BUSINESS WEEK 2016 and Celebration of the College of Business 50th Anniversary
Theme: The Future of Business
March 28-April 1

Featured Speakers

Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson
Regional Service Director
Cintas Corporation
Scott Adamson is a 1997 graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. After completing his freshman year in college, he joined the United States Army Reserves in order to finance the remainder of his education. Upon graduation, he immediately began his career as a management trainee at Cintas Corporation. The Management Trainee program exposed him to every department and provided entry-level management and leadership skills. Since then, he has had eight positions in the company in varying sales and operations roles including: industrial sales representative, facility services sales manager, service director - Austin, uniform sales manager – Fort Worth, regional specialty garment specialist – Texas/New Mexico, sales director – Southwest Region, sales trainer – Southwest/South Central Region, and director of service – Southwest Region. Adamson is passionate about partner (employee) development, and more specifically, leading people to higher levels of success by helping them uncover their life’s purpose and igniting their passion.

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Nafees Alam
Nafees Alam
Nafees Alam (’02 B.S.)
Chief Executive Officer
DRG Concepts
Nafees Alam is the chief executive officer of DRG Concepts, one of the Southwest's most premier restaurant development and operations companies. Since starting the company in 2005, Alam has led DRG Concepts into steady and solid growth of multiple brands and locations. As CEO, Alam directs a high-caliber corporate and restaurant team in delivering top-quality culinary and dining experiences to guests every day.

DRG Concepts is an independent restaurant operating company with several successful brands that continue to receive local, regional and national acclaim: Dallas Fish Market, Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, Chop House Burger, Oven & Cellar and Farmers Common—all with original locations in Downtown Dallas and additional brand expansion throughout the DFW Metroplex.

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 UTA College of Business, and the National Restaurant Association's Faces of Diversity American Dream 2015 Award for his entrepreneurship and success in the restaurant industry, with pioneering impact on the revitalization of Downtown Dallas. His expertise in the restaurant business is featured as an exemplary and guiding case history in the acclaimed National Restaurant Association ProStart program and curriculum for high school culinary students in 2016.

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Barclay Berdan
Barclay Berdan
Barclay Berdan
Chief Executive Officer
Texas Health Resources
Barclay Berdan, FACHE, is chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. The health system includes Texas Health Physicians Group and hospitals under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. The health system has 25 acute care, transitional, rehabilitation and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

Berdan became CEO of Texas Health in 2014, after serving as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer the previous two years. Berdan joined Texas Health in 1986 as vice president/administrator for Texas Health Southwest, overseeing the construction and opening of the hospital. He served as the chief operating officer of Texas Health Fort Worth from 1993 to 1999 and then served as its president from 1999 to 2007. He also served as executive vice president for Texas Health from 2005 to 2007, and as senior executive vice president for system alignment and performance from 2007 to 2012. Before joining Texas Health Resources, Berdan worked for American Medical International for nine years and held several hospital leadership positions in Florida, Arkansas and Texas. He also previously served in administrative positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Jackson Park Hospital, both in Chicago.

Berdan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a master's degree in business administration with a specialization in hospital administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Active in his community, Berdan served as chairman of the Texas Hospital Association for the 2008-09 year. He received the 2013 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, the association’s highest honor. He was also recognized in 2015 with the D CEO Excellence in Healthcare Award as Outstanding Healthcare Executive. He is chair of the American Heart Association Tarrant County chapter and serves on the steering committee of the Fort Worth Blue Zones Project.

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Kim Booker
Kim Booker
Kim Booker (’10 EMBA)
President, Sales and Management Results
Sandler Training
Kim Booker is president of Sandler Training, and has more than 20 years of experience as a business owner. Prior to Sandler, she developed several insurance agencies in the DFW area and has been an investor and owner of two additional startup businesses as well as a nonprofit board member. She and her team work with many companies in several industries to help them grow their business by training and consulting in the areas of sales, customer service, and sales management. Booker has an undergraduate degree from Texas State University and an Executive MBA from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Sandler published author of a book on sales, titled “Selling to Homeowners the Sandler Way.” She will share the successes and some failures she experienced in starting four small businesses, and what she took away from each experience. She will also share what entrepreneurial traits many company owners and CEOs look for when hiring employees.

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Susan Bowles
Susan Bowles
Susan Bowles (’87 B.B.A.)
IT Manager
State Farm Insurance Companies
Susan Bowles is an IT manager with State Farm Insurance Companies, a Fortune 41 company. State Farm is the nation’s largest insurance company, and has earned the recognition of No. 1 in auto insurance, No. 1 in homeowner’s insurance and No. 1 in life insurance, and has more than 65,000 employees and 18,000 independent agents throughout the United States.

Bowles is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in management in 1987. She has 31 years of experience with State Farm and has held a vast number of positions in Underwriting, Learning and Development and the IT departments. Bowles has earned the following insurance industry designations throughout her career: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU); Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU); Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and ITIL Foundation.

In addition to her career at State Farm, Bowles has pursued her passion in leadership and the development of others. She has served as a client facilitator for FranklinCovey, is a founding member of the John Maxwell team, and is a trained financial coach with Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Solutions. After living in Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois for the past 27 years, Bowles has relocated back to the Dallas area to help build the State Farm IT brand and recruit top IT talent for their new, state-of-the-art business campus in Richardson, Texas.

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Theron Bowman
Theron Bowman
Theron Bowman (’83 B.S., ’91 M.P.A., ’97 Ph.D.)
Deputy City Manager
City of Arlington
Theron Bowman began his law enforcement career in 1983 as an officer with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department, and served in numerous positions before being appointed police chief in 1999. He now serves as a deputy city manager over Neighborhood Services. Bowman led the regional public safety efforts for the 2010 NBA All Star game, MLB World Series games and the NFL Super Bowl XLV. He created and led an internal workgroup that explored and later created a statistically significant predictive geospatial algorithm that accurately explained more than 70 percent of residential burglaries in a city of 370,000 people.

Bowman’s recognition includes the African American Peace Officer Association of Arlington Officer of the Year Award, Proclamation of Achievement from the Texas State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and The University of Texas at Arlington University Scholar and Distinguished Alumni awards. Four years after assuming the duties of police chief in Arlington, Texas, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute presented Bowman with the Outstanding Local Leader Award. In 2004, the Police Executive Research Forum presented him with the Gary P. Hayes Award. In 2005, Bowman was elected to chair the Texas Intelligence Council, and he began his service as a CALEA Commissioner in 2006. He served as an IACP Executive Committee member for more than 10 years, and was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University in 2012. Today he serves as the Advisory Board chair for the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration, is a trustee with the Center for American and International Law and is a director for the National Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Bowman received three degrees from UTA: a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in urban and public administration.

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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.

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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 enabled 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 past president of the UTA 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.

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Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown
Lead Decision Science Analyst
USAA
Jeffrey Brown is the lead decision science analyst for USAA, and is a retired U.S. Navy Submarine Warfare Officer. He has been an analyst with USAA since 2012, and was previously an analytical adviser for several U.S. Army brigade combat teams across Afghanistan who were conducting counter-insurgency and counter-improvised explosive device operations. He has experience as an operations research analyst for the Navy Warfare Development Command and for Submarine Tactical Development Squadron Twelve, completing several projects involving naval technical and cultural infrastructures. Previously, he was a long-range planning analyst for USSTRATCOM in Omaha, Neb., where he coordinated with national level agencies and academia to assess the impact of alternative future scenarios on strategic planning and force structuring. He maintains an independent consulting practice evaluating and monitoring non-profit organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The University of Texas in Austin, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Navy Nuclear Power School, and an M.S. in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

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Jimmy Campbell
Jimmy Campbell
Jimmy Campbell (’71 B.S., ’79 MBA)
Regional President
Northstar Bank
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.

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Tim Carter
Tim Carter
Tim Carter
President, North Texas Region
Southside Bank
After the 2014 merger of Southside Bancshares and OmniAmerican Bancorp, Tim Carter, the former president and chief executive officer of OmniAmerican, has served as Southside Bank regional president for the North Texas region and is responsible for the management of the Fort Worth area and surrounding locations. Carter earned a B.B.A. in finance from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977.

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Michael Chaffin
Michael Chaffin
Michael Chaffin (’88 B.B.A.)
Entrepreneur, Management Consultant
Michael Chaffin is a strategically focused, visionary, and results-driven business executive, with 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, business manager, and management consultant. He has led high-priority initiatives to redesign all aspects of organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including sales management, accounting, IT, production and human resources. Since 2004, Chaffin has served as business manager for the multi-platinum hip-hop artist, Nelly, for whom he was originally hired to turn around Nelly’s Apple Bottoms apparel line. Through restructuring from a production firm to a licensing entity, Chaffin was able to grow the business from $2M in revenue with $3M in debt in 2004 to $83M in revenue with no debt in 2008. The company reached $100M in revenue at its peak and was sold in 2013. He also has managed the business side for numerous Nelly tours and six albums, as well as endorsements with Ford and General Mills. In early 2015, Chaffin and Mark Cuban co-launched the Three Commas apparel line, a concept derived by Mark Cuban and based on the three commas in a billion dollars. Chaffin has developed successful partnerships and programs over many years with AllGoods, where he successfully operates the online stores for the hit Discovery Channel programs “Fast N’ Loud,” “Dollhouse Dance Factory” and “Street Outlaws” as well as the OWN hit show “Sweetie Pies.”

Chaffin earned an MBA in marketing from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 1998. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing in 1988.

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Macarena Cloninger
Macarena Cloninger
Macarena Cloninger
General Manager
Cintas Corporation
Macarena Cloninger moved from Peru in 1998 to complete her college education and play volleyball for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. Two years later she moved to Tallahassee, Fla., to pursue her MBA while working as the assistant coach for the Florida A&M women’s volleyball team. In 2003 she joined Cintas Corporation in Houston, Texas, as a management trainee, and spent the first two years of her career with Cintas learning the business, developing relationships with employee-partners and more importantly, developing her management and leadership skills.

In 2005 she received her first promotion to service manager for the Cintas location in Mercedes, Texas, where she emphasized the importance of providing a legendary, world-class service to every customer, every day. In 2006, she was promoted to general manager for the Cintas location in Victoria, Texas, where she spent four years of her Cintas career. This was the role the management trainee program prepared her for, and she was not only excited about the opportunity, but also confident in her ability to lead a team of 55 employee-partners. In 2010 she was promoted to her current role, general manager for the Cintas location in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is responsible for $22 million of annual revenue and 160 employee-partners. Her job as a Cintas manager is challenging and exciting, as every day she and her team strive to do better than the day before, to continue to be the leader in the industry.

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Lisa Cobb
Lisa Cobb
Lisa Cobb
Chief Financial Officer
Precise Energy Products, Inc.
Lisa Cobb is CFO and co-owner of Precise Energy Products, Inc., an oilfield equipment manufacturing company that was ranked No. 2450 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America. Cobb and her husband Gregg started the company in 2010, offering products such as wire line, slick line, nitrogen pump and vaporization systems, fluid pumping, cementing, acidizing, swabbing, and coiled tubing units to oilfield service companies internationally. In addition to U.S. sales, Precise has exported equipment to Nigeria, Australia, Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. One of the largest hurdles for a startup manufacturing company looking to export is finding working capital financing for the construction of equipment utilizing a letter of credit drawn on an international bank. Cobb worked with Citibank (now BB&T) along with the Small Business Administration and in 2013 successfully negotiated a $2M transaction specific working capital line of credit for international projects. This was the first transaction specific product of this nature that Citibank had ever completed.

Cobb began her career in the Houston office of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) and expanded her expertise, building 35 years of combined accounting, tax, contracts, international business, and mergers and acquisitions experience while working for a Fortune 100 company in the privately held sector. Her career path included 8 years with Central and South West (now American Electric Power) before moving into the private sector as the CFO of HealthSmart Holdings, in which she managed the mergers and acquisitions diligence and post integration efforts of three acquisitions, each of which doubled the company size.

Cobb has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Texas.

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Robert Comer
Robert Comer
Robert Comer (’12 B.S., ’15 M.A.)
Liability Claims Supervisor
GEICO
Rob Comer is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, where he was a Goolsby Leadership Academy Scholar. He is an associate in the Management Development Program at GEICO. Comer received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UTA in 2012, and immediately launched his career. At GEICO, he is honing his leadership, coaching and mentoring skills while contributing to large-scale projects and developing his knowledge and expertise in GEICO’s major insurance operations. In 2013, Comer served on the strategic planning committee for the College of Business at UT Arlington and now assists in the development of business strategy for GEICO. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in economics program at UT Arlington.

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Andrew Conders (’92 MBA, ’02 M.P.A.)
Assistant Director
SEC Fort Worth Regional Office
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.

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Mahisha Dellinger
Mahisha Dellinger
Mahisha Dellinger
President and Chief Executive Officer
Curls
Visionary, inventive, and dynamic truly describe Mahisha Dellinger, president and CEO of Curls. Founded in 2002 by Dellinger, Curls continues to be one of the best-recognized natural hair care brands in North America. As a beauty advocate and product innovator, Dellinger pioneered the natural hair care market when she launched Curls, a family of award-winning organic hair care products targeted for women embracing their natural textures—a market previously unanswered by the beauty industry.

Dellinger’s business career began as a marketing manager at Intel Corporation. After a successful, yet enlightening experience in Corporate America, she quickly left to embark upon an entrepreneurial journey where she could control her own destiny. With just $30,000 of her savings, Dellinger created Curls out of her frustration with the lack of effective products for natural and curly hair. Today, Dellinger’s astute business acumen and natural talent for delivering market-driven products has made Curls into a multi-million-dollar brand that continues to experience tremendous growth. Dellinger has singlehandedly built a strong demand for Curls in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Africa and the United Kingdom.

In January 2015, Dellinger released her first book on her climb to the C-Suite. Published by Brown Girls Publishing, “Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse,” is a story meant to uplift and inspire. The book illuminates Dellinger’s journey from “the projects to the penthouse” and how, despite insurmountable odds, she found the will to not only survive, but thrive.

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Clay Dethloff
Clay Dethloff
Clay Dethloff
Senior Vice President – Insights and Innovation Group
Decision Analyst
Clay Dethloff is an experienced marketing research professional with 25 years of experience in both leading and delivering qualitative research in the industry. As the head of qualitative research efforts at Decision Analyst, he is responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of qualitative research, identifying new/innovative qualitative research tools, and overall management of the qualitative team.

Dethloff has conducted qualitative research projects using both traditional methods (focus groups, one–on-one interviews, and telephone interviews) and online qualitative methodologies (bulletin boards and online chat groups, among others). He often works with his clients in using research results to develop marketing and communications strategies and formulate tactical recommendations for implementing those strategies. He has conducted research in more than 20 different categories, including products, retail/restaurants, services, organizations and employee relations. Much of his work has involved understanding the rational and emotional perceptions and connections that consumers have with products and services through a process called “laddering,” and he has conducted and led more than 200 laddering-related studies around the world.

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Pooja Dewan
Pooja Dewan
Pooja Dewan
General Director Advanced Analytics and Operations Research
BNSF Railway
Pooja Dewan is the general director of Decision Support Systems at BNSF Railway, where she has led the Operations Research (OR) and Advanced Analytics groups for the past 12 years. In her 17 years with BNSF, Dewan has worked as an internal consultant for several groups, managed the OR group and lead two regional teams for Locomotive Distribution and Planning. Dewan has been a member of INFORMS (Operations Research Society) since 1993 and RAS (INFORMS Railway Application Section) since 1999. Over the years, she has lead several initiatives that have touched upon many activities conducted by RAS and INFORMS, and has been instrumental in sponsoring activities that help bridge the gap between practice and academia. Among the several leadership initiatives, the major ones include: RAS officer, organized RAS Workshop, RAS Newsletter Editor (2004-13), RAS Student Paper Chair (2004-08), Semi-finalist in Edelman (2009), Edelman Organizing Committee (2011-present), Edelman Judging Committee (2012-16), INFORMS Analytics Conference Organizing committee (2013-present), Analytics Award Judge (2011-13) Analytics Award Committee Chair (2013-14) and Edelman Gala Chair (2016). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and is an author of several research publications that appeared in various scientific journals.

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Roland Dickey, Jr.
Roland Dickey, Jr.
Roland Dickey, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Roland Dickey, Jr. is chief executive officer of Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. 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, and “Top 5 Growth Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News and “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine in 2012.

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Elvia Espino
Elvia Espino
Elvia Espino
Senior Account Executive
Ware & Associates
Elvia Espino’s determination, enthusiasm and success are fueled by her passion to fulfill her life-long dream of working in the field of communications. Her first job in the field was with KXLN-TV, Houston’s Univision affiliate. She is now a senior account executive with Ware & Associates. She previously served as the community engagement and special projects manager for the Harris County Sheriff’s office in Houston, the largest in Texas. During her time at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Espino was successful in executing innovative community and marketing campaigns that dramatically improved community relations between the 4 million residents that call Harris County home.

Before her appointment to the sheriff’s command staff, she served as the Spanish-speaking spokesperson for Houston-based LifeGift Organ Donation Center. Espino was instrumental in garnering international and national media placements for the New York Times, MSNBC, Nickelodeon and Spanish magazine show, “Primer Impacto,” as well as forming workplace partnerships with business entities to combat the growing need for more registered organ and tissue donors in Texas.

Recently, Espino was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Special Education under the Texas Education Agency. A sought after experienced public and motivational speaker, Espino is often invited to speak at schools, jails, colleges, conferences and more on the topics of educational achievement, women’s empowerment and corporate leadership. She obtained a Master of Education degree from University of St. Thomas and completed the Advanced Executive Communication program at Harvard University’s Extension School in 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from University of St. Thomas, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California studying organizational change and leadership.

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Bill Fairley
Bill Fairley
Bill Fairley (’81 B.A.)
Licensed Financial Advisor
WWK Wealth Advisors
After more than 20 years in health care, Bill Fairley became a licensed financial advisor in April 2008. He strategically focuses on building face-to-face relationships to better understand clients’ goals while creating long-term investment strategies that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio. While at Edward Jones, Fairley was recognized as a finalist for the 2010 Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award for client services and assets under management growth.

As an independent advisor, Fairley serves as a fiduciary for his clients, always putting their interests above his own. He has spoken statewide for the Texas Society of CPAs Continuing Education Expo, conducted classes for those nearing retirement, served on several non-profit boards including the YWCA, Girl Scouts Investment Committee, and Rotary Club of Fort Worth. Fairley was recently chair of the Business Assistance Council for Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, providing input and direction for the core business curriculum. He has been an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County for more than 20 years.

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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.

Austin Industries builds and maintains large infrastructure projects across the U.S., such as airports, roads, bridges and highways, refineries, factories and energy plants, university labs, buildings, housing and stadiums, and office towers and corporate campuses. Customers want the company to take broad ownership of facility design, information technology design, and long-term operation and maintenance.

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Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
State Tax Group, LLC
Richard Fleming is the founder and CEO of State Tax Group, LLC a state and local tax advisory and consulting firm located in Addison, Texas, since 2005. Fleming has more than 22 years of experience in the state and local tax arena. He is an appointed member of the Texas State Comptrollers Glen Hegar’s “Taxpayer Advisory Group” which meets to discuss proposed Texas rules and tax laws before they are published in the Texas Register. Fleming also serves on chamber boards and various nonprofits boards, and serves as a school board trustee for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. In 2012 he was awarded the Exxon-Mobil MBE Executive of the Year and in 2013 he was awarded by Phillips 66 Minority Business Executive of the Year.

He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Training program at Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire, and received both an MBA and B.B.A. in finance from Cameron University School of Business in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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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 he 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 member of the College of Business Advisory Council 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.

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Dick Grote
Dick Grote
Dick Grote
President
Grote Consulting Corporation
Dick Grote is president of Grote Consulting Corporation in Dallas, Texas, and is an industrial engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Renaissance art from Southern Methodist University. He has helped some of the world’s most prominent organizations in the United States and overseas design effective performance management systems and procedures. He is a frequent speaker at corporate conferences and meetings, and regularly presents executive overviews of best practices in performance management to senior executives and HR leadership teams in the United States and abroad.

Grote is the author of the book, “Discipline Without Punishment,” a management classic now in its second edition. The book rights were purchased by Paramount Pictures, who produced the award-winning video series “Respect and Responsibility” with Grote as on-camera host.

His other books include “The Complete Guide to Performance Appraisal” and “The Performance Appraisal Question and Answer Book,” both published by the American Management Association. “Forced Ranking: Making Performance Management Work” was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2005. His most recent book, “How to Be Good at Performance Appraisals,” was also published by the Harvard Business Review Press in 2011. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, including Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Thai.

For 5 years, Grote was a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program, and for 20 years he was an adjunct professor of management at the University of Dallas Graduate School. His articles have appeared in the “Harvard Business Review” and the “Wall Street Journal,” and in 2016 the “Harvard Business Review” produced and published a series of his “Tools” to help managers on the subjects of goal-setting and performance appraisal.

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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 UTA. 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 UTA College of Business Advisory Council; and is a member of the Fort Worth Executive Roundtable.

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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.

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Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington
President and CEO
Trinity Healthcare, LLC
Ryan Harrington is a founding member and the president and chief executive officer of Trinity Healthcare. With more than 1,000 employees across 17 locations, Trinity Healthcare specializes in the operation and management of nursing homes and hospice services. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the company provides a broad range of services to residents and patients by engaging licensed administrators, registered nurses, social workers, licensed therapists, physicians, pharmacists and dietitians to care for residents and patients.

Harrington was previously the chief financial officer of another senior housing operator with 14 properties located across Texas and New Mexico. He was also previously a senior manager in the Transaction Advisory Services Practice of Ernst & Young. While at Ernst & Young, he provided financial due diligence and audit services for private and public companies. In addition to leading Trinity Healthcare, Harrington also serves on the Board of Directors for another senior housing operator with more 30 locations, and for a dental practice servicing the long-term care market.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and received both B.B.A. and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Peter Healey
Peter Healey
Peter Healey (’09 MBA)
Vice President – Account Management
Buxton
Peter Healey is vice president of account management at Buxton, where he serves as a client adviser to high-profile retail, health care, restaurant and consumer packaged goods clients. He is responsible for building long-term strategic partnerships with clients and ensuring that all aspects of client management are executed effectively.

Healey brings account management experience from a variety of industries to Buxton, including athletic apparel and e-commerce. He has a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Texas Christian University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Carey Hendrickson
Carey Hendrickson
Carey Hendrickson (‘96 MBA)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Capital Senior Living Corporation
Carey Hendrickson joined Capital Senior Living Corporation as senior vice president and chief financial officer in May 2014. He previously served as the senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Belo Corp., a public company comprised of large-market network-affiliated television stations. During Hendrickson’s tenure at Belo Corp., which started in 1992, he held various executive positions including senior vice president/chief accounting officer, vice president/human resources, vice president/investor relations and corporate communications, and vice president/financial planning and analysis. He began his career at KPMG in Dallas, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Baylor University. He is also an honors graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree. Hendrickson serves on the board of the HighGround. He also serves on the Baylor University Accounting Advisory Board and the UTA College of Business Advisory Council.

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John Hill
John Hill
John Hill (’92 B.S.)
Managing Director
Slalom
John Hill has been in consulting for 21 years and spent 5 years in industry prior to that. He led global technology practices across a broad number of industries at Accenture, but found his calling leading smaller, high-impact teams in Slalom's geographic-based model, helping local companies navigate from idea to solutions in quick, iterative programs. A natural adviser, he enjoys helping his people and his clients reach for and realize their vision.

Hill speaks to the business and patient needs in the Dallas-Fort Worth health care market, and provides insights on the breadth of companies that operate in and around the industry. In his previous role of managing director at Accenture, he lead the growth of Accenture’s technology consulting work in the state, provincial and local industry groups, focused predominantly on state agencies and higher education. Over the years he has worked with clients across more than a dozen industries, and has led the development and growth of several technology programs within Accenture.

Prior to joining Accenture, Hill worked for Mobil Chemical for four years while completing his bachelor’s degree in marketing from UT Arlington.

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Andrew Hopkins
Andrew Hopkins
Andrew Hopkins
Internet of Things Lead – Intel Joint Initiative
Accenture
Andrew Hopkins is a member of Accenture’s Global Internet of Things (IoT) leadership team. He leads Accenture’s strategic IoT relationship with Intel and is responsible for incorporating Intel products and technology into Accenture IoT solutions. His role includes helping Accenture clients understand how IoT can transform every aspect of their business.

Previously, he led management consulting for mobility in North America and was responsible for helping clients leverage mobility to drive transformational change and business value.

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Bret Irvin
Bret Irvin
Bret Irvin (’86 B.B.A.)
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
BNSF Railway
Bret Irvin is assistant vice president of human resources at BNSF Railway, where he has worked for 22 years. In his current role, he is responsible for central staffing, college recruiting and military recruiting, and serves in a generalist capacity supporting marketing and sales, finance, strategic sourcing and human resources. During his career, he has held numerous positions of progressive leadership responsibility in corporate and field assignments. Prior to his current role, Irvin was director of human resources for the Marketing Department and director of human resources for the Operations Department at BNSF. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Ken Judd
Ken Judd
Ken Judd
Chief Financial Officer
Keste
Ken Judd is the chief financial officer of Keste, a software solutions and development company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Keste is a premier business solutions organization focused on the execution, delivery and support of enterprise software. Judd manages all financial aspects of the business and the company has grown five times in size with respect to revenue and personnel since he joined in 2008. His key areas of responsibility also include contracts and negotiations, corporate marketing strategies and initiatives, and leading Keste’s resale unit.

Before joining Keste, Judd served in senior financial positions for several successful technology companies including FileTek, a leading provider of large-scale storage virtualization and data management solutions, and SkyBitz, the leading remote asset tracking and information management service provider. Judd began his career in the audit group at KPMG, and he also has worked in the financial services industry where he completed financing for the acquisition of more than $200 million of portfolio assets.

Judd earned his master’s degree in finance from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting the University of Maryland. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years and is president-elect for the Dallas chapter of Financial Executives International. He has been recognized twice as a Dallas CFO of the Year: in 2014 by DCEO Magazine and in 2012 by the Dallas Business Journal.

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Wes Jurey
Wes Jurey
Wes Jurey
Chairman
Texas Workforce Investment Council
Wes Jurey is chairman of the Texas Workforce Investment Council. Currently serving his second term as the governor’s appointed chair, he was originally appointed by Governor Rick Perry to a six-year term on the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC), in 2007. TWIC is the state’s Workforce Investment Board, under the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, providing strategic planning and evaluation for the Texas Workforce Development System, inclusive of seven state agencies. In 2013 Governor Perry re-appointed him as chair, and to a second six-year term.

Jurey established the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development in 2004, which was selected as one of 12 sites nationally for the workforce Innovation Networks Initiative, a project of the Ford Foundation and U.S. Department of Labor. Built in partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington, the City of Arlington, and the Tarrant County Workforce Investment Board, the facility houses virtually every major education and workforce development stakeholder in Tarrant County.

He was one of 20 individuals named to a White House Task Force in 2013 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop recommendations for federal technology transfer. In 2015, he was named as a founding member of the America Invents Acts Pro Bono Advisory Council. He began his career in nonprofit management in 1968, which includes serving the Methodist Church, the YMCA, the Oklahoma Department of Institution, and 18 years professionally with the Boy Scouts of America.

From 1990-2001 he served as president and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; and from 2001-15 he served as the president and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Born in Enid, Oklahoma, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma; is a graduate and former faculty member of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Institute; and a Certified Fundraising Practitioner.

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Larry Kemp
Larry Kemp
Larry Kemp (’80 B.B.A.)
Chief Executive Officer and 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 $22 million in contracts. Kemp guided the company in a period of dynamic growth, creating a strong presence in North Texas and bordering states, and is now providing services abroad. Kemp & Sons has been recognized by Harvard Business School and appeared in CNN Money and Inc. magazines, and has received numerous awards at the local, regional and national levels.

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.

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Leah King
Leah King
Leah King
Vice President and Marketing Director
Northstar Bank of Texas
Leah King is vice president and marketing director of Northstar Bank of Texas, a position she has held since November 2015. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative marketing strategies for all communities in which the bank operates. She manages the internal marketing team and external advertising agency with overall responsibility for branding, marketing communications, public relations and community relations.

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Rick Kneipper
Rick Kneipper
Rick Kneipper
Co-founder
Anthelio Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Rick Kneipper is the co-founder of Anthelio Healthcare Solutions Inc. (formerly PHNS Inc.), and from 1999 to late 2013 he held a variety of executive positions including chief executive officer (interim), chief administrative officer, chief strategy and innovation officer, and chairman of the Healthcare Innovation Council. Anthelio is the largest independent provider of information technology, medical records and revenue cycle services to hospitals, physician practice groups and other health care providers.

Kneipper currently is a director and advisory board member for M*Modal, a leading health care technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions; The University of Texas at Arlington Master of Science in health care administration program; NAVEOS Holdings LLC, which provides health care data analytics services; Paperless Transaction Management, Inc./eOriginal, Inc., which provides e-business management solutions; and LOOK Cinemas.

Kneipper also is the founder, CEO, manager and owner of Shady Knoll Orchards & Distillery LLC, a cider apple orchard in the Hudson River Valley of New York, which is establishing a specialty craft distillery to produce apple brandy and whiskey. He received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School and his B.S. from Washington and Lee University.

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Sundar Kuppuswamy
Sundar Kuppuswamy
Sundar Kuppuswamy
Director, Enterprise Analytics and Data Science
Sabre Corporation
Sundar Kuppuswamy is a results-driven analytical leader with a passion for solving complex business problems and marketing new product solutions. He is the director of Enterprise Analytics and Data Science for Sabre Corporation, where he has worked since 2000. He has extensive business and technology consulting, management, customer-facing and strategic experience in data analytics and optimization of online travel products for airlines and travel agencies. He received a master’s degree in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Lisa Lankes
Lisa Lankes
Lisa Lankes (’84 B.B.A.)
Chief Marketing Officer
Justin Brands, Inc.
Lisa Lankes is chief marketing officer at Justin Brands, Inc., a Berkshire-Hathaway company. Previously, she was vice president of communications, licensing and social media, and prior to that director of corporate communications and licensing, both with Justin Brands, where she has worked since 1994. She earned a B.B.A. in computer systems analysis from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1984.

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Amy Martin
Amy Martin
Amy Martin
Director of Sales and Marketing
Brookdale Pecan Park Assisted Living and Memory Care
Amy Martin began her career in the health care industry at age 23 as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, working for almost five years managing facilities ranging in size from 55 to 135 beds with budgets of $1-$2 million/year. In 1998, she was promoted to regional director of marketing for Sun Healthcare, offering support and oversight for the marketing and admissions procedures for 13 nursing home facilities. In 2000 she became the sales and marketing director for Town Village Arlington Independent Living in Arlington, Texas, a 215-unit luxury, active-lifestyle community for seniors aged 55 and older. When her twins were born, Martin established a home office and remained connected to the senior living industry, providing catering services for American Retirement Corporation regional staff, contracting to provide Mystery Shop services for various senior living communities, and serving as a senior ministry presenter for her church. Martin resumed her full-time career by joining Brookdale Senior Living in 2008 as a health care sales specialist and transitioned to her current role as the director of sales and marketing at Brookdale Pecan Park in 2009.

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Justin McCoy
Justin McCoy
Justin McCoy (’11 B.S., ’12 M.S.)
General Ledger Supervisor
Dickies
Justin McCoy is a general ledger supervisor at Dickies, a Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. brand, based in Fort Worth, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2011, and his master’s degree in accounting from UTA in 2012.

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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 at the U.S. Census Bureau. Earlier in her career, she was an independent consultant at Abt Associates, a director in marketing science at M/A/R/C Research, a research engineer at Lockheed Austin Division, a member of the research staff at System Planning Corporation, and an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Mulry earned a Ph.D. in mathematics and an M.A. in statistics from Indiana University. Her undergraduate degree is from Texas Christian University. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and recently served as an ASA vice president. Her papers have appeared in the “Journal of the American Statistical Association,” “Journal of Official Statistics,” and “Chance.” She has served as an associate editor of the “Journal of Official Statistics,” “The American Statistician,” and the “Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics.” Her research interests include survey sampling, nonsampling error modeling and measurement, survey research methods, and applied statistics.

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Ben Muro
Ben Muro
Ben Muro
Vice President of Human Resources
Acme Brick Company
Ben Muro’s career spans more than 40 years of human resources experience in domestic and international areas of human resources. He is vice president of human resources for Acme Brick Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He directs the daily operations of the Human Resources Department of this 2,000-plus associate manufacturing and sales company. Reporting directly to the president and CEO, he interrelates daily with senior executive colleagues regarding human resources issues and provides creative solutions through leadership coaching and associate development programs.

Prior to joining Acme Brick Company, Muro served as vice president of human resources for Valor Telecom in Irving, Texas, from 2000-06. He participated as an integral member of the start-up operations team for this rural telephone company, which serviced Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. As the company evolved, Muro developed policies and procedures, negotiated collective bargaining agreements, established new benefits programs, and transitioned existing pension plans and trusts. From 1991-2000, he served as the senior vice president of human resources for Parkland Hospital, an organization of more than 7,000 associates providing health care services to the citizens of Dallas County. Prior to that, he led human resources departments for companies with manufacturing operations in the United States and Mexico.

Muro received a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at El Paso.

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Deanna Naugles
Deanna Naugles
Deanna Naugles
Senior Manager, Dallas Local Market and Strategic Operations
Accenture
Deanna Naugles is a senior manager responsible for driving and managing the Dallas Local Market and Strategic Operations programs at Accenture. She primarily focuses on local sales team activities including identifying targets, sales support and tracking, coordinating with alliances, relationship development with clients and targets, market image, corporate citizenship, and people engagement offerings for the 2,000 employees in the Accenture Las Colinas office.

Naugles has been with Accenture for 21 years, and has held leadership roles to implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to include Systems Applications Products (SAP) and PeopleSoft at some of Accenture’s largest global clients spanning products, communications and resources. In this capacity, she led the human performance and change management efforts to include organization design, communications planning, training design, development and delivery, as well as business process design and system testing. She has also served as the inclusion and diversity and engagement lead for the Accenture U.S. Geographic Services group.

Naugles attended the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she studied political science and graduated with honors.

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Jeremy Normand
Jeremy Normand
Jeremy Normand
Agent
State Farm Insurance
Jeremy Normand is an agent for State Farm Insurance in Arlington, Texas, where he leads a team of insurance professionals who seek to help people manage the risks of everyday life and realize their dreams. He has been a State Farm agent since 1999, and is a Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Advisor for Senior Living, and Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow. He earned a B.A. in political science and government from the College of William and Mary.

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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.

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Rina Parikh
Rina Parikh
Rina Parikh
Audit Partner
Grant Thornton
Rina Parikh is a Certified Public Accountant and an audit partner in the Dallas office of Grant Thornton. She has more than 13 years of public accounting experience at Grant Thornton and several years of prior auditing experience. She has focused primarily on auditing both public and private companies, including financial service, banks, broker dealer, investment companies, private equity funds and real estate entities. Parikh has significant experience in conducting financial statement audits as well as internal control examinations. She has extensive experience in evaluating and testing processes and internal controls related to FDICIA banks and SOX compliance for public companies. She has assisted several companies with initial public offering, additional equity and debt offering filing reports as required by the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts.

Parikh serves as office champion for the Dallas office’s women’s initiative, focusing on recruitment, retention and development of women, including implementing leadership programs, organizing internal and external networking events, implementing professional development and business development programs for women.

She has also served on the firm’s National Banking Audit Taskforce, whose goal is to design the most effective and efficient audit approach for banking and financial institution audits. Parikh received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from Bombay University in India, and she is a Chartered Accountant from India.

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Joe Penshorn
Joe Penshorn
Joe Penshorn
Managing Director, Integrita Capital Partners
President, Ameriqual Group Holdings
Joe Penshorn is a managing director of Integrita Capital Partners and president of Ameriqual Group Holdings. Current ventures include trading of protein raw materials to hedge national chain accounts menu risk with Sherwood Food Distributors and Grub Burger Restaurant and Bar. In late 2015, Ameriqual Foods, Thermo Pac were added to the holdings along with Wright Foods and Carolina Dairy in the first quarter of 2016. 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. At the time of his exit from the food industry in 2010, the companies under his leadership had total revenues nearing a billion dollars.

Customers throughout his 25 years in the food industry include: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Boston Market, Panera, Jason’s Deli, Outback Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Applebee’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Carrabba’s, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Brinker, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Jack in the Box, and MGM Mirage among numerous others.

The mission for each company has always been providing the highest quality and consistent products with best food safety practices at a competitive price, while looking for improvements at every step of the process to provide customers with an advantage in the marketplace for their guests.

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Kevin Peters
Kevin Peters
Kevin Peters (’98 B.S., ’89 B.B.A.)
Chief Information Officer, Information Systems
Decision Analyst
Kevin Peters, CIO, Information Systems, has worked at Decision Analyst for 27 years. He started with Decision Analyst working in several operation departments (Survey Programming, Data Tabulation, and Client Support), and now leads the IT team working with management and staff to support applications, web and survey development. Peters actively keeps involved in Microsoft Office Automation to improve business processes and he continuously facilitates resource planning by evaluating software and hardware used in the company. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information systems and a B.B.A. in marketing from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Unni Rajendran
Unni Rajendran
Unni Rajendran
Executive Director and Head of Analytics, Commercial IT
Novartis AG
Unni Rajendran is the head of Commercial Analytics for all divisions of Novartis, leading a global organization across six global locations. He has several years of experience building and leading innovative product development organizations. At Novartis, he has been recognized for strong leadership in the creation of new strategies, products/capabilities, global project execution, exceeding customer expectations, and for delivering outstanding business outcomes.

Prior to joining Novartis, he spent most of his career in IT and business consulting across a variety of industries such as retail, health care, telecom and energy. Rajendran earned a master’s degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from PSG College of Technology.

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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.

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Kevin Sample
Kevin Sample
Kevin Sample
Managing Partner
OCP Equity Partners, LLC
Kevin Sample has more than 25 years of financial service experience consisting of commercial banking, institutional investing, investment banking, and private equity. He is a founder and managing partner at OCP Equity Partners, LLC. OCP is a Dallas-based private investment firm whose mission is to build high-quality, top-performing middle market businesses and create maximum economic value for stakeholders. OCP works collaboratively with experienced management teams to create scalable, high-performing middle market businesses by combining strategic advisory expertise with capital, joint venture and partnership solutions.

Prior to co-founding OCP, Sample was a managing director of the $350 million Erasmus Advisors family of private equity funds. Prior to Erasmus Advisors, he worked as a senior vice president at Walton Johnson & Company, a Dallas-based regional investment banking firm, where he managed the firm’s fixed income and equity sales and trading department. Prior to Walton Johnson, Sample was a vice president at TIAA-CREF, one of the largest institutional investors in alternative assets in the nation. He also spent the early part of his career as a financial analyst at First City Bank in Dallas.

He serves on a variety of corporate boards, including Miller Building Systems, Southern Foods Inc., One Vision Utility Services, MWA Intelligence LLC, Professional Environmental Engineers Inc., The Louisiana Partnership, Payment Holdings, LLC, and Champion Life Safety Solutions LLC. Sample received a B.A. in accounting from Morehouse College.

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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. 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.

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.

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Robert Strong
Robert Strong
Robert Strong (’78 B.B.A.)
Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Robert Strong is the Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking for Mutual of Omaha Bank. He was appointed the Texas Market President in 2008, tasked with the development and implementation of a de novo bank in Texas, focusing on a selective acquisition strategy and internal development of experienced and expert personnel. Under Strong’s guidance, the bank is currently engaged in commercial real estate, middle market banking, Small Business Administration, mortgage services, energy lending, private and personal banking and treasury services and will continue to expand its operations throughout the state. Due to proven successes, Strong was appointed East Regional president to manage Florida, Nebraska and Texas bank operations for Mutual of Omaha Bank.

Strong earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1978. He also received a certificate from the National Commercial Lending School from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Strong was president of his class and former president of the SWGSB Foundation. He was a recipient of the SWGSB Leadership Award, and is a routine speaker at both SWGSB and UTA. Strong is a former adjunct professor at UTA in economics and finance. He recently became an honorary member of UTA’s Beta Gamma Sigma honor society due to his lifetime career achievements.

Strong’s professional affiliations are numerous, with leadership positions in several foundations, civic and non-profit organizations in North and East Texas, including the Selwyn School, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Main Street Association, Grapevine Economic Development Corporation, the Longview Partnership, American Heart Association, and Boys and Girls Club.

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Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
Founder and Owner
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. He 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 to be 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. 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 world of social media and serves as a technology adviser for many business groups and companies throughout the United States.

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Vicky Teherani
Vicky Teherani
Vicky Teherani (’79 B.B.A., ’81 MBA)
CEO
VT Capital, Inc.
Vicky Teherani is the CEO of VT Capital, Inc., and a financial and operational executive who grows topline and delivers bottom line in a multicultural/global environment. She is an empathetic leader who understands and partners with sales/marketing and operations in creating win-win decisions. Teherani is decisive and skilled in leading companies facing growing pains. She is a quick learner who can visualize strategic and tactical solutions and lead teams to resolve challenges. In the last four companies she worked with, she helped those companies achieve revenue growth of more than 200 percent.

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Akbar Thobani
Akbar Thobani
Akbar Thobani (’96 B.S.)
Senior Manager, Innovation and Advanced Analytics
PepsiCo
Akbar Thobani is senior manager for Innovation and Advanced Analytics at PepsiCo, where he employs his strong business and technology experience. He has the ability to evangelize strategic technology trends and conceptual selling, and collaboratively partner with stakeholders to convert ideas into opportunities. He is experienced in several emerging technology areas including big data, advanced analytics, data science, enterprise mobility, and sensors (Internet of Things). Currently, he is focusing on areas of predictive analytics, natural language generators, prescriptive analytics and the Internet of Things.

Thobani has worked with PepsiCo since 2007, and prior to his current position he was senior manager of innovation and advanced analytics, solution architect for emerging mobility and frontline decision support, and solution architect for business intelligence. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1996.

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Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas (’63 B.B.A.)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Decision Analyst
Jerry Thomas is president and CEO of Decision Analyst, one of the top 20 research companies in North America and a company he founded in 1978. He leads the overall strategic planning for the firm, heads the executive committee, serves as a consultant to client service teams within Decision Analyst, and plays a key role in the design of the firm’s proprietary research services and related mathematical models.

He has served as a research and analytic consultant to many major companies over the years. During his career, he worked on the development and marketing of personal computers, word processors, printers, copiers, educational toys, electronic calculators, digital watches, microwave ovens and many new consumer packaged goods. He began his career in brand management at Hallmark Cards, and then Kraft Foods where he focused on new products. He next worked at a major national research company before launching Decision Analyst in 1978.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations for many years, and helped launch the graduate program in marketing research at UT Arlington. He is a member of the UTA College of Business Advisory Council, which he headed for many years, and also is an adviser to the college’s marketing research graduate program. He has an MBA from The University of Texas, and took graduate courses in economics at Southern Methodist University. He is a student of marketing strategy, new product creation and mathematical modeling.

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Brett Townsend
Brett Townsend
Brett Townsend (’08 MBA)
Director of Insights
PepsiCo
Brett Townsend serves as the PepsiCo Insights Team lead for the Yum! Foods partnership. In his role, he leads all PepsiCo food and beverage insights work for innovation and consumer/customer activation. He works cross-functionally to develop learning agendas, develop consumer-driven insights for all key initiatives and new products, and frequently meets with people from all levels at Yum! to deliver joint business planning, contract renewal, growth plans and insights-led solutions.

Throughout his eight-year career with PepsiCo, Townsend has demonstrated his passion for insights-driven activation and increased sales through his work with some of PepsiCo’s largest customers, such as Walmart, Kroger and Dollar General; global shopper/customer insights in Europe, Asia and Latin America; and with Frito-Lay innovation, where he helped launch Doritos Jacked, Ruffles Deep Ridge, and Cracker Jack’D. He’s also been an active mentor within the insights and marketing communities to help cultivate success with co-workers marketing professionals, teaching his passion for demand-based and sales-driven insights techniques.

Townsend earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University, and earned his EMBA and Graduate Certification in Asian Business from The University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the UTA EMBA Advisory Board, and is the vice chairman of the Board of Directors for Revive Humanity, a non-profit humanitarian organization.

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David Underwood
David Underwood
David Underwood
President and Founder
Sigmapro Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC
David Underwood is the founder and CEO of Sigmapro Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC, a multi-million-dollar business that employs nearly 140 people in North Fort Worth. After receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University in 1980, Underwood held a number of positions in new product development. This gave him experience in plastic injection molding, plumbing products, and fiber optic connectors. In 1989, he started a small company, Purity Products, in his garage to produce water filters for home use. By the late 1990s, the company had grown to almost $3 million per year in revenue, but as sales began to decline due to overseas duplications, he created a new company. Like his first entrepreneurial venture, SigmaPro started in Underwood’s garage and specializes in fiber optic connectors and other tight tolerance manufacturing.

Today, Sigmapro is 16 years old and continues to grow. The sheer difficulty in molding very small plastic parts to such tight dimensional tolerances is in itself a barrier to competition. Also, unique incentive pay programs and a leadership culture of fast response to customer needs, developed specifically for this company, have allowed Sigmapro to do the unlikely—to flourish as a U.S. manufacturer.

Underwood is a virtual board member within a group of eight entrepreneurs who lead diverse companies of similar sizes as Sigmapro. He also serves various charitable efforts and Christian ministries, through board membership, financial support, and strategic advisement. He has more than a dozen U.S. patents, which demonstrate his creativity.

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Shashi Vangala
Shashi Vangala
Shashi Vangala
Vice President, Enterprise Data Services
Baylor Scott and White Health
Shashi Vangala is vice president of enterprise data services at Baylor Scott and White Health in Dallas. He is a transformational health care BI/analytics executive with experience across the continuum that spans payers, providers and pharmaceuticals/life sciences industries. His proven experience includes developing and implementing innovative strategies involving data assets to derive positive business impact; organizing, motivating and leading large cross-functional teams in driving complex initiatives to fruition; and solving health care challenges through effective and efficient use of technology.

Vangala has a master’s degree in information technology from the University of North Texas, and is a member of the Business Analytics Advisory Board at the UTA College of Business.

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Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh
Chief Executive Officer
Envision-IT, LLC
Peter Walsh is a forward-thinking, business-minded technologist focused on business strategies and technologies to enhance fan experiences at major sporting venues around the world, while also generating revenue returns to the team owner/venue operator. Walsh is the former CIO for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys. Previously he was the regional CIO for Nokia Americas, head of Sports and Entertainment for AT&T’s Network Integration, vice president of Sports and Entertainment for SignalShare and worked on the U.S. Space Shuttle program at NASA. Walsh brings extensive technology and business experience in the sports and entertainment, government, telecommunications, and consulting industries.

Walsh spent seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was responsible for leading the technology team supporting 40 disparate lines of business, including the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, coaches, players and staff; a $250M/year merchandise operation; two MRI Centers; oil and gas businesses; real estate developments; the Cowboys Golf Course; and many other lines of business. He was responsible for AT&T Stadium’s technology design and implementation of the converged network, distributed antenna system (DAS), Wi-Fi and video distribution system earning the venue a reputation as the most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venue in the world.

Walsh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a finance concentration from California State University, Fullerton. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the UTA College of Business and sits on the Advisory Board for the HonorGuard Network. He previously held the position of vice president and president of the National Management Association and is a fundraising committee member for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Sharon Washburn
Sharon Washburn
Sharon Washburn
Second Vice President and Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
Sharon Washburn is a second vice president with Morgan Stanley, a firm she has been with since 1993. During her career, she has worked with high net worth individual investors, foundations and Fortune 500 companies and their employee plans. Washburn has experience working with corporate stock plans including option, purchase and restricted stock plans. She also has worked with the Executive Financial Services Group that is responsible for Rule 144 stock sales and 10b5-1 sales plans. She is a financial planning specialist and a portfolio manager.

Washburn is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She has helped many clients over the years with their divorces and pre-marital planning. She is a member of Collaborative Divorce Texas. Prior to working with corporate stock plans, Washburn worked with a retirement planning group at Morgan Stanley focusing on estate and retirement planning. She recently developed a financial literacy teen boot camp held at the local library, which is available for schools or groups.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, she worked for Judson Malkin & Bloom (JMB) concentrating on real estate limited partnerships. In 1989, she joined PaineWebber (now UBS) working in various positions. She is a member of the UTA Financial Literacy Advisory Board. She is president-elect for the Family Place Partners Advisory Board, and is a member of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum and the Dallas Arboretum.

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Kathy Weaver
Kathy Weaver
Kathy Weaver (’14 EMBA)
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Ryan
Kathy Weaver is responsible for leading Ryan’s global human resources function, which includes talent acquisition, human resources business partners, global compensation, global benefits, human resources information systems and analytics, talent management, learning, town halls, culture council, and community outreach. This includes support through programs, systems, and initiatives for employees in the United States, Canada, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, and Brazil. With more than 15 years of experience in the consulting industry, she has a proven track record of delivering results that align with business objectives.

Kathy performed in a leadership role in several key organizational initiatives, including the launch of myRyan and the development of the firm’s premier Leadership Development Program. She has been instrumental in supporting firm growth through award-winning learning and development programs that have been recognized by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) with the prestigious BEST award. She was actively involved in the development and implementation of several high-profile Firm programs, including RyanPRIDE (internal employee recognition system), RyanMATTERS (online compliance and suggestion system), and RyanLEARN (learning management system).

Kathy is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and administration with a concentration in human resources from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and an Executive MBA from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Felicia Williams
Felicia Williams
Felicia Williams (M.A.)
Program Director of Community Responsibility
Texas Health Resources
Felicia Williams is program director of community responsibility with Texas Health Resources. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company’s corporate philanthropy, community affairs and employee volunteerism for approximately 14 acute-care hospitals and more than 21,000 employees across a 16-county service area. As a professionally trained journalist, Williams has more than 10 years of combined experience in print and broadcast journalism, corporate communications and community relations. In 2015, she completed her Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice from Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. She also completed training as Certified Professional and Executive Coach (CPEC) taught by The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute and approved by the International Coach Federation in 2012.

Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, Williams received her B.A. in mass communication from Midwestern State University and earned her M.A. in communication from The University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, she served as community relations and communications representative with Austin Industries, where she was responsible for developing and managing Austin’s corporate social responsibility and community involvement efforts. Williams is a graduate of Leadership Arlington’s Class of 2013 and D Magazines’ D Academy in 2014.

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Pam Wolfe
Pam Wolfe
Pam Wolfe
Regional Director of Clinical Operations
Brookdale Senior Living
Pam Wolfe has been in the health care industry for more than 30 years. While living in her home state of Ohio she began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and continued her education, obtaining her degree in registered nursing. She has been a nurse in hospitals, assisted living and skilled nursing communities, and even worked as a nurse in a veterinary clinic with small animals (cats, dogs and the occasional rabbit). Her love of the elderly brought her back to long-term-care nursing, where she was a charge nurse, quality assurance nurse and director of nursing. After a move to Virginia, Wolfe worked for the next 12 years with a senior care management company. During this time she became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and was able to work as interim administrator at several of the company’s skilled nursing communities. She was promoted several times during her 12-year tenure, from regional quality assurance nurse to regional director of operations and strategic director of clinical operations. She managed several assisted living and skilled nursing communities in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area.

In 2013, Wolfe and her husband moved from Virginia to McKinney, Texas, to be near their two sons and their families. Wolfe has been with Brookdale Senior Living since moving to Texas and is currently the regional director of clinical operations for continuing care retirement communities in Fort Worth, Temple and Austin. She provides support to independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing communities throughout the continuum of care retirement communities.

Wolfe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership, management and development from Mountain State University in 2002, and a Master of Science degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University in 2004. She is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified in gerontology through the American Nurses Credentialing Center; and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with Assisted Living Nurse Certification from the American Assisted Living Nurses Association.

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Mark Wynne
Mark Wynne
Mark Wynne
Vice President, Associate Director of Research and Director of the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Mark Wynne is vice president, associate director of research and director of the bank’s Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In the latter role, Wynne is responsible for developing and leading the bank’s research program on globalization and understanding its implications for the conduct of U.S. monetary policy.

Since joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1989, he has had a variety of responsibilities, including briefing the bank’s president on national and international economic conditions prior to meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee, providing updates on key economic issues to the bank’s board of directors and conducting research on the effects of fiscal policy, understanding business cycles, inflation measurement and the workings of monetary unions, among other topics. His research has appeared in many of the leading peer-reviewed academic journals and Federal Reserve publications.

Wynne has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at University College Dublin, the University of Rochester and Southern Methodist University and has also served as a faculty member for the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Most of his professional career has been at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, but Wynne also spent time at the European Monetary Institute and European Central Bank during the formative years of European Economic and Monetary Union, where he worked on issues related to the strategy of monetary policy under EMU. He has also been an occasional consultant to the ECB and International Monetary Fund. He earned first-class-honors B.A. and M.A. degrees from the National University of Ireland–University College, Dublin, and has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Rochester.

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