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Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off, and Try Again

Posted on September 11, 2012

Caleb Holt Managing Director of Product Development of Texas A&M Engineering Extension ServiceCaleb W. Holt is TEEX lead market analyst having devised growth and marketing strategies from start-ups to Fortune 500 over the past 5 years. With background in agricultural start-ups and exits, Mr. Holt offers business experiences to mentor entrepreneurs moving ideas to commercialization. […]

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The Benefits of Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

Posted on August 28, 2012

Alex Gomory Senior Editor for After writing for two years about the housing market collapse for a widely published real estate journal, Alex Gomory is now serving as a writer and editor for, a website dedicated to providing the public with informative articles on the lending industry. He attended Cal Poly Pomona, where […]

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The Power of Being “LinkedIn”

Posted on August 14, 2012

J.R. Atkins Author, Speaker, and Consultant on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and MarketingAs a speaker, J.R. is noted for “taking the mystery out of social media” and speaking in terms that “even a CEO can understand.” He is best known for working with company leaders, sales professionals and marketing managers on how social media and […]

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Are Leaders Born, Or Are They Made?

Posted on July 24, 2012

Sherman Wright Co-founder and Managing Partner of commongroundSherman Wright is co-founder and managing partner of award-winning marketing agency, commonground. The Chicago-based agency recently received the distinction of being named one of the 13 most successful companies to watch in 2012 by Black Enterprise Magazine. Sherman sits on several corporate and non-profit boards including Chicago Advertising […]

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Staying in the Game with Innovation

Posted on July 17, 2012

James Benham President and Founder of JBKnowledgeJames Benham is the founder and president of JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc. an information technology services provider and maker of the SmartBidNet and SmartCompliance software solutions. JBKnowledge specializes in enterprise application and database development, electronic data interchange, strategy consulting, mobile solutions, and web design and development, focusing on the […]

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Students Collaborate on Summer Incubator Class

Posted on July 3, 2012

Shelly Brenckman Student at Texas A&M UniversityNon-traditional in every sense, Shelly Brenckman ’79 was SCONA 57’s oldest delegate and may set a university record for most undergraduate hours. A part-time job at 14 as graphic artist led to a full-time gig at 21 with 4A Metzdorf Advertising, where Bluebell Ice Cream was the agency’s major […]

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A Gem of an Idea

Posted on June 26, 2012

Emily Huskinson President & Founder of College Ring Wraps Emily Huskinson will graduate this August with a degree in Agricultural Leadership and minors in Communications and Journalism. Emily is from Flower Mound, Texas and has two older brothers and two extremely supportive parents. Before starting Ring Wraps, Emily handmade custom game day dresses to make […]

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How A&M’s “Other Education” Taught Me Entrepreneurship

Posted on May 30, 2012

Joe Williamson Former President of Speak Social Class of ’02 Texas A&M University has a long tradition of valuing “the other education,” the education that comes from participation in student activities. In my time as a student at A&M (class of 2001), I took this concept to heart and got involved with everything from bonfire […]

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Five Things I Learned This Year

Posted on May 1, 2012

Richard (Dick) Lester ’03 is the Executive Director of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. His current research interests focus on corporate governance, upper echelons, and entrepreneurship. Prior to his academic career, Richard spent 25 years in […]

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Posted on April 24, 2012

Todd Sorrel President of Select Premium Todd Sorrel ‘96 has been an Austin Aggie since graduation. He worked for Motorola and A.G. Edwards before founding Select Premium in 2003. Select Premium is a premium finance company that prides itself on innovation, ease-of-use, and a focus on its relationships with independent insurance agents. Since 2003 he’s […]

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