Students from MBA, MS Programs Receive Honors
Every semester, graduating Bauer students don their regalia and prepare to cross the stage into the next chapter of their life. On May 10, students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will receive conferral of their degrees during a ceremony.
During the commencement, seven Bauer students will receive special recognition for extraordinary achievements and leadership during their tenure in their respective programs.
Outstanding MBA Student
As a creative problem solver, Claudia Serrano is passionate about the complex and multi-dimensional business environment. She came to the Bauer College to pursue her MBA in supply chain and real estate investments to complement her previous graduate studies in project management and her bachelor’s degree in corporate communications.
Serrano interned for NewQuest Properties during Summer 2013. Previously, she worked in multiple roles for Pepsi in her hometown of Venezuela.
Her education and work experience have encouraged her to be process-oriented and to develop a continuous improvement mind set, as well as a strong business ethic and positive leadership attitude. Throughout her time in Bauer, Serrano has delivered well-balanced results regarding her academic work, professional networking and community involvement.
She collaborated with the UH Microfinance program, KIPP Alumni network, NSHMBA, ULI, UH Supply Chain Club and the Bauer Real Estate Club. She dedicated time to provide orientation to Bauer’s prospective and international students in several events. Additionally, her team was awarded third place in the APICS West Coast Case Competition 2013 and ULI selected her as Scholarship Recipient in 2014.
Currently, she is pursuing a position in strategic planning or project management which aligns with her interest and skill set.
Outstanding MS Accountancy Student
Deysi Avellaneda joined the Bauer College in August 2010 where she completed her BBA in accounting with a 4.0 G.P.A.
Prior to attending the University of Houston, Avellaneda graduated valedictorian from Splendora High School, an early college academy.
During her time in Bauer, Avellaneda joined Beta Alpha Psi and also participated in the Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) case competition. She is grateful for participating in the ALPFA case competition since it gave her an opportunity to research on real world accounting issues and to work with KPMG advisors.
In addition to her studies, she served as a tutor for Advanced Accounting during her undergraduate degree and as a teaching assistant and tutor for Financial Reporting Frameworks and Intermediate I as a graduate student. Avellaneda also completed an internship and received a full time offer with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is currently working to complete her CPA requirements and looks forward to beginning her career as an auditor.
Avellaneda would like to give special recognition to her parents, Crecenciano and Valentina Avellaneda. Thanks to their unconditional love, encouragement and support, Avellaneda feels confident she can accomplish anything her goals and anything she sets her mind to.
Outstanding MS Finance Student
Ngoc Pham is an international student from Vietnam. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. After graduating, Pham began her professional career as a research assistant at a boutique investment firm in downtown Lisle, Illinois.
Being attracted by Houston’s warm weather, booming business and a want to challenge herself with advanced knowledge, Pham decided to attend Bauer for the master degree. Throughout her study as a graduate student, she has developed an interest in the banking industry while working as a credit assistant at Texas Citizens Bank. She plans to continue working with them after graduation. During her free time, Pham enjoys teaching Vietnamese to kids who grew up in the U.S., but wish to learn about their origins.
Pham truly appreciates the time at Bauer since it has created invaluable experience in both academic and professional levels.
Outstanding GEMBA 35 Student
Michael Annas was voted Outstanding EMBA Student of the Global Energy MBA 35 class at the University of Houston in 2014. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a BBA in marketing from the University of Houston.
In his 10-year career at BP Energy Company, he has worked in Natural Gas Liquids, Operational Risk and Natural Gas holding diverse positions in logistics, project management, risk management, and most recently in sales and trading.
He is currently living in Southern California with his beautiful bride Nicole and their two miniature schnauzers, Minnie and Maxxie.
Outstanding GEMBA 11 Student
Andy Cheung has been working as an engineer in the process safety field for eight years. Cheung received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Houston. After contemplating whether to stay in the technical/engineering route or go to the managerial/business route, Cheung decided to go with the latter and that’s why he chose to get his MBA degree.
Knowing UH has an excellent business program, Cheung did not hesitate to apply for their Global Energy program.
He would like to thank the outstanding faculty, his wife and all of his classmates, especially team Minority Report, here in the MBA program. They have all helped Cheung grow both at the professional and personal level. Cheung believes his experience in this program wouldn’t be the same without any of them.
Outstanding Leadership 11 Student
Winston Cadenas decided to enroll in the Bauer EMBA program looking to complement his professional experience in accounting, finances and administration within others, but his goal was to acquire skills to become a better leader; the experience was better than expected.
Cadenas has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Simon Bolivar University – Venezuela and a Master’s in Oil Refining, Gas and Petrochemicals from Metropolitana University and French Petroleum Institute – Venezuela.
Cadenas’ professional experience has been in the oil refining business – downstream, with assignments in process control, project management, planning and economics, supply chain, optimization, and physical trading (crude oil and feedstocks).
He would like to thank the faculty for their dedication and support. Cadenas want to recognize his classmates and colleagues for their support and enrichment to the program, and for their friendship. Cadenas also expresses gratitude for the support received from his wife Nina and his children, they made it possible.
Outstanding Leadership 35 Student
Mireo Latham currently serves as the general manager at the Walmart Import Distribution Center in Baytown, Texas. He has served in this capacity since October 2009. He is responsible for 635 Walmart Associates, 100+ third party Associates, and a Cross dock Facility run by Damco Distribution. His facility produces annualized sales of approximately $3.2 Billion and services distribution centers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kansas.
Prior to his arrival in Baytown, he was the general manager of the Walmart Grocery Distribution Center, in Los Lunas New Mexico from September 2005 through October 2009. Latham began his career with Walmart in May of 2004 as the assistant general manager at the Regional Distribution Center in, Goodyear, Arizona.
Prior to joining the Walmart team, Latham served as the leader of Perishable Distribution and Transportation for the Houston Market with HEB Grocery Company.
Latham began his professional career as an officer in the Unites States Army in 1992. He served in a variety of different roles ultimately ending his service as a captain in Field Artillery in 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University in Washington D.C., and is currently completing his Executive MBA at the Bauer College.
By Amanda Sebesta