Mr. Charlie Adams is the Founder Growth Officer at CS Drake International. The company focuses on growing businesses throughout the world by consulting with the management team or taking an equity interest. 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.
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.
Mrs. Yvonne Y. Bourquin is a global product consultant with Dell Technologies where she is responsible for joint messaging and technical 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 was born and raised in Arlington, TX the son of two high school teachers. After graduating from Mansfield High School he graduated from Texas A&M in 2003 with his BBA, and in 2004 with his MS in Marketing. He began his professional career with BP as a gas station manager in Chicago as part of an early experience program in the Fuels division. He moved back to Texas in 2008, joining the Houston-based NGL group where he held various roles across the Marketing and Trading teams before becoming the Executive Assistant to the CEO of North American Gas and Power in 2015. He returned to NGLs as VP of Operations in 2017, overseeing all transportation and storage logistics for the group and taking on all safety and product quality accountabilities. Outside of work, Justin enjoys live music, whiskey and spending time with his wife of five years and eighteen-month old baby daughter.
Ms. Lauren Engebretson is a Senior Portfolio Marketing Manager in the Global Software Product Marketing Group at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (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 Synergy, the fastest growing sever division at HPE. On a personal note, Lauren’s hobbies include paddle boarding, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. She lives in Leander with her three children.
Mr. Hans George is retired from NIKE, Inc. after a storied 24 year career in Product Creation and Product Merchandising. In his last role as Vice President of Global Socks Product Creation, Hans led 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. Previous roles in Apparel Product Creation included the Jordan Brand, NIKE Basketball, Sportswear, and Tee Shirts, and previous roles in Product Merchandising included Sportswear, Cross Category, and 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 also serves on the University of Oregon Sports Product Management Advisory Board. Hans resides in Portland, OR and spends his spare time enjoying the Pacific Northwest and travelling the world with his wife Selina of 28 years (Aggie class of ’91) & their two daughters Veronica & Marissa.
Mr. Sterling Hayman is the founder and co-owner of an advertising agency, Recreation Dallas, servicing clients like 7-Eleven, American Airlines, PWC, United Dairy Farmers and ACE Cash Express. 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. In his spare time, he enjoys happy hours, politics and storm chasing. Never combined.
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 a senior marketing leader in the areas of Customer Engagement, Loyalty, and CRM. Most recently he was Director of Strategy at Brierley+Partners, where he led the development of customer loyalty solutions and program strategies for Fortune 1000 clients. Previously, he was in a similar role with LoyaltyOne Consulting as an Associate Partner. Before transitioning to consulting, 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 at Texas Instruments, Blockbuster, and Sprint. 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. 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. As the largest tradeshow organizer in the world, Lauren’s role is to maximize 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 to enable the creation of global platforms for industries, specialist markets and customers to trade, innovate, and grow. 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.
Mrs. Laura O’Brien leads Sales and Marketing Innovation for Small Business in North America at Facebook. Her team’s mission is to change the way the Small Business Group at Facebook works through rapid exploration and testing of sales pilots that drive mid and long-term revenue, activate and retain advertisers and develop a strong value prop for the Facebook family of apps. She identifies the needs of small business advertisers and works with business development, channel marketing and product management teams to incorporate customer insights and feedback. Her previous roles at Facebook have included: Customer Service, Customer Advocacy and Advertising 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. She is on the children’s ministry team at LifeAustin Church and is an active member of the Austin community. Laura graduated from the Professional Program of Accounting at Texas A&M University 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 two Blackhawk helicopter flyovers at Kyle Field! When she’s not spoiling her two dogs, Ellie and Rudder (named after Earl Rudder), she enjoys being outdoors, gardening, cooking and traveling.
Mr. David Paradis has been Chief Executive Officer of Trillium Flow Technologies since June of 2019 when with First Reserve, he took the $500m revenue business private. The company consists of 11 manufacturing locations in seven countries. Before his current role, David was with The Weir Group PLC as Divisional President, Flow Control. Earlier in his time at Weir, he was President of their $1B revenue Pressure Pumping business based in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to Weir, David spent 22 years with Tyco International in various roles of increasing responsibility that included Global Product Manager, Director Sales & Marketing, and Regional Vice President. David has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Texas A&M University. He lives in Pearland, Texas with his wife Lindsey and has four children.
Ms. Tasha Proske is the Vice President of Human Resources for Newpark Resources, an organization who sets industry standards in water-based drilling fluids and advanced-composite matting systems, reporting to the CEO. In this role she is responsible for global, centralized Human Resources functions including Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards (Executive Compensation, Compensation, Benefits), HR Records & Administration, Payroll, Talent Management, Compliance, Corporate Communications, and Contractor Management. Prior to this role, Ms. Proske was the HR Manager of Mozambique LNG for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, working a $20 billion dollar capital project for one of the largest mega-projects in the world, and the largest project finance deal in Africa. The Mozambique LNG Project reached Final Investment Decision while Ms. Proske served in this role, a major milestone now and for the future for the country of Mozambique. In this role, Ms. Proske was responsible for leading a Human Resources team of over 65 professionals who enabled all people aspects of supporting the Project, including workforce planning, recruiting, total rewards, global mobility and immigration, onboarding, training, and talent development. Tasha supported the Project SVPs and VPs across Houston, the UK, Italy, Singapore, and Mozambique, and was also responsible for directing the advancement for centralized HR function planning and organization readiness to allow the Project to maintain schedule. Previous roles at Anadarko included HR Manager of Corporate Services, where she served the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer on the Executive Committee and managed Employee Relations & Compliance. She also held roles as an HR Business Partner, managed the performance management process, and specialized in leadership and employee development including 360s, coaching, and succession planning. Prior to Anadarko, she was the Operations Manager for the Southwest region for Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC, and before that a consultant who served clients across industries. 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 family – soon-to-husband, Michael, daughters, Bella and Scarlett, and soon-to-be stepdaughters, Madison and Madalyn.
Mrs. Meagan Ranallo is Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Dallas, Tx. Mrs. Ranallo holds a greenbelt in Lean Six Sigma and is PROSCI Change Management certified. Currently Mrs. Ranallo is leading the day to day shared services operations of a $2 billion professional services firm. Including budget, forecasting, staffing, compensation, vendor management, procurement, etc. She also works on high profile projects leading change management and the business side of project management. Recently, implementing Workday Payroll and ISO27001 for the organization. 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 spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Mr. K. Todd Storch is currently CEO of Five Star Global, the digital publishing platform leader for trade associations, currently serving the U.S. residential mortgage, real estate and mid-market mergers and acquisitions industries.Todd has over 25 years of business management and consulting experience in bringing digital and interactive initiatives to fruition through leadership, strategic alliances, processes, and technologies in industries such as media and entertainment. His domain experience in sales and marketing ensures go-to-market strategies and operational plans for profitable growth are not only in alignment, but achievable. Todd was the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Ministry Brands where he was responsible for providing leadership, management, and operational plans for post-acquisition alignment of brands under the Ministry umbrella. He’s also held roles as CEO of Kindrid, Co-Founder and President of Taylor’s Gift, and senior consulting roles at The Center for Sales Strategy. He began his career in accounting at Arthur Andersen. Todd holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas A&M. He served as co-founder and President of Taylor’s Gift Foundation until 2014, building an award winning 501c3 non-profit focused on organ donation following the loss of his oldest daughter Taylor, that now continues at the Outlive Yourself Foundation. His additional volunteer work also includes advisory board positions for the Smart City and Coppell Arts Center Foundation where he serves in Executive leadership roles. He and his wife of 27 years, Tara are the authors of the New York Times best seller Taylor’s Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope. They have three children and are learning their new phase of life as empty nesters with two kids in college.
Twitter/Social Media: @ktoddstorch