Alumni News


Rogers Pope Sr., BBA, was honored with the 50-Year Banker Award at the Texas Bankers Association’s annual meeting in San Antonio. Pope serves as chairman of the board and CEO of Texas Bank and Trust, and is also chairman of the board of First State Bank of Van, Lindale State Bank and First State Bank of Overton. Pope has formerly served on the Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board.


Tom Gann, BBA, MBA, was appointed by the governor to the governing board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). Gann is president of Gann Medford Real Estate Inc., a full service brokerage firm in Lufkin. In addition, he is president of Tom Gann & Associates, a residential and commercial construction company.


John B. Guinn, BBA, JD, was named Best Attorney in the Tri-County area (Coryell, Lampasas and Bell counties, comprising 2,821 square miles) by the readership of the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Guinn has also served as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, in Coryell County for 28 years.


Gary M. Dixon, BBA, partner at Ernst & Young, LLP, National Tax Department, was named to the national board of trustees by the March of Dimes Foundation. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Dixon received the Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award in 2008, and most recently served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Texas chapter of the March of Dimes.

Mark Hurd, BBA, was featured in the March 16, 2009, issue of Fortune magazine, Vol. 159, No. 5. Hurd serves as CEO, president and chair of the board of Hewlett-Packard.


Frank Wilson, BBA, has been appointed senior vice president and chief accounting officer for PerkinElmer Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Before joining PerkinElmer, Wilson was the corporate vice president of investor relations at Danaher Corp., a manufacturer of professional instrumentation, medical and industrial technologies and tools and components.


Kevin Perkins, BBA, has been appointed assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. Perkins was most recently assistant director of the Inspection Division.


Mark S. Adams, MBA, has been added as a partner at the Orange County office of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP (JMBM). Adams was formerly with Greenber Traurig, LLP. Doak Field, BBA, has been named vice president of UDP, a billing and OSS provider. Field has over 19 years experience in the telecom industry and is also a former linebacker in the NFL and USFL.


Ken Paxton, MBA, was re-elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2008 and completed his fourth legislative session. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee and the House Land and Resource Management Committee. Additionally, he owns and operates a private practice, specializing in estate planning, probate, real estate and general business matters. He and his wife, Angela, and their four children currently reside in McKinney, Texas.


David Harper, BBA, has been elected to serve a minimum 3-year term on the Baylor University Board of Regents. Harper currently serves as partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, an international corporate law firm, and chairs the firm’s Litigation North Section. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and serves as president of the Harvard Law School Association of Texas.


Michael Johnson, BBA, has been named to the overall men’s Athletes of the Century by Drake Relays. Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and became the only athlete to win the 200- and 400-meter races in the same Olympics in 1996. He holds the world record in the 400 and also won nine gold medals in world championship meets. Johnson ran at the relays during his collegiate career at Baylor from 1987 to 1990. Johnson has also been named to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the members of the Class of 2009 to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame is the only national sports hall of fame that uses fan voting as part of its selection process.

Mitch Kralis, BBA, has been named Cambridge Who’s Who Executive of the Year in Real Estate. Kralis serves as executive vice president of Red Sea Group, an investment company operating primarily through holdings and development projects. Its focus is the hotel and residential real estate markets, as well as complementary activities in other upmarket sectors.


Douglas R. Jones, BBA, has been named a vice president and principal at Roach Howard Smith & Barton (RHSB), a leading independent insurance brokerage firm and an Assurex Global partner. Prior to joining RHSB, Jones served as executive vice president at a Dallas-based insurance agency, where he headed the Technology and Directors & Officers Liability divisions.

Charles Kim, BBA, has joined HSYS INC and will head the database services team. Kim brings with him over 18 years of leadership in deploying Oracle technology at Forbes Global 2000 companies. Kim is an Oracle ACE and has written books on Oracle Database 11g, Data Guard and Linux.


Christopher T. Forsythe, BBA, was promoted to vice president and controller for Atmos Energy Corporation. Forsythe was previously the director of financial planning for the company.


Mark Bridges, BBA, has been named by the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) as the Andre P. Juneau Young Agent of the Year. Bridges is a producer at Edmond, Deaton & Stephens Insurance Agency in Amarillo.

Collins DeLoach, BBA, has been named a vice president in the Dallas office of Pariveda Solutions, a leading IT consulting company. DeLoach was formerly a business development executive at Perficient, Inc. in Plano.

Scott James, BBA, featured in the spring 2009 issue of the Baylor Business Review, was named one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek. James is the founder of Fair Trade Sports, a company that produces a full-line of eco-friendly Fair Trade sports balls.

David F. Johnson, BBA, JD, a shareholder in Winstead’s Fort Worth office, has become certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Johnson is now certified in three areas: civil appellate law, civil trial law, and personal injury trial law.


Janine Starr, MBA, has joined hrQ, an award-winning search and professional services firm focused exclusively on the human resources profession. Starr will lead the expansion of the company in Austin and San Antonio as managing consultant.


Jason Dumois, BBA, along with A.J. Conyers, BBA ’06, have recently launched a new online company called SalesProfile™. SalesProfile™ is an innovative job Web site for sales professionals seeking employment. Instead of posting a traditional resume, salespeople can effectively showcase their true talents online, through creating a multimedia profile, delivering a 30-second “elevator pitch” video and completing an optional online behavioral assessment.


Brent Wright, BBA, has joined Texas-based wholesale insurance broker Towerstone, a subsidiary of The IMA Financial Group, Inc., as a senior broker/underwriter. Wright has been involved in the insurance arena since 1999 and holds the Associate in Commercial Insurance Underwriting (AU) designation.


Ben Lamm, BBA, serves as founder and COO of the agency Simply Interactive. Out of thousands of entries, the company received an interactive award nomination in the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin for their work on a Christian campaign known as I AM SECOND ( This was the first time a faith-based site had been nominated for an award by SXSW.


Christopher Loudermilk, BBA, was one of four recipients to receive the Irl Marshall Certified Franchise Executive Scholarship award during the International Franchise Association’s 49th annual convention in San Diego. Loudermilk serves as the director of military development for Waco-based company The Dwyer Group.

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Baylor Business Review, Fall 2009

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