Mr. Charlie Adams is the Growth Officer at CS Drake International. He grew up in New Braunfels and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a Master of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. During his time at Texas A&M he was part of the Texas A&M Track and Field Team, as well as involved with many organizations on campus. Before joining CS Drake International, Charlie was with PwC for 16 years, including the last 4 years as a Partner. Mr. Adams is passionate about building great teams and bringing in new ideas. As a disruptive thinker, driving innovation is all about asking the right questions and keeping an open mind on the answers you will get. How can we? What if? Why not? Charlie believes that innovation can come in many forms, not just technology — but it all starts with the mindset. He is always looking for ways to preserve and grow his ties with Texas A&M. Away from work, Mr. Adams enjoys outdoor hobbies such as hunting and fishing. He married A&M Athletic Hall of Fame Member Nicky (Thrasher) Adams ’01, head soccer coach at Syracuse University, and they have a two-year-old son named Cade together.
Mr. John T. Balkema is Vice President – U.S. and U.K Operations for United Machining. He previously served 20 years with Caterpillar where he was General Manager of Pyroban in the Oil and Gas group, Product Manager, Global Talent Manager, and began his career there in 1998 as a Marketing Specialist for the North American Commercial Division. Prior to joining Caterpillar, John worked for American Home Productions in New Jersey and Iowa, serving in several Sales and Marketing roles. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. John serves on the Employers Advisory Board at Bradley University, and the Technical Advisory Board for Skills U.S.A. John and his wife Julie live in Spring, Texas. They have three daughters Lauren, Lindsey, and Lexie.
Mr. Jeffrey E. Borgan is Vice President-Americas for Advance Valves, Int. Jeff was previously Vice President of Paladon Americas, an extension of Paladon Systems which is a valve actuator manufacturer and Valve Automation Center headquartered in Brixworth, England. Before that he was Senior Vice President for Curtiss Wright Flow Control Oil & Gas Systems with responsibility for developing a global sales organization and expanding Curtiss-Wright’s global footprint. Jeff has extensive experience in industrial sales and marketing, both in manufacturing and distribution. Jeff has a BS in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. He has one child who is married with two daughters, and is a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M. Jeff and his wife Kathie live in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Yvonne Y. Bourquin is a global product consultant with Dell EMC where she is responsible for joint messaging and product marketing of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with VMware software. She began her career in high-tech marketing as Director of Business Development and Contract Administration with a software start-up, NetNearU Corporation in Bryan, Texas. Yvonne then moved to Houston to work at Hewlett-Packard for six years, holding worldwide and regional marketing positions in both commercial and consumer segments. She transitioned to Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. for the next six years, with her final position in management, leading a global commercial client go-to-market team driving marketing strategy, messaging, product marketing, launch and campaigns. Yvonne has experience managing multi-million-dollar marketing budgets and campaigns, and she has a passion for a variety of marketing facets including strategy, research, messaging and GTM. A third-generation Aggie, Yvonne graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with her BBA in Marketing and Certificates in Retailing and International Business in May 2001. After a summer working in France, she began her studies for a Master of Science in Marketing with Brand Management concentration and graduated in December 2002. Yvonne lives in the Houston area with her husband and fellow Aggie, Brant, and their three children.
Mr. Justin Cade is Head of Operations, Natural Gas Liquids for BP Energy Company, located in Houston. He graduated from A&M with his BBA in 2003 and from the MS Marketing program in the fall of 2004. Justin went to work for BP in Chicago that spring and held roles in retail management, real estate and supply reliability. In 2008, he moved back to Houston in the commodity trading group where he has held several roles including Distribution Coordinator, Trading Analyst, Supply Coordinator, Commercial Coordinator, Distribution Manager, Commercial Analyst, Commercial Manager, and Business Manager – NAGP. Justin and his wife Tara live in Houston. In his free time, he is a weekend golfer and occasional cyclist.
Mrs. Laurie Christensen is the Practice Administrator for Pearland Pediatrics & Sports Medicine. She was formerly Director of Hospital Operations for Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where she was responsible for operations, business development, strategic planning, and patient satisfaction for hospital-based clinics. Laurie graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2001 with her BBA in Marketing and continued her studies and graduated in December 2002 with a Master of Science in Marketing with Consulting and Services concentration. Because of the “Services Marketing” class in the MS Marketing program and an internship at a hospital, she knew she wanted a career in Healthcare. Upon graduation, she started her career at Houston Methodist doing marketing and project management for the Wellness Services department and then moved into clinic operations. While at Memorial Hermann she created roadmaps to standardize operations across clinics to increase efficiencies, developed an operational scorecard to measure performance and enhance accountability, and created and initiated strategies to offer excellent customer service in a compassionate, patient -centered environment. Also at Memorial Hermann, but prior to moving to the Ambulatory setting, Laurie held positions responsible for the Business and Scheduling Offices for the Perioperative Division ensuring timely charge capture and accurate surgical case scheduling, as well as supported the Chief Operating Officer with Executive oversight for several departments and prepared a monthly presentation on the hospital’s performance on behalf of the Executive Team. Laurie lives in Pearland, Texas with her husband, Brian, daughter, Kinley, and son, Kasen.
Ms. Missy Douthit is the Founder/Principal of Douthit Consulting which is a consulting practice focused on engagement and integration strategies to help organizations reach their goals, maximize impact, and achieve their mission. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Missy was the Executive Vice President of Advocacy & Engagement for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF)/LIVESTRONG. During her seven-year tenure at LAF, she was responsible for growing the LIVESTRONG supporter base and deepening their engagement with the mission. She provided strategic direction & leadership for Marketing, Communications, New Media, Grassroots Engagement, and Government Relations. Prior to the Foundation, Missy was on the corporate side for the first 16 years of her career. Her career started at Neiman Marcus in their buyer training program and inventory management. It was also these early days at Neiman Marcus where Missy began her appreciation for customer service & engagement that would become an integral part of her career. After eight years with Neiman Marcus, she joined Golfsmith as the Director of Inventory Management where she developed inventory management practices for the company and built the team of inventory planners as a key part of the organization. In her free time, Missy enjoys cycling, sailing, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Missy is a 1988 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing.
Ms. Lauren Engebretson is Senior Portfolio Marketing Manager in the Global Blade System Product Marketing Group at HPE. She graduated with a Bachelor of Communications degree from the University of Houston-Victoria in 2001 and with a Master of Science in Marketing degree from Texas A&M Mays Business School in 2007. She has had experience in several industries including retail, food service, higher education, and technology. Her positions include business management, higher education training and marketing, and business development. Before promotion to her current position, she was a Product Marketing Manager for HPE BladeSystems, the fastest growing sever division at HPE. On a personal note, Lauren’s hobbies include kayaking, fishing, and spending time with her friends and family. She lives in Houston with her three small children.
Mr. Hans George is Vice President of Global Socks Product Creation at NIKE, Inc. at their WHQ in Beaverton, OR. In his current role, Hans leads a team of 50+ people across product management, design, & development to create socks for athletes and consumers across all sports from the field of play to retail. Hans just celebrated 20 years at NIKE and has held previous roles in Apparel Product Creation (Jordan Brand, NIKE Basketball, Sportswear, Tee Shirts) and Product Merchandising (Sportswear, Cross Category, Sporting Goods). Hans holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University (’91 Outstanding Marketing Graduate) and was a leader in Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity as well as a member of CBA Fellows at Mays Business School. As a junior at Texas A&M, Hans identified his dream to combine his passion for sports + aptitude for marketing and someday work for the world’s leading sports product & marketing company, NIKE. Realizing this dream took 7 years. Upon graduation he spent 2 years at Neiman Marcus at their Dallas buying office as an Assistant Buyer of Men’s Designer Tailored Suits. After earning his MBA from the University of Texas (’95), he spent 1 year at Kraft Foods at their Chicago area HQ as an Assistant Brand Manager of Mac & Cheese before parlaying these combined experiences into his first role at NIKE in 1996 as an Assistant Product Line Manager for NCAA/NBA Apparel. Hans serves on the Board of Directors for Taylor’s Gift Foundation in support of the mission developed by his former Aggie fraternity brother, CBA Fellow, and current MS Advisory Board Member, Todd Storch. Hans resides in Portland, OR and spends his spare time enjoying the Pacific Northwest and travelling the world with his wife Selina of 24 years (Aggie class of ’91) & their two daughters Veronica & Marissa.
Mr. Sterling Hayman is the co-owner of a Dallas-based advertising agency, Recreation. He is the former Managing Partner with Splash Media. Before that he was Client Services Director at TracyLocke Advertising in Dallas. Sterling earned his Bachelor of Political Science degree from Texas A&M in 1996, and was editor in chief of The Battalion. At TracyLocke, Sterling was responsible for leading all strategic planning and advertising/promotions activity on 7-Eleven, Clorox, Sony PlayStation and the Dallas Stars. TracyLocke’s work on Sterling’s accounts led to numerous industry awards, including 2 Cannes Gold Lions, 2 One Show Pencils, numerous Addy’s, Communications Arts, among others. Prior to TracyLocke, Sterling has worked in various account service positions at Publicis, DDB Needham and the late Berry Brown Advertising, on accounts such as Sara Lee, Nestle Ice Cream, Tabasco, Mrs Baird’s Bread, Imperial Sugar, Quaker Oats and Friendly’s restaurants.
Ms. Holly Herrera is an IT Project Manager with Southwestern Energy leading critical, strategic IT initiatives, including SWN’s recent Fayetteville asset divestiture. She works closely with the IT team to raise project visibility, improve outcomes and deliver business value. More recently, she designed and implemented an intake process to facilitate the evaluation and selection of IT investments. She is also responsible for the promotion and use of IT standards and procedures, including project and change management governance, contracts management, emergency response and business continuity. Southwestern Energy (SWN) is a growing independent energy company primarily engaged in natural gas and crude oil exploration, development and production. Prior to joining SWN, Holly worked for Alvarez & Marsal Performance Improvement, a global professional services firm that provides turnaround management, corporate restructuring and performance improvement for companies and stakeholders. While there, she led the IT change management for a new headquarters effort, assisted with the implementation of a drilling and well data software solution, and supported project management activities for a Single Sign-on implementation. Holly earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Texas A&M International. While there, she received a Certificate in International Studies and studied abroad in Chambéry, France. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing from Texas A&M. Ms. Herrera lives in Houston, where she enjoys running and playing tennis in her spare time.
Mr. Jason Kappel is currently a Director of Strategy at Brierley+Partners, where he is responsible for the development of client-specific customer loyalty solutions and program strategies. Previously, he was in a similar role with LoyaltyOne Consulting as an Associate Partner. Prior to his consulting roles, he was client side as the Director of CRM for GameStop, where he led customer analytics and development of CRM strategies and initiatives, as well as optimization of direct communication channels. His previous experience includes strategic, category, and database marketing roles spanning business-to-business and business-to-consumer disciplines. Jason began his marketing career with Sprint, focusing on the small business international voice market, and subsequently, enterprise data products. He went on to hold strategic and category marketing roles at Blockbuster. Subsequently, at Texas Instruments, and GameStop, his focus has been on leveraging data-driven insights to develop actionable strategies that enhance the customer experience and drive revenue. Jason earned Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in Marketing and Finance at Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, Secretary of the Class of 1990, and active in several organizations across campus. He received the Buck Weirus Spirit Award and remains a loyal Aggie supporter. Jason also earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1998. He lives in Plano, Texas, with his wife and their two children.
Mrs. Laura (Kiker) O’Brien is a Customer Insights Marketing Manager at Facebook. She identifies the needs of small and medium business advertisers and works with product, program and messaging teams to incorporate customer insights and feedback. Previously at Facebook, she worked in Customer Service, Customer Storytelling and Small and Medium Business Sales. Prior to Facebook, she was at Dell for three and a half years where she served as a Program Manager for Dell’s Marketing University team. Laura attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the Professional Program in Accounting. She graduated in May of 2014 with her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Marketing. Laura is married to Seth, a military and commercial pilot and most importantly, an Aggie! Fun fact: Seth has done a Blackhawk helicopter flyover at a Texas A&M football game! She enjoys being outdoors, cooking and traveling – she recently accomplished her goal of visiting 30 countries before she turned 30!
Mrs. Lauren Lamb is Vice President of Marketing at Informa Markets, a company that provides the foundation level of technology to improve marketing effectiveness and therefore commercial results. By maximizing the value of new platforms and how teams are supported by using them, she delivers on personalizing the customer experience, advancing marketing automation capabilities, and analyzing data to enable insightful decision making.
Previously as the Senior Product Manager at Brink’s, she was responsible for determining customers’ needs and desires, recommending the nature of scope of present and future product lines, and assessing market competition for multiple products. As the VP of Product at National Association of Expert Advisors®, Lauren drove innovative products within the company leading to business improvements and managed the product lifecycle in agile methodology with cross-functional teams. As the VP of Marketing at Light Bulb Deal, Lauren achieved positive gross operating margin 8 months after the company launch and increased revenue 32% month over month through the first year. She launched multiple sales channels resulting in customer acquisition, 100+ new accounts, and 15% positive ROI. In her role of Director of Product Management at Floor 22 Consulting, she focused on digital optimization for a variety of clients and provided solutions in the areas of conversion optimization, audience building, mobile development, strategy, platform development, and social media. At The Dallas Morning News, Lauren was responsible for all digital platforms across A. H. Belo’s newspapers as the Assistant Director of Digital Audience Development. Most notably, she led the company in the Subscriber Content initiative and launched the first successful paywall in a metro newspaper.
Lauren is a December 2008 graduate from Texas A&M University with a M.S. Marketing degree in addition to a May 2007 graduate with a B.B.A. Marketing degree. She resides with her family in Plano, Texas.
Ms. Rachel Logan is Manager, Operations Accounting with Magnolia Oil & Gas located in Houston, TX. Prior to this she was Manager, Operations Finance Group with Sanchez Energy. Rachel has both industry and public accounting experience. Immediately following graduation, she joined Ernst & Young, LLP as a Staff Associate in the firm’s Assurance Practice. While at EY, she worked on clients in a variety of industries, including Oil & Gas Services and Retail. After 3 years at EY, Rachel accepted a position at Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Here she held multiple roles in the Financial Reporting and Business Unit Analysis groups. Rachel graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Master of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Rachel lives in Houston, TX. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and running.
Mr. Tim Mixon is the VP of Marketing Programs for Q2, a financial technology company in Austin that makes online and mobile banking software for banks. He previously spent 10 years at Dell where he most recently led the company’s Marketing Talent & Capabilities team, helping marketers continue to build the skills required for Dell to compete in today’s fast-moving technology marketing industry. While at Dell, Tim led the company’s Marketing University, Social Media training and activation programs (SMaC U), the Marketing Rotation Program, MBA/MS-Marketing Internship program, Dell Talks, the Marketing Excellence series. With over 20 years of diverse marketing experience, Tim has been responsible for the breakout growth of businesses large and small. In prior positions at Dell, Tim was Director of Strategic Planning for Dell’s Large Enterprise Marketing organization, providing the right focus and marketing mix to drive $250M+ in sales pipeline for 6 consecutive quarters. In 5 years at Dell, Tim rebranded and launched the $6 Billion ProSupport portfolio of services, built Services Navigator to help sales people position and sell Dell’s portfolio of over 300 technology services, and in 2011, launched Dell Talks – a forum for executives and marketers to discuss key Dell technologies to deepen technical understanding. Prior to joining Dell, Tim was Executive Director of Marketing and Sales for Kaplan Medical in Los Angeles, and was co-founder and VP Marketing at Cloud B, now a $30M consumer products company. Tim also served as Executive Director Marketing for a pre-IPO software start-up in San Francisco that went public, and also spent 2 years in Osaka, Japan with Kumon Inc. driving the integration of five US-based Japanese subsidiaries into one US parent corporation. Tim earned a Master’s Degree from the Executive MBA program at the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Tim is an active member of the Marketing Sciences Institute, and the Institute for the Study of Business Markets. Tim is a husband, father, live music fan, volleyball coach, hiker and avid runner.
Mr. David A. Paradis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trillium Flow Technologies. Trillium, owned by the private equity firm First Reserve, is a global designer, manufacturer and aftermarket services provider of engineered valves and pumps used in energy and broader applications. Its portfolio of 15 established brands serves customers in the power generation, oil and gas, water, and wastewater, mining, and industrial sectors. Since 2012 Mr. Paradis has served in various top executive positions with Weir Flow Control. Prior to that, he spent twenty years with Tyco in various positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and management. His last position with Tyco was Director Global Sales & Marketing for Tyco Flow Control. In this role, he was responsible for managing all aspects of sales and marketing for Tyco Flow Control’s Pressure Management & Instrumentation Division. He has extensive experience in industrial sales and distribution, industrial brand management, global account management, strategy development and M&A activity. David has an MBA and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. David and his wife Lindsey have four children: Christina, Abigail, Andrew and Parker. They live in Stafford, Texas.
Ms. Tasha Proske is the HR Manager of Mozambique LNG for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, working a capital project that is one of the largest mega-projects in the world, and the largest project finance deal in Africa. The Mozambique LNG Project recently reached Final Investment Decision, a major milestone now and for the future, as Mozambique LNG employs thousands of people and has the ability to double the country’s GDP. Ms. Proske is responsible for leading a Human Resources team of over 50 professionals who enable all people aspects of supporting the Mozambique LNG Project, including workforce planning, recruiting, total rewards, global mobility and immigration, onboarding, training, and talent development. Tasha supports the Project SVPs and VPs across the Houston, UK, Italy, Singapore, and Mozambique offices, and is also responsible for directing the advancement for centralized HR function planning and organization readiness to be able to allow the Project to effectively progress on schedule. Previous roles at Anadarko include HR Manager of Corporate Services, where she served the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer on the Executive Committee. She has also held roles as HR Business Partner for Worldwide Projects, University Relations, and Leadership Strategy & Development managing the performance management process, specialized leadership academies, employee development, 360s, coaching, talent, and succession planning. Prior to Anadarko, she was the Operations Manager for the Southwest region for Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC, and managed staffing, recruiting, compensation, performance management, financials and operations. Tasha has international business and educational experiences in China, England, and Italy, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing with concentration in international business in 2003. She obtained her Master of Science in Marketing with an emphasis in consulting and services from Texas A&M in December 2004, and in her free time enjoys traveling the world and being outside with her two little girls, Bella and Scarlett.
Mrs. Meagan Ranallo is Director, Global Enterprise Shared Services, with Alvarez & Marsal. Mrs. Ranallo holds a greenbelt in Lean / Six Sigma. Most recently, she is working for a professional services firm implementing shared services for back office functions. Other representative consulting projects Mrs. Ranallo has completed include: 1) Assessed and re-engineered revenue forecasting process and tools for a healthcare management company. In addition to process redesign and developing the future state solution, Mrs. Ranallo led the change management and training work streams. 2) She served as a Project manager for a $25bn fully integrated energy company working for the business performance improvement team. Initiatives included implementing an extended forecast for 10 key assets, improving budget and plan phasing/accuracy, and implementing enhancements to headcount forecasting. 3) A $ 700M+ accounts receivable and collections initiative for the City of Houston. Her responsibilities included building financial reports, data management, and future state planning. Mrs. Ranallo earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Marketing and Business Honors from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in 2010. She earned an MS-Marketing degree from Texas A&M University in 2011. In her free time Meagan enjoys traveling and playing golf with her husband, Marcus.
Mrs. Kelly Stallings is in Internal Audit for Waste Management, Inc, previously serving as a Director of Innovation and Business Optimization. In between those two positions, she was the Director of Communications and Organizational Change Management for Columbia Pipeline Group. She is Founder and CEO of Life is Mental, a behavioral company that publishes and promotes self-help training books and CDs using a cognitive behavioral formula she developed. Kelly’s company has published several Life is Mental titles and produced several Life is Mental audio products. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and maintained a private behavioral health practice that spanned the major cities in Texas as well Denver and Aurora in Colorado. She closed her private practice in 2005 to focus her attention on process efficiency and business development for FlatRateFax as CEO. Professionally, Kelly is dedicated to serving in capacities that support women in business. Kelly has served on the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners Houston Chapter and on the Federation of Houston Professional Women’s board. She has served on the Federation of Houston Professional Women’s Advisory Council and Government Affairs Committee for the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has also served on the University of Houston Bauer College of Business Small Business Development Center Advisory Board. Kelly lives in Pearland, Texas, with her husband and their three children.
Mr. K. Todd Storch is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Gratitude & Grace Consulting, a strategic and leadership development firm. In 2010, following the loss of his oldest daughter Taylor, Todd left a successful career in strategic consulting to pursue his God-given passion to promote organ donation and help others. He served as co-founder and President of Taylor’s Gift Foundation until 2014, building an award winning 501c3 non-profit. In 2012 Taylor’s Gift Foundation was named “Best New Charity in the Nation,” from the largest philanthropic awards program in the nation and is currently helping organ donor families across the US with their Legacy Gift program and also currently providing high school seniors with college scholarships in a partnership with Nike Merchandising. Todd actively speaks to thousands across the country, inspiring participants to embrace the “Outlive Yourself” spirit and share the beauty of being an organ donor. He and his wife Tara wrote about their journey in their book, Taylor’s Gift. The book was awarded “Most Inspirational Book of 2014” by New York’s Books for a Better Life. Todd has more than twenty years of experience as a senior executive in radio and digital media sales, and extensive experience helping companies build their digital and interactive divisions. Prior to Taylor’s Gift, Todd served as Vice President of The Center for Sales Strategy, where he provided management consulting services to broadcast television, radio, cable, digital, and newspaper clients nationally. Todd and his wife Tara were featured in the People Magazine feature, “Heroes Among Us,” honoring them for the work they are doing across the country, and in 2018 were guests on TBN’s Mike Huckabee’s program. Todd is active in his local community and church. He holds an accounting degree from Texas A&M University and was a leader in Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and member of CBA Fellows with Mays Business School. Todd and his wife Tara have been keynote speakers at Texas Aggie Muster ceremonies in Arkansas and Texas. Todd has been an active participant in endurance sports, having completed his first Ironman at 2007s, Coeur d’Alene, multiple Half Ironman triathlons and four marathons, including the 2006 New York City Marathon. He is husband to Tara (‘91) and an involved dad who enjoys spending time with his son Ryan (a student at A&M) and daughter Peyton (a high school student planning on a nursing career). Todd continues to live out and share his grandfather’s wisdom that inspired him, “It isn’t what happens to you that matters, but how you react to it that does.”
Twitter/social media: @ktoddstorch