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Past Inductees

Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame Past Inductees

Established in 2015, the hall of fame was founded to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding business leaders who have achieved significant success in their chosen fields of business and embody the spirit of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. 

Past Inductees

2021 Inductees

Ramesh BhatiaRamesh Bhatia, MBA '82

Former President & CEO of Atco Rubber Products, Fort Worth

Founder of The Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation

“Generosity has the power to unite and heal communities.”

In 1978, Ramesh Bhatia, Manager of Special Projects, led the move of Atco Rubber Products and its 50 employees from Grand Haven, Michigan, to Fort Worth, Texas. While he would call it a calculated risk, the years proved the wisdom of the decision. When he retired as CEO 40 years later, Bhatia was proud of the journey to success. Today, Atco boasts nearly 1,500 employees and sells products in more than 35 countries. While pursuing his MBA at the University of Dallas, Bhatia learned strategies to develop Atco’s supply chain management system and rapid response with an overnight delivery network, leading the company to become the largest flexible duct manufacturer in the world.

Ramesh immigrated to New York from India with a degree in mechanical engineering and little money. Surviving on $1 per day, he ultimately found a job in an engineering consulting firm that valued his potential and loyalty. By recognizing his enthusiasm and motivation, the company provided him with project management opportunities in countries around the globe. Shortly after, he was recruited by Atco. 

Today, he and his wife dedicate their time to The Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation, which they founded in 2006 and is dedicated to making an impactful change around the world, funding innovative solutions and programs that enrich communities and serve the common good.

Bruce Evans

Bruce Evans, MBA

Professor Emeritus of Management

“Keep Focused!”

Professor Bruce Evans came to the University of Dallas when the Graduate School of Management was newly formed and has served the university longer than any other business faculty. With the support of Dean Robert Lynch, Evans created the Capstone Experience, which provides MBA student teams with real-life opportunities to examine significant strategic problems posed by chief executives of major and mid-sized companies. With 192 capstones taught, Evans has proven to be a genuinely formational leader, impacting hundreds of students’ lives as they took what they learned in the classroom into their professional careers, remembering him to this day. A supporter of the UD community, Evans took part in life on campus, engaging students in tennis competitions, table tennis or entertaining with his clarinet. His band, Sound Judgment, has played at the President’s Reception, Cotillion Ball, staff Christmas lunch, and Alumni and Family Weekend. Prior to his UD career, Evans worked as a reinsurance underwriter at CIGNA, followed by a position as vice president of reinsurance at Transport Insurance. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from Kent State University.

Sonia KirkpatrickSonia Kirkpatrick, MBA '11

Chief Executive Officer, PediaPlex

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Sonia Kirkpatrick is the founder and CEO of PediaPlex LLC, “an all-inclusive diagnostic and therapeutic clinic offering speech therapy, occupational therapy, feeding therapy and ABA therapy.” Their mission is to help children and families affected by a variety of disorders, including ADHD, autism, and communication, sensory-motor, mental health and learning disabilities. With centers around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Kirkpatrick has created “a supportive community for children on the autism spectrum and their families.” She is also the CEO of VanDMC LLC, a full-service digital marketing agency based in Dallas/Fort Worth. Endorsed by her colleagues and members of her network, her skills include strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting. The University of Dallas awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. She also serves on the Gupta College of Business Advisory Board and has been an alumna speaker at several of UD’s commencement events as well as a panelist on the Women in Business Leadership Panel. In the wider community, Kirkpatrick serves on the board for the Hill School of Fort Worth, the advisory committee for Parker University’s American Occupational Therapy Association program, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Advisory ASD Board. In 2017, she was the keynote commencement speaker for Parker University Health Sciences.

2020 Inductees

Gail Warrior SuchyGail Warrior Suchy, MBA '99

CEO at CASPR Group

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. … We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.” – Mariannae Williamson

Gail Warrior Suchy is a Dallas public figure, an accomplished Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Certified Executive Life Coach, Fitness Enthusiast, and Board Member with more than 25 years of success in the health and wellness, executive coaching, construction, and oil industries. Currently, Gail is CEO of CASPR Group, which offers indoor surface and air purification solutions that eliminate pathogens such as mold, bacteria and other infection causing agents such as MRSA, C- diff, etc. from commercial environments. Founder and leader of the Warrior Group (1997), a commercial general contracting firm, she has started many programs as a part of her company, such as Warrior360Way and Warrior Elements. Warrior360Way is a program looking to help guide, educate, and inform people in their journey to a healthy life. In addition, Warrior Elements is a lifestyle company that sells athleisure wear in a combined effort with Warrior360Way to help busy women aspire to greatness in every aspect of their lives. Warrior is a leader both in and out of the Dallas community, particularly for women. She speaks for community organizations and events that are commonly held as motivational talks for women who aspire to thrive in the business world. She is one of the largest woman/minority owned contractors in the US and one of the leading experts in the US in permanent modular construction. Warrior stays connected with the University of Dallas community, where she received an MBA as the graduating class of 1999. She moderated the 2019 Fall Women in Business Leadership Panel, focused on motivating and advising women of the UD business community.

Michael Wyatt

Michael Stedman Wyatt, MBA '91

Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Poteris Modo Velis” – “You can if you will”

Michael Stedman Wyatt is a prominent figure in Commercial Real Estate in Dallas, successfully working at Cushman & Wakefield a Global Real Estate Firm working as an executive managing director completing deals with a value of over $6.7 billion during his career. He has taken active board and participatory roles with the University of Dallas, Klyde Warren Park, Texas State Fair Livestock Auction and Scholarship Committee, S.M. Wright Christmas in the Park and Preservation Dallas. He is also active in the promotion of the Trinity River’s conservation and founded the Urban Armadillos, an organization supporting Preservation Dallas and created the first walking trail mobile app highlighting our CBD districts most prominent points of interest. Between 1994 and 2010 Mr. Wyatt started TEAMNUTS, a male cancer advocacy organization, that raised over $1.5 million for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Mr. Wyatt attended Washington & Lee University and graduated from the University of Dallas with an MBA in 1991. In 2007, he was the recipient of the UD Distinguished Alumni Award. 

John Zogg

John Zogg, MBA '92

Managing Director, Asset Management at Real Estate Equities LLC

“Be kind, honest and humble.”

John L. Zogg, Jr. serves as Managing Director, Asset Management for Crescent Real Estate LLC, overseeing leasing and asset management in Crescent’s office markets and managing the leasing efforts of 4.5 million square feet located in Texas and Colorado.

Mr. Zogg is a founding board member and visionary of Klyde Warren Park and served on the boards of various local civic organizations including Executive Committees of Uptown Public Improvement District, Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, Downtown Dallas and The Rise School of Dallas. He also was a member of The Dallas Assembly, Urban Land Institute, City Center Tax Incentive Finance District, as well as the Downtown Connection Tax Incentive Finance District.

In 2016 John spoke as a part of a TIE: Real Estate lecture series at the University of Dallas in front of several UD and Gupta College of Business School students.

2019 Inductees

Irvin Ashford

Irvin Ashford Jr., MBA '00

SVP, Corporate Communications 

Director of Community Development and External Affairs and National Director of Financial Education, Comerica Bank

Smooth seas don’t make for skilled sailors.” African Proverb

Since graduation from UD in 2000, Irvin Ashford, Jr. has built his career at Comerica Bank on service to his community, using business as a vehicle for change and helping thousands of the nation’s families become financially literate and fiscally responsible.  Through his work at Comerica and with several nonprofits, including Project Still I Rise, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Ashford is a role model for Dallas area children growing up in disenfranchised communities. 

A two-time winner of the Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, Ashford has created millions of dollars of economic impact in low- to moderate-income communities via various community and business development programs throughout the state of Texas.  A champion of diversity, he was appointed the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s first African American board member. 

A Woodrow Wilson International Studies and Public Policy Fellow, Ashford also holds a bachelor’s in religion from Oberlin College and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joe Gigler

Joe Gigler, MBA '80

President, MetroTech Automotive Inc.

 “Everything is possible if you have faith.” – Mark 9:23

 In 1987, Joseph H. Gigler founded MetroTech Automotive, which includes MetroTech Chemicals, Inc., and MetroTech Detail Services, Inc. For over 30 years, Gigler’s relationship-focused leadership and dedication to integrity have helped both companies earn recognition multiple times on Charlotte Business Journal’s list of “50 Fastest Growing Companies.”

Gigler is a founding member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Business Guild, and he has also held volunteer leadership positions in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina,  including a first-ever diocesan-wide capital campaign that raised over $65 million. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for Crisis Assistance Ministry, as well as on the board of directors for the Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 

Gigler graduated with a B.A. n psychology from Washington and Jefferson College in 1977 before earning his MBA from the University of Dallas in 1980. From 1981 to 1986, Gigler worked for Frank B. Fuhrer Holdings, Inc., including three years 

of service as president of Ridgeway Chemicals, Inc. before founding MetroTech Automotive. Gigler and his wife of 35 years, Carol, have three daughters.  

Jane Mody

Jane Mody, MBA '75

Former Managing Director of Green Courte Partners, LLC.

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover..” – Mark Twain

Prior to her retirement I March 2018, Jane E. Mody served as managing director of Green Courte Partners, LLC, a real estate private equity firm. 

After graduating with her MBA from UD in 1975, Mody began her business career at Interfirst Bank Dallas before launching into a successful career in real estate that has included senior roles in companies such as Silverstone Capital Group, LLC, Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, Pacific Retail Trust and Rosewood Property Company. 

A lifelong learner, Mody used her passion and energy to help co-found three companies. She has been an instrumental leader, managing a variety of teams over her tenure and serving on the boards of directors of several privately held companies. 

Prior to receiving her MBA from UD, Mody received a bachelor’s degree from Austin College. Mody met her husband of over 43 years, Haji, MBA ‘74, while studying at UD. Together they have two children and three grandchildren.

2018 Inductees

Jennifer ChandlerJennifer Chandler, MBA ’04

Managing Director, Market Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

 Think outside the box and remember you have a quality education behind you. Challenge yourself to think about the way you run your business and constantly look at new ways to improve.”

As a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2016, Jennifer Chandler’s career has been on a skyward trajectory.  Since 2001, chandler has risen through the ranks of Bank of America and U.S. Trust to the role of managing director and market executive. Chandler, a skilled relationship builder, now leads a team of private client professionals serving North Texas, Tulsa and Wichita. Chandler is passionate about giving back to both her alma mater and her community.  She serves on the Junior League advisory board and is the chair of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Board. As a mother of four, Chandler also participates in many other community events with her children.  Chandler received her bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from the University of Dallas. 

Lloyd Lowe

Lloyd Lowe, MBA ’95

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LD Lowe Wealth Advisory

 “Work and study alone don’t give you success. They give you the opportunity to be successful. If you don’t put
in the effort to earn it, you won’t achieve that success.”

Lloyd D. Lowe is the founder and chief executive officer at LD Lowe Wealth Advisory, a full-service wealth management firm that Lowe founded in 1993 while
pursuing his MBA at the University of Dallas. His commitment and integrity have earned his firm the recognition of many publications and organizations. Lowe is also the author of Life’s Bridges: Building Your Bridge to Financial Wealth. Based on Lowe’s ethically inspired principles for investing, this book provides a roadmap for individuals seeking financial security. Lowe lives out his philosophy by donating all proceeds from his book to charity, a contribution that Lowe feels is one
of the best decisions he’s ever made Lowe is a champion of the Gupta College of Business Executives on Campus program, for which he regularly comes back to campus and speaks to students about finance and professional development. Prior to receiving his MBA from the University of Dallas, Lowe received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from LeTourneau University. Lowe and his wife, Cinda, are active members of their community in Dallas.

Tom Nealon

Tom Nealon, MBA ’87

President, Southwest Airlines

“Always work hard, be prepared, and be nice to people.”

As president of Southwest Airlines, Tom Nealon oversees much of the airline’s daily operations, including the commercial, finance, technology, corporate delivery and corporate strategy departments. Drawing from a background in technology, Nealon continues to live out the entrepreneurial spirit for which the airline is so well known. 

Nealon first joined Southwest Airlines in 2002, holding the role of chief information officer until 2006 before transitioning to group executive vice president at JCPenney where he led the development and implementation of the retailer’s industry-leading information technology systems. In 2010 Nealon received the MIT Sloan Award for Innovation Leadership. 

In 2016 Nealon returned to Southwest Airlines as executive vice president of strategy and innovation before taking on the role of president for the airline in 2017 Nealon also serves on the board of trustees of the University of Dallas. 

Nealon received his Bachelor of Business in business administration from Villanova University and his MBA from the University of Dallas. Nealon and his wife, Shannon, reside in Dallas and have three children, Jessica, Tommy and Annie.   

Fanny Sheumaker

Fanny Sheumaker, BA ’88, MBA ’91

Vice President, Total Rewards, 7-Eleven Inc.

 “Surround yourself with smart, capable people and provide the leadership and opportunity for them to grow and thrive. Their success reflects on you.”

After graduating with a B.A. in biology from the University of Dallas, Fanny Sheumaker began her career as a research technician at UT Southwestern. She returned to UD in 1990 to pursue her MBA and later began working in compen-sation, benefits and HR systems, a field in which she has thrived for over 25 years. 

A skilled HR executive, Sheumaker excelled in roles at Frito-Lay, Dean Foods Company and JCPenney before becoming VP, Total Rewards, at Zale Corporation Inc. In this role, Sheumaker led a complete overhaul of the total rewards function and the acquisition of Zale by Signet Jeweler. In 2014 Sheumaker transitioned to 7-Eleven Inc., where she leads the total rewards function for the global convenience store chain.

Sheumaker is passionate about developing the next generation of business leaders. In 2017 she served as a panelist for the inaugural Women in Business Leadership event at the University of Dallas. Sheumaker also enjoys traveling and exploring the world with her husband and their two children, Rachel and Emma.


2017 Inductees


Ellen Barker

Ellen Barker, MBA ’94

Chief Information Officer, Texas Instruments

“Don’t put limits on what you can achieve—sometimes you can’t even dream where your career will take you.”

A 31-year veteran of Texas Instruments, Ellen Barker has served as the global technology company’s chief information officer since 2014.  In this role, she is responsible for IT strategies and operational management of applications and infrastructure worldwide that support the company’s changing business needs.  Prior to her CIO role, Barker led the successful integration of TI’s acquisition of National Semiconductor and was also the controller of TI’s Silicon Valley analog business, where her responsibilities included the operational and financial success of this $1B organization. 

Barker believes in giving back and helping inspire the next generation of technology professionals.  She is a staunch supporter of mentoring, and during her tenure at TI, she has served as a recruiter for the University of Texas and the University of Dallas.  In addition to her TI contributions, Barker serves on the board of High Tech High Heels and volunteers for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” and the American Cancer Society.

Dan Flaherty

Dan Flaherty, BA ’82, MBA ’83

Chief Executive Officer, Gemmy Industries

“The University of Dallas is where I met the two greatest partners of my life: Andy Hwung, the world’s best business partner, and Dannie Arrieh Flaherty, my wife and the love of my life.”

In 1983, Daniel G. Flaherty, BA ’82 MBA ’83, founded Coppell-based Gemmy Industries, a designer and marketer of seasonal products most known for creating Pete the Repeat Parrot and Big Mouth Billy Bass. He is also chairman of standing desk manufacturer, VARIDESK LLC. Not only does he serve as board chair for both St. Joseph’s Residence, Inc. and St. Adelaide’s Home for the Elderly LLC, but he previously sat on the boards of the University of Dallas and Uplift Education.

Pat Haggerty Sr.Patrick Haggerty Sr., Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters ’64

University of Dallas Trustee & Chairman, Texas Instruments 

“The smartest thing I ever did was hire Pat Haggarty” 
-- Erik Jonsson, founder of Texas Instruments.

Former Texas Instruments (TI) president, Patrick E. “Pat” Haggerty, was an influential University of Dallas trustee who served on the board from 1962-80. As a result of his engineering background and time in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Haggerty began working for Geophysical Service Inc. which later became Texas Instruments in 1951. Just seven years later he was named president, bringing to the new position his belief that electronics and technology can benefit all parts of society. Under his leadership, TI developed technology that influenced laser guidance, infrared, airborne radar and hand-held calculators, as well as single chip microprocessors and many others.

As a UD trustee, Haggerty played an instrumental role in creating what was then named the  Graduate School of Management and helped develop one of the college’s most well-known programs, The Capstone Experience. To this day, Capstone is still the final project that all MBA students must complete in order to graduate.

Robert LynchRobert “Bob” Lynch, Ph.D.

Founding Dean, Graduate School of Management (now Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business)

“Whatever success I may have had has been in influencing a bunch of MBA students, and I can’t think of anything I would rather have done.”

As founding dean of the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management – now the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business – Robert G. “Bob” Lynch played a significant role in the university’s growth. In 1966, he spearheaded the development, implementation and execution of graduate business education programs at UD, creating one of the area’s first part-time MBA programs designed for working professionals. As dean, Lynch helped create a curriculum based on “real world” business experience, an approach the college continues to use today. In addition, he served as UD’s vice president of administration from 1979-81 and taught as an associate professor and professor of management from 1981-2001.

Robert NelsonRobert Nelson, MBA ’76

Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems

“Open your arms to change and embrace it. Dream big and pursue that dream passionately. Never give up.”

As a systems engineer for Docutel Corporation, Robert B. Nelson, MBA ’76, helped revolutionize the way airports handle baggage today by spearheading the implementation of barcode tracking systems. While serving as an assistant general manager in the mid-1970s, Nelson led the search for an acquirer that ultimately resulted in Docutel being acquired by The Boeing Company. In 1982, Nelson and a partner purchased the subsidiary, renaming it BAE Automated Systems. Nelson, serving in various senior leadership positions including CEO, remained with the company through a second acquisition by BTR PLC until his retirement in 1994. 

2016 Inductees


F. Craig FarrillF. Craig Farrill, MBA '79

Founder, Kodiak Networks

“UD formed the Christian business worldview I have today — real problems can be solved, and great things can be done; nothing is impossible.”

Prior to founding Kodiak in 2001, Craig Farrill was managing director at inOvate Communications Group, an early-stage venture capital firm focusing on investments in the wireless space. Previously, Farrill served as chief technology officer for Vodafone AirTouch PLC, where he developed and deployed an integrated global technology strategy across Vodafone’s 27 national operations serving 100 million customers. In the 1990s as CTO, Farrill expanded PacTel’s wireless businesses from California to 13 countries internationally and led the $1.8 billion IPO of AirTouch Communications in 1994. Farrill began his career in telecommunications systems engineering in the mid-1970s at Rockwell International’s Collins Radio Group and began working in a cellular start-up in 1980.

Satish Gupta

Satish Gupta, MBA '81

CEO, SB International

“In business, competition is good, and the common metric of winning is making a profit. However, a balance between fair competition and profit must be reached to make our world a better place.”

Satish Gupta founded SB International Inc. in 1981 and has led the organization for over 30 years. He has transformed it from an exporter of ferrous and nonferrous raw materials to a global supplier of prime steel and metal products in the domestic and international markets and one of the largest international product suppliers and processors of pipe and tubing for oil and gas drilling activities.

He has been recognized for multiple business and entrepreneurship awards in the Dallas community. Gupta holds a degree in economics from Loyola College in Chennai, India, and an MBA in international trade and management from the University of Dallas. He serves as a trustee of the Southwestern Medical Foundation in Dallas. Gupta founded the Gupta Agarwal Charitable Foundation to support education, public health, medical research and the promotion of diversity and cultural awareness. He has been a key supporter of the Primary Care Clinic of North Texas and the Greater Dallas Arya Samaj (GDAS) Cancer Clinic.

Yasmin Gupta

Yasmin Gupta, MBA '82

Executive Vice President, SB International

“Believe in your own strengths, your own potential and your own ethical and moral values. This will take you a long way along your path to success in the business world.”

Yasmin Gupta provides business administration leadership to several corporate departments at SB International. She holds a degree in public relations from Stella Maris College in Chennai, India, and an MBA in international trade and management from the University of Dallas.

Gupta is a founding director of State Bank of Texas, a local bank in DFW, and continues to serve as a member of the board and on various committees. She has been involved with several community organizations including the Girl Scouts, United Way, Chinmaya Mission, DFW Indian Cultural Society and Primary Care Clinic of North Texas, a system of three nonprofit health care facilities providing medical care to uninsured adults in DFW since 2003.

Don Hutchins

Gordon “Don” Hutchins, MBA '75

President & COO, Fusion

“Be a risk taker. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Take the risk, do your best, and learn from whatever happens.”

Prior to serving as president and chief operating officer of Fusion, a publicly traded cloud services technology company (NASDAQ:FSNN), Don Hutchins was president and CEO of SwissFone, a $100 million international telecommunications carrier. He was also president and CEO of STAR Telecommunications, an $800 million international telecommunications carrier, where he led the company’s restructuring following the filing of its bankruptcy petition.

Hutchins founded and served as president and CEO of GH Associates, a management consulting firm, where he consulted with over 100 small and large telecommunications companies throughout the world. As an entrepreneur, Hutchins founded Telecom One and TCO Network Services, both of which were subsequently purchased, by Broadwing Communications and Winstar Communications respectively. As an active spokesperson for the industry and for competition, Hutchins was also a founder of the Association of Communications Enterprises (now COMPTEL) and the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA).

Heather Kreager

Heather Kreager, MBA '03

CEO, Sammons Enterprises

“The college of business taught me the importance of culture in business, how to be competitive and aggressive while maintaining your integrity.”

In addition to being the chief executive officer of Sammons Enterprises Inc., Heather Kreager serves on the board of directors and as chairwoman of the executive committee. Additionally, Kreager is president and CEO of Sammons Equity Alliance, which oversees Sammons’ investments in real estate, financial services, power and other sectors. She serves as chairwoman of Compatriot Capital, directing the business strategy and capital allocation for Sammons’ real estate sector. 

Kreager joined the company in 1985 and served as general counsel for Sammons Enterprises, Inc. and Sammons Communications, Inc. Kreager has served on the board since 2008. She was appointed CEO of Sammons Enterprises in 2014.

Richard Long

Richard Long, MBA '85

Founder, Valley View Consulting

“Approach your personal life with integrity and balance to ensure happiness, satisfaction and success — not just a rewarding career. A successful personal life complements any career achievement.”

Richard Long’s extensive background in Texas public entity investment management , which includes responsibility for over $3 billion of public funds. He is actively engaged in public funds investment legislation; investment policies and strategies; cash flow-based investment portfolios; eligible investment options; appropriate asset allocations; investment transaction settlement and safekeeping procedures; bank service agreements; and arbitrage rebate regulations.

Long founded Valley View Consulting LLC in the fall of 1998 and became registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an investment adviser firm effective January 1999. In previous capacities, Long also originated corporate, asset-backed and tax-exempt securities, managed a government trading operation, and distributed both public and private securities. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree in finance from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

Terry O'Halloran

Terry O’Halloran, MBA '83

CEO, Air Distribution Technologies

“Go in early, stay late. Always volunteer for the hard jobs. Be patient, and don’t get in a hurry for a promotion. It will come.”

Terry O’Halloran was chief executive officer of Air Distribution Technologies, with approximately $1 billion in sales revenue. In June 2014, Johnson Controls purchased Air Distribution Technologies, and O’Halloran became vice president and general manager as the company was assimilated into the Johnson Controls portfolio.

O’Halloran has extensive experience as a senior executive in the HVAC industry, including serving as chief operating officer at the former Tomkins Building Products Group, as well as group president of the air systems division, and he has been the operating president of each of the core businesses. He was also president of Ruskin Company, president of Air System Components and president of Hart & Cooley.

O’Halloran has served on two private equity boards since 2010: the Remuneration Committee and the Health Safety and Environmental Committee. O’Halloran is a United States Marine veteran. He earned his MBA at the University of Dallas and his BBA from Texas Wesleyan University.

2015 Inductees


Robert Newhouse, Jr.Robert Newhouse, MBA '84

Dallas Cowboys

“His heart really was as big as the state of Texas. He’s one of the few people in this world who would do for you before he would do for himself.”
-- Friend and teammate Charlie Waters

Robert Newhouse was a devoted family man, an athlete, a professional and an advocate of the power of education. His professional life included 29 years with the Dallas Cowboys football organization – first, from 1972 to ’83, as a fullback on three Super Bowl championship teams and later in various other capacities. He was also a successful United States bankruptcy trustee for 26 years.

Arguably the most accomplished fullback in Dallas Cowboys franchise history, he played 187 games including the playoffs over his 12 seasons (1972-’83), and his 4,784 rushing yards are fifth most in franchise history. Newhouse won four Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys, one as a player in Super Bowl XII and then three more as an employee in the 1990s. Newhouse is engraved in the history of the NFL as the first running back to throw a touchdown in a Super Bowl.

He devoted much of his time to charitable causes that forwarded child advocacy and community development. Throughout his life he valued achievement, education, his family and his fellow man.