The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business recently honored three alumni with Professional Achievement Awards who have played leadership roles in the global marketplace.
David Stowell, a former investment banker who now teaches at the Kellogg School of Management and at the Huntsman School of Business, was honored at a luncheon with family and friends. Stowell, '76, BA economics, teaches an Internet-based class at USU. He also travels to Utah to teach his class in person three times a semester. He has worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo.
J. Scott Nixon, the managing partner of the Salt Lake City office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, was also recognized with the award at a Partners In Business seminar. Nixon, '83, BA accounting, '84, MA accounting, was sent to Sao Palo, Brazil for four years in 2003, where he oversaw the global regulatory affairs for PricewaterhouseCoopers for Central and South America.
Alum Frank Yuan was also honored at another Partners In Business seminar. He is an entrepreneur, who is now chairman and CEO of three companies: International Brand Management Consultants Corp. Inc., ASAP Global Sourcing Show and Cyber Merchant Exchange, Inc. Yuan, MA accounting, '73, has been interviewed on CNBC, CNN, Wall Street Journal and the Wall Street Reporter because of his expertise in dealing with Asian imports and exports.
Dean Douglas D. Anderson presented Stowell with the award at a luncheon and thanked him for his contributions to the Huntsman School of Business. He said Stowell plays a key role in the lives of students as they are "just beginning to seeover the horizon at what may be in store for them."
Dean Anderson paid tribute to Stowell's career, noting he has served in leadership positions at J.P. Morgan, UBS Investment Bank, O'Conner Partners and Goldman Sachs.
Stowell spoke briefly at the luncheon that was held just before he spoke at the Dean's Convocation. (See page14.) He reflected on his life and joked, "My only real disappointment in life was that I was not drafted by the Chicago Bulls to play point guard, but I'm hopeful that's still to come."
Cliff Skousen, senior associate dean for faculty and administrative affairs, presented the award to Nixon at the Partner's in Business Accounting Seminar luncheon.
When Nixon started at Coopers and Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was the only USU graduate in the Coopers and Lybrand Salt Lake City office. He was advised by Dr. Larzette Hale, who was head of the School of Accountancy, to stick with the job and excel so it would open doors for other USU students, Skousen said.
"He did just that," Skousen said. "In his first few years he received several offers from other companies, but he declined those offers and chose to stay with Coopers and Lybrand."
Nixon went on to be named a partner in 1994. Now Nixon estimates since he started, about 100 USU students have been hired by the Salt Lake City office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Skousen said.
Nixon advised the students to find a career, not a job. "My advice is to do the work that makes you happy," he said.
He talked of not losing sight of the important things.
"Don't forget who and what is most important to you," he said. "Don't miss the recitals. Don't miss the games. Do everything you can to make sure you are living life to the fullest extent."
Chris Fawson, senior associate dean for academic and international affairs, presented the award to Yuan at the Partners In Business Financial Services and Banking Seminar.
Yuan is president and CEO of Cyber Merchants Exchange (C-Me), a company that, among other things, organizes apparel trade shows in the United States and China. His company was included on the Deloitte & Touché Technology Fast 50 Awards list in 2002 and 2003. The company now puts on apparel trade events for a firm it owns called ASAP Global Sourcing Show, and it is opening a number of franchise apparel stores in China and other parts of Asia for IBMC China AG.
"If you were going to be doing business in Asia, Fran Yuan is the guy you'd want to take along," said Fawson. "When we asked him which of his accomplishments made him most proud, he talked of the connections and friends he has made throughout his global career. He's proud of the fact that he can go to Europe, China and other parts of Asia and know there will be someone there to meet him at the airport."
Yuan also spoke to students in a global retail management class. In each setting he was open and conversational, describing how in his career he has constantly adapted to changing market conditions and taken advantage of opportunities that have come his way.