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2018 Participants (Cohort VII)

Cassidy Creech

Cassidy Creech
President – Level 11 Group
Adjunct Professor - Utah State University
Cornish, Utah

Felicia Farrar

Felicia Farrar
Internal Revenue Agent, Large Business & International Division
Internal Revenue Service
Houston, Texas

Micah Harman

Micah Harman
Air Manpower Manager
Kansas Air National Guard
Topeka, Kansas

Nick Hayden

Nick Hayden
Coordinator of Student Life
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas

Anthony Kegode

Anthony Kegode
Managing Director
Kalima LLC
Newfields, New Hampshire

Gyebi Kwarteng

Gyebi Kwarteng
Founder and President
Global Citizen Financial
Round Lake, Illinois

April Lawson

April Lawson
Senior Manager, Operations Audit
Walmart Inc.
Centerton, Arkansas

Jeffrey Mader

Jeffrey Mader
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Penrose Company
Greater Washington D.C. Area

Ngozi Ogoke

Ngozi Ogoke
Ovana Energy LTD
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Ryan Paul

Ryan Paul
Americas Sales Manager
EP Engineered Clays Corporation (A U.S. Silica Company)
Houston, Texas

Venkat Sankaran

Venkat Sankaran
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Levergent Technologies
Palatine, Illinois

Jim Servi

Jim Servi
Owner and President
JAMPS Strategic Development
Hamburg, Wisconsin

Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley
CIS Group of Companies
Southlake, Texas

Jeff Tyler

Jeff Tyler
Portfolio Manager, Principal Funds Inc.
Des Moines, Iowa
Lecturer, California State University
Long Beach, California

Greg Wicklman

Greg Wicklman
Owner and President
Retail Rhythm (Consulting)
Delray Beach, Florida

Dustin Wise

Dustin Wise
Chief Operating Officer
Preferred Pediatric Home Health Care, Inc.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2017 Participants (Cohort VI)

Sam Bass

Samuel Bass
Accounting Instructor, Missouri State University
Property Manager, B&B Rental and Real Estate
Springfield, Missouri

Michael Caston

Michael Caston
Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation & Product Design & Development
Executive Director of the Innovation Floor
Faculty Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship LLC, University of Denver
Partner at CAMIC designs LLC
Denver, Colorado

Nefretiri Cooley-Broughton

Nefretiri Cooley-Broughton
Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
University of the Pacific
Stockton, California

Rick Desgroseilliers

Rick Desgroseilliers
Rancho Cordova, California

Nicole Flink

Nicole Flink
Instructor of Professional Sales
Weber State University
Ogden, Utah

Lee Grumbles

Lee Grumbles
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Trustmark National Bank
Houston, Texas

Henry Kirn

Henry Kirn
Founder and Principal Consultant
BeyondIR Consulting Services
Irving, Texas

Edward (Ed) McCabe

Edward (Ed) McCabe
McCabe Energy Company
Midland, Texas

Stephanie Phipps

Stephanie Phipps
Vice President, Human Resources
Mustang Fuel Corporation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Clint Purtell

Clint Purtell
Senior Consultant
Southwest Airlines
Frisco, Texas

Julie Ravenscraft

Julie Ravenscraft
Accounting Instructor
Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri

Kourtenay Schley

Kourtenay Schley
Director of Human Resources
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Mobridge, South Dakota

Dung Vu

Dung Vu
MEP Green Design & Build Pllc
Houston, Texas


2016 Participants (Cohort V)

felix acquah

Felix Acquah
Vice President
Irving, Texas

emmanuel aidoo

Emmanuel Aidoo
Auditor IV
State of Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Grand Prairie, Texas

derrick bonyuet

Derrick Bonyuet
Finance Controller
Dell, Inc.
Austin, Texas

julia kirkland

Julia C. Kirkland
Senior Manager, Commercial Learning & Development
Depomed Inc.
Lake Forest, Illinois

kipp krukowski

Kipp Krukowski
Founder & Managing Director
Equipment Appraisal Services
Youngstown, Ohio

jamie leonard

Jamie T. Leonard
Evlos Technology
Westminster, Maryland

marcio lima

Marcio Salles Melo Lima
Carlsbad, California

alfredo perez

Alfredo Felipe Perez
National Corporate Sales Manager
Azteca Milling LP
Dallas, Texas

nagesh ramesh

Nagesh Ramesh
Senior Director, Enterprise Applications
CSL Behring
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

stephanie royce

Stephanie Royce
Operations Manager
Tulsa, Oklahoma

lana scroggins

Lana Scroggins
Sales and Use Tax Manager
Treat America, Inc.
Merriam, Kansas

alicia smales

Alicia A. Smales
Marketing Instructor
Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

ted washington

Ted Washington
Assistant General Manager
Wal-Mart Corporation
Mansfield, Texas

justin white

Lawrence Justin White, Jr.
Senior Executive Vice President
National Family Life & Education Center
Corona, California

jonathan wild

Jonathan Wild
Assurance Services
Phoenix, Arizona


2015 Participants (Cohort IV)

Matthew Kolakowski

Matthew Kolakowski, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor, Management
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia

bhargava konkayala

Bhargava R. Konkayala, Ph.D. *
Associate Director, Advanced Analytics
UCB Inc.
Raleigh, North Carolina

victor moore

Victor Moore Jr
Executive Director
Progressive Care Services
Greenville, North Carolina

joseph nketia

Joseph Nketia, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor of Accounting
St. Edward's University
Austin, Texas

janice pittman

Janice Pittman, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor, Management at Union University
Managing Director
Aerial Strategic Enterprises
Jackson, Tennessee

Angela Reddix

Angela D. Reddix, Ph.D. *
President & CEO, ARDX and Founder
Envision Lead Grow
Virginia Beach, Virginia

russell rhoads

Russell Rhoads
Head of Derivatives Research
TABB Group
Chicago, Illinois

daniela ruiz-massieu

Daniela Ruiz Massieu, Ph.D. *
Co-Director, Entrepreneurship Center
Mexico City, Mexico

edward scott

Edward Scott, Ph.D. *
Associate Professor, Accounting
Slippery Rock University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

carlos serna-garcini

Carlos Arturo Serna-Garcini, Ph.D. *
Statistics Professor
Mexico City, Mexico

jim utley

Jim Utley, Ph.D. *
Director of Technical Services
Niagara Bottling
Blanchard, Oklahoma


* Ph.D. Graduate

2014 Participants (Cohort III)

abdel mohamed

Abdel Kader Ben-Mohamed, Ph.D. *
Associate Dean / Assistant Professor of Management
Manhattan Campus, Mercy College
New York, New York

tim coomer

Tim L. Coomer, Ph.D. *
Chief Executive Officer
SIGMA Actuarial Consulting Group, Inc. and
Brentwood, Tennessee

luis faura

Luis Faura, Ph.D. *
President and Chief Executive Officer
C&F Foods, Inc.
City of Industry, California

lina george

Lina George, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia

nathan higdon

J. Nathan Higdon, Ph.D. *
Chairman & Chief Financial Officer
L’Espace Motorcoach, Inc
Maryville, Tennessee

maribeth kuzmeski

Maribeth Kuzmeski, Ph.D. *
President, Red Zone Marketing
Assistant Professor of Practice, Oklahoma State University
Grayslake, Illinois / Stillwater, Oklahoma

alex lawrence

Alex Lawrence, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor
Weber State University
Kaysville, Utah

bill periman

Bill Periman, Ph.D. *
Vice President, Infrastructure and Operations Support
Waddell & Reed
Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Marc Scott

Marc Scott
Director – Procurement
L-3 Communications
Greenville, Texas


* Ph.D. Graduate

2013 Participants (Cohort II)

harlan beverly

Harlan T. Beverly, Ph.D. *
Adjunct Professor at St. Edward's University & CEO of
Austin, Texas

michael bosman

Michiel Bosman, Ph.D. *
Open Forest
Walnut, California
Dokter Bosman
Amersfoort, Netherlands

akshay singh

Akshay Gehlot, Ph.D. *
Model Governance Leader
GE Energy Financial Services
Stamford, Connecticut

shane goodwin

Shane Goodwin, Ph.D. *
Associate Dean and Professor of Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

justin keeler

Justin Keeler, Ph.D. *
Assistant Professor
Ouachita Baptist University
Hot Springs, Arkansas

greg miller

Greg Miller, Ph.D. *
President and CEO
CrossCom National
Adjunct Professor (MBA), Harvard University
Tower Lakes, Illinois

mark mitchell

Mark Mitchell
Chief Accounting Officer
Frontier Airlines
Denver, Colorado

bob reid

Bob Reid, Ph.D. *
Chief Executive Officer
JF Maddox Foundation
Hobbs, New Mexico

soheila rostami

Soheila Rostami, Ph.D. *
Gg simplexity Inc.
Mindful Business Solutions
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada

walter slipetz

Walter Slipetz, Ph.D. *
Adjunct Professor Risk & OHST
Cestar College
Toronto, Ontario Canada

zach varughese

Zack Varughese, Ph.D. *
Clinical Professor
Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences
Tulsa, Oklahoma

steven wilson

Steven Wilson, Ph.D.*
Financial Manager
Steven L. Wilson & Associates
Tulsa, Oklahoma

* Ph.D. Graduate

2012 Participants (Cohort I)

david altounian

David Altounian, Ph.D. *
Interim Dean, Bill Munday School of Business & MBA Program Director
St. Edward’s University
Austin, Texas

scott anderson

Scott Anderson, Ph.D. *
Operations Manager
CRI Feeders of Guymon, LLC
Guymon, Oklahoma

Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett Jr, Ph.D. *
Chairman and Co-CEO
First Oklahoma Bank
Jenks, Oklahoma

jonathan butler

Jonathan Butler, Ph.D. *
Clinical Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Fred Cleveland

Fred Cleveland, Ph.D. *
Managing Director
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

durand crosby

Durand Crosby, Ph.D. *
Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

warren dyer

Warren Dyer, Ph.D. *
Chief Executive Officer
PDC Logic
Westlake, Texas

David Gregor

David Gregor
Chief Operating Officer
Innovative Steel Detailing, Inc.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

toby joplin

Toby Joplin, Ph.D. *
Director of Executive Doctoral Programs & Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

patti jordan

Patti Jordan, Ph.D. * 
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Texas Christian University
Neeley School of Business
Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department
Fort Worth, Texas

philip mcmahan

Philip McMahan, Ph.D. * 
Former President
First National Bank in Altus, OK
Key West, Florida

dessie nash

Dessie B. Nash, Ph.D. *
Senior Vice President, Market Investment Director
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Dallas, Texas

donald rowlett

Donald Rowlett
Managing Director Regulatory Affairs
OGE Energy Corp.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

tom totten

Tom Totten, Ph.D. *
CEO, Nyhart
Visiting Professor, University of Notre Dame
Indianapolis, Indiana

* Ph.D. Graduate