Class Notes:

Mary Lynn Huckleberry Carver ’89

Mary Lynn Huckleberry Carver was recently named chief communications officer and vice president of global corporate communications for General Mills.

2017-04-04T12:38:55+00:00 October 28, 2015|

Kenneth Artin ’82

Kenneth Artin, a shareholder in the law firm of Bryant Miller Olive, was sworn in as president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers on September 9.

2017-04-04T12:38:56+00:00 October 26, 2015|

Edward F. Valdespino ’87

Edward F. Valdespino is among the 2015 class of 20 “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law” selected by Texas Lawyer magazine for noteworthy impact and “significant contributions to the law and lawyering in Texas” over the last five years.

2017-04-04T12:38:56+00:00 October 6, 2015|

Eileen Baland ’87, ’97

Eileen Baland was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree with a specialization in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, May 30, 2015. The M.F.A. is Dr. Baland’s fifth college degree. She earned two degrees from SMU: a B.A. in English with a creative writing specialization and a Master of Liberal Arts degree.

2017-04-04T12:38:56+00:00 June 17, 2015|

Shakeel Ahmed ’82

Shakeel Ahmed, PE, LEED AP,  ahas been promoted to principal associate in Arup’s San Francisco office. A mechanical engineer, he joined Arup in 2006 and has more than 21 years of experience in mechanical design, engineering, and construction administration for a variety of major projects involving commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, government, sports arenas and military facilities. His project experience includes high-rise office and residential buildings, hotels, airports, hospitals, educational institutions, laboratories, restaurants, warehouses, and data centers. A few of his notable projects include UC Berkeley's Computational Research and Theory Facility, 525 Golden Gate in San Francisco, AT&T Park in San Francisco, and Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex in Abu Dhabi. Ahmed received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NED University of Technology in Karachi, Pakistan, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from SMU. Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, operates in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.

2017-04-04T12:38:57+00:00 April 28, 2015|

Ted Gilvar ’89

Ted Gilvar has been appointed chief operating officer by Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of cloud communications services for consumers and businesses. Gilvar will join Vonage on April 20 as part of the company’s senior leadership team and will report to Joe Redling, chief operating officer. Gilvar will be responsible for leading all aspects of Vonage’s marketing strategy and for advancing the company’s integrated marketing efforts across its business and consumer segments. “We are very excited to have Ted join our team. His vast marketing and branding expertise, coupled with his success in leading integrated marketing organizations for consumer and B2B brands, will be incredibly valuable as we extend the iconic Vonage consumer brand into business markets,” Redling said. Gilvar comes to Vonage from Monster Worldwide Inc., where he was EVP and chief marketing officer overseeing all aspects of Monster’s global marketing function. He has more than 20 years of experience leading marketing and advertising for numerous world-class brands. Prior to joining Monster, Mr. Gilvar was EVP and Managing Director at BBDO, managing accounts for several major national and international brands. He has also held leadership roles at several advertising firms including McKinney, Hill/Holliday and Mullen. He has received several prestigious awards including a B2B Marketer of the Year award from B2B Magazine for three years in a row, and CMO of the Year from the Boston Business Journal. In addition, he has led multiple [...]

2017-04-04T12:38:57+00:00 April 16, 2015|

Sheri Krause ’86

Sheri Krause was appointed to the State Employee Charitable Campaign Advisory Committee by outgoing Gov. Rick Perry in January. Krause resides in Austin, TX and is a member of the Seton Development Board, Helping Hand Home for Children and Women's Symphony League of Austin. She is also a past member of the Texas Historical Commission, Rise School of Austin Board of Directors and Junior League of Austin Board of Directors. Krause earned a bachelor’s degree in English from SMU.

2017-04-04T12:38:57+00:00 January 20, 2015|

F. Thaddeus Arroyo ’89

F. Thaddeus Arroyo has been named chief executive officer of Iusacell by AT&T. Arroyo, a 19-year AT&T veteran, will lead a Mexico City-based team dedicated to a successful transition for Iusacell customers and employees. F. Thaddeus Arroyo '89 “We’ll begin work immediately to bring more wireless competition and improved mobile Internet service to Mexico,” said Arroyo. “We’re also excited to begin working on our plans to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering more than 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States. We look forward to bringing the benefits of AT&T’s technology and resources to Mexico and contributing to the country’s bright economic future.” Previously, Arroyo served as president of AT&T Technology Development. He has successfully advanced AT&T’s technology innovation strategy to become an innovation-fueled organization focused on creating new value and velocity for AT&T’s business, customers and partners. Under Arroyo’s leadership, AT&T has won numerous awards for the innovative application of technology to transform business models and improve the customer experience. Individually, he has also been recognized for his contributions to the technology industry through thought leadership, innovation, and creativity in planning and technology deployment.In addition, Arroyo has held numerous senior executive positions with the company, including Chief Information Officer (CIO) of AT&T, CIO of AT&T Mobility and CIO of Cingular Wireless. Previously, Arroyo was senior vice president of product marketing and development at Sabre [...]

2017-04-04T12:38:57+00:00 January 20, 2015|

Michael Santa Maria ’86, ’88

Michael Santa Maria has been elected the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie's Dallas office. Santa Maria has a broad-based corporate transactional practice with an emphasis on international cross-border transactions, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, direct investment, joint ventures, and international franchise and distribution matters. In November, he will take part in the firm’s Doing Business Globally event, which explores a range of international growth and risk mitigation strategies, and offers insights from market leaders, senior executives and Baker & McKenzie partners from around the world. Raised in Mexico City, Santa Maria speaks fluent Spanish. Before entering private practice, he worked as a financial analyst in leveraged buyouts in the transportation industry and as a Registered Investment Advisor. He received a B.B.A. in 1986 and a M.B.A. in 1988 from SMU and earned a J.D. in 1992 from Texas Tech University.

2017-04-04T12:38:58+00:00 October 17, 2014|

Charla Aldous ’85

Charla Aldous recently shared her courtroom knowledge with students attending the National Trial College of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at Harvard Law School. The Dallas litigator, the founder of Aldous Law Firm, was among this year’s legal practitioners teaching a small group of young lawyers the art of being a successful trial attorney. The intensely rigorous course is designed for those in their third or fourth year as trial lawyers on both sides of the bar and involves five days of instruction, student exercises, critiques and a mock jury trial. “It was exhilarating and rewarding to be part of this exhaustive program, which has so much to offer these young attorneys. Not only was I able to see growth in these students and their trial skills, I also made lifelong friends,” Aldous says. A graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, she has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade and twice has been honored by Best Lawyers as Dallas Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice litigation. An active member of ABOTA, Aldous is past president of the Dallas chapter and, in 2008, was chosen Trial Lawyer of the Year by the group’s Texas chapters.

2017-04-04T12:38:58+00:00 July 8, 2014|
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