The C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston is full of families – close-knit groups of students, faculty and staff who create lasting relationships during their time in Melcher Hall. It’s no surprise that the families at Bauer College also include parents with strong ties to the school who encourage their children to become Cougars as well.
AJ Rincon, managing partner of Rincon Capital Partners, had been involved with Bauer College for years through his work with Stanford Financial Group and wanted his son Jeremy, who was attending Brigham Young University at the time, to enroll in the finance program at the school. Along with Associate Dean of External Relations Robert Casey, he pitched the idea to his son during a UH vs. Miami football game.
“At the time, it was important that I went to a school that was in an area that had ample recruiting. Bob Casey told me everything that was going at Bauer, and I made the decision to transfer. It certainly was the right decision,” Jeremy said.
After transferring from BYU, his education at Bauer put him at the top of the competition, he said. He was able to stand toe-to-toe with students from some of the country’s most prestigious business schools during an internship with the Stanford Financial Group in Florida in the summer of 2007.
“Before I started my internship, they sent me a list of all the people I would be working with,” he said. “There were two people from MIT and one from Yale, and I was intimidated by the name brands of the schools. I found out quickly that Bauer was teaching me the same things. I felt that my corporate finance skills were as strong, if not better, than the others.”
Last spring, Rincon earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Bauer College. His undergraduate career with the school ended the same way it began, with his father playing a key role in the commencement ceremony. Before joining his classmates in line, he found his family in the stands and waved to them. His father then relocated and joined the platform party on stage.
“They began the part of the one-on-one when they hand you your diploma, and I did a double take and saw him standing there,” he said.
Standing alongside UH President and UH System Chancellor Renu Khator, AJ Rincon proudly handed his son his diploma. “I would not have missed that opportunity for the world,” he said. “I believe strongly in Bauer College and in my son graduating from it. I have been involved with Bauer for years and have witnessed the growth there.”
The education Jeremy received at Bauer helped him to land a position with Stanford Capital Management in relationship management support. The ties his father and Bauer College have with the company helped him to pursue the position, he said. He still keeps in touch with those who helped him on the way, including accounting professor Ron Lazer, assistant dean of undergraduate business programs Frank Kelley, associate dean of external relations Bob Casey and director of alumni development John O’Dell.
“What I’m doing now is an extension of learning without the books. One day I hope to go back to school and keep learning,” he said. “By all means I am considering Bauer for graduate school. The move worked out well, and I made some great relationships.”
By Hannah Eastham
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.