Three Mays graduates are among the 10 2017 recipients of the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students are proud to welcome as Distinguished Alumni: Jorge A. Bermúdez ʼ73 of College Station, Craig Brown ’75 of Houston, and William M. “Bill” Huffman ’53 of College Station and Marshall.

A full list of the 10 recipients and their biographical information may be found here.

Jorge A. Bermúdez ʼ73, in a 33-year career with Citibank and Citigroup, was chief risk officer for Citigroup/Citibank, CEO and president of Citibank Commercial Banking Group and CEO of Citigroup Latin America. He is president and CEO of the Byebrook Group. He is an Outstanding International Alumnus of A&M, received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumnus Award, and is on the Department of Agricultural Economics’ Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry. He has served on the board and as chair for The Association of Former Students and is on the Texas A&M Foundation board as well as on the College of Agriculture Development Council, the Dean’s Advisory Board for Mays Business School and Texas A&M’s International Advisory Board. He is a board member and past chair of the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley’s investment committee. He serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Craig Brown ’75 co-founded Bray International, a global manufacturer of rotary valves and actuators; he is owner, CEO and chairman. Since 1989, he has been chairman and co-founder of the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation, which recruits top students to A&M, including National Merit Scholars. In the past 25 years, more than 300 students have come to A&M as Brown Foundation Scholars, including 200 engineers and 40 doctors and veterinarians. He has served on the College of Engineering Advisory Council for more than 25 years and has been on the Corps of Cadets Board of Visitors and a member of the executive cabinet for the Texas A&M Foundation’s Lead By Example capital campaign. He has been named an Outstanding Young Houstonian, an Outstanding Alumnus of A&M’s College of Engineering and an Outstanding Alumnus of the Mays Business School. He has worked with KIPP public charter schools and Bo’s Place, a Houston-based nonprofit bereavement center.

William M. “Bill” Huffman ’53, a longtime lawyer and former chair of the city commission of Marshall, has rendered service to his fellow Aggies ranging from mentoring students and supporting programs and scholarships to compiling a directory of his Class of 1953 classmates. After service in the U.S. Army, he earned the highest grade on the March 1959 Texas bar exam and went into private practice. He and his wife, Barbara, have made gifts to A&M including support for the College of Medicine, Corps of Cadets, numerous scholarships including a President’s Endowed Scholarship, MSC, Kyle Field, Fish Camp, and the new band hall/music building. They have also given more than 600 individual students their first-year active memberships in The Association of Former Students. Since 2009, he has served on the board of Christus Good Shepherd Health System, and has chaired its board since 2015.

Since the inception of the award in 1962, only 271 of Texas A&M’s 469,000 former students have been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Awarded jointly by the university and The Association, this honor recognizes those Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities.

This year’s recipients learned of their honors when surprised in their places of business and other locations by a group of university and association representatives, including Young, The Association of Former Students’ 2017 Chair of the Board of Directors Phil Miner ’80, Association President and CEO Porter S. Garner III ’79, Texas A&M Foundation President Tyson Voelkel ’96, and a Ross Volunteer, along with university mascot Reveille IX and her handler.

“The 2017 Distinguished Alumni demonstrate the impact Texas A&M has on the state, nation and world,” said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young. “This group includes incredible leaders and influencers in the fields of engineering, construction, real estate, international and national defense, law, finance, education and philanthropy. Their stories truly display the power of a Texas A&M University education.”

Miner said, “Our 2017 Distinguished Alumni have achieved the highest levels of success in their professions and have made a lasting impact on their communities and Texas A&M through their service. They bring our Texas A&M core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service to life.”

Garner echoed the sentiments of Young and Miner and offered his congratulations on behalf of The Association of Former Students. “Less than one-tenth of one percent of Texas A&M’s former students have been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award,” Garner said. “It is, indeed, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M, and our 2017 recipients have earned this honor through their exemplary achievements and service to Texas A&M.”

The Association of Former Students will further honor all recipients of this award during its annual Distinguished Alumni Gala on Sept. 29. In addition, the 2017 recipients will be recognized during the Sept. 30 Texas A&M football game against South Carolina. Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished AlumnusAward will be accepted through Oct. 6 at tx.ag/DAnominations.

The Association of Former Students, established in 1879, is the official alumni organization of Texas A&M University. The Association connects hundreds of thousands of members of the worldwide Aggie Network with each other and the university, and provided $12.5 million in impact to university scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students in 2016. For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award or The Association, contact Scot Walker at SWalker90@AggieNetwork.com or visit www.AggieNetwork.com.

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


Marketing Ph.D. student Brady Hodges was awarded second place and $750 at the International Business Pedagogy Workshops Poster Presentation at Georgia State University. 

The competition was part of a workshop held by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

According to the CIBER website, the poster sessions were designed to showcase and share cutting-edge practices in teaching international business. Poster proposals were evaluated by a peer review committee following a double-blind process. Criteria included importance of the topic to the audience, novelty, creativity, and adaptability for use by other faculty members.

Hodges’ poster was titled “Bringing the World to Them: Merging Cross-border Partnerships and Experiential Learning in a Global Marketing Team Project & Competition.”

Mark Houston, head of the Department of Marketing at Mays Business School, called it a very important accomplishment. “We are very proud of Brady,” he said. “The award is a precursor to many great things he will accomplish as a scholar and educator.”

Hodges is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration-Marketing at Mays. His research focuses on consumer behavior, with specific interest in behavioral pricing, psycholinguistics, conceptual and perceptual fluency and cross-cultural consumer behavior. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Brady worked as the China Marketing Manager for Little Giant Ladder Systems in Shanghai, China.

Categories: Center for Business International Studies, Featured Stories, Marketing, Mays Business, News, Spotlights, Students, Texas A&M

Willie Dennis, a Class of 2018 Full-Time MBA candidate at Mays Business School, was named among the 2017 scholarship recipients of the Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHF). He was awarded $15,000.

According to TBHF guidelines, eligible candidates for the scholarship exhibit entrepreneurial aspirations, demonstrate a propensity for leadership in academic and campus activities and entrepreneurial achievements, and have good academic credentials.

Recipients were chosen after a round of nominations and then an interview process. A final recipient for each scholarship was selected to represent each of the participating universities.

Amber Acosta, associate director of the Full-Time MBA program, described Dennis as an active and contributing member of the MBA program. “His valuable insight in the classroom is matched only by his commitment to getting a well-rounded education,” she said. “Everything Willie does, he strives to do his absolute best. I have no doubt that Willie will be in the Texas Business Hall of Fame someday. We are so proud of him for receiving this prestigious scholarship.”

Previous Mays students to win TBHF scholarships include Full-Time MBA graduate Lloyd McGuire and Business Honors and Finance major Christopher Bybee ’17.

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Mays Business School’s Master of Science in Business program congratulated 40 students in its inaugural graduating class with a hooding ceremony at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. ‘Jon Jasperson, MS Business Academic Director, spoke highly of the Class of 2017, describing the students as a diverse group that quickly became a tight-knit community.

Launched in fall 2017, the Mays MS Business program is a one-year program for students who did not study business as undergraduates. The program offers core functional knowledge in the various business disciplines and provides students hands-on experience in creating and running a real business.

“This class drew students from a variety of educational backgrounds and personal interests,” Jasperson said. “The student culture in many majors, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), is very competitive and mostly based on individual performance. As the director, it was fun to observe the change in the students as they learned about cooperation and collaboration in a team-based classroom environment.”

Jasperson said the students began to bond as a family beginning with the first block of classes of the program year. “They met every day, Monday through Friday, in the same classroom from 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., for four weeks. This total immersion in the MS Business classes quickly led to establishing relationships with new ‘family’ members for the students. Not only did they meet together in the classroom and for team meetings, but they also began hanging out with each other and socializing.”

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Categories: Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Featured Stories, Mays Business, MS Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

Mays Business School is teaming up with the Bryan-College Station Habitat for Humanity to give a hand up to local families with a Mays-sponsored Habitat Home.

This collegewide project will involve undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff in all departments and programs at Mays, to raise $55,000 to build a Habitat home in 2018. So far, funds have been raised at Maysfest, a faculty/staff chili cook-off, and at profit-share events at U Paint It and Grub Burger Bar. 

During the spring, several faculty and staff members filled flower pots and delivered them to Habitat homeowners.

In a video announcement about the partnership, Dean Eli Jones said the project is about Selfless Service, “an Aggie core value that we truly cherish at Mays Business School.” The video is being shown at New Student Conferences throughout the summer to introduce incoming students to the initiative.

Mays faculty and staff members decorated flower pots and gave them as gifts to Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

Andy York, executive director of B/CS Habitat for Humanity, said the project furthers Habitat International’s mission of “bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”

The partnership was initiated by Mays’ Office of Diversity of Inclusion, which identifies targeted opportunities within local and state communities to engage members of the Mays faculty staff and current student population to give back and strengthen community connections.

In September, Mays will launch its primary fund-raising campaign for the year with a gingerbread house decorating competition. After the contest, the 50 gingerbread houses will be delivered to current Habitat homeowners.

Learn more about getting involved with the Mays Habitat for Humanity project at tx.ag/maysbuilds.

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

Mays Business School’s Executive, Professional, and Full-time MBA program have been recognized as a “Top Tier” MBA in North America by CEO Magazine’s Global Ranking 2017, published by the International Graduate Forum (IGF).  The Mays Executive MBA program has been listed under the Tier One ranking for Executive MBA programs globally.

The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings are compiled based upon key performance indicators considered to be of interest and value to potential students: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective of the rankings is to identify schools that marry exceptional quality with great return on investment.

The Mays MBA program was previously recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes as a Top 10 public program in the country.  The Executive MBA has been consistently recognized by Financial Times among the very best EMBA programs nationally and globally.

The complete CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2017 can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine or online on the magazine’s new website http://goo.gl/l0LM4I

The Mays Executive MBA and Professional MBA programs are offered at CityCentre in Houston, while the Full-Time MBA is based on the main Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Categories: Mays Business, News, Programs, Texas A&M

Mays finance professor Arvind Mahajan is one of 10 professors across Texas to receive the Piper Professor Awards this year.

Since 1958, these awards have recognized educators in the state of Texas who exhibit superior teaching. Recipients are selected by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in Texas.

Mahajan was recognized at the Mays Business School commencement and at the spring faculty/staff meeting within Mays.

He is the first Mays faculty member to receive the award in more than two decades. The late marketing Professor Jeffrey Conant received it in 1994.

Mahajan said he finds it hard to articulate the level of pride he feels about receiving the award. “I was quite excited to be nominated by the university and humbled to be selected at the state level,” he said. “There is nothing in higher education that is bigger than this.”

A year ago, Mahajan was named a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence for Texas A&M, and was recognized at commencement.

Mays Dean Eli Jones said he is proud of Mahajan, and that he considers him deserving of the honor. “Dr. Mahajan is one of our most tireless colleagues – always willing to do what is needed to take our students to the next level and to advance the business school’s progress,” he said. “This level of recognition is rare, and long-lasting, as he will retain this and the Presidential Professor titles for the remainder of his career.”

Mahajan has taught at multiple levels in the areas of international finance and corporate finance. He developed and taught one of the first doctoral-level seminar on international finance in the U.S., and has taught various MBA, Executive MBA and undergraduate-level courses.

At Texas A&M University, Mahajan serves as associate dean for graduate programs for Mays Business School. Additionally, he is the Texas A&M University System Regents Professor, Lamar Savings Professor of Finance and director of the CFA Institute Partnership Program.

Mahajan received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 1980, an MBA from the University of Scranton in 1975, and a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Delhi in 1972.

Categories: Faculty, Mays Business, News, Texas A&M

Each semester, the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) hosts 15-20 industry leaders for the Executive Professor Speaker Series, designed to connect retail students with working professionals as guest lecturers.

“Visiting executives share their personal experiences with students and promote career opportunities within their companies,” said Lauren Osborne ’05, program manager.

“Hearing first-hand from our speakers is the highest-rated learning experiences by our students as they incorporate what they learn from their coursework.”

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Categories: Center for Retailing Studies, Centers, Executive Speakers, Featured Stories, Former Students, Mays Business, Students, Texas A&M

A group of Mays Business School students attended the annual New York City Market Tour, which the Center for Retailing Studies hosts, immersing students in business tours and dynamic cultural experiences they cannot get in Central Texas.

Open to the M.B. Zale Leadership Scholars and members of the Student Retailing Association, this one-of-a-kind spring break travel opportunity provides students aspiring to careers in retail a behind-the-scenes look at some of the world’s greatest brands and retail flagship stores in Manhattan.

“In preparation, I thought about all the different versions of the city that I had seen from sitcoms and movies and had high expectations going in,” said Allison McGraw ’19. “New York blew my expectations out of the park!”

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Categories: Center for Retailing Studies, Centers, Featured Stories, Former Students, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

By Jeana Guillory

Mays Business School recognized 24 graduates on May 10 with the Martha Loudder Medal of Excellence. Named for Mays Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Accounting Professor Marty Loudder, the medal recognizes students who intentionally engage in their educations in and out of the classroom, and who engage in the reflective portfolio process to maximize their learning.

To be eligible for the medal, students first participate in a minimum of three high-impact experiences such as a peer educator position, an internship, or a learning community. Each student then completes a comprehensive learning portfolio, which includes self-awareness exercises and reflections on key experiences like those above.

The portfolio is showcased on a personal website, and serves as the final selection criterion for the Loudder Medal. Reviewers look for comprehensiveness, depth, and clear connections among stories, lessons learned, and future goals. Loudder Medal honoree Coryne Levine ’17 summarized it well: “Your portfolio is meant to be a reflection of who you are as a person and how you have grown throughout your undergraduate experience.”

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