Bauer College Alumni Association Announces
Fall 2012 BCAA Monthly Networking Breakfast Lineup
Calling all parties seeking networking opportunities. And a good breakfast.
If that’s you, mark your calendar for the Bauer College Alumni Association’s fall breakfast networking series. The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business alumni group has lined up an exciting roster of guest speakers for its popular program at the Houston City Club — the fall programming kicked off on Sept. 20 with Marcie Zlotnik, executive vice president and co-founder of StarTex Power.
Zlotnik discussed the creation of StarTex Power, a Houston-based electricity provider, and the key to its success. The third-Thursday series continues Oct. 18 with Michael C. Linn, founder of LINN Energy and president of MCL Ventures, LLC, and concludes Nov. 15 with S. Glynn Roberts, president of Northstar Offshore Group, LLC.
The executives say they are impressed with the caliber of Bauer alumni and want to invest in their success. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the candidates coming out of Bauer College,” Zlotnik said. “They are well situated to become the future leaders of our city and state.”
Linn said he’s “passionate about the Bauer College of Business, since its grads make up a significant part of the Houston workforce. As such, we need an outstanding business school for our companies that are located in Houston.”
The breakfasts run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Cost is $30 for alumni association members and $35 for non-members.
Here’s a look at scheduled speakers:
From StarTex Power’s inception in 2004 through September 2010, Zlotnik was chief operating officer responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations of this $400 million company. Today, as executive vice president, she directs her attention to the company’s legislative and regulatory affairs and has been an invited speaker for both the Texas House and Senate Committees overseeing retail electricity markets. Before co-founding StarTex , Zlotnik was president and director of Gexa Energy, a Retail Electric Provider she co-founded in 2001. Among her many awards: Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (2008-2010), Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce Texas Business Woman of the Year (1996) and Houston Area Women’s Center Volunteer of the Year (1995). In 2010, Houston Woman Magazine named her one of Houston’s Most Influential Women. H Magazine has named her a “Top 100 professional in Houston.” She holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She’s a volunteer at Longfellow Elementary, a Houston school StarTex Power adopted in 2009.
Michael C. Linn
At the Oct. 18 breakfast, the founder of LINN Energy, LLC says he will “tell the LINN Energy story — that is, the use of venture capital to grow an idea and a company, along with certain tenets that one should always follow in business.” Currently Linn is the president of MCL Ventures, LLC, an investment company. He is also director and founder on the board of directors of LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE), where he previously served as chairman, president and chief executive officer as well as executive chairman. He founded LINN Energy in 2003, and the company became the first publicly traded E&P partnership in 2006. He is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University (’74) with a BA in political science and a cum laude graduate of the University Of Baltimore School of Law (’77). After graduation, he practiced law for the law firm of Ecker, Ecker, Zofer and Rome until 1980, when he joined Meridian Exploration as general counsel. By the time Meridian, a private oil and natural gas company, sold in 2000, he was president and chief executive officer. From 2000-2003, he was president of Allegheny Interests Inc., a private oil and natural gas investment company.
S. Glynn Roberts
A native of Tyler, Texas, Roberts is president of Northstar Offshore Group, LLC. He has an extensive background in the acquisition and divestiture of producing oil and gas properties and the management of Gulf of Mexico exploration and production. He received a BBA, with a major in marketing, from the University of Texas at Tyler (’77) and an MBA from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business (’91). Roberts joined the oil and gas business in 1979 as a landman and worked continuously at various land-related functions until forming Northstar Interests, L.C. in 1994. After a series of mergers and acquisitions over the years, Northstar Offshore Group, LLC was established in February with a business plan focused on the Gulf of Mexico shelf and growth through drilling and acquisitions. Roberts and his wife, Jean, an independent film producer and former research director of both the Fox and ABC stations in Houston, are the proud parents of two son: Sean, a senior at Duke University, and Ryan, a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.
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By Wendell Brock