Meet Bauer’s newest board members

Published on May 6, 2014

The C. T. Bauer College of Business recently added nine new members to its 38-member board. Drawing on the city’s dynamic business leadership to support the work of Dean Latha Ramchand, the Bauer College Board provides a crucial link between the university and the business community. The newly appointed board members are top-tier executives representing a variety of Houston business enterprises, from energy and retail to accounting and real estate. Say hello to…

Dan Bellow

President, Jones Lang LaSalle — Houston

As president of the Houston branch of the commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Bellow is responsible for operations in Houston and Louisiana. He began his career in 1973 as a leasing agent for LaGuarta, Gavrel and Kirk, later working for Henry S. Miller, Grubb & Ellis and The Staubach Co., where he was president of Houston operations. A graduate of the University of Houston, the civic-minded father of four has served on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Center for Houston’s Future, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Houston. He was honorary chairman of the Houston Area Urban League’s 25th anniversary celebration. At JLL, he focuses primarily on office-tenant representation, with a specific emphasis on working with major corporations on workplace strategies, build-to-suit projects and dispositions of surplus properties. He also serves on the company’s Leadership Council and the America’s Executive Committee. When he’s not working, Bellow enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren on their South Texas ranch.

Milton N. Frankfort

Founding Partner, UHY Advisors Texas

Since graduating from the University of Houston’s business college with a BBA in accounting (’67) and a subsequent law degree from the South Texas College of Law, Milton helped build UHY Advisors-Texas into one of the city’s top five accounting firms as its co-founder and managing partner from 1971 until 2000.

His energy and insights have helped clients at each stage of their lifecycle, some of them over multiple generations of ownership.

At Bauer, Milton has served on the Dean’s executive advisory board; been honored as a distinguished alumnus; and delivered the convocation at the 2006 Commencement. He is a founder of the Middle Market Institute, in which Bauer faculty and business leaders collaborate to propel entrepreneurial businesses beyond the challenges of growth.

He has been on the boards of Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the Anti-Defamation League, Congregation Beth Yeshurun and the American Jewish Committee. He and his wife, Ricki, have three children.

Kenneth J. Guidry

President, Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C.

Guidry has led PKF Texas, one of the fastest growing firms in the Southwest, during a period of tremendous growth. President of the firm since 2004, and its chief operating officer and director from 1982 to 2004, he is in demand as a panelist, expert and thought leader. His achievements are significant and numerous: He appeared on the cover of Practical Accountant (for working with universities). He was Leading Edge Alliance’s Innovative Leader of the Year for 2004. CPA Magazine included him in the list of Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners. And Accounting Today recently named him an inaugural Managing Partner Elite. Under Guidry’s leadership, PKF Texas has been recognized for outstanding culture and innovation. Among its honors: Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For, Best Companies to Work For in Texas and the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Flexibility. At Bauer College, where he received his BBA in Accounting in 1977, Guidry has served on the Accounting Advisory and Leadership Initiatives boards. He is also on the board of Prepared 4 Life and is a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum.

Elizabeth Killinger

President, NRG Energy’s Texas Retail and Reliant

After a decade with Reliant, Killinger was named president in 2012. Today she is charged with leading all aspects of the energy provider’s retail business. Prior to Reliant, she spent 10 years with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, working with companies across the United States and Norway and in London. Previously, she provided operations support in the oilfield services industry. A fourth-generation Texan and Houston native with deep roots in the community, Killinger holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Bauer College and is on the University of Houston’s Energy Advisory Board. Among her numerous community leadership roles, she has served on the boards of the March of Dimes Houston Chapter (where she chaired the 2014 March for Babies), the Center for Hearing and Speech, the North Texas Commission and the Greater Houston Partnership. She has been listed in Who’s Who in Energy in Houston and included in the Houston Business Journal’s Power Book.  She is chairman of the board of Epiphany Lutheran School and mentors college students at Newspring Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Business Nurturing.

John King

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

King has been steeped in the Bauer College culture for more than two decades. He attended the University of Houston Honors College on a National Merit Scholarship, graduating summa cum laude in 1992 with a BBA in accounting. After ranking among the top 10 in the state for his CPA exam scores, he joined Arthur Andersen in 1992 and Ernst & Young in 2002; a year later, he was named partner. King, who grew up in Kansas City, has served as an audit partner for a number of Fortune 500 companies, primarily in the energy industry. He is a member of the Bauer College Foundation Board and past chair of the college’s Accounting Advisory Board. In 2009, he delivered Bauer’s undergraduate Commencement speech. King is on the Finance and Audit Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership and previously served on the advisory boards of the American Heart Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Texas. He is married and has two children.

Scott B. McClelland

President, H.E. Butt Grocery Co., Houston and Central Market Division

McClelland has been president of the Houston food and drug stores of H.E. Butt Grocery Co. (H-E-B), the 13th largest grocery chain in the United States, since 2003. He is well known in the community as Mr. H-E-B, the congenial star of the grocery company’s TV ads. McClelland joined H-E-B in 1990 as a vice president of operations for the Austin region. After transferring to corporate headquarters in San Antonio in 1991, he held several leadership positions, including vice president of general merchandise marketing and group vice president for DrugStore. Before joining H-E-B, he was with Pepsico’s Frito Lay Division for 10 years. Since 2004, he has been a director of Sanders Morris Harris Group Inc. Among his community leadership endeavors, he has chaired the Houston Food Bank and is member of the Children’s Defense Fund. He serves as a director of the San Antonio Spurs Foundation, Texas Special Olympics, Greater Houston Partnership and Memorial Hermann Hospital System. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. McClelland and his wife, Soraya, have two daughters.

Mark J. Mize

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Halcón Resources Corp.

A certified public accountant with a B.S. in accounting from the Bauer College, Mize has been instrumental in the rapid growth of Halcón, an independent energy company that is sometimes referred to as the legacy of Petrohawk Energy. Mize served on the executive management team responsible for turning Petrohawk from a $60 million investment into a $15.1 billion company in seven years. He joined Petrohawk as controller in 2004, then served as vice president, chief administrative officer and controller from 2005 to 2007. He later served as Petrohawk’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer from 2007 until its sale to Billiton in 2011. He was Petrohawk’s chief ethics officer and insider trading compliance until 2009.  Before joining Petrohawk, Mize was manager of financial reporting for Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., a public oil and gas company (2003 to 2004). Mize began his career in 1996 as an audit manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. At Bauer College, he serves on the Accounting Advisory Board and has instructed courses in accounting and finance for the oil and gas industry.

S. Glynn Roberts

President, Northstar Offshore Group, LLC

Roberts 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. A native of Tyler, Texas, he received a BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Tyler and an MBA, with honors, from the Bauer College. He was keynote speaker at the 35th anniversary celebration of Bauer’s EMBA program in 2013. He also completed a three-year executive education program at Harvard Business School. 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 2012 with a business plan focused on the Gulf of Mexico shelf and growth through drilling and acquisitions. Roberts and his wife, Jean, a realtor at John Daugherty and former research director of both the Fox and ABC stations in Houston, have two sons and are active in school and community affairs.

Steve Stephens

President and CEO, Amegy Bank

A founding employee of Amegy Bank of Texas, Stephens joined the bank in 1990 as executive vice president; he was named president in 2009 and chief executive officer in 2014. Under his watch, Amegy has grown to more than $12 billion in assets with more than 80 locations in Texas. Stephens, who holds a BBA in accounting from Bauer College, began his banking career in 1980 in Texas Commerce Bank’s lending officer development program. Over the years, he rose to leadership positions within Texas Commerce’s member bank and commercial lending division. At Amegy, he has led the bank’s commercial, retail and private banking activities. Among his community leadership roles, he is on the board of Hobby Center Foundation, Boys and Girls Country of Houston and Spring Spirit Baseball. A lifelong Houstonian, he has volunteered with American Leadership Forum, Boy Scouts of America and United Way. In addition to the University of Houston, he attended Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Anne-Laure, have four children.

By Wendell Brock

Posted Under: Bauer Gives Back, Recognition

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