Class Note: Tracy Norris, MBA ’15

Earlier this month, Governor Greg Abbott appointed eleven members to the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response to provide expert, evidence-based assessments, protocols, and recommendations related to state responses to infectious diseases.  Included in this task force was Major General Tracy Norris, MBA ’15.

Congratulation to Major General Norris on this prestigious appointment! Read more here.

Class Note: Ruthie Lyle, MSTC ’18

View the link below for a podcast with McCombs alumna Dr. Ruthie D. Lyle, MSTC ’18. She has earned over 176 issued patents, and is believed to have the most inventions of any Black woman in the world.

High-Tech Sunday Season 1 Episode 9 feat. Dr. Ruthie D. Lyle

Recap: Wealth Management Webinar

In this webinar, three expert panelists discuss the future of wealth management and provide listeners with key takeaways for how to apply these insights in your own work. Their conversation explores new challenges the industry faces and how the McCombs Wealth Management Center plans to address those challenges, industry insights from leaders in the field, and planning for human capital, personal legacy, and educated philanthropy. Watch the recording!


  • Dr. Ramesh K. S. Rao – UT Austin McCombs School of Business
  • Russell W. Norwood, CIMA, CFP – Venturi Private Wealth
  • Rhonda H. Brink, JD – Brink & Bennett

Supplemental Materials:

Please note: Alumni Network webinars must be viewed live to receive CPE credit. Watching the recording does not qualify for CPE credit.

Call for Class Ambassadors

The McCombs Alumni Office is seeking McCombs graduates interested in serving as Class Ambassadors, representing the Class of 2020 within the Texas McCombs Alumni Network. As a Class Ambassador, you will be a key point of contact for your class in a number of meaningful ways:

  • Serve as the key point of contact between classmates and the Alumni Office
  • Get involved with the local chapter in your area
  • Engage your classmates and encourage them to get involved
  • Assist with ensuring the alumni directory has accurate information for your classmates
  • Participate in a committee comprised of 2020 Class Ambassadors from all Texas McCombs programs

As a Class Ambassador you are helping to ensure that McCombs continues to excel as a top business school. If you are interested please contact Robin Vallilee,, with the Alumni Relations Office.

Class Note: Suzanne Brown, BBA ’96, MBA ’04

Texas McCombs Alumna Suzanne Brown was recently published in the Harvard Business Review. In the article, she explains how to think through what you want from an employer as a working parent and then actually go find this as you’re looking for a new role. Read the full article:

Recap: KtG Webinar with Sandy Leeds

In this webinar, Sandy brings listeners up-to-speed on current events in the markets. He covers the economy, the stock market, interest rates, the labor market, the Fed, and fiscal policy. Watch the recording!

Sandy Leeds is a distinguished senior lecturer in the Finance Department at McCombs and recently finished a thirteen year term as president of The MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate level courses, including Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, Public Policy (Long-Term Issues in the Markets), Investments, Portfolio Management / Security Analysis, Money and Capital Markets, and Macroeconomics.

Please note: Alumni Network webinars must be viewed live to receive CPE credit. Watching the recording does not qualify for CPE credit.

Class Note: Stephen Maeker, BBA ’90

Stephen Maeker, BBA ’90, recently co-authored the book “Franchising Freedom!” with 14 of his industry peers. Stephen is a nationally published Franchise Consultant with FranChoice, the premier group of Franchise Consultants in the country. He assists candidates all over the country & world who are interested in learning more about franchising by taking an education-based approach and his service is free. He represents over 150 of the approximate 3,000 domestic franchisors and provides a huge savings in time. His former corporate roles include Vice President of Franchise Sales and International Financial Manager for industry leaders Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza and TGI Fridays. He and his wife (Christy) are also proud & top performing/award-winning multi-unit franchisees of 1 of the concepts he represents.

Stephen has presented with our Career Webinar Series.  Watch his most recent webinar with us where he discuses the advantages and disadvantages of franchising and how to investigate whether or not buying a franchise is a good potential fit for you at this link!

View the book on Amazon

Class Note: Adam Kost, MBA ’20

Adam Kost, MBA ’20, has been named one of the 2020 Best and Brightest EMBAs by Poets and Guants for Executives.  Congratulations to Adam for this important recognition!

Read more about his achievement here.

Class Note: Anita Valdez, MBA ’20

Anita Valdez, MBA ’20, has been named one of the 2020 Best and Brightest EMBAs by Poets and Guants for Executives.  Congratulations to Anita for this important recognition!

Read more about her achievement here.

Class Note: Sam Acho, BBA ’10

Sam Acho appeared in the “CBS This Morning” series A More Perfect Union, for his work with a group of teenagers who teamed up with former NFL players to transform a looted liquor store into a fresh food market for their local community in Chicago. See the coverage on YouTube.

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