Accounting graduate David Kandolha ’89 advised current students to find the right fit for their first job and to seek guidance from mentors throughout their careers. Mentors are ideally more than two years ahead in their careers and have common interests, he told a group of Business Honors students at Mays.

Business Honors and accounting major Madeline Kelly said one of the things she took away from the talk was that she should takeDavid Kandolha advantage of opportunities like the one to meet with Kandolha. “He thinks learning from mentors is the best way to grow as a person and learn from the mistakes of people who have already been in our shoes, and it will help us get knowledge about the best way to go about a situation,” she explained.

After graduating from Texas A&M University with an accounting degree, Kandolha began his career at Arthur Andersen auditing energy companies. He also holds a JD from South Texas College of Law and a certificate in International Studies from the Bush School of Government. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the New York Bar Association.

Kandolha said when he was going through the interview process, he had a feeling public accounting was the place to be. He worked at Arthur Anderson initially, then attended law school at night while working for the energy trading division of Metallgesellschaft.

He had four job offers from big accounting firms when he was about to graduate. He gave the students advice on what to consider when seeking a job:

  • Do not choose a firm based only on starting salary
  • The biggest firm with the best reputation may not be the best fit for you
  • Learn about the training the company will provide
  • Think about what skills you will gain that are going to be important for you five to 10 years down the line

Kandolha said the most important thing to look at is what employees take away from a particular job – the skills and the network. “Look at the people you’re going to be working with and connecting with and learning from,” he said. He also advised looking very carefully at the company’s culture. “Make sure it’s a good fit for you,” he said. “There’s a lot of prestige that goes with saying, ‘I worked for Goldman Sachs’ or another company, but if the company’s culture is not a good fit for you, if will not be the best choice for you.”

He also recommended that the students find mentors to meet with at least monthly, once they have secured a job. “Those are the people who, when an opportunity for promotion comes up, will stand up for you,” he said. “Look for people you relate to and who are willing to take the time to be an effective mentor.”

Kandolha is a co-founder of Akeida Capital Management, an environmental investment manager that invests in carbon reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects globally. Akeida raised more than $100 million, which it used to finance the construction of four biomass power plants, solar facilities and carbon reduction projects. Akeida owns two biomass power plants, a solar thermal system on the Arizona State University campus and a portfolio of emission credits.

Kandolha was previously a managing director and a founder of Natsource Asset Management, which invested in carbon reduction projects and managed $800 million dollars at its peak. Natsource was started in 1994 by Kandolha and his 4 partners in New York City.  The company went international within four years, opening opened offices in Toronto, Washington, D.C., Calgary, London, Oslo and Tokyo.  At its peak, Natsource employed over 200 people. He aided in the formation and management of businesses in New York, London and Oslo on behalf of Natsource.

Prior to Natsource, Kandolha was a broker of natural gas swaps and options at Euro Brokers Capital Markets and a natural gas analyst with Metallgesellschaft.

Kandolha said he has learned a tremendous amount along the way. “I always consider my mistakes to be seminars,” he said. “And I try to learn from my mistakes and other people’s experiences.”

The students listened intently as Kandolha spoke. Shiv Bembalkar, a Business Honors and finance major, said he always finds it interesting to hear about the careers of former students from Mays. “Mr. Kandolha repeatedly expressed how he felt when he was sitting in our chair,” he said. “His presentation was geared to how he came up in his career path, while noting key things that would help us take advantage of situations when we first start working professionally.”

Caroline Fluke, a Business Honors and supply chain management major, said listening to Kandolha speak was highly motivating. “One of the best takeaways I got from Mr. Kandolha was his advice on how to choose our first job,” she said. “He spoke about the importance of having a mentor and enjoying the environment and people you work with. I am glad I went!”

Vivek Singh, a Business Honors and finance major, added: “David Kandolha served as living proof that the unconventional path can lead to success. It was exciting to hear about his career decisions, and his worldview focused on finding inefficiencies and creating change to fix them. From environmental investing to interactions on a trade floor, it was a truly interesting discussion!”


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The key to good networking is to not only show up and speak up, but to also have a few ideas about how you can serve the other person. Master networker, international speaker and best-selling author Keith Ferrazzi called those acts of care “five packets of generosity.”
“Everything you want to achieve—every job, every volunteer opportunity and every interaction—depends on other people,” Ferrazzi told more than 175 people, mostly graduate business students, attending a day-long conference at Texas A&M University. The “Relationships for Career Success” conference was sponsored by Mays Business School’s Graduate Business Career Services. “It is worth it to invest time in building a more purposeful people plan.”
Ferrazzi asserted in his keynote speech that relationship style isn’t about being big. “It isn’t about bounding into a room, it’s about being authentic and caring about the other person,” he said. He advised that each of us meet people where they are and mirror their social styles to help them feel comfortable. “The people with better social capital get better jobs more quickly. Managers are better leaders and sales people get better sales.”
Ferrazzi is widely published; his book “Never Eat Alone” has been a bestseller since 2005, and “Who’s Got Your Back” is based on accountability groups.
After conference attendees heard from Ferrazzi, they practiced what they learned, starting with a short networking warmup during the break. After lunch, students initiated conversations with recruiters in 10-minute speed-networking sessions, then were critiqued on their ability to do so. They also visited the nine corporate booths that were set up along the perimeter of the room.

Event organizer Cindy Billington, associate director of MBA Career Education at Mays, patterned the event after a professional conference, and scheduled it in the middle of recruiting season. She met Ferrazzi several years ago, when Texas A&M was the first campus to benefit from a training program for college students offered by Ferrazzi’s research institute.

During a panel discussion following Ferrazzi’s remarks, leaders from five companies gave advice and fielded questions. Matthieu Tagnon, director of Essilor Lenses, a long-time recruiter of Mays graduates, summarized the advice of all the panelists. “Don’t hesitate to take risks, but stay true to yourself,” he said. “If you are fake, we will see it and we will smell it. Don’t overdo it

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Five students—Daizia McGhee, Eric Hernandez, Anthony Guzman, Ingrid Miranda and Rayshanda Massey—were invited to lunch one day to join Annie McGowan, director of the Professional Program at Mays. The lunch discussion focused primarily on whether the students (all first-generation college students from populations that are underrepresented on campus) were happy with their decision to join Mays Business School. The general consensus was that they were all sure they had chosen their educational institution wisely. The opportunities that are available to Mays students greatly surpassed their expectations.

Although they were very happy to be Mays students, the five were also unanimous in their opinion that there was very little at Mays that made it feel like home for them. Texas A&M University, and by extension Mays Business School, are both deeply rooted in a very unique culture. This culture reinforces the notion that people who are alike tend to think alike. While these students were interested in becoming a part of this culture, they would be gratified and even inspired if the institution offered opportunities to embrace more of their own cultures and to interact with successful people from diverse walks of life.

It is clear that once Mays students embark upon the career of their choice, globalization will be staring them square in the face. Learning to respect and respond appropriately to different voices and viewpoints promotes creativity in the work place. “I strongly believe that if Mays earns a reputation for creating an environment that values differences and trains its students to capitalize upon those differences, we are more likely to attract the best and brightest from all groups,” McGowan said.

The firms that recruit our students are firmly onboard. They understand that in an environment of inclusiveness, diversity can be a source of competitive advantage.

The Multicultural Association of Business Students (MABS) was founded as a result of this discussion, with these five students constituting the executive board and McGowan agreeing to serve as their advisor.

MABS was created with the following objectives in mind:

  • To encourage an inclusive environment at Mays that reflects the general and cultural diversity of the entire student body.
  • To establish a stronger presence of the minority population in Mays Business School through professional development, academic achievement and community involvement.
  • To provide corporations direct access to the multicultural population when recruiting for career opportunities and other networking events.
  • To increase minority student enrollment in Mays Business School through an outreach program for high school students.

Beginning Fall 2014, MABS welcomes participation from all Mays Business School students and is excited about partnering with companies that also embrace inclusiveness. For more information about the Multicultural Association of Business Students, please contact Dr. Annie McGowan at

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Six Mays students were selected for the Academy for Future International Leaders (AFIL), a year-long interdisciplinary program presented by the Study Abroad Programs Office of Texas A&M University.

The Mays students are Will Burns, Franco Cruz, Kevin Gattshall, Leah Parker, Chelsea Till and Ryan Yeager.

In the high-impact program, outstanding undergraduates with potential leadership skills obtain in-depth learning experience in global issues. AFIL complements any major and allows students to gain a global perspective and to prepare for leadership roles in the increasingly international 21st Century. The AFIL is especially suited for students who have had little or no international experience.

The AFIL program consists of four components: a spring seminar, a mentoring program, an international leadership challenge project and an optional international opportunity.

The students’ fees are funded by the Association of Former Students.
AFIL began in 1998 under the vision of the Texas A&M International Advisory Board, an esteemed group of leaders from a variety of fields who advise Texas A&M on matters of international outreach and collaboration. The academy is a joint effort among A&M’s nine academic colleges and is coordinated through the Study Abroad Programs Office.

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Making healthcare services available to patients where, when and how they want to be served is becoming a priority for medical practices. The consumer’s definition of convenience has changed dramatically, due in part to the speed of the internet. Patients are no exception. What used to be satisfactory in obtaining a medical appointment may now be unacceptable, sending patients otherwise loyal to their doctor to a medical clinic in a drug store, an urgent care clinic or even the emergency room when unable to obtain a timely appointment to see their regular doctor.

In “Toward a Strategy of Patient-Centered Access to Primary Care,” an article appearing in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings and will be available Thursday (Sept. 4) online at the journal’s website, professor Leonard Berry at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, and co-authors Dan Beckham, Amy Dettman and Robert Mead, present a comprehensive framework that primary care medical practices can adapt in offering “patient-centered access” (PCA). The framework ranges from improving patient access to in-person appointments of various types to innovative remote access pathways such as off-hours call centers staffed by nurses and video conferencing with a clinician.

The article illustrates each access path with examples from medical practices currently using them and closes with an in-depth discussion of how a Wisconsin-based health organization has evolved its PCA strategy. Had the Veterans Administration applied an access strategy similar to that which is outlined in this article, it conceivably could have avoided the access scandal that has engulfed it and that so poorly served its patients.

Patient-centered access (PCA) to primary care services is rapidly becoming an imperative for efficiently delivering high-quality health care to patients. To enhance their PCA-related efforts, some medical practices and health systems have begun to use various tactics, including team-based care, satellite clinics, same-day and group appointments, greater use of physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and remote access to health services. However, few organizations are addressing the PCA imperative comprehensively by integrating these various tactics to develop an overall PCA management strategy. Successful integration means taking into account the changing competitive and reimbursement landscape in primary care, conducting an evidence-based assessment of the barriers and benefits of PCA implementation, and attending to the particular needs of the institution engaged in this important effort.

Beckham is an MBA. Dettman is an RN and an MBA. Mead is an MD.

Contact Leonard Berry at


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A recent gift to support two high-priority programs will support Mays Business School students for years to come. A total of $550,000 has been provided to establish the Cathy and William W. Davis ’75 MBA Fellowship and the Cathy and William W. Davis ’75 Endowed Business Honors Scholarship Program.

“In talking with the leadership at Mays, Cathy and I felt like both programs needed attention and support,” Bill Davis explained. “Helping students was the priority, and we wanted to help all levels of students.”

Bill Davis is a longtime supporter of Texas A&M. He has served on the Dean’s Development Council at Mays and has maintained close ties with Memorial Student Center Council, where he held several offices — including president — while he was in college.

“Bill and Cathy’s most generous gift will serve many purposes. It will provide the opportunity for students to obtain a world-class education at Mays while providing us with the resources to attract the very best students to our two premier programs,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “We are most appreciative to them for their generosity and the impact it will have on our school.”

Bill Davis is retired from Crosstex Energy in Dallas, where he was CFO for 10 years and COO for three years. He and his business partners recently announced the formation and private equity backing of Vaquero Midstream Holdings LLC.

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M. Cathy Davis is also an Aggie by association — her father graduated in the 1950s and their son Wes graduated in 2004.

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

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The Memorial Student Center was brimming with small business owners and entrepreneurs attending the Governor’s Small Business Forum at Texas A&M on Aug. 15. Entrepreneurs from Houston to Dallas traveled to College Station to learn how to improve their business and network with one another at the day-long seminar hosted by Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship (CNVE).

The morning of the forum began with a presentation by Hope Andrade, commissioner of the Texas Workforce Commission. She informed attendees of the many services the Texas Workforce Commission offers and how they can use these resources to grow their business.

After the initial welcome and presentation, the forum guests broke into different presentation sessions that covered topics such as the relationship between exports and small businesses, and social media. The participants came together during lunch to listen to Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry, the forum’s keynote speaker. She shared her inspiring story of how she became Secretary of State and the valuable position that small businesses hold in the Texas economy.

Berry joined Richard Lester, director of the CNVE, in presenting the State of Texas Small Business Awards. The recipients were Seed Sumo, T3 Multisports, Study On Board and Love Lemonade. The awards are intended to recognize and identify small businesses that have demonstrated best practices and have provided growth and development opportunities within the State of Texas.

After lunch, attendees broke out into sessions that focused on marketing for small businesses or important legal issues for small business owners. The final session of the day consisted of a combined financial panel during which forum attendees could ask questions to a group of prominent business leaders and professors.

The forum ended with a networking reception filled with speakers, attendees and exposition vendors. Many of the forum guests remarked upon the multiple opportunities to interact with other business owners and the high caliber of speakers.


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

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The 44 members of the Professional MBA Program Class of 2015 at Mays Business School spread some Aggie spirit while gaining international experiences this summer. The class visited Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic for the one-week International Business Policy course, required to be taken abroad during the summer between the first and second years.
The goal is for the class members to bond with one another, start relationships with people in the area they visit and learn how business differs in various parts of the world. The class members attended cultural events, visited eight companies, heard eight entrepreneur pitches and participated in two case studies.

While in Prague, the class members partnered with Orbi Pontes (Czech for “Bridges to the World”), which works with various MBA students from the U.S. It gives the students a chance to meet Czech people with hearing impairments, helps them better understand the “Czech deaf world” and allows them to witness how the Czech society helps people with hearing impairments.
Through Orbi Pontes, the students were able to help the Czech hearing-impaired community by spending a day volunteering and fundraising at Ticha Kavarna, Czech for “Silent Café.” The cafe is designed to be run by the hearing-impaired for the hearing-impaired.

The class raised $500, which was matched by International Study Programs, the program’s overseas partner. More important, said Professional MBA Program Director Mike Alexander, the students set an example of selfless service — one of the Aggie Core Values. He stated in an email to the class that their volunteerism, time, interest and donations made an impact on Ticha Kavarna. “Thank you for your trust. For diving in. Learning about the educational efforts for the hearing regarding the hearing impaired in the Czech Republic. And for giving with your heart, hands, and wallets.”
Brent Prigge, a student who attended the trip, recalls what an amazing atmosphere the café offered. “The Deaf culture is a fringe group in most of the world because of the inherent language barrier, but Ticha Kavarna helps to bridge that gap and show average people the amazing things that the deaf have to offer.”

The class was split into four smaller groups and paired with Czech sign language teachers and interpreters. They travelled across Prague learning Czech Sign Language and distributing pamphlets to commuters in the hopes of bringing Ticha Kavarna some new business.

“The opportunity that our class had to learn about the Deaf culture and to provide a small service for them as well was an affirming experience,” Prigge says. “Knowing that our trip was able to serve more than the needs of our classmates, even in such a small capacity, made the trip that much more valuable.”

Another student, Hank (Henry) T. Hunt, said working with the Prague Deaf community provided a rewarding opportunity to help others while understanding their challenges better and experiencing life outside the tourist area. “I thought of my hearing-impaired niece who did well in Texas public schools, though often smiling and nodding when unable to understand speakers,” he said. “My inability to speak Czech had me behaving the same way, frustrated and embarrassed at not being able to express what I wanted to say or to understand others.”

Hunt said Renata Skopkova and the other Orbi Pontes teachers helped him realize his communication struggle was small compared to obstacles constantly facing the deaf in any country. “I understand the usefulness and respectfulness of learning to say important basic phrases in other languages, whether it is Czech or signing.”

The Orbi Pontes teachers, who taught the Aggies some sign language while riding on the subway, explained they were helping just by signing in public. “Our presence helped create positive interest in signing and integrate the hearing and Deaf communities. Our task of handing out flyers helped me overcome some of my own social anxiety: if I can promote an organization in a foreign language on a subway platform deep in a former Soviet Bloc country, then promoting back home in Texas should be easy!”

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When Shannon Deer returned to Texas A&M University to teach after working for two years at a Big 4 accounting firm in Houston, she knew she wanted to arm her students with information that is practical and can place them in a good job. Her emphasis on the energy industry has provided both.

Deer teaches intermediate accounting at Mays Business School and serves as the assistant department head for the accounting department.

She answered a few questions about her chosen path:

Why it is important for our current students to learn about energy

The energy industry has its own language. To obtain a competitive advantage in the industry, our students need to be fluent in the language. They need to know what operational terms such as fracking, casing, oil sands and even pig (used to clean a pipe) mean. They need to know where major shale plays are located and why Henry Hub in Louisiana, Cushing, Okla., and Mt. Belvieu, Texas, are important to product pricing. A petroleum engineering major or a geology major would likely have this terminology embedded in many courses. Until we started programs specific to the energy industry, most business majors were not exposed to these concepts.

Until our students understand the industry from an operational perspective, they cannot master industry-specific accounting and finance concepts. I want our students to walk in the first day on the job and be able to speak the language and understand a company’s strategy in addition to being able to account for derivatives or exploration costs. Every year I receive emails from former students who are excited because they were able to explain a concept they learned in class to their coworkers who did not attend schools with energy-specific business courses.

Additionally, the energy industry is facing many challenges today. Several examples of risks facing the industry according to Ernst & Young, who employs many of our students, include cost containment, a deficit of human capital, operating in new markets, and managing public perceptions about environmental and health concerns related to new technologies. (—Gas/Turn-risk-and-opportunities-into-results–oil-and-gas—The-top-10-risks) Our students are the future leaders who will manage these issues as they progress through their careers. I want to teach them to think critically about these risks from a business perspective.


Why it is important for our graduates to work in the energy industry

It is important our graduates are able to work in the energy industry, because the corporate hub for many energy companies is only 90 miles from College Station — in Houston. Across Texas, there are many excellent opportunities to work in the energy industry and we want to make sure our students are initially competitive for those jobs and can quickly excel in those jobs.

Our students pursue a variety of career paths within the energy industry. Many of our students start their careers in public accounting. Especially for those working in Houston, there is a high probability some or all of their clients will be energy companies. Each year, several students go into consulting and investment banking focused on energy clients or become financial planners evaluating energy portfolios. I have one student who transitioned after several years in energy-focused investment banking to a private equity firm that funds new midstream energy companies.

Energy companies are very eager to recruit our students and are providing excellent and competitive rotational programs designed to give students broad experience in a short period of time. Baby Boomers are retiring from energy companies and need young professionals to fill those positions. Our students who complete rotational programs with energy companies are primed to fill the gap left by Baby Boomers.

Additionally, the energy industry helped insulate Houston and all of Texas from the devastating effects of the financial crisis. We are lucky our students are still being aggressively recruited when some industries were laying employees off.


Programs I have developed

In developing energy programs in Mays, my goal has been to increase the number of cross-discipline opportunities for our students. Very early in our students’ careers they will be working with engineers and geologists in addition to accountants and finance professionals. The following opportunities are now available:

  • BUSN 302 — a one-hour seminar, open to all business majors. The course is designed to expose students to operational aspects of the industry, such as exploring, drilling, producing, transporting, and processing oil and natural gas. We have business and operations experts such as engineers and geologists speak to the students in interactive sessions.
  • Energy accounting — This course is accounting specific, but carefully links all accounting and finance topics covered to operational issues. Marathon was instrumental in helping me develop projects, which are the center of the course, that provide student hands-on practical experience.
  • Phillips 66 Energy Panel — Each semester, including the summer, Mays and Phillips 66 hosts an energy panel. Experienced and new business professionals represent some of the largest energy companies (for example, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Enterprise, Marathon, Oxy, and Southwestern). Students have the opportunity to interact, in a group of 8-10, with the company representatives who rotate tables over the course of the evening. The event is sponsored by Phillips 66 and is open to students from all majors. See for more information and upcoming panels.
  • Halliburton Case competition — Teams for the case competition must include at least three members from Mays and can have up to one member from another discipline. Students are presented with a realistic issue facing Halliburton and given 48 hours to develop a solution.  Halliburton executives judge the competition. Prizes are awarded to first-place through third-place teams in the amounts of $4,000, $2,500, and $1,500
  • Certificate program — The certificate program requires students to take the courses listed above, as well as an energy elective (preferably in another discipline), a required foundational accounting course, and an energy related internship.  The certificate program is especially helpful in matching interested employers with top quality students interested in the industry.
  • Energy finance — A course I teach in the Professional MBA program designed to help students consider companies’ strategies when using derivatives to hedge price risk, analyze energy companies’ financial statements, and determine the impact of reserves.
  • Energy Club — The Energy Club is an excellent opportunity for students of all majors interested in learning more about energy companies.  I try to speak to them each year and I invite members to all energy related events in Mays.
  • Energy Institute — we are now working more closely with EI to create cross-discipline programming for students across campus.



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R. Duane Ireland

Duane Ireland, a University Distinguished Professor and the Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership, recently concluded his service as president of the Academy of Management, the premier academic organization for management scholars. Ireland has served on more than a dozen task forces and committees within the academy and has made multiple presentations. As is customary in the organization, he will serve during the upcoming year as Past President of the organization.

Mays Business School has a long history of leadership and collaboration with the Academy of Management. Mays faculty who have served as president of the academy include Michael Hitt, a University Distinguished Professor and holder of the Joe B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership and Management Professor Emeritus Don Hellriegel. In addition, several faculty members have served as division chairs, including Ricky W. Griffin, Management Distinguished Professor and Management Department Head, who chaired the academy’s Organizational Behavior Division.

The Academy of Management is the largest and most widely known professional organization of management professors, teachers and scholars in the world. The annual meeting attracts more than 10,000 members from all corners of the world and the academy’s journals are among the most visible and impactful in the profession. “The fact that Duane Ireland was elected by academy members to serve as president is a real testament to his reputation and leadership, and brings enormous recognition and visibility to our department,” Griffin said.

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