Alumni News


Raynor Reavis, BBA, senior vice president, marketing and sales of Gulfstream Aerospace, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced his retirement after a distinguished career in the aviation industry. Reavis joined Gulfstream in 1994 and leaves behind an impressive six-year sales record that has resulted in a Gulfstream revenue backlog in excess of $19 billion.

James Beard, BBA, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Ryder Systems, Inc., a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions. Beard served as former president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and corporate vice president, Financial Products Division for Caterpillar Inc. Beard was appointed to serve on the company’s Finance and Compensation Committees.


Thomas Gann, BBA, MBA, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Angelina and Neches River Authority Board of Directors. Gann is president of Gann Medford Real Estate and also serves on the Texas Real Estate Advisory Committee at Texas A&M University.


Van Miller, BBA, has been appointed vice president of business services at Blinn College. Miller previously served as the director of admissions for Texarkana College and had worked for the college for 21 years.


Thomas Horton, BBA, has been named a U.S. Top CFO for 2008 by Institutional Investor magazine. Horton was ranked second in the Consumer category, Airlines sector. He serves as executive vice president of finance and planning and CFO of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines.


Mark Rickards, BBA, has been named president of the inVentiv Medical Education Group, the newly formed medical education division of inVentiv Communications, an inVentiv Health company. Rickards was previously president of the Dallas operations for inVentiv Communications.

Mark Petersen, MBA, has been named executive vice president for business development at Franklin Square Capital, a specialty finance company that provides debt and equity financing to small- and middle-market private U.S. companies. He previously served as a partner at William Blair Funds Placement Group, LLC, which is the global funds placement arm of William Blair & Company, Inc.


Alan Black, BBA, has been named vice president of FKP Architects, Inc., a 71-year-old Texas-based, full-service architecture and consulting firm with offices in Houston, Dallas and Charlotte. The firm provides design, planning and consulting services to healthcare institutions, research facilities and higher education campuses. Black has more than 17 years in healthcare programming, design and planning.


Shelly Frierson, BBA, has been named senior project manager for Mind Over Machines, working in the company’s Austin, Texas, office. Frierson is an enterprise-wide systems consultant with more than 18 years of experience in both the private and public industry sectors.


Jeff Turner, BBA, has been named managing principal at Bridge Insurance Partners, a national commercial property and casualty agency. Turner most recently served as the managing director for the Dallas office of the Ft. Worth- based commercial insurance firm.


Darren Trumeter, MBA, has been appointed CEO of iProfile the global leader in providing business intelligence about the largest IT organizations in the world. Prior to joining iProfile, Trumeter held various executive positions including CEO at Sapling Systems and COO at Citect, Inc., where he oversaw global field operations.

Temple Weiss, BBA, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of La Quinta. Weiss joined La Quinta in 2001 and most recently served as executive vice president of acquisitions & development. He has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry.


Justin Forman, BBA, has been named vice president of sales and strategic partnerships with Bluefish TV, the largest Christian video publisher across the country with more than 92,000 churches (about 1 in every 3 across the country) having purchased one of the company’s video resources.

Eric Zadnik, MBA, has been named “Realtor of the Year” by Waco Association of Realtors. Zadnik is the owner and broker of Executive Real Estate Center and owner/vice president of Premier, Realtors serving Waco and the surrounding counties.

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Baylor Business Review, Fall 2008

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