The Texas Retailers Association (TRA) hosted its first Independent Retail Business Breakfast for Bryan-College Station store managers and owners Nov. 2 at Texas A&M University’s Startup Aggieland.

As the “voice of retail in Texas,” the organization is led by George Kelemen, president and CEO, who spent 11 years in Washington, D.C., and most recently served as the senior vice president of government and political affairs at Airports Council International.

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irelands-for-webDuane Ireland and his family – including his wife Mary Ann and their two adult children – have stepped up to endow a $50,000 scholarship to Mays Business School. The scholarship targets students pursuing a graduate degree in the Entrepreneurial Leadership track of the Professional Program of Accounting at Mays.

Ireland, who is executive associate dean of Mays Business School, is the second Mays top administrator to fund a scholarship for students. Dean Eli Jones and his wife Fern recently endowed a $50,000 gift to Mays for undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in marketing and the Professional Selling and Sales Management career track.

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The Aggie 100 held Friday night recognized the top 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by an Aggie.


To commemorate 12th year, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) at Mays Business School held an awards and reunion gala Friday evening instead of the traditional luncheon. In addition, an inaugural speaker series Friday afternoon featured Aggie 100 recipients.

The 2016 Aggie 100 class was comprised of 55 new companies and represents five states. To see the 2016 list, go to Aggie100.com.

To qualify for the award, the company must have been in business for at least five years and have had verifiable revenues of $250,000 or more for the 2013 calendar year. An Aggie must hold a majority leadership position in their company.

“The 12th Annual Aggie 100 is a very impressive representation of Aggie excellence. The companies reflect 1,352 years of experience bringing the best to their respective industries and keeping the Aggie entrepreneurial standards alive and well,” said Richard H. Lester, executive director of the CNVE.

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30475321610_1698025dc3_oWomen should relish their roles and not try to behave as men, an energy industry leader told a group at an Oct. 26 reception at Mays Business School’s CityCentre Houston campus.

And they should never resurrect the fashion statement of the 80’s, when women wore neckties. “Be a woman, and you CAN succeed.  Don’t try to be a man,” said Amanda Brock, who is founder and CEO of Water Standard, a global water treatment company.

The fall Women’s Leadership Initiative provides female current and former Mays MBA students with a series of women-only seminars to create connections and practice networking skills for their professional development. About 60 women gathered to hear Brock speak on “Leading with Purpose: Resilience, Power and Collaboration.”

Brock said women need to consider facts, context and self on their journeys. “For a very long time, men have had a real dissonance with women in the workplace,” she said. “Women were sisters and mothers, not equals in the office. This new generation looks to be breaking down the barrier where previous generations did not.” …Read more

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Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School Dean Eli Jones ’82 and his wife Fern Jones are personally doing their part to develop transformational leaders by stepping up to endow a $50,000 gift to Mays Business School.

The endowment will provide scholarships to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in marketing who are also pursuing the Professional Selling and Sales Management career track.

“Fern and I are giving back to support students interested in a career in professional selling, a career that blessed me immensely when I was in corporate America,” said Eli Jones. “Sales is at the core of every business discipline, so we are pleased to bolster that aspect of the educational offerings here at Mays. This field also aligns with our vision at Mays to advance the world’s prosperity by creating impactful knowledge and developing transformational leaders.”

Since 2015, Jones has served Texas A&M as a marketing professor, dean, and the Lowry and Peggy Mays Eminent Scholar. His association with the university, which spans four decades, includes three degrees from Texas A&M: a bachelor’s in journalism, an MBA and a doctorate in marketing. …Read more

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Texas A&M University senior Leon Coe felt drawn to entrepreneurship during his freshman year. There was something appealing about the autonomy of the entrepreneurial lifestyle and the flexibility of setting his own hours for work that personally mattered to him. Now three years and two summer internships later, he is passing on his passion to his peers at Mays Business School.

Leon Coe '17

Leon Coe ’17

Coe, a supply chain major, is an instructor for Entrepreneurial Thinking, an undergraduate “Applied Business Competencies” course that he developed over the summer with Mays Lecturer Kris Muir. It debuted this fall with Coe facilitating the course under the mentorship of Muir.

The course is designed to dissect the mind of entrepreneurs and help students of all business disciplines understand how they think. “Entrepreneurs have a different way of looking at things than many people,” Coe said. “Every organization needs to have people with entrepreneurial thinking – innovative and a sense of ownership over their work. If I can show other students this mindset, they can better relate to and do business with entrepreneurs, whether or not they create startups of their own.”

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Originally at aggienetwork.com/12under12spotlight

Each year, The Association of Former Students’ 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight recognizes 12 Aggies who have graduated within the past 12 years for their outstanding accomplishments in business, civic service and philanthropy, and for representing Texas A&M’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service.

The 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight was conceived by the Young Alumni Advisory Council, a body of young former students who advise The Association’s staff on matters related to young alumni programming and communications.

Over the next three days, we will announce the Aggies who were selected for the 2017 Young Alumni Spotlight on Aggie Network social media pages. All recipients will be listed on this webpage as the announcements roll out.

We congratulate these young men and women on their accomplishments, and thank them for their outstanding representation of Texas A&M University and the Aggie Spirit.

Phil Graves '04
Cindy Koester ’04 is group lead at NASA’s Johnson’s Space Center for the International Space Station Electrical Power System Flight Controllers. She has received multiple JSC Group Achievement Awards for outstanding leadership in the development and execution of training for the crew and flight controllers for space shuttle and space station missions. Koester regularly mentors young men and women interested in STEM careers. Koester also volunteers in various capacities in her community including the Junior League and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
Phil Graves '04
Grant Speakes ’04 is a student in Mays Business School’s Full-Time MBA program. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals and the Commendation Medal for Valor during his service in the U.S. Army. Speakes has instructed future Army officers in ROTC courses at Texas A&M and helped initiate a veterans affinity group for MBA programs at Mays, providing support for current student veterans.
Phil Graves '04
Capt. Juan Jurado ’06 is a doctoral student at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He received the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s Rookie of the Year award for developing a novel ballistic missile search algorithm. Jurado is an active panelist for the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarship program, influencing promising youth in STEM fields of study. Jurado also volunteers as an academic instructor at two U.S. Air Force bases, educating engineers in various flight test topics.
Phil Graves '04
Jeffrey Jensen ’10 is vice president of architecture at Arundo Analytics. While at Siemens Industry, he was awarded employee of the year for ingenuity and innovation. Jensen volunteers his time empowering young leaders as an ambassador for One Young World and advises aspiring entrepreneurs in Houston. Jensen is active with the Ironman Foundation.
Phil Graves '04
Phillip Bethancourt ’04 is executive vice president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He leads the strategy implementation for Global Hunger Relief, raising significant contributions to serve needy individuals worldwide. Bethancourt began a service initiative at Southern Seminary, the “1937 Project,” similar in design to The Big Event at Texas A&M. Bethancourt also established and launched the Evangelicals for Life Conference, coinciding with March for Life in Washington,
Phil Graves '04
Lt. Cmdr. Brent Lacey ’05 is chief of gastroenterology at Naval Hospital Pensacola. He pioneered a large-scale hepatitis C screening program for the Department of Defense, which has already saved dozens of lives. Lacey mentors and recruits pre-med college students for the Navy Medical Corps and teaches classes for local church members seeking debt-free living. Lacey also endowed the MSC’s Luke J. Altendorf Leadership Award, given annually to an Aggie student leader.
Phil Graves '04
Jordan Baucum ’06 is a senior advisor in policy, government and public affairs for supply and trading at Chevron. He co-founded Building a Future and San Francisco Lawn Party to provide educational opportunities to underprivileged children and youth, internationally and locally. Baucum is a student in the Executive MBA program at MIT Sloan.
Phil Graves '04
Israel Escamilla ’11 is a senior manager at Procter & Gamble. He received his company’s A. G. Lafley CEO Award and Emerging Leader Award, both in the same year. Escamilla serves as chairman of the board for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and prepares students to pursue higher education through his volunteer efforts. Additionally, Escamilla participates in various mission trips and service projects hosted by his church.
Phil Graves '04
Benjamin Casmer ’05 is chief operating officer at Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster, TX. He has served as board member for Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Chamber of Commerce and others. Casmer played a key leadership role in the establishment of an independent hospital and creation of its systems and processes. Through multiple relocations, Casmer has been involved with A&M Clubs in San Antonio, Midland, Fort Worth, Houston, and Bentonville, AR.
Phil Graves '04
Brock Faulkner ’04 was owner and operator of Faulkner Cattle Co. and Faulkner Beef. He won the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Early Career Research. While an instructor at Texas A&M, Faulkner was voted by his students as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ Professor of the Year. Faulkner volunteered as an elder and small group leader for Community Church and was course director for the BCS Marathon. Faulkner’s name was called at Muster after leukemia took his life in February 2016.
Phil Graves '04
Jordan Mullins ’05 is a partner at McGinnis Lochridge, a law firm in Austin. He was nominated to the Texas Bar Foundation as a Fellow and recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. Mullins has served on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and on the Capital City A&M Club scholarship committee. Mullins volunteers as a Class Agent, is involved with the Texas Aggie Bar Association, and serves as an advisory board member for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association.
Phil Graves '04
Andrey Postrigan ’06 is a materials manager at GE Oil and Gas. He served as a Special Forces commander in the U.S. Army and was awarded three Bronze Star Medals during his time of deployment. Postrigan mentors for NextOp—a nonprofit supporting veteran transition—and, through membership in additional networks, also assists veterans seeking employment. Postrigan began his MBA program at Rice University in fall 2016.

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