Alumni News


ROBERT C. GOODWIN, BBA, who was previously named by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce as its Volunteer of the Year in 1998 and McAllen Man of the Year in 1985 was recently honored with an award named in his honor. “The Bob Goodwin Award” is presented to McAllen Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors who exceed $10,000 in chamber memberships. Goodwin has exceeded $50,000 in McAllen Chamber of Commerce Memberships. He has been a resident for 39 years and is employed by the Texas State Bank headquarters. He is married to Linda Hull Goodwin, BA ’60.


KEVIN L. PERKINS, BBA, was named assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division. Perkins, who previously served as the assistant director of the Finance Division, is responsible for independent oversight of all FBI investigative and administrative operations.


DORA J. DYSON, BBA, was elected to the Executive Board of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), where she will serve a one-year term setting policies, managing programs and overseeing activities to serve Texas CPAs. TSCPA is a non-profit organization and the third largest state CPA society in the U.S., dedicated to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPAs profession.


DOYLE R. SIMONS, BBA, was elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Fortune 500 Company, Temple-Inland in Bay City. Simons is responsible for the executive leadership for the three independent companies, Temple-Inland, Guaranty Financial Services and Forestar Real Estate Group.

CRAIG HODGES, BBA, together with his father, Donald Hodges, runs The Hodges Fund based in Dallas, Texas. Over the last five years the fund’s management outperformed all but one competitor by buying less attractive stocks, especially railroads. With the $700 million Fund’s strategy to win endorsements from billionaire investors, it was able to gain an average increase of 24 percent a year since June 2002.


JENNIFER ELROD, BBA, was nominated by President George W. Bush as a justice on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Elrod awaits confirmation by the U.S. Senate before serving in the federal appeals court located in New Orleans.


JERRY HAAG, BBA and MBA, was elected as the next president of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Haag, who has been the president of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville, Texas, since 2000, was able to increase the number of children and families served by 317 percent. By taking over leadership at FBCH he will be able to continue his ministry to children and families who can’t care for themselves.


MICHAEL JOHNSON, BBA, who won five Olympic gold medals and several world titles, prepared to open his new performance training facility in the Dallas suburb of McKinney. Johnson partnered with fitness company Nautilus, Inc., headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., to become the official strength and conditioning equipment provider to the Michael Johnson Performance Center (MJPC).


JEFFREY D. BLACKWELL, BBA, has been named to Computerworld’s List of “40 Technology Innovators Under 40.” Blackwell serves as the National Director of technology for financial advisory services at Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.

DARREN KREITZ, BBA and MBA, has been named senior vice president of W.R. Taylor & Co. at the Wealth Management Division that specializes in a team approach to personal wealth
management. Before Kreitz joined the investment banking firm, he was regional manager and financial adviser at First Command Financial Planning.


MICHAEL MCFARLAND, BBA, was hired as assistant superintendent by the Champaign school board for achievement and pupil services. As prospective school administrator he will be able to help increase learning and test scores in Champaign’s high schools.


EDDIE LUNN, BBA, has been named the third president of Boiler Supply Co., which owns and
operates several companies in the Southeast. Lunn, who has worked for Boiler Supply since 2000, previously held the position of operations and finance manager.


CHRIS JENSEN, BBA and MBA, who joined Freescale in 2005 as human resources manager, will assume the position of human resources director. He will serve Corporate Communications and Marketing Services.

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Baylor Business Review, Fall 2007

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