Since graduating from Texas A&M in the early 1980s, Kris â€™81 and Bruce â€™83 Petersen have been involved in the life of their alma mater in a variety of ways.
Don Davisâ€™ sense of Aggie pride and appreciation for the core values of Texas A&M have driven him to give back multiple times to his alma mater. Already a supporter of the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Olsen Field renovation, Davis decided he would like to make another gift to Texas A&M â€“ this time to Mays Business School.
Robert (Bob) A. Rinn â€™75 knew for many years that he wanted to leave part of his estate to Texas A&M through his will. After meeting with a financial consultant, Rinn decided to make a planned gift by assigning the Texas A&M Foundation as a beneficiary of one of his life insurance policies. His gift of $267,000 established the Robert A. Rinn â€™75 Energy Accounting/Tax Education Endowment.
Stephanie Anderson says her grandmotherâ€™s ambition for her family to be attend and graduate from college changed the trajectory of her family; and this objective has carried on in Stephanie and her husbandâ€™s charitable mission statement to help other families change their trajectories through education.
From shorts complete with built-in fanny pack to an affordable 3D printer, Aggies are coming up with new ideas and Texas A&M University encourages their ingenuity both through education and practice. One example is the universityâ€™s first-ever elevator pitch competition, a fun and fast-paced contest where students pitched their business startups to a panel of expert investors who judged which businesses would take home a variety of cash prizes, and a Grand Prize trip to pitch to investors in Silicon Valley.
A job as director and head of agricultural commodities research for Societe Generale touches millions of lives, but the deepest rewards Christopher Narayanan â€™96 receives are the one-on-one interactions with clients based on his in-depth analysis.
John Robison â€™85 has created more companies than most people have joined, and he doesnâ€™t intend to slow down any time soon.
Bolnerâ€™s Fiesta Spices is trying to balance culinary ventures with the proven formulas that have sustained it for almost six decades, says Michael Bolner â€™73, vice president of sales and marketing.
Dan Allen Hughes, Jr. â€™80, Randy Cain â€™82 and Tony R. Weber â€™84 were recognized for their contributions to Mays in particular and to Texas A&M University in general. â€œAs I thought of these three, one word kept coming to mind: integrity,â€ observed Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. â€œThey did business well and they did business right. They are fine examples to us all.â€
An Aggie ring can open a lot of doors, but a firm handshake and good eye contact can make sure they stay open, explains Michael Tedder â€™91, CFO and founding partner of Red Gap Communications.