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Mays Business School receives largest single commitment in school’s history from Mays Family Foundation

Mays Business School, April 10th, 2017

In support of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Foundation has received a commitment of $25 million from the Mays Family Foundation, the largest single commitment in the school’s history. The gift is part of an overall lifetime giving of $47 million, including a $15 million commitment in 1996 that resulted in the school’s renaming to Mays Business School.


The $25 million contribution will develop students’ entrepreneurial capabilities through a new Lowry Mays Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy program with the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, and will support several areas of innovation in Mays Business School, including the proposed expansion of the school’s headquarters, the Wehner Building, and the school’s study abroad programs.

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Organizers of the first Leading Champions executive leadership program hosted by Mays Business School’s Center for Executive Development (CED) in partnership with Texas A&M Athletics Department are calling it a success. They are looking forward to next year’s program.

Chris Lyon, assistant director of business development at the CED, called the first session of the unique executive training phenomenal. “The first 16 participants were awesome and were eager to learn,” he said. “They set the bar for future classes.”

The program is designed to teach participants new ways to lead and bring different ideas to the table by combining business and athletic principles.

In the three-day program, Mays faculty and the nationally renowned coaching staff of Texas A&M Athletics facilitated focused sessions, experiential learning activities, self-assessments and simulations with the objective of strengthening business and leadership acumen. Additionally, participants had opportunities to engage with the coaching staff, exclusively tour popular Texas A&M sports facilities and participate in highly experiential activities related to Texas A&M Athletics.

The program is designed for executive-level leaders and decision makers from a wide range of organizations. “This program is a great example of our mission to develop the Mays Transformational Leader: Responsible, ethical leaders with entrepreneurial mindsets and vision, who have strong business competencies and personify selfless service,” said Mays Dean Eli Jones.

The program was announced at a Sept. 23 Corporate Connections reception at AT&T Stadium, where Mays hosted more than 100 corporate leaders representing more than 60 companies. Jones, as well as Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young and Mays Assistant Dean Ben Welch, spoke of the importance of lifelong learning and how Mays is stepping up to provide it.

Texas A&M Athletics Director Scott Woodward described the program to the Faculty Senate in October. “There are many core principles of athletics such as leadership, team building and sustaining excellence that are applicable in the business world,” he said. “We are excited to partner with Mays Business School on this innovative program that brings together our championship-caliber coaches with the excellent faculty of the Mays Business School.”

Welch, who has led executive education at Mays since 1990, said the new program follows Texas A&M’s unprecedented growth both academically and athletically. “Through this partnership between Mays and A&M Athletics, we have leveraged the wealth of experience and knowledge that made that possible,” he said. “The Leading Champions Executive Program is an opportunity to submerge yourself into Texas A&M’s winning culture while strengthening your leadership skill set.”

To watch a video about the Leading Champions program, visit https://youtu.be/MLWco7f6JhY.

 

Categories: Centers, Faculty, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Programs, Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Mays Business School was featured at the 2017 International Conference and Annual meeting (ICAM), held by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) April 23-25 in Houston. The conference attracted over 1,400 attendees representing business schools from 55 countries – the largest gathering of business school leaders from around the world.

Mays Business School was highlighted in a session titled “Innovating Curriculum Through Interdisciplinary Collaborations” for the Texas A&M University Petroleum Ventures Program (PVP), a bold new entrepreneurial training program that better prepares students to be leaders in the oil and gas industry. By connecting the curriculum with industry needs, PVP gives students a competitive advantage in an interdisciplinary way.

Anthony Bahr ’91, president of WildHorse Resource Development and one of the business partners who funded the program, provided insight into the need for PVP. “There is an explosion of private equity in the oil and gas industry that has created many small companies. This has created a need for more qualified engineers and business people,” says Bahr. He and his business partner Jay Graham ’92 said they saw a shortage of talent able to wear a lot of different hats.

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Categories: Dean Eli Jones, Energy, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Programs, Staff, Texas A&M

As part of KPMG Corporate Day at Mays Business School on April 4, several KPMG partners and professionals visited classes, attended a reception and accepted awards from Dean Eli Jones. The firm was named the 2017 Mays Business School Corporate Partner of the Year as part of the Mays Connection program, which celebrates the school’s partnerships with both businesses and alumni.

KPMG is a professional services firm – offering audit, tax and advisory services – and it is one of the Big Four accounting firms. In 2016, the firm hired approximately 75 students for internships and full-time opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The contributions that KPMG has made to Mays Business School include, but are not limited to, the KPMG Chair in Accounting established in 2001, the KPMG Professorship in Accounting established in 1988, the KPMG Fellowship established in 1987, KPMG Endowed Scholarship Fund established in 2007 and the KPMG Data Analytics/Technology Development Endowment in 2015.

“We couldn’t do some of the things we do at Mays – in accounting, especially – without your involvement,” Jones said before unveiling a plaque that will hang on the wall at Wehner. He pointed out several faculty members who have benefitted from the school’s partnership with KPMG, including former Dean Jerry Strawser, who holds the KPMG Chair in Accounting.

KPMG Audit Partner Randy Hill said the firm couldn’t do what it does without Mays and Texas A&M University producing young people who are “not only polished, but have great all-around skills. They are as dedicated and hard-working as anybody we hire.” He said the partnership is fun for the firm’s people who deal with Mays students and graduates. “This has been a labor of love more than work.”

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Categories: Dean Eli Jones, Mays Business, News, Texas A&M

The 2016 Texas A&M Advertising team, also known as Good Bull Advertising, won a silver award at the 2017 AAF-Houston ADDYs in the category of collateral material. Founded in 1960, the ADDY Award is the world’s largest professional advertising competition and is sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.

In April 2016, Good Bull Advertising competed in the AAF’s National Student Advertising Competition, placing third at regionals. The plan book from this competition served as the collateral material for the 2017 ADDY Awards, held in March of this year. It involved a 27-page professional brochure detailing a complete $50 million advertising campaign for Snapple.

Lisa Troy, clinical professor of marketing, serves as the advertising team’s faculty advisor and teaches a two-semester course preparing students for this event each year.

The team members were Ashlyn Beckmann, Oren Mandelbaum, Holly Boyles, Angela Mats, Cassidy Caddenhead, Laura McCloskey, Julia Gaas, Megan Milstead, Marissita Garcia, Alyssa Osterhaut, Michelle Griffith, Angelica Perez, Pablo Haddad, Leah Rheinlander, Victoria Henson, Zachary Rother, Kati Hewitt, Catherine Scalf, Bailey Lee and Dejanay Tippens.

Categories: Departments, Marketing, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

Good Bull Advertising, an agency team of 20 students in Clinical Professor of Marketing Lisa C. Troy’s advanced advertising class at Texas A&M University, placed fourth in the district level American Advertising Association’s National Student Advertising Competition. Held in Fort Worth, Texas April 5-7, the competition involved a case study outlined by the current year’s corporate sponsor, Tai Pei Foods.

Students spent two full semesters researching and building a $15 million, fully integrated marketing campaign, preparing a professional quality campaign plan book and presenting the plan to judges at the competition. Over 150 schools across the country participate in the event each year and the Tenth District, in which Texas A&M participates, is one of the most competitive.

To market Tai Pei to 18- to 25-year-olds in the U.S., the team developed a new brand character and slogan, “Good Fortune Awaits.” Digital ads and a video execution reflecting the campaign theme were created and supported by a number of promotional tactics, including retail activations, promotional events and a partnership with Feeding America.

The team included students Mitchell Bausch, Mackenzie Borman, Rachel Bush, Elijah Cantrell, Mary Chacko, Mary Devillez, Dereka Dunn, Laura Eller, Gabriela Estrada, Brooke Gadjica, Caylin Godfrey, Calli Godwin, Divya Govil, Justin Hairston, Alexis Hanson, Kaitlin Hernandez, Anastasia Ivanova, Anna Kuczmanski, Victoria McLaughlin, Claire Metzger, Dillon Moore, MK Mountjoy, Emily Nero, Lami Olonilua, Alaina Omar, Alyssa Osterhout, Riden Reiter, Bailey Wood and Robby Young.

The 2018 Good Bull Advertising team will form in the fall to prepare for next year’s competition.

Categories: Marketing, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

A team of three Mays Business School students placed first in a business analytics case competition that partners students with leading Fortune 500 companies.

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) majors Priyesh Rajasekaran ’17, Pradeep Kumar Sekar ’17 and Subbrammanian Nochur Ganeswaran ’17 competed in the 2017  INFORMS Data Analytics Competition April 7 at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Mays team placed first among 146 groups from seven schools: University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Dallas, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Dallas.

This year’s business case was an opportunity to solve one of PepsiCo’s current and most challenging problems in transportation. PepsiCo is now evaluating the solutions that were presented by the teams for implementation.

Students engaged in a networking session on the final day with more than 40 industry representatives, including 23 director and vice presidents.

Learn more about the competition.

 

 

(L-R) Subbrammanian Nochur Ganeswaran’ 17, Priyesh Rajasekaran ’17 and Pradeep Kumar Sekar’ 17

Categories: Departments, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

While many business majors are preparing for careers in advertising, investment banking, or corporate accounting, sophomore Elizabeth Popp’s sights are set on medicine.

The Business Honors and management major is using her time at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School to prepare for a career in pediatric surgery. “I love working with kids,” Popp said. “They are so resilient and happy, which makes them a joy to be around.”

She said she decided to major in business so she will be better equipped to run her own practice. “I wanted to broaden my horizons with business knowledge to complement my future studies in medicine.”

Popp said studying at Mays has helped her learn skills that are important for doctors – like effective communication and leadership. “At Mays, I’ve learned how to work in diverse team settings by using different leadership styles and decision-making frameworks.” She added that outside the classroom, too, “Wehner’s social atmosphere adds a nice contrast to the more serious tone found in the science buildings.”

Popp can also add to her resume being published in a global research journal. As a research experience undergraduate (REU) at Texas A&M’s Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), she contributed to a research project overseen by Bita A. Kash and Jane N. Bolin that aims to develop a healthcare model for the state of Texas. The study was recently accepted for publication in the International Journal for Innovation Science. …Read more

Categories: Business Honors, Featured Stories, Management, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

In support of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Foundation has received a commitment of $25 million from the Mays Family Foundation, the largest single commitment in the school’s history. The gift is part of an overall lifetime giving of $47 million, including a $15 million commitment in 1996 that resulted in the school’s renaming to Mays Business School.


The $25 million contribution will develop students’ entrepreneurial capabilities through a new Lowry Mays Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy program with the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, and will support several areas of innovation in Mays Business School, including the proposed expansion of the school’s headquarters, the Wehner Building, and the school’s study abroad programs.

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Categories: Dean Eli Jones, Donors Corner, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Spotlights, Texas A&M

The Professional Program in Accounting has announced two of its former students as recipients of the Rising Star Award and Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award. Phil Graves ’04 and Christy Baumann ’95 will be recognized at a dinner in College Station on May 9.

Rising Star

This year’s Rising Star award goes to Phil Graves ’04, senior director of corporate development for Patagonia and managing director of Tin Shed Ventures. He is in charge of the company’s investments and merger and acquisition activities. Graves also serves as a Senior Advisory Board Member of the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business’s Center for Responsible Business.

He has been recognized on Global Corporate Venturing’s Powerlist 100, and by Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students’ “12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight.” Graves was previously a senior manager in the Business Valuation practice at Deloitte, and he began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He models selfless service in the community as well through his work with the homeless and as a long-time Big Brother mentor. …Read more

Categories: Accounting, Alumni, Featured Stories, Finance, Mays Business, News, PPA, Programs, Texas A&M

Mays Business School at Texas A&M University gave the inaugural Peggy and Lowry Mays Impact Award Thursday, April 6, to the namesakes of the award during the 25th-Year Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner.

The award was created to recognize outstanding contributions to the vision and mission of the school. Recipients must exhibit a long and distinguished record of impacting Mays Business School in significant ways, which include exemplary giving and strong leadership.

This year’s recipients are Peggy and Lowry Mays – the namesakes of the award and of the business school, which they have elevated to higher levels for several decades.

Lowry Mays, a 1957 graduate of Texas A&M’s business school, is the founder of Clear Channel Communications, and an avid supporter of Texas A&M. He has been actively engaged in advancing the quality of Texas A&M University. His service includes his appointment to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, where served two non-consecutive terms (1985 to 1991 and 2001 to 2007), including chairman from 2003 to 2005.

He and his wife Peggy have established The Mays Family Foundation to perpetuate their personal philanthropy.

Texas A&M University Michael K. Young said he is delighted to have the name Mays attached to Texas A&M’s business school. “Your contributions as a business leader really set the example of a transformational leader,” he said. “This award represents what we look for in our alumni.”

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Categories: Alumni, Dean Eli Jones, Donors Corner, Mays Business, News, Texas A&M