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.

Salmeron Barnes, BBA in Marketing ’99

Principal, Global Energy Strategy Lead, Mercer

Salmeron (Sal) Barnes is a strategy consultant working with the leadership of one of the world’s most dynamic companies to solve uncommon business problems. During his career, he has worked at marquee firms such as Accenture, Oliver Wyman and Mercer. Currently, he is responsible for global strategy creation and execution of Mercer’s energy practice, which contributes more than $200MM in revenue for the firm.

Sal has experience in corporate strategy, organizational design, due diligence, technology strategy, competitive market assessments, customer segmentation, M&A strategy, product design and human capital strategy. He has authored several published point of views on various energy industry-related topics and often serves as a speaker to undergraduate and graduate students and at corporate events.

In addition to his professional career, Sal is an officer in the Texas National Guard where he serves in various leadership roles in the artillery. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from St. Edward’s University in 1999 and his MBA in Finance from Tulane University in 2010. While at Tulane, he was granted an Aldrich Fellowship for full tuition and was also a teaching assistant for the graduate energy finance course.

Sal lives in Austin with his wife Brittany and is active in the community with several causes such as animal rights, veteran services and education.

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.

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.

James Kee, PhD; BA in Economics ’89

President and Chief Economist, South Texas Money Management, Ltd.

James (Jim) Kee, PhD, joined South Texas Money Management at the beginning of 2009 and serves as the chief economist. He was named president of the firm in April 2011. Dr. Kee's expertise lies in combining top-down, macroeconomic insights with bottom-up stock selection tools. He works with both the investment research group and the investment advisors at STMM.

Dr. Kee has been nationally recognized for his views on investing and the economy. He makes regular appearances on FOX Business News with Maria Bartiromo and on CNBC. He has also been interviewed on radio programs such as Bloomberg Radio's Taking Stock with Pimm Fox and Marketwatch Radio with Larry Kofsky. He is regularly cited by Bloomberg News, The Wallstreet Journal, Barron's, The Financial Times, CNN Money, US News and World Report, and other national and local media.

Prior to joining STMM, Dr. Kee was the HOLT global strategist for Credit Suisse in Chicago. At Credit Suisse, he produced timely investment advice for external clients and for internal investment and marketing teams. He also served as a portfolio consultant with HOLT Value Associates prior to their acquisition by Credit Suisse in 2002. As a portfolio consultant, he worked with clients to identify strengths and weaknesses of equity holdings and to suggest alternative stocks and allocations.

Dr. Kee has also produced research under contract for the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) and Polyconomics. He served on the board of directors for the Catholic Citizens of Illinois and has advised several non-profit organizations. He has taught courses in Finance and Economics at Wabash College and Auburn University. He currently serves as the finance chair on the school council for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Dr. Kee has a BA in Economics from St. Edwards University (Austin), a master’s degree in Economics from St. Mary’s University (San Antonio) and a PhD in Economics from Auburn.

Debra Moeller

Vice President, Corporate Services, Sunnova Energy Corporation

Debra Moeller is co-founder of Sunnova Energy Corporation (2012) and has nearly 30 years of experience in federal taxation and financial statements. She was at Arthur Andersen until 1988 when she left the oil and gas tax division to serve as senior tax analyst for Mitchell Energy Corporation.

In 1994, she started her own CPA firm, specializing in tax and accounting services for small businesses and individuals. After much growth, she sold the firm in 2007 and served as a CPA / administrator of a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company, where she provided accounting and tax services, including tax filings and preparation of SEC filings.

She later came on board with SunCap Financial as a consultant, where she set up the accounting department, created policies and procedures, and was responsible for tax issues, both federal and state.  Other past responsibilities included CFO of two different international businesses. She currently oversees employee stock options, immigration and investor relations and teaches Orientation, Code of Conduct and Financial Reporting classes at Sunnova.

Debra Moeller graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

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.