College of Sciences, Engineering & Agriculture
Dr. Barbara Villarreal, Office & Sales Manager at Chambersville Tree Farm in McKinney
Barbara Villarreal was born in Dallas, TX, on January 15, 1984, the daughter of Rodolfo and Mary Villarreal. In 2002, after graduating West Mesquite High School, she enrolled in Tyler Junior College, in Tyler, TX. In August 2005, she received her Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences. After receiving her Associates, Barbara transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce where she earned and received her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and Technology with an emphasis in Ornamental Horticulture in December 2008. In January of 2009, she applied and enrolled in the Graduate School of Texas A&M University-Commerce. After completing her research thesis in Evaluation of Northern Roses in Texas, Barbara was awarded a Masters degree in Agricultural Science and Technology in December of 2010. Currently, she works at Chambersville Tree Farm as head of retail sales and office/farm manager. Barbara loves her job and works closely with clientele in helping select trees for their home landscape that will be both beneficial and beautiful.
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Paul Rountree, M.D., Assistant US Occupational Health Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation
Paul Rountree was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. After returning to Texas at the age of two, Rountree graduated from high school and began serving in the Army for three years. He then enrolled in East Texas State College, now Texas A&M University-Commerce with a pre-med major and graduated in 1965 with a B.S. in Biology and English. Post-graduation, Rountree attended medical school in Galveston and subsequently trained in pediatrics and family practice. In 1972 Rountree moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and was engaged in medical practice while serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. It was there that Rountree married his wife, Susan. He and Susan are proud parents to four wonderful children. While in Little Rock Rountree joined the Navy Reserve and served for 26 years in the military before retiring as a Captain in the Medical Corps. In 1989 he returned to Texas and engaged in occupational medicine in the Houston area. After moving to Tyler in 1992, Rountree began work at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler until retiring as the Distinguished Professor of Environmental Health in 2006. Subsequently Rountree joined with ExxonMobil Corporation as an Occupational Health Manager.
Mr. John White, Senior Scientist III at Alcon
Mr. John T. White graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1977 with a Degree in Chemistry. Mr. White advanced in his career beginning with various projects within the City of Dallas, TX including serving as Research Technician at the Department of Radiology, UT Health Science Center at Dallas. He continued to further his skills in Industrial Chemistry with Reheis Chemical Company in Midlothian, TX. He continued his career with the flourishing of Alcon Labs for twenty-six years. As of January of this year, Mr. White has now started on a new career, retirement. With his retirement his goals remain the same as in 1977, to carry on in his chosen career, chemistry. Only now his chemistry skills revolve around the grass and yard flowers - and of course, carrying A&M-Commerce in his heart and spirit, encouraging others to do the same.
Mr. Tony Stout, Vice President & Director of IT Audit at NASDAQ OMX
Tony Stout is VP and Director of IT Audit for NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., the inventor of the electronic exchange which fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, NASDAQ owns and operates 23 markets, three clearinghouses and five central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than one million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.99+% uptime, the technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering one in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, Tony oversees the internal information technology audit function, which assesses the risk and controls for all technology products and services offered to NASDAQ OMX clients. Prior to NASDAQ OMX, he held various positions at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Texas Instruments and EDS. He has extensive experience in systems development, security, internal audit and program evaluation. He holds certifications as a Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified Information System Auditor, Series 7, and Six Sigma Green Belt.
Engineering & Technology
Mr. Don Hodges, Executive Vice President at Cymcor
A 1978 graduate of East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Construction and a Minor in Business. Mr. Hodges has been involved in the construction and real estate for the past 35 years. His experience includes a range of positions from field engineer, estimator, and project manager while employed with notable General Contractor’s performing commercial and industrial construction. From 1984 - 2001 Mr. Hodges worked in an executive level capacity with two different commercial real estate developers with national exposure, Paragon Group and The Vantage Companies. During his career with these developers, his positions oversaw an in-house general construction division and while at Vantage provided executive leadership for the development of projects such as Fujitsu America and Toyota Arizona Proving Ground along with other projects covering six different states. Mr. Hodges has served on the Boards of TaiVan Corp., Collingsworth Development, and The Economic Development Board for the City of Coppell. In 2001, Hodges and a longtime associate concluded the purchase of Vantage Construction Management and branded CYMCOR, Inc., a professional program management and construction management group. CYMCOR has represented multiple owners overseeing the development of, or providing consulting for projects valued totaling near $1 billion dollars.
Mr. David V. Smith, Director at HIE Electronics
David Smith was born July 19, 1944 in Columbiana, Alabama and graduated from Jacksonville, AR high school in 1962. He married the former Paula Wilson on December 1966. After being honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1968, David was employed in December 1968 by Texas Instruments. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1969 with a BA in Math, David pursued and completed his MS in Math in 1972 from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce. He held various management positions beginning as production supervisor, production planner, product engineer and product engineering manager, international cost reduction manager and was assigned as the Country Manager for TI Korea by 1978. David served as Managing Director for TI Bipolar integrated circuits factory from 1980-1985 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and served as MD for TI Singapore from 1985 until 1991. Following his career with TI, David served as CEO/President of TECH Semiconductor, a $1 Billion joint venture. He retired from TECH Semiconductor in June 2002 and relocated back to Frisco, Texas. David and Paula enjoy church, their grandchildren, golf, reading and exercise. They also enjoy working and traveling the world visiting orphans and needy children in third world countries in support of Vision Trust International.
Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Jim Shirley, Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Currently employed at Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics, Jimmy D. Shirley works as a Systems Engineer on the Joint Strike Fighter program. Previous to his time at Lockheed-Martin, Shirley served as Assistant Vice President and Manager of White Sands Operations for Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, and served nine years in Civil Service. Additionally, Shirley worked two years as an exchange lecturer while teaching Military Operations Research at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, England. Additionally, Shirley invented a military identification friend or foe system for protection of friend ground vehicles.