Alumni News


David Grigsby, BBA, has recently been named interim dean of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982.


Martin K. Scirratt, BBA, was recently promoted to vice president of sales for Administaff, Inc., the nation’s leading Professional Employer Organization. Scirratt joined Administaff in 1999 as a sales consultant in Dallas. He has since held several management positions within the organization. In 2003, he was promoted to managing director of sales performance improvement. Prior to joining Administaff, Scirratt served as vice president and production manager for Countrywide Credit Industries, and is experienced in Fortune 100 banking in the Texas market. Scirratt also earned a master’s degree in divinity/theology from Southwestern Theological Seminary.


Craig Underwood , BBA, Certified Gemologist Appraiser and president of Fayetteville-based Underwood’s Fine Jewelers has been elected President of the American Gem Society’s International Board of Directors. Prior to taking the reigns as president, Underwood served as Chairman of the American Gem Society Diamond Standards Committee, Chairman of the International Task Force for Fancy Diamond Cut Grading, and Chairman of the American Gem Society Lab Gemological Committee. The Task Force for Fancy Cut Grading was formed to evaluate and develop a diamond cut grade system designed to analyze and evaluate the light performance of various diamond shapes – a first in the diamond industry. Underwood assumes the presidency nearly 20 years after his father, William Underwood, CGA, founder of Underwood Jewelers, completed his term. Craig is married to Laura (Orsak) Underwood, BA, and they reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Scott A. Nelson, BBA, an attorney with the Law Office of Scott A. Nelson, P.C., was named to Texas Monthly’s 2006 SuperLawyers Rising Stars list.


Bill Arend, BBA, has started a new role managing the mid-market applications business for Oracle Corporation. As regional manager, Arend has a reseller channel and sales team focused on growing Oracle’s application business including JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and Oracle eBusiness Suite. Prior to joining Oracle, Arend managed the Houston area business partners for Microsoft Corporation. Outside of his role with Oracle, Arend serves as chairman for the Greater Houston Partnership’s Emerging Business Council (EBC). The council is part of the Houston region’s economic development, world trade and chamber of commerce. The mission of the EBC is to represent the needs of growth and technology-oriented businesses by fostering opportunities for business development and strategic alliances among and between emerging businesses and large corporations. Mark W. Smith, BBA and MBA, joined Calvetti, Ferguson & Wagner as a partner. CF&W is a Houston-based CPA firm that provides accounting, internal auditing and consulting services, including Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and ongoing compliance.


Lori Coulter, BBA, is president and CEO of her own company, a made-to-order swimsuit business called Lori Coulter. She also has a patent pending on TrueMeasure, the software she uses to customize — and custom-size — her swimsuit designs. After getting her BBA at Baylor, she earned an MBA from Washington University in 1999. She married Kelly Coulter who works in finance for a division of Emerson. They have a young son.


Michael Kabat, BBA and JD, joined the Austin office of McGinnis, Lochridge, & Kilgore, L.L.P. in 2005 as an associate in the firm’s litigation and financial services practice groups. He also recently married Alexis Lorick, who starts law school at St. Mary’s University this fall.

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Baylor Business Review, Fall 2006

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