Mays Business School at Texas A&M University recently honored three outstanding alumni to recognize their contributions to the college and to their community.

This year, David Baggett ’81, Cindy Taylor ’84 and Gregg Matte ’92 — all from the Houston area — were given the Mays Outstanding Alumni Award.

(L to R) 2011 Mays Business School Outstanding Alumni Gregg Matte '92, Cindy Taylor '84 and David Baggett '81
(L to R) 2011 Mays Business School Outstanding Alumni Gregg Matte ’92, Cindy Taylor ’84 and David Baggett ’81 (view more photos)

Each year, Mays Business School honors graduates who have led lives exemplifying traits they learned at Texas A&M, such as loyalty, integrity, excellence, leadership, selfless service and respect. Aggies are introduced to these values upon their arrival as freshmen, they are reminded of their meaning upon receipt of their Aggie Rings and they are shown their enduring power with connections after they graduate.

Recipients of the award come from different backgrounds, industries, generations and career paths, but they all have one thing in common—they live a life of distinction and service to their jobs, families, community and alma mater.

Gregg Matte’s imprint on the university he loves lives on in the hearts and souls of thousands. He started a Bible study in 1989 with just a few students gathered in his apartment. Fifteen years later, the small group became Breakaway Ministries — a weekly gathering of thousands of students in Reed Arena. Matte has moved on to lead Houston’s First Baptist Church, which has 25,000 members. Matte also is an author, writing Finding God’s Will: Seek Him, Know Him, Take the Next Step and another book due out in spring 2012.

David Baggett’s time at Texas A&M was short — he graduated in only two years — but not any less meaningful. He graduated in 1981 with a BBA in accounting, and started with Deloitte & Touche, becoming the youngest partner in the history of the firm when he was promoted to partner at the age of 29. In 2005 he founded Opportune, an energy consulting firm that was ranked fourth in 2010 in the Aggie 100, which recognizes the fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world.

Cindy Taylor graduated from the business school in December 1983 and moved to Houston to start a career in public accounting, quickly gaining exposure to the energy industry. She is now the president, chief executive officer and a director of Oil States International, Inc., a diversified oilfield services company that trades on the NYSE. She is one of only 26 female CEOs in the Fortune 1000 and is director of Tidewater Inc., a global provider of vessels servicing the oil and gas industry.

The recipients were honored at a banquet at the Zone Club at Texas A&M.