BUSINESS WEEK 2015
GLOBALIZATION and The Future of Business
March 16-20

Featured Speakers

Nafees Alam
Nafees Alam
Nafees Alam (’02 B.S.)
CEO and Founding Partner
DRG Concepts
Nafees Alam is chief executive officer and founding partner of DRG Concepts, one of the Southwest's and premier restaurant development and operations companies. Since starting DRG Concepts with Mike Hoque in 2005, Alam has led the company into steady and solid growth of brands and locations. As CEO, Alam directs a high-caliber DRG Concepts corporate and restaurant team in delivering top-quality culinary and dining experiences to guests every day, with innovations in the ways that cuisine and commerce connect.

DRG Concepts is the only independent restaurant operating company in Dallas with multiple successful brands: Dallas Fish Market, Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa and Chop House Burger. Soon to arrive in downtown Dallas is DRG Concepts' new Italian concept and "urban osteria" Oven and Cellar. Chop House Burger has opened a second location in Euless, and will open in downtown Fort Worth in 2015. Wild Salsa will also open in downtown Fort Worth and in Fairview in Collin County in 2015. Other locations for DRG Concepts brands will be announced soon.

Testaments to Alam’s fine management skill are the fiscal success and continuing critical and consumer praise and acclaim for DRG Concepts brands Dallas Fish Market, Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa and Chop House Burger. Each of the brands has received accolades from food critics and guests alike for the consistency in flavor, freshness and top-caliber service. Accolades include strong reviews from Texas Monthly, Bon Appétit, The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, Gayot, DeltaSky, and more. The DRG Concepts restaurant brands continue to receive reader's choice acclaim as well. Alam is a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Arlington. He also received his MBA in entrepreneurship from SMU Cox School of Business in 2014, earned while leading DRG Concepts. He received the Early Career Achievement Alumni Award from the UT Arlington College of Business, and has also been named Graduate Student to Watch by SMU Cox School of Business TODAY. Alam is also active in supporting business and charitable organizations, including The Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, Downtown Dallas Inc., The Bridge of North Texas, Vogel Alcove, and more. He is an advocate of talent development among students in business and in the hospitality/restaurant and culinary arts fields, and spearheads scholarship programs from DRG Concepts, including an annual scholarship for students in the UTA College of Business. Alam resides in Las Colinas with his wife Nadia Khan.

 
Mark Austin
Mark Austin
Mark Austin
Vice President, Data Insights and Management, Big Data Center of Excellence
AT&T
Mark Austin manages a number of data science teams in big data who are focused on producing actionable insights from various AT&T data sources for both internal and external applications.

In more than 24 years in telecommunications, Austin has held a variety of positions in technology operations and management, including staff roles as executive director of technology planning, and management roles in network operations for Puerto Rico, South Florida, and the southeast region of the United States. Prior to his current role, Austin led a team that applied big data to network optimization by deploying the world’s largest self-optimizing network, as well as several of the fundamental data sources used for big data today in AT&T for location analytics and churn reduction solutions.

Austin has chaired various industry technical standards committees, has published more than 20 reviewed technical papers, and has been granted 32 patents. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Technical Institute, and is the recipient of the Sigma Xi Thesis Award for his research on various topics related to optimizing cellular systems. He enjoys running, cycling, and boating and resides in Plano, Texas.

 
Christy Benson
Christy Benson
Christy Benson
System Director of Clinical Informatics
Texas Health Resources
Christy Benson is the system director of clinical informatics for Texas Health Resources. Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, non-profit health systems in the United States with more than 21,100 employees and 25 acute-care, transitional, rehabilitation and short-stay hospitals.

Benson led her team to produce the first “Quality and Safety Report: A Transparent Report Card to the Community” in the state of Texas. THR is only one of a very few health care organizations in the United States that is publicly reporting nationally recognized clinical indicators related to patient quality and safety.

She has 20 years of experience in information technology. Previously, she worked as a consultant for IBM Global Services and American Express before joining the healthcare sector. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Guilford College in computer information systems and her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Pfeiffer University. In addition, she has a certificate in Health Care Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is a Master Black Belt in Data Management from North Carolina State University.

She currently is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of North Texas in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement.

Benson resides in Midlothian with her husband and their two sons. When she is not working, she is active within her church, enjoys photography and spends time with her two sons and husband who are active in Taekwondo.

 
John Brookby
John Brookby
John Brookby (’00 M.S.)
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Development
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
John Brookby is assistant vice president of planning, marketing, and leasing within the Commercial Development Department of the world’s fourth busiest airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In this position, he is responsible for directing and managing revenue-generating development of airport real estate.

Brookby is broadly experienced in aviation and real estate development with a background in architecture, construction, financial modeling, and project management. He has extensive knowledge of master planning, commercial building design and construction, real estate financial analysis, and development processes. As a multidisciplinary professional, Brookby has a Master of Science degree in real estate from The University of Texas at Arlington, where he has also been an instructor in real estate courses, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University. He is a licensed architect in the state of Texas, an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Greater Dallas Planning Council, an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before DFW Airport, Brookby was a commercial development manager at TownSite Company in Fort Worth, a project manager with RTKL Associates, Inc. in Dallas, and an architect with Carter Burgess, Inc., in Fort Worth. His experience includes leadership in several significant commercial and mixed-use projects. He also has a Private Pilot license and a lifelong interest in aviation. He is married and has two children.

 
Eric Brown
Eric Brown
Eric Brown
Managing Partner/Consultant
Plus Factor, LLC
For more than 25 years, Eric Brown has built responsive organizations based on the mantra that business success starts with focus, innovation and execution. As an executive and entrepreneur, he has created businesses, expanded companies’ equity value and led teams to achieve goals through execution excellence. As a brand marketer, he has overseen the development of consumer brands from infancy to global powerhouse. Skilled in international business development, Brown has developed business relationships and managed business in France, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, the Caribbean, and many more countries.

Plus Factor, LLC, is a business consulting corporation consisting of proven executives that assists businesses in top-line and bottom-line growth through analytics, market expansion, brand marketing and enterprise best-practices. Brown’s extensive leadership experience for multi-million-dollar corporations drives his success today. In March 2009, he brought together a high-powered team of successful executives and the resources of private equity acquired from the Proctor & Gamble Company to the Johnson Products Company.

Brown started his career in consumer-packaged goods with Pro-Line Corporation in 1984. Holding the positions of vice president of finance, chief operating officer and president, Brown led a management team that transcended Pro-Line Corporation to become the worldwide number two ethnic beauty-care product manufacturer. Brown has since served in leadership positions with Alberto-Culver and Johnson Products, and is the president of the UT Arlington College of Business Advisory Council as well as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1978.

 
Ashish C.
Agency Recruiter, South Central Region
CIA
Ashish C. graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and began his CIA career in 2002 as a project/program manager within the CIA’s Chief Information Office (CIO).

Throughout his Agency tenure, Ashish has managed various IT and process improvement projects of increasing scope and complexity for the CIO as well as three of the four Agency directorates. Ashish also completed a 2-year “joint duty” assignment at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and obtained an MBA from the University of Baltimore. Currently, Ashish is the Agency recruiter for the South Central Region, which includes building and maintaining recruitment relationships with colleges and universities as well as community and professional groups throughout Texas and six other states. Ashish has been married 10 years and has three young children.

 
Floyd S. Cable
Floyd S. Cable
Floyd S. Cable
Diplomat in Residence
U.S. Department of State
Floyd S. Cable joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service officer in 1987. He was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 2011, and in 2014 was promoted to the rank of Minister Counselor. He is currently Diplomat in Residence at The University of Texas at Austin.

Cable has served at nine different overseas posts, and in every one of the State Department’s six overseas regional bureaus. His most recent overseas assignment was that of embassy counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Prior to his Riyadh assignment, he was management counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria (2009-11), and before that he was the management counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2007-09). He was a student at the National War College - National Defense University (August 2006-June 2007). In a Washington assignment, he was a Post Management Officer with the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and supported our diplomatic posts in China, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. His other overseas assignments include: the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile; the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia; the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba (officially part of the Embassy of Switzerland); the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy; the U.S. Consulate General in Medan, Indonesia; and the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Those assignments have provided him with a wealth of international, cross-cultural, and U.S. federal government interagency experiences.

Cable’s Foreign Service career track is management, which has given him the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles with a broad range of responsibilities. In his Riyadh assignment, he oversaw operational services provided to the U.S. Mission to Saudi Arabia, which includes the Embassy and the U.S. Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran, those posts’ 220-plus American employees, their family members, and the Mission’s 440-plus local employees. Under his supervision were offices that managed: a collection of budgets that totaled more than $60 million; State Department information technology platforms and services; acquisitions and supply operations; health services; human resource services; facility maintenance and improvement; shipping and customs processing; a Riyadh housing program with more than 220 units; and one of the largest U.S. Mission motor pools in the world. In his Riyadh assignment, he also served frequently as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, and on occasion as Charge´ d’Affaires (acting ambassador).

In his time at the National War College, he earned a master's degree in National Strategic Studies. Earlier in his career, he studied Spanish and Italian at the State Department’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Cable received graduate degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and in Counseling Psychology and Student Development, both from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. His bachelor's degree is from SUNY-Binghamton. He was teaching English in Seoul, South Korea, when he joined the Foreign Service in 1987. He and his wife, HiSu P. Cable, have been married since 1987, and they own a home in the state of Washington.

 
Jimmy Campbell
Jimmy Campbell
Jimmy Campbell (’71 B.S., ’79 MBA)
Regional President
Northstar Bank, Fort Worth
Jimmy Campbell is regional president of Northstar Bank of Texas, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Community Bank in Fort Worth, an independently owned bank with assets of $565 million, capital in excess of $59 million and 155 employees. Before joining Community Bank in 1996, he was senior vice president of Bank of North Texas/First Interstate/Wells Fargo Bank, where he established the Small Business Administration lending department, the fifth largest in the United States in 1994 and 1995.

Campbell began his career in banking as a part-time teller in 1970 while an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Arlington, and became president of First State Bank Cleburne in 1980. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UT Arlington in 1971, and in 1979 received his MBA as well.

His professional affiliations include leadership roles with Texas Bankers Association, Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and others. Campbell received the “Vision 20/20” Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders’ Lifetime Achievement Award and the ABA Cornerstone Award.

He has been married to his wife, Cathy, for more than 40 years, and has two sons, Paxton and Brett, a 1994 UT Arlington College of Business alumnus.

 
Frederick P. Cerise
Frederick P. Cerise
Frederick P. Cerise
President and Chief Executive Officer
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH, was named president and chief executive officer of Parkland Health and Hospital System in March 2014.

Prior to joining Parkland, Cerise served as associate dean for clinical affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. From 2007-12, he was vice president for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. From 2004-07, Cerise was secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La. Between 1991 and 2004, he advanced from the role of assistant program director and clinical faculty member to medical director and ultimately served as chief executive officer.

Cerise has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame and earned his Medical Degree at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2011, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and has served on the Louisiana Federal Health Care Reform Steering Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, among others.

 
Christine Cervenka
Christine Cervenka
Christine Cervenka
Director, Strategic Insights and Research
AT&T
Christine Cervenka is a director in the Global Marketing Organization for AT&T. This organization oversees all advertising, brand, corporate, and employee communications for AT&T worldwide. Cervenka and her team primarily focus on informing strategy and measuring the impact of AT&T’s initiatives related to these areas.

Cervenka has worked with AT&T for almost 20 years in a variety of positions. She started with AT&T in human resources, where she designed tests and assessment selections systems, performance management processes, and career development systems. She also held a variety of marketing roles, including marketing management, product management, and market research. Outside of AT&T, Cervenka has worked as a director in an advertising agency and a market research firm.

Cervenka has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. She earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in applied experimental psychology from the University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale. She has two sons, and recharges by traveling, hiking, biking, and getting outdoors.

 
Andrew Conders (’92 MBA, ’02 M.P.A.)
Assistant Regional Director of Operations, Fort Worth Regional Office
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Andrew Conders is the assistant regional director of operations for the Fort Worth Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He was promoted to that position in spring 2012 after serving for three years as a branch chief/exam manager for Investment Adviser and Investment Company examinations in the Fort Worth office. He started with the SEC as an examiner in 2001, and before joining the commission, worked for 17 years as the CFO of a private company in Fort Worth.

Conders, a native of Fort Worth, has an undergraduate degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Professional Accounting also from UT Arlington. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Conders is proud of his family’s long-standing relationship with UT Arlington—both of his parents graduated from what was then Arlington State College, and his wife received her undergraduate degree from UT Arlington as well.

 
Matt Davies
Matt Davies
Matt Davies
Payments Outreach Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Matt Davies, AAP, CTP, CPP, is the payments outreach officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He has more than 17 years of experience in the payments industry, nearly 15 of those with the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Dallas. He has also served as a product manager in the bankcard and commercial banking industries.

Davies is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and a Certified Payments Professional (CPP). He is a co-author of the working paper Nonbanks in the Payments System, published in book form by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 2003.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Davies graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history. He is also a 2013 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 
Roland Dickey, Jr.
Roland Dickey, Jr.
Roland Dickey, Jr.
President and CEO
Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Roland Dickey, Jr. is chief executive officer of Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. He is the grandson of company founder Travis Dickey, Sr. Since becoming president and CEO of the third-generation, family-run company in 2006, Dickey has expanded the restaurant’s reach from 20 to more than 500 stores nationwide.

As CEO, Dickey has elevated his family’s company to new heights by enthusiastically leading its evolution from a local barbecue joint to the fast-casual chain it is today. Through explosive growth in franchising, Dickey’s Barbecue now reaches guests across the country and is officially the nation’s largest barbecue chain. But, with Dickey at the helm the third-generation family business still prides itself on authentic, down-home food served with a signature brand of southern hospitality.

Dickey joined the family business in 1999 after working in leadership positions with a national Mexican food chain. In 2014, he was honored by Restaurant Business Magazine as part of the Power 20 in the restaurant industry. In addition, Dickey’s Barbecue was named “Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain” by Technomic in 2013, “Top 5 Growth Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News, and “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine in 2012.

Roland Dickey, Jr. was instrumental in kicking off Barbecue, Boots and Badges, Dickey’s new foundation committed to leaving a footprint on the communities they serve by providing funding and resources to law enforcement, firefighters and their families.

Dickey received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife live in Dallas.

 
James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn
Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer
Parkland Health and Hospital System
James Dunn is the executive vice president and chief talent officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He serves as the principal strategist and architect for development and implementation of strategies for the talent management life cycle for Parkland. Prior to joining Parkland, Dunn served as the executive HR and learning executive for the Office of Learning and Performance Development for the Cleveland Clinic, the chief learning officer with Texas Health Resources and the national vice president, Human Resources and Talent Retention Strategy for the National Home Office of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia. His work history also includes progressively responsible roles with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), BP/Amoco Corporation, and leading the global human resources operations for former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta.

Dunn has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and macro-environmental science from Howard University and a master’s certificate in human resources management (CSS) from Harvard University. He also received a Master of Public Health, with a specialization in occupational epidemiology and doctorate for advanced study in teaching (D.A.S.T) from Emory University. Additionally, he has a Ph.D. in organizational development and management from Benedictine University and a doctorate in healthcare administration (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dunn earned professional designations from the World at Work Society as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). He received the designation of Human Capital Strategist (HCS) from the Human Capital Institute and holds both Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) designations through the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a registered professional mediator, specializing in workplace conflict resolution strategies with the State of Georgia through the Dept. of Alternative Dispute Resolutions.

 
Robert Earley
Robert Earley
Robert Earley (’09 M.S.)
President and CEO
JPS Health Network
Robert Earley has served since 2009 as president and chief executive officer of JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s $800 million, tax-supported healthcare system with more than 6,000 team members. Earley entered the healthcare industry via a non-traditional route—by way of political assignments in Washington, D.C., and Austin.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Earley served as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom Vandergriff of Texas in the nation’s capital before returning to his South Texas hometown to seek an elected position of his own. Only 23 at the time, he was the youngest candidate to run for any office in the state legislature that year. He was elected in 1984 to the Texas House of Representatives and served for 10 years.

Earley’s leadership assignments during his decade in the Texas House included the chairmanship of the House Energy Committee. After five terms in the state house, Earley decided not to run for re-election. After leaving the legislature in 1995, he taught for three years at Texas A&M University in College Station before becoming president and chief executive officer of an Austin-based public affairs firm. His background in politics led to a position as political analyst for KXAN television, the Austin NBC affiliate. He also taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin for 12 years. Earley joined JPS in 2005 as a senior vice president focused on community and governmental affairs. The Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers appointed him interim president and CEO for JPS Health Network in May 2008, and in February 2009 he was named president and CEO.

He has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of Texas at Arlington, and he and his veterinarian wife, Tricia, have one daughter.

 
JT Fisher
JT Fisher
JT Fisher (’92 MBA)
Chief Financial Officer
Austin Industries, Inc.
Born and raised in southern California, JT Fisher earned his undergraduate degree from Embry Riddle University, where he trained to become a professional pilot. Flying became relegated to a hobby as his career took him into aerospace, aviation, and air transportation management for more than 20 years. He worked in finance and operations roles at companies such as McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), American Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.

While working in the Corporate Development group at American Airlines, he completed his MBA at The University of Texas at Arlington. His professional capstone in the aviation sector was to head the restructuring office for the successful bankruptcy reorganization of Delta Air Lines. Subsequently, Fisher served as CFO of telecommunications provider Charter Communications, and he is now CFO of Austin Industries, Inc., in Dallas. He serves on the board of directors of Austin Industries and Limelight Networks, Inc.

Fisher’s extracurricular activities include bouts of writing fiction from which he has produced two novels, and he is an obsessive cyclist who enjoys racing competitively. He is currently leading two entrepreneurial business ventures focused on healthy living. He and his wife, Vicky, also a UT Arlington graduate, have been happily married for 25 years. They have three children, including a sophomore son at California Polytechnic State University, a freshman daughter at UT Austin, and a high school freshman son.

 
Scott Greene
Scott Greene
Scott Greene
Vice President, Ground Vehicles
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Scott Greene is vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, where he is responsible for Lockheed Martin’s military vehicles strategy and growth in applications that range from tactical platforms to unmanned, autonomous systems. He has more than 30 years of multi-disciplined experience in the aerospace industry, and is the first executive to lead the Ground Vehicles line of business.

Prior to this role, Greene held successive vice president positions at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York, site leading the areas of Business Development, Advanced Programs and most recently Vehicle Systems. He has a comprehensive business perspective, rooted in years of partnering with U.S. and international customers to deliver complex system integration programs, including rotary and fixed wing aircraft, space systems and naval missiles. He has supported several lines of business within the corporation and has significant experience in the international marketplace.

Greene lives in Dallas and has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Cornell University. He is a member of the College of Business Advisory Board at The University of Texas at Arlington and serves on the Dallas USO Advisory Council. He is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association and the Association of the United States Army.

 
Paul Hamilton
Paul Hamilton
Paul Hamilton ('01 B.B.A., '01 M.S.)
Chief Financial Officer
Peacock Alley
Paul Hamilton has worked at Peacock Alley for 20 years, and has been chief financial officer for the last four years. Prior to his promotion to CFO, he was vice president of finance and operations. Hamilton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

Peacock Alley, family owned and operated for almost 40 years, designs and manufactures bed and bath linens that combine a subtle touch of indulgence with trendsetting styles, always mindful of comfort and versatility.

In his current role, he authored a financing memorandum which detailed the capital needs based on the company’s strategic growth plans through 2015. Hamilton is a key driver in the execution of the strategic plan, which aims to reduce inventory levels, drive revenue growth, and implement reporting tools to monitor performance. To date, margins increased by 5.5 percent in the highest gross contributing business unit, and opened a new design studio in Atlanta.

Hamilton serves on the board of the East Dallas Developmental Center, and volunteers for Dwell with Dignity and Community Partners of Dallas.

 
Brian Happel
Brian Happel
Brian Happel ('83 B.B.A.)
CEO, Fort Worth
BBVA Compass
Brian Happel is the chief executive officer of Fort Worth for BBVA Compass, bringing more than 30 years of banking and knowledge of the Fort Worth and overall Tarrant County markets. He was previously president of the Fort Worth market, and was promoted to CEO in early 2015. Happel’s new role is part of the bank’s broader reorganization that combines BBVA Compass’ retail, wealth management and commercial lines of business into one unit. Happel leads the Commercial/Real Estate Banking Team for Tarrant County, which includes the business development of prospective customers for BBVA Compass with revenues from $5 million to $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.

Before joining the corporate banking world, 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 earned his bachelor’s degree in management from UT Arlington. Active in the community, Happel serves with Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., as a board member on the Executive Committee, chairman of the Audit Committee and chairman of the Finance Committee; is a member of the College of Business Advisory Council at UT Arlington; and is a member of the Fort Worth Executive Roundtable.

 
Craig Happel
Craig Happel
Craig Happel ('82 B.B.A.)
Deputy to Vice President, Business Ventures
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Craig Happel is 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, Happel was the F-35 Program chief financial officer for more than 10 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 more than $10 billion.

Over his nearly 30 years with Lockheed Martin, Happel has received a Corporate NOVA Award for Leadership as well as multiple Aero Star Awards for Leadership. He completed his executive training from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

 
Sean Harding
Sean Harding
Sean Harding (’94 B.A.)
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Solutionstar and Nationstar Mortgage
Sean Harding joined Solutionstar in May 2013 as the head of the Human Resources Department, which also includes technical and leadership training, facilities, communications, and corporate insurance. He also serves in this capacity to the parent company, Nationstar Mortgage. Prior to joining Solutionstar he was the head of human resources for KPMG Advisory Services LLP. Prior to joining KPMG he was the chief administrative officer and the head of HR for Morgan Stanley’s residential mortgage business. Additionally, Harding held several senior management level roles at Citi and Associates First Capital Corporation, both domestic and international. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The University of Texas at Arlington and several HR-specific credentials.

 
Wes Jurey
Wes Jurey
Wes Jurey
President and CEO
Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Center for Innovation
Wes Jurey is president and CEO of the Arlington, Texas, Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the Center for Innovation, a catalyst for technology based economic development. The center’s Federal Agency Network, launched in 2010, serves as an interagency model for federal technology transfer, in partnership with 11 federal agencies, utilizing a network of affiliate partner corporations, universities, and economic development organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

Selected in 2009 as a Ford Foundation Fellow, Jurey was appointed by the Business Roundtable to the Springboard Project, which provided recommendations to the Obama administration; appointed to the Council on Competitiveness Workforce Advisory Group; served on the Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Advisory Council under two administrations, currently serving as one of 20 appointees to a White House Task Force formulating recommendations for federal technology transition; and recently named a founding member of the America Invents Act Pro Bono Advisory Council.

He earned his B.A. in education from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1972; is a graduate and former faculty member of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Institute; and is a Certified Fundraising Practitioner.

 
Larry Kemp
Larry Kemp
Larry Kemp (’80 B.B.A.)
Chief Operating Officer
Kemp & Sons General Services, Inc.
Larry Kemp began his professional career with IBM after receiving his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. He was promoted and selected from a small group within the organization to become a part of a financial management team to market $1 million in finance options to qualified IBM customers. He then transitioned to Office Depot where he worked as the regional transportation manager.

Kemp later followed his natural entrepreneurial instincts and took over his family’s small commercial cleaning business that was started by his father in 1972. Under his leadership, Kemp & Sons General Services, Inc., has grown to $17 million in contracts. Kemp guided the company in a period of dynamic growth from a staff of eight to more than 140 employees. Kemp & Sons has received local, regional and national awards, including being chosen the 10th Fastest Growing Inner-city Company in America by Harvard Business School and CNN Money Magazine, out of 2,100 nominees. He has appeared in Fortune Magazine and a number of other publications.

Kemp is a speaker and mentor to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, as well as small and minority business owners. He received a 2014 CFO of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Business Press, and serves on various boards and committees related to UTA Athletics, the UTA College of Business, economic development, entrepreneurship, and business diversity.

 
Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, U.S. Army (ret.)
Lieutenant General Rick Lynch,
U.S. Army (ret.)
Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, U.S. Army (ret.)
President and CEO
RLynch Enterprises, LLC
Lieutenant General Rick Lynch attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1977. He was commissioned as a regular army engineer officer. As an engineer, he commanded both a mobile assault bridge company and a combat engineer company in the 2nd Armored Division.

He branch transferred to armor and subsequently commanded both a tank battalion (1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division) and a tank brigade (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division). Lynch was promoted to brigadier general in 2001. As general officer, he served as the assistant division commander, 4th Infantry Division, Chief of Staff, Kosovo Forces, and deputy chief of staff, Operations for Joint Force Command Naples, Italy. He served in Iraq as the deputy chief of staff for strategic effects and the spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq from 2005-06.

He commanded the 3rd Infantry Division from 2006-08. During that time he deployed the division to Iraq as part of the surge, and commanded Task Force Marne in Iraq for 15 months. After redeployment, he was selected to command III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. General Lynch’s last position in the Army was as the commanding general, installation management command and the assistant chief of staff for installation management. He was responsible for 163 Army installations worldwide with an annual budget of $12 billion and a workforce of 120,000.

After retirement, Lynch became the executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar facility focused on advanced technology to help humanity and finding affordable solutions to complex problems. Lynch is now the CEO of his own company, RLynch Enterprises. He consults, makes presentations, and recently published a book on adaptive leadership, titled Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Southlake, Texas.

 
Mary Mulry
Mary Mulry
Mary Mulry
Principal Researcher, Center for Statistical Research and Methodology
U.S. Census Bureau
Mary Mulry is a principal researcher in the Center for Statistical Research and Methodology of the U.S. Census Bureau. A native Texan, she received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics and an M.A. in statistics from Indiana University. She served as vice president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) from 2011-13, and she is an ASA Fellow.

The overriding goal in the U.S. Decennial Census is to count every person residing in the U.S. as of April 1 of the census year. To achieve this goal, the U.S. 2010 Census had two response periods: the first phase was a mailout/mailback and the second was a personal visit nonresponse follow-up. This effort was aided by a massive social marketing campaign designed to increase awareness and participation with the aim of maximizing mail returns. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that a single percentage increase in mail returns translates to roughly $85 million saved in personal follow-up costs. Mulry speaks to how statistical methods contributed to the planning and implementation of the communications campaign of the U.S. Census.

 
Clement Osimetha
Clement Osimetha
Clement Osimetha (’92 B.B.A.)
Attorney
Axiom
Clement Osimetha is an attorney with Axiom, where he has served as outside general counsel for DPT Laboratories, a contract manufacturing pharmaceutical organization, since 2013. He is the key legal adviser on all major business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, manufacturing and supply agreements, research and development agreements, joint ventures, and vendor services.

He previously was an attorney for Capital One, where he reviewed and assessed financial services/bank clients’ home loan files for compliance with Fair Lending Regulations and The Equal Opportunity Act. His previous legal experience includes five years as vice president and AGC of legal resources at Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas and five years as assistant city attorney for the Dallas City Attorney’s Office.

Osimetha received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Arlington where he was inducted to Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. He received a J.D. with honors from Southern Methodist University and is on the Executive Board of the SMU Dedman School of Law. He was also appointed to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals by the Texas Supreme Court from 2002-08.

 
Joe Penshorn
Joe Penshorn
Joe Penshorn
President
Inspiration Point Foods
Joe Penshorn is president of Inspiration Point Foods, a venture formed to acquire and operate food companies post retirement. Current ventures include trading of beef raw materials to hedge national chain accounts, protein risk with Sherwood Food Distributors, and Grub Burger and Bar. He also serves as operating partner for Integrita Capital Partners.

Penshorn retired in 2010 as CEO of Standard Meat Company and vice chairman of CTI Foods. He has held several high-level management roles and equity positions in food, energy, real estate, and startup companies throughout his career, beginning with Sandy’s Fast n Fresh in the late 1980s and including Rosani Foods in the 1990s. At the time of his retirement from Standard Meat Company in 2010, the companies under his leadership had total revenues nearing $1 billion.

 
Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
Prashant Ranade
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Syntel, Inc.
Prashant Ranade is vice chairman of Syntel's Board of Directors. He previously served as CEO and President of Syntel from February 2010 until April 2014. Prior to that, he founded Indus Ventures, LLC, a strategic directions consulting firm. Ranade served as the president and chief executive officer of Siemens Group Logistics and Assembly Systems, NA (currently Dematic GmbH & Co. KG), a company that is principally involved in material handling logistics and automation, from May 2003 to November 2006. Ranade served on the board of directors at Dematic until July 2007. He has served as a director of Syntel since June 2007.

Syntel, Inc. is a global information technology services and knowledge process outsourcing firm. Under Ranade’s leadership, Syntel transformed into one of the best performing companies in the industry. He was instrumental in driving a culture of customer centricity, growth orientation, and operational excellence across the organization.

 
Sandy Reeves
Sandy Reeves
Sandy Reeves (’84 B.B.A.)
Vice President of Treasury Services
Texas Health Resources
Sandy Reeves is the vice president of treasury services for Texas Health Resources (THR), one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the United States. THR consists of 24 acute care, transitional, rehabilitation, and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured, or affiliations. The treasury department oversees the investment and treasury management of $3.5 billion in assets and a capital structure of $1.2 billion in tax exempt and taxable debt.

Reeves received a B.B.A. in finance from The University of Texas at Arlington, and joined THR in 1987. She has earned the designation of Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) through the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Reeves is the president of the Fort Worth Association of Financial Professionals, a past recipient of the AFP Honors award in 2006 and 2007, and has served on numerous committees at the local, state, and national level for the AFP. She is a past presenter at the AFP Annual Conference, regional treasury conferences, and for the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

 
Matthew Reiter
Matthew Reiter
Matthew Reiter
Partner
Whitley Penn
Matthew Reiter is a partner with Whitley Penn and has more than 15 years of audit public accounting experience, auditing both public and private clients. His experience focuses primarily in the following industries: technology, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and distribution. Additionally, he has one year of experience with a Fortune 100 publicly held company as an internal adviser on SEC and U.S. GAAP accounting and reporting issues.

At Whitley Penn, Reiter serves as the technical resource partner for accounting and auditing issues, serves as the partner in charge of recruiting for The University of Oklahoma, and has served as the partner in charge of human resources.

He received a B.B.A. in accounting and an M.S. in accounting from Texas Tech University.

 
Doug Renfro
Doug Renfro
Doug Renfro
President
Renfro Foods, Inc.
Doug Renfro is president of Renfro Foods, Inc., where he oversees new product development and helps manage a number of administrative areas of the business, including purchasing, legal, information systems, human resources, and sales.

Reared in the family business, Renfro spent a majority of his career working in a number of different capacities at Renfro Foods. As a teenager he worked in production, and while in college he learned to formulate Renfro’s recipes.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, Renfro worked in the financial services department for a large information services company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. During his seven-year tenure outside the family business, he was promoted to divisional finance manager, earned his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and qualified for his Certified Management Accountant designation. He re-joined Renfro Foods in 1992.

Renfro is involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including serving as past president of the Tarrant Area Food Bank, the Texas Food Processors Association, and the North Texas Food Sales Association. He serves on the executive committees of Casa Mañana, a not-for-profit theater organization, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, a non-profit conservation and preservation institute. He is also on the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors, the Chile Pepper Institute’s Advisory Council, and TCU’s Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He has also served as a board member of Fort Worth South, a non-profit organization that works to renovate Fort Worth’s southern inner city.

 
Daryl Rhead
Daryl Rhead
Daryl Rhead
Senior Director of Finance and Accounting
Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Marriott International
Daryl Rhead is senior director of finance and accounting at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, and has 11 years of financial leadership experience with Marriott International. He has worked in a variety of hotel niches, including high-end resorts in Arizona and San Diego, convention center marquis hotels in San Francisco, and the mega hotel Gaylord Texan. He has installed a prestigious golf course, the Ambiente course in Paradise Valley Arizona, which is part of the Camelback Golf Club.

Rhead’s brand experience includes Marriott, Gaylord, Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, and Renaissance hotels. He facilitated the $120 million sale of the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, and has completed more than $250 million in renovation and expansion projects. His education includes a B.A. in finance and an MBA from Brigham Young University. He is a golfer, book lover, and sports enthusiast.

 
David Roberts
David Roberts
David Roberts (’87 B.B.A.)
Worldwide Vice President, Accenture Alliance
Hewlett-Packard
David Roberts is worldwide vice president of Accenture Alliance at Hewlett-Packard. Prior to joining HP, he served as president of the Clear Fork Group where his focus was on driving organizations to higher levels of performance. He combines skills at the strategic, operational, and technical levels to identify business needs and deliver improved processes that have a tangible impact on operations in established and start-up environments.

Throughout his career, Roberts has gained senior management experience with top-caliber companies including Microsoft, Websense and McAfee. He provides vision and facilitates organizational change, process redesign, and best practices to increase revenues and improve bottom-line margins across diverse business landscapes, including fast growth and turnaround situations. He has been an executive-level participant in multiple acquisition/investment transactions.

Roberts resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife, Carolyn, and their three sons. When he is not working, Roberts enjoys fly fishing, golf, and snow skiing.

 
Felicia Rogers
Felicia Rogers
Felicia Rogers
Executive Vice President, Client Service
Decision Analyst
As executive vice president at Decision Analyst, Felicia Rogers manages a group of client service teams and is deeply involved with several of the company’s major clients. She joined Decision Analyst’s client service staff in 1989.

During her 25-year career at Decision Analyst, Rogers has been instrumental in designing and implementing research programs to help clients develop and launch new products, evaluate and refine product positioning programs and advertising campaigns, and improve brand strategies. Rogers is a seasoned qualitative as well as quantitative researcher. She is skilled in all phases of research design, execution, and analysis, and plays a key role in developing and reporting actionable insights and recommendations for her clients. She serves as a member of Decision Analyst’s Management Committee, and is heavily involved in strategic initiatives to keep the company’s products and services at the forefront of the marketing research and consulting industry.

Rogers has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing from the University of North Texas.

 
James Sellers
James Sellers
James Sellers ('98 MBA)
President
Sellmark Corporation
As an individual who prides himself on taking risks, working hard and striving to be the best, James Sellers followed his life passion by producing products that enrich people’s outdoor experience. He grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his most fond memories are of listening to his father’s business philosophies while exploring the woods and taking in the natural beauty of their surroundings. Every day was an adventure with new trails to discover.

With the inspiration of his father’s success in marketing, Sellers earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and completed his MBA at The University of Texas at Arlington. After graduating, he left his career in energy project conservation in 2000 to follow his own business philosophy known as “sell-marketing” to create Sellmark Corporation in Coppell, Texas. By combining innovative sales tactics and strategic marketing efforts, he has delivered a one-of-a-kind perspective to his business, delivering exceptional customer satisfaction and close partnerships. Following these core business philosophies, Sellmark has become a leading manufacturer of award-winning consumer products.

Sellers’ major business accomplishments include the establishment of four successful brands in the outdoor industry: Sightmark, Firefield, 12 Survivors and Southern Crossbow. These brands produced award-winning consumer products with leading market shares, and are recognized worldwide, selling in more than 50 countries. He is also proud of Sellmark’s exclusive trademarks and patents with several more pending sanctions. Sellmark’s latest endeavor was completing a $2 million expansion to its existing 33,000-square-foot commercial office in Mansfield, Texas. With the new addition, Sellmark is now a 66,000-square-foot commercial office and warehouse that was needed to keep up with double digit growth and expanding staff. Currently Sellmark has more than 50 employees.

Sellers resides in Mansfield, Texas, with his wife, Dianna, and two sons, Mason and Mitchell. He received the Early Career Achievement Alumni Award from the UT Arlington College of Business, the 40 Under 40 Award from the Fort Worth Business Press, and has also been named a Small Business Champion of the Year in Tarrant County. On top of his demanding business schedule, Sellers is fulfilling another lifelong dream of sharing his experiences with the next generation by becoming a lecturer in entrepreneurship at UT Arlington. He truly understands the meaning of taking risks as an entrepreneur, and has inspired many to apply his unique strategy that has set his company apart from his competitors.

 
Charles Shewmake
Charles Shewmake
Charles Shewmake ('87 B.B.A.)
Vice President and General Counsel
BNSF Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation
Charles Shewmake is vice president and general counsel for BNSF Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation. After joining BNSF as an intern in 1988, Shewmake had positions of progressive responsibility in the law department working on a variety of labor, employment, litigation and transactional matters. In 2002, he received the BNSF Accelerating Change Award for his work on the IBM Outsourcing Agreement. He has served as assistant vice president of Government Affairs and as associate general counsel. Shewmake’s undergraduate degree in business administration is from The University of Texas at Arlington and his law degree is from Texas Tech University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

 
Robert Strong
Robert Strong
Robert Strong (’78 B.B.A.)
Regional President
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Robert Strong is regional president at Mutual of Omaha Bank, where he oversees the strategic growth and management of Mutual of Omaha Bank’s operations and loan portfolio across five states in the bank’s east region: Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas.

Strong joined Mutual of Omaha Bank in 2008 as Texas state president and has been responsible for establishing the bank’s presence throughout the state. He also has overseen the formation of an energy lending group in Houston, made up of energy veterans committed to delivering banking services to oil and gas companies.

With 30 years of experience, Strong is a veteran Texas banker and has held executive officer positions at several Texas banks. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

 
Daniel Stull
Daniel Stull
Daniel Stull ('14 MBA)
Network Planning Analyst
Southwest Airlines
Daniel Stull attended The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, where he received an MBA with a concentration in finance in 2014, while working as a financial planning associate at Storehouse Financial. Upon completion of his master’s degree, he began working for Southwest Airlines’ Network Planning Department after completing a term in the company’s No Limits Internship Program. The dynamic nature of his department challenges him to continuously improve his industry knowledge and data analysis skills. His position also gives him freedom to pursue and participate in new innovations that contribute directly to Southwest’s success. Stull will be attending classes at UT Arlington in fall 2015 to complete a Master of Arts degree in economics.

 
Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
LinkedIn Social Selling Trainer, Speaker and Founder
Buzzpro
Before he founded Buzzpro in 2012, Terry Sullivan was director of marketing for Verizon Communications, where he launched many successful national marketing programs that gained more than 456,000 new customers and reduced churn by more than 6 percent annually, in spite of multiple price increases and competitor product launches.

Sullivan realized most business owners and leaders were in the dark about how to use the latest online marketing strategies to find and connect with potential prospects and clients. He also had a real passion for sharing his unique marketing knowledge with others to help them achieve their business goals. To meet this need, he founded Buzzpro, a nationally recognized integrated marketing and social media solution and training company. Sullivan and his Buzzpro team work with their clients to show them how to fill their sales funnel with better leads, schedule more appointments and close more sales using advanced social selling strategies.

Widely considered a guru of LinkedIn, Sullivan has trained more than 6,200 business leaders, owners and individuals across the nation on how to create their very own unique online brand that gets results. His inspiring social media training programs focus on branding, keyword optimization and social selling strategies that help his customers tap into the world of social media to get more prospects, leads and clients.

He received an MBA in management from Texas State University, and his Social Media Marketing Certification from Splash Media University, one of the nation’s premier social media training companies. Sullivan is a storytelling entrepreneur, thought leader, and a difference maker in the social media world and serves as a technology adviser for many business groups and companies throughout the United States.

 
Vicky Teherani
Vicky Teherani
Vicky Teherani (’79 B.B.A., ’81 MBA)
President
VT Capital, Inc.
Vicky Teherani has proven herself a visionary leader who delivers bottom-line results in multicultural and global environments. Her experience in leading both strategic development and operational change has allowed her to demonstrate expertise in finance, sales and marketing, acquisitions and divestitures, capital restructuring, contract negotiations, debt offerings, derivatives, and bank relationships.

In January 2014 Teherani founded VT Capital, Inc. (VTC). Her goal is to invest money and human resources in companies with vision, energy and growth potential. VTC focuses on three areas—investing in growing companies so as to create jobs, buying a majority interest in companies with revenues of $500K to $3MM, and working on consultation projects with a potential investment company as a way to allow VTC to make an investment.

Teherani began as a treasury analyst at Belo Corporation in 1983 and advanced in nine years to officer positions with increasing responsibilities: vice treasurer, vice president/controller, and vice president/general manager for management services. In 1998 she joined PAJ, Inc., a privately held international jewelry wholesaler with offices worldwide. She started as COO and in 2006 became general manager of its brand division, which includes Elle jewelry and watch brands. During Teherani’s tenure and with a great executive team, revenues grew threefold, after the redesign of warehouse logistics and conversion to the company’s enterprise resource planning system.

In 2008, Teherani joined Rolland Safe Lock, LLC as CFO. Three years later she became CEO. Headquartered in Dallas, the company is one of the nation’s largest and oldest physical security enterprises. During her tenure, revenues increased twofold.

 
John Terrell
John Terrell
John Terrell (’08 EMBA)
Vice President - Commercial Development
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport;
Mayor, Southlake, Texas
John Terrell is vice president of commercial development at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and is responsible for the strategic direction in development, acquisition, leasing, property management, and natural gas exploration/production on more than 17,000 acres of land.

He leads the strategic planning, marketing, and implementation of business initiatives for commercial land development and redevelopment as well as provides direction and oversight of the airport’s Land Use Analysis and Land Use Master Planning processes outside the central terminal areas.

Terrell has more than 30 years of real estate experience and an extensive background and knowledge in real estate sales, marketing, property management, development, leasing, economic development, and government relations.

Terrell has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and an Executive MBA with a certificate in Asian Business Studies. He also serves as Mayor for the City of Southlake, Texas.

 
Pete Walsh
Pete Walsh
Pete Walsh
Principal Architect, Sports and Entertainment Team
AT&T Network Integration
As the principal architect for the Sports and Entertainment Team at AT&T Network Integration, Pete Walsh plays a key role in providing technical vision and guidance to major sports and entertainment venues for new builds and retro-fits around the world. Using the entire suite of tools AT&T offers, from network integration to wireless; Wi-Fi; IPTV, video and telepresence; and the associated support services, Walsh is able to guide the customer in making the technology decisions for their venue now and in the future.

Walsh has extensive technology and business experience in the sports and entertainment, government, and telecommunications industries. His experience includes several successful positions with Rockwell International, United Space Alliance, Lockheed Martin, Nokia, and the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. In these positions he designed, integrated, managed, and connected global networks, providing company interconnectivity around the world. Before joining AT&T, Walsh assisted in the technology design and implementation for the new Formula One Race Track in Austin, Texas. He was also the CIO for the Dallas Cowboys, where he designed and developed the information strategic plan and led the technology implementation for Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Walsh and his wife, Tammy, reside in Dallas, Texas, and enjoy traveling and playing golf around the world. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and finance from California State University, Fullerton; is a member of the College of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas at Arlington; and is on the Advisory Board for HonorGuard Network. He previously held the position of vice president and president of the National Management Association (Rockwell Chapter).

 
Kay White
Kay White
Kay White
Senior Vice President
Decision Analyst
Kay White is senior vice president at Decision Analyst, Inc., a marketing research firm based in Arlington. She has held the position for more than 10 years, and manages a client services team and several major clients representing various industries, including retail, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, travel, technology, and hospitality. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014.

With more than 20 years of experience in marketing research, White has worked with clients in several industries, including retail, consumer packaged goods, travel, telecommunications, and technology. Her extensive experience in advertising, branding, communication, concept, product and packaging research, and other strategic initiatives has enabled her to work with clients on global projects that require complex analytics. In many cases, she and her team combine qualitative and quantitative research to bring the best results to clients.

She received both B.B.A. and M.S. degrees in business from The University of North Texas.