CCB honors alumni and students with 2019-20 excellence awards

Dean Linda Nichols has announced the winners of the annual Collins College of Business Excellence Awards.

Outstanding alumni

Outstanding Alumnus Albert Myres Sr.

excellence awardsAlbert Myres Sr. is president and chief executive officer of Octcet Inc., a rapidly developing oxygenated diesel additive company focusing on the bulk diesel industry. Octcet develops and markets a unique range of advanced additives designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel and operations efficiency. Myres oversees the company’s business operations, strategy, vision and mission.

Throughout his career, Myres has gained hands-on experience in business relations, government affairs, regulatory affairs, public affairs and international relations. Directing these functions with Fortune 250 corporations, Myres has advised CEOs, developed a network of key relations with federal, state and local decision makers and a network of relations within nongovernmental organizations and national groups engaged in energy policy, public policy and environmental stewardship.

Myres is a member of several boards and community service organizations, including the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, the Greater Houston YMCA, the Nature Conservancy and The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board. He also was appointed chair of the Gulf Coast Relief Fund by Houston Mayor Bill White after Hurricane Ike and served in same role for the Hurricane Katrina/Rita Fund.

Myres earned a bachelor of science in finance from the TU Collins College of Business and resides in the greater Houston area with his wife, Angela.

Fast-Track Alumna Emily Reh

excellence awardsEmily Reh has worked in the energy industry for 10 years and has used her talents on both the commercial and operations sides of the downstream sector. As the manager of market development at ONE Gas, she focuses on new customer and pipeline infrastructure growth throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Reh earned a BSBA degree with a major in marketing and also was part of the first graduating class of TU’s master of energy business program.

Reh served for three years on the TU Alumni Board-Tulsa chapter, chairing the 2017 Homecoming celebration and the Young Alumni Committee. Currently, she is a member of the TU School of Energy Advisory Council.

Outstanding Students

David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior Award

Three graduating seniors received the 2020 David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of their leadership and accomplishments while students at TU: Lauren Milburn, Clay Moyer and Muneeb Yousufi.

excellence awardsLauren Milburn, computer information systems

“My TU experience is something that I will treasure and take pride in for a lifetime! It has provided and shaped countless opportunities for my future aspirations and given me the resources to pursue them with confidence.”

excellence awardsClay Moyer, management with specialization in innovation

“The free inquiry, encouragement, support and academic rigor of TU have come together to make me a better person. These four years at TU have contributed immensely to my personal and professional development. I am incredibly thankful for the unique and tailored education that TU has provided, and I am proud of the memories and friends that have come of it.”

excellence awardsMuneeb Yousufi, finance and energy management

“I believe that my impact at TU has been greatly beneficial, and I believe that as a natural extension of volunteer work and involvement with helping students, that I have impacted the Tulsa community as well in a positive way.”

Other outstanding graduates

Each CCB discipline also chose an outstanding graduate:

Accounting: Jenny O’Bryan

Economics: Stephen McDonald

Energy Management: Cooper Griffin

Finance: Stephen McDonald

Marketing: Jen Martin

Computer Information Systems: Anna Kinder

Management: Brittanie Whitney

International Business: Eleni Schmitt

Faculty and staff awards

Mayo Staff Excellence Award

Carol Alix, director of operations, fiscal affairs and special projects, brings a wealth of institutional knowledge, insight and an exceptional attitude to her responsibilities. Dean Linda Nichols and many others rely on her counsel every day.

Mayo Teaching Excellence Award

Meagan Baskin, Chapman Assistant Professor of Management, has brought innovative teaching methods to the college, and her students and colleagues are appreciative and supportive of her methods.

Mayo Research Excellence Award

Wen-Chyuan Chiang, Doris L. Flournoy Professor of Business, is a cornerstone of the college’s operations management group. The committee selected the following publication, of which Chiang was the lead author, to receive this research excellence award: Chiang, W., Y. Li, J. Shang, and T. Urban. 2019. Impact of drone delivery on sustainability and cost: Realizing the UAV potential through vehicle routing optimization. Applied Energy 242: 1164-1175

Helmerich Graduate Faculty Excellence Award

Graduate students selected Rob Moore, Chapman Applied Assistant Professor of Energy Business, for the faculty excellence award. Moore demonstrates his compassion and integrity daily in the classroom.