Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Advisory councils signal new beginning for College of Business Administration

KINGSVILLE - November 24, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is looking ahead to a new beginning under recently hired dean Dr. Thomas Dock. The new beginning for the college starts with the formation of four advisory councils, one for the college and one for each of three departments -- management and marketing, information systems and accounting and finance. Three of the four advisory councils meet for the first time Friday, Nov. 19. The fourth, accounting and finance, will meet in the spring once a permanent chair is in place in the department.

“The faculty and staff are excited for the first meeting with members of the business community to discuss the new College of Business Administration’s vision, mission, curriculum and internship and career position opportunities for its students,” Dock said. “The College and Department Business Advisory Councils will meet with the faculty twice a year. 

“The strategic focus of the councils is to support the college in its preparation of students to lead beneficial change in the 21st century through offering professional programs within an experiential-based, transformative learning environment grounded in communication, technology, ethics, globalization and teamwork,” he added.

This is the first of many new developments in the College of Business Administration under the leadership of Dock, many which will be announced in January and implemented in time for the fall 2011 semester.

During their first meeting, members of the advisory councils will discuss the new initiatives and other programs the college will be announcing at a later time. 

Members of the College of Business Administration Business Advisory Council (BAC) include Katharine Armstrong, president of Katharine Armstrong Inc. and Natural Resources Solutions Inc.; Harry Anthony, chief operating officer for Uranium Energy Corporation; Tom Best, manager of three partnerships in the oil and gas service business; Ricki Cunningham, broker and owner of Coldwell Banker Homestead Properties Inc.; David S. DeLaney, vice president and general manager for ranching and livestock at King Ranch Inc.; Mark Dizdar, founder and chief executive officer of Casa Linda Homes, First Compass Homes and Cinco Construction; Linda Hahn, CPA and co-owner of Hahn and Oldham P.C.; Joe Henkel, president and chief executive officer of Kleberg First National Bank in Kingsville; Mark A. McLaughlin, ex-officio member and commanding officer at Naval Air Station-Kingsville; and  Roberto Montoya, president and chief executive officer of VRC Corporation. 

Accounting and Finance Advisory Council members include T. Hardie Bowman, CPA with Bowman and Associates, CPA; Bill Colston, president and general manager of Riviera Telephone Company Inc.; Brian Coufal, vice president, First Community Bank; Daniel M. Morales, controller of ranch operations, King Ranch Inc.; Mary Ann Oldham, CPA, Hahn and Oldham; Allison Strauss, attorney at law; and Brad Womack, vice president, Kleberg First National Bank. 

Members of the Marketing and Management Advisory Council include Thomas Bingham, marketing coordinator, Kleberg First National Bank; Ryan Butcher, South Texas district manager, Fastenal; Cynthia Garcia, Kingsville branch manager, IBC Bank; Rose Morales, general manager, King Ranch Saddle Shop; Cynthia (Cindy) Salinas, assistant store director, HEB; John A. (Tiger) Womack, owner, Tex-Sun Commercial Brokerage Inc.; Darrell Lynn Yaklin, agent, Coldwell Banker; and Javier Zambrano, executive director, Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund.

Information Systems Advisory Council members include Crissy Hinojosa, project manager and business systems analyst, Bay Ltd.; Brandy K. Morales, assistant vice president, Kleberg First National Bank; Trey Palreiro, HSE/IT director, Integrity Industries; Joni R. Smith, senior consultant of the technology team, Booz/Allen/Hamilton; Mark A. Vallejo, client manager, IBM Corporation; and Robert Williams, owner, Williams Web Solutions.


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