A red chair was a key player in the 17th annual Women in Information Technology Conference, held March 4 in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus. The conference is hosted by the Center for the Management of Information Systems (CMIS) at Mays Business School. The theme, “Big Data,” focused on the variety of data collected, processed and analyzed in our world today, as well as the consumer perspective, such as reward programs generated from data collection.redchair2

The attendees were encouraged to find ways to promote women in technology. The red chair was unveiled at the front of the room as a symbol inviting men and women to “sit” and acknowledge the need for more diversity in technology. In addition, CMIS engaged student volunteers this year to assist in the Hour of Code at the elementary through high school levels in the Brazos Valley.

In attendance were about 144 people, a mix of current students from Texas A&M, Blinn College, Prairie View A&M, Tarleton State, MIS professionals and CMIS advisory board members. CMIS board members sponsoring various aspects of the event included Exabyte Members – ConocoPhillips, GM, HP, Noble Energy, Phillips 66 and Shell; Petabyte Members – Anadarko, Chevron, ExxonMobil, National Instruments, PwC and USSA; Terabyte Members – Charles Schwab, Deloitte, Marathon Oil and Southwest Airlines; and WIT Conference Sponsor Goldman Sachs.

After a welcome by Robin Starnes, director of CMIS, and Rich Metters, chair of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Alyssa Michalke kicked off the day discussing her journey to becoming the first female Corps Commander at Texas A&M.

Three keynote presentations were given:

  • “Thanks for Listening” by John Krajicek, executive professor and assistant director of communication studies at Mays;
  • “Your Data and Customer Loyalty Programs” by Kristen Dearing, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales Alliances, Brierley and Partners;
  • “The Future of Advanced Analytics with Big Data” by Neera Talbert, director of Microsoft.

A panel of CMIS board members and former MIS students discussed “Women’s Strengths in Business.” Panel members were Victoria Blessing ’14 of Texas A&M; Lauren Dillon of Deloitte; Jennifer Hohman of ConocoPhillips; Renee Schroeder ’86 of Charles Schwab; Pamela Jones ’02 of General Motors; and Kayla Cermack ’10 of Southwest Airlines.

CMIS provided scholarships to three Texas A&M students during the conference. Photography throughout the day was provided by students in the Texas A&M Photography Club, Vision Inspired. Numerous prizes and gift cards were awarded to attendees, donated by CC Creations, Barnes & Noble, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Noble Energy, Phillips66, Smoothie King, Southwest Airlines and CMIS.

Officers from the Texas A&M student organization Women in IT worked with other MIS students, faculty and staff to plan the event.


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 6,000 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.







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Startup Aggieland’s TriFusion Devices will compete in the 2016 Rice Business Plan Competition April 14-16 at Rice University in Houston.

The team will compete with top universities for more than $1 million in prizes in four categories: Life sciences; information technology/web/mobile; energy/clean technology/sustainability and other. The team with the best investment opportunity will win $450,000, including seed funding and the opportunity to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ Marketsite.

Teams will also compete for $5,000 in the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the RBPC Awards Banquet on April 16.

TriFusion Devices, cofounded by Blake Teipel and Brandon Sweeney, Ph.D. candidates in Materials Science and Engineering, has developed customizable 3D printed prosthetic leg devices. MBA student Britton Eastburn also joined the team.

Since spring 2015, the team has taken top honors in multiple competitions, winning first place at CNVE’s Raymond Ideas Challenge, the inaugural SEC Pitch Competition in Atlanta and at the Baylor Business Plan Competition in February 2016.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through 1 p.m. April 16 at https://apps.facebook.com/rbpc-polls/form/rbpc2016.

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Marketing Professor Leonard Berry’s research article “Managing the Clues in Cancer Care” was recently published by the Journal of Oncology Practice. The paper provides a framework recommended for cancer centers to implement in order to improve their services.

It was written in collaboration with Dr. Joseph O. Jacobson, chief quality officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Brad Stuart, chief executive officer of Advanced Care Innovation Strategies (ACIStrategies.com) in Forestville, Calif., and chief medical officer of Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC.org)

The article outlines the importance of managing certain clues that act as stimuli to patients, eliciting either positive or negative emotions. These clues – identified as functional, mechanic and humanic – involve the perceived technical quality of the service, tangible aspects of the facility itself and the ability of the employees to interact effectively with the patients, respectively. Managing these clues well can make a frightening and emotional service experience much more positive in the eyes of the patient.

Berry is a University Distinguished Professor of  Marketing at Mays Business School and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. He has been an influential voice in the marketing and healthcare industries for many years. His research at Mayo Clinic and other high-performing healthcare facilities have translated into 10 books and extensive research on healthcare services. As a marketing professor at Mays Business School, Berry founded the Center for Retailing Studies and earned many awards, including Distinguished Achievement Awards in both teaching and research and the Lifetime Achievement Award at Mays.

For the full paper, go https://mays.tamu.edu/research/managing-the-clues-in-cancer-care/


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Evan Loomis ’03 is no stranger to the challenges of raising startup capital. In 2010 he co-founded TreeHouse, a sustainable home improvement store based in Austin, Texas. The concept of a green “Home Depot” had first occurred to him as a passing thought while skiing in Colorado with a friend. But only after he raised $18 million did TreeHouse become a reality.


“Raising capital is one of the most difficult challenges faced by today’s entrepreneurs,” Loomis told Mays Business School students in a private-equity class. Loomis’ own experience working with investors was a process of trial and error, with as many failures as successes. “It takes a lot of courage to conceive an idea and then go raise money,” he said.

Loomis received a bachelor’s in business administration from Texas A&M University in 2003. Before cofounding TreeHouse, he spent two years as an analyst at CITIGROUP and served for two years at chief operating officer at the Wedgewood Circle, LLC.

Now, in addition to serving on the board of TreeHouse, Loomis is vice president of Corinthian Health Services, a mentor with TechStars, a venture partner at Praxis Labs and founder of Tradecraft. Recently, he co-wrote a book with Evan Baehr, Get Backed, which aims to help entrepreneurs build their perfect pitch book and raise money from business angels and venture capital firms.

Drawing on his experience navigating the waters of private equity, he shared his top 10 takeaways with Mays students.

  • Get your ideas out of your head and build a killer pitch deck. Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch.
  • Know your funding targets: angel groups, angel investors, incubators, accelerator, venture capital, friends and family.
  • Adopt the 20x Rule. Practice your presentation to potential investors at least 20 times.
  • Raise friends, not cash. Computers network, but humans build relationships.
  • Answer the HUMAN questions first. Do I like you? Do I trust you? Do I want to invest?
  • Become a storyteller. Share what led you to develop the business idea.
  • Follow up with (extreme) gratitude. Handwritten thank you notes are a must. Gifts are a wild card. They should be appropriate and specific to discussions you have with potential investors.
  • Take a sip of water. Asking people for money is very difficult. After you ask for the money, take a sip of water to avoid saying something out of anxiousness.
  • Think like a spy. Read books on the CIA rather than sales books.
  • Have grit. Be prepared to have an unbelievable amount of meetings. “If you have a cool idea, prepare to meet with 100 potential investors,” Loomis explained. “Of those, 25 may show interest. You may get only 10 to invest. But getting the 100 meetings is really hard. Most founders fail here. They treat investors as transactional.”

Loomis encouraged the students. “I was literally in your chair 10 years ago. I had no idea about entrepreneurship. But there are two pathways: 1) You can work for others. 2) You can create jobs for solving real problems in the world,” he said. “When you’re an entrepreneur, you have the opportunity to create the future. I would love to see more Aggies start companies.”

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gI_67033_Shelly BrenckmanShelly Brenckman, marketing coordinator at Texas A&M University’s Startup Aggieland, was named the 2015 International Brand Master, announced competition sponsor, Educational Marketing Group, Inc. (EMG) http://www.emgonline.com. This international award, now in its seventh year, is presented annually to an exemplary educational brand manager. Brenckman took top honors for her ability to create a story-centered brand while utilizing creative and traditional marketing techniques with zero dollars in the marketing budget.

Startup Aggieland, powered by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, keeps Brenckman busy as the only full-time staff member in the 1 1/2 employee program. She developed the name of the program and brand identity through strategic story telling techniques. In addition, she utilized guerilla marketing, event promotion, social media platforms, and media releases. Brenckman collaborated with Texas A&M’s Marketing & Communications division to get their support for distribution and to amplify Startup Aggieland’s message with their own media releases. She worked with campus publications to help spread the word about Texas A&M’s student startups and accelerator, including Aggiebound magazine for future students and their parents, and The Battalion student daily.

One of the first things that Brenckman did was to organize a stylish photo shoot to showcase Startup Aggieland students as part of its branding. These photos helped the brand have a consistent theme throughout all digital and print materials so it would be easily recognizable and stand out. The brand was also promoted using t-shirt marketing, event/mobile app marketing, and giveaways Brenckman carefully protects the Startup Aggieland brand so it is not overused and maintains its mystique. She also has utilized popup banners to promote Startup Aggieland’s academic partners and sponsors, as well as the brand itself.

“When I think of Startup Aggieland, I think of Shelly,” said Rodney Hill, presidential professor, former assistant dean, and founding board member of Startup Aggieland. “She helped raise it from an idea, nourished it to where it is a nationally-recognized business accelerator for students, and now faculty, too. During her involvement with Startup Aggieland, the three-year-old program has been showcased at the White House in Washington D.C. and students in the program have earned many awards at international pitch competitions. Shelly is the marketing soul of Startup Aggieland, having come up with the name and brand identity.”

Brenckman competed against two other strong finalists to win top honors in the International Brand Master competition. Katie Kempf, alumnae relations and special events, Ursuline Academy, St. Louis, Missouri, and Johanna Lowe, head of marketing, communications, and engagement, University of Sydney, Australia, were runners up. Brenckman competed with an initial field of seven exceptional nominees, five of whom hailed from the United States, one from Australia, and one from United Kingdom.

“We are honored to recognize Shelly Brenckman’s outstanding marketing skills. She conceived the Startup Aggieland brand and produced extraordinary results while working as the sole full-time staff member, making her a standout in the competition,” said Bob Brock, EMG president.

Colleagues in education branding will be able to hear more from Brenckman, as EMG will honor her success with a series of interviews during the coming months.

More information on the 2015 International Brand Master and Startup Aggieland, can be found at http://emgonline.com/ibm-award/past-awards/2015-master/.

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Shelly Brenckman wears many hats at Startup Aggieland as the facility’s only full-time employee since May 2013. Although her title at Startup Aggieland is marketing coordinator, she also serves as a mentor, event planner and office manager with some responsibility for managing student workers and representing Startup Aggieland at outside events. She helps Assistant Director Don Lewis with strategic planning, creating new programming and developing related course curriculum. In particular, her work focuses on donor development, sponsor and speaker recruitment, and recruitment of mentors and new student entrepreneurs. As marketing coordinator, Shelly is the webmaster and social media manager, as well as the mobile app manager. She creates all branding for Startup Aggieland and communicates the facility’s story both internally and externally through print, radio, social media and gorilla marketing. As a mentor, Shelly has advised nearly every student venture launching from Startup Aggieland and some that never became official clients. She also has advised former students and remote-learning students in other states. Shelly connects student startups with funding and board members by tapping her extensive network of alumni, administrators and CEOs. Shelly manages the 44-bed Dormcubator on campus, a residential program for freshmen and sophomores that is operated by Startup Aggieland as a Startup Living Learning Community. She teaches MGMT 289: Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Mays Business School, a multi-disciplinary course for Dormcubator students.

The International Brand Master award was established in 2009 to bring recognition to the outstanding work of extraordinary educational brand marketing professionals from around the world. Since then, EMG received nominations from countries including Portugal, Belgium, Scotland, Netherlands, Australia, England, Canada, and the United States. This year, a blue-ribbon panel of volunteer international judges from the United States, Ireland, and England reviewed supporting materials provided by the nominees. Nominees were asked to provide responses to a number of questions related to their brand’s strategy, tactics, and provide results as well as provide several letters of support from colleagues. The judges narrowed the pool of seven nominees to three distinguished finalists. Two from the United States, Shelly Brenckman, Texas A&M University’s Startup Aggieland, and Katie Kempf, Ursuline Academy, and one from Australia, Johanna Lowe, University of Sydney. Votes to determine the winner among the three finalists were cast by brand stakeholders and fellow branding professionals from around the world. Over 120 individuals voted from around the world. The winner was chosen by a combination of public votes and the judges’ scores. For more information see: http://emgonline.com/ibm-award/.

This year’s judging panel included:

  •     Elizabeth Allen: Director of Online Communications at the American School in London in London, United Kingdom
  •     Jennifer Collins: Grants Administrator at SEAL Legacy Foundation in Virginia, United States
  •     Eilis O’Brien: Director of Communication and Marketing at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland
  •     Seth Odell: 2013 International Brand Master Winner and Vice President of Creative and Marketing Strategy at Helix Education in Utah, United States
  •     Dr. David Peck: 2014 International Brand Master Winner and Vice President of University Relations at Azusa Pacific University in California, United States
  •     Kay Zimmerman: Associate Vice Provost Marketing & Partnership Development and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Outreach & Entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University DELTA in North Carolina, United States
  •     Travis Brock: Chair of the 2015 International Brand Master Award committee, and Director of Business Development and Social Media for Educational Marketing Group, Inc. in Colorado, United States (replacement judge)

EMG is a full-service, integrated brand development and marketing agency that provides custom-tailored research, brand development, creative, development, new media services, and media services for universities throughout North America. Headquartered in Parker, Colorado, the company was established in 1997 and has operated in the higher education arena exclusively for 19 years. Clients have included Colorado Community College System, North Carolina State University, Washington State University, Virginia Tech, Cal Poly, Dalhousie University, University of Victoria, University of Colorado, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Wyoming, and many others. More information can be found at http://www.emgonline.com.

  • written by Educational Marketing Group

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The Professional MBA program at Mays Business School moved up among its peers in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Mays is ranked 30th overall among part-time MBA programs and 18th among public universities, up from 32nd and 21st in 2015.

The 22-month program is designed as a “working professional” program for people with at least two years of professional experience who want to expand their knowledge and advance their careers in business.

The Mays Professional MBA program launched in the fall of 2012 at Houston’s CityCentre and has made a mark in graduate business education in a short time. Former students report significant career impact as a result of their experience in the Professional MBA program – either new responsibilities, an internal or external job change, or promotion.

Michael Alexander, director of the Professional MBA program, said the reputation of Texas A&M and Mays Business School has helped created a virtuous cycle in the program. “Our program attracts highly competent and engaged professionals looking to grow their business acumen and grow their impact on their company,” he said. “Our current and former students then make a positive impact on their organizations, and on the world, through increased skills, broadened perspectives and more effective leadership.”

He said the competitive advantages of the Mays program are the Aggie Network and the Aggie culture. “Our students self-select into a powerful culture and extend that culture within their cohort, within themselves, and in their careers,” he said.

Since 2014, the Professional MBA program has consistently ranked in the top 25 public university “part-time MBA” rankings according to U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

“Our program is highly thought of by our peer universities as well as our students, graduates and their employers,” Alexander said. “Those opinions are our highest honor.”

To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program needed to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and have at least 20 students enrolled in fall 2015; 296 of the nation’s 344 part-time MBA programs met those criteria and were included in this ranking.

U.S. News & World Report is the only publication that ranks the Mays program. It is based on five factors:

  • Average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school’s overall score)
  • Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2015 (15 percent). At Mays, both GMAT and GRE scores are considered if an MBA program reports both, which allows consideration of the admissions test scores of the entire entering class.
  • Average undergraduate GPA of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2015 (5 percent)
  • Work experience of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2015 (15 percent)
  • The percentage of the business school’s fall 2015 MBA enrollment that is part time (15 percent)

The statistical data were collected in fall 2015 and early 2016.


Categories: Mays Business, MBA, News, Programs, Rankings, Texas A&M

The Full-Time MBA program at Mays Business School maintained its place with an elite group of colleges in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Mays is ranked 31st nationally – ahead of other top universities – and is in the Top 12 public universities. The ranking, released Wednesday, was based on data for the class that graduated in December of 2014 and the class that matriculated in July of 2015.

The Mays program has long been considered a leader in academics and in return on investment. The accelerated pace of the three semester Full-Time MBA program and Mays’ commitment to providing competitive scholarship awards result in a high-caliber MBA experience at an affordable cost. The Full-Time MBA Program is offered at Texas A&M University’s main campus in College Station.

Shannon Deer, director of the Full-Time MBA program, said the excellence of the Mays MBA program continues to be a point of pride and that the program is “constantly striving to move toward new heights.”

“Currently, we are focusing on developing innovative ways for our students to customize the program in a way that aligns with their ambitions, but still allows them to enter the job market earlier than their competition,” she said. “Our goal is for 100 percent of our students to secure internships they are excited about translating into long-term careers.”

The Mays program has consistently provided students with an outstanding MBA experience, with excellent employment results. “We know our competitive advantage has always been and will always be the Aggie Network and the culture of an Aggie, because no other school can replicate it.  Our former students are brilliant in the boardroom and willing to roll up their sleeves on the warehouse floor when needed, which we consistently hear from employers is why they come back to A&M, and why more employers are looking to A&M for MBAs.”

Mays has consistently performed well on other metrics used by the rankings agencies.  This year, the program’s average salary increased.  Additionally, the program improved in the assessment score given to the program by recruiters, mean GPA, and GMAT or GRE scores.  

In the 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of Full-Time MBA Programs, the Mays program ranked 22nd overall and 8th among U.S.-based public universities. Alumni ranked Mays 16th overall and 5th among U.S. public schools. Employers ranked Mays 24th overall and 10th among U.S. public schools. In placement rate, Mays ranked 4th overall and 2nd among U.S. public schools. Currently, 94 percent of Mays Full-Time MBA graduates attain jobs within three months of graduation.

In the 2015 Forbes “Best Business Schools” ranking, the Mays Full-Time MBA program was ranked 24th overall and 9th among U.S. public universities. The Forbes ranking reflects return on investment – the salary alumni earn over five years as compared to the cost of the MBA program.

Categories: Mays Business, MBA, News, Rankings, Texas A&M

By Claire Metzger ’17


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Matt Josefy and Troy Smith, doctoral students in the Department of Management at Mays Business School, received the 2016 Senator Phil Gramm Fellowship for excellence in research and teaching.

The Gramm Fellowship was created to recognize the unique Ph.D. students who excel not only in research or in teaching, but in both. Nominees can be submitted from all doctoral programs at Texas A&M University, and six students are chosen.

Gramm, a retired U.S. Senator, now operates Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C.

To be considered for the award, a nominee must display “outstanding mentoring skills and a reputation for ethical behavior” in their teaching and a “potential for scholarly impact” in their research, explained Laszlo Tihanyi, doctoral program coordinator in the Department of Management.

Tihanyi said he was proud that two students from Mays Business School were honored with this award, but said he was particularly delighted with the selection of Josefy and Smith. “Both Matt and Troy have been truly outstanding doctoral students in the Department of Management,” he said. Upon completion of the program, both will continue their teaching and research as assistant professors at Indiana University and the University of Nebraska.

Josefy holds a CFA charter and a CPA license, as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in financial management from Texas A&M.

Smith received an M.P.A. from the University of Georgia and two bachelor’s degrees from Utah State University – one in business and one in liberal arts and sciences. He said the faculty members at Mays have had a great impact on his academic journey. “The successes I have been privileged to enjoy over the past few years are a direct result of the high-caliber faculty in the Management Department,” he said.

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“We are problem solvers and path finders – we work with our clients to realize their full potential and to help them become high-performing businesses or governments”, Blake Pounds ’89 told Business Honors students at Mays Business School. “Examining symptoms, diagnosing the problem, prescribing a solution and working with a business to improve productivity and efficiency is what consulting is all about.” Pounds shared his experiences and observations about the field, and described how students can thrive in an industry that demands problem solving, flexibility and interpersonal skills.

Pounds, a 25-year veteran of the field, is currently the managing director of Accenture’s Houston office. Since completing his bachelor’s in finance from Texas A&M University and an MBA in international business from The University of Texas at San Antonio, he has worked continuously with Accenture. He also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

“I was attracted to consulting for three things: The opportunity to work with sharp people, the variety of the work and the continuous learning,” he explained. “You’re constantly learning and being challenged, and you’re always encouraged to grow – personally and professionally. These are the things that have kept me at Accenture for more than 25 years.”

At the Houston office, Pounds oversees 1,800 employees in five divisions – strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Under his leadership since 2013, the office has accelerated acquisition and recruiting efforts. Pounds has also been active in leading Accenture’s efforts to give back to the local community through its multiple Houston partnerships with organizations such as Genesys Works, Junior Achievement, KIPP and the Prisoner Entrepreneurship Program among others. “I like taking ideas, seeing an opportunity and working to grow it,” Pounds said of the progress of Accenture in Houston.

Throughout his career, Pounds has traveled to more than 30 countries, worked abroad on extended multi-year assignments to Mexico City and London, and gained experience working with clients in a variety of industries including financial services, chemicals, utilities and oil & gas. He shared his insights into how students can succeed in consulting.

  • Be comfortable with ambiguity

“The people I see struggling in this industry are those that don’t deal well with ambiguity,” he said. “These people want to be told exactly what to expect in any situation. But the folks who are successful are those that are confident and resourceful in any situation and say to themselves, ‘Wherever I am, I have the resources I need and my firm behind me, and we’ll be able to figure out any problem.’”

  • Work well with others

Pounds said consulting projects are similar to group projects in college courses, and that the team dynamics are not very different. “On a team, there are classic behaviors: someone who emerges as a leader, others who are hard workers and those who will contribute as required on specialist subjects. ” he said. Team-working is essential to the demands of the consulting industry.

  • Be digitally savvy

He shared advice for Aggies preparing for jobs: Stay abreast of digital technology. “Digital technology is changing so quickly, and it’s disrupting long-standing business models,” he said. “Staying up to speed is incredibly important, irrespective of what you study in school.”

His secret to success

Consulting is all about building relationships and partnering with the right people to solve problems, Pounds explained. No matter which industry, he believes that staying in touch with clients on a regular basis is crucial to success. “There can be a tendency to be opportunistic – only reaching out to a client when they have a problem,” he said. “But it is important to know your clients and to stay in touch with them, irrespective of whether there is a current opportunity. When the time comes when they have a challenging problem to solve, they’ll tend to call the person with whom they have an ongoing relationship based on mutual trust.”

Categories: Alumni, Business Honors, Executive Speakers, Former Students, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

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Anthony Bahr ’91 (left) and Jay Graham ’92 funded the Petroleum Ventures Program.

The business and engineering colleges at Texas A&M University are partnering in a new entrepreneurial training program to better prepare undergraduate and graduate students interested in the oil and gas industry.

The Petroleum Ventures Program (PVP) is a certificate program funded by a $12 million gift by Anthony Bahr ’91 and Jay Graham ’92, business partners in Houston-based WildHorse Resources Management Company. Both Bahr and Graham graduated from Texas A&M with petroleum engineering degrees: Bahr in 1991 and Graham in 1992. The partners’ gift stemmed from Bahr and Graham’s personal experience in identifying the industry importance and student benefit of providing business experience to engineering students, as well as the market value of graduating finance students with a specialization in the oil and gas industry.

“Thanks to the generosity and foresight of Mr. Bahr and Mr. Graham, Texas A&M has a magnificent opportunity to have an even more prominent role in providing intellectually transformative learning experiences that are so vital to our state and nation,” said Texas A&M University President Michael Young. “The entrepreneurial emphasis for the program reflects their expectation of excellence and their success – success to which they attribute in part to what they learned here at Texas A&M. It is very fitting that this bold new venture takes advantage of the strengths of both our engineering and business programs, offering an interdisciplinary experience that will well serve our students, presenting them with a competitive advantage among their peers as they enter the workforce.”

This academic collaboration between Mays Business School and the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering will foster teamwork among petroleum engineering students and students in the Department of Finance at Mays. Students will take courses and work together on projects, and a Petroleum Business Impact Lab will be established.

The first classes for the PVP Certificate Program will be offered in Fall 2016. …Read more

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