Business Week 2011 Featured Speakers

Stevan (Steve) B. Bobb
Group Vice President, Coal Business Group
BNSF Railway
Steve Bobb was appointed group vice president, Coal Business Group, in April 2006. He leads BNSF’s Coal sales and marketing team. Previously, he was general manager of BNSF’s Texas Division.
Mr. Bobb was appointed vice president, Business Unit Operations and Support, in March 2004. He led BNSF’s intermodal and automotive hub operations and planning; freight car planning and distribution; and demurrage, storage and extended services functions, and coordinated Marketing capital and expenses. Before that, he was group vice president, Agricultural Products.
Mr. Bobb began his career in the railroad industry in 1987 with Burlington Northern in information systems. From 1988 to 1992, he held several business analysis, planning and yield management positions. In 1992, Mr. Bobb moved from director, Yield Management, to director, Marketing, Minerals business unit. He was responsible for the Chicago field marketing group until 1995 when he was promoted to general director, Chemicals business unit. He was appointed vice president, Minerals business unit, in June 1996 and vice president, Chemicals business unit, in Oct. 1996. He was named group vice president, Agricultural Products, in June 1999. He was named vice president, Business Unit Operations and Support in March 2004. Mr. Bobb joined the operating department as a general manager in June 2005.
Mr. Bobb earned his Bachelor of Science in plant and animal science with a minor in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program and International Senior Managers Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
 

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Michael Booher
Director, Business Ventures - JSF International
Lockheed Martin
Mr. Booher started his career at Lockheed Martin 24 years ago as a Contract Administrator in the Logistics and Support department. Since then, he has held numerous positions of increasing importance within Finance and Business Operations, including a two year rotational assignment with the Lockheed Martin Finance Company in California. Mr. Booher is currently the Director, Business Ventures - JSF International and is responsible for managing the various elements of the business arrangements with current and future JSF customers.
Michael received his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned his M.B.A. from Baylor.
 

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Jyl DeHaven, MS
Executive Director EARTH NT - Energy and Resource Technology Hub of North Texas & Adjunct Professor, UT Arlington, M.S.I.S. Sustainability
Jyl DeHaven is an entrepreneur with real estate and management experience that understands the intricacies of developing energy efficient, environmentally sensitive, and socially responsible commercial and residential projects that make economic sense. Ms. DeHaven is extensive experience in both the corporate field with Dresser Industries and US Steel as well as being self employed as a commercial broker and marketing professional. For the past eight years, Ms. DeHaven has focused on the rapidly growing “green” industry and has become a regional expert in the integrative approach to developing sustainable and smart growth development projects. Actively involved in industry associations such as Urban Land Institute, North Texas Council of Governments, US Green Building Council, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Habitat for Humanity, Urban Forestry Board, Mayor’s Sustainable Building Council, and has spoken both regionally and nationally at many industry events.
Ms. DeHaven earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in commercial art from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also earned a Master of Science in nutrition and wellness from Texas Woman’s University.
 

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Craig Eppling
Regional Communications and Public Relations Manaager
General Motors
Craig Eppling is the communications and public relations manager for General Motors' South Central Region. Mr. Eppling is responsible for media relations and PR strategy to improve opinion and consideration of General Motors, its policies and its products in an eight-state geographical area that includes Texas. A native of New Orleans, Mr. Eppling has been associated with the automotive industry his entire life. As a teenager, he worked in service and sales at various dealerships in the area. After college, he continued in the automotive field and later was hired by General Motors’ Chevrolet Division. During his 26-year tenure with GM, Mr. Eppling has held several positions with GM's Vehicle, Sales, Services & Marketing division, each expanding his product knowledge and understanding of the complex and highly competitive auto industry.
Mr. Eppling entered the field of automotive communications as a staff assistant in charge of press materials at GM's corporate offices in Detroit. He established and managed Chevrolet's first Texas communications office in 1995 and was named regional GM public relations manager in 2000.
Mr. Eppling earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Louisiana State University.
 

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Jeffrey T. Fisher
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Austin Industries, Inc.
Jeffrey T. Fisher has been the Chief Financial Officer for Austin Industries, one of the largest and most diversified construction firms in the nation, since January 2009. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Fisher served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Charter Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Fisher he held a variety of senior management positions for Delta Air Lines, Inc. from 1997-2006. He served as head of Delta's Corporate Restructuring Group, and previously held the positions of president and general manager, and separately, chief financial officer, for Delta Connection, Inc., the world's largest group of regional airline companies.
Mr. Fisher is a member of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Nominating & Governance Committee for Limelight Networks, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors for Austin Industries, Inc.
Mr. Fisher received a Bachelor of Management degree from Embry Riddle University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas in Arlington.
 

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Glenn Gilkey
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Fluor Corporation
Glenn Gilkey is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Fluor Corporation. As head of HR and Administration for Fluor, Mr. Gilkey is responsible for leading the global HR organization in support of all Fluor business lines, in all regions, for both home office employees and field staff and craft. The main HR organizational areas include operational support for Fluor’s business lines and offices as well as leadership of corporate functions such as employee benefits, salary administration, relocation services, HR Policies, diversity, and learning and development. Mr. Gilkey is responsible for Fluor Board of Director level interfaces and committees that relate to compensation, benefits, and resources at Fluor. He is also responsible for office real estate and leases by Fluor and provides functional oversight and leadership to the office facility management group.
Prior to leading Fluor’s HR organization, Gilkey held various management and operations positions within Fluor’s different business segments, including Industrial & Infrastructure and Chemicals & Petrochemicals. He also led the Project Execution Services organization, which was responsible for Fluor’s corporate best practices and execution applications for all functions involved in project execution and others groups within Fluor that focused on knowledge management and execution technologies.
He is a University of Texas graduate with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
 

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Craig Happel
Deputy to the Vice President of Business Ventures
Lockheed Martin
Craig Happel is currently the Deputy to the Vice President of Business Ventures, responsible for Contracts Management, Estimating, and Existing Programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. In this assignment, he is responsible for improving the process discipline in Contracts and Estimating across all programs as well as enhancing the Estimating and Contracts processes for the changing business environment.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Happel was the F-35 Program Chief Financial Officer for over ten years. During that time he led all business operations for the Program. He was responsible for developing and implementing business strategies that led to two successful competitive down selects. He set up business plans and processes that ensured the success of the $25 billion F-35 Development Program and for the transition of the Program from development into production that could result in $200 billion in orders and yearly sales of over $10 billion.
Over his twenty-seven years with Lockheed Martin, Mr. Happel has received a Corporate NOVA Award for Leadership as well as multiple Aero Star Awards for Leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and he completed his executive training from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
 

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Phillip Harrison
Business Lead – Business Ventures Organization
Lockheed Martin
Phillip Harrison has worked for Lockheed Martin for 25 years, all within the Finance and Business Operations Organization. Mr. Harrison began his career in F-16 Spares Estimating. He then began a string of rotations within the Estimating Organization, culminating in a job as the head of F-22 Estimating. In this role Mr. Harrison was responsible for proposing and negotiating over $3 billion in aircraft orders each year. In 2005, Mr. Harrison moved to his current position as a Business Lead within the Business Ventures Organization. In this role, Phillip is responsible for all business aspects of new campaigns for F-35 foreign military sales.
 

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Kevin D. Kaufman
Group Vice President, Agricultural Products
BNSF Railway
Kevin Kaufman joined BNSF as group vice president, Agricultural Products, in March 2004. He leads a marketing team that specializes in meeting the needs of whole grain, grain products, fertilizer, ethanol and bulk foods shippers. Before joining BNSF, Mr. Kaufman was senior vice president and North America Region Managing Director of the Louis Dreyfus Corporation (LDC).
Mr. Kaufman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations from Brigham Young University.
 

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Larry Kemp
Vice President, Operations
Kemp & Sons General Services, Inc.
Larry Kemp is VP of Operations for his family's business, Kemp & Sons General Services, Inc. Mr. Kemp took over the business in 1999. Within 10 years, the company's period contract revenue increased from $250,000 to $7 million and growing from six to more than 80 employees. The company has secured major corporate accounts of $1 million or more with Enterprise Rental Car, the City of Fort Worth, and the U.S. Government. Mr. Kemp was previously employed by IBM and Office Depot.
Mr. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in management from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1980. Larry currently serves on the UT Arlington Alumni Board.
 

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Fred Malesa
Group Vice President, International Intermodal
BNSF Railway
Fred Malesa is responsible for marketing and sales for BNSF’s international marketing business. Mr. Malesa joined BNSF in late 1993 as an account leader and has been assistant vice president, International Marketing since December 2000. He became director, Field Marketing in 1995; general director, Field Sales in 1996; and general director, Equipment and Systems Support in 1997. He was appointed assistant vice president, Supply Chain in 1998. Before joining BNSF, Mr. Malesa was with Union Pacific Railroad for 10 years, most recently as assistant to vice president, Bulk Commodities. Mr. Malesa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economic science from the University of Nebraska. He earned his M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
 

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John Merrill
Portfolio Management Executive and Author
Tanglewood Wealth Management
A pioneer in the fee-only investment advisor community, John Merrill began his financial services career in Houston in 1974. In 1979, Mr. Merrill founded Tanglewood Wealth Management, Inc., a firm providing financial planning and investment management services. Over the years, the Houston-based firm has expanded geographically, with clients across the U.S. and in six foreign countries. Today, Mr. Merrill manages more than $649 million in client assets.
Mr. Merrill was named one of Barron's America's top 100 Independent Advisors in 2009. In 2008, Worth Magazine named him one of America's top 250 Wealth Advisors. He is author of several books including "The Sure Road to Investment Success", "A Portfolio For All Seasons”, "Beyond Stocks”, and "Outperforming the Market". Mr. Merrill attended The University of Texas at Arlington.
 

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Jay Miller
Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations
Texas Rangers
In 2010, veteran baseball executive Jay Miller rejoined the Texas Rangers as Senior Vice President. Mr. Miller is involved in a number of areas in the Rangers business operation, sponsorship sales and fan experience. He spent the previous 12 years with Ryan-Sanders Baseball and its very successful operation in both Round Rock and Corpus Christi. Mr. Miller was hired by Nolan Ryan and his son, Reid, as Vice President and General Manager of the Double-A Round Rock Express of the Texas League in September 1998, a year before that franchise moved from Jackson, Mississippi. For the 2005 season, Ryan-Sanders Baseball moved its Texas League franchise to Corpus Christi and shifted the Triple-A Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific League Coast to Round Rock after purchasing that team. The Triple-A Express continued to thrive under the leadership of Mr. Miller, who was promoted to team President and Chief Operating Officer of Ryan-Sanders Baseball in October 2004. Prior to joining the Ryans, Mr. Miller served as General Manager of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs from 1996-98 with the team setting attendance records the final two years. Mr. Miller has earned executive of the year honors multiple times at the Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A levels. He was The Sporting News Minor League Executive of the Year in 2001 and 2003 and earned the same honor from Baseball America in 2005. He is a 1997 inductee to the Wheaton College Baseball Hall of Fame and entered the New Orleans Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2011.
Mr. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in sports administration from Western Illinois University.
 

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Thaddeus Moore
Vice President, Domestic Business development (ret. 2011)
Tactical Missiles/Combat Maneuver Systems & Air and Missile Defense

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Thad Moore was appointed to his Vice President, Domestic Business Development with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in March 2004. Mr. Moore’s responsibilities included leading Business Development organizations in Dallas, Texas and Orlando, Florida that support Lockheed’s business interests in tactical missiles/combat maneuver systems and air and missile defense systems. His role included all marketing and sales activities, strategic planning, new business funds management, and a variety of other activities needed to sustain and grow the business base.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Moore was Director of Business Development for Boeing’s Missile Defense Systems business unit headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Moore joined Boeing with the acquisition of Rockwell’s Aerospace & Defense business as Vice President Weapons & Electronic Products. His last position with Rockwell, prior to the Boeing acquisition, was Vice President, Electronics Government Affairs & Marketing for Aerospace & Defense. From June 1994 to October 1995, he served as Vice President Business Development for Rockwell’s Defense Systems Business in Seal Beach, California.
Prior to rejoining Rockwell, Mr. Moore was Vice President of Marketing for Honeywell’s Military Avionics Division in Minneapolis, MN. From 1983 to 1986 he served as Director of International Marketing for Honeywell’s Aerospace and Defense business based out of Washington, D.C.
Previous service with Rockwell from April 1973 to March 1983 included positions of Director of Business Development – International Operations, Manager Business Planning and Venture analysis, Manager Program Planning & Control and Senior Auditor – Corporate Internal Audit staff.
Mr. Moore received a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business
 

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Darrell Noga
Partner, Head of Governmental Section
Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP.

Darrell Noga's current practice involves a variety of defense work and focuses on representation of diverse governmental and corporate entities with a particular emphasis on defending Texas municipalities, police and fire departments, and other government agencies in various civil rights, land use and planning, employment and tort actions. Mr. Noga also represents such entities and other clients in civil service and other municipal matters. His experience has led to him being named panel counsel for the Texas Municipal League.
He also has substantial additional experience in tort, contract, employment, commercial, insurance, and complex land use litigation, with extensive Federal and State trial experience, and appellate experience in state courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court.
Mr. Noga is author of numerous papers discussing various litigation issues and tactics, school issues, civil rights litigation, employment law and other issues. He is a member of the Texas City Attorneys' Association and has served on multiple occasions as a member of the State Bar Planning Committee and Faculty for the annual Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar.
Mr. Noga earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from DePaul University in Chicago. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.
 

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Joe Penshorn
President
Inspiration Point Foods
Joe Penshorn currently serves as President of Inspiration Point Foods, a new venture formed to acquire and operate food companies. Mr. Penshorn retired in 2010 as CEO of Standard Meat Company and Vice Chairman of CTI Foods. Throughout his career, he has held several high level management and equity positions in food companies. These food companies include Sandy’s Fast in Fresh during the late 1980’s, Rosani Foods in the 1990’s, and concluding with Standard Meat Company and CTI Foods in the 2000’s. At the time of his departure from the food industry this year, the companies under his leadership had revenues near a billion dollars.
Mr. Penshorn began his career as a consultant at Deloitte and Touche in Emerging Business Services. He completed his B.B.A. in accounting and data processing from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Penshorn serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business.
 

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Jennifer Roa
Product Marketing Analyst, Business Ventures – New Combat Aircraft
Lockheed Martin
Jennifer Roa began her career at Lockheed Martin in 2004 as a Cost Analyst for F-16 Production Operations. Ms. Roa was nominated and accepted into the Financial Leadership Development Program (FLDP) program in 2007. Her FLDP rotations include F-22 Financial Planning, F-22 Contracts Management, and Business Ventures. She currently works as a Product Marketing Analyst in Business Ventures – New Combat Aircraft and is responsible for managing the various elements of the business arrangements with future customers.
Ms. Roa received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned an M.B.A. from Tarleton State University.
 

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Mitchell Salamon
Chief Tax Officer
AMR/American Airlines
As Chief Tax Officer for AMR/American Airlines, Mitch Salamon is responsible for the organization’s global tax administration. Previously, Mr. Salamon served as Vice President - Tax and Finance and Assistant Treasurer with FedEx Kinko’s (formerly Kinko’s) responsible for global tax administration, cash management, and equipment financing. Before Kinko’s, he served American Airlines in the roles of Senior Tax Counsel and Managing Director – State, Local and Excise Taxes. Earlier, Mr. Salamon worked for Cargill, a diversified, privately-held multinational, in the roles of Assistant Tax Director and Tax Counsel - Planning where he had oversight for state and local tax administration and advised on federal and state tax aspects of proprietary financial trading, structured investments, and joint ventures.
Mr. Salamon obtained a Bachelor of Science in business administration with high distinction from the University of Arizona. He started his career in Public Accounting in San Francisco with Arthur Young (Tax) and KPMG (Audit) before going to law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
 

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Robert Strong
Market President—Texas
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Robert Strong is the President for Mutual of Omaha Bank’s Texas market. Mr. Strong joined Mutual of Omaha in 2008 to build the insurance company’s banking franchise in Texas.
Mr. Strong began a career in banking more than 30 years ago when he assumed the role of comptroller of the currency and examiner for the 11th National Bank District in Dallas. Since then he’s held executive positions with a number of banking entities including Regions Bank, where as President and Chief Executive Officer over the Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas markets, he helped establish the bank’s Texas markets.
Mr. Strong earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from The University of Texas at Arlington. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business.
 

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Mr. Scott Wallingford
Strategy and Marketing Executive
Scott Wallingford is a seasoned strategy and marketing executive focused on growth-oriented software-as-a-service and technology-based businesses. He brings 20 years experience across Fortune 500 and management consulting firms where he is known for finding profitable revenue growth in existing businesses and identifying scalable new market opportunities. For the past eight years, Scott served in executive leadership roles for Sabre Holdings, a leading global travel commerce and software services company, and owner of Travelocity. Sabre Holdings’ business portfolio includes software-as-a-service applications for airlines and hotels, global electronic commerce connecting suppliers and travel agencies, and online retail and consumer advertising.
In 2002, he joined Sabre Holdings as Vice President, Enterprise Marketing. Most recently, Scott led the Sabre Holdings strategy team as Vice President, Global Corporate Strategy. In this role, he worked across the global business portfolio to develop new B2B and B2C business opportunities and turnaround underperforming businesses.
Previously, he was a Principal with Booz & Co. (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton), the leading global management consultancy. There he advised senior executives on business strategy operations, financial performance, and M&A across the US, Europe and Asia Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
 

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