Executive Speakers

Nordstrom president emphasizes people first and the need for speed

By • March 23rd, 2015 • Category: Centers, Executive Speakers

From the stockroom to the boardroom, Blake Nordstrom has spent nearly his entire life devoted to the success of his family’s 115-year-old, Seattle-based business. On March 11, the first-time visitor to Aggieland presented the 2015 keynote at the M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Lecture Series, honoring innovation and the advancement of retail in the name of […]



Real estate leader’s career plan paying off

By • February 23rd, 2015 • Category: Executive Speakers

Mark Alfieri’s early roots as a bar owner taught him about more than how to keep the inventory stocked. Serving a varied audience and having a flat management style based on transparency are habits that have served him well. He bought a bar on Harvey Road in College Station after his sophomore year at Texas […]



CEO’s message to “never graduate” captivates undergraduate and graduate students

By • December 11th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

In a series of presentations to Mays undergraduate and graduate students on Nov. 24, General Josue “Joe” Robles captivated his audiences by advising them to “never graduate.” Robles elaborated on this message by emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning in building a successful career and cultivating an engaged workforce. As president and CEO of USAA […]



Southwest, AirTran executive shares fresh marketing direction

By • November 21st, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President Robert Jordan went straight for the heart when he revealed the story behind the company’s brand refresh. He showed a video of employees sharing stories about how they had accommodated and interacted with their customers, from saving a lost teddy bear to keeping a military family together as long as […]



Freshman team named a finalist for Food Challenge Prize

By • November 13th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

An idea to preserve fresh food propelled a team of five freshmen from Startup Aggieland’s Startup Living Learning Community to be named one of 21 finalists for the inaugural Food Challenge Prize. The competition was sponsored by the Food Lab at the University of Texas. Team members from Mays include Berryman Tolder, Hunter Pearson, Price […]



Mays alumnus says companies must manage risks, address issues up front

By • November 11th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

Litigation is constant in today’s business environment. The question seems to be not whether a company will be sued, but when. However, Blaine Edwards ’83 told Business Honors students that companies are often able to avoid the hassle and costs of lawsuits. “You can deal with issues and problems before they turn into litigation,” he […]



“Everything comes back to the people,” says EnLink CFO

By • November 6th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

Throughout his 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Michael Garberding ’91 has witnessed both the growth and decline of major energy companies. We are in the midst of what he calls an “energy renaissance,” and he spoke with a group of Business Honors students about implications for companies in this industry. Garberding is […]



Founder of private equity firm shares strategies for business success

By • November 5th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers

Business executive L.E. Simmons advised a group of Business Honors students not to forget that good people want to do business with good people. “We have two main priorities,” he said. “The first is to be a good partner, and the second is to be the best in our field. This means focusing on being […]



Rockwell leader learned lessons, shared insights 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, 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 […]