Executive Speakers

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.



Grow and give back: Executive uses personal mantra to mentor students

By • February 25th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Programs, Students, Texas A&M

Doss Cunningham ’04 lives life according to his personal mantra: grow and give back. Cunningham, a graduate of the Professional Program in Accounting at Mays Business School, personifies an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks in order to succeed.



Professional progression can lead to dream jobs, investment banker says

By • February 13th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

Investment banker Alan Mitchell ’85 shared with Mays Business Honors students the keys to winning in his career: expertise, confidence and competence.



Mascara, lip gloss and pink Cadillacs

By • January 13th, 2014 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

It is no surprise that cosmetics and pink Cadillacs describe Dallas-based Mary Kay. However, many might be surprised to know that this company hosts the dream job of Nathan P. Moore ’89. Moore, who serves as the company’s Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, says he couldn’t image working anywhere else.



Open mind led Dan Feehan ’72 to Cash America International

By • December 4th, 2013 • Category: Executive Speakers, Texas A&M

When Dan Feehan ’72 graduated with an accounting degree, he did not anticipate being the leader of one of the largest pawn shop chains in the world.