Wayne Roberts ’85 is driven and motivated to help others. His fascination with the unique strengths and skills of each person is the cornerstone of his leadership approach and something he leverages extensively to put people in roles and opportunities that best leverage their abilities, interests and strengths. This focus on understanding the individual has defined Roberts as a coach and leader.Wayne Roberts Roberts told a group of Business Honors students at Mays Business School recently that you must truly know and manage yourself before successfully managing others. According to Gallup’s StrengthsFinder Assessment, “Individualization” is consistently his top strength. “When you get to the point of understanding your strengths and how you’re wired, you then get comfortable with yourself and how to leverage your own strengths,” he said. “Coaching others is when it really gets fun and rewarding.”

Roberts is chief operating officer at Accruent, an Austin-based company that provides real estate management software and services.

He shared specific recommendations with students to put into practice communication, meeting, coaching and leadership practices. For example, he shared the company meeting cadence, which is derived from Patrick Lencione’s Death by Meeting. He holds weekly tactical team meetings with his direct reports, monthly strategic full-day meetings, quarterly off-site meetings and ad hoc strategic meetings when needed. Each of the meetings has a specific agenda, purpose, cadence and attendance.

But where Roberts believes everyone gets the most benefit is in weekly one-on-one meetings with each employee. “Each of my one-on-ones are different. I tailor them to the individual, which is another example of playing to my strengths,” he said. “We get more done in that one hour together every week than in any other setting.”

Among the many lessons learned and recommendations Roberts shared with the group is the notion of “FOUR” – an acronym he created that summarizes what he has observed that defines those most successful in the business world. “The F in FOUR stands for Failure. Those that aren’t afraid to fail, who stretch themselves, get out of their comfort zone, fail smartly and then learn from those failures are the ones that succeed long term.”

Similarly, being “Outcome oriented (“O”) rather than immersed in the tasks and processes means you never lose sight of the ultimate objective and can see the forest for the trees. Those that are big picture oriented and long term greedy are more successful than those that maximize short terms results.” Not surprisingly, Roberts believes that true Level 5 leaders are also Unselfish (“U”).

Resiliency (“R”) is another common trait of the successful people Roberts has known. “Their grit, determination, iron will and work ethic is remarkable and sets them apart,” Roberts said.

While not the only factors, Roberts shared with students that FOUR seems correlated to success in his experience.  “It’s the old adage – common sense, uncommonly practiced.”

The students who heard Roberts speak at Mays said they were impressed with his humility and insistence on getting to know his employees. “I want to be able to apply his ideas to my career down the road if I am ever a manager, and I hope to be able to stay as humble and patient as Mr. Roberts seems to be,” said Caitlin Smith ’17, a Business Honors and supply chain major.

Sam Richter ’16, an accounting and Business Honors major, said he was interested to learn how a relationship-oriented leader operates in a workplace. “Over my four years in college I have discovered that I am a relationship-based leader, so it was an amazing experience getting to see what that practically looked like in the workplace,” he said.

Business Honors and finance major Conrad Shillings ’16 described Roberts as a “very friendly and outgoing man, with a lot of wisdom and care for us.” He recalled one of the specific lessons Roberts shared with the group. “My favorite takeaway was the F in FOUR, the failure,” Shillings said. “He said to embrace and welcome failure, because we learn the most from our failures and only grow stronger.”




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Geoff Greenwade ’83 describes his successful 30-year banking career as “a path of accidents.” While speaking with a group of Business Honors students at Mays Business School, he encouraged them to learn how to recognize these hidden opportunities that have contributed to his success.

22704572519_551be4021b_oGreenwade is the president and chief executive officer of Greenbank, a leading Texas bank for commercial lending and personal banking services. Before joining Greenbank in 2008, Greenwade held positions at Bank of America and Wells Fargo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Baylor University.

While speaking of his time at Texas A&M, he encouraged students to take advantage of all of the opportunities available, stressing the importance of networking with fellow classmates and learning the art of balance. “The [Aggie] ring gets you an invite to an elite club,” he said. “Take full advantage of it.”

He also emphasized the importance of finding opportunities in unconventional places. Greenwade’s pointers included sitting next to the most important person in the room, actively listening and asking purposeful questions.  “Your career path will not fall into your lap. You are the only one who can actively manage it,” he said. “Learn to be in the right place at the right time.”

Business Honors major Carly Hicks ’19 said she appreciated Greenwade’s transparency, noting her biggest takeaway was that oftentimes one’s career seems to just fall into place by being open-minded. “What I found most striking is that Mr. Greenwade originally pursued his career for a trivial reason, but ended up loving it and being good at it,” she said. “Thus, his success in and love for his career came from what could be seen as an accident.”

Greenwade said the most important step when beginning a career is to honestly evaluate your strengths and passions. “Choosing a path that you are passionate about will benefit you longer than the salary will,” he said.

“My greatest insight from this luncheon was how to use strengths to your advantage,” said Business Honors student Christina Chan ’17. “Mr. Greenwade has the strength of individualization, and this strength was easy to see when he went around the table asking about each individual student.”

Additional advice Greenwade gave students included identifying your priorities and recognizing the importance of character. Greenwade told the students: “Business revolves around character. To be successful you need the right employees, the right customers and supportive shareholders, and you will not get those without having strong character.”

In closing, Greenwade advised students to “show up every day and work harder than everyone around you.” He added: “Success isn’t about how smart you are, but how hard you work.”

Business Honors major Trevor Pownell ’18 commented afterward on Greenwade’s easygoing, friendly demeanor. “I left Mr. Greenwade’s luncheon feeling reassured and carrying a newfound interest in the banking world,” Pownell said. “His eclectic path to success was extremely insightful on how to handle upcoming life decisions.”

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Mays Business School recognized three of its most accomplished graduates with the Outstanding Alumni Award. The 2015 recipients are Billy Atkinson ’72, retired audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and current chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority; Monty Davis ’77, chief operating officer for Core Laboratories NV, and Kathy Milthorpe ’82; chief financial officer and treasurer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and The LPGA Foundation.

Atkinson, Davis and Milthorpe were honored at the 24th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, which took place at the Traditions Country Club in Bryan on Oct. 29. Mays Business School Dean Eli Jones ’82 welcomed the honorees and their family members and friends, along with past winners of the award who were in attendance. Also in attendance were members of the Mays Development Council, who were in town for a meeting the next day.

“In one respect, Mays is no more or no less than the sum of the impacts our alumni make on the world on any given day,” Jones said. “Day in and day out, our graduates step up to the challenge of introducing innovative products and processes. They serve on boards of directors as well as in elected offices. They make difficult decisions amid increasing complexity. They lead organizations to achieve tangible business results in the face of constant change. Through it all, they are guided by the core values instilled in them by their parents and families and reinforced through their experiences at Texas A&M. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the works of our 2015 Outstanding Alumni.”

thumbnailAfter earning his bachelor’s in accounting from Texas A&M in 1972, Billy M. Atkinson embarked on a 39-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) in the firm’s Dallas office. Two years later, as a senior audit associate, Atkinson relocated to the Houston office. He was admitted into the partnership as an audit partner in October 1982 and continued to serve in that role until his retirement in 2011. He also served as a risk management partner and was the lead recruiting partner for more than 20 years at Texas A&M. He currently serves as chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority, which issues state-supported debt to finance legislatively approved projects and facilities throughout Texas.

“My educational experience at Mays opened my eyes to the benefits of diversity of input to a team solution,” Atkinson said. “Ethical considerations were woven into each course which has paid tremendous dividends throughout my career. It also provided me with the confidence that in some small or large way, I could make a difference.”

Throughout his professional career, Atkinson has tirelessly supported his alma mater as well as the accounting profession and the Houston community. He served on the Texas A&M CBA Fellows Advisory Council, the Department of Accounting Advisory Council and the President’s Council of Advisors for many years. He also was president of the Houston Society of CPAs and held numerous leadership positions within the Texas Society of CPAs and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. In addition, he served as board chair of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast and as a board member for the Boys/Girls Harbor and the Houston Society for the Performing Arts.

“Being acknowledged by one’s peers is always personally gratifying and humbling,” Atkinson noted. “However, the real significance to me is the satisfaction it brings to my family, friends and partners who have been so supportive and enabling to me over my career.”

He said the business school has maintained a positive reputation by educating students well and connecting them with good opportunities in internships and jobs. “An A&M education is indeed a full package,” he said.

Monty L. Davis graduated from the business school at Texas A&M University in 1977 with a bachelor’s in accounting. Davis then began his Daviscareer working in accounting at Dresser Industries Petroleum and Minerals Group in Houston. He quickly gravitated to the area of international business, working as regional controller for Dresser Atlas division in Aberdeen and London. When Dresser Atlas was merged into a joint venture company, Davis was promoted to the position of vice president of finance for Core Laboratories division, based in Dallas. He currently serves as the chief operating officer (COO) for Core Laboratories NV, a publicly traded oilfield service company with operations in more than 50 countries.

“My education at Texas A&M laid the foundation for my career in technical accounting knowledge and more importantly in leadership development,” Davis said. “I credit this education for giving me the foundation for my whole career development along with much of my life’s work.”

Since graduating from Texas A&M nearly four decades ago, Davis has been actively involved in the growth of his alma mater. He is currently a trustee for the 12th Man Foundation and serves on the Dean’s Development Council at Mays Business School. He and his wife also serve on the Executive Cabinet for Texas A&M University’s “Lead by Example” Campaign. They were the lead donors for the Davis Center for Football Player Development, the R. C. Slocum Nutritional Center, Kyle Field Redevelopment and the Davis Football Operations Center.

 “The Outstanding Alumni Award came as a total surprise and is the highest honor that I could have been given,” Davis said. “It is a recognition that I will cherish all of my days and one that I share with my parents who so desired that their sons would get the best education possible.”

Davis said at the Oct. 29 banquet he is proud of the university and the business school, and he enjoys maintaining close ties to their leaders. “Hopefully in a few years we can retire in College Station,” he said. “In the meantime, we have a lot of work to do.”

After earning her bachelor of business administration from Texas A&M University in 1982, Kathryn (Kathy) Harris Milthorpe began her Milthorpecareer at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where she served as a senior auditor for four years. Milthorpe then joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1986, advancing to the position of vice president of finance and administration and serving in that role until 1997. During that time, she played a key leadership role in managing the LPGA’s relocation to Daytona Beach as well as the development of its national headquarters and golf facilities.

Since that time, Milthorpe has achieved success in a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibilities, including serving as the tournament director for the PGA Champions Tour’s Lexus Challenge and as managing director of public affairs for the International Speedway Corporation. Since 2009, she has served as chief financial officer and treasurer for the LPGA and The LPGA Foundation.

“There is no question that my education at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School played a critical role in building the foundation for both my personal life and professional career,” Milthorpe noted. “But my Aggieland experience was more than rigorous academics—it provided the strategic framework for developing leadership skills, taught the value of effective communication and collaboration, generated an appreciation of life-long learning and fueled an enthusiasm for giving back to civic and charitable endeavors. As a student I did not fully appreciate the extraordinary opportunity I was provided, but it is now clear that selecting the Mays Business School was one of the most important investments I have made in my professional growth and development. I can safely say I would not be where I am today without my Aggie ring.”

 During the course of her 33-year career, Milthorpe has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting community, civic and philanthropic causes through service on numerous boards and committees. She has been chairman of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Lively Arts Center, the Central Florida Sports Commission and St. James Episcopal School. She also serves on the boards for the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, WORC Inc., Daytona Beach Community Foundation and the Texas A&M’s Women’s Former Student Network.

“When I received the telephone call from Mays Business School regarding this honor, my initial reaction was filled with great shock and surprise,” she said. “This award has been bestowed on so many talented and accomplished professionals, to be considered as part of this distinguished group was an extraordinary honor. Being a third-generation former student and the first female makes this even more special for both me and my family and a highlight of my professional career. My passion for Texas A&M runs very deep and I couldn’t be more grateful and proud of receiving this amazing recognition.”

At the banquet, Milthorpe said she was touched by the award. “This is certainly something I could not have imagined receiving.”

Dean Jones expressed his appreciation and that of the school to this year’s recipients. “Kathy Milthorpe, Billy Atkinson and Monty Davis have truly led lives of distinction as evidenced through the myriad contributions they have made to their organizations and their professions as well as to their communities, the nation and the global marketplace,” he noted. “All the while, they have remained steadfast in their affection and support for Mays and Texas A&M, and we are deeply grateful for the shining examples they have set for all our students and alumni.”

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The honorees were recognized by more than 700 attendees at an Oct. 23 luncheon held at The Zone Club at Texas A&M University’s football stadium, Kyle Field. This year’s list recognizes 32 companies in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. These entrepreneurs prove that despite recent economic challenges, nothing can hold back hard-working Aggie entrepreneurs.

With an average revenue of $2,126,186,333 and 253 percent growth, MODA Inc., of Portland, Ore., was named this year’s Aggie 100 Summit Award recipient. The Summit Award is presented to the Aggie company with the highest three-year average revenue (2012-2014).

The Top 10 companies on the Aggie 100 list combined to grow more than 1,505 percent in the past two years with the top company, Empact IT of Houston, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 253 percent from 2012 to 2014. The complete Aggie 100 list can be found at www.aggie100.com.

“As we enter our second decade honoring business excellence with the 11th Annual Aggie 100, we reflect on all the Aggie businesses that came before and look forward to the future success of Aggie entrepreneurs to come. From agriculture to technology and everything in between, this year’s list signifies that, no matter your background, the Aggie entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving,” said Richard H. Lester, Executive Director of Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship. “Our sense of entrepreneurial pride swells each year, as we recognize how successful businesses can become by keeping the Aggie Code of Honor at the heart of everything they do.”

The Aggie 100 focuses on growth as an indicator of job creation, product and service acceptance, and entrepreneurial vision. Those companies on the Aggie 100 list were selected based on compound annual revenue growth rate for the 2012 to 2014 period. In all, companies from nine states were honored at the event. The oldest company earning a spot on the list was founded in 1936.


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Mays Business School leaders recognized two former students for academic excellence by giving them the Outstanding Doctoral Alumni Awards. One excels in marketing, another in information management.

The 2015 recipients are Glen B. Voss ’94 and Anandhi Bharadwaj ’93. Voss is the Marilyn and Leo Corrigan Endowed Professor of Marketing at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and the Research Director for the SMU National Center for Arts Research. Bharadwaj is a professor of Information Systems & Operations Management at Goizueta Business School at Emory University.


Each recipient spoke about their career, its beginnings, and how they have succeeded. Following their presentations was a question-and-answer session and then a reception. In the evening, the honorees and their spouses gathered for dinner at Madden’s in downtown Bryan, with members of their dissertation committees, as well as Eli Jones, Dean of Mays Business School; Bala Shetty, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; and Duane Ireland, Interim Executive Associate Dean.

Every year, the award honors doctoral graduates who have achieved significant distinction in their fields and serve as role models for current students. Among the characteristics demonstrated by current and past recipients of this prestigious award are:

  • sustained research productivity and visibility in the field;
  • service to the profession as editor of a major scholarly journal;
  • recipient of major awards for excellence in research, teaching and/or service;
  • academic and administrative leadership as dean or associate dean of a business school;
  • successful career progression at a peer or aspirant school; and
  • holder of an endowed position.

Voss received his Ph.D. in marketing from Mays in 1994. His research interests include innovation and organizational learning, satisfaction and relationship management, and retail pricing strategies. His work has been published in a variety of journals including Organization Science, Marketing Intelligence Review, Journal of Marketing, and The Economist’s Executive Briefing. Voss received the Faculty Recognition Award for Research Excellence at SMU for 2008-09, and was recognized as a Top-100 Cutting Edge Marketing Faculty by the American Marketing Association for the years 2000-2007. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award for Journal of Service Research and twice recipient of the Outstanding Reviewer Award for Journal of Retailing in 2006 and 2010. Prior to his time SMU, Voss spent 12 years at North Carolina State University. Voss received a Bachelor in Communications at Rowan University, M.P.S in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and master’s in economics from University of California, Riverside.

Bharadwaj received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Mays in 1993. Her specializations include organizational impacts of informational technology, business value of IT, Internet commerce, and effect of knowledge management technologies. She is currently a Goizueta Term Professor of Information Systems at Emory University, where she has worked for 20 years.  Bharadwaj is the recipient of the Runner Up for 2012 Best Published Paper Award of ICIS, the 2009 Best Paper Award of Journal of Strategic Information Systems and the 2007 Best Associate Editor Award, Information Systems Research. She received the Caldwell Faculty Fellowship Award at Goizueta Business School in 1997 and she was the recipient of the Doctoral Student Research Excellence Award at Texas A&M University. Prior to academia, Bharadwaj worked as a Senior Systems Executive at NIIT and a Deputy Manager at Aavin/Tamilnadu Milk Cooperative. In 1985, she received PGDRM from the Institute of Rural Management in Gujarat, India and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Madras University in Tamil Nadu, India in 1983.

Two previous winners have gone on to become deans of Mays: Jerry Strawser and Eli Jones.

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Henry and Judith order rings_alt1Henry Musoma often quotes one of his favorite sayings: “Your network is your net worth.” Recent events indicate the Mays Business School lecturer is a very rich man.

On Nov. 20, a group from Musoma’s network will give him an Aggie Ring, a coveted symbol of the Aggie Network that dates back more than 100 years. Students must earn 90 hours and a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to order a ring. Aggie Ring Day is one of the most anticipated milestones in an Aggie student’s career – and as Musoma will attest, in a former student’s career, too.

Musoma lost his ring several years ago and hasn’t replaced it. But anyone who knows him knows he is an Aggie through and through, personifying the core values of the institution: Excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.

Musoma spoke in mid-August to Grad Camp, an orientation for graduate and professional students, about one of his favorite topics: networking. Last week, event director and AgriLife Extension Program Specialist Kevin Andrews said Musoma made such an impact on him and on those present, he felt compelled to rally the students in his agriculture class, ALED 441, to raise funds to buy Musoma a replacement ring.

“He is well-liked and respected across campus, and I knew a lot of people would come together with small gifts to make a big difference,” Andrews said. Besides, the project was a lesson for his students to learn “you don’t need one person doing all the work, but rather a lot of people each doing their small part,” he said.

The ring is a small token of appreciation for all Musoma  has done since he arrived on campus from Africa years ago, Andrews said. “If you were to take all of the hours Dr. Musoma has spent on evenings and weekends speaking to student groups, inviting students into his home or mentoring young Aggies, and multiplied that by even minimum wages, he has invested enough into Texas A&M to have paid for a replacement Aggie Ring,” Andrews explained. “Even though he could afford his own replacement ring, Aggies take care of Aggies. He has given all of us something far more valuable than money – he has given us his time.”

The day Andrews came to Musoma’s office to tell him about the ring, Musoma was hosting a team from Phillips 66 who were visiting Mays. They were filming a video about a trip Musoma and Mays recruiter Corey Stone took with 14 students to Africa last summer. This was the second year that Phillips 66 sponsored the trip, and a team from Africa visited Mays last summer in return.

Judith Vincent, general auditor of Phillips 66, was nearby when Andrews delivered the news to Musoma. “The look on Dr. Musoma’s face – the sheer shock and pride and appreciation – just really touched me. It was very special, and it made me want to go get my ring.” Vincent graduated 30 years ago and never ordered her ring.

The pair immediately drove to the Association of Former Students to order her ring on the final day for a Nov. 20 delivery. Vincent said, “Every time I look at my ring, I will have so much pride because it will remind me of Dr. Musoma and the impact he has had.”  Nov. 20 will be a big day for Musoma and Vincent. That’s when they plan to pick up their rings, then go dunk them – an Aggie tradition. Most people drop their ring into a full pitcher of beer, then drink it to retrieve the ring. Musoma and Vincent are still working on details of their big day.

“I am taking a vacation day and coming to College Station,” Vincent said. “I wouldn’t miss it, and I wouldn’t miss being there when Dr. Musoma gets his ring. It’s going to be a very special day.”

Andrews said he is hopeful the group’s project reaches beyond Musoma. “Already, we have the funds to purchase an additional female Aggie Ring in his name, and we will continue to give as many scholarships in his name as possible,” he said. “I see no more fitting tribute for such a selfless servant than to keep this gift going for those who deserve it.”


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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Bala Shetty, right, hosts alumni at Dean Eli Jones’ reception at CityCentre.

Mays Dean Eli Jones ’82 enjoyed a welcome celebration Aug. 27, when about 150 current and former Full-Time, Professional and Executive MBA students gathered in Houston CityCentre. Dr. Jones’ wife Fern and Mays faculty and program staff were also in attendance.

The event was a way to introduce Jones and to reach out to Mays alumni, which are 58,470 strong.

Jones is recognized as a visionary leader, sales management expert, accomplished researcher and passionate teacher. His return to College Station is a homecoming for the Houston native and three-time alumnus. He earned his bachelor’s in journalism at Texas A&M and his MBA and Ph.D. in marketing at Mays, and he has strong family ties in the Lone Star State.

Jones assumed deanship of Mays on July 1, 2015, having previously served as dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Under his leadership, the Walton College of Business raised $32.9 million in FY2014, launched a 100 percent online General Business Degree, expanded the Executive MBA program and signed partnership agreements with schools in China, Brazil and Panama.

Jones returns to Mays at a time of growth and upward trajectory. The Executive MBA Program is 6th among U.S. public schools (Financial Times), the Full-Time MBA Program is 16th among U.S. public schools (U.S. News & World Report) and the Professional MBA program is ranked 21st among U.S. public universities (U.S. News & World Report).



Jones lauded the school’s strength and reputation, and said it was an honor to be invited back to work at his alma mater. He told the group assembled, “I can’t talk about it too much without getting emotional, but Mays changed me. The MBA program at Mays changed my life.”

In 2012, Mays planted the Aggie flag in Houston at CityCentre to serve area businesses, working professionals and former students with MBA and other business programs. CityCentre is home to the Executive MBA program, which requires at least 10 years of professional work experience, including seven years of managerial experience, and the Professional MBA Program, a 22-month program designed for working professionals. Mays also offers custom executive development programs at CityCentre through its Center for Executive Development.

Cynthia Klein ’15, who lives in Tyler and serves as chief strategy officer of Mentoring Minds, traveled to Houston for the Executive MBA program until she graduated last May. She returned for the reception to honor Jones and to reconnect with some of her classmates. “The most valuable part of the program is being in a classroom not only with top-notch professors – the most seasoned, typically – who bring the theoretical part of business, but also your class of real-world professionals who bring their experience and we talk about what’s really happening in the world and balance that with the theoretical part of business,” she explained. “What it has really done for me is enabled me to think in ways I’ve never thought and bring that to my own workplace.”






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Mays Business School graduate Denise Byington ’86 and her husband, Bert Garcia, have committed $30,000 to establish a scholarship for her area of interest, the Denise Byington ’86 and Bert Garcia ’81 Endowed Scholarship in Finance.

Their preference is that the students who receive the scholarships have a financial need and be pursuing a degree in finance degree or supply chain management – their daughter’s major. Byington graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance, while Garcia’s degree was in engineering.

“It’s important for us to give back after a couple of successful careers,” Byington said. “And as the parent of a college-aged child, we understand how difficult it can be to pay for a college education. If we could help some future Aggies, we would love to do that – especially if it is for a deserving business student.”

Eli Jones, dean of Mays Business School, said he appreciates it when former students provide avenues for future students to attend college. “This is an example of the Aggie spirit at work,” he said. “These two former students could have done so many things with their money, and they are choosing to help boost the future students of Mays. Such dedication is what keeps our programs alive and ensures our legacy as a top-notch business school.”


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.





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David Cordani ’88, president and CEO of Cigna Corporation, will speak at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School Sept. 18. The program will be in Wehner 113 from 12:40 p.m.to 1:30 p.m.

No American university has turned out more Fortune 100 company CEOs than Texas A&M, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking. Now Mays is bringing one of those CEOs home. Cordani graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and earned an MBA from the University of Hartford. He is an accomplished athlete, having competed in more than 125 triathlons.

Cordani will share his perspective on improving health care, now and for the future. He believes that today’s health care dialogue is too narrowly focused on lowering health costs. This focus, he says, inevitably results in an emphasis on an old model based on financing “sick” care. Rather, he believes, our dialogue should place greater emphasis on building a more sustainable health care system that better engages individuals in their own care management. This can be accomplished, he says, by focusing on three foundational elements: 1) Aligning the incentives for everyone involved in the health care process; 2) Embracing value-based payments and rewards and 3) Executional excellence, aided by information and insight.

James Benjamin, head of the accounting department at Mays, remembers Cordani as a student. “David Cordani’s relatively quick rise to be one of the leaders in the health care field is particularly remarkable,” Benjamin said. “I am confident he will continue to make important contributions to this very important field.”

In 2009, Cordani became president and CEO of Cigna, a company he has worked with for more than 24 years. He has spearheaded its transformation into a leading global health service company, doubling the size of the company in five years. He is a prominent voice addressing key health challenges, such as empowering individuals to manage their own health, innovating new health delivery models focused on patients’ health improvements and partnering with physicians to focus on wellness and improving clinical quality.

Cordani leads Cigna’s more than 37,000 employees in more than 30 countries in improving the health, well-being and sense of security of the more than 88 million customer relationships.

Prior to joining Cigna, Cordani was with Coopers & Lybrand. He actively works with the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Achilles International Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, and is a charter board member of ChildObesity180. Cordani was named to the General Mills Board of Directors in 2014 and to the U.S.-India Business Council Board of Directors in 2015.

For information, contact Diane McDonald at dmcdonald@mays.tamu.edu or 979-845-0193.

*Registration is not required for current students and faculty


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master 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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The 12 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients were recognized at the Oct. 3 football game at Kyle Field.

Five business graduates are among the 12 given 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award – the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, awarded since 1962 to fewer than 250 of Texas A&M’s 425,000 former students. Presented jointly by the university and The Association of Former Students, this award recognizes Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities.

bellStanton P. Bell ’54, bachelor’s in business administration, built and leads Bell Hydrogas, a propane company serving San Antonio and six counties. He served five years as captain of the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council and, among the San Antonio organizations he has worked for and led, he was elected King Antonio of Fiesta 1989 and has been a director of Boysville and the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is a past president of the San Antonio Better Business Bureau and a former director of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a director of Compass Bank, Mission Gas Corp. and the Valero Texas Open Golf Tournament. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M. He served in the 24th Infantry Division in Korea and was selected as aide de camp to the commanding general. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of San Antonio and also a past president of the San Antonio Country Club, club golf champion and five-time club senior golf champion.

FragaLupe Fraga ’57, bachelor’s in accounting, built Tejas Office Products into one of Houston’s largest minority-owned businesses and has championed Houston and A&M through work that includes chairing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Reserve Bank’s Houston branch and serving as an Texas A&M University System regent from 2005 to 2011. His company made the Aggie 100 both in the list’s inaugural year and in 2011 and has been listed in the Hispanic Business Magazine Top 500 Companies. He has chaired the Greater Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau and Harris County Child Protective Services and was honored as one of 2004’s Fathers of the Year by Community Partners. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Texas A&M and in 2003 was named a Texas A&M Mays Business School Outstanding Alumnus. He was honored by the Houston Aggie Moms’ Club in February 2015. He has been a trustee of St. Thomas University and has served other organizations including the Galveston-Houston Catholic Diocese, Metropolitan and National YMCA, Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts and United Way Gulf Coast Chapter.

HanniganRay Hannigan ’61, bachelor’s in general business, rose to CEO of an international hospital equipment company and has used his abilities to educate and create opportunities for other Aggies to succeed globally. His involvement with Texas A&M’s Mays Business School has included serving on the advisory council to the Center for International Business Studies, serving as a guest lecturer and, in 1997, receiving the Outstanding Alumnus Award (he received a bachelor’s degree in general business from A&M).
He was president and CEO of Kinetic Concepts Inc. from 1994 to 2000; before that, he was president of the international division of Sterling Drug (Eastman Kodak) and president of Beecham SmithKlein Canada. Appointed by Gov. Rick Perry ’72 to the State Board of Health in 2001, he served four years. In San Antonio, he has served on the board of directors for Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake University and Southwest Research Foundation. He serves as a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Bryan and has served on the leadership council of St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station.

HeldenfelsFrederick W. Heldenfels IV ’79, bachelor’s in business administration, has served Texas colleges and universities as chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board and has served as chairman of the 12th Man Foundation board of trustees and twice as a member of its executive committee. He is the current chairman of the A&M PAC Board. He is founder, president and CEO of Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., an Aggie 100 award recipient in 2005, 2006 and 2010. He has chaired the industry’s national trade organization, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and was inducted into the Corpus Christi Business Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a past chairman of both the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Foundation and the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, where he helped initiate support for tort reform in the Coastal Bend and creation of a four-year university within the Texas A&M University System. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Texas A&M. He has long taught Sunday school classes at Hyde Park Baptist Church and serves on the Austin Chamber of Commerce board as vice chair of state advocacy.

Ca151003_FB_MissST_1507rri Baker Wells ’84, bachelor’s in marketing, is COO for the San Antonio office of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, a firm she has helped lead to national recognition in serving governments at all levels in collecting receivables. She was chairman of the 12th Man Foundation and led projects such as Kyle Field’s successful Zone Club, a critical asset to raising funds for expansion. She chaired the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and has been inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. She has held numerous civic leadership roles including co-founder and chair of the San Antonio ISD Foundation, an organization that is investing more than $1 million annually to ignite innovation and excellence in inner city schools. She is a board member for Girl Scouts of the USA and has received the highest honor given by a Girl Scout Council, the Trefoil Award. She served on the board of the San Antonio A&M Club and currently serves on the development council of A&M’s Mays Business School.

Since the inception of the award in 1962, fewer than 250 of Texas A&M’s 425,000 former students have been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor Texas A&M University bestows upon a former student.


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.



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