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John Williams ('05)

John Williams, who earned a bachelor's in entrepreneurship and strategic management, had to shut down his popular Denton bars -- Eastside, Oak Street Draft House and Miss Angeline's -- but is helping out his employees by selling T-shirts and $25 gift cards for $20, with profits going to his staff. Seth Morgan ('93) also set up a fund for his workers at Denton County Brewing Co. And they aren't the only ones. Many Denton businesses owned by UNT alumni are helping out their employees who have been hard hit by store closings. 

Williams and his staff are now mowing lawns as part of their Yard-Tenders side business. "You're used to seeing us in the weeds behind the bar, now watch us take care of the weeds around your home," John says. "All joking aside, we're really grateful for the support we've received from the community. It means the world to us."

Williams' first bar, Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor, opened in 2011 in Denton's third-oldest home and features 72 different craft beers on tap. Just two years, and one block later, Williams opened East Side Denton, a second bar on Oak Street that includes 89 taps and 140 varieties of bourbon.





Sharon McCormick ('83)

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sharon McCormick to the Finance Commission of Texas for a term set to expire on February 1, 2026. The commission is the governing body of the state banking, savings and loan, and consumer credit agencies.

Sharon McCormick of Frisco is a senior loan officer for PrimeLending, A PlainsCaptal Company and has a real estate broker license with the Texas Real Estate Commission and a Texas-SML Mortgage Loan Originator license. She is an associate board member of Barry Wood Missions and is a supporter and volunteer for Frisco Family Services and the Prestonwood Baptist Church.

McCormick received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from the University of North Texas.



Steve Holmes


UNT and GSVlabs bring world’s largest virtual business incubator to North Texas

The University of North Texas and GSVlabs, a Silicon Valley-based global innovation services company, have launched a technology platform intended to provide real world support for UNT students, staff, faculty and aspiring North Texas entrepreneurs who want to transform creative ideas into innovative businesses.

“Supporting entrepreneurs and equipping tomorrow’s leaders with the best tools and resources is critical for our investment in the region’s future,” said Jon McCarry, a UNT alumnus and senior director of the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

UNT Passport offers access to a global entrepreneurship community, venture capital firms and mentorship from DFW-based business owners, UNT alumni and international experts to further boost the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the North Texas area. The platform also includes a network of Denton and UNT alumni angel investors, along with programs offered through UNT’s Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Murphy Center partners with a range of ventures, from entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to early-stage companies, while also building bridges with the investment community. The center currently supports students through mentorship opportunities with entrepreneurs who have decades of experience and success.

“Between our university and the Denton community, we have a rich environment for startups to access creativity, technology, educational support, economic growth and capital. With UNT Passport, we can support campus-based entrepreneurs and university students enabling them to communicate, collaborate and build thriving startups easily through a single seamless platform,” said Marilyn Wiley, Dean of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.


Collaborative degree offers new opportunities for the 21st century musician

The College of Music and the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas have come together to create a brand new MBA in Music Business.

This cutting-edge program combines top-quality business administration curriculum with hands-on learning in music classes geared towards entrepreneurship and business tools for the 21st century musician.

Built upon the foundation of the Music Business and Entrepreneurship program, ranked by Billboard as a Top Music Business School for the fourth year in a row, this MBA features curriculum on management, marketing, finance, media and more, for direct application to the music industry.

The MBA in Music Business welcomes students from all musical backgrounds including classical, jazz and commercial music.


Faculty honored with 2020 Outstanding Researcher Awards

The Ryan College of Business recognized two faculty members with its annual Outstanding Faculty Researcher awards. Dr. Bob Heere was acknowledged with the Outstanding Senior Faculty Researcher award, while Dr. Virginie Kidwell earned the Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher award.

These honors bring recognition to the top-tier research that faculty bring to their programs—simultaneously enhancing the classroom experience and the college’s reputation.

“I am incredibly proud to receive this recognition. Our Sport Entertainment Management programs are known for their strong relationships with the Dallas Cowboys, the PGA of America and other sport teams, not necessarily the research intensity of our faculty. Hopefully this recognition will shed more light upon the excellent track record of our faculty’s scholarship,” said Heere.

Heere, director of UNT’s Sport Entertainment Management program, focuses his research on the social impact of sport on society, enabling him to work with teams and federations around the world, including Fulham FC, AFC Ajax Amsterdam, the Shanghai Sports Federation and the Aruban Ministry of Health and Sport. He has conducted research across five continents and worked alongside researchers from at least 20 countries. Heere was also designated the Sport Marketing Association Research Fellow of 2018 for his high standards and contributions of scholarly research.

Research interests for Kidwell, assistant professor of management, include social networks, the role of affect in organizational behaviors and social dynamics, as well as power and dependence in workplace relationships. She has publications in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Journal of Organizational BehaviorGroup & Organization Management and Social Networks, among others. She also conducts consulting projects with various organizations to research, optimize, train and engage workforce to improve performance using latest organizational psychology tools, including social network analysis. 


Graduating seniors create virtual keepsake of UNT memories

Murphy Center venture resource platform offers free access to businesses

The UNT Murphy Center at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business is offering small to mid-size scalable businesses three months of free access to its venture resource platform. The virtual platform, powered by Silicon Valley-based GSV Labs, provides access to mentoring with successful entrepreneurs and University of North Texas thought-leaders, covering functional skills ranging from strategy and logistics to sales and marketing, finance, HR, funding and investor communication. The Center also provides access to venture capital investors, perks (discounted or free services), business guides and templates and access to the venture community at large.
The UNT Murphy Center works with companies to develop engagements around needs, assisting them in identifying tangible realistic growth targets that move their businesses forward. To begin the on-boarding process, prospective companies can visit the website's registration page to fill out the form ( This information is processed by staff on a weekly basis.

Dr. Jose Lineros talks cybersecurity on Business Conversations podcast

The UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business has released its second episode of its Business Conversations podcastFeaturing clinical assistant professor Dr. Jose Lineros, the podcast talks about today's biggest cybersecurity concerns.

Lineros discusses who is most at risk for a cybersecurity threat, what types of attacks people should be aware of, how to remain secure (both personally and professionally) and the every-growing issue of "Zoom-bombing".

Hear what Lineros has to say on the topic and tune in to future Business Conversations episodes for featured expert faculty opinions on relevant news affecting today's business world.




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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