Two graduates from Texas A&M’s business school are among the 2014 Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University.

James A. Mayo Jr. '70

James A. “Jim” Mayo Jr. ’70 received a bachelor’s in management from Texas A&M. He enjoyed a successful career in banking and is the retired chairman/CEO of Alice Bancshares Inc. He is a Past Chair of The Association of Former Students Board of Directors and a past chair of the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees. An active A&M Club volunteer, he has served as president of both the Laredo and Brush County A&M Clubs, and served on Texas A&M’s Vision 2020 Task Force. He has funded two endowed scholarships, an opportunity award and is an Endowed Century Club donor to The Association of Former Students. His generosity to Texas A&M has earned him recognition as a member of the Legacy Society at the Texas A&M Foundation. He has served on numerous bank boards, the board of directors for the Texas Bankers Association and many civic and philanthropic boards. He has three children.

Charles A. “Chuck” Ellison ’76, received a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s JAG Corps and is managing shareholder of the Ellison Firm in Brazos County. He was named the 2013 Texas Aggie Bar Association Aggie Lawyer of the Year, is Past Chair of The Association of Former Students Board of Directors and a founding trustee of the Texas A&M University System PAC. At Texas A&M, he was a company commander and a Ross Volunteer. He and his wife, Tedi, are Endowed Century Club donors to The Association of Former Students and have provided gifts to the 12th Man Foundation and the Texas A&M Foundation. Ellison served on the Vision 2020 Mid-Term Review Committee and has been an active volunteer in the Bryan/College Station community including the Chamber of Commerce, Hospice, United Way and the Boy Scouts of America. Ellison has two daughters and two grandchildren.

Charles A. Ellison '76

Another Distinguished Alumnus, Charlie W. Seely Jr. ’55, is tied to Mays through his receipt of the Aggie 100, award, which spotlights the fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led companies. Seely is a U.S. Army veteran, an independent oil and gas producer, president of Seely Oil Co. and chairman of three companies that manufacture plastic products.

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