Business Week 2012 Featured Speakers
Frank N. Bullock
Executive Vice President & Market Leader
SRS Real Estate Partners
Frank Bullock has over 29 years of professional experience and he joined SRS Real Estate Partners in 2009 following the merger of his firm, Revere Commercial Realty, with SRS Real Estate Partners. Frank is responsible for executing the SRS Real Estate Partners vision in Dallas/Ft. Worth while strengthening and augmenting the Dallas/Ft. Worth professional team for future market growth and dominance. He serves as the Dallas/Ft. Worth Market Leader and is a member of the SRS Leadership Council. Frank is an SRS Real Estate Partners shareholder. Mr. Bullock is an industry leader in the DFW market and has been for 29 years. He began as an office tenant representation specialist. In 1988, after successfully completing the consolidation of the corporate headquarters relocation for Black Eyed Pea and Taco Bueno Restaurants into one facility in Preston Center, he won the national exclusive to represent these concepts as they rolled out their changes around the country. In the past two years at SRS, Mr. Bullock and his team have won Landlord listing assignments with Regency Center, Inland, ArrowRetail and Cypress Equities. The SRS Urban group has been established with noteworthy assignments such as West 7th in Fort Worth. SRS also was awarded the retail leasing for University of Texas at Arlington's new mixed use development, College Park, to open in August 2012. Mr. Bullock is a licensed Texas real estate broker and member of ICSC.
SRS Real Estate Partners
Jack Burgher is an associate at SRS Real Estate Partners in the Dallas/Fort Worth office. He joined SRS Real Estate Partners in June 2010 after graduating from the University of Georgia Honors Program. Mr. Burgher specializes in tenant representation and landlord representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He is responsible for the leasing of multiple shopping centers owned by groups such as Regency Centers, Inland American, Cypress Equities, CW Capital, and UT Arlington. He also handles CVS' disposition needs in the DFW market.
Mr. Burgher is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR) and The Real Estate Council (TREC).
General Terrance Dake (ret.)
General Terrance Dake is the Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Aviall Services Inc., a provider of aftermarket supply-chain management services for the aerospace, defense and marine industries. General Dake is a major part of Aviall's movement into the U.S. Government market, providing supply chain management functions to the U.S. military and other government agencies. Before coming to Aviall Services Inc., General Dake was the Senior Vice President for U.S. Government and International Military Programs at Bell Helicopter, Textron. That business unit, one of two profit centers at Bell Helicopter, had revenues in excess of $900 million. A helicopter pilot, he served thirty-four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of General. He saw combat in Viet Nam and in Desert Storm. His last position on active duty was the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation with the responsibility for all of Marine Corps Aviation. General Dake retired from the Marine Corps in September 2000. He earned undergraduate degrees from the College of the Ozarks and the University of Arkansas. He holds a Master of Arts degree in human resource management from Pepperdine University.
Jeffrey T. Fisher ('92)
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 has 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.
Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations
The University of Texas at Arlington
John Hall assumed his position as Vice President in February 2004. With more than 26 years of executive management experience at UT Arlington, Mr. Hall serves as custodian of the campus master plan and his responsibilities include risk management, capital improvement planning, capital budgets, and real estate. Mr. Hall provides leadership to all departments of Campus Operations and Auxiliary Enterprises including the University Police Department, housing, dining services, and all special event facilities. Mr. Hall also serves on several area committees including the Central Arlington Initiative Steering Committee, Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, Arlington Redevelopment Corporation, and the Citizens Bond Review Committee.
Brian Happel ('83)
Fort Worth Market President
Brian Happel is the Fort Worth Market president of BBVA Compass, bringing over 28 years of banking and knowledge of the Fort Worth and overall Tarrant County market. Brian leads the Commercial/Real Estate Banking Team for Tarrant County which includes the business development of prospective customers for BBVA Compass with revenues from $10MM - $1.5 Billion. His team provides customized business services such as credit, deposits, treasury management, international, leasing and investments needs for clients throughout Tarrant County. In addition, he has overall responsibility for the retail and wealth management teams for the Fort Worth market.
Happel earned his Bachelor's degree in management from the University of Texas at Arlington. Active in the community, Happel currently serves with Downtown Fort Worth Inc. (Board Member/Executive Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee, Chairman of the Finance Committee), member of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Business Board, and member of the Fort Worth Executive Roundtable. He previously served with the following organizations: Co-Chairman of the Arlington Citizens Budget Review Committee, as a board member of the Fort Worth Arts Council, member of the UTA Alumni Association, President of the UTA Athletics Alumni Association, board member and Finance Director of the River Legacy Foundation, and board member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Before joining the Corporate Banking world, Mr. Happel was a Professional Football Player with the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Colts, New York Jets, Washington Federals, San Antonio Gunslingers and Green Bay Packers from 1983 through 1987. He currently lives in Arlington, Texas and is the father of three children - Austin, Ashlee and Alec.
H. Ralph Hawkins ('73), FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP
Chairman & CEO
H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP is chairman and CEO of HKS Architects, Inc, a leading architecture firm headquartered in Dallas. Mr. Hawkins is noted for the firm’s growth from 450 employees to its current count of 800 plus. His tenure has also seen the firm's ranking jump from the number 13 spot on the Building Design & Construction Top 500 list to being named the top five architectural/engineering firms in the United States and the top ten in the World. Under his direction, the firm continues to successfully expand its services into new markets. HKS now has 26 offices in the U.S. and international offices including Mexico City, London, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, New Delhi and Chennai.
Mr. Hawkins was recognized by American Business Awards with a Stevie Award for 2007 Best Executive. He has been named the 2005 CEO of the Year in the large firm category by PSMJ, the leading management consulting firm for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. He also has been named a Senior Fellow in the Design Future Council. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architecture and a member of the Council of Fellows in the American College of Healthcare Architects. A Fortune magazine survey listed him in the top 25 Best Bosses in 2005.
Ralph has an undergraduate degree in architecture from University of Texas at Arlington, a Master's in Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Public Health degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Ralph also serves as Adjunct Professor, development board chair, and dean's advisory council for UTA. He is a member of the University of Texas Chancellors Executive Committee. He also serves as past Chair of the Rice School of Architecture Dean's Circle.
Vice President for Development
The University of Texas at Arlington
Jim Lewis joined UT Arlington in March 2008 to lead the University's fundraising operations. In the last two years under Mr. Lewis' leadership, giving has exceeded donations in the previous five years combined. Mr. Lewis has 25 years of experience as a development professional in higher education and was previously the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. During his tenure at Austin College, Mr. Lewis provided leadership for the New Era Campaign, which resulted in raising more than $120 million to build and renovate 14 facilities, increasing the number of million-dollar donors from 11 to 46 and establishing 277 new scholarships totaling $26.5 million. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Development and as Executive Director of Development at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He also has held management positions at Southern Methodist University and Odessa College. Mr. Lewis is a native of Texas. He earned his MBA in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He also holds an MS in Student Personnel and Guidance and a BS in Sociology/Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Senior Vice President, Customer Relations & Sales
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.
Chuck Nixon, AIA
Jacobs Engineering Group
Chuck Nixon is a Architectural Principal with Jacobs Architects/Engineers Fort Worth office. Mr. Nixon serves as the Project Executive, Principal-in-Charge of selected projects for Jacobs. In addition he serves in a business development role in the higher education, corporate/commercial market sectors. Mr. Nixon is a graduate of the University of Texas/Austin, School of Architecture. He has 40+ years of experience in the planning, design, and execution of development initiatives for the built environment and is a licensed architect in 48 states. Mr. Nixon combines a breadth of experience across virtually every type of vertical structure. His strong planning background has enabled institutional clients to align key operational and financial decisions with strategic, planned growth and initiatives to create efficient and sustainable developments for private and public sector clients. Many of his projects are award winning, multi-discipline, fast-track projects utilizing construction management techniques and multiple bid packages. His work as a Principal/project director/ includes projects for both private and public clients around the world, including educational, commercial, healthcare, institutional and service-oriented agencies. Recent projects for which Mr. Nixon has served or is currently serving as project director/principal in charge include planning and design for several higher education systems in Texas. These include The University of Texas System and the University of North Texas System. Projects for these systems include master planning for three major university campuses, research laboratory/biotechnology facilities, academic classroom/faculty office facilities, student residence hall facilities, student unions and dining hall facilities, wellness and career centers, and various sports facilities. Mr. Nixon currently serves as the Jacobs Principal in Charge for the design of the College Park mixed use project which includes housing, retail, welcome center and parking facilities to be completed in July 2012.
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.
Mr. Larry O'Donnell, III
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Rockwater Energy Solutions
Larry O'Donnell has served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. since its formation in 2011. In 2000, he was recruited to help lead the turnaround of Waste Management, Inc., the leading waste, recycling, renewable energy, and environmental services firm in North America. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Waste Management from 2004 to 2010. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. O'Donnell was with Baker Hughes Incorporated, one of the largest oilfield services firms in the world. Mr. O'Donnell earned a BS in Engineering from the University of Texas and a JD, cum laude, from the University of Houston.
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.
President and C.E.O.
Ricochet Fuel Distributors
Kelly Roberts provides over 25 years of petroleum product experience along with outstanding visionary leadership in her industry. She is a graduate of UT Arlington, sole owner of Ricochet Fuel Distributors, Inc., a successful, customer service oriented wholesale petroleum distributor with headquarters located in Euless, Texas. Ricochet's revenue in 2011 exceeded $50 million. Ms. Roberts remains active in the daily operations of the company including sales and marketing, finance, management and company growth. Ricochet provides fuel to companies that use the fuel within their business. The company serves an impressive customer base including TXU/Oncor, DFW Airport and UT Arlington and has received significant recognition through various media articles and awards. Ricochet has been named as one of the top fastest growing, privately-held companies by The SMU COX School of business and Entrepreneur magazine as well as being designated among the Top 25 Women Owned Business by The Dallas Business Journal. Ms. Roberts is an active community volunteer and generously supports local charities. She is also active in many organizations that support women owned businesses such as the WBCS and NAWBO.
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.
Information Technology Executive, Former CIO of the Dallas Cowboys
An Executive level business operations and technology professional with extensive experience in designing, integrating, delivering and managing advanced IT solutions for corporations, Pete Walsh has developed the strategies of technology implementation for major sporting venues. Mr. Walsh most recently served as Vice President and CIO of Buchanan Technologies. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer for the Dallas Cowboys for more than seven years, overseeing the technical functionalities of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mr. Walsh has held senior level management positions for companies including EXE Technologies, Nokia, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rockwell International and United Space Alliance. With over 25 years of business experience, Mr. Walsh has been a key member of decision and policy-making teams, and developed and implemented organizational strategic plans, mission and vision statements with responsibilities extended to the architecture and implementation of a global infrastructure connecting operations in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
Jeff Williams, P.E.
Graham Associates, Inc.
Mr. Williams is President of Graham Associates, a full-service civil engineering and surveying firm based in Arlington with branch offices in Fort Worth and Garland. With over 26 years of experience, Mr. Williams has served as the Civil Engineer for some of the Metroplex's landmarks such as the Ballpark in Arlington, Southlake Town Square, the River Legacy Living Science Center, and the Parks Mall. Other notable projects include Park Central, Centreport, and the Frisco Roughriders Ballpark. He is currently working as the Civil Engineer for the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Glorypark Town Center, and the Three Bridges Project on Interstate 30. Mr. Williams' projects have won numerous awards, and he has become known for his ability to successfully complete large, complex projects. Mr. Williams is also active in the community, serving as President of the River Legacy Foundation for six years and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He has received numerous awards, including the Vandergriff Community Leadership Award and the Texas Handshake Honor Award. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas Tech University and is a Registered Texas Professional Engineer.
Trey Yelverton (BA '88)
City of Arlington
Trey Yelverton was named City Manager for the City of Arlington in February 2012. Previously serving as Deputy City Manager for Economic Development, Mr.Yelverton led the team responsible for fulfilling the City's obligations in developing the Dallas Cowboys new stadium. His role also included the oversight of Community Development and Planning; the Arlington Convention Center; and economic development contracts with the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Downtown Management Corporation. Mr. Yelverton has worked for the City of Arlington for nearly 20 years, previously serving as the Director of the Neighborhood Services Department and Executive Director of the Arlington Housing Authority.