On-target giving

Published on December 16, 2011

Executive workshops raise $20,000 in scholarships for UH Bauer students.
For some, the gift came just in time.

For UH Bauer senior Wesley Fly, scholarship funds have been critical to his success in the college’s Program for Excellence in Selling and Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.

When TR Moore & Company launched its Business on Target workshops, it wanted to help Houston business owners finesse their game — and give back to the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business.

After four workshops sprinkled throughout 2011, the Houston CPA and consulting firm and its event sponsors have established the Aiming for Entrepreneurship scholarship fund. Twenty Bauer students in the entrepreneurship, finance and accounting programs have been awarded $1,000 gifts, funded by the workshops’ corporate sponsors: Insperity, Green Bank, NAI Houston, Integrity Bank, BCH & Associates, Bank of Houston and Seyfarth Shaw.

One of the scholarship winners is Wesley Fly, a 22-year-old senior at the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship. Fly  — who has a 3.93 GPA and has already earned his certificate from the Program for the Excellence in Selling — said the timing of the gift was critical.

“I’d like to thank the companies who contributed to the scholarship,” said the Friendswood native, who expects to graduate in May 2012. “It enables me to focus on my classes rather than the logistics and finances related to school. “

“When I found out I received the scholarship, I was extremely relieved,” said Fly, who has been working part-time as a web designer/developer. “I had four textbooks I held out on getting due to a lack of funds. I am paying for my school and wasn’t able to work enough to pay for my commute. This scholarship came just in time and really took a lot of pressure off me this semester.”

About 75 business owners from the Houston region participated in the complimentary, invitation-only workshops, created for mid-size companies who want to maximize their potential. TR Moore & Company was so pleased with the series that it plans to hold four more sessions featuring new topics in 2012.

“This has been a rewarding project that really exemplifies Houston’s entrepreneurial spirit,” says Tim Moore, managing partner of TR Moore & Company, the Houston-based branch of Doeren Mayhew. “We are not only providing insight for today’s business owners, but also contributing to the community’s entrepreneurs of tomorrow. It has been inspiring to meet some of these students and hear about their plans to build a business from the ground up.”

TR Moore & Company held a sponsor-appreciation happy hour on Nov. 17 and invited some of the scholarship winners, including Fly. The scholarship winner plans to go full time as business director and CFO of Wild Web Studios, Inc., a web-developing firm his father started eight years ago. He credits Bauer College with preparing him for his new role.

“The fact that I now have knowledge and experience thanks to the Wolff Center and the Program for Excellence in Selling enables me to work on the business rather than solely in the business,” said the young executive. “It truly is an exciting time and is a great opportunity to get my feet wet in the challenging world of entrepreneurism. I feel confident taking a business director/CFO position at my age and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

Meanwhile, he is using his Aiming for Entrepreneurship scholarship to invest in his future.

“I have already spent the scholarship money on books and put aside some of the money to use on my commute to school,” he said. “I bought my management book, law and ethics book and also ‘Selling to the Top.’ I saw my friend in the Selling Program reading it and decided it would be beneficial. For next semester, I plan to use the other half of the funds for my commute and textbooks once again.’’

Business owners and their C-level staff who are interested in attending a 2012 workshop session may contact Geoffrey Gallo or Melinda Genitempo at 713-789-7077 or info@trmoore.com.

By Wendell Brock