Alumni Panel 2018
Spears School Alumni Panel
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Registration: 5:00-5:30 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm
ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center – Click Hall
The Spears School Alumni Panel will offer students the opportunity to hear from several prominent OSU alums. Sponsored by Business Student Council and the Alumni Society Board, the event is free and dinner will be provided.
Sara Brown is currently a senior contract administrator for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Sara works extensively with all levels of program, functional personnel and executive leadership within National Defense and Ball Aerospace to ensure compliance with all contractual requirements. In her leadership role, she also supports proposal development of new and follow-on business and change proposals. She started her contracting career in 2005 with the US Air Force, working for Air Force Material Command, Air Force Space Command, and US Special Operations Command. She received the Secretary of the Air Force Professionalism in Contracting Award in 2010, was acknowledged by Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business as Outstanding Young Alumni in 2012, was selected as one of Denver's Top 40 under 40 for 2016, and was a graduate of NCMA's Contract Management Leadership Development Program. Sara is currently serving her 5th term on NCMA's National Board of Directors and is in her 3rd term on the Spears School of Business Alumni Board of Directors.
Wes is currently Managing Partner of Essentia Advisors. He has extensive accounting and risk management experience in the energy industry and has worked in both public accounting and industry. His industry experience includes power and gas trading, exploration and production as well as crude and products refining.
Wes graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in accounting. He was employed by Arthur Andersen where he became a partner in the Assurance Practice in charge of the Firm’s Energy Trading and Risk Management practice. Wes was responsible for delivery of a range of services to large clients which were focused on building risk and commodity trading systems as well as business processes in accounting, treasury, credit risk, market risk, transaction structuring and reporting.
After leaving Arthur Andersen, Wes became Chief Accounting officer of Enron Wholesale Services in 2000. At Enron, he oversaw the company’s accounting for commodity trading in North and South America and Europe. Upon Enron's bankruptcy in 2001, Wes was part of a management team formed to sell Enron’s energy trading businesses. As a part of that sale, Wes assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer for UBS Warburg Energy where he remained until 2003. At UBS Wes was a member of the operating committee responsible for energy trading operations within UBS.
Since leaving UBS, Wes has formed and managed a group of consulting companies which provide a range of energy advisory services to clients in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.
Liza Wenzel is the owner of Wenzel Creative + Strategy, a full-service graphic design studio based in Tulsa, OK.
Liza’s guidance, business insight, and design expertise have formed the bedrock for success at Wenzel Creative. It was in 1994—with several years’ experience in graphic design and art direction under her belt—that she made the leap to establish her own graphic design studio. Through hard work and determination, she went on to build a successful design studio that specializes in strategic, creative branding for businesses that desire to make a lasting impression.
Wenzel Creative + Strategy was built on top of a sturdy foundation that consists of over three decades of staying up-to-date with the latest technology, following design trends, and maintaining strong client relationships. Most importantly, Liza knows that operating a top-notch studio hinges on creative talent, and for that reason, she pays special attention to crafting and cultivating her dream team. Her continual efforts have resulted in a staff that is approachable, flexible, and reacts quickly and confidently in the face of each new challenge.
At the end of the day, Liza firmly believes in the power of distinct, visual messaging and its ability to make businesses stand out from the competition. And in order to consistently accomplish that level of high-quality branding, Liza works hard to enforce the primary goal of Wenzel Creative + Strategy: To design content that’s rooted in strategy and soaked in creativity.
Current and past clients of Wenzel include QuikTrip Corporation, GE Adhesives & Sealants, Disney, X-Games, Williams, Mabrey Bank, Osage Casino, River Spirit Casino, M-D Building Products, and US Beef Corporation (Arby’s). Liza currently sits on the advisory committee for OSUIT (Okmulgee, OK). She is also a board member and past president of the Tulsa Executive Exchange (TEE) and member of Executive Women’s International (EWI). Liza earned her degree in Visual Communications from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, OK.
Keith Winter is a 14 year ecommerce veteran and a 2003 graduate of Oklahoma State University. He is CEO of HomeWetBar Personalized Gifts and is a Digital Marketing Expert. He and his companies have won over 15 awards including making the Inc 500/5000 list four times, and being a 2017 recipient of the 40 under 40 award. Keith built this business from the ground up, starting from literally the closet of his one bedroom apartment, into the major personalized gift retailer it is today. Selling not only through it’s own website, but producing hundreds of thousands of items, and fulfilling for major brands nationwide.
This experience taught Keith the underpinnings of what it takes build successful ecommerce, production, and fulfillment systems from the ground up and how-to market via technical search engine marketing, and website optimization for conversion. Keith drives HomeWetBar’s search strategies that allow them to succeed in a global marketplace, product development, and cultivates strategic partnerships. His personal interests include his wife Megan, OSU football, reading, following the stock market, and his love of football and movies.
Registration deadline: February 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.
NOTE: Withdrawals for the dinner must be made at least 48 hours in advance. If a withdrawal is not received before the 48-hour deadline, or a registrant fails to show for the dinner, a $15 fee will be charged to the students' bursar account. To withdraw from the dinner, contact Mary Wanger at 405-744-3650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.