In some circles, J.W. Breeden is still known as "that kid." As in, that kid who wrote his company's business plan while in high school and who juggled college with launching his company, LiveAir Networks, the Smithville Chamber of Commerce's Employer of the Year in 2009.
Scott Tiras and Darrell Pennington own the Houston-based financial advisory firm Tiras, Pennington and Associates, managing $900 million in client assets. They have been named one of the top 100 financial advisory firms in the U.S. by Barron’s for five consecutive years.
John Brownrigg, MBA '84, lost his job when the economy collapsed. And then he told millions of people about it. As one of the Wall Street Journal's "Laid Off and Looking" bloggers, Brownrigg shared stories of job search tribulations and insights gained from time off. He found a community of people going through the same struggle and, eventually, a new job.
While many years have passed since I graduated from the Business School at The University of Texas and before the benevolence of The McCombs Family, neither the memories nor the continuing returns on the investments in the educational and leadership value have faded - only multiplied.
Joel Peresman, BBA ’78, was recently profiled in the New York Times’ series “The Boss.” From an early age, Peresman was drawn to music, but he admits “it was evident that I had no musical talent.”
After more than five years of grueling days on Wall Street, Doug Ma was ready for a change. So he moved to Beijing and started a new business: a touring company that offered young explorers like himself an alternative to the “cattlelike” experience offered by Chinese-run tours. He partnered with Joanne Huang, BBA ’02, to found Tour-ING (www.tour-ing.com) in 2008.
Castlen Kennedy, BBA '01, will be hitting the open road this summer for research. She'll be driving a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicle to explore challenges and benefits NGV divers may face, including analysis of fuel costs and supply availabilty.
As Senior VP of Distribution Channel Strategy for Disney, Jason Brenek, BBA '94, is leading the cause of changing cinema forever.