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Alumni Association Honors Business Alumna
Jeanie Wyatt, MBA '86 was named Alumnus of the Year at the 13th annual UTSA Alumni Association gala this fall. She is the founder and chief executive officer of South Texas Money Management (STMM), a private investment company with approximately $1.8 billion in assets under management. STMM has offices in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston.
Prior to forming STMM, Wyatt was executive vice president and head of Frost Investment Services. Her total trust-banking career has spanned 27 years with three bank holding companies around the state.
Wyatt was selected as one of Barron's Top 100 Independent Advisors in 2012—one of seven women to make the national ranking. She was elected San Antonio's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 by the Women's Chamber of Commerce and is a Texas Business Hall of Fame honoree.
A chartered financial analyst, Wyatt serves on the UTSA Development Board and has an honors degree in actuarial science from the University of Texas at Austin.
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established in 1980 to recognize UTSA alumni who have gained unique distinction through their achievements.
Amber Rudolph Named Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year
During the 30th annual Department of Accounting Scholarship and Awards Celebration, Amber Rudolph, '95 was named the Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year. With 16 years of experience in auditing, financial reporting and accounting, Rudolph has worked with small privately held corporations and large multinational SEC registered companies.
She also has significant experience with U.S. GAAP and U.S. GAAS. She is the director of internal audit at Pioneer Energy Services Corporation.
Joining Pioneer Energy Services in April 2010, Rudolph manages audit engagements for the public company, assists the company with process improvement and conducts annual risk assessments. Previously, she worked for 15 years at Ernst & Young, LLP in San Antonio and completed her tenure there as the audit senior manager.
A certified public accountant, she is a member of the Chief Audit Executive Roundtable and serves on the Audit Committee for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. An active supporter of UTSA, she is also a member of the College of Business Accounting Advisory Board. Professionally, Rudolph is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Texas Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
The Department of Accounting recognizes the accomplishments of accounting alumni by awarding the outstanding alumni award each year. Individuals are chosen based on their career accomplishments and their active participation and support of the department, college and UTSA.
Marketing Alumnus to Attempt Record-Breaking Swim Across Pacific Ocean
Attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the longest swim, Ben Lecomte, '95 will begin his journey across the Pacific Ocean this fall. Through the swim, Lecomte will raise awareness and money for cancer.
Lecomte is dedicating his efforts to his father who died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 49. He credits his dad for teaching him to swim as a young boy in France.
"Life is a big adventure and not only do I hope to be an inspiration for others, but I also draw inspiration by seeing the struggles others are able to overcome," said Lecomte, a marketing alumnus.
Embarking on an endurance challenge of this kind is not new to this Roadrunner. In September 1998 he completed a swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod to the French Shore of Quiberon. The journey spanned 3,700 miles. He was the first to accomplish such a feat without the aid of a flotation device or kickboard.
When asked about the relation between his battle in the ocean and those with cancer, Ben notes, "My battle was very different from the one faced by cancer patients, it was my decision and I could give up at any time. But during my swim, I better understood their suffering and the feeling of not knowing the outcome."
Lecomte's Pacific swim will begin in Tokyo, Japan and be completed in San Francisco, Calif.—a 5,500-mile trek that should take five to six months depending on ocean conditions. His current training consists of swimming 3-5 hours per day, six days per week. During his Pacific swim, his body will require a consumption of 8,000 calories per day.
Once Lecomte begins his swim, supporters can track his progress via his website, thelongestswim.com, with the help of GPS tracking and live video cameras.