Fall 2011 Bauer Alumni Breakfast Series Features Industry Leaders
From Commercial Real Estate, Higher Education and Oil & Gas
The Bauer College Alumni Association at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business has announced the lineup for its Fall 2011 monthly networking breakfast series. Beginning on Sept. 15, UH Bauer alumni will network and learn from some of the top executives in the city through a monthly breakfast event.
The breakfast events are held on the third Thursday of each month at Houston City Club from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. For more information on BCAA events, click here.
September 15, 2011
Former CEO of Continental Airlines and current president of Emerald Creek Group
Larry Kellner joined Continental Airlines in 1995 as chief financial officer and in May 2001 was elected president of the airline and to the Board of Directors. In March 2003 he was named president and chief operating officer, a position he held from December 2004 through December 2009.
Prior to joining Continental, Kellner was executive vice president and chief financial officer of two companies. First, the Koll Company, a private real estate investment and construction firm and next, American Savings Bank.
Kelner graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of South Carolina, where he served as Student body President.
Kellner serves on the board of directors for Marriott International and is active in numerous community and civic organizations. He is chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and serves on the Rice University Board of Trustees. He is a member of the board of directors for the Methodist Hospital, YMCA of Greater Houston, the Spring Branch Education Foundation and is a member of both the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board and the Sam Houston Area Council Board. Kellner also serves on the development board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
He resides in Houston with his wife, Susan, and their four children.
October 20, 2011
UH System Chancellor and President
Renu Khator is president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the UH System, overseeing an organization that serves more than 65,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.3 billion, and generates a $3 billion-plus impact on the Greater Houston area’s economy each year.
During her tenure, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private donations. In FY2010, UH brought in $114 million in research awards and enjoyed unprecedented community support with 25,000 donors contributing $102 million. UH began construction of its 75-acre Energy Research Park and became a full member of the Texas Medical Center. In 2011, UH became a Tier One university, with the Carnegie Foundation elevating it into the top category of research universities, joining UT, Texas A&M and Rice.
Khator, who was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, recently joined some of the world’s most respected leaders when she was named to the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council. She serves on many local, state and international boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the American Council on Education, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Technology Center, the Texas Medical Center CEO Group and the Business-Higher Education Forum Board of Directors. A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, she has published numerous books and articles on this subject.
The first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive public research university in the United States, Khator was appointed in January 2008.
November 17, 2011
John T. Rynd
Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore, Inc.
John T. Rynd joined Hercules Offshore, Inc. in 2005 and was named chief executive officer and president in 2008. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the company. Rynd has served in various executive level positions since prior to his current position.
Prior to joining Hercules Offshore, Rynd spent 11 years with Noble Drilling Services, Inc., where he served in a variety of management roles, including Vice President of Investor Relations and Vice President of Marketing and Contracts. Rynd also spent time in various management roles at Chiles Offshore, culminating in Vice President of Marketing.
Rynd also serves on the Board of CECO, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of engine and compressor replacement parts. In addition, Rynd was also named to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the Board of Trustees for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Advisory Board for Spindletop International Charities, the Board of Directors for Ocean Energy Center and the Board of Directors for Hornbeck Offshore, Inc.
Rynd graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
The well-attended monthly networking breakfasts at the Houston City Club bring out Bauer alumni and some of the city’s leading executives.
By Ryan Tang