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 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 27 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. 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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