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Executive Speaker Series Biographies

David S. Hershey


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David S. Hershey

Spencer Foundation
Risk Manager in Residence

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A risk manager for over 20 years, David’s perspective brings a different dimension to the risk management field.  After working for an insurance carrier and public broker for over 10 years, his experiences in the areas of: pollution liability, ocean marine, construction, munitions manufacturing, aviation, transportation and finite risk, provide a multi-faceted risk perspective. 

As the Risk Manager for Lexa International, a diverse and privately held $6B global company specializing in: petroleum wholesale, ocean marine terminal management, residential and commercial water treatment, recycled lumber, medical device manufacturing and student housing, he is a frequent speaker for National and Regional RIMS, a past CPCU Chapter President, and the Massachusetts RIMS president and speaker chairman.  In addition he is a member and project manager on National RIMS’ Standard & Practices Committee intended to affect positive change on legislation and industry practices impacting the risk management community.  He is also a frequent speaker at business and insurance industry events. 

He holds a BS degree from Bentley University and has earned professional designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Risk Management, Certified Risk Manager, Associate in Marine Insurance Management, and is a Management Liability Insurance Specialist and a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist.

He has been frequently interviewed for Business Insurance and RIMS publications and has published numerous articles on contracts, liability and environmental issues.  He is an insurance instructor for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia and Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Hampshire.

Bill Breetz


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Bill Breetz
President, Southwest Division
The Kroger Co.

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Bill Breetz is President of The Kroger Co.’s Southwest Division, based in Houston. He is responsible for more than 200 Kroger supermarkets in Texas and Louisiana that employ more than 26,000 associates.
Bill began his Kroger career in 1972 as a bagger in Louisville, Ky. After earning a degree at the University of Louisville in 1977, he joined the management training program and was named a co-manager in a Cincinnati, Ohio, store. He served in several leadership positions through the years, including store and district management. He also worked in Meat Merchandising before being named vice president of Merchandising for the Cincinnati/Dayton Division.
In 2001, Bill was promoted to executive vice president of Kroger’s Southwest Division with responsibility for operations in the Dallas area. Later that year, he assumed responsibility for operations in Houston as well. He was named to his current position in 2002.  
He is also executive sponsor of Kroger’s Women’s Excellence resource group, which focuses on improving leadership opportunities for Kroger associates.
Bill is active in the community and supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Boy Scouts of America, the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Food Bank, and other local charities.

Larry Magee


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Larry Magee
President, Consumer Tire U.S. & Canada
for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

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Larry Magee was promoted to President, Consumer Tire U.S. & Canada, BATO, in January 2011; and in April 2011 he was elected to the Bridgestone Americas Board of Directors.  In his role as President, Consumer Tire, Magee is responsible for the strategic direction of BATO’s entire Consumer Tire Business and the continued enhancement of the company’s relationships with its customers and consumers, as well as Product Development and Marketing.

Magee also served as the Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO).  He has oversight responsibilities for the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world — more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States — including Firestone Complete Auto Care™, Tires Plus™, ExpertTire™ and Wheel Works™ store locations.  Firestone Complete Fleet Care™ operations and the private label credit card division are also part of BSRO.

Magee has held various positions within the Bridgestone Americas’ family of companies during his 37-plus years of service.  In 1975, he began his career as a PT Tire Changer at The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company while he was attending school.  Prior to graduation, Magee became Manager of a Firestone company-owned store in Houston, Texas.

From 1981 through 1992, Magee held various positions ranging from Store Supervisor in Houston to General Manager of National Tire Stores in Chicago, Ill.  In 1996, Magee was appointed Zone Director of the South Central region in Dallas, Texas.

Magee returned to Chicago in 1998 as the President of Bridgestone Firestone Retail Division.  Soon after, Magee became President of Bridgestone Firestone Retail Operations and Vice President of Bridgestone Firestone, Inc.  After a corporate reorganization in December 2001, he became Chairman, CEO and President of Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC.

Tony Van Slyke

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Tony Van Slyke
CFO, Goodwill Industries and alum of UHD
Houston, TX

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Tony was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  After going away to college for two years to Texas State University, Tony returned to Houston to attend the University of Houston – Downtown where he earned a B.S. in Petroleum Land Management.  Several years later, Tony attended the University of Houston in the evening part-time while working full-time in the banking industry earning his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance.  Tony later went back and took the necessary accounting classes to sit for the CPA exam. 
Tony has worked in the banking, healthcare and oil & gas industries while holding positions in finance, accounting, budgeting and forecasting, banking, insurance, cash/investment management, treasury finance and investor relations.  Tony has also taught Principles of Accounting and Introduction to Business courses as an adjunct instructor at a junior college in central Texas.  For the last five years, Tony has been the Chief Financial Officer at Goodwill Industries of Houston and in 2012 was honored by the Houston Business Journal of Houston as the CFO of the Year in the Non-Profit category.


John Sheptor

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John Sheptor
President and CEO, Imperial Sugar Company
Sugarland, TX

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John Sheptor received his Executive M.B.A. from Tulane University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In January of 2008 John was named President and CEO of Imperial Sugar Company, one of the largest processors and marketers of refined sugar in the United States. John’s extensive background includes operational management and experience in the sweetener industry prior to joining Imperial Sugar as Chief Operating Officer in February 2007. From 2001 – 2004 he led all global operations, including manufacturing, R&D and Information Technologies as Executive Vice President for Merisant Worldwide, Inc. Prior to this time John held supply chain and manufacturing positions for Monsanto Company with a substantial international focus. More recently he was chief operating officer for the Partnership for Supply Chain Management, a NGO funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief and focused on improving health care and pharmaceutical management in the developing world.


Randy Velarde

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Randy Velarde
The Plaza Group, President

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Randy Velarde is President of The Plaza Group, a minority-owned international provider of marketing and related services for customers and suppliers in the petrochemical, refining and other identified industries based in Houston. Founded The Plaza Group in 1994 with three other partners and in 1997 completed the buyout of his original partners. Extensive experience in management and market development, especially in the Intermediate and Solvents businesses. Education includes a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.


Farouk Shami

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Farouk Shami, Ph.D.
Farouk Systems Founder and Chairman
Houston, TX

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Farouk Systems, Inc., is a private, Houston-based company that produces hair care and spa products for the professional market. Owned and operated by more than 1,500 professional hairdressers located in more than 60 countries, Farouk is headed by its founder, Palestinian immigrant Farouk Shami, who serves as the chairman of the board. His son, Rami Shami, is the company's chief executive officer. Major products include the Sunglitz line of ammonia-free, hair-color lighteners; the BioSilk line of ammonia-free hair dyes that provide grey coverage; and a wide variety of hair styling equipment and accessories sold under the Chi brand. The most popular of the Chi products is a ceramic straightening iron, but the label also is to be found on professional dryers, clippers, curling irons, brushes, and combs, as well as hair care products, including dyes, hair thickeners, and "transformation" systems for use with the ceramic straightening iron. Farouk also offers services to hair salons, including styling education and merchandising programs. In addition, the company operates an upscale spa in Houston's Galleria Mall.


Jeffrey Word

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Jeffrey Word, Ph.D., Vice President of Product Strategy

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Dr. Word has more than 17 years experience in business consulting and IT strategy working for Fortune 1000 companies. Over the last decade at SAP, he has worked on technology strategy with focus on corporate innovation initiatives and enterprise architecture design. Prior to joining SAP, Dr. Word worked in the high tech industry for several hardware and software vendors throughout the Americas and Europe in a variety of leadership roles.

Dr. Word is responsible for defining and communicating SAP’s future product strategy and fostering product innovation inside the SAP ecosystem. He is currently focused on SAP’s In-Memory database topic and cloud computing initiatives. His newest book, Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems, was released in spring 2011. He is also the co-author of the bestselling books, Essentials of Business Processes and Information Systems, Business Network Transformation: Strategies to Reconfigure Your Business Relationships for Competitive Advantage and SAP NetWeaver for Dummies.

Greg Brenneman

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Chairman, CCMP Capital Advisors
Houston, TX

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Greg Brenneman is Chairman of CCMP Capital and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Brenneman plays an active leadership role in executing the firm’s overall strategy while remaining actively engaged in completing transactions, developing strategies and coaching the senior management of CCMP’s portfolio companies.

Mr. Brenneman most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Quiznos, where he was responsible for running the company and for leading Quiznos’ next-level growth strategies for the brand. He is currently serving as Executive Chairman of Quiznos. Prior to Quiznos, Mr. Brenneman was Chairman and CEO of Burger King Corporation. During Mr. Brenneman's tenure he, along with a team of talented executives, led the turnaround of Burger King Corporation where he oversaw a nearly tripling of average profits per restaurant with a wide array of lucrative new products, award-winning advertising and dramatically improving customer service.

Prior to Burger King, Mr. Brenneman was named President and CEO of PwC Consulting in June 2002, where he restructured the business which led to a strategic sale to industry leader IBM, for over $3.5 billion, nearly double the anticipated IPO value and resulting in the creation of the largest IT services business in the world at that time. Mr. Brenneman joined Continental Airlines in 1995 as President, COO and a member of their Board of Directors. Mr. Brenneman helped lead the airline’s 53,000 employees as they completed one of the most dramatic turnarounds in American business history.

In 1994 Mr. Brenneman founded Turnworks, Inc., his personal investment firm that focuses on corporate turnarounds. Prior to founding Turnworks, Mr. Brenneman was a Vice President for Bain and Company. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, B.B.A. from Washburn University of Topeka Kansas in Accounting and Finance, and Doctor of Commerce from Washburn.

Jim Aller

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Jim S. Aller, SPHR
Senior Human Resources Director, Walmart, INC.
The Walmart Way To Retailing

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Jim Aller has an extensive background and experience in Human Resource roles for several large corporations.  His current position as Senior Director of Human Resources at Walmart, includes responsibilities for HR strategy for approximately 130,000 associates in Texas.  In this capacity, Jim oversees execution of organizational design, and HR strategy in such areas as talent management, legal compliance and associate engagement.  He is a key player in setting business strategy and customer service standards.

Jim started his career at 84 Lumber in Pittsburgh, PA. where, after working his way through operational areas, he was selected that company's first Vice President of HR.  In addition to his current position Jim has had executive level experience at large corporations in several industries, such as Pep Boys, and Home Depot. 

Jim received his BA in Business Management from Marietta College in Ohio.  He has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from La Roche College in Pittsburgh.  Jim is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.   

Amy Buck

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Amy Buck, '90
VP Business Development
Wells Fargo Bank

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Amy Buck (’89) was honored by Wells Fargo for ranking No. 1 in profits among all 86 Wells Fargo business development officers in the country in 2008.  Buck, vice president and business development officer, garnered $1.8 million in profit revenues and introduced 52 new client relationships for the company that year. Buck has been a member of the business dean’s Executive Development Council since 2006.

Judge Edward M. Emmett

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Challenges and Opportunities in Transportation Management:  “The Future Gateway of North America”

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Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007, following Robert Eckels’ resignation. Voters later elected Judge Emmett in his own right on Nov. 4, 2008. A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.

Judge Emmett went on to found The Emmett Company, a multi-faceted international consulting and marketing firm serving the transportation industry. His previous experience also includes acting as president and chief operating officer of the National Industrial Transportation League. With a wide breadth of experience in transportation and logistics policy, Judge Emmett has been asked to speak at transportation conferences and meetings across the United States and in 15 countries. He was named one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by the Logistics Forum in 2003, and the Transportation Clubs International gave him its “Transportation Person of the Year” award in 2005.

As county judge, Judge Emmett also is director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a role that took on special significance when Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in September 2008. Judge Emmett was widely praised locally and nationally for his calm leadership during and after Ike’s devastating landfall.

Judge Emmett has won numerous awards during his tenure as chief executive of the nation’s third-largest county, including most recently: the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas; the 2008 Presidential “Call to Service Award” from President George W. Bush; the 2008 Distinguished Leader Award from Leadership Houston; the 2008 Weather Hero from the John C. Freeman Weather Museum and the 2007 Greater Houston-Galveston Anchor Award for Excellence in Transportation.

Judge Emmett also serves on numerous boards and committees, including acting as chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Executive Steering Committee. He also is a board member of: the Joint City-County Commission on Children; the Tejano Center for Community Concerns; the Houston-Galveston Area Council; the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council; and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics

Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.

Jim Aylsworth

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Focus on Insurance and Risk Management.

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Jim Aylsworth is a Managing Director of Aon Risk Services Southwest, Inc., the Managing Director for Account Executives and Account Specialists and former Director of Aon Client Services within the Aon Energy Group. Jim graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Business Administration, major in marketing and minor in accounting and public address. He subsequently received his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation after meeting education, experience and ethics requirements. He is also the past President of CPCU. Jim has also achieved the Advanced Toastmaster award for public speaking. He is also a former director of the Houston Rotary Club.

Jim began his career with the St. Paul Companies (now Travelers) as a Casualty Underwriter (general liability, auto, workers’ compensation, umbrella, D&O and professional liability) in Houston in 1978. After being promoted to a Field Supervisor, he left St. Paul to join Rollins Burdick Hunter (now Aon) in Billings, Montana in 1983. He then was promoted to run the Honolulu, Hawaii office.

Jim came back to Houston in 1987, joining an independent agency named Wisenberg Insurance + Risk Management (now Wells Fargo Insurance) where he eventually became a principal owner. In 1998 Aon recruited Jim back into the Houston office to support the Aon Energy business.

Jerry Nagel

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Focus on Transportation and Logistics Management Careers.

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Jerry Nagel is President & CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America), Inc. where he is responsible for all Rickmers-Linie project and break-bulk shipping activities in the Americas.  Rickmers-Linie (recipient of the 2009 AFSCA Best  Project Carrier of the Year Award) is one of the world’s leading project-breakbulk-heavylift carriers with its signature Round-the-World Pearl String Service and is an integral part of the 175 year old Rickmers shipping family of companies.

In keeping with his educational initiatives, Jerry has been instrumental in the forming of new maritime education initiatives including developing programs in elementary, intermediate and high schools as well as summer camp programs and university level degree programs among other activities.  He is very active as a speaker for community and industry groups conferences, seminars and other events including guest lectures at the university level and teaching continuing education seminars.

As a well known shipping executive and one considered in the forefront of markets for heavy lift, breakbulk and project cargo, Jerry is a prolific interviewee for transportation publications around the world.  He is one of the most sought after speakers at trade conferences, career seminars and other industry related events both in the United States and abroad.

He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Transportation Management and Economics.  Jerry and his wife Linda reside in Spring, Texas where he has also been active in community organizations having served as Committee Chairman of a Boy Scout Troop and President of the local Little League.

David de Roode

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Focus on Insurance and Risk Management, David deRoode, UHD alum and Bancorp South Insurance Services.

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David deRoode is chief operating officer of BancorpSouth Insurance Services – Houston, and finance and steering committee chair of the Insurance & Risk Management Center being developed at the University of Houston-Downtown.

BancorpSouth Insurance Services provides all lines of insurance coverage as well as employee benefits, surety, reinsurance, risk financing and risk management solutions to businesses nationally and internationally.

David deRoode’s specializes in alternative risk financing including loss sensitive, large deductible/retention guaranteed cost insurance placements, reinsurance placements, and captive insurance company design and management. He is involved in the community as chair of Greater Houston Chapter of Quail Unlimited and board member of Cancer Counseling, Inc.

Brandon Stucki

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How to Adapt and Survive in Retail was explained by Brandon Stucki, Divisional Learning and Development Manager for Walmart Stores Inc.

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Brandon Stucki's primary role is overseeing the learning and development of salaried managers through out Texas and New Mexico. He is certified in the Birkman personality method as well as Personnel Decisions International’s 360 degree survey profile. Prior to his current position, he worked for four years in the Asset Protection Division of the company investigating criminal activity of employees in Iowa.

Raised in the Northwest and having lived in the Southwest and the Midwest, Brandon now lives with his beautiful wife and four children in Pearland, Texas. Brandon has represented Walmart in the Emergency Operations Center for the State of Iowa, and received the Regional Market Asset Protection Manager of the Year award in 2006. He graduated from Idaho Sate University, and is currently working on his MBA.

Houston Citizens Chambers of Commerce

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The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Black Student Alliance at UH-Downtown, would like to extend to the students and faculty at UHD the opportunity to view the new documentary: Do You Remember?  African American Business Success in Houston, Texas.  

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Since 1935, the organization at 2808 Wheeler has championed economic and business development in the Houston community. Being one of the oldest African American chambers in the city, commands that we set the standard and leave a literary legacy for present and future entrepreneurs.  In view of its rich history and community activism, the chamber believes that it is critical that past historical events and contributions be chronicled in a form that will leave a permanent legacy to Houston citizens from all walks of life regardless of race, creed, or color.

This documentary using the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce as its central theme gives  a snapshot of what African American business success looked like in Houston over the last 70 years. The 30-minute film viewing will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.  Panelists will be Ron Jemison, owner, Franklin Beauty School; DeAndre Sam, CEO, A-Rocket Moving & Storage which is celebrating its 50th year in business this year; Willie Williams, past president of the Chamber; and Carroll Robinson, board chair.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Paul Hamilton

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Paul T. Hamilton is the former President of Shell Global Solutions US, Inc. and Vice President for Engineering and Analytical Technologies for the Shell Global Solutions Network. As such, he was responsible for the U.S. and Canadian operations of Shell Global Solutions, a division of Royal Dutch Shell, as well as global engineering and analytical services.

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Hamilton is a specialist in the Manufacturing and Energy Industries, having begun his career with Shell in March, 1977 at the Deer Park, Texas refinery. He has broad experience in the refinery, petrochemical, renewable energies, bio-fuels, gasification and gas businesses. He has held critical leadership positions in operations, maintenance, engineering, project management and consulting. He has a passion for the recruiting and development of staff.

An accomplished executive, Hamilton has experience in strategy, business development, global sales and customer relations. He started the now 1200 staff consulting arm for Global Solutions and grew the Engineering Portfolio from 190 to over 1100 professionals. He has held Board of Director positions with a cellulosic ethanol bio-fuels company and with a catalyst installation company. He has strong entrepreneurial experience and has negotiated with both corporations and governments, with contracts valued at up to $100 million.

With a strong technical underpinning, Hamilton has managed research and development for Shell. He has led innovation teams and holds jointly a critical patent applicable to the development of oil shale and oil sands. He has worked across the United States and with businesses in Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Canada. He lived for 6 years in The Netherlands.

Hamilton is a native of Seattle, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His thesis topic was Nitrogen Transformation with the Land Application of Waste Water. He currently sits on the Engineering Advisory Board at CU and on the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Colorado and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Beth Williams

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Beth Williams spoke to students and faculty at the College of Business in October. Beth Williams is co-founder and President of TechTrans International, a woman-owned, Houston-based business.

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Beth Williams grew up in North Carolina, and attended East Carolina University. After college, she joined the acclaimed Cypress Gardens water-skiing troupe in Florida. She went on to work in banking before marrying. Her husband, a Marine test pilot and astronaut, was killed in a training flight crash in the 1960s. Widowed with two daughters, Williams returned to work, first as a real estate broker and later as Director of the New Initiatives Office at The Lunar Planetary Institute. Williams involvement in entrepreneurial ventures served her well when she started TechTrans in 1993.

In September 1993, the U.S. and Russia agreed to pursue a joint space exploration program—launching the greatest international collaboration in science the world has seen. Wiliiams instantly recognized that foreign language support would be essential, and in December 1993, she formed TechTrans to fill the need. Ever since, the firm has provided mission interpretation, translation, international travel logistics, on-the-ground support in Russia, and intensive language training for the crew and ground personnel. The outstanding contributions of this unique firm are best summarized by Vladimir Soloviev, Director of Moscow Mission Control, who observed: “The International Space Station has been built by interpreters and translators.”

Williams has developed an exemplary management team, a top-notch staff, and a company culture that focuses on customer service. She motivates and rewards enterprising and resourceful employees. Williams and her firm have garnered numerous awards including NASA’s 2002 Woman-Owned Business of the Year, 3 U.S. Small Business Administration Awards, Texas Executive Women’s 2003 & 2006 Top Ten Houston Area Women on the Move Awards, and many others.

TechTrans is headquartered in Houston and maintains a full-service office in Moscow. The firm has grown from 8 employees in 1993 to more than 150 today. TechTrans has built a reputation for quality translation, interpretation and language instruction on technically challenging projects—and reliable travel logistics and in-country support to organizations navigating the complexities of business abroad. For more about the company, visit

Michael Holthouse

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The University of Houston-Downtown College of Business closed out its Executive Speaker Series for Spring 2008 with a presentation by Michael Holthouse, a successful high-tech entrepreneur.

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Michael Holthouse was the founder and president of Paranet, which grew from a single office to over $200 million in revenues and was sold to Sprint in 1997. He co-founded the computer network services firm six years earlier at the age of 33, and was just shy of his 40th birthday when the sale took place. Proceeds from the Paranet sale were used to establish Holthouse Interests with the purpose of funding early-stage technology companies.

He received the 1995 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young. Holthouse has been involved in successful high tech startups including Apollo Computer which was sold to HP for $800 million. In 2002, he started another technology company, Intuitive Homes Inc., a provider of home automation and control.

In 1999, he created the Holthouse Foundation for Kids, a nonprofit organization that aims to help at-risk children learn critical life skills. In 2005, Holthouse and his wife Lisa took the foundation's efforts a step further by teaming up with the "After School All-Stars" initiative and other community partners to create a spin-off organization. Not-for-profit Prepared 4 Life develops after-school programs for middle-school youth in Houston.

James Calaway

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Entrepreneur James Calaway spoke at the College of Business Executive Speaker Series in February. A standout businessman, Calaway shared his three rules of success with University of Houston-Downtown students.

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James Calaway is president and CEO of Calaway Interests, LLC, a private investment and development company. In May 2005, Calaway retired as founding CEO of the Center for Houston 's Future to form Calaway Interests.  


Prior to his public service at the Center for Houston 's Future, Calaway was a successful entrepreneur. He played an instrumental role in the development of a variety of private and public companies including Network International, Inc., DigiContract, Inc. (acquired by DataCert), C-Sixty, Inc., Edge Petroleum Corp., Forefront Group Inc., and Space Industries International, Inc.


He continues to serve on numerous civic boards and commissions including membership on the Council of Overseers of The Jones School of Management at Rice University, the Houston Independent School District Foundation, the YES College Preparatory Schools and the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Homeless in Harris County. Calaway also serves on the corporate boards of Network International, Inc and Classmates LLC. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas and a master's degree from Oxford University .  

Jamey Rootes

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Jamey Rootes serves as President of the Houston Texans and is responsible for all business functions of the club.

Since joining the Texans, Rootes has overseen the team’s efforts to secure stadium naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club’s successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, led creation and launch of the team’s identity, and developed the team’s highly-acclaimed customer service strategy.

James Under Rootes’ leadership the Texans have earned many distinctions, including the American Marketing Association’s “Crystal Award” for the best overall marketing campaign. J.D. Power & Associates recognized the team for providing the best fan experience in the NFL and even featured the Texans as a service success story in their recent book entitled Satisfaction. Also, the Texans were recognized with Sports Business Journal’s PRISM Award, which is given annually to the top major league professional sports team based on business excellence criteria. In 2003, the Texans were also named by Sports Business Journal as the best sports start-up over a five-year period. In 2008, the Texans extended their sell-out streak to 70 consecutive home games, a Houston record and a testament to the quality of service and entertainment provided by the organization on game day. As a result, the Texans have been recognized as one of the most valuable professional sports franchises both in the NFL and globally, as measured by a variety of business publications.  


Rootes was selected twice by Sports Business Journal as a member of their distinguished “Forty Under 40” list of leading sports executives. Also, Rootes maintains an active role in the community and serves on a number of boards, including the Greater Houston Partnership, United Way of Greater Houston, the Houston Food Bank and the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Rootes also oversees the activities of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE), a sports management agency associated with the Texans. LSSE manages the Texas Bowl, Houston’s only collegiate bowl game. Over the past three years, the Texas Bowl has generated an average of $25 million in economic impact per year which is comparable to premier bowl games like the Alamo, Gator and Cotton Bowls. The 2008 game drew 58,880 fans which placed the Texas Bowl as the 7th best attended non-BCS game in America. These strong results are a testament to LSSE’s sales and marketing expertise as the LSSE staff had already generated almost 50,000 paid tickets on the day the teams were announced. The Texas Bowl has been widely recognized as a model start-up and earned the American Marketing Association’s “Crystal Award” for Houston’s best special event. The successful launch of the Texas Bowl has also helped the game’s charity partner, DePelchin Children’s Centers, by generating millions of dollars in media value and over $200,000 to support their important work with youth and families in the Houston Area. 

Mark McDaniel

Halliburton executive Mark McDaniel talks about global procurement and logistics.

The College of Business Executive Speaker Series presents Mark McDaniel, Vice President of Procurement and Logistics for Halliburton Energy Services Group, Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 2:30 in the Shea Street Building, 320 Main Street. 

Mark McDaniel is responsible for the company's Supply Chain Management's global procurement and logistics. His organization of 1,100 employees manages $6 billion in spending and 250,000 shipments annually. McDaniel brings to his present position 27 years of energy experience, 25 with major oil and gas firms. Before joining Halliburton in 2004, he was General Manager of Procurement for Chevron, where he was a leader in their procurement transformation.

In his tenure with Halliburton, McDaniel has led a new organization through a transformation to implement world-class sourcing, category management and supply continuity capability. He has implemented process improvements and new technologies in both procurement and logistics, and he has significantly increased the focus on training, development and staffing. McDaniel's current focus is building procurement and logistics capabilities in new organizations in India, China and Latin America and building regional supply chain organizations around the globe.

McDaniel earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston in 1979.

Angela Putman

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Did you ever wonder how small businesses just starting out manage to secure bank loans?  Angela Putnam, vice president of International Bank of Commerce (IBC), explains that and much more.

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Putnam has been in banking since 1985, demonstrating her tenacity and willingness to work hard.   The praise she earned in each of her four positions catapulted her into the position she holds today with IBC, where she oversees seven IBC locations.   Her responsibilities include sales and profitability of each bank as well as hiring and coaching of staff.  

Putnam's activities include civic service, everything from volunteering for various organizations to serving as President of the Parents Association at Ascension Episcopal School.   She also enjoys educating small business owners about the opportunities available through banking, as is demonstrated on the Lowes contractor site where she explains the types of loans that are appropriate for small businesses.

Kathy Hill

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If you have an interest in franchising or want to expand the boundaries of your business expertise, drop by to hear the wisdom of Kathy Hill on February 8, 2007 at 2:30 in the Wilhemina Culbertson Auditorium.

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Opening your own business is hard work and risky, which is why many entrepreneurs choose the option of opening a franchise. But where do you start and how do you avoid the pitfalls of franchising?  


Hill works for TEA, a franchise development and brokerage firm.   She offers dedicated coaching to clients from start to finish of the franchising process.   Her credentials and success stem from a long history of applicable experience which has received awards and national recognition.   Beginning with a B.S. degree, Hill later graduated from the Franchise Center of Excellence.   Not only has she worked in sales, marketing, management and training, but she has also developed and grown an independent sales venture into a multi-million dollar business.   She is presently a candidate for her Certified Franchise Executive designation.


Why might an entrepreneur want to work with Hill?   She is a senior executive belonging to the only full-service franchise broker network (TEA) recognized by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, a non-profit trade association devoted to the encouragement and support of the highest standards in franchising practices for both franchisees and franchisors.   Hill is customer-driven, focused clearly on client success.   She sees herself as having a genuine enthusiasm for helping others attain their career passion.  

Jack Plunkett

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Jack Plunkett has his ear to just about every information source available in the business world.   His market research firm provides crucial information for many industries, corporations, universities and governments around the world.   The November speaker in the College of Business Executive Speaker Series is undoubtedly a guru of information mining.

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CEO Jack W. Plunkett, finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition sponsored by Ernst & Young, runs a healthy business providing market research and industry information to a host of serious purchasers.   Plunkett has authored or edited more than 30 industry research books.   He and his staff at Plunkett Research, Ltd. annually produce reports that are crucial to various industries, such as Plunkett's Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry Almanac; Plunkett's Energy Industry Almanac, Plunkett's E-Commerce & Internet Business Almanac and Plunkett's Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac


It would be hard to avoid becoming an expert, given the mass of data going through Plunkett's hands each year.   Sure enough, the media, from newspapers and magazines to broadcast stations, view Plunkett as a man with his finger on the pulse, and they regularly interview him as an expert source.   You can find his opinions cited by columnists, radio commentators such as those on NPR's Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, and a host of other reporting agencies.


Constant contact with information also provides Plunkett with a global view of many business areas.    In his presentation to the UHD community, he will speak about The Top 10 Business Trends You Must Know About to Survive.   The material for this presentation comes from copyrighted materials and online databases maintained by Plunkett Research, Ltd.    The speech promises to offer a tantalizing view of business and lifestyle in the coming few decades.  

Anne Taylor

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Anne Taylor speaks about the career decisions she had made in her life that brought her to her present position and discussed strategies that would be helpful to students and professionals in developing their own career growth.  

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The UHD College of Business launched its Executive Speakers Series for the 2007 academic year on September 14th with a useful presentation on career building by inaugural speaker Anne Taylor, Gulf Coast Managing Principal of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.   Taylor defined a career as a "series of roles in which you continually grow and develop."

Taylor is the leader of Deloitte’s Gulf Coast practice. In this role, she is responsible for developing Deloitte's presence in the marketplace, connecting the Deloitte team to client needs and the community, and implementing Deloitte's people strategies. Prior to this role, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. Other previous roles with Deloitte include National Managing Partner of the Management Solutions & Services practice, Global Leader E-Business, and Regional Managing Director Deloitte Consulting. Taylor joined Deloitte in 1987 through the acquisition of a software consulting firm, in which she was a principal. She has served on Deloitte & Touche USA LLP’s Board of Directors, the U.S. Executive Committee, and the Global Management Committee of DTT. Taylor is also the strategic partner advisor for the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers program and has attended their annual meeting in Davos for four years.



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