University of Dallas Honors Six Accomplished Business Alumni

 Date Published: Oct. 20, 2016

Tower Award Honorees with TrophiesThe 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.

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