Beaver Aplin to Discuss Success of Buc-ee’s and Entrepreneurship
A road trip across Texas isn’t complete without a stop (or two) at Buc-ee’s, one of the state’s most successful franchises that customers equate with clean restrooms, Beaver Nuggets and friendly service.
On April 10, the C. T. Bauer College of Business will host a visit from Buc-ee’s founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin, who will share what it took to build the Buc-ee’s brand.
Aplin will participate in a question-and-answer session led by his longtime friend Champ Warren, a managing director with Merrill Lynch, at the 5 p.m. Distinguished Leaders Series special event in Cemo Hall’s Stubblefield Auditorium.
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Arch “Beaver” Aplin, III
Arch “Beaver” Aplin, III, earned his BS in Building Construction from Texas A&M University in 1980. In 1982, Aplin founded Texas’ beloved chain of Buc-ee’s convenience stores, now known for its impeccable restrooms and remarkable travel centers along the state’s highways.
Aplin was appointed to the State of Texas Small Business Council by Governor Rick Perry and has served on the Brazosport Independent School District Board of Trustees for nine years. He is also president of Chase Construction, a commercial construction company, and on the board of Flow-Zone, Inc. an oil field supply company, and R.B. Stewart, a fuel distribution company.
Aplin is a Distinguished Executive Professor of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M, and was recognized as Outstanding Alumni in 2012. He has served on the Board of the Brazosport Center for Arts and Sciences, and Emergency Management Services-Lake Jackson. Aplin is a lifetime member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the 100 Club.
He has three children, ages 28, 24, and 19, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf in his free time.
Champ D. Warren, III
Managing Director, Wealth Advisor
Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group
Champ Warren is a managing director and senior partner on the largest private banking team in the southwest region of Merrill Lynch. The ten-person team manages over $4 billion in assets for founders and CEOs who have sold their business or taken it public.
Warren has 25 years of experience, 21 with Merrill Lynch, specializing in wealth management, corporate finance and succession planning. Since 2010, he has been recognized each year by Barron’s as one of America’s top wealth management advisors.
Prior to joining the private bank, he co-managed the firm’s Business Finance Group in Houston. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Warren worked as a banker in the Middle Market Lending Group of First City Bank (now JP Morgan Chase).
Warren was elected to two terms on the Southside Place City Council, is a board member of the Strake Jesuit College Preparatory Foundation and serves as an advisory board member for The Woods Group, which helps disadvantage high school students pursue a college education,
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 with a BBA in Finance.
By Amanda Sebesta