Bill Gardiner might not wear cowboy boots to work or live anywhere near Kingsville, Texas, but he remains grounded in the values and direction of the legendary King Ranch. He is senior vice president and chief financial officer of the privately-held ranching and agricultural company that owns the historic King Ranch in South Texas.
A student’s most important job search might be the pursuit of an internship, suggests Anthony DeLuca ’84, managing director of SCF Partners. DeLuca, who received a bachelor’s in accounting from Texas A&M University in 1984, urged a group of Mays Business School undergraduates to secure internships, even if they are not required.
Randy Tomlin graduated from Texas A&M University on a Friday, then started his job the next Monday at Southwestern Bell in Houston. In the 31 years since then, the changes in the telecommunications industry have kept his career path fresh.
Melendy Lovett, President of Education Technologies at Texas Instruments, works in what many would refer to as a man’s world. Because TI’s business focuses on technology, many of its employees are engineers, lending to an unbalanced gender distribution among professionals at TI: 75 percent men and only 25 percent women.
Carl Allegretti, chairman and CEO of Deloitte Tax, may not be an Aggie, but when he spoke to a group of Mays’ Professional Program students, he demonstrated leadership and passion that any Aggie would be proud to emulate.
The Internet is full of articles meant to advise people on how to be successful. It can be hard to sift through it all and decide what is accurate, but Mays’ business honors students recently got the opportunity to hear it straight from the source: Monty Davis ’77, COO of Core Laboratories, an oil service company that advises oil exploration and production companies on the best way to get the most oil or gas out of reservoirs.
Willingness to do any job that comes along and to relocate readily can lead to great opportunities, Kevin McEvoy, CEO and President of Oceaneering International, recently told Mays Full-Time MBA and undergraduate students.
Mike Yantis Jr. ’02, CEO of Yantis Company, has quickly moved up the corporate ladder. Starting out as a project manager at Yantis in late 2002 after finishing his bachelor’s in management, Yantis was promoted to president by 2007, and then CEO in late 2012.
For Andres Ruzo ’83, starting companies has become more of a vocation than a hobby. He has been involved in 17 startups and four nonprofits, and he is involved as a partner in 20 other companies.
Arnold Torres ’85, the CFO of Daystar Television Network, says Daystar is the world’s fastest growing faith-based television network and uses the airwaves instead of physical buildings to spread the message of their ministry.