Skeet teamFinance major Vidal A. Cantu Jr. describes himself as a “competition junkie.” After aiding the Texas A&M University Trap and Skeet team in winning the National Championship title for the first time since 1982 as a sophomore, he shows no signs of slowing. “My decision to come to Texas A&M was driven by the camaraderie that I see with the Aggie family, the Aggie spirit, its rich traditions and the opportunities and quality education that is provided here at Mays,” said the 19-year-old.

Cantu has an internship at LPL Financial office in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. He is a member of the Texas A&M branch of the Texas Dove Hunters Association, plays intramural softball and plans to apply this fall for the Traditions and Business Student Councils. He also plans to study abroad in Stuttgart, Germany in the summer of 2016.

He credits Mays Business School, the Trap and Skeet team and both of his grandfathers who started their own businesses from the ground up with keeping his competitive spirit alive – not just as a marksman but also in other aspects of his life.

“I thoroughly enjoy rivalry and competition, and I have always wanted to do something on my own and have this same sense of pride that comes with owning a business,” he said. “I know that Mays is going to help me achieve this success.”

After his graduation in 2018, he plans to further pursue his education and earn an MBA at Texas A&M.

“I truly fell in love with the school,” Cantu said. “I hope to learn more about the field of finance and become a skilled investor and entrepreneur.”


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, business, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.





















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This year’s 14th annual Raymond Ideas Challenge featured the top 40 “big ideas” from more than 100 applications. Students from across campus and varying majors were asked to explain “What is your big idea?” through both a written proposal and a video pitch. The top 40 ideas were presented live to judges with the selected winners honored at an awards reception.

In addition to the live pitches, the top 40 ideas also participated in an online video pitch competition hosted by Aggie-owned web platform The top three winners were selected based on the number of votes they received by the general public.

The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) at Mays Business School hosted the May 6 event, which is held annually on Reading Day so that Texas A&M students of all majors and classifications can participate. Students were able to enter the contest individually or in teams.

Pitch presentations allow the students five minute to explain their idea and why it is unique to the judges, as well as their competitive advantage in the market and the overall goal of the student(s) and their idea. A question-and-answer session followed each presentation, in which judges raised concerns and questions that were not addressed during the presentation.

This year’s judging team featured approximately 130 judges from throughout the community and campus who have backgrounds in entrepreneurship, industry, government and academia.

The top awards went to:
– First place ($3,000): Customizable Prostheses via 3D Printing – Charles Sweeney and Blake Teipel
– Second place ($2,000): Wireless Mouse Tracking System – Richard Horner, Lindsey Jenschke, Cody Lewis & Nick Reinoso
– Third place ($1,000): EyeNav System – Lyndon Kageler, Omar Lira, Stephen Sun and Tiffany Turner
– Honorable mentions ($500)
– Lost & Found – Amy Brodeur, Joshua Dunegan, Daniela Garcia, Aaron John and Samuel Kancewick
– Hack.Connect – Jeffrey Zhao
– FireCAT – Ratika Gandhi, Vasiliy Khmelenko, Benita Mordi, Timothy Paulsen, Cameron Shaw and Kyle Yates
– Aggieland Exchange – Daniel Pattison

The video pitches that received the most votes were:
– First place ($1,000): Ea$yList – Tarang Lal & Paola Perez
– Second place ($500): Dutch – Pratheek Lakur & Krishna Murthy
– Third place ($250): Bridgin – Sangeeta Isaac

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Product Development Center (TEEX-PDC) sponsored a Go-to-Market Award. This year’s winner, FireCAT, has the opportunity to work with TEEX-PDC – at no cost – to finalize a marketable produce based on their idea.

For more information on the Ideas Challenge, visit

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In a survey of Mays Business Online readers this November, the majority of 235 respondents rated the e-magazine’s quality as “good” and reported the site as “fairly easy to navigate.” While 85 percent of respondents indicated they’re most interested in reading about Mays news and events, stories about former students and the unique achievements of faculty, staff and current students weren’t far behind.

We also heard from many about what else we need to focus on and what we can do to improve. Though there was not a consensus, several respondents asked for more details on the smaller donations that are the lifeblood of any institution. Look for those details this spring, when we’ll turn our attention to the subject of smaller gifts of support that add up to big impacts for our business students and programs.

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May 2006 BBA graduates benefited from some rising trends in recruitment and salary offers.

They reported an 86 percent success rate in finding employment or a job offer or gaining admittance to a graduate program. From fall 2005 to spring 2006, 540 firms recruited our BBAs, a 9 percent increase over the previous year. And 97 of those were Fortune 500 companies, compared to 88 in 2004-2005.

Even more impressively, average salaries for undergrad business students rose 8 percent from May 2005, making the average salary $43,049.

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The new address for the Mays Business School homepage is You’ll also notice a new look and feel and a new site navigation, all designed to make it easier for site visitors to find the information they’re looking for.

The switch is designed to make it easier for folks to find our main Web site. And because we are called Mays, it makes for a better naming convention for the business school’s homepage.

Love the new site? Have some suggestions to make it even better? Please provide your feedback in our Web site redesign survey at

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Curious as to how construction on the college’s new Cox Graduate Business Center is progressing? Well, now you can keep tabs on the new building right from your desktop.

A Web camera is tracking construction on the 66,000- square-feet (gross) expansion. The facility, named after Kay and Jerry ’72 Cox, is slated to open in fall 2003.

To check out the Web cam, visit or visit the Cox Business Center site for more photos and information.

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