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McCombs School Announces New Advisory Council Members and Executive Committee Leadership

The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin announces the appointment of the following members to its Advisory Council.

  • Paul Aaron, partner, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY
  • John Bass, principal, Chase Capital - J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., Houston, TX
  • Richard Folger, president and chief executive officer, Warren Equipment Company, Midland, TX
  • Clement Marcus, partner, EP Marcus Investments, partner, MIMCO, Inc., El Paso, TX
  • Jimmy Nakfoor, owner, Palm Street Capital, LP, Houston, TX
  • Tony Schell, managing director, Escalate Capital Partners, Austin, TX
  • Andrew Vo, managing director, Accenture, Houston, TX
  • Shawn Wells, chief operating officer, East Lodge Capital Partners, London, UK

Additionally, the council’s executive committee assumed new leadership:

  • Chair: George Seay, chief executive officer, Annandale Capital, LLC, Dallas, TX
  • Vice Chair: Robert Zlotnik, managing partner, BZMZ Interests, LTD, Houston, TX
  • Past Chair: Alan Dreeben, partner, Republic National Distributing Company, San Antonio, TX

Effective Sept. 1, 2013, Alan Dreeben, Paul Kinscherff, Skip McGee III, Tom Ryan, Stacy Smith, and Gary Weed have become lifetime members, and Brian Gladden, Aaron Kozmetsky, John Lancaster Jr., Steve McGaw, Niloufar Molavi, Shea Morenz, Erin Nelson, Norma Petrosewicz, Brien Smith, Sam Susser, and Robert Zlotnik have been reappointed for a second active term. View the full membership.

The McCombs School of Business Advisory Council formed in 1960 to assist the dean, faculty, and staff of the school in becoming one of the top business schools in the nation. The executive committee considers nominations for membership each spring, and new three-year terms begin Sept. 1. Dean Tom Gilligan calls upon members to:

  • engage in and support the fundraising efforts of the school;
  • provide counsel to the dean, faculty, and staff on strategy and issues affecting the future of the school, curricula, programs, and external affairs;
  • provide insights to the dean, faculty, and staff on how the school can enhance the impact of its services on various stakeholder groups;
  • provide valuable contacts for faculty to provide access to the business community for research purposes, to increase the impact of their work on the business community, and to inform their research and teaching;
  • provide valuable advice to students in their career selection decisions and job-seeking activities;
  • provide input to the dean, faculty, and staff for assessing the progress of the school and charting future courses.


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