Date Published: Oct. 20, 2016
The University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business honored six alumni
during its annual Dean’s Reception Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, awarding them the first
Gupta College of Business Tower Awards. Recipients of the new recognition included:
Jose Roberto Ruiz Jr., Edward “Ed” Hardy, Neal J. Robinson, Benaye Rogers, Russ Stansell
and Bryan Loewen.
The Gupta College of Business Tower Awards were founded to recognize UD alumni who,
like UD's iconic tower, are beacons within the University of Dallas business alumni
community. They embody the mission of the Gupta College of Business to prepare competent
and responsible managers who are also principled and moral leaders.
A selfless and inspirational leader, Jose Roberto Ruiz Jr., MBA ’11, has built a career
at Expeditors International by building a culture of professional growth and advancing
innovative processes that have improved multi-functional collaboration and organizational
structure across continents. He serves his local community through a number of volunteer
positions including Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes and the American Red Cross.
In 2009, Edward “Ed” Hardy, BA ’07, launched Central Rock Gym with a business plan created while a student at UD. With plans to open their eighth
location next year, Hardy and his partners have built one of the nation’s largest
rock climbing chains. Committed to protecting outdoor climbing venues, each facility
follows strict practices for reducing the company’s environmental footprint.
Neal J. Robinson, MBA ’69, began his legal career in 1992 following a quarter century
career as an executive for various enterprises. Most notably, Robinson served as executive
vice president of Braniff International Corp.; president and CEO of U.S. Telephone
Inc.; and CEO of Voice Control Systems Inc.
A devoted leader and strong advocate for underserved communities, Benaye Rogers, MBA
’08, has worked to improve educational and health services in the Dallas area for
over 15 years. She currently serves as chief philanthropy officer for the south Dallas
private school St. Philip's School and Community Center after serving 10 years with CONTACT Crisis Line as director of development and executive
director. Recognized for her expertise in crisis intervention, Rogers is a frequent
guest on television programs and radio shows on the subject.
In addition to a distinguished career at Lockheed Martin Corp. and serving more than
20 years as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Russ Stansell, MBA ’02, has
become a community leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In addition, he serves nonprofits
as a volunteer for Covenant Care Hospice & Palliative Care and as a board member for
Phoenix Associates Counseling Services in Fort Worth. A loyal and recognized member
of the UD community, Stansell is a frequent guest speaker for graduate business courses
and serves as a contributor to The Great Courses Research Advisory Panel.
Bryan Loewen, MBA ’97, leads Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s global data center practice. In this role, he works closely with more than 400
worldwide offices to assist local and multinational organizations in developing business
continuity plans and finding and developing mission critical strategies involving
data centers, colocation sites and hosting facilities. Loewen’s firsthand knowledge
and expertise within data centers has warranted nationwide speaking engagements and
involvement in mentoring and education.