Guidance, enrichment, leadership

The Bill Munday School of Business recognizes the support of its Advisory and Development Council. Through member efforts and continued contributions, our school has been able to actualize visions of academic excellence and integrity.

Chris Adams
Tax Partner, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, LLP

Chris has developed a well-rounded client base with a particular concentration in Austin’s emerging film industry. With over 30 years of experience in public accounting, he provides tax planning, tax compliance and business consulting services to various closely-held entities and their owners, including filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and film production companies. He also leads the firm’s family office practice, providing services to high net-worth individuals specially designed to care for a family’s financial well-being. Before beginning his public accounting career, he held the position of chief accountant at St. Edward’s University, Woodward Manufacturing Company and The Texas State Commission for the Blind.

Chris holds the following degrees and affiliations:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance – The University of Texas at Austin
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA)

He is also actively involved in the community, currently with the Austin Film Society (board member and past board president); Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (board chair); Hearts of Austin (board member); and Meals on Wheels (volunteer). In the past, he has been involved with the Austin Music Foundation and the Sharir Dance Company.

Kyle Ballarta, MBA ’11
Founder & CEO, Falkon Ventures

Kyle is the founder and CEO of Falkon Ventures, an innovative venture capital fund designed to catalyze innovation in the new entrepreneurial landscape for companies that have the mission to positively change industry and the world. Prior to Falkon Ventures, Kyle was a member of the initial team at LifeProof, a San Diego-based consumer electronics company that grew its force from three people to over 250 employees on three continents in three years. LifeProof’s meteoric growth led to its successful acquisition by Otterbox in 2013.

He is also the co-founder of Syndicap, a venture capital network that is changing the attitude of the industry by incentivizing venture funds to collaborate across different stages and verticals to match the convergence of industry. Kyle’s creative curiosity and passion for collaboration that innovates drives him to work with initiatives in the impact space, including The Hispanic Alliance, A Reason to Survive, The Andy Roddick Foundation and The Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University. His work with non-profits, foundations and social enterprises focuses on creating sustainable and scalable impact by implementing social enterprise models and pioneering new venture funding models.

Chelsea (McCullough) Collier
Principal, Intercambio

Through her consulting firm, Intercambio, Chelsea creates partnerships and encourages engagement in the areas of entrepreneurship, economic development, technology and social+civic good. She is also co-founder of WakeUp, a professional and personal development workshop series, and the co-founder of Impact Hub Austin, a local effort within a global network to provide co-working and incubation for social ventures. 

She previously served as executive director of Texans for Economic Progress, where she facilitated dialogue between the statewide technology community and elected officials, advocating for greater access to tech education, entrepreneurship and infrastructure. She is active in several organizations that encourage economic solutions to global challenges, including the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, UnLtd USA (social entrepreneur accelerator), Leadership Austin, The Seton 50, EGBI, Impact Texas (conference on impact investing) and the City of Austin Tech & Telecomm Commission. She was founding director for RISE (an annual entrepreneur conference), marketing director at MPOWER Labs (financial services for the underserved) and served in the Governor’s Office in economic development. She received the Austin Under 50 Award in Science & Technology (2015), BPE Ascendant Award (2013) and was an ABJ Profiles in Power Finalist (2013). She is a Leadership Austin graduate (2010).

Her “side project” involves launching a modular furniture start-up, Mable, which will provide affordable furniture produced from sustainable materials and manufactured in the USA. Chelsea has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin.

Br. Richard Daly
St. Edward’s University

 

Kevin Fincher
Tax and Business Advisory Partner, RSM US LLP

As the tax and business advisory partner, Kevin leads Padgett Stratemann & Co.’s tax consulting solutions practice, as well as the technology and life sciences niche practice. Kevin has over 19 years of experience in public accounting, dealing with a wide range of tax and industry topics, and he specializes in the software/hardware, life sciences, manufacturing, retail and distribution, credit union and real estate industries.  

His expertise covers corporate taxation issues, equity compensation, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, research and development tax credits, partnership/LLC matters, international tax structuring and compliance, and state and local income or franchise reporting and planning.

Kevin’s areas of credit union specialization include issues such as unrelated business income tax, cost allocation, Form 990 reporting compliance, CUSO organization and planning, IRS and state dispute resolution, employee and volunteer fringe benefit taxation, and sales and use tax. He also works with credit unions on issues involving deferred compensation planning and reporting in accordance with IRS guidelines. Kevin has successfully defended many credit unions before the IRS and state taxing authorities. 

Kevin is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars all over the country. He has spoken at conferences for Texas Society of CPAs, Tax Executives Institute, American Institute of CPAs and many other trade and financial organizations. He was a regular guest lecturer for the graduate accounting program at the University of Arizona, teaching special tax topics courses.

Kevin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of Arizona and Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and treasurer for the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA), an organization that he was involved in helping establish in 2013. Kevin was named ARMA’s “Volunteer of the Year” in 2015. 

Vijay George, MBA '96
Senior Advisor, NMG Consulting LLC

Vijay George has over 25 years of experience applying technology strategically across a range of sectors including utilities, government, manufacturing, IT services and management consulting.

Vijay was recently vice president for Texas Public Sector for Sogeti USA, part of Capgemini S.A., before starting NMG Consulting. Vijay is the former CIO/CTO and director of innovation for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA). As a strategic member of the executive management team, he led the statewide ERP modernization initiative, government transparency programs and security and privacy modernization efforts. He had strategy and operational responsibility for the innovation and technology division for the state agency that supports the financial systems for the state of Texas, including tax, accounting, payroll, treasury, and procurement for the $100B+ state government.

Prior to the CPA, Vijay was the CIO for LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), where he was the executive responsible for multiple divisions including IT and telecommunications. At LCRA, he leveraged his experience in IT and OT to bring organizational alignment and bridge IT, telecommunications and OT organizations together. Prior to LCRA, he ran two start-up software development and technology consulting firms that focused on the manufacturing and utility sectors. He started his career as an electrical and controls engineer with Alcoa, leveraging information and operational technology in manufacturing and utility.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in Software Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edward’s University. He is also a registered professional engineer in Texas (inactive).

Paul Gerling, MBA ’98
Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank

As senior vice president of Comerica Bank’s Technology and Life Sciences Division, Paul is responsible for the technology lending practices and portfolio management for the central and south Texas regions. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edward’s University.

Danny Gillespie
CIO, CSO, Mood Media

 

Michele Grieshaber, PhD
Chief Marketing Officer, Silicon Labs

Michele Grieshaber currently serves as the CMO for Silicon Labs (NASDAQ – $600+M revenue), a leading provider of energy-friendly silicon, software and development tools for the Internet of Things (IoT). Since joining the company in early 2014, she has restructured the corporate marketing function, improved the website and aligned with sales on a pipeline management model. She also drove retooling of the corporate brand and established ethics training and a refresh of the company’s code of business conduct.

Prior to Silicon Labs, Michele led 200 marketing professionals as IBM’s Vice President of North America Demand Programs, annually delivering $20+ billion in marketing-generated sales pipeline across all IBM products and services. A 20-year IBM veteran, Michele served as the CMO of IBM’s Global Financing unit. During her IBM tenure, she held strategic technical and marketing positions in software, services and hardware businesses, including assignments in Europe and Asia. Her expertise encompasses business development, strategy, product management, channel management and software ecosystem partnerships.

Michele holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and was a Fulbright Scholar. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Mark Murdock
Attorney, Affiliated with TOBI, Inc. and Gerson Lehrman Group

Mark is a technology lawyer with over 35 years of experience, including over 30 years at IBM specializing in technology and product development, manufacturing and licensing, then over 5 years at Thompson & Knight, LLP working closely with early stage tech, clean energy and life sciences companies in Austin. Mark is an Entrepreneur in Residence at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering and a member of the Central Texas and Gulf Coast RCIC in connection with the Texas Emerging Growth Fund. Mark has judged numerous Idea 2 Product, MOOT CORP and TVL business plan competitions at UT Austin, similar competitions at St. Edward’s University in Austin and the Rice University Business Plan Competition in Houston. He has mentored early stage companies in Austin in connection with Rice Alliance, Longhorn Startup Labs, CleanTechOpen, SXSW and other programs.

Mark is a member of the TOBI Board of Directors, the Advisory and Development Council at The Bill Munday School Business St. Edward’s University, the Education Council of the Austin Chamber and the Advisory Board of TeXchange Austin. Mark holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University and a Law degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Ragland
COO, Noble Capital Group LLC

Chris has served as the chief operating officer of Noble Capital Group LLC, an alternative investment firm, since 2010. In addition, he serves as a consultant with SYNNECTA GmbH, a German-based organizational development and management consultancy. Over the past fifteen years, Chris has been a principal in over a dozen companies, providing various levels of leadership and support. His specializations include strategic engagement, change management and process excellence. He continues to sharpen and demonstrate his uncanny ability to successfully grow businesses through the creation of loyal teams, fanatic culture and personal growth of those around him.

Chris has a broad base of industry experience including high-tech, real estate, finance, telecom, the arts, insurance, film, bar/restaurant, manufacturing and retail. In addition to domestic ventures, he has worked on several international projects in Latin America, Europe and Asia. 

Chris works with businesses at all levels ranging from enterprise clients, such as Adobe, BMW and American Express, to locally owned and operated small businesses. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and an MBA in Global Entrepreneurship from St. Edward’s University. He is presently working towards the completion of his PhD through Universitat Jaume I, a Spanish university located in Castelló de la Plana.