The McCombs School of Business Announces New BBA Advisory Board Members and Executive Committee Leadership for Fall 2019

The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the appointment of the following members to its BBA Advisory Board and 2019-20 BBA Executive Committee.

Brendan Chan, BBA ’11
Program Manager, Computer Science Education, Google Inc, San Francisco, CA

Andrei Coso, BBA ’11
Business Development, Udacity, San Francisco, CA

Mark Lange, BBA ’85
Investor, Buffalo Bayou Resources, Houston, TX

Phoebe Lin BHP, BS ’19 (Rising Star Representative)
Private Equity Analyst, Blackstone, New York, NY

Hans Malzar, BBA ’11
Partnership, Facebook, Austin, TX

Luis Rhi, BBA ’98
Director, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, Dallas, TX

Robert Slovak, BBA ’96, JD ’99
Partner, Litigation Department Vice-Chair, Foley Gardere, Dallas, TX

Lucy Mei Wu, BBA ’12
Investment Associate, Tritium Partners, Austin, TX

Emilio Zamora, BBA ’11
Vice President – Real Estate Investing & Lending, Goldman Sachs, Dallas, TX

Danny Zoller, BBA ’90
CEO, Prospect Mortgage, LLC, Los Angeles, CA

The 2019-20 BBA Executive Committee:

Maria Garate, Chair
BBA ’98, HR Business Partner, HollyFrontier Corporation, Plano, TX

Cameron Chandler, Vice Chair
BBA ’83, Owner and President, Chandler Energy Resources, Dallas, TX

John Briscoe, Past Chair
BBA ’81, Consultant, Houston, TX

Therese Everson, Values Ambassador Chair
BBA Business Honors ’96, Director, Focus Strategies, Austin, TX

The McCombs School would like to thank our new members and leaders and also thank our outgoing Chair John Briscoe BBA ’81.

Additionally, the following members have been appointed for a second active term:

Lucas Cutler, BBA ’97
David Druley, BBA ’88, MBA ’03
Kasey Dunn, BBA ’99, MPA ’99
Mandy Price, BHP ’03, JD ’06
Sandeep Shah, BA ’11, BBA ’12

View the full membership.

The McCombs School of Business BBA Advisory Board was formed in 2008 to assist the dean, associate dean of undergraduate programs, faculty, and staff of the McCombs School of Business in achieving and maintaining “best of class” status for the BBA programs. This diverse group of individuals ensures the integrity of the BBA Advisory Board mission by supporting the strategy planning, curricula, external affairs, alumni engagement, fundraising efforts, and student placement. The Executive Committee receives rolling applications throughout the year with consideration for membership in the spring. The new members of the BBA Advisory Board begin their three-year terms the following September.

Class Note: Justin Kentor, BBA ’00

Varsity Brands announced that Justin Kentor, BBA ’00, has joined the Company as Chief of Strategy and Business Transformation effective immediately. In this capacity, Justin will report to Varsity Brand’s CEO, Adam Blumenfield, and assume responsibility for the strategic integration of new initiatives, as well as overall development and execution of the Company’s business and growth strategies. 

Learn more about Justin and Varsity Brands here.

Class Note: Josh Cobb, BBA & MPA ’08

Josh Cobb, BBA & MPA ’08, has become SitePro’s new Chief Financial Officer. Josh joined the team to manage the financial aspects of the Company, including the reporting and analysis of historical performance, treasury management and the development of revenue and cash flow projections. 

Learn more about Josh here.

Class Note: Stephen Woods, MBA ’02

Stephen Woods, MBA alumnus, has joined Eyecare Services Partners (ESP) as Vice President of Finance. Stephen will report to Chief Financial Officer Aaron Cho and leads ESP’s Corporate Finance function where he will be responsible for financial planning and analysis, financial operation, and financial management support for initiatives to grow organically and through acquisitions.

Learn more about Stephen and his job update here.

Alumni and Interns Celebrate McCombs in San Antonio

The San Antonio Chapter invited all alumni, new graduates, and current students interning for the summer out for an evening of gaming and networking. This event was the final event in our series of summer celebrations hosted nationwide. This was a great opportunity for San Antonio alumni to give new grads and summer interns advice on living and working in San Antonio. Attendees had a great time networking over food, beverages, and games at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. See photos from the event here.

Thank you so much to our San Antonio Chapter Leaders Dan Crites, MBA ’08, and Hunter Stanco, MBA ’08, for coordinating such a fun event!

Check out the alumni calendar to find events near you!

San Antonio Celebration

Alumni Q&A: San Antonio Chapter Leaders Dan Crites, MBA ’08, and Hunter Stanco, MBA ’08

San Antonio chapter leaders, Dan Crites and Hunter Stanco, have spent the last few years revitalizing their chapter through supportive leadership and an assortment of engaging activities. With a focus on improving the local business ecosystem, Dan and Hunter have strengthened the Texas McCombs Alumni Network in San Antonio and its connection to the school. They recently took the opportunity to reflect upon their successes as chapter leaders and to share their goals for continuing the chapter’s meaningful programming.

Please talk about why you stepped up as leaders for the McCombs San Antonio Alumni Chapter and your general experience as leaders.
A little over three years ago, we attended a local Professor Speaker Series event with John Doggett. The alum that coordinated the event at the time recognized the need for a stronger Texas McCombs presence in San Antonio.  Realizing the chapter had gone dormant, we sought to fill the leadership void with the intent to rebuild the Texas McCombs network and create a positive impact on the San Antonio community.

While he was an undergraduate in Austin, Hunter was the associate editor for The Daily Texan.  Hunter frequently judges the final round of the Evening MBA Capstone Challenge and maintains close relationships with McCombs leadership both in Austin and San Antonio.

Dan served over 8.5 years of Active Duty in the US Navy as a naval flight officer, enjoying multiple operational deployments as well as US Army and Air Force cross-service assignments.  Dan is also a recent alum of Leadership San Antonio (LSA) Class 300 sponsored by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Describe a recent chapter event or activity that you thought went well.
In late 2017, we hosted what we like to call one of our “Education Series” on the topic of Blockchain.  We try to focus on emergent and potentially disruptive technologies impacting the San Antonio business ecosystem while featuring subject matter experts from McCombs faculty, alumni, and local business leaders.  With the Blockchain event, we felt we were well ahead of the buzz in educating our community.  In fact, the same forum was replicated later by the school in 2018 when they hosted a Blockchain conference using the same panelists.  Here is a quote from one of our attendees:

I attended the McCombs School of Business event today at the Witte, and enjoyed the company of an impressive group of individuals.  I must admit that I did not comprehend much of the presentation (too deep for me), but I am pleased to be exposed to the subject of Blockchain because I can now ask my son or my grandson to explain to me what this means, and when it will be coming down the road.

How have you personally benefited from being a part of the Texas McCombs Alumni Network?
The Texas McCombs Alumni Network has allowed us to expand our personal and professional networks beyond what we could have arguably achieved through other business networking organizations.  We have remained attuned to what is occurring at the McCombs School and built stronger relationships because of it.

How would you recommend that alumni get involved with their local chapter?
It’s never too early to start.  One way we have been encouraging alumni to get involved is before they even graduate.  We have been leveraging the Working Professional Program Directors to promote our events and have seen strong attendance from the current students who have proven to be engaged and eager to get others involved.

What are your chapter plans or goals for the future?
Create a vibrant and involved chapter with community leadership opportunities and a well-defined succession plan.  One of our more ambitious goals is to generate traction for an annual fundraising event dedicated to local initiates with ties to Texas McCombs.

Announcing the 2019 Rising Stars: Kovid O. Gupta, Lance T. Loeffler, and Carlos A. Whitaker

The McCombs School of Business is proud to announce Kovid O. Gupta, BBA ’10, Lance T. Loeffler, BBA ’99, MBA ’04, and Carlos A. Whitaker, BBA ’00, MPA ’00, as the 2019 Alumni Rising Stars. The Rising Star Award, established in 2004-05, recognizes young alumni who have experienced professional success and have shown exemplary service to the Texas McCombs Alumni Network.

Kovid O. Gupta Kovid O. Gupta, BBA ’10
CEO, Kovid Gupta Films
Director of Investor Relations, Indus Management Group

Kovid Gupta is an author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. In 2010, he received his BBA, BA, and BS from The University of Texas at Austin and in 2015, graduated with an MBA from Cornell University. In 2017, he was featured by Forbes Magazine on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 List, along with receiving the Glorious India Award for successful Non-Resident Indians. As a screenwriter, he has written over 1,000 episodes for some of India’s most successful television shows including Balika Vadhu and Bade Acche Lagte Hain. He was also the assistant director of the box office hit film “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” and served as the head of business development for Vinod Chopra Films and Film Companion. Kovid is also the author of two bestselling non-fiction books, “Kingdom of the Soap Queen: The Story of Balaji Telefilms,” published by HarperCollins, and “Redrawing India: The Teach For India Story,” published by Random House. In 2018, he founded Kovid Gupta Films with the mission of creating path-breaking cinema and television.


Lance T. LoefflerLance T. Loeffler, BBA ’99, MBA ’04
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lance Loeffler serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Halliburton. In this role, he leads the company’s financial strategy as well as its financial functions, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, tax, internal assurance, treasury, corporate development, and investor relations.

Mr. Loeffler joined Halliburton in 2014 as vice president of corporate development, with global leadership responsibilities for the company’s strategic merger and acquisition activities. He then served as vice president of Investor Relations and was responsible for the development and implementation of Halliburton communication strategies for the investment community.

Prior to joining Halliburton, Mr. Loeffler held director positions at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., and UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on the firms’ oil and gas clients.

Mr. Loeffler holds an MBA with concentrations in finance and accounting and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.


Carlos A. WhitakerCarlos A. Whitaker, BBA ’00, MPA ’00
Managing Director, Global Markets
Credit Suisse

Carlos Whitaker is a managing director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division, based in New York City. Within Global Markets, he is head of New York Equities Advisory Sales and manages a team that distributes primary and secondary equities to institutional clients. Mr. Whitaker is responsible for developing strong client relationships, profitably growing revenues, selling initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary offerings, as well as cross-selling the bank’s other products and services. His clients are predominantly large sophisticated hedge funds that employ a myriad of investment strategies including long/short equity, event driven, risk arbitrage, and global macro. In 2010, Mr. Whitaker was awarded the Investment Banking Outstanding Achievement Award by Credit Suisse for his skill in leveraging the bank’s resources to complete a large transaction that was outside of his geographic and product coverage area for one of the bank’s key clients.

Mr. Whitaker began his career at Credit Suisse in 2000 as an analyst in the Investment Banking division. He is a core part of the bank’s recruiting team for the Analyst and Associate programs, and has served on the promotion committees for vice president, director, and managing director level candidates.

Mr. Whitaker graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BA from the Plan II Honors Program, BBA in Accounting, and MPA. Mr. Whitaker currently serves on the New York for McCombs board and on the Rising Stars Capital Management board, which is a Houston-based nonprofit organization focused on increasing African American representation in the finance industry.

The McCombs School will recognize the Rising Stars at the Hall of Fame ceremony in November. The event will also recognize the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees.

McCombs Summer Brunch in the Big Apple

The NYC Chapter had a great turn out at their annual brunch hosted at La Palapa. The celebration brought out members of the McCombs community from all areas including alumni, 2019 graduates who just moved to the city to start their career, current students completing their summer internship, and members of the New York for McCombs Council. McCombs staff members, Katie Lewis and Christopher Ruggeri, also came into town from Texas to join the festivities. See more photos from the event on Flickr.

The event was a major success and gave attendees the opportunity to reminisce on their time at McCombs while also swapping tips and tricks about living and working in the city that never sleeps!

Thank you to our NYC Chapter Leader James Jackson, BBA ’14, for coordinating the brunch!



Texas McCombs Celebration in the Nation’s Capital

The D.C. Chapter invited all alumni, new grads, and student interns out for a taste of Texas at Hill Country BBQ. The reception was the perfect opportunity for current students to talk with local alumni about tips and tricks for navigating the D.C. area.

Kudos to our D.C. Chapter Leader Jeff Marusak, MBA ’08, for putting on a great event!

Be sure to check the alumni calendar for events near you!

DC Summer Celebration

Alumni and Interns Celebrate Summer in the ATL

The Atlanta Chapter hosted a reception at Chido & Padre’s for all alumni, recent grads new to the area, and current students in town for their summer internships. Attendees had a wonderful time networking and discussing what it’s like to live and work in the Atlanta area. McCombs staff representatives, Crystal Tidmore and Christopher Ruggeri, came in from Texas to meet and greet the b-school alumni and interns! See more photos from the event here.

THANK YOU to our Atlanta Chapter Leaders for hosting a great event!

  • George Connell, MBA ’01
  • Larry Patrick, MBA ’98

Keep an eye on the alumni calendar to find events in your area.

Atlanta Summer Celebration

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