Many of the 950 Mays Business School undergraduate students who will receive degrees on Saturday will enter the workforce to pursue management positions, work for firms of their choosing or begin graduate school. Some have chosen the path less traveled and are embarking on journeys unique to their time spent at Texas A&M University.

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Management Information Systems (MIS) major Andres Bustos, has completed college with most of his immediate family living in Ecuador. Although he is not classified as an international student, this made his college experience different from that of students who could go home during breaks. But this did not stop him from contributing to Texas A&M University through many leadership roles, including Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow SLOT Conference, Startup Aggieland, Fish Camp, Abbott Family Leadership Conference, Study Abroad in Barcelona, Business Student Council, and as a Mays Communication Lab Portfolio Consultant. He was also a recipient of the Martha L. Loudder Medal of Excellence and will graduate with Cum Lade honors.

Additionally, during the four months before graduation, Bustos launched a new recruiting event: The new Leadership Initiative Conference (LINC), which offers admitted but not committed high school seniors the opportunity to visit Mays Business School, experience leadership teachings from some of Mays’ leading faculty, and stay overnight on campus with current students. The LINC Conference set a foundation of excellence and for many years to come will continue to show future Aggies how Mays Business School will develop them into business leaders.

Bustos not only contributed to the A&M experience, he benefited from it as well. After interning with Shell he accepted a full-time offer and will begin his employment soon after graduation.

Finance major Colby Maynard spent his last fall as an undergraduate student studying abroad at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. The day before his flight he found a private-housing opportunity with a local 66-year-old woman named Hanne who helped him view the world through a different lens. Maynard, a Texas native, took advantage of his time and fully embedded himself into his host country in order to gain valuable insight and knowledge into other cultures. Hanne came to College Station to watch him graduate and the pair will travel around Texas together. For Maynard, this is just the beginning of his travels. He plans to join either the Marines or the Army.

Marketing major Carlin Rhea has been recognized as one of the top retail students at Mays for her involvement and high academics. She has been the recipient of many scholarships and awards including a M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar, and a member of the Student Retailing Association, Aggieland Outfitters Ambassador Board and Gamma Phi Beta. She is on track to graduate Magna Cum Laude.

During her time at Mays she travelled to New York City twice with the Center for Retailing Studies and will be returning there after graduation to work in the Macy’s Merchandising Group. She is the third Aggie in four years to join MMG and move to New York City – helping build a strong network of Aggies working in retail there.


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, business, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.