Alumni News


Ed Crenshaw, BBA ’73, retired chief executive officer of Florida-based Publix Super Markets, was honored by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and received the 2016 Hall of Achievement Award in July, the organization’s highest honor.

Mary Ann Cloyd, BBA ’76, was appointed as an independent director for Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical biotherapeutics company. Cloyd will also serve as a member of the audit committee. Before retiring in 2015, Cloyd was a senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and was responsible for leading their Center for Board Governance. Cloyd has more than 39 years of public accounting experience serving multinational corporate clients in a variety of industries, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Rick Owen, BBA ’76, was named managing partner of the Houston office of SolomonEdwards, a privately held professional services firm focused on strategy execution. Owen brings nearly 40 years of combined financial, executive and consultative experience establishing financial and operational processes, conducting full spectrum corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions activities, and providing strategic thought and financial leadership. As a SolomonEdwards Partner, he has responsibility for client service, operations and recruiting in the Houston market.

John Eddie Williams, BBA ’76, former Baylor football player, generous contributor to the construction of McLane Stadium and the namesake of the stadium’s football field, was gifted a bronze bust of himself for his 60th birthday. The bust is at the foot of the stadium, facing the Brazos River and the Baylor Law School.

Carrie Leana, MBA ’78, has been selected as a 2016 resident scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. Currently serving as the George H. Love Professor of Organizations and Management at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Center for Healthcare Management, Leana will join a group of 14 international scholars from various disciplines whose work broadly examines human behavior. The Foundation’s resident scholar program is a four-week residency program that has been offered to Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award recipients and MacArthur Fellows.

Bruce Ballengee, BBA ’79, president and chief executive officer of Pariveda Solutions, a leading provider of strategic consulting services and technology solutions expertise, announced Service Performance Insight (SPI) named Pariveda to their 2016 Best-of-the-Best List. Pariveda utilizes SPI’s Professional Services Maturity™ Benchmark year after year to continuously improve the performance of the firm. SPI has recognized Pariveda for the second year in a row.


Hans Brattskar, MIM ’80, has been appointed Norway’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. Brattskar has previously served as Norway’s deputy foreign minister, as ambassador to Kenya and ambassador to Sri Lanka. He received his PhD from Claremont Graduate University.

Richard S. Willis, BBA ’81, MBA ’82, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, the nation’s first and largest chain of integrative pharmacies. Willis also will serve as a director of the company.

Dan Chapa, BBA ’82, was recently named senior managing director at the newly launched healthcare finance unit at Sterling National Bank in Montebello, New York.

Jeff Fletcher, BBA ’82, was recently elected to become District Judge of the 402nd District Court of Wood County, Texas. As there is no Democrat in the election, Jeff will be unopposed in the November general election and will assume his duties as District Judge on January 1, 2017.

William Giles, BBA ’83, was appointed interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Gordon Memorial Health Services in Gordon, Nebraska. He assumed administrative responsibilities for the hospital and rural outreach clinics. Giles previously worked as CEO at Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Mississippi.

John Driskill, MBA ’84, was named treasurer of the not-for-profit National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) for 2015-2016, the largest trade organization of attorneys and representatives practicing Social Security disability law.

Mark Howard, BBA ’85, was hired by Nationwide to lead the company’s trial, legal, government relations, compliance, corporate citizenship and corporate governance functions. He is going to Nationwide from financial services group USAA.

Kyle Deaver, BBA ’86, was elected mayor of the city of Waco, Texas, in May. Among his priorities are economic development and making sure new employment opportunities benefit those who are currently unemployed or underemployed. Deaver also is an enthusiastic supporter of Prosper Waco, which seeks to coordinate nonprofit, government and business entities in a coherent effort to improve income, healthcare and education.

Jennifer Eagle, BBA ’86, is one of two women spearheading the development of the Nasher Prize, the only international prize for contemporary sculpture, from a local initiative into an international art brand.

Kyle Smith, BBA ’86, has been the owner of Goen & Goen insurance agency, located in Floydada, Texas, since 1987. Goen & Goen celebrates its 90th year in business in 2016. Founded in 1926 by Smith’s great grandfather, A.C. Goen, the insurance agency has served the Texas South Plains area and beyond for four generations. Smith purchased the agency from his uncle, Dale Goen, after graduating from Baylor. The agency specializes in crop insurance, farm and ranch coverages, as well as business, home and auto insurance.

Lori King, BBA ’87, was hired by DHISCO Inc., a hospitality distribution company, to serve as vice president of its global implementation and interface services division.

Sandy Spoonemore, BBA ’87, was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Texas at a recent leadership conference in Houston. Spoonemore, who has spinal muscular atrophy, represented the Dallas area with her platform, “Defying Gravity,” where she focused on showing individuals, family members and co-workers in Texas that everyone has value and purpose.

Scott Woodby, BBA ’87, has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia. Almark is a leading producer of egg products in the consumer packaged goods industry (CPG). Woodby will oversee the national roll out to convenience stores and alternate channels, such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. Woodby has nearly 30 years of sales management experience in the CPG industry with companies like General Mills and Acosta Sales & Marketing.

Mitch Bennett, BBA ’88, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dallas Baptist University (DBU) in May. Bennett has worked for DBU for the past 28 years, and he currently serves as the director of gift accounting and assistant to the chancellor.

Christy Jack, BBA ’88, has been reappointed as chair of the Governing Board of the Texas Civil Commitment Office by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Jack is a partner at Varghese Summersett, PLLC, and previously served as an assistant criminal district attorney for Tarrant County.

Steven D. Allen, BBA ’89, has been promoted to senior vice president of general aviation for QBE North America. Allen will be responsible for the continued development and execution of QBE North America’s Aviation go-to-market strategy. He joined QBE in 2015 as vice president of aviation claims. Allen has more than 20 years of insurance, legal and management experience in the aviation insurance arena and served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for nearly a decade before his honorable discharge.

Neal Emmons, BBA ’89, created the Project One Scholarship Fund to support talented, motivated children of single parents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina attend state universities. The son of a single parent, a friend’s grandfather, who had grown wealthy in oil, paid for Emmons’s tuition to Baylor. He had little contact with his benefactor, but the donor’s son later explained that his dad had simply seen a hard-working family and wanted to help. Emmons resolved to pay forward the help he’d gotten: Providing not only money but personal guidance that helps young adults complete college.


Curtis W. Harrison II, BBA ’91, has been named managing partner of GoransonBain, a family law practice in Dallas. Harrison is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been named as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters each year since 2008.

Jenni Hord, BBA ’92, was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Humanities Texas, a nonprofit educational organization. Hord is co-manager of Vanderpool Management property development and leasing firm.

Kermit Ward, BBA ’92, the principal of Pflugerville Connally High School in Texas, was recently named a 2016 College Board Fellow, becoming one of 11 educators nationwide to earn the distinction. The program recognizes educators with a track record of “working effectively to close achievement and attainment gaps” in their campuses and communities.

Jack F. Harper, BBA ’93, executive vice president of Concho Resources, an oil and gas exploration company, assumed the additional roles of chief financial officer and treasurer.

Joyce Lee, BBA ’93, was recently appointed president of Bayer’s North American Animal Health business, located in Shawnee, Kansas. Previously, Lee was the executive vice president and area president of Canada and Latin America at Zoetis. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and commercial operations in emerging and developed markets within the life sciences industry.

Thomas “Tee” Shipmon, BBA ’93, was named senior vice president of specialty lending at Paragon Bank. In his new role, Shipmon will provide interim construction financing primarily for franchisees. Prior to joining Paragon, Shipmon served as the president and co-founder of WingFinance and served in a variety of positions at Bank of America. He currently serves on the finance committee for Downtown Church in Memphis and is a volunteer at New Hope Christian Academy.

Michael Sims, MBA ’93, was named associate executive director at Presbyterian Village North, a senior living community in Dallas. In his new position, Sims will work to provide visionary leadership, fulfill administrative and operational duties and help manage teams to ensure excellent resident care. Sims previously served as interim administrator and has more than 42 years of experience working in senior living and continuing care retirement communities.

Michael Dean, MBA ’94, has been named the chief technology officer of, a Houston-based company that helps small and midsize businesses in Texas compare companies with whom to contract for electricity. Dean will be responsible for leading the advancement of Zonesty’s website and enhancing the residential electricity shopping platform.

Chip Gaines, BBA ’98, and Joanna Gaines announced they are releasing their first book, The Magnolia Story, which will detail their relationship through the ups and downs of their life.

Daniel Williamson, BBA ’98, and his wife Jennifer (Nivin), associate professors in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at Lindsey Wilson College, were awarded the 2015 ACES Counseling Vision and Innovation Award at the ACES annual conference in Philadelphia, for their work developing counseling at the state, national and international level. In addition, the Baylor alumni spent some time last fall teaching in Naples, Italy. They were there conducting a training seminar for the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.


Paul Wittorf, BBA ’00, has been named executive managing partner and market leader for Transwestern’s North Texas operations, based in Dallas. He also has been appointed to Transwestern’s executive committee and board of directors.

Aniko Rakita, BBA ’04, is Churchill Stateside Group’s new vice president and West Regional production officer. Rakita is responsible for debt and equity origination for affordable and market rate properties in the West and Southwest regions.

William L. Garrett, BBA ’06, of San Francisco, was promoted to director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Rates & Currencies Origination Team. He works with companies to help understand and manage the risks associated with currency movements. Garrett joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2010 from JPMorgan. He also participates as a guest speaker for the Hankamer School of Business every spring.

Julia MacDonald, BBA ’07, was part of Keith Allen Harward’s legal team. As a result of recently tested DNA evidence, Harward was declared innocent of the convictions that kept him in prison since 1983. The Innocence Project, national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice, was co-counsel on the case.

Roddex Barlow, MBA ’08, has been added as associate administrator for the Memorial Campus of The Hospitals of Providence in El Paso, Texas. Barlow, who has 20 years of experience, was previously chief of the department of nursing at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

Dan Reddin, BBA ’09, has completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He will be joining Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice as a senior consultant based in San Francisco.


Cameron McCown, BBA ’10, is owner of Bread of Life Community Deli in Meridian, Idaho, a restaurant that charges no set prices, allowing those unable to pay for a sandwich to pay as much as they are able. Those who cannot afford a sandwich are asked to help out by working around the deli. The goal of the deli is to end hunger, stop food waste and build a healthy community.

Cory Duncan, MBA ’12, a real estate developer from Austin, Texas, acquired space between 711 and 723 Washington Ave., in Waco, Texas, to expand Wildland Supply Co., a clothing store he opened with his wife, Kate Parker Duncan. Wildland is one of the many new companies contributing to the growth of downtown Waco.

Brittany Foreman, BBA ’12, was hired as director of marketing for 3d Health, Inc., located in Oak Park, Illinois. Previously, Foreman was the digital marketing manager for the Hankamer School of Business.

John David Beard, BBA ’14, and Dylan Washington, started their own coffee roasting business last year and opened Pinewood Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop, in Waco, Texas, this year.

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Baylor Business Review, Fall 2016

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