NFL Exec & Alumna Will Keynote Spring 2016 Bauer Convocation

Published on April 29, 2016

Bauer College to Recognize Nearly 1,000 Graduates at May 13 Event

On May 13, the C. T. Bauer College of Business will celebrate more than 900 graduates during a convocation ceremony at 7 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion.

On May 13, the C. T. Bauer College of Business will celebrate more than 900 graduates during a convocation ceremony at 7 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion.

Nearly 1,000 graduating students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business will be honored at the college’s convocation ceremony on May 13, featuring a keynote address from alumna and NFL Vice President of Strategic Planning for Junior Athlete Development Natara Holloway (BBA ’98).

The Spring 2016 graduating class includes candidates for bachelor of business administration degrees, as well as those completing graduate (MBA, Executive MBA and master of science) and doctoral business programs.

In addition, Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand will give special acknowledgement of 15 undergraduate students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average during their studies, as well as seven master’s students who have been named Outstanding Student in their respective programs.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 13 in Hofheinz Pavilion on the University of Houston campus. For more information, visit www.bauer.uh.edu/commencement.

Natara Holloway (BBA ‘98)
Vice President
NFL Jr. Athlete Development
Strategic Planning
National Football League

Natara Holloway (BBA '98) will give the keynote address for the convocation ceremony.

Natara Holloway (BBA ’98) will give the keynote address for the convocation ceremony.

Natara Holloway serves as the vice president of Strategic Planning in the NFL Junior Athlete Development department. Holloway leads the group that is responsible for growing the game of football through the development of the football journey for young athletes aged 6-18.  In this newly developed role, she has been tasked with developing the long-term strategic plan to preserve the future of football and to align with internal and external corporate partners to advocate for the game.

Holloway has been with the National Football League for 12 years. Prior to Jr. Athletes, she was the vice president of Brand, Marketing and Retail Development for the Consumer Products department. There, Holloway led the group that engaged with fans and created compelling product experiences through the multi-channel “retailtainment” strategy that positioned the NFL at key retailers and major calendar events.

She began working with retail as one of several new business initiatives in her role as the vice president of Corporate Development – New Business Development. She had a lead role in the development of the first ever, retail pop-up store for women in New Orleans, for which the team was recognized with a Commissioner’s Innovation Award. Holloway has previously worked in the Internal Audit department, and has served as one of the Leagues Compliance Officers.

Prior to the NFL, Holloway worked for ExxonMobil in various roles within the Controllers’ organization. While in her accounting functions, she earned certification as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Holloway graduated magna cum laude from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

By Amanda Sebesta

Grads by the Numbers

932 graduates total

683 undergraduate students

Accountancy & Taxation: 137
Decision & Information Sciences (includes management information systems and supply chain): 219
Finance: 154
Management: 62
Marketing & Entrepreneurship: 111
Bauer Honors: 42
Program for Excellence in Selling: 68

249 graduate students

Full Time MBA: 24
Professional MBA: 68
Executive MBA: 63
MS Accountancy: 84
MS Finance: 9
MS GEM: 1

Doctoral graduates: 10

Beta Gamma Sigma graduates: 33