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Rising Star Award

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

2018 Rising Stars

Lisa Seacat DeLucaLisa Seacat DeLuca

MSTC '10
Distinguished Engineer
IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT)

Lisa Seacat DeLuca is a distinguished engineer for IBM Watson Internet of Things where she leads a team called the App Factory, focused on bringing IoT use cases to market. Lisa holds a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University with minors in Business Administration and Multimedia Productions. This year, LinkedIn named Lisa one of their Top 15 Female Voices to Follow. In 2017, Lisa was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, was named #2 in LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Technology List, named as a Top Women in Tech IoT Influencer by Onalytica, and received an honorary PhD from Claremont Graduate University. In 2016, Lisa was named one of the Most Influential Women in IoT. She was named one of MIT’s 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2015, as well as, LinkedIn’s NextWave of 10 Enterprise Technologists Under 35, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and IBM’s Working Mother of the Year for Working Mother Magazine. In 2014, she was named one of Network World's 50 Most Fascinating People in the World of Technology. She is a TED speaker, a self-published author of two children’s books titled, "A Robot Story" and “The Internet of Mysterious Things,” and the most prolific female inventor in IBM history and the only one to ever reach the 100th Invention Plateau Award (an IBM internal patent award system). Her innovation portfolio includes over 600 patent applications filed within the United States and abroad, of which, 300 have been granted, to date. The subject of her patent ideas range from areas such as cloud, mobile, IoT, social, security, cognitive, commerce and everything in between. Lisa is an AAAS-Lemelson Inventor Ambassador where she increases visibility to the importance of innovation. Lisa has spoken at numerous tech conferences and written articles to share her technology and innovation passion with others.

For recent articles and information about Lisa, visit or follow Lisa on Twitter (@LisaSeacat).

David DruleyDavid R. Druley

BBA '88, MBA '03
Chairman and CEO
Cambridge Associates

David is Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Associates, and leads the firm in its mission to help endowments, foundations, pensions and private clients exceed their investment objectives. David meets often with clients around the globe, and oversees CA’s dedicated practice areas and global research team. He also invests significant time working to enhance the firm’s capabilities and support its talented people.

Previously, David was President of Cambridge Associates, and the founding global leader of the Cambridge Associates Pension practice. In that role, David created and implemented innovative portfolio management frameworks that have transformed our pension clients’ approach to investing.

David has over 25 years of investment experience. For nine years prior to joining Cambridge Associates in 2003, David founded and operated Druley Investment Management. While pursuing his MBA, David interned as an investment analyst at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.


Jeff DuchinJeffrey M. Duchin

BBA '98
Senior Vice President
UMB Bank

Jeff Duchin joined UMB in 2016 as a senior vice president and a sales manager within the Investment Banking Division. Along with actively working to expand UMB’s fixed income presence nationally, he will continue to service institutional accounts in a sales capacity.

Jeff previously worked as a director in the institutional fixed income division of Hilltop Securities (formerly Southwest Securities, Inc.). He concentrated his efforts on providing the best execution and bringing new investment ideas to institutional clients with a focus on both tax-exempt and taxable fixed income products, including agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and U.S. corporate bonds.

Jeff is an active and engaging alumnus for The University of Texas at Austin. His past service includes president of the Texas Exes Dallas Chapter, chair of the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Network Advisory Board, chair of the Chapter Advisory Board, board member of the Texas Exes, and council member on the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council. Currently he is the scholarship chair of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as a council member of The University of Texas 1883 Council, a Texas Exes-sponsored leadership development volunteer organization.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998. He also holds the FINRA Series 7, 53, 24 and 63.

Rising Star Honorees


Marissa Jarratt
BBA '99, MBA '04

Kurt Leedy
BBA '02

T. Mark Whatley
MBA '04

Ashish K. Gupta
BBA '00


David Busker
MBA '07

Jack Nelson
BBA '98


Scott Mattei
MBA '95

Vivek Shah
BBA '03


Jeremy Smitheal
BBA '94, MBA '03

Cindy Lo
BBA '98


Ryan Oliver
MBA '06

Dominic Sung
BBA '03


Matt Chasen
MBA '04

David Anthony Murrell
BBA '01


Daniel B. Nelson
B.A. '96, MBA '06

Matt Polze
BBA '99, MPA '99, J.D. '03


M. Christina Clayton
BBA ’02, MBA ’06 (University of Oxford)

Gregory H. Johnson
BS ’84 (Air Force Academy), MBA ’05


Holly Goodrich McMullan
MBA ’04


Tony Rogers
BBA ’90, MBA ’97


Ted Wang
MBA ’96


Jeff Hoogendam
MBA ’95