Bill Simon - April 7, 2016
Bill Simon served as Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a global retailer, and as President and CEO, Walmart U.S., the largest division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., which consists of retail department stores, from July 2010 to August 2014. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and COO of Walmart U.S. from March 2007 to June 2010 and Executive Vice President of Professional Services and New Business Development from March 2006 to March 2007 where he managed pharmacy, optical, tire and lube express, photo and connection centers. He led the team that created and launched Walmart’s $4 generic prescription program. Bill joined Walmart in March 2006 from Brinker International, where he was senior vice president of global business development and was responsible for the growth of the company’s restaurant portfolio outside the United States. Prior to Brinker, Bill served as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush. Bill was responsible for the state’s operations and administrative functions, including health care benefits, human resources, the Florida retirement system, facilities management and outsourcing initiatives. Bill also was President of Diageo Southeast and President of North America Ready to Drink. He held senior sales and marketing roles with Cadbury-Schweppes, PepsiCo and RJR-Nabisco. After 25 years of service in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves, Bill retired in 2005. Bill attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and an MBA in management.
Drayton McLane, Jr. - March 26, 2015
Drayton McLane Jr. is an extremely successful business owner in the wholesale food and professional sports industries. Drayton Jr. began working in his father's grocery business at an early age, and after earning his BBA from Baylor University and his MBA from Michigan State University, he joined the family business in 1959. After beginning his work with the company loading trucks on the night shift, he quickly moved into management - first serving as Vice President of Purchasing then as General Manager of Operations. In 1978, he replaced his father as President and CEO of the $176 million enterprise. As President and CEO, Drayton Jr. grew the business into a $7 billion enterprise by introducing computer-based technology and adding 18 distribution facilities to serve convenience stores, supermarkets and the fast-food industry nationwide. Finally, in 1991, after long and increasingly attractive overtures by family friend, tennis partner and American business icon (founder of Wal-Mart), Sam Walton, Drayton Jr. and shareholders sold McLane Co. for 10.4 million shares of Wal-Mart stock and $50 million in cash. Drayton Jr. remained with the companies serving as Chairman of the McLane Co. and Vice-Chairman of Wal-Mart until 1993. In 1993, he founded The McLane Group which functions as a holding company for his other enterprises. Also during this time, Mr. McLane bought the troubled baseball franchise, the Houston Astros, for $103 million. Under his leadership, the team won division titles in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2005. Additionally in 2005, the team won its first National League Championship and advanced to the World Series. Mr. McLane also worked with city and county officials to fund and build Minute Maid Park, which hosted in 2005 the first World Series game ever played in the state of Texas. In November 2011, Drayton Jr. sold the team for approximately $615 million. In September 2014, Mr. McLane was listed #298 on Forbes list of the "Richest People in America", with a net worth of $2 billion. Mr. McLane is a 1958 Baylor graduate with a BBA in Management. Although Mrs. McLane is not a Baylor graduate, both of their children, Drayton III and Denton, are Baylor Alums, as well as Mr. McLane's sister, Kate Dimmitt, and his niece, Katie Dimmitt. Mr. and Mrs. McLane are major benefactors of Baylor. In 2012, Mr. McLane provided the lead gift for the new football stadium which was named in his honor. Baylor recognized their leadership with the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Exemplary Service in 1989 and the W. R. White Service Award in 1991. Furthermore, Mr. McLane was honored as a Distinguished Alumni in 1991, and in 2010 he was bestowed the honorary and lifetime designation of Regent Emeritus, an honor that has been bestowed upon only eight others. They have been significant supporters of Baylor, contributing lead gifts to the Student Life Center (which was named in the family's honor in 1999), the McLane Carillon, the McLane Organ and the Drayton & Elizabeth McLane Family Endowed Scholarship for Theological Education. In 2003, his sister, Kate Dimmitt (at the time anonymously), created the Drayton McLane Jr. Hankamer School of Business Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of her brother and benefitting Baylor's entrepreneurship program.
Mark Ammerman - April 1, 2014
Mark is the Managing Director and Co-Head for Scotiabank’s energy banking operations outside Canada, including the U.S., Latin America, UK/Europe and recently their expansion into the Asia Pacific market from Scotiabank’s Singapore office. In addition, Mark co-chairs the business operating committee overseeing the Bank’s global energy efforts. Mark joined the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1987 after training with a major energy bank, and was tasked with marketing oil and gas expertise to U.S. and Canadian cross-border clients before becoming involved in the merger and acquisition group as a managing director of Scotia Capital. After joining client Duke Energy to launch a new hedge fund, Mark in 2002 was recruited back to help build and lead Scotia’s energy business, which has grown significantly with the acquisitions of global M&A advisor Waterous, the north American commodity trading business of UBS A.G., US equity firm Howard Weil, and the international expansions outside North America. Scotia’s energy platform in the markets outside Canada presently provide banking, advisory, and/or capital markets services to over 250 clients in the oil and gas producing sector, midstream, pipe and transportation, refining and petrochemicals, as well as oilfield services. Over the past several years Scotia’s Energy platform has become the second largest business unit within Scotiabank’s Global Banking & Markets business unit. Mark is a frequent speaker covering Oil, and Banking markets with recent presentations including the German Government, Herold’s Pacesetters Conference, Hart’s Energy Capital Conference, Brazilian and Colombian energy conferences and numerous U.S. presentations. Educational background includes the Houston Baptist University, where he graduated with undergraduate majors in both Finance and Economics. In 2006 Mark completed the advanced graduate leadership program of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Canada’s Western Ontario University. Public and church service include; the Second Baptist Church Woodway-Deacon; the Board of Directors for The Star of Hope Mission, the Board of Regents of the Houston Baptist University, and past service on the Board of the KSBJ Educational Foundation. Mark and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 22 years and have three children, two of which are Baylor Bears. Outside of work and church, favorite interests are safaris and photography.
Greg Brenneman - April 23, 2013
Gregory D. Brenneman is the Chairman of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm. Most recently, Brenneman had served as president and CEO of CCMP-owned Quiznos Sub, a fast-food sandwich chain. Brenneman also serves on the board of directors of The Home Depot, Inc. and Automatic Data Processing. In June 2002, Brenneman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of PwC Consulting, the management consulting and technology services business of PricewaterhouseCoopers. His initial plan was to lead the separation of PwCs consulting business its accounting & audit operations to avoid potential conflicts of interest where it serves as both the financial auditor and the consultant for a single company. However, IPO plans were quickly scrapped after an offer from IBM for $3.5B was received. The IBM PwC Consulting deal closed in October 2002.From August 2004 through April 2006, Brenneman was CEO of the Burger King corporation, directing that company's turnaround efforts. He replaced Brad Blum in that role on August 31, 2004. Prior to his role at Burger King, Mr. Brenneman was President and COO of Continental Airlines under Gordon Bethune. He came to Continental as a partner from Bain and Company. He graduated from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas and was inducted into the school's prestigious Sagamore Society in 1982. He also has an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Gary Heavin - April 17, 2012
Gary Heavin is the founder and CEO of Curves International, Inc., with locations in 90 countries. He holds a bachelor's degree in health and nutritional counseling and received an honorary doctorate in humanities from his alma mater, Thomas Edison State College of Trenton, New Jersey. Gary is considered the innovator of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to millions of women worldwide, many of whom are in the gym for the first time. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times bestseller, Curves, which is revolutionizing America's approach to dieting. His newest innovations, Curves Smart and Curves Complete, provide the only complete weight loss solution for losing weight and keeping it off by incorporating the world's most advanced fitness technology with diet, exercise and the motivation of personal fitness and nutrition coaching, all in one convenient location.
Ken Blanchard - March 29, 2011
One of the most insightful, powerful and compassionate men in business today, Ken Blanchard speaks from the heart with warmth and humor and a knack for making the seemingly complex easy. Recognized as a premier thinker and writer on leadership, he has authored or co-authored more than thirty five books including The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans and Gung Ho! Ken lifts Jesus up as the greatest leadership role model and co-founded Lead Like Jesus in 1999 whose mission is "to glorify God by inspiring and equipping people to lead like Jesus." He and Phil Hodges are the co-authors of Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time. This message is impacting individuals, homes, churches, businesses, and communities everywhere. A Cornell University graduate with a PhD, he has been a college professor, an entrepreneur, and business guru. He is an avid golfer and a friend to anyone who crosses his busy path! Ken and his wife Margie call California home where he is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies, a global leader in workplace learning, employee productivity, leadership and team effectiveness.
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