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Bill Widmer MBA '78 was appointed VP/GM of the International Commercial Management Group for Orange Business Services, a division of France Telecom. Bill, his wife, Mary Beth, twins and two dogs live in Atherton, Calif.
Bob McCann MBA '82 was appointed to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, established in 1967 by Pope Paul VI. Bob will advise the Vatican on investments, asset allocation and risk management. He has been appointed to an unpaid term of five years and joins four other consultants in this role. He is Vice Chairman and President of Global Wealth Management - Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Barry Dull MBA '85 works with IBM as a client executive in the chemical and petroleum industry. He resides in Dallas.
Darren Cordier MBA '94 has formed FV Specialists, Inc., a business valuation consulting firm focused on valuations for financial reporting and mergers and acquisitions. Visit www.fvspecialists.com.
Shirley Rasberry '87,MBA '94 formerly director of graduate career services at TCU, is now management development director at Mouser Electronics, a TTI and Berkshire Hathaway company.
Ellen Cleveland Williams MBA '94 and husband Rusty Williams '89 proudly announce the arrival of Samuel Wade on June 5. They are also the parents of two-year-old Grant Russell. Rusty is employed by Baxter Healthcare and Ellen is employed part-time with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. They may be reached at email@example.com.
Federico Ochoa MBA '97 was promoted to director of infrastructure financing for Scotia Capital in Mexico. He is in charge of origination, structuring and execution of financing.
Tom Winkelmann MBA '97 lives in the New Hampshire Lakes Region where he runs Smiths Tubular Systems, a British owned group. He has opened new operations in Bangalore, India, and the Clark Economic Zone, Philippines.
Scott Mallonee MBA '99 and his wife Lisa had a baby boy on January 20. Harper is doing great.
Scott Grischow MBA '00 recently accepted a position as director at FTI Consulting in their corporate finance group. He will be in their Houston office. In 2007 he summited Mount McKinley (aka "Denali") and Mount Kosciusko, the highest mountains in North America and Australia, respectively. He has successfully completed five of the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Up next, are the Vinson Massif in Antarctica in 2009, followed by Mount Everest in 2010.
Hieu Nguyen MBA '01 received his doctorate in marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2006. Hieu is now an assistant professor of marketing at California State University Long Beach. He lives in Long Beach.
Wendy Jeffus MBA '02 completed her doctorate and is a lecturer in the finance department at Boston College. She has a new website www.wendyjeffus.com.
Andrew Assir MBA '04 and wife Courtney celebrated the birth of their son Rawley Alexander on June 16.
Barret LeBlanc MBA '04 became a quality specialist in October for CompuCom, after starting as a data analyst contractor. He recently received his Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Steven McKinney '96, MBA '04 has joined the Planning Group at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in Dallas. He and wife, Ellen, recently moved from St. Paul, Minn., to Plano, Texas.
Rhett Warren MBA '04 accepted a job with Cuttone & Co., a New York based broker dealer, as senior vice president of equity trading. He runs the Dallas office and his clients include hedge funds, mutual funds and other money managers in the DFW area.
Creighton Maynard MBA '05 redirected his career by taking a new position as a coach/consultant with Pharmacy Management Services, a division of Professional Compounding Centers of America. After working in the retail pharmacy setting for 19 years he went to graduate school and completed his MBA. He has started his own consulting business with a clinical emphasis on vaccinations.
Jeremy Lamb MBA '06, a business program leader-master planning team, Campbell USA, has joined the North America Foodservice (NAFS) team in the new role of business program leader-supply chain, effective March 17. Jeremy will act as a focal point in leading the execution of all NAFS Total Delivered Cost and commercialization initiatives. He will develop plans for all TDC and commercialization projects, develop a category capital plan and continuity plans, and manage commercialization project schedules.
Tim Bates '03, MBA '08 and Tom Bates '01 launched Glendarroch Homes, a custom home building company serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, in May 2006. Tim was a program manager at Recaro Aircraft Seating in Fort Worth managing an international team of more than 25 people. He will earn his MBA from Neeley in May. He was recently awarded a scholarship for his entrepreneurial drive through the Texas Business Hall of Fame that recognizes young business leaders. Tom worked as a home builder for Meritage Homes and was named Builder of the Year for the Dallas-Fort Worth region two consecutive years. During his last two years at Meritage, Tom was a regional supervisor overseeing five subdivisions. He was responsible for the completion of more than 500 homes during his time at Meritage. Tom and wife, Jennifer, a TCU grad, welcomed son Tyler Reid, Horned Frog class of '29. See the brothers' available homes at www.glendarrochhomes.com.
Carl "Brock" Brockway '68 is now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colleyville, Texas.
P.D. Shabay '68 retired January 1 as executive vice-president of administration and chief human resources officer of Bell Helicopter. P.D. worked 42 years with the company after being introduced to Bell by legendary TCU Coach Abe Martin.
Steve Benton '73 is senior vice president, national sales manager of Financial Network Investment Corp., an ING Company in El Segundo, Calif. He recently completed a term as chairman of the FINRA (formally NASD) District 2 Committee and was elected to the FINRA Nominating Committee for 2008-2009.
Richard Wiseman '73 is a partner in Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell L.L.P. and has been chosen as one of "The Best Lawyers in America." Founded in 1981, The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest peer juried directory of attorneys in America. Nominated for construction law and eminent domain, Wiseman was selected for inclusion in the 25th anniversary edition. He has been honored as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine for three consecutive years, Top Lawyer for six consecutive years and Attorneys of Excellence, Elite 100 by the Fort Worth Business Press. He is also a charter fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Association where he previously served as a director and currently serves as secretary for the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Kent Bell '75 is battling his second round of cancer and appreciates all prayers from his TCU family.
Tim Schuetz '75 and his wife had their first child, a baby girl, on Feb 1, 2007. He will retire from IBM after 31 years on May 30.
Charlie Anderson '79 recently accepted a regional sales director position with GE Asset Management, a firm that currently manages more than $200 billion in assets. He is responsible for growing assets in the GE Fund family at all wire house, regional and independent brokerage firms in the Southwest. Previously, Charlie held a vice president position with Victory Capital Management. Additionally, he holds the industry accreditation of "Accredited Investment Fiduciary." He and his wife, Teresa, reside in Colleyville, Texas.
Craig Morgan '81 and Susan Haecker Morgan '83 are proud to announce that Lindsay Taylor Morgan '09 was voted "Miss TCU" at homecoming. Lindsay is the third generation to attend TCU, and is studying in Spain this semester while pursuing degrees in premed and Spanish.
Celia McGrath '82 and Bob McGrath were honored at a business breakfast in Strongsville, Ohio, with a key to the city in recognition of their civic contributions to the community. Celia was appointed to the city's Board of Zoning Appeals and also chairman of the city's Charter Review Committee. Both Bob and Celia have been active in the Chamber of Commerce, City Club, regional Hospital Foundation, and the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. Bob owns Olympia Candies, a chocolate and popcorn factory specializing in corporate gifts and marketing programs, and Celia is the sales director for the company.
Tom Klein '84 and wife Sara Stuelke Klein '84 have 3 children, Tommy, now at Babson College in Boston; David, who is a current freshman at TCU; and Leah, a sophomore in high school. Tom is president of Klein Tools, Inc., a Lincolnshire, Ill., headquartered manufacturer of hand tools for professionals, with worldwide manufacturing and sales distribution.
Diedra Thompson Hayman, Ph.D., HSPP, BBA '85 is a clinical supervisor at a large mental health company in Lafayette, Ind. New members of her family include a beautiful Havana brown kitten, and a black domestic short hair kitten with Havana brown undertones. Both of her children are on the honor roll this year.
Saundra Gore Savage '86 with Abbott Diagnostics took a new opportunity after 18 years. She is responsible for a new opportunity in developing this division's Integrated Health Plan Strategy as the director of integrated health plans for the U.S.
Mary Hart '88 was named vice president of Corgan Associates, Inc., the ninth largest U.S.-based architectural and interior design firm. She will continue to support the corporate architecture team by conducting an array of duties such as design and client coordination, overall project management, business development, project financial management and staff human resources management. In 2003, she received the Larry Eldridge Award, given to only one recipient within the 280 + employee firm based on her leadership, dedication and integrity. She also recently received two "Top 40 Under 40" awards recognizing her as one of the nation's most outstanding young architects as well as one of the top local business leaders in North Texas. Mary has served in the Texas Army National Guard for 17 years and has been deployed twice during her employment with Corgan — first to Bosnia in 2000 and in 2005 to Iraq. She was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and will be taking a battalion command in the fall. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was recently selected for the Greater Dallas Chamber Leadership Dallas program. She resides in Bedford, Texas.
Chris Leu '88 became president of Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital in Stephenville, Texas, after nine years as vice president of operations at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. His wife Melissa Garretson '89 continues to work as an emergency medicine physician at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. The family lives in Stephenville, and four-year-old twins, Katie and Connor, are enjoying all the stars in the sky at night and the cattle, horses and donkeys around them.
Rebecca Beeth Lowe '88 has been performing in concert as a guest entertainer on various cruise ships all over the globe. Her career in musical theatre led to performing solo shows with live orchestras onboard cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Celebrity, Princess, Oceania and Norwegian. She and her partner Kuba Kawnik have been to China, Taiwan, Japan, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Malta, Russia, Croatia, Gibraltar, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands and the Caribbean. They share their homes in Poland and Nashville when they're not performing – he as a vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist and she as a vocalist. Her debut CD is available for download at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rebeccalowe.
Elizabeth Baum Webb '88 has been named the project director for Conserve Georgia, the Governor's public awareness program to conserve land, water and energy. She works for a public relations agency and lives in Alpharetta with her husband, Todd, and children Jackson, 5, and Aubrey, 3.
Chris Ellis '89 and his wife, Amy, had a baby girl, Caroline Taft, on August 13. She joins her two brothers Ryan, 7, and Cooper, 5. They live in Austin where Chris owns a commercial real estate development company, Endeavor Real Estate Group.
Bob Burnett '91 was promoted to director within the human capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Sara Barkman Leslie '92 gave birth to Kevin Andrew on January 19. He shares his birthday with his Grandpa, Arnold Barkman, an accounting professor with Neeley.
Brad Williams '92 has been promoted to senior vice president of field operations for The Pantry, the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the sou