UTSA College of Business Newsletter
June 22, 2017
Executive MBA

EMBA Graduate Aaron Risinger
EMBA Graduate Receives Wayne Drymala Leadership Award

Being recognized for exemplary leadership in a class of 35 executives is quite the feat.¬† But, recent Executive MBA graduate Aaron Risinger, EMBA ’17 rose to the challenge and was voted by his classmates as the Wayne J. Drymala Memorial Endowed Leadership recipient this year. The award was established in memoriam for Wayne Drymala, EMBA ’01 to recognize exemplary EMBA students. ¬†Award criteria included ethical behavior, intellectual contribution to program activities, support of others, team building and overall leadership effectiveness. “I am very honored to be chosen for this award,” said Risinger, national sales manager at PerkinElmer. “I wasn’t expecting to receive this honor since our class has many strong leaders.”

Jaciel Castro
MBA Student Named First UT System Student Regent from UTSA

Jaciel Castro, a UTSA MBA student has been selected as the newest UT System Student Regent, the first UTSA student to serve in the role. During his one-year term, Castro will represent the UT System student voice at Board of Regents meetings and visit all 14 UT System institutions. Castro’s priorities are student success and retention. He wants to find out what programs are working at other universities in the UT System and bring new ideas back to UTSA. He also believes UTSA has a lot to teach the other institutions. “I believe UTSA represents what universities will look like across the country in the next 30 years. It has the potential to show the country what can be done for minority students.”

Ron McKenzie
Business Alumnus Leads Marketing at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Ron McKenzie, BBA ’89 is creating thrilling experiences for the young and young at heart as the director of marketing at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. McKenzie oversees the advertising, promotions, public relations, sales and media strategy for the park. “I truly love my job. Every day when we open the gates, we have the opportunity to create meaningful memories for families. There’s no greater feeling.” He fondly recalls taking many marketing and business courses that not only taught him to be successful academically, but also to think outside the box. Since being hired by Six Flags, he’s worked his way up through the company. He spent two years at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston and 17 years at Six Flags St. Louis before finding his way back to his hometown last October. “UTSA was a great opportunity for me. It let me start my education while continuing to work. It was the right place for me at that time in my life.”

Carla Juarez
Accounting Student Carla Juarez Is Giving Back

Carla Juarez, a junior majoring in accounting, grew up in a small Texas town, and although neither one of her parents attended college she was a star student. Juarez expected to breeze through college. Yet there she was, 100 miles away from home, guiding herself through the unknowns of college life, the admissions process and how to pay for tuition. Carla isn't alone. She is one of the more than 11,000 first-generation students at UTSA. Wanting to help herself as well as others she joined and became vice-president of First to Go and Graduate, a student organization created to help first-generation students. "First-gens don't always have someone who knows what's going on," said Juarez, who will intern next year at PricewaterhouseCoopers. "I want to help them get involved on campus, and I want to be there for them when they have questions."

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