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October 2014

Executive Speakers

Rockwell leader learned, shared lessons along the way

By • October 30th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Mays Business

Throughout his career, Don H. Davis Jr. ’61 was intentional about noticing the lessons he was learning as he helped his company and his fellow employees succeed. Ten years after retiring as CEO and earning the title of chairman emeritus of Rockwell Automation, Davis shared those lessons with Business Honors students at Mays Business School. […]



MIT scholar asks “Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?”

By • October 29th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Featured Stories, Mays Business

After several close friends were diagnosed with cancer, Andrew Lo began looking into cancer therapeutics. What he found was a weak pharmaceutical industry experiencing a decline in productivity and suffering from a lack of funding. However, he maintains that financial engineering has the potential to reshape the industry and enable the development of a cure […]



Banking executive encourages lifelong learning and giving back

By • October 23rd, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

Banking executive Jonathan Homeyer ’90 shared with Mays Business Honors students stories about his career path in banking and tips for success in the professional world. He had two pieces of advice for the group: get involved and learn as much as possible. “I encourage you all to find something you’re passionate about and get […]



“What I would tell a younger version of myself” theme of business executive talk

By • September 25th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

After more than 27 years of professional experience, Wayne Roberts ’85 is determined to “give back” as he continues his career. Drawing from his experiences, he spoke recently with a group of Business Honors students about what he would tell a younger version of himself, if he could. Roberts offered tips on how to behave, […]



Aggie shares zeal for oil and gas industry

By • April 30th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

The oil and gas industry is operating in “almost a boomtown environment” these days, Tony Best ’72 told a group of Mays Business Honors students recently. He predicts that trend will continue, with the U.S. gaining $3.8 billion in revenues and 300,000 jobs by 2020. Best is CEO and president of SM Energy, which is […]



Chairman of accounting oversight board discusses the audit profession, proposed regulations and current challenges

By • April 29th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

On April 15, James Doty discussed a range of audit topics with a standing-room-only group of Mays faculty, staff and PPA students in Ray Auditorium. As the SEC-appointed chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Doty leads an organization with two primary responsibilities to promote investor protection: 1) to oversee the audits of […]



Education never ends, says Pappas leader

By • April 8th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

Harris J. Pappas ’66 has spent much of life reading and researching the best methods for educating and preparing himself, and he told a group of Mays Business Honors students he will never stop learning. He reads frequently and says he taught himself to overcome dyslexia and disorganization. Now he uses mid-mapping to sketch out […]



Mentors and immovable standards key to success, accounting alumnus tells students

By • March 19th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

Jeff Smith ’85 counts Jerry S. Cox ’72 as one of his mentors, and he urged business honors students he spoke with at Mays Business School to seek out business leaders who are often willing to mentor individuals before and during their careers.



Combs promotes transparent government, taxpayer engagement in political process

By • March 18th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

As Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs serves as the state’s treasurer, check writer, tax collector, state procurement officer and revenue estimator. In this role, Combs is committed to making state government work better for Texas through open, responsive and transparent government.



Blankenship says helping others boosts his growth as a leader

By • March 5th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

Connecting with teams and helping them solve problems are the primary methods Chip Blankenship uses to keep GE Appliances & Lighting on track. The term “servant leader” describes Blankenship’s management style, but he told Full-Time MBA and Business Honors undergraduate students at Mays Business School he just considers it the best way to empower and engage his employees while leading the organization forward.