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In April, Hampton University recognized the generosity of its 1958 alumnus and Board of Trustee member James T. George ’72 MBA with the dedication and naming ceremony of the James T. George School of Business. George founded MSTI, a small business, in 1990 after serving for 27 years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army. Retiring as a colonel, he served in a variety of infantry and comptroller positions both overseas and in the United States, including two tours in Vietnam and tours in Korea and Europe. MSTI has grown from one person to approximately 300 employees. George and his wife, Juliette, have been married for more than 50 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Fairfax Station, Virginia.


In March, Teresa Briggs ’82 BSBA (Accounting) was appointed to the board of directors for ServiceNow, a cloud computing company with headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

Margaret Beck ’85 BSBA (Accounting), BHP’s vice president of finance—minerals (Australia), was voted a director of Endeavour Silver Corporation. She joined BHP Minerals after graduating and steadily moved up to more senior positions in the company, working in treasury operations, minerals marketing, financial analysis, mines management, accounting, reporting, forecasting and finance in the United States, Chile, Singapore and Australia. 


Dan Peterson ’90 BSPA has been selected as the CEO of Valor Health, a palliative and hospice care company headquartered in Tucson with more than 50 employees. He previously served as the vice president and general manager for CareMore, a Medicare advantage program. He was the first CareMore employee in the Tucson market and built the organization to include five clinics and more than 200 employees. Prior to CareMore, Peterson served as the vice president of Tucson Longterm Care, a company he also assisted in launching and growing in Southern Arizona. He is married to fellow Wildcat, Lea Marquez Peterson ’92 BSBA (Marketing and Entrepreneurship). Their daughter, Emma, is currently a sophomore at the University of Arizona.

Lea Marquez Peterson ’92 BSBA (Marketing and Entrepreneurship), former president of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber and former U.S. congressional candidate, has launched of the Marquez Peterson Group, a public affairs firm specializing in government and community relations in Arizona. The services provided by the firm are aligned with her strengths and experience in community engagement and business advocacy. The firm works with a variety of private and public clients to build relationships within the Southern Arizona business community and to engage with leaders throughout the state. Additionally, in May, Governor Doug Ducey appointed Marquez Peterson to the Arizona Corporation Commission, a seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Andy Tobin.

Neil Hicks ’94 BSBA (General Business), founder and CEO of Pandesco, writes to say his company will soon launch a retail technology application focused on enhanced data and collaborative business solutions. Additionally, Hicks recently wrote The Lifecycle of Fashion Technology” with fellow UA alum Charlene O’Hanlon ’89 BA (Journalism). He also teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Corey Saba Basha ’96 BSBA (Accounting and Finance), senior vice president, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, and Calline Sanchez ’01 BSBA (MIS) ’05 MBA, Tucson site leader, IBM Worldwide System Lab Services have both been named 2019 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by AZ Big Media.

Joe McLean ’97 BA (Sociology) ’01 MBA was featured in a June 6, 2019 New York Times article titled “Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich NBA Elite.” McLean is managing partner at Intersect Capital.

Split Engineering, a company co-founded by Brian Norton ’97 MBA was acquired by Hexagon Mining. Split Engineering is a leader in coarse rock fragmentation size measurement systems, software and services.

James Walbom ’97 BSBA (Entrepreneurship) ’98 BSBA (MIS) was recently recognized as Entrepreneurial CFO of the Year for 2018 in Arizona by AZ Big Media.


At the 17th annual AMA Phoenix Spectrum Awards, Lindsay Morris ’00 BSBA (Marketing and Entrepreneurship), founder of Creative Mindset, won Best Integrated Marketing Campaign Event and Best of Category Marketer of the Year. At the same event, Elyse Meyer ’07, president and founder of Prism Global Marketing Solutions, won Best Interactive/Online Marketing Automation Company. Meyer also recently published a career development book, Brand YOU, Brand NEW, a Step-by-Step Guide to Take Your Career to the Next Level with her mother, Joanne Flynn.

Scott Witeby ’01 BSBA (Finance and Accounting) has been named chief financial officer with D.A. Davidson and is now a member of D.A. Davidson’s executive leadership team. Witeby joins D.A. Davidson from Lincoln Financial Group, where he served as CFO of Lincoln Financial Network, Lincoln’s retail wealth management business. D.A. Davidson Companies is an employee-owned financial services firm offering a range of financial services and advice to individuals, corporations, institutions and municipalities nationwide. Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Montana, with corporate offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle, the company has approximately 1,400 employees and offices in 25 states.

Keysha Webb ’02 BSBA (Accounting) ’17 MBA has been promoted to vice president-retail delivery at Vantage West Credit Union, where she is now responsible for developing and driving a service delivery model that includes digital banking, member solutions center, retail sales and deposit operations.

Danielle Bridges ’04 BSBA (Finance and Business Economics) ’10 MBA was promoted to chief revenue officer at Vantage West Credit Union. She first joined Vantage West in 2006 as senior internal auditor. She was promoted to vice president-loan center in 2008, and in 2017, she earned another promotion to vice president of retail sales and operations.

David Martinez ’04 BSBA (Business Management and Entrepreneurship) participated in the Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship, a two-year program that allows fellows to meet world leaders and senior experts, learn in a hands-on environment through Master Class sessions and study tours and lead the debate on key global issues.

Rebecca Lago ’05 BSBA (Marketing) and her sister Miriam are opening up a juice bar in South Miami called Ginger & Juice Bar. They hope to expand to other parts of Florida and beyond someday. Rebecca writes: “Thank you, Eller, for giving me the foundation to build this dream! Next time you’re in Miami please stop by to sip on some Ginger & Juice!”

Rebecca Lundberg ’05 BSBA (Marketing and Entrepreneurship) was promoted to PulteGroup’s division president of Arizona operations.

Will Froelich ’06 BSBA ’07 MSF was promoted to partner at MRA Associates.

Spinnaker Investment Group, a privately owned boutique investment firm, has expanded and relocated its headquarters to the Koll Center Newport campus in Newport Beach. According to company president Joseph Stapleton ’06 BSBA (Finance and Entrepreneurship), the new location offers an integrated campus with amenities that further enhance the Spinnaker client experience.

Courtney Williams ’06 BSBA (Marketing) was featured in the March 17 edition of the Arizona Daily Star for her start-up company Emagine Solutions Technology, which has developed software to allow use of common ultrasound probes, or transducers, with smartphones to view, save and transmit images and is now developing its VistaScan ultrasound system in partnership with an undisclosed ultrasound equipment maker and is beta-testing its system with physicians.

Ryan Brown ’08 BSBA (Finance and Entrepreneurship), vice president at Goldman Sachs, has been selected to this year's Investment News 40 under 40 list.


Melissa Mulloy ’05 BSBA (Marketing) joined Towering Pines Real Estate. She and her husband, Pat, married in 2011 and have moved several times, including overseas, as Pat currently serves in the U.S. Army. They have two children and when Melissa isn’t working, she does volunteer work, event planning and loves to learn new things. Towering Pines Real Estate, located in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is an independent brokerage firm offering residential, commercial and property management services.

In April, PostBidShip, a company started at Eller by Jarret Hamstreet ’10 MBA, Micky Thompson and Cody Nicholls, released a new version of its application that supports API integration with any transportation management system. Subscription-based PostBidShip hosts reverse auctions for spot market freight, creating a marketplace for shippers and carriers but is not involved in the transactions as a broker. The new system will replace manual bidding and acceptance, allowing enterprise shippers to capture data from every bid, not just winning ones. Shippers are able to build analytics from their spot shipping offers that show how many carriers bid, how fast the carriers responded, the spread of the bids and other intelligence.

Evan Judge ’10 MBA/MSF was promoted to partner at MRA Associates.

Branden Morrell ’12 BSBA (Business Management) is a cleared management and program analyst supporting the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, California. He is always interested in chatting about opportunities either domestically or internationally, and also looks to “pay it forward” for anyone locally who may be interested in entering the defense contracting 

Sarah Hupp ’11 BSBA ’20 MBA (Business Management/Marketing), vice president of account strategy with Madden Media, won the 2019 American Advertising Federation Tucson Next Generation Award, which recognizes advertising professionals under the age of 40 who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities. 

Eric Smith ’12 BSBA (Business Management and Entrepreneurship) ’18 MBA has been named the new executive director for the University of Arizona Center for Innovation.

The Innova Group announced the addition of Bryan Hannley ’13 MBA, who will serve as the company’s new senior consultant for clinical planning and strategy. Hannley brings more than 20 years’ experience in the medical industry as a clinician, sales professional and manager. He will focus on answering clients’ challenges from strategic vision through care delivery and space planning, with services addressing strategy and planning, within both clinical and capital realm. Hannley serves on both the Pima Community College Foundation Board and The Centurions of Southern Arizona. He is a founding member of The Vecinos supporting El Rio Foundation.

Madison (Carrol) Waggoner ’13 BSBA (Business Management and Entrepreneurship) launched a new venture—called Veda Jar, a mobile crockpot that allows your food to cook while you work, jog, hang out with friends or other activities.

Chaz Weiner ’15 BSBA (Finance) is featured on the cover of a recent issue of Careers and the Disabled magazine. He’s currently at Bloomberg in New York.

In May, Miles Cahill ’17 BSBA (Business Management), partnership marketing coordinator with the Los Angeles Clippers, was selected as one of the “Rising 25” (25 up-and-comers under 25 years old in the sports industry) by Front Office Sports.

Rebeca Lopez ’19 MBA just celebrated the grand opening of the third location or her company, Milestone Pediatrics, which provides therapy services to children with developmental disabilities.

Eric Katz ’18 MBA was appointed chief medical officer of Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix. A medical doctor, Katz is a dual-boarded physician executive and has served as chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS) and as executive chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix.


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