Alumni News


Drayton McLane, BBA, and his family were honored for philanthropy efforts with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Texas Chapter.


Walter Umphrey, BBA, JD ’65, founding partner of Provost Umphrey Law Firm, was selected Lawyer of the Year in the field of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs by The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.


Philip Johnson, BBA, founding partner of Argyle Benefits Consultants, LLC, joined the Memphis office of Regions Insurance, an affiliate of Regions Bank and the fifth largest insurance broker based in the Southeast. Johnson has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the National Association of Health Underwriters. He is the current president of the Mid South Association of Health Underwriters and was appointed in 2011 to be a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Tennessee Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative. He holds the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist and Chartered Life Underwriter professional designations.

Nancy Shemwell, BBA, was appointed executive vice president of Global Sales for Extreme Networks, a technology leader in high-performance Ethernet switching for cloud, data center and mobile networks based in Santa Clara, Calif. Her previous experience includes serving as president and CEO of Multi-Link, executive vice president of Global Sales at Symmetricom and a 16-year career with Nortel Networks.


Cliff Collard, BBA, wrote and published a Kindle book Become a Change Agent: Drive the Positive Change You Want for Yourself and the World! The book reached number one in its category, Self-Help & Creativity, on Amazon.

Paul Frazier, BBA, has been promoted to senior vice president, Houston region for Brookfield Office Properties. Frazier has responsibility for setting the strategic direction and overseeing the day-to-day operations and activities of Brookfield’s Houston region, which includes nine properties totaling 9.7 million square feet. Brookfield Office Properties is a commercial real estate corporation that owns, manages and develops premier assets in North America and Australia’s most dynamic and resilient markets.

Roland Garcia, BBA, was honored with the 2012 International Leadership Award from the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) for his contributions in for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors. The award was presented in August at the organization’s International Financial and Leadership Summit at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. Garcia is a shareholder in the Houston office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.


Scott Willingham, BBA, was named director of evangelism for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Willingham holds a master’s degree and doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His pastorates include Faith Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, First Baptist Church in Dumas and First Baptist Church in Taylor. He and his wife Lori are members of First Baptist Church in Midlothian.


Jennie Hobbs, BBA, was promoted to senior vice president of training and development for Sandler Training, a global training organization founded in 1967. Prior to joining Sandler Training, Hobbs held managerial positions in the field of human resources and training and development at Life Care Centers of America and US Xpress.


John Beall, BBA, was named chief financial officer for Express Energy Services. He most recently served as CFO for ENGlobal Corporation and has over 26 years of experience in senior financial and treasury management roles with both private and public energy services companies.

Stu Solomon, BBA, MBA ’86, and his wife Gina, BS ’85, were honored as Baylor University’s Parents of the Year for their involvement in campus activities and for their promotion of university initiatives. The Solomons reside in McLean, Va., and have three children. Solomon serves on the Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board.


Tim Kendall, BBA, was appointed as the new district attorney for Mono County in California. He was hired by Stan Eller, former district attorney of Mono County, in 1994 and has been the county’s assistant district attorney for 13 years, with four years prior to that as one of the county’s deputy district attorneys.

Adam Paradoski, BBA, JD ‘89, became a lifetime member of the Baylor Law Alumni Association. Also, he became a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and has been working in Houston on an energy law project since May of 2011. He can be reached by regular mail at P.O. Box 3304, Houston, TX 77253 and by email at

Randy Riggs, BBA, won the Republican run-off for McLennan County Tax Assessor Collector. Riggs is a local CPA and former Waco city councilman.


Pam Thompson Paglino, BBA, writes, “As much as I LOVE being made three years younger in the recent BBR article, ‘The Pulse of the Workforce,’ I wouldn’t feel right about keeping the 1990 graduation date mentioned in the interview!” After graduating Baylor in 1987, Paglino went on to that “little orange and white school” for a 1989 MBA. Since then, she has spent nearly 24 years with Ford Motor Company—loving every minute of it! As the company’s salaried personnel manager, Paglino has responsibility for all executive/officer succession planning throughout the Americas, Americas HR Governance, and Global Diversity and Inclusion. She would love to hear from any other Michigan-area Bears!


Jeff Applegate, BBA, currently serves as president of Blackwell Plastics and has published a book Good To Great Families that applies the business principles of vision, mission and core values to leading your family. The book also provides illustrations of celebrating rites of passage and creating a one-page plan for your family. In the fall of 2012, Applegate also co-founded and is serving as chairman of The Greater Houston Manufacturing Association.


Mark Harner, MBA, has been promoted to senior vice president, special credits manager, for Central Pacific Bank. Central Pacific Bank is a $4.1 billion Hawaii-based, full service commercial bank with 34 branches throughout the islands headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. Special credits includes performing and non-performing commercial loans, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and management and sale of OREO bank owned commercial and residential properties in Hawaii and the mainland.


Jeff McGrath, BBA, joined Wells Fargo Securities as managing director in the Industrials Investment Banking group. Most recently, he was managing director and head of the DATS and IT Services and Outsourcing practices at Sagent Advisors.

Kevin Stringer, BBA, was appointed chief financial officer as well as an advisory board member of Newco Energy Acquisition Holdings LLC, an energy-related asset and services acquisition firm.


Timothy Ryf, MBA, was promoted to senior director of Point B, a leading management consulting firm in Portland, Ore. He joined the firm in 2004.


Chris Trowbridge, BBA, JD ’98, partner at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, was selected by the Dallas Business Journal for inclusion on its annual “40 Under Forty” list.

John T. Young, Jr. BBA, MBA ’97, was named chief executive officer of Par Petroleum Corporation (formerly Delta Petroleum Corporation). Delta appointed Young as its chief restructuring officer in November 2011, and appointed him as chief financial officer in July 2012. Young also serves as senior managing director at Conway MacKenzie, Inc., which the company retained in late 2011 to assist with its strategic alternatives process. He has served as senior managing director at Conway MacKenzie, Inc. since December 2008.


Kevin Heintzman, BBA, MBA ‘98, married Katrina Siconolfi on July 29, 2012, in Italy. The couple resides in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Slough, BBA/JD, was appointed chief executive officer and president of CES Performance, a company that trains professional and amateur athletes across multiple sports using position-specific, movement-specific and sport-specific methods at world-class facilities in Atlanta, Ga., and Houston, Texas. Slough worked in the banking industry as a vice president in various institutions from 1984-1992, and thereafter was the CFO for Curb Records in Nashville, Tenn. He practiced law at Fulbright & Jaworski and started a NFL agent practice in 1998, representing NFL players for more than 13 years.


Daniel Williamson, BBA, PhD ’05, was selected for a Fulbright Specialist project in Uganda at Uganda Christian University. Willimson serves as associate professor of Counseling and Human Development at Lindsey Wilson College. In May 2012, Williamson taught for Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda, and trained over 50 mental health facilitators in conjunction with the National Board for Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I) and the Uganda Counseling and Support Services. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world.


Kimberly Kennedy, BBA, along with business partner Lindsey Ferris, opened Fickle Baby, a children’s clothing business meant to represent “mom-based” children clothing lines that give back to those in need.

Ryan Patrick, BBA, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as Judge of the 177th Judicial District Court in Harris County. He served as an assistant district attorney for Harris County and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Texas District and County Attorneys Association.


Jared Green, BBA, was named area president of Capital One Bank for East Texas. Green serves two roles for the bank — leading a group that handles commercial banking in East Texas, and as president he handles the community and philanthropic efforts of the company. He oversees three bank branches in Tyler, as well as Lindale, Mineola, Hideaway Lake, Longview, Gladewater, Palestine, Jacksonville, Elysian Fields and Lufkin.

Baylor Wortham, BBA, JD ’05, was hired by U.S. attorney John M. Bales as an assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the Beaumont office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Wortham started his career in 2006 as an assistant district attorney with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. In 2009, he was appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, primarily prosecuting violent crime in Port Arthur, Texas, under Operation Time Machine, a Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.


Mary Barry McClure, BBA, was named chief of staff for Texas state representative Jeff Leach. McClure manages all district operations with a primary focus on constituent services, while meeting with citizens and local leaders on legislative matters and playing a key role in Austin during the legislative session. Since 2006, McClure served as campaign manager for Collin County’s highly respected United States Congressman Sam Johnson, running his political operation in Texas.


Brinn Serbanic, BBA, MTax, CPA, CFP®, published her fourth technical tax article “The ABCs of Investing for Higher Education” as the cover story in the September/October issue of Today’s CPA. Serbanic returned to Waco and joined Pattillo, Brown & Hill LLP as a tax accountant and financial planner in 2012.


Cale Dowell, BBA, married his best friend Lynne Sullivant on Sept. 8, 2012. Although their luggage for the honeymoon was stolen at the wedding rehearsal, they had a beautiful wedding in The Woodlands, Texas, and an amazing honeymoon in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. Additionally, Dowell was appointed director of corporate development for Read King, Inc., in Houston, Texas. The firm’s partners, Jeff Read and Ewing King, are both Baylor alumni.

Matthew J. Neill, BBA, was sworn in to practice law by his father, a district judge in Johnson County. Neill earned a JD from the University of Georgia and accepted a position in the litigation department of Cantey & Hanger in Fort Worth, Texas.


Ivan Martinez, BBA, was named director of business development for OrgSync, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. OrgSync is an online application that facilitates student engagement by connecting those students to university organizations, departments and programs. The web-hosted platform creates an online community for campuses and helps units across campus improve communication, information sharing, collaboration and reporting.


Baylor Bears Abroad Invite You to Eurodeloso

April 20-21, 2013
Maastricht, Netherlands

Diadeloso is finally crossing the pond! Join Baylor alumni living abroad for this FREE event featuring:

– Interactive business panel discussions
– Dr Pepper Hour with live music
– Tours and shopping
– Singles mingle
– Family-friendly fun
– Christian social impact speaker

RSVP to Emily Kirwan at Connect with Baylor Bears Abroad on Facebook and LinkedIn.


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Baylor Business Review, Spring 2013

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