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Janet Bates graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. degree in Education in 1971. Mrs. Bates has been an Advisory Board Member of the Texas Venture Lab at the McCombs School of Business since 2011 and a Texas Exes Life Member. Mrs. Bates is also First Tee of Greater Austin Board Member (2013-present), the American Cancer Society Victory Associate Board Member (2001-present), a Panhellenic Delegate -Delta Delta Delta Sorority and a Jr. League of Austin sustaining member.
Gary Farmer is president of Heritage Title Company in Austin, Texas. Mr. Farmer serves on numerous civic and charitable boards, including the Greater Austin Economic Development Corp, Waller Creek Conservancy, UT Chancellor’s Council, UT Development Board and The Rise School.
William B. Jackson is a Senior Resident Director at Merrill Lynch. Bill is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Accounting. He began his career in financial services in 1971 and joined Merrill Lynch in 1997. Bill and his wife, Sally, are the proud parents of three children, and proud grandparents of three grandchildren. When away from the office, Bill enjoys outdoor activities, and being with family and friends.
Stephan James is retired from Accenture, LTD, where he worked for over 35 years. When he retired, he was the Chief Operating Officer, and served as Vice Chairman of the Board. Prior to serving as Chief Operating Officer, he managed the Global Financial Services and Resources Market Units. He has been on several public and private Boards, and is currently on the boards of Navigant Consulting, Inc. and Fidelity National Information Services (FIS). He is also on the board of Camp Eagle and is a member of the University Of Texas McCombs School Of Business Advisory Board.
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Richard Kincaid is President and Founder of BeCause Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that heightens awareness of complex social problems to promote change. Mr. Kincaid was the president and CEO of Equity Office Properties Trust until its acquisition by the Blackstone Group in 2007. He received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and his B.A. from Wichita State University.
Mitch is an Houston lawyer who represents whistleblowers in suits designed to recover money of which the government has been defrauded. He graduated from UT Law in 1987 after receiving his undergraduate degree in 1984 from UT’s McCombs School of Business in Accounting and Business Honors. Mitch continues to shock and amaze his friends by having convinced a beautiful and otherwise intelligent woman to remain married to him for 25 years, a fact he attributes to blind luck. He and his wife, Ellen (McCombs BBA ’85), have two daughters of whom they could not be more proud, a senior at UT and a freshman at ATM.
C. Martin Meekins is Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Empyrean Capital Partners, an asset management firm headquartered in Los Angeles. He was previously Assistant General Counsel at Perella Weinberg Partners, a global financial services firm, in New York. Mr. Meekins received his BA from The University of Texas at Austin in Plan II, with honors, as well as his MBA from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business and JD from The University of Texas School of Law.
William O’Hara graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in 1968. After a 33-year business career and a few years into retirement, Will became a faculty member for the Accounting Department at UT from 2003 to 2011. In 2013, Will was awarded The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award. He is the founding co-chair of the Ethics at McCombs Advisory Council.
Jeffrey L. Swope is the Managing Partner of Champion Partners Ltd., a firm he founded in 1991. Champion is a privately-owned commercial real estate investment and development firm based in Dallas, Texas. His professional accomplishments have included being Founding Chairman of the Real Estate Council, and a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He is on the Board of Directors of Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE:PDM) and a member of the Board of East-West Ministries.
A BBA and MBA graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, Swope served as Chairman of the University’s Development Board, Founding Chairman of the McCombs Real Estate and Finance Center, member of the McCombs Advisory Council, Trustee of the McCombs Business School Foundation, and a member of the Commission of 125.
Charles S. Teeple, IV, is a Real Estate Developer in Central Texas with a focus on multifamily construction.
Charles is Co-Chairman of the McCombs School of Business Ethics Advisory Council, a Founding Member of its’ Real Estate Finance and Investment Center, and a Life Member of the McCombs Advisory Council. He also serves as a Member of the IC2 Advisory Board and the Butler School of Music Advisory Council. Teeple received his BBA in 1966 and MBA in 1970 from McCombs.
Charles is also a Past President of the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church and was recognized as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex.