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Tracy Booker ('09, '14)  

Tracy Booker is the manager of reverse logistics at McKesson, headquartered in Irving, Texas. McKesson is responsible for delivering pharmaceutical supplies all across North America, and Booker works with supply chain customers and internal partners to ensure that everything operates efficiently. “At McKesson, the past three years have had me focus on the ‘backward’ movement of goods,” says Booker. “Overall, my collection of experiences has given me a unique perspective of the end-to-end (and back again) supply chain.”

Booker received both his bachelor’s degree and MBA at UNT and credits Dr. Ila Manuj as the professor who “refueled [his] interest in the supply chain industry." He also recognized Dr. Terry Pohlen as the one who “motivates [him] to be a leader today.”

Booker believes students need to not only set goals for themselves, but to be intentional about achieving those goals. He emphasizes the importance of obtaining as many internships or professional experiences as possible. “This will open more career opportunities for you in future years and help clarify what it is you want to do in your career,” says Booker.

With an 18-month-old son posing his own brand of unique challenges for Booker, he is still learning new ways to solve problems, even with nearly a decade of supply chain experience.

“In order to solve the multiple challenges and opportunities that life throws your way, continue to keep a level disposition, leverage others and stay focused on solving the problem at hand.”



Ali Siddiqui

Ali Siddiqui, logistics & supply chain management senior, was recently named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar. Siddiqui has held various internship positions throughout his academic career, ranging from a Fortune 1 company to Fortune 500 companies.
I would love to have a successful career in the technological hub at one of the big Silicon Valley companies or one of the top MBB consulting firms. I would also love to pursue an MBA,” says Siddiqui.
Forbes 30 Under 30 represents the movers and shakers, innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Honorees are awarded with free admission to the annual Forbes Under 30 Summit (a $700 value) and admission into several events at the biggest networking gathering of the year.

Siddiqui aims to gain perspectives from other event attendees across the country to see how they are using technology in business to improve lives.
When asked who his most impressionable professor has been at UNT, Siddiqui responded that G. Brint Ryan Professor Chris Haneback has made a tremendous impact.
“Chris Hanebeck, the professor for our ERP class, has been a role model for me to pursue a career in business technology and consulting at the highest level.”


NT Logistics

University of North Texas (UNT) Logistics is among the fastest growing programs in the nation, in part because of its valuable partnerships forged with organizations like NT Logistics, headquartered in Frisco, Texas.

For nearly 20 years, NT Logistics has shown a commitment to UNT by offering internships to its students so they can apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world experiences in the field. Many of these internships have evolved into full-time careers—with UNT graduates making up more than 10% of the current NT Logistics workforce.

“It’s a great way to give back to my alma mater,” says Lynn Gravley, president of NT Logistics, ’87 UNT graduate and UNT Center for Logistics board member since 2013. “Giving students a taste and feel of some of the challenges our industry faces allows them to benefit, as well as NT Logistics.”

Gravley and NT Logistics’ active involvement in the program has also included its capstone case competitions, providing real-world challenges for students to navigate. These challenges involve professional obstacles that NT Logistics has encountered in managing their distribution networks—giving students the unique opportunity to develop practical solutions for their field of study.

The success of students in these courses, and the hands-on experiences they gain, inspired Gravley to commit to the program in a different way this year—pledging a generous $200,000 to the capstone course and its case competitions.

Gravley explains that by investing in the capstone course further, NT Logistics and the greater logistics community ultimately benefit, along with UNT students.




Ryan College of Business alumni honored at annual awards ceremony

Six of the university’s nine alumni awards were presented to Ryan College of Business alumni at this year’s 54th anniversary of the alumni awards program.

Taking place on October 30 in Apogee Stadium, Keith (ʼ03 BS/MS accounting) and Sarah Walters (ʼ03 accounting control systems), Steve Holmes (ʼ80 accounting), Alan “Al” McNatt (ʼ68 marketing), Roberto “Bob” Garza (ʼ74 management), John (ʼ91 Business Control Systems) and Shelley Alexander, and Drew Springer Sr. (ʼ66 accounting) and Drew Springer Jr. (ʼ88 Business Control Systems) were among the college’s recipients.

Distinguished Alumni Awards – First presented in 1965, this is one of the university's most prestigious awards. It recognizes alumni who have achieved prominence in their profession and serve the university through leadership, advocacy and giving. 
  • Steve Holmes (ʼ80 accounting) 
  • Alan “Al” McNatt (ʼ68 marketing) 
Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Created in 2011 in the image of the Distinguished Alumni Award, this award recognizes alumni under the age of 40. It honors alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through significant service to the university and their communities. 
  • Keith (ʼ03 BS/MS accounting) and Sarah Walters (ʼ03 accounting control systems) 
Outstanding Alumni Service – First presented in 1974, this award honors individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT and their community.
  • Roberto “Bob” Garza (ʼ74 management) 
Ulys Knight Spirit Award – Presented since 1975, this award is given to an individual or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family.
  • John (ʼ91 Business Control Systems) and Shelley Alexander 
Generations of Excellence Award – First presented in 2009, this award is given to a family for extraordinary UNT service and advocacy over multiple generations.
  • Drew Springer Sr. (ʼ66 accounting) Drew Springer Jr. (ʼ88 Business Control Systems)



UNT accounting students take over stage at international conference

University of North Texas (UNT) accounting students took over the stage at the 2019 Internal Audit Student Exchange Conference.

Hosted in Orlando, Florida by the Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA), UNT students were joined by twenty-six other universities from eleven different countries. Together, students and educators used the opportunity to learn best practices of the internal audit profession, network and exchange ideas, and compete against one another during real-world case competitions.

Kirk Von Der Heydt (MS accounting) and his accounting student team won the IIA internal audit case competition—a well-deserved win from one of UNT’s former Professional Accounting Student Society (PASS) presidents.

In addition to Von Der Heydt’s team win, Caylla Cotton (MS accounting) and her team placed second in this highly competitive event. Cotton is UNT’s current PASS vice-president.

Von Der Heydt and Colleen Delaney (current UNT PASS president) continued to fill up the stage as they also placed first and second, respectively, in the 2019 IIA Annual Engagement Award. 


Risk management and insurance student starts petition to reform insurance industry

A petition from young people preparing to enter a career in insurance is calling on US insurers to end their underwriting and investments in coal and other fossil fuels. The petition was started by Schuyler Holder, a senior at the University of North Texas and a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, a national insurance fraternity.

 “I’m excited to start a career in risk management, hopefully within the insurance industry, but I want to know that the company I choose to work for is doing everything it can to tackle the climate crisis that my generation is facing,” Holder said. “Insurance, at its core, is about helping people in their most desperate times, and if US insurers step up they can play a huge role in stopping the worst impacts of climate change. It’s just smart business. Out of all the industries, the insurance industry should be the most aware of, and the most vigilant against, the risks of climate change for the sake of their customers.”

Holder recently contributed an essay to Teen Vogue, where she further voiced her opinion on how the insurance industry can address the climate crisis. 




Northwestern Mutual Dallas sponsors Eagle Business Network series

Northwestern Mutual Dallas has become the official sponsor of the UNT Ryan College of Business Eagle Business Network events. 

Their support will enable the series to reach additional alumni and assist the college in hosting more impactful happy hour events, at minimal charge to attendees.

Happy hour locations rotate throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex and serve as invaluable networking opportunities for alumni and friends of the college. Events are also occasionally highlighted by guest speakers as a way to further engage attendees by offering new and relevant presentation topics.

Thanks to the generosity of Northwestern Mutual, the college can continue hosting an open forum to increase alumni engagement and provide a safe and fun space to network.

Join us at the next Eagle Business Happy Hour, scheduled for November 21 at The Rustic in Dallas.


Donnie Nelson gives lesson on global impact of basketball

Students and community members filed into the UNT Coliseum Tuesday afternoon to hear from basketball legend, Donnie Nelson. Nelson, the general manager and president of operations for the Dallas Mavericks, shared inside stories of how his global approach to basketball helped change the game as we know it today. From new playing strategies to improved recruitment tactics, the college was honored to learn about the evolution of basketball from one of the most revered minds in the NBA.

You can watch the full Ryan College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Donnie Nelson here:



The Business of Success

Kim Fenneman ('97) was nervous yet thrilled as she walked into the office in her best power suit: a red jacket with black buttons, black skirt and black shoes. It was her first day of her IBM internship, the first corporate job she'd ever had, and the morning was filled with normal introductory activities: She got her picture taken for her badge, filled out some paperwork, then walked around to meet everyone on her floor.

What she didn't realize until after the meet-and-greet was that she was the youngest person on the team. She began at IBM when she was 21, while her coworkers had joined 20-plus years earlier. However, no one treated her any different -- although she was the newest member of the team, Fenneman came prepared with the skills she needed to fit right in.

That was due in large part to UNT's Professional Leadership Program. For the past 25 years, the program has offered leadership development and mentoring to students, as well as internship and job opportunities.

"The Professional Leadership Program helped me, as an introvert, get into the corporate world after college," says Fenneman, who majored in strategic management. "My coworkers had been at IBM longer than I had been alive. So going into a corporate environment like that and knowing how to network with people allowed me to not be as anxious. I felt like I could contribute, even though I was the youngest person on the team. After I graduated from UNT, I was hired on full-time to lead and manage a team. I attribute the growing confidence in my leadership skills to my time in UNT's Professional Leadership Program.”  




A $25,000 commitment to fund a Wall Street Journal online subscription will enable all G. Brint Ryan College of Business faculty, staff and students to view the journal online so they can stay up-to-date on current trends, issues and affairs in the business world. Help keep the college informed with a gift toward the Wall Street Journal online subscription today.


A $10,000 gift will assist the Ryan College of Business in hosting a college-wide etiquette dinner. This dinner will serve as a way to train all students on how to properly conduct themselves during a business dining experience. Dining etiquette is a critical part of professional development for all business men and women, proving to be a necessary skill for networking, job professionalism and overall career success. 


The UNT logistics programs consist of four major components: the Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management, the Complex Logistics Systems Research Cluster, the logistics and supply chain management degree programs, and the only four-year aviation logistics degree program in the nation. Your donation in support of  logistics will assist with providing increased education and research opportunities for students as they pursue their degree.

Click here or the "Make a Gift" link below to learn more
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