Business Alumni in the News
- Nate Piller (’05 B.B.A.), was named the 2013 Marketer of the Year by his firm, Merritt Hawkins and Associates, a division of the biggest healthcare staffing company in the world. He won his region and led the division in business and revenue for all Midwest production. Piller is the associate director of marketing—Upper Midwest Division.
- Casey Coleman (M.B.A '92), was the featured guest on Federal News Radio’s Business of Government Hour. Coleman is the outgoing chief information officer for the U.S. General Services Administration.
- Jacqualyn A. Fouse (B.A. '82, M.A. '84), a UT Arlington distinguished alumni, was named to the Perrigo Co. board, Reuters, Pharmacy Choice and several other media websites reported. Perrigo is an Ireland-based healthcare and pharmaceutical supplier. Fouse sits on the University's Development Board and the College of Business Advisory Board.
- Michael Clock (B.B.A '92), CFO of Le Duff America, was awarded CFO of the Year, Restaurant category, by the Dallas Business Journal during an awards presentation Thursday, Oct. 24. Joan Cox (B.A. '80), CFO of Head Start of Greater Dallas, was a finalist for the Nonprofit category.
Dr. Rachel Croson, dean of the UTA College of Business, and alumna Jeanne Smith (CPA, '92) were recognized as Great Women of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, during a dinner and awards ceremony.
The University and the UT Arlington Alumni Association honored Herb Beckwith (M.S. '94), CFO and senior vice president of international operations for Justin Brands, with a Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual Gala October 19.
In 1974, Mary Earle Aucutt (B.B.A. '75) established an endowment at the College of Business in memory of her parents, one of the first endowment gifts made to the college. Upon her passing in 1985, she left her estate and her parents’ estate to the college to award scholarships for students. Since its establishment, the endowment has awarded 574 scholarships to students. The expected distributions for 2013-14 total nearly $32,000. On October 11, the College of Business hosted a lunch with the Earle family to thank them for their generous gift and enable them to meet some of the students who benefit from the scholarships. The Earle family was presented with a two-inch-thick collection of thank-you letters received from student scholarship recipients over the years.
Sonya Manibusan ('96 B.B.A) shared her story of breast cancer survival with former network news anchor Renee Syler. Syler now runs the nationally known and tremendously popular blog, Good Enough Mother.
Shea Fender (’08) launches Arlington-based Accent Awards & Trophies, LLC. on July 1, 2013 as the company’s co-owner. Shea was employed with the previous incarnation of the company, known as Accent Awards of Arlington, for 13 years.
Keith Cargill (’81), Texas Capital Bank President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer has been promoted as CEO of Texas Capital Bank and COO of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. according to the Dallas Business Journal. The June 11, 2013 announcement came with the news that George Jones will retire as the CEO for Texas Capital Bancshares at the end of the year. The board also named Cargill as Jones’ successor. He will be President and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares upon Jones’ retirement. “Keith and I were co-founders of Texas Capital Bank and have been friends and partners for 35 years,” said George Jones, president and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares, in a news release. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have Keith succeed me, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead and grow this company going forward. Today’s announcements are a natural progression of our well-thought out succession planning, which has been based on our business philosophy.”
Texas Capital Bank, founded in 1998, has a Fort Worth location in The Tower at 570 Throckmorton as well as locations in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.
Keith serves on the UT Arlington College of Business Advisory Council and is the council’s immediate past chairman.
- Michael Wayne (’81), a 30-year veteran in the oil and gas industry, has been named new director of oilfield services for Drilling Info Inc., the premier SaaS-based oil and gas business intelligence and decision support technology platform for the global upstream E&P industry, according to a company press release reported by Sys-con Media and other media outlets.
- Bill Bailey (’09) has been appointed as Sales Director, Oil & Gas Industry, by ThermoEnergy Corporation (OTCBB: TMEN) according to a company news release. Prior to joining ThermoEnergy, Bill was a Regional Sales Manager
at Caldwell Tanks, the country's largest elevated tank manufacturer.
- John Terrell (’09), Mayor of the City of Southlake and Vice President of Commercial Development for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, was featured in the Fort Worth Business Press. In the interview, Mayor Terrell discussed how he balances life as an executive, mayor, and father. Mayor Terrell is a graduate of the Executive M.B.A. program.
- Paul Yeoham (’86) has joined the board of directors of Vystar Corporation, which owns SleepHealth and produces Vytex Natural Rubber Latex, according to a PR Newswire release. Paul is a founding partner of Progress Equity Partners, Ltd., a private equity investment firm that acquires majority control of well-managed, entrepreneurial, service-based businesses, and brings with him more
than twenty years of financial and investment management experience to the board. Paul earned a B.B.A. in finance at The University of Texas at Arlington.
- Mark Melton (‘03), an associate with Hunton & Williams, will receive the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Foundation and DAYL Fellows’ Award of Excellence Dec. 13 in Dallas. Melton earned a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from UT Arlington.
- Hal Collett (’02), an alumnus of the Master of Science in Real Estate, has been promoted to president of asset resources unit at Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU), where he’ll oversee servicing of about $69 billion in commercial mortgages.
- Paul Aslin (’11), an alumnus of the Master of Science in Health Care Administration, is one of three individuals inducted into the inaugural class of the Leadership and Management Institute Healthcare Fellows with the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals. The organization advocates for rural and community hospitals in Texas. The fellowship award will assist emerging leaders in the healthcare industry by providing the tools, education, resources, mentoring and experience necessary to return to their hospitals and communities with new ideas for positive change and heightened success. Paul is the Chief Operations Officer of Clinical Care Associates at Wise Regional Health Systems in Decatur, Texas.
- James Recks (’99 B.B.A.) has been elected as the new President and CEO of Austin-based Littlefield Corporation according to a September 11, 2012 company press release. James is currently the Senior Vice President and CFO of AMC Financial Holdings, Inc.
- Curtis J.Berchtold (’91 B.B.A.) will be joining Pinnacle Airlines Corp. as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer according to a September 10, 2012 company press release. Curtis has served as Chief Financial Officer of Silver Airways since June of 2011. Prior to that, he served as a consultant with Mesa Air Group.
- Dr. Scott Scarborough (’03) will be recommended to the University of Toledo Board of Trustees for appointment to the role of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Scarborough most recently served as the senior vice president and executive director of the University of Toledo Medical Center. He has been with the University of Toledo since 2007 when he accepted the position of senior vice president for finance and administration. Scarborough previously worked for DePaul University and, prior to that, he worked for the University of Texas System for 10 years. He earned his Ph.D. in management from UT Arlington.
- Darren Nelson (’07 M.B.A., ’08 M.S.) was promoted in July 2012 to Director of Recruiting at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Nelson was previously the Director of Accounts Receivable and Credit. Before joining Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in 2008, Nelson worked for Verizon.
- Debra S. Temple (’11 M.S. HCAD) was recently hired as Chief Nursing Officer at Select Specialty Hospital in Dallas.
- Jackie Fouse ('82 B.A., '84 M.A.) was profiled by Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s business columnist Mitchell Schnurman. Jackie will earn her doctorate Sunday, May 13, 2012 in finance. Unlike most college grads, Fouse already has a great job, plus a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics. She is the chief financial officer of Celgene Corp., a Fortune 500 drugmaker in Summit, N.J. Schnurman asked, "When your time is that valuable and corporate responsibilities so great, why devote so many years to a school project at The University of Texas at Arlington?" Fouse said: “It’s the same reason that I run marathons. It’s there to be done, so I’m doing it.” Fouse started the doctoral program in 2003 while CFO of Alcon Labs in Fort Worth. She finished her 91-page dissertation in April.
- Edward Marshall (’97 M.B.A.) has been appointed director of the homeland security sector for B3 Solutions LLC, a firm that provides information technology and program management services to the federal government. The appointment was covered by multiple news outlets via Business Wire.
- Elaine Hart (’74 B.B.A.) was named chief financial officer for the City of Austin, as reported on April 24, 2012. Hart is a certified public accountant and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry and 20 with the city of Austin.
- Robert Earley (’09 M.S. HCAD), chief executive officer of JPS Health network, was featured in D Magazine's CEO.
- Jim Wilkinson (’93 B.B.A.) will join Pepsico as executive vice president, communications, Financial and several other media outlets reported. Wilkinson currently serves on the University's Development Board.
- James Sellers (’98 M.B.A.) was honored as part of the 2012 Class of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 awards. James is President of the Mansfield-based Sellmark Corporation. In 2012, James was honored by the College of Business with the Alumni Award for Early Career Achievement.
- Herb Beckwith (’94 M.S.) was honored by the Fort Worth Business Press as “CFO of the Year” at a January 25 luncheon. Herb is Senior Vice President and CFO of Justin Brands and is a member of the College of Business advisory council. In 2011, Herb received the college’s alumni award for career achievement.
- Donna Dempsey (’81, M.P.A.) has been appointed to the position of president and CEO of Easter Seals North Texas as reported in the Collin County Business Press. Dempsey has served as both executive vice president of administration and applied behavior analysis case manager during her three-year tenure at Easter Seals.
- Ralph Holcomb (’05, M.S. HCAD) has been named Chief Information Officer at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas as reported in the East Texas Review. Most recently, Ralph served as the Director of Information Services with Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital located in Dallas.
- Victor Perez (’80 M.B.A.) has been named Glori Energy's chief financial officer, CNBC.com and several other websites reported.
- Troy DePuma (’83 B.B.A.) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer by the AGC Composites Group, a part of AGC Aerospace & Defense to oversee financial activities for Unitech Composites and Structures as well as Integrated Composites, Inc. The announcement was reported by
- Piper Elam (’04 M.B.A.) has been elected as vice president and market leader in Crowley for Financial Bank, N.A., Cleburne, the Burleson-Crowley Connection reported.
- Charles Schmitt (’85 B.B.A.) will lead SSAB’s Americas Business Area, BusinessWire.com and several other online news sites reported.
- Patti Soch (’82 B.B.A.) has been appointed to vice president of finance and operations at Gazzang Inc where she will oversee all accounting, contracting, facilities and HR functions for the data security company, as reported on Business Wire.
- Mike Foreman (B.B.A. ’05, M.P.A. ’10) has been chosen as the new city manager of Celina, a growing community in Collin County, the Colony Courier-Leader reported. Mike is currently an assistant to the city manager of Grand Prairie.
- Dr. Roland Fryer (’98 B.B.A.), professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of Harvard’s Education Innovation Laboratory, was featured in Time magazine for his study regarding whether children should be bribed to do well in school. In the article, Time explained how Dr. Fryer ran a randomized experiment in hundreds of classrooms in multiple cities, using mostly private money to pay 18,000 kids a total of $6.3 million.
- Market research firm Decision Analyst achieved the highest level of overall satisfaction among full service market research clients in 2011 according to an annual survey conducted by MarketResearchCareers.com. Decision Analyst was founded by its President and CEO, Jerry Thomas (’63 B.B.A.). He currently serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Master of Science in Marketing Research (MSMR) program and as a member of the College of Business Advisory Council.
- Steven Xiao ('04 M.B.A.) has been appointed to the General Moly, Inc. Board of Directors as reported by Yahoo! Finance.
- Dana Gibson ('93 Ph.D.) will be installed as Sam Houston State University's 13th president on March 8. Yahoo! Finance reported on the inaugural events planned for Gibson.
- Brianna Hinojosa-Flores ('07) has become the first Hispanic female to sit on the Coppell City Council, the Coppell Gazette reported. Brianna Hinojosa-Flores is a wife, mother, patent attorney and now, council member.
- Russell Massey ('90) has been named chief finance officer for Beryl, a Bedford, TX-based technology-focused patient experience services company according to a Business Wire press release posted on Yahoo! Finance. Massey is a former chief accounting officer for Cook Children's Health Care system in Fort Worth.
- Hui (Steven) Xiao ('04) has been nominated to join the board of directors of General Moly, a U.S.-based mineral company engaged in the exploration, development and mining of molybdenum, as part of an agreement in the sale of the first tranche of equity to Hanlong (USA) Mining Investment, Inc. (Hanlong) for $40 million, according to a Business Wire press release posted on Yahoo! Finance. Steven currently serves as managing director of Hanlong Mining Investment Pty. Ltd. Steven also serves as executive director of Moly Mines, an Australian-based resources company.
- Jon DeLuca ('85 B.B.A.) is joining the Chicago-based Senior Lifestyle Corporation as president and chief executive officer according to a Business Wire press release posted on Yahoo! Finance. Jon was previously co-president and chief financial officer at Horizon Bay Retirement Living in Tampa, Florida.
- Jade Andrews ('08 M.S. HCAD) was recently promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer for Methodist Hospital for Surgery in Addison, Texas.
- Richard Block ('84 B.B.A.) has been appointed Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager for Harris Private Bank in Rockford, Illinois, PR-Inside.com reported.
- Don McCormack ('86 B.B.A.) has been promoted to Vice President—Chief Accounting Officer with Concho Resources, Inc., according to a news release posted on Forbes.com.
- Distinguished Alumna Jackie Fouse ('82 B.A., '84 M.A.) has been elected to the Board of Directors of Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) according to a news release posted on Forbes.com. Effective September 27, 2010, Jackie will be joining Celgene Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company (Nasdaq: CELG), to serve as its Chief Financial Officer. Since July 2007, Ms. Fouse has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a global agribusiness and food company.
- Jesse E. Collins ('91 B.B.A.) has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Broadwind Energy, Inc., a wind energy product and service provider, Yahoo! Finance reported.
- Dean Tarpley ('91 B.B.A.), former Senior Vice President of Retail at Palladium Group Inc., has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a Managing Director and head of the firm's retail industry practice, Forbes.com reported.
- Dana Gibson ('93 Ph.D.) has been appointed the 13th President of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville by the Texas State University System, The Associated Press reported in The Huntsville Item.
- Nancy Templin ('94 B.B.A.) is the new Chief Financial Officer of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported. Templin most recently held leadership positions at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
- Casey Coleman ('92 M.B.A.) has received the 2010 CIO Innovation Award (Public Sector) at the 7th Annual Sloan CIO Symposium, Yahoo! Finance reported.
- Herbert Beckwith ('94 M.S.) has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Justin Brands, El Paso Inc. reported.
- Lisa Lankes ('84 B.B.A.) has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Communications, Licensing and Social Media at Justin Brands, Sports One Source reported.
- Casey Coleman ('92 M.B.A.) is a finalist for the 2010 Innovation Leadership Award that will be announced at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium May 19, Yahoo! Finance reported. The award recognizes top people in technology.
- Dee Trussell ('89 B.B.A.) has been named Director of Business Development for Spectrum Group Management LLC, an opportunistic alternative investment firm focused in the distressed, special situations and asset-based credit markets, the PRNewswire reported.
- Trinity Industries, Inc. announced that William A. McWhirter II (BBA '86) has been named Senior Vice President and Group President of the Construction Products segment, the Inland Barge segment, and the Rail Components business line, Fox Business reported.
- Larry Kilgore (BA '71), Regional President for Southwest Securities FSB, was profiled in a Fort Worth Business Press story.
- Higginbotham & Associates' Jim Krause (BBA ’87) was honored as Fort Worth's top CFO for a mid-sized business at a January 28 luncheon hosted by the Fort Worth Business Press. Jim has helped Higginbotham & Associates redesign its capital structure, and was instrumental in increasing the firm's operating margins over the last few years. Jim serves the UT Arlington College of Business as a member of the Advisory Council.
- Larry Kilgore (BBA ’71) has been named Southwest Securities, FSB, Senior Vice President and Regional President of the Downtown Fort Worth and Southlake Banking Centers,
CNN Money reported.
- James D. (Jim) Fant (BBA ’82) has been promoted to Chief Investment Officer of Behringer Harvard Opportunity Advisors, II LP according to a December 16 Behringer Harvard
- Carey Hendrickson (MBA ’96) will assume the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer of Belo Corp following the retirement of Dennis Williamson in March 2010 according to a Belo Corp press release reported on the MSN Money Web site December 16, 2009. Carey is a longtime executive with Belo and is currently senior vice president and chief accounting officer.
- Lt. Kent Worley (BBA ’75) who is retiring as the City of Fort Worth Fire Department’s public information officer, was featured in the Fort Worth Star Telegram in a question-and-answer about getting started in anime.
- Adam Sheehan (BBA ’01) was featured in The Wall Street Journal in a question-and-answer about getting started in anime.
- Wayne Watts (BBA ’76) current senior executive vice president and general counsel at AT&T, was profiled in a Steve Blow column in The Dallas Morning News.
- Alan Heaton’s (MBA ’07) 25-year military service was profiled in The Express of Lock Haven, PA.
- Sathasivam (Kris) Krishnan (MBA ’86) Associate Dean for Institutional Research & Planning at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey, has been selected as a Fellow for the 2009 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Cris Neely (BBA ’79) has been appointed to Chief Financial Officer at ONE Holdings, Corp., a Miami-based investment company.
- Patrick Sporl (MBA ’97) and his continued success managing bond funds at American Beacon Advisors was featured in a July 21 article in Barron’s.
- K. Michael Koch (MBA ’92) has joined MGL Consulting as Executive Vice President over the Investment Adviser and Insurance Divisions. Learn more.
- Martin Schlossman (BS ’92) has been promoted to first vice president of FHLBank Topeka.
- Former vice presidential candidate Dr. Pat Choate (BA ’63) has joined the Board of Directors of American Innovators for Patent Reform.
- Kenneth Sanders, CPA (BBA ‘79), and John Stanbery, CPA (BBA ‘83), joined Fort Worth based accounting firm AuldridgeGriffin PC as the firm’s latest partners. Learn more.
- Paul Hilbig (MS ’05) and his wife Sarah were featured in an Idaho Business Review article featuring the couple’s new business, Bloomin’ Art.
- Sandy. J Martin (BBA ’83) has been appointed chief financial officer at Entech Solar
as reported by Energy Business Review. Sandy joined Entech in March 2009 and was named chief accounting officer in April.
- Sean Connelly (MBA ’09) and his annual “42 in 42” volunteer drive established in honor of Pat Tillman were featured in the May 31, 2009 Fort Worth Star Telegram weekly column Shlachter, Nishimura & Baker.
- Kevin Simmons (BBA ’78), Professor of Economics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant. Kevin will use his Fulbright research grant during the spring semester 2010 conducting research at the International Center for Geohazards in Oslo, Norway. Learn more.
- Jorge Callado (BBA ’09), who recently earned his honors B.B.A. in finance from UT Arlington, represented the Class of 2009 at the May 15 Graduation Celebration. He was featured in Bob Ray Sander’s Column in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
- Charlotte J. Wright (BBA ’76, MS ’77), professor and Lanny G. Chasteen chairman of accounting at Oklahoma State University, received the 2009 Outstanding Accounting Educator at the Oklahoma Accounting Educators Conference in Norman on May 2. Learn more.
- Danielle M. Georgiou, a doctoral student at UT Dallas and two-time alumna of The University of Texas at Arlington, was presented with the first “Patricia A. Porter Fellowship in Arts Management,” given by the Leadership Arts Alumni Association of North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts (NTBCA). Read more...
- Casey Schmidt (BBA ‘02) marketing manager for Benchmark Synergy Group, was featured in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 3, 2009.
- Dr. Roland Fryer (BBA ‘98 ), professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of Harvard’s Education Innovation Laboratory, was honored by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009. View the
2009 Time 100.
- Dana Gibson (Ph.D. ’93), has been named the first female vice president for finance and operations at Sam Houston State University. Learn more.
- George Benson (BBA, ‘78), has joined the Beryl Companies, the nation's leading provider of outsourced call center services to healthcare organizations, as regional vice president of sales. Learn more.
- Anthony J. Perri, M.D. (MSHCA ’08),of Corsicana was recently appointed to the position of clinical associate professor of urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Perri practiced urology for almost 25 years in Corsicana. He is currently director of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Service and attending urologist at the Dallas VA Medical Center, where he is conducting research in the chemoprevention of prostate cancer in veterans with Agent Orange exposure. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board that oversees all VA research in North Texas.
- Teresa Hanson (BBA ‘83, MBA ‘86),was recently named U.S. director of marketing and product management for Vetoquinol USA, an animal health products company. As director of marketing and product management, Hanson will lead all marketing and product management-related activities for Vétoquinol USA's veterinary and retail segments. Learn more.
- Nancy Stich (BBA ’92),has been named Alexandria (LA) Market President for Capital One Bank, N.A. As the leading Capital One Bank executive in Alexandria, Stich will work to enhance Capital One Bank’s ability to meet community needs through an array of bank resources, including philanthropy, volunteerism and community banking products and services. Learn more.
- Denise Ford (BBA '88),doctoral student in the College of Professional Education at Texas Women’s University, received a university scholarship at the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon. Learn more.
- Mike Leathers (BBA ‘92 ),was recently named Senior Vice President at Hanson Pressure Pipe, a leading provider of concrete steel and steel pressure pipe. Learn more.
- Steve Blume (MBA ’83),an ExxonMobil refinery manager in Baton Rouge, was recently profiled in Business & Industry Connection. Learn more.
- Jerome Oglesby (BS ‘01), Chief Technology Officer for Deloitte, is among Computerworld’s annual list of 100 executives shaping the IT industry. Jerome is considered an IT leader who “shatters the mold” in part because of his recognition of the need to engage Gen Y employees. Learn more.
- Danielle Marie Georgiou's (BBA ‘06, MA '08) first book, The Politics of State Public Arts Funding, has been released as announced by German publisher VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. Danielle is an Adjunct Professor of Dance with the University of Texas at Arlington's Department of Kinesiology. She is also the Assistant Director of the UTA Dance Ensemble. As a UT Arlington undergraduate, Danielle was a scholar in the Goolsby Leadership Academy. Read more.
- Kurt Jaeger (BBA ‘84) was featured in the January 19, 2009 Fort Worth Star-Telegram for being a grocery entrepreneur. Jaeger purchased several Minyard Food Stores, changing the names to City Market. The article said Jaeger paid his way through UT Arlington by working at Safeway.
- Brian McDermott (BBA ‘86) joined Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) on Dec 10 as Vice President of Supplier Management. McDermott comes to AIA from Paragon Dynamics, a Denver-based company that specializes in aerospace and intelligence system development and engineering, program management and technical support needs. He previously worked for L-3 Communications and served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. In his new position, he oversees all efforts to support and advocate for aerospace suppliers and foster good relationships with prime contractors. Founded in 1919, AIA represents the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial systems, space systems, aircraft engines, materiel, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.
- Kendra Brown (BBA ‘89) has been named Oconee County assistant administrator for administration and finance. Oconee County is located in South Carolina. For the past eight and a half years, Brown has worked as an accountant in the Pickens County finance department. Prior to that, she worked as for Clemson University as an internal auditor as well as with a private accounting firm. Brown is a certified public accountant and certified government finance officer.