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Class Note: Alec Weissman, BBA ’18, MPA ’19

Alec Weissman, BBA ’18 and MPA ’19, was recognized by the American Institute of CPAs as a winner of the 2019 Elijah Watt Sells Award. This award was granted to 133 of 75,000 candidates and requires that recipients obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, pass all four sections on their first attempt and have completed testing in 2019.

Congratulations to Alec! Read more here.

Class Note: Michelle Frymire, MBA ’91

Michelle Frymire, MBA alumna, has been appointed as chief finance and strategy officer at CWT.  Michelle was originally appointed to the Executive Leadership Team in January 2019 upon joining the company and was formerly the company’s chief financial officer. She has 18 years’ travel industry experience, with CFO roles at Starwood Vacation Ownership and Delta Technology, and financial leadership roles with Continental Air Lines and Delta Air Lines. In addition, she held CFO positions at several private equity portfolio companies before joining CWT. She has also served as a member of the Texas Women’s Foundation Economic Leadership Council and is currently on the Board of Directors for Family Gateway in Dallas, Texas.

Read more about Michelle and CWT here.

Class Note: Nathan McElmurry, MBA ’04

InSite Property Group – a fully integrated developer, builder and operator of Commercial Real Estate assets –has named Nathan McElmurry, MBA alumnus,  as Senior Vice President to oversee all acquisitions for its wholly owned SecureSpace Self Storage division.

McElmurry was previously the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for SmartStop Self Storage, a public non-traded REIT, where he helped to drive roughly 150 self storage facility acquisitions over five years.

Read more about Nathan and InSite Property Group here.

Class Note: Mark Madrid, BBA ’95

Mark Madrid, BBA ’95, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Achiever in the field of Business, Leadership, and Non-Profits as a Chief Executive Officer at Latino Business Action Network (LBAN). LBAN aims to strengthen the United States by empowering Latin leaders to grow substantial firms that create jobs, develop leaders and spawn a new generation of influential U.S. companies.

Learn more about Mark and his award on Yahoo Finance.

Career Webinar Recap: “How Business Owners Can Survive” with Danny Caswell, BBA ‘84

Danny Caswell, BBA ’84, and crisis recovery and value creation experts discussed how to traverse the unchartered waters and understand –step by step– the immediate actions that you must take to survive in times of crisis and to emerge a stronger company. This webinar guides you through proven business survival tactics designed to find, preserve, and manage cash. It also covers how to quickly find cash and how to preserve it; how to negotiate with banks, landlords, suppliers, creditors, and customers; how to build a recovery plan; and finally, how to emerge stronger from this crisis and bolster the long-term. Watch the webinar here!

Webinar Recap: “Master Your Mind and Market: Leadership, Mindfulness, and Growth in Uncertain Times” with Nina Pickell

Nina Pickell recently hosted the career webinar: “Master Your Mind and Market: Leadership, Mindfulness, and Growth in Uncertain Times.”  With an MBA and BBA from UT,  Nina brings insights and ideas into leading in times of disruption and change, and even achieving what she calls “meaningful and magnificent growth.” Nina speaks on key elements like strategy, leadership, extraordinary service, branding and marketing in today’s digital world — as well as dealing with topics like mindfulness, anxiety and remote work. As such, she drives home that the most impactful growth will start inside each one of us and materialize in how we act, create, treat others and master our own minds. Watch the webinar here!

Nina is a brand builder, advisor, transformational growth coach, speaker, and entrepreneur. She specializes in growing companies and brands that she believes in, handpicked because they offer something special to the world. She has a passion for working with innovative companies and entrepreneurs of all types transforming the way we work and live through technology, innovation, digital marketing, thought leadership and the arts.

Nina has decades of leadership experience in early stage ventures as well as with major global businesses like Adecco, Randstad, IBM and Today, she works with aspiring entrepreneurs through global organizations to build brands; launch and market new products; advise on customer and talent acquisition, digital marketing, and technology; and improve business performance and profitability. She is the CEO/Managing Consultant of her own ventures providing coaching and consulting services to corporate clients and entrepreneurs who are focused on achieving the next stage of growth.

Nina is a public speaker, regularly leading online masterminds and masterclasses as well as speaking at events and webinars about topics such as entrepreneurship, building power brands, cultivating creativity, digital marketing and transformation, employer branding, the gig economy, digital product development, high impact selling, lifestyle and influencer marketing, social media marketing, and a variety of custom topics. See for more information.

Class Note: Chelle Van Burkleo, BBA ’93

Zynex, an innovative medical technology company specializing in the manufacture and sale of non-invasive medical devices for pain management, stroke rehabilitation, cardiac monitoring and neurological diagnostics, announced that it has hired Chelle Van Burkleo, BBA ’93, as its vice president of sales.

Chelle brings more than 20 years of experience and an exceptional level of expertise in med-tech device sales. Previously, Chelle was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at WiscMed where she led strategic marketing initiatives and business sales plan development.

Read more here.

Class Note: David Anders, MBA ’06

Edgewater Midstream has announced David Anders, MBA alumnus, has joined the company as its chief financial officer. Edgewater is an independent midstream energy company targeting the acquisition and greenfield development of pipeline, bulk liquids storage and terminal operations serving North American energy demand hubs.

Learn more about David and Edgewater here.

Career Webinar Recap: “Work Life Balance” with Suzi Brown

Suzanne Brown is a consultant, speaker, strategist, author, and avid international traveler. She’s an advocate for and enabler of professional working moms creating their own version of work-life balance.  Watch her career webinar here!

Suzi worked in the demanding marketing agency industry at large companies with no work-life balance and ones that enabled a more balance-focused approach to life. She eventually found her way to entrepreneurship, where she created a lifestyle centered around being the mom she wants to be and staying engaged in exciting and interesting projects for her clients. Suzanne shares her own experience and research, combined with knowledge from more than 110 conversations with working moms to enable other working moms to create the balance they crave.

Suzanne and her husband live in Austin, Texas. You can often find them during non-work time trying to keep up with their two active young boys, whether on a local hike or a far-off adventure.

Class Note: Brandon Smith, MBA ’01

Brandon Smith, MBA ’01, has been appointed chief business officer of Prothena. Prothena Corporation is a clinical-stage neuroscience company with expertise in protein misfolding. Brandon will be responsible for leading the company’s business development initiatives, portfolio strategic planning, and alliance management activities.

Read more about Brandon and Prothena here.

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