Career Webinar Recap: “The Interconnected Impact of Covid-19 on Real Estate and Energy”

Covid-19 has impacted every aspect of society but energy and real estate are particularly interesting. For example, if businesses shift the location and footprint of their operations to accommodate work-from-home employees, will demand for commercial real estate decline? Will employees prefer to move to the suburbs to access more personal space for their families post-Covid? If employees are not commuting to work, will demand for gasoline decline but demand for diesel fuel to support deliveries remain stable? Together, employer and employee decisions on commuting or a flight to the suburbs may drastically shift economic activity and related property tax and sales tax dollars across (or from) specific municipalities and business districts. What would these demand shocks do to the profitability and business strategies of energy companies?

This panel covers these and other issues associated with the inter-connected impacts on energy and real estate as we transition to a post Covid-19 world. View the webinar recording!

Webinar Presenters:

Peter Ray – Vice President, Natural Gas Partners
Jesse Thompson – Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
Brian Muecke – Partner, Intrinsic LP & Mayor, City of Hedwig Village, TX
Scott Krikorian – Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
Josh Sherman – Partner, Opportune LLP (Moderator)

This webinar was co-sponsored by the McCombs Energy Initiative and the McCombs Alumni Network.

Texas McCombs Virtual Alumni Week Recap

Alumni Week 2020 offered alumni and the entire McCombs community many opportunities to engage online through webinars, chapter meet-ups on Zoom, and fun chances to win prizes. Over 600 alumni registered for the week! Below you will find a recap of the week, including recordings of each session.

Alumni Orientation – watch the recording! 
Live presentation date: Monday, July 20, 2020
In this webinar, Texas McCombs Alumni Director Christine Burdell walks listeners through their benefits as graduates of the McCombs School. During her presentation, you will find helpful career sources on our website and LinkedIn as well as many places to connect with us online via social media and UT’s newest virtual community, HookedIn. She also explains engagement opportunities and walks viewers through events that are hosted for alumni by the school, both in person and online. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your degree by taking advantage of what is available to you as a Texas McCombs alumnus!

Atlanta Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Tuesday, July 21, 6-7 p.m., ET
Speakers: Chapter Co-President George Connell, MBA ’01, Chapter Co-President Larry Patrick, MBA ’98, and MBA Advisory Board Member Peter Almond, MBA ’03. Moderated by McCombs Alumni Director Christine Burdell.

Austin Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Thursday, July 23, 12-1 p.m., CT
Speakers: Chapter President Joey Martin, MBA ’18, and MBA Advisory Board Member Jim McMullan, MBA ’96. Moderated by McCombs Alumni Director Christine Burdell.

Brazil Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Friday, July 24, 5-6 p.m., Brasilia (3 p.m., CT)
Speaker: Chapter President Mark Pinheiro, MSTC ’97, Luiz Eduardo Viotti, MBA ’99, and Jorge Leonel, MBA ’99.

Chicago Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Wednesday, July 22, 6-7 p.m., CT
Speakers: Chapter President Kelsey Creed, MSF ’14, and Ryan Dean, MBA ’15. Moderated by McCombs Alumni Assistant Director Dan Cournoyer.

Dallas Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Thursday, July 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., CT
Speakers: Chapter President Laura Gram, MBA ’17, Travis Hemphill, MBA ’17, Eric Wang, MBA ’16, and Kaitlin Elledge, MBA ’16.

Denver Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Wednesday, July 22, 7-8 p.m., MT
Speaker: Chapter Co-President Eric Fehr MBA ’12, Chapter Co-President Shiju Thomas, BBA ’07, Carlos Hill, MBA ’13.

Houston Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Wednesday, July 22, 12-1 p.m., CT
Speakers: Chapter Co-President Laura Thomson, BBA ’08, and Chapter Co-President John Nash, BBA ’82, Chapter Co-president, and John Briscoe, BBA ’81. Moderated by McCombs Alumni Director Christine Burdell.

London Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Tuesday, July 21, 6-7 p.m., UK (12 p.m., CT)
Speakers: MBA Advisory Board Member Varsha Dadlani, MBA ’13. Moderated by Chapter President Tom Li, BBA ’05.

Los Angeles Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Thursday, July 23, 5-6 p.m., PDT
Speaker: BBA Advisory Board Member Danny Zoller, BBA ’90. Moderated by Chapter Co-President Rohith Ramesh, BBA ’95.

New York City Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording! 
Live presentation date: Wednesday, July 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m., ET
Speakers: Chapter President James Jackson, BBA ’14, and Jake Foley, MPA ’88.

Philadelphia Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Thursday, July 23, 6-7 p.m., ET
Speakers: Chapter President Guilherme Junqueira, MBA ’20. Moderated by McCombs Alumni Director Christine Burdell.

San Francisco Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Tuesday, July 21, 4-5 p.m., PDT
Speakers: Chapter Co-President Egan Brown, MBA ’15, Ramya Ravi, MBA ’15, Claire Arthurs MBA ’15, David Marrero, MBA ’16, and MBA Advisory Board Member Ken Parekh, MBA ’87.

Washington, D.C. Chapter Meet-Up – watch the recording!
Live presentation date: Wednesday, July 22, 4-5 p.m., ET
Speakers: Chapter President Jeff Marusak, MBA ’08, and Sumeet Sharma, BBA ’16.

Class Note: Vijay Kalvakuntla, BBA’10

Vijay Kalvakuntla, BBA’10, co-founded Code Galaxy, which provides coding classes and camps to take a child through computer science from ages 7-18. Due to COVID-19 in person classes in Austin is paused. However, online classes and summer camps are currently open for enrollment.

“Coding has become an essential skill that will continue to grow in importance as technology advances — that’s why we’ve developed the highest quality computer science education for kids and teens.”

Learn more about Code Galaxy on their website here.

Class Note: Natalie Masin, MPA ’13

Natalie Masin, MPA ’13, was named the Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller for A&R Logistics, a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions to the chemical industry.

Congratulations to Natalie! Read more about this announcement here.

Class Note: Roger Roberts, MBA ’83; Mary McCallum, MPA ’85

In a recent announcement, Roger Roberts, MBA ’83, and Mary McCallum, MPA ’85, have decided to set up a charitable remainder unitrust in support of student student scholarships at The University of Texas at Austin. Roger and Mary have also included the McCombs School of Business in their estate plans and set up the Roger W. Roberts Faculty Fellowship Chair.

“We want UT to be the best university in the world. To do that it has to be able to attract the best faculty and recruit top students. Faculty support and student support really go hand in hand,” Mary said.

Thank you Roger and Mary for your dedication to our students’ success! To read more about their background and motivations behind their generous support, click here.

Class Note: Darren Marco, MBA ’11

Darren Marco, MBA ’11, has been welcomed as a new board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena. Since 1937, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has enriched the lives of young people in the community, enabling them to reach their full potential as productive, caring, healthy, and responsible citizens.

Congratulations to Darren! Read more here.

Class Note: Carolyn Jenkins, MBA ‘91, Kristine Kelly, MBA ‘14, and Heather Ball, MBA ‘04

Carolyn Jenkins, MBA ‘91, Kristine Kelly, MBA ‘14, and Heather Ball, MBA ‘04 have partnered with The HT Group to be part of an initiative called HT Cares. The HT Group has partnered with a handful of Austin’s top executives with a desire to help business leaders overcome the challenges they are facing. This network of experienced subject matter experts is here to help and provide sound advice in these uncertain times. Learn more here.

Texas McCombs Alumni Summer Webinar Series Recap

The McCombs Alumni Network is hosting a four-part summer webinar series. Each session is with a different expert and focuses on a different business theme. All alumni are invited to tune in for our webinars, but if you miss the live presentation, we’ve included recap links below!

Part One: “Is Franchising Right for Me?” with Stephen Maeker
Live presentation date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12-1 p.m. CT
In this presentation, Stephen Maeker, BBA ’90, teaches participants how to investigate getting into franchising and whether or not buying a franchise is a good potential fit for them by following a sequential approach. Key topics of discussion will included: COVID-19 current environment, a general overview of franchising, candidate motivations, the primary advantages (vs opening a business yourself) and disadvantages of franchising, Franchise Disclosure Document overview, analyzing potential income, costs, 4 quadrants of franchising, investigation process, and financing. Watch the recording!

Part Two: “Use of Logic Models to Design Programs and Obtain Funding” with James Pann
Live presentation date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 12-1 p.m. CT
James Pann, BBA ’92, walked listeners through the steps to develop a logic model, how to use logic models for brainstorming during program design and identify funding opportunities, how logic models can be used to strengthen grant applications, and more! Pann also provided a logic model template. Watch the recording! 

Part Three: “Building Burnout Resistant Teams” with Dr. Aneika Simmons and Anjuan Simmons
Live presentation date: Monday, July 27, 2020, 12-1 p.m. CT
In this presentation, Aneika and Anjuan provide tools to help business leaders and their teams bring stress into a managed state and avoid burnout. Organizations that invest in building burnout resistant teams will see a return on that investment in terms of reliable business performance and an increased ability to respond to crises. Most importantly, they will have a workforce that is happier and more productive. Watch the recording. 

Part Four: “Discovering Differentiation: What Customer Mindset Means for Strategy” with Karla Raines
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, 12-1 p.m. CT – RSVP to see this session live!

Class Note: Niloufar Molavi, BBA ’91

Niloufar Molavi, BBA ’91, served as a moderator during a recent conference highlighting the ways in which communities have been coming together during the pandemic. This webcast was hosted by the Asia Society Texas Center during its flagship Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series for 2019-2020 .

Excellent work, Niloufar! You can read more about the event and view the recording here.

Class Note: Scott Packman, BBA ’90, MBA ’91

Scott Packman, BBA ’90 and MBA ’91, has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. In this role, Scott will oversee and direct all of MSG Entertainment’s legal affairs, supporting the Company’s growth initiatives.

Congratulations to Scott! Read more here.

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