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Dylan Halloran ('20)

Even during a global pandemic, UNT students exemplify resilience and success. Dylan Halloran, logistics & supply chain management major, is one such example. Halloran had two offers in the works after visiting UNT's annual career fair, but unfortunately, those plans fell through when COVID-19 hit.

“I kind of was at a loss for a little while,” said Halloran. “To me, it kind of seemed like I secured an offer with both of those companies.”

Halloran remained persistent though, and began refining his resume with help from the UNT Career Center and online resources like LinkedIn and UNT’s Handshake. Soon after, a corporate recruiter from Nolan Transportation Group in Atlanta, Georgia took notice. Halloran received a message from the recruiter through LinkedIn. “It was a bit of an adjustment being on the phone,” said Halloran. “There’s about a four-phase process, but it worked out for the best.”

Halloran was promptly selected to serve as Nolan's newest account manager.




Akhil Kumar ('86)

Dr. Akhil Kumar has accepted the position as the college’s new director of the Institute of Petroleum Accounting. Kumar, formerly the college’s executive-in-residence, replaces Mr. Harvey Zimmerman, who retired in 2019.

Kumar brings over 30 years of experience in the energy (oil and gas) industry with a focus on downstream petroleum refining and marketing operations. His work experience includes serving as the managing director and CEO of Caltex India (a joint venture with Chevron, USA) and the CFO of Chevron – South and Central Africa.

Kumar holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), and a PhD in Accounting from the University of North Texas.  He is also a Texas licensed CPA.

Kumar’s accomplished background offers students a wealth of knowledge and experience through a worldly perspective.



Janet Bracken


Aviation logistics program ranks first in nation

The Ryan College of Business undergraduate aviation logistics program has ranked first in the nation for alumni median earnings after graduation by

Grad Reports compiled the top twenty-five aviation schools in 2020 according to median income. Methodology for the list was derived from data published by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019.

Of all twenty-five ranked schools, the University of North Texas also had the fourth lowest reported median debt, making it a worthy investment.

"Battling" it out for top spot in national competition

Jackie Battles, senior financial planning major in UNT’s Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, took home second place in this year’s International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) Financial Planning Competition.

Ninety-eight undergraduate students representing 15 universities participated in the 2020 event, which involved competitors developing a comprehensive financial plan based on a fictional case narrative that was presented by IARFC. Final plans were required to incorporate tax analysis, a net worth statement, education funding, retirement planning, life insurance analysis, disability and long-term care insurance analysis, an estate plan analysis and portfolio recommendations.

Only three winning teams were ultimately chosen after three rounds of judging—and while the first- and second-place teams each had two members, Battles chose to compete alone for an added challenge.

“I personally wanted to know if I could do it on my own. I knew it would allow me to thoroughly review every aspect of a financial plan, which would help to prepare me for steps in the future,” said Battles.


Dr. Michael Savoie earns rare distinction of IIIS IDF Fellow

Dr. Michael Savoie, clinical professor in operations management and president and CEO of HyperGrowth Solutions, Inc., was named an Inter-disciplinary Fellow (IDF) by The International Institute of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (IIIS).

From the IIIS’ 6,000 member base, there are just 50 IIIS IDF fellows named, worldwide, at any given time—signifying the importance of such a designation. According to the IIIS, the honorary award "is granted to those who have had a high level of achievement in their respective profession and an outstanding contribution in fostering inter-disciplinary or multiple-disciplinary communications."

IIIS was founded in 1995 as a multi-disciplinary organization fostering inter-disciplinary communication and integration. To support these goals, the IIIS hosts an annual conference where paper presentations and conversational sessions are facilitated. Conference keynote speakers include respected authors of peer-reviewed research, coming from reputable organizations and universities. No more than 1% of keynote speakers are selected as IDF fellows.

“This [IDF Fellow] cohort was consensually decided by scholars who are among the most frequent participants in our conference as plenary keynote speakers, who, in turn, are selected among the best papers as evaluated by the reviewers in our two-tier reviewing methodology,” explained Dr. Nagib Callaos, co-founder and current president of IIIS. “The principal input was based on the effectiveness in communicating intra- and inter-disciplinary research results and reasoning to the multi-disciplinary audiences of the IIIS conferences.”



Hawkins weighs in on supply and demand for logistics professionals

More than 400 logistics professionals participated in Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review's annual salary survey this year, just before the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt across the nation. That said, researchers were heartened to see that logistics salaries for early 2020 increased precipitously over 2019 figures.

Analysts at Peerless Research Group (PRG) further note that the demand for skilled labor remains higher than supply, while the competitive value of newly minted logisticians appears to have outpaced increases in other supply chain costs such as transportation.

“And what’s really key about this,” says PRG research director Judd Aschenbrand, “is that employers appear to be willing to pay.”

Meanwhile, logisticians should continuously seek to “posture” for the next growth opportunity, says Timothy Hawkins, associate professor of logistics management at UNT.

“But this is only true if limited to no more than four employer changes over a career,” cautions Hawkins. “More than that and salary starts to decrease.”

According to Hawkins, this posturing could entail advanced education, training, expanded breadth of experience, challenging assignments (e.g., P&L responsibility, agility to new tariffs, and managing through the COVID-19 pandemic), experiencing new regions of the world, and taking on leadership positions.


Business Conversations podcast spotlights sports industry in today's climate

Curious about when the Cowboys will take the field again? Wondering whether or not digital platforms will overrun the sports industry in the future? Confused about why the LA Lakers received $4.6 million in federal loan money?

Tune in to the latest Ryan College of Business podcast, featuring sports management experts Dr. Bob Heere and Dr. Matt Walker, as they weigh in on these important questions, and more.


Long-time board member recognized for outstanding firm

Paula Calise, long-time UNT Ryan College of Business Advisory Board member, is the founder of Linked Executive Search, a firm recently named 2020’s ninth Best Recruiting Firm in America by Forbes Media and Statista.

This notable honor was based off a survey of over 18,000 participants, ultimately recognizing just 200 firms in total. Last year, Calise’s organization ranked twentieth on the list.

Calise’s business is well known for quickly securing quality hires in hard-to-fill executive roles. Her wealth of knowledge in the industry translates seamlessly onto the Ryan College of Business Board, giving the college a guiding light for career development, job search skills and placement ideas for students.



The McNatt Emergency Fund was established in 2019 by Jim ('66) and Linda McNatt to provide Ryan College of Business students facing financial crisis with the necessary funding to keep them enrolled and progressing toward their degree. Awards as large as $3,000 are granted to students to alleviate the financial stress they may be facing. 


A $5,000 gift will support UNT's presidential initiative to provide financial support to students who have immediate and pressing needs related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funds will fulfill short-term needs and help students achieve their long-term educational objectives.


The Dean’s Excellence Fund also provides immediate, essential support to our students. This fund serves as a vital resource to help our students and campus respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur. When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the college by allowing the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the priorities of the college during this difficult time.



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