured speaker for annual conferences of The National Retail Federation Annual New York Conference on Omnichannel, Auto Team America, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the American Logistics Association, The Lean Enterprise Institute and The Association for Manufacturing Excellence in the subjects of Inventory Management, Lean practices and Transportation logistics.
Tonkon is a 3rd generation Longhorn and earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Ed serves on the University of Texas System's Chancellor's Council Executive Committee, the McCombs School of Business Masters of Science in Business Analytics Advisory Board, the Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst Center for Private Equity Finance Advisory Board and served on The University of Texas McCombs School of Business BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board where he was Chairman from 2012-2104. Ed also serves on the RILA Asset Protection Leaders Council and their Horizons Committee.
Ed and his wife Jamie (BA Education, 1978, University of Texas) have two grown daughters.
Head of Data Sciences and Advanced Analytics - Connected Vehicles, General Motors
Robert is the Head of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at General Motors. His chief duty is creating products out of data streaming from connected and self-driving cars. Robert joined GM from USAA where he was the AVP for the Innovation, Data Scientist, Enterprise Data and Analytics Office. He’s been the feature of a Forrester Research case study and articles in MIT Technology Review and Forbes for his work in marketing and artificial Intelligence.
Robert’s work with the World Bank became a highly cited publication on University/Industry research partnerships. He still works with universities in turning research into solutions for General Motors. He’s a graduate from Texas A&M University and the University of California, San Diego. He lives in Austin with his wife and three children.
Data Scientist, Phillips 66
Product Scientist, Indeed Inc