Business Week 2021

Business Week 2021: March 29 — April 2

A longstanding tradition in the College of Business, Business Week is a full week set aside to connect faculty and students with business and community leaders. Executives and leaders, many of them UTA alumni, share their experiences and present case studies from their companies to a new generation of business leaders.

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Panel Discussions

Speaker: Terry Sullivan

Terry Sullivan is the founder of BuzzPro, a nationally recognized Digital Marketing and Social Selling training company that helps companies and professionals get better results with LinkedIn. Terry will walk you through the key branding and Social Selling strategies, tips and secrets you need to create a well-branded LinkedIn profile that gets results.

Business Week 2021 Speakers

Dustin Anthamatten

Vice President, Operations

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

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About Dustin: Dustin Anthamatten currently serves as the Vice President of Operations at Methodist Charlton Medical Center (MCMC). He has operational oversight of cardiology, oncology, imaging, laboratory, physical medicine, respiratory therapy, inpatient hospitalists, physical plant, food services, environmental services, police and leased tenants. Dustin was originally hired as the facility’s Vice President of Finance in 2014 and moved in to the Vice President of Operations role approximately one year after being hired.

Jake Bailey

CEO

Split Rock Resources

Jake Bailey

About Jake: Jake Bailey has over 12 years of oil and gas experience and founded Split Rock Resources (“SRR”) in 2019 with a $140MM equity commitment from North Hudson Resource Partners. SRR is focused on non-operated upstream investment opportunities in the DJ Basin. Prior to SRR, Jake managed existing assets for Crestline Investors and evaluated new deals in the oil and gas space. He oversaw an ~80,000 acre operated position in the Bakken along with ~150 non-op wellbore interests in the DJ Basin. Before joining Crestline, he served as CFO at Tana Exploration, a subsidiary of TRT Holdings, which had operated assets in the East Texas, onshore South Louisiana, shallow water offshore Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico. Jake also has experience in the Woodbine with an East Texas operator. He began his career with a contract driller covering basins in Texas, Arkoma, and Appalachia. Mr. Bailey has a BBA in Accounting and a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and is certified in Corporate FP&A.

Tamiko Bailey

Entrepreneur

Bailey's Premier Services, LLC

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About Tamiko: Mrs. Tamiko Bailey is the President/CEO of Bailey’s Premier Services, a multi-state defense contractor that provides aircraft maintenance and other support services to the United States government and state/local agencies. It is often that our early experiences give us inspiration and help pave our way in life. Tamiko Bailey is a prime example. The eldest of four children and a first-generation college graduate, Bailey was raised by her mother, along with grandparents who encouraged her to work hard and pursue college.

Myrtle Bell

Associate Dean for Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion

University of Texas at Arlington

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About Myrtle : Myrtle P. Bell is Professor of Management at the University of Texas at Arlington, Her research considers a wide range of diversity and social issues. Her book Diversity in Organizations, a comprehensive, research-based book for teaching and learning about diversity, is in its third edition

Mark Borge

Principal

Best Facility Services

Mark Borge

About Mark: Best Facility Services in headquartered in Hurst, Texas, began doing business in 2004 and was co-founded by Steve Nobles and Mark Borge. We have over 35 years of combined industry experience within our company, which has been instrumental in positioning us as a resource that consistently provides a high level of personal service to a broad range of facilities. We are now cleaning several million square feet per night of commercial, corporate and institutional building space in the Dallas/Fort Worth region

Caio Braga

Managing Director

InvoiSEC Trade Finance & Trade Risk Solutions

Caio Braga

About Caio: Caio began his career in International Trade earlier in his college days as trainee in a software house back in 1994. From this platform he took on operational role in a metals commodity producer in Sao Paulo, Brazil and multiple business development roles with Fortune 100 and 500 companies within Logistics and Supply Chain industry. In 2009, Caio relocated to New York City to join the supply chain finance team with the financial services arm of a major logistics integrator and eventually establishing his consulting firm in 2015 leading to the foundation of InvoiSEC in Dallas, TX focused in meeting short-term working capital needs for small and medium size business in Texas and across the nation.

John Brookby

Vice President, Commercial Development

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

John Brookby

About John: John Brookby serves as Vice President of Commercial Development at DFW International Airport. In this position, he is responsible for driving revenue-generating development and leasing of Airport real estate. Mr. Brookby leads the strategic planning, marketing and implementation of business initiatives for commercial land development and redevelopment at DFW, as well as the Airport’s hotel, commercial facilities, and property management functions. He has over 25 years of real estate experience and an extensive background and knowledge in aviation and real estate development, master planning, architecture, construction, real estate marketing and financial analysis, and development processes. Mr. Brookby holds Master of Science in Real Estate and Bachelor of Architecture degrees, and he is a licensed architect and private pilot.

Kervin Campbell

Civil Engineering Executive

Dunaway Associates

Kervin Campbell

About Kevin: Kervin Campbell leads Dunaway's civil engineering department and began his career at Dunaway in 2003. With a significant portfolio of public works projects including roadways, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain improvements, Kervin has been recognized in the industry for his outstanding contributions to the public safety and welfare and for advancing the profession of engineering. Under Kervin’s leadership, Dunaway’s municipal client base has increased and we have advanced from offering traditional civil infrastructure services to adding innovative roundabouts and 2D water modeling design. He currently serves on the board of the Tarrant County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and is a Past President of TSPE and serves as TxDOT Affiliate Program Liaison and on the Leadership Committee.

Ray Casas

Director, Community Impact

Texas Rangers Baseball Club

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About Ray: Ray Casas currently serves as Director of Community Impact for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. His primary responsibility is to create sustainable partnerships in the community while bridging opportunities in baseball and youth programs. Ray also chairs the Inclusion & Community Impact Council for the Rangers. The council’s main purpose is to listen to front office employees and provide better ways to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the ball club. Prior to starting a career in Major League Baseball, Ray launched his own Public Relations Firm in 2016 based in Los Angeles with a focus on creating social impact with non-profit organizations in the entertainment industry. Ray also worked for MTV Networks, producing public service announcements and pro-social campaigns that addressed issues affecting millennials all across the country. In 2014, The Huffington Post included Ray as one of the "40 under 40 Latinos in American Politics." Ray graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1996 with a B.A in Political Science.

Angela Cauthorn

Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager

DFW International Airport

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About Angela: Angela Cauthorn is an advocate for inclusive workplaces that leverage employee diversity to achieve business goals. She has over 15 years of Human Resource experience, over 10 of which are in Diversity and Inclusion program management. Currently Angela is the Workforce Diversity Manger for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where she helped to expand the number of employees in employee resource groups by almost 300% and demonstrate the lower attrition and higher engagement of their members.

Kim Crawford

Partner

Sutton Frost Cary LLP

Kim Crawford

About Kim: Kim Crawford is an audit partner with Sutton Frost Cary LLP in Arlington and has been in public accounting since 1994, including several years in the Dallas office of an international firm. Her extensive and diverse experience includes, but is not limited to, audits of financial statements of privately owned companies, employee benefit plans and nonprofit organizations, as well as consulting for insurance-related clients. Kim also assists clients with various tax and consulting services. Her responsibilities include being one of the firm’s designated partners for audits of nonprofit entities and serving on the firm’s executive committee. Kim is a graduate of UTA (’94), lives in north Arlington and loves attending UTA basketball games!

Kim Cummings

Vice President HR & Talent

Children's Health

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About Kim: Kim Cummings, SCP, SPHR is Vice president, Human Resources and Talent at Children’s Health based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Kim leads HR and Talent strategy including workforce/people transformation initiatives, succession, and supports cross-market enterprise wide talent development initiatives.

Richard Fleming

CEO

State Tax Group, LLC

Richard Fleming

About Richard: Richard Fleming is the CEO & founder of State Tax Group, LLC. State Tax Group, LLC is an award-winning boutique multi- state and local sales tax advisory and consulting services firm located in Dallas since 2005. With Richard at the helm State Tax Group has saved and recovered over $30 Million dollars for his clients’ through various multi-state and local sales tax projects over the last 15 years. Mr. Fleming has 25 years of experience in the state and local sales tax arena, he states that he is more than just another “tax practitioner” more importantly he is an “ tax advocate” for his corporate clients.

Travis Franklin

Broker/Owner

Franklin Real Estate Brokerage

Travis Franklin

About Travis: Travis studied Real Estate, Finance and Economics at UTA from 1984-1988 and transferred to UT Austin from 1988-1989. He graduated with majors in Finance and Real Estate and has been in the real estate industry for over 25 years. Travis is broker and owner of his own firm, Franklin Real Estate Brokerage, handling commercial real estate, investment property and is very active in representing the over 55 community. Travis is an avid golfer and volunteers as a coach with the First Tee of Fort Worth as well as being on the board of directors for NPRA – a senior advocacy organization. He enjoys traveling with his wife DeeDee and is passionate about music, playing guitar and singing with the Jessica Brooks Band.

Raul H Gonzalez

Director of Administration

Passman & Jones, A Professional Corporation

Raul Gonzalez

About Rual: I am a Proud UTA Maverick and am very happy to be participating in Business Week 2021. I am a native of El Paso Texas but moved to Arlington in 1980 to attend UTA after winning an Outstanding Carrier scholarship from the El Paso Times. I worked several jobs while in college including for the Texas Rangers where I met my wife Kerry. We have been married more than 30 years and have 3 young adult children. I received my Bachelor of Business Administration with a Management concentration in 1985. I worked as a court runner for the Dallas Laws Firm of Passman & Jones while at UTA. After graduation, I joined the firm and held several positions until being named Director of Administration. I perform all non-attorney related functions from personnel management, to purchasing, lease negotiation, benefits, and communication. I have been active in the community for decades. While at UTA I held positions on the IFC, among others. My wife and I were always active parents, volunteering in our kid’s activities from baseball to band. I made the choice to run for public office after surviving prostate cancer at 44 years old. I served on the Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees from 2010 until I was elected to the Arlington City Council in November of 2020. I am enjoying new challenges that City Council service brings. I have been on the Salvation Army of Arlington Board of Directors for more than a decade and have served several other organizations in some capacity. Kerry and I are active UTA Alumni. We are longtime members of the Maverick Club and 1895 Society. I am a founding member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle that assists Business Majors. The Raul H. and Kerry G. Gonzalez Endowed Scholarship we funded recently will be awarded to a student yearly in perpetuity. I encourage you to use the education you receive from UTA to build a nice life for your family and a strong community for us all.

Ryan Harrington

President and CEO

Trinity Healthcare, LLC

Ryan Harrington

About Ryan: Ryan Harrington is a founder and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Healthcare. With over 1,600 employees across 24 locations, Trinity Healthcare specializes in the operation and management of nursing homes. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the company provides a broad range of rehabilitation and long-term care services to residents and patients.

Vernon Hilton

Senior Credit & Risk Management Officer

The National Bank of Texas

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About Vernon: Vernon Hilton serves as the Senior Credit & Risk Management Officer for The National Bank of Texas. In this role, he directs the Credit & Risk Management Group, provides guidance to the Commercial Lending Team, and approves loans with his credit authority. Vernon possesses nearly 15 years of experience in commercial banking and public finance. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Marketing from Northern Illinois University, MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Wharton. He has had the pleasure to serve as the Economic Development Chairperson for the National Black MBA Association’s DFW Chapter, as a board member for Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, and as a Kingdom Kids’ Teacher at Koinonia Christian Church. Vernon is also an Alumni of Leadership Arlington and a Fort Worth 40 Under 40 Honoree.

Mike Humphrey

Vice President, Client Services

Decision Analyst

Mike Humphrey

About Mike: Mike is Vice President, Client Services, at Decision Analyst. In addition to managing and mentoring a team of researchers, Mike is the primary account manager for U.S. and international clients in the durables, telecom, and packaged good industries among others. Mike has over 20 years of experience in research, including management of quantitative and qualitative research across an array of categories and research techniques. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of North Texas and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Brian Hunt

Chief Administration Officer / Account Executive

Aon

Brian Hunt

About Brian: Brian Hunt has spent more than 20 years helping his clients identify and understand how risk could impact their businesses. He joined Aon in 2016 as an Account Executive in the Dallas office of Aon’s Construction Services Group. As an Account Executive, he is the main point of contact to help Aon prospects and clients think strategically about their construction-related exposure to risk. In 2020, Brian was named a Power Broker in construction by Risk & Insurance magazine.

Sylvester Johnson

VP Enterprise Planning, Analytics and Insights

Whataburger

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About Sylvester: Sylvester “Sly” Johnson is the currently the VP Enterprise Planning, Analytics, and Insights at Whataburger. He joined Whataburger in 2016 as Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Whataburger, he held similar roles with Bob Evans Farms, Dex One Corporation, and 7-Eleven Inc. His career journey has also included time in a corporate audit and finance role with PepsiCo and YUM Brands, respectively. He started his career in public accounting with PWC where he rose to the senior manager ranks while also working in the National Office as the Assistant to the Insurance Industry Chairman. He is graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he received his BBA in Accounting and has an MBA from Bellarmine University. He has had various community service roles during his career and is currently on the Board of TXCPA San Antonio.

Michael Jones

Retired CFO/CPA

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About Michael: Sorry to disappoint all of you who were expecting a rapper but this is not that Mike Jones. This Mike Jones took a little different path to success. After graduating with a degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington and passing the CPA exam, Mike started his career in public accounting rising to Senior Manager before figuring out he had had enough of corporate bureaucracy and wanted to pursue a more entrepreneurial path.

Larry Kemp

Managing Owner

Kemp and Sons General Services Inc

Larry Kemp

About Larry: Larry Kemp, managing owner of Kemp and Sons General Services, knows all about success. He overcame borderline poverty and a challenging learning disability during his childhood to become and award-winning entrepreneur, business strategist and sought-after speaker.

Manaswini Kumar

Quality Engineering

Tesla Inc.

About Manaswini : Seasoned engineering and management professional with a unique combination of a dual Masters of Science (MS) in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and a bachelor's in technology. Experienced Research Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry in the automotive, industrial safety and hydration equipment sectors. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Quality management, data analysis, SQL,SAS, SAP, C, C++, Public Speaking, Industrial Engineering, Project Management, RFID.

Valerie Landry

General Manager

The Sanford House Inn & Spa

Valerie Landry

About Valerie: I am a young professional in Arlington, TX and I am passionate about my community and about making people feel welcome when they visit Arlington. As the General Manager of The Sanford House Inn & Spa, I have the chance to meet people from all over the world and provide them with true, southern hospitality in an upscale environment. We have twelve overnight accommodations and a full service spa & salon, where our guests can escape to relax and rejuvenate. We also have beautiful, lush grounds, which provide a wonderful backdrop for weddings, charity galas, corporate retreats, and much more.

Sam Mahrouq

CEO

Automax - MEI Group - ikon technologies

Sam Mahrouq

About Sam: Sam Mahrouq is an entrepreneur and global businessman who serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MEI Group (Mahrouq Enterprises International). His most recent focus is iKON Technologies, a vertical expansion of his business products and services in the automotive industry. Also under Sam’s business umbrella are 11 car dealerships, a prominent Dollar Rent-a-Car franchise, MEI Auto Finance, and a real estate investment group. A native of Amman, Jordan, Sam is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business and recently funded the $500,000 Sam Mahrouq Financial Markets Lab. His business philosophy focuses on ethics and not exploiting others around him. He always looks for the win-win in business transactions. In 2016, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Small Business of the Year Award. The galleries in the Arlington Museum of Art are named for the Sam Mahrouq Family in recognition of his financial grant of $500,000 to stabilize the organization financially. He is also a significant donor to the Arlington Life Shelter and Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington as well as Oak Ridge School.

Hisham Masri

Employment Law Attorney

Jackson Lewis

Hisham Masri

About Hisham: Mr. Masri’s practice encompasses advising employers on how to navigate the myriad of employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Hodson McFarland

SAP Talent Lead - North America

Infosys

Hudson McFarland

Bridget Moon

Economic Development Specialist/Veteran Development Officer

US SBA

Bridget Moon

About Bridget: Bridget Moon joined the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1996, currently holding a position of Economic Development Specialist and Veterans Business Development Officer in the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office. She takes pride in building and maintaining collaborative partnerships with small business owners, small business stakeholders such as economic development practitioners, civic and community organizations, chambers of commerce, business associations, and educational institutions. Prior to working for the District Office, she has held several positions under the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance - Processing & Disbursement Center. This included her involvement in direct recovery efforts in the field, Public Information Officer, and Supervisory Loan Officer for home and business underwriting.

Garrett Morrow

Director of Equipment Utilization

BNSF Railway

Garrett Morrow

About Garrett: Garrett Morrow is currently Director of Intermodal & Automotive Equipment Utilization at BNSF Railway in Fort Worth, TX, a position he has held since 2018. In this role, Garrett oversees tactical distribution of the world’s largest private intermodal railcar fleet and over 10,000 multilevel auto-racks, along with capital planning, operating expense management and intermodal repositioning programs in support of BNSF’s Consumer Products business unit. After leaving the grain industry to join BNSF’s Ag Products team in 2007, Garrett has served BNSF in several roles of increasing responsibility including: Capacity & Planning, Intermodal Hub Operations, Asset Management, and Customer Support. Garrett’s professional interests include leveraging technology to drive efficiency and boost productivity, growing with customers, and building relationships. Throughout his career, he has been known for his exemplary leadership, commitment to mentoring, infectious energy and humor. Garrett has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and an M.B.A. from University of Texas at Arlington. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, Garrett now lives in Fort Worth with his wife Kimberly, and their three children: Declan, Lilah, and Lucienne.

Warren Norred

Owner

Norred Law

Warren Norred

About Warren: Warren Norred began his professional career with three degrees from UT-Arlington, including his MSEE in 1993. While managing his engineering practice, he went back to school and now operates Norred Law, PLLC, his law firm in downtown Arlington. Warrens speaks often on education and government matters. As founding president of the Arlington Classics Academy, he's been part of several start-up efforts in non-profits and businesses himself, and now assists others in similar efforts.

Bill Nulf

Vice President Of Channel Sales

MicroTouch

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About Bill: Strategic sales leader with over 20 years of consultative Channel, OEM, and Strategic Account Sales. In addition the last 10 years have centered around building first in class sales organizations and partner programs.

Lisa Ong

President and Founder

Wishing Out Loud LLC

About Lisa: Lisa M. Ong, PCC, CPA, is an award-winning diversity and inclusion strategy consultant, speaker, and professional certified executive coach. As a widely-known "talent gardener" and "inclusion connector,” CEOs hire her to co-create their diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy to cultivate belonging cultures as great places to work. Before launching Wishing Out Loud LLC, she was a national diversity director in PwC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an HR director, and a financial audit senior manager. She earned her BBA in Accounting from UT Austin and her MS in Management from UT Dallas. D CEO Magazine named her to The Dallas 500 in their 2021 and 2020 directories as "one of the most powerful business leaders in DFW" in the “Consultants” and "Corporate Diversity Officer" categories.

Clement Osimetha

Attorney/Member

Grable Martin Fulton PLLC

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About Clement: Clement has spent most of his legal career, over two decades, working as in-house counsel in the law departments of a government agency, a couple of privately held corporations and a publicly traded corporation. He returned to the private practice of law in November 2017, when he joined the law firm of Grable Martin Fulton PLLC as Member. Before returning to private practice, he was employed by Ciber, Inc., a publicly traded IT company, as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for the Company’s global compliance and ethics program.

Rina Parikh

Partner

Grant Thornton LLP

Rina Parikh

About Rina: Rina Parikh is a Certified Public Accountant and an audit partner in the Dallas office of Grant Thornton. Rina has more than 18 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 services, banks & lending institutions, investment companies, asset management companies and real estate entities. Rina has significant experience in conducting financial statement audits as well as internal control examinations. Rina has extensive experience in evaluating and testing processes and internal controls related to FDICIA banks and SOX compliance for public companies. Rina has assisted several companies with initial public offering, additional equity and debt offering filing reports as required by the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts.

Roland Parrish

CEO

Parrish Restaurants

Roland Parrish

About Roland: Parrish is currently CEO of Parrish Restaurants, Ltd, which owns and operates 27 restaurants in Dallas and surrounding areas. The Dallas Business Journal ranks his company the 4th Largest Minority Owned Firm in North Texas. Parrish is highly committed to giving back to the community, especially causes that support the education and welfare of youth. Roland received his BS and MBA from Purdue’s Krannert School of Business. As a scholar and athlete, he consistently made the Dean’s List, was a 2-time MVP of the Purdue track team and selected by his teammates to be Captain his senior year. Roland’s $2M Leadership Gift supported the renovation of the former Management School Library at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It was opened and renamed the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics in 2012. It’s the first facility at Purdue to be named after an African American. Also, his gift of philanthropy led to the building of the Rev. John and Marie Parrish Medical Clinic in Fort Portal, Uganda. The clinic, which opened in May of 2016, serves 6,000 orphans per year and is named in memory of his parents. The Parrish Career and Development Center is currently under construction at Fisk University. It is scheduled to open in 2022.

Linda Pavlik

Founder and President

Pavlik and Associates

Linda Pavlik

About Linda: Linda Pavlik has amassed more than 30 years as a strategic communication specialist. She and her team specialize in public and private corporate engagement, creating synergisms, collaborations, and partnerships. Linda’s clients are located throughout the U.S., many of whom are doing business internationally. Throughout the years, she has also worked with municipalities throughout the Southwest, North Central Texas Council of Governments and other MPOs, State of Texas and other states, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and various aviation interests, and urban and regional transit agencies. Always in focus is community sustainability. Honored as a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Linda has been the recipient of the prestigious Juneteenth Freedom Seeker’s Award, named twice to Fort Worth/Tarrant County’s List of 400 Most Influential People by Panther Publishing Company, and Outstanding Woman in the Workplace by the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women.

Gail Stout Perry

Partner

Credera

Gail Perry

About Gail: Gail joined Credera as a Partner in 2019 where she focuses on strategy formulation, strategy execution, and performance management. She brings more than 25 years of management consulting experience across multiple industries, disciplines, and technologies. Prior to joining Credera, Gail worked in management consulting at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), the Balanced Scorecard Institute and other firms. She has also held the role of Chief Strategy Officer at a global software company. She is a co-author of a textbook, The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard which is available in English, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Gail earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering (with a focus on Automation & Robotics) from The University of Texas at Arlington and her MBA in Finance from Abilene Christian University.

Orlando Prescott

Youth Academy Baseball & Softball Coordinator

Texas Rangers

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About Orlando: Orlando Prescott is set to celebrate his third year with the Texas Rangers as their Youth Academy Baseball & Softball Coordinator. In this role, he plans and organizes after school baseball and softball instruction, oversees the Academy’s Reviving Baseball in Inner cities (RBI) program, and works with a number of outside entities that utilize the facility. As part of a non-profit team, Orlando is committed to making a tangible impact in the lives of young people and their families through on-and-off field mentorship, coaching, and support. Prior to arriving in Texas, Orlando accumulated a wealth of professional sports experience in his time with the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Miami Dolphins, and Arizona Diamondbacks. A Miami native, Orlando is a proud graduate of the University of Florida where he received a degree in Business Administration and an outside concentration in Sports Management. While at the University of Florida, he served as a student manager for the Florida Gators baseball program and won two Southeastern Conference titles and clinched two berths to the College World Series.

Sandy Reeves

VP Treasury, Assistant Chief Investment Officer

Texas Health Resources

Sandy Reeves

About Sandy: Sandy Reeves is the Vice President Treasury, Assistant Chief Investment Officer for Texas Health Resources, one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the United States. Texas Health consists of 29 acute care, transitional, rehabilitation and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint ventured or affiliated. Ms. Reeves has been with Texas Health since 1987. The treasury department oversees the investment and treasury management of over $6 billion in assets and a capital structure of ~$2 billion in tax exempt and taxable debt.

Shunda Robinson

Global VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

GM Financial

Shunda Robinson

About Shunda: Shunda Robinson, Global Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, is charged with executing and implementing world-class initiatives that promote GM Financial and its employees' success. She serves as an advisor and partner to executive leadership and as a progressive voice on sustainable diversity & inclusion strategies.

Felicia Rogers

Executive Vice President

Decision Analyst

Felicia Rogers

About Felicia: Felicia Rogers is a dynamic insights consultant who leverages decades of business and consumer research experience in her role as Executive Vice President at Decision Analyst. During her career, she has partnered with companies across an array of categories such as consumer packaged goods, foodservice, retail, financial services, travel & hospitality, home improvement, and durable goods. For Felicia, supporting clients in their efforts to build strong brands, accelerate new product development, and optimize communications is a passion. Recognizing that the end-user perspective is imperative to success, she contributes keen, insights-driven consulting to guide her clients, helping them make key business decisions with confidence.

Molly Sandlin

President

CAET PMC

Molly Sandlin

About Molly: Molly Sandlin is the President and Founder of CAET Project Management Consultants, LLC (CAET PMC). Prior to establishing CAET PMC in February 2016, Molly spent twelve years in customer experience and analysis, financial audit, and accounting positions at Feeley & Driscoll in Boston, and American Airlines in Fort Worth. She has a BS in Accounting from Lasell University and graduated from the MBA Cohort program at the University of Texas at Arlington in December 2014. She serves on the board of the Women’s Business Council Southwest and is an advisor to Women’s Enterprise Texas.   CAET PMC is a boutique professional services firm and is a certified WBE, HUB, and WOSB company.  Their services are primarily Owner Representation and Project Management for new construction, renovations, and interior space planning.  Their Brand Execution Services have global reach managing signage installation projects from Buenos Aires to Budapest to Chennai. The company has also expanded into the general contracting world. Look for the CAET construction team renovating buildings near you.

Sam Santiago

Director Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Ross Stores, Inc.

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About Sam: Sam Santiago, CDE is an award-winning diversity, equity and inclusion professional with over 30 years of experience in the travel, hospitality, health and retail industries. He’s held leadership roles with American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, the American Heart Association as well as countless non-profit boards and committees. In 2020, he joined Ross Stores, Inc. (Ross Dress For Less and dd’s Discounts) as one of its new leaders in charge of expanding the company’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion. Sam attended pre-med and business schools at the University of Puerto Rico; studied French at the famed Alliance Française and holds several certifications including Training Manager Certificate, Nonprofit Management Certificate and Certified Diversity Executive ™ (CDE).

Amanda Sargent

Program Manager/Elected Official

Inroads

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About Amanda: Motivational Keynote Speaker, Amanda L. Sargent works with individuals, organizations, and communities to amplify their communication, connection, and confidence so they can make an influential impact on the world. She empowers with passion, guiding her participants to effectively strengthen and elevate their leadership vision to new heights.

James Sellers

CEO & Founder

Sellmark Corporation

James Sellers

About James: Sellmark Corporation President, James Sellers, understands the meaning of taking risks. Combining sales tactics and strategic marketing into a “sell-marketing” business strategy, he forged Sellmark into the thriving company it is today. James has successfully established several outdoor industry brands, recently acquired another brand, Kopfjager, and continues to produce award-winning products for consumers worldwide.

Nichole Sheridan

HR Business partner

Lockheed Martin

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About Nichole: I graduated from UTA in 2016 with my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, a concentration in Business Communications, minor in Disability Studies, as well as a Diversity Certificate. I received my Masters in Human Resource Management in December 2019. I am now a Human Resource Business Partner at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. In my current role I support, coach, and consult over 500 clients, including five senior managers and one director. My roles and responsibilities include promotions, contingency planning, performance and employee personnel issues, as well as a variety of other things. Two of my main projects over the past year have been the Program Manager for the Executive Inclusion Mentoring Pilot for Engineering and Technology and Special Programs within Aeronautics, and Co-lead for COVID case submission for all of Aeronautics (approximately 10,000 employees, located domestically and globally). One of my biggest passions is diversity, as I feel it is not only beneficial to your employees, but potential customers that you do business with. Our greatest strength is our ability to listen and learn from one another.

Patricia Steelman

EVP & CFO

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Patti Steelman

Terry Sullivan

Founder and Owner

BuzzPro

Terry Sullivan

About Terry: Widely considered to be the LinkedIn Guru, Terry has trained more than 17,000 business leaders, owners and individuals – just like you – from across the nation on how to create their own unique online brands that achieve consistently strong results. After realizing that many business owners and leaders were struggling to use the latest Digital Marketing Strategies to connect with potential clients, Terry created BuzzPro in 2010 to meet this growing need. Since then, BuzzPro has become a nationally recognized Digital Branding and Social Selling solutions training company.

Carlos Tapia

Regional Director

American Express

Carlos Tapia

About Carlos: Carlos has over 17 years of experience in financial services industry and over 5 years with American Express. Given his history is an accomplished solutions provider for his clients was promoted to Executive Director in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he obtained his undergraduate degree in International Business. Carlos has served as a leader in non-profit organizations, and has been recently recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as and an outstanding Minority Business Leader in 2019. He was recognized for nationally in 2017 by the National Diversity Council for Latino Workplace along with Texas Supreme Court Justice, Eva Guzman, Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, and US Congressman Joaquin Castro for outstanding business and community leadership

Pete Walsh

CEO

Velocity Intelligence Group

Pete Walsh

About Pete: Mr. Walsh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration - Finance concentration from California State University, Fullerton; and he has been a member of the Advisory Council for the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington for the past 13 years.

Tammy Walsh

CEO/Founder

Paramount Healthcare Solutions

Tammy Walsh

About Tammy: Tammy is an executive finance and operations leader with 20+ years’ experience with a focus in healthcare providing cross-industry expertise in strategy, operations, business development, financial consulting and client service with strong leadership, problem-solving, planning, team-building and project management skills. Her background as a CFO for physician groups has led her to be a proven leader to revitalize and restructure problem organizations ensuring organizational excellence.

Sharon Washburn

Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley

Sharon Washburn

About Sharon: Sharon is a Second Vice President with Morgan Stanley. She has been with the firm or its predecessors since July 1993. During her career, she has worked with high net worth individual investors, foundations and Fortune 500 companies and their employee plans. She also works with individuals dealing with life changes due to divorce, death or job changes.

James L. Williams

Retired Major General

USMC

James L. Williams

About Major General Williams: He received a B.S degree from Slippery Rock University, PA, in 1975. Following Officer Candidate School, he received his commission in March 1976. He received Master’s degrees from Georgetown University in Government and National Security Affairs in 1981, from Yale University in Hospital Management/Public Health in 1984, and from the U.S. Army War College in International Security Studies in 2000. He has completed advanced school and class work at the US Army War College in the Combined Joint Force Land Component Commander Course; and at George Washington University’s National Security Program in Defense Policy.