Bauer Gala and Awards: March 3, 2022

Bauer Gala

An Annual Celebration of Business Excellence

Thursday, March 3, 2022

We invite you to our inaugural

Bauer Gala

Thursday, March 3, 2022



Celebrate the accomplishments and impact of Bauer alumni and business leaders — in person!




Dr. Dina Alsowayel (J.D. '91) & Anthony Chase
Lainie Gordon & David Mincberg
Mariloli Odum & Marvin Odum, III (MBA '95, Honorary '20)
Dawn Rawson & Richard Rawson (BBA '72, Honorary '20)
Anne-Laure Stephens & Steve Stephens (BBA '80)

Honorary Host Committee

As of February 28, 2022

Nabeel I. AlAfaleg, President & CEO, Aramco Americas
Mo Aziz (J.D. '03), Partner, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner
Bill Baldwin, Broker/Owner, Boulevard Realty
Gregory C. Bihn, President, PetroEd
Ric Campo, Chairman, Port of Houston Authority
Nick Dhanani, Chairman, CEO & Founder, Dhanani Private Equity Group
Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation, Houston Airports
Jorge Franz (BA '95), Senior Vice President, Tourism and Industry Relations, Visit Houston
Jason Fuller, Southeast Texas Regional Director, Office of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Gilbert Garcia, Managing Partner, Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P.
Roland Garcia, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Bob Harvey, President & CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
Michael Heckman, President & CEO, Houston First Corporation
Morgan Hollins, Partner, White & Case LLP
Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer, City of Houston
Reginald "Reggie" Martin, Executive Chef, Lemond Kitchen
Javed Meghani, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Mega Energy Holdings, LLC
Maria Moncada, General Manager/Dealer Principal, BMW West - Sonic Automotive
Sakhi Muhammad, President, Smart Choice
Jeff D. Reeter, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual

Bauer College Gala Steering Committee

Thank you to the Bauer College Board members who have helped plan this event.

Committee Chair: Zaf Tahir (BS ’84, MBA ’99), Ciba Geigy, Phillips Petroleum, SABIC
Bill Bobbora, Head of Corporate Banking, Third Coast Bank
Dilip Choudhuri, President & CEO, Walter P. Moore
Elaine Finger (BBA ’92), Real-Estate Consultant, The Finger Companies
Aylwin Lewis (BA ’76, BS ’76, MBA ’90), Former President & CEO, Potbelly Sandwich Works
Janette Marx, CEO, Airswift
Karen Pitts, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Link Staffing
Sam Schreiber (BBA ’74), Senior Advisor, Trustar Bank



Time & Location

6 p.m.
Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas
1600 Lamar St., Houston, Tx 77010

Dress Code: Creative Black Tie

We encourage guests to express themselves creatively with some red accessory/attire, ethnic attire, or formal black-tie, if desired.

Registration has closed.

For questions, please contact:
Giovanni Rosselli, Director of Alumni Relations at



The Bauer College of Business recognizes and honors distinguished and committed alumni and business leaders for their contributions to the profession, engagement with the college, and accomplishments that have brought recognition to the University of Houston.

Keynote: Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston

Photo: Mayor Sylvester Turner

We welcome Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as our keynote speaker.

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Worrell (BS ’69)

Photo: Bill Worrell

One of the most familiar faces within the Houston sports scene, Bill Worrell’s broadcasting career spans more than 50 years. He spent 39 years broadcasting Houston Rockets basketball on television and was recognized in 2011 with a Lone Star Sports Emmy Award for excellence in broadcasting. Read full bio.

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Marvy A. Finger, President, CEO, Chairman of the Board, The Finger Companies

Photo: Marvy Finger

This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to the College and the University through their volunteer and philanthropic contributions to the University as well as meritorious professional accomplishments and contributions to their field, the College, University, or society at large.

Entrepreneurship Award:
Mohammed Ali Dhanani, Owner, CEO, President, HAZA Group

Photo: Mohammed Ali Dhanani

This award is given to honor an individual or organization that elevates entrepreneurism, embodying the same spirit inherent in the fabric of the college. Recipients of this award demonstrate leadership in creating cutting-edge innovations and find ways to leverage entrepreneurship to transform lives and society.

Community Impact Award:
H-E-B Grocery Company LP

Photo: H-E-B Grocery Company LP

This award is presented to business leaders, individuals or non-individuals, for outstanding service, advocacy, and contribution to the City of Houston and who, through their commitment, inspire others in their interest and support of our City’s economic growth.


UH Mariachi Pumas Ensemble

The University of Houston's
Mariachi Pumas.

Tim Sketchbook Walker

Tim “Sketchbook” Walker (BS ’17)
Original oil-on-canvas piece to be auctioned live.
Read full bio.




Thank You to Our Sponsors

As of February 28, 2022

Diamond Level

Mohammed Ali Dhanani and Family

Platinum Level

Amegy Bank & Anne-Laure and Steve Stephens
Aramco Americas
Gilbert Andrew Garcia/Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P.
Marvy & Elaine Finger and Paul Peacock
Meghani Insurance Group (MIG)
MegaPay Merchant Services
Aria Energy Services

Gold Level

CenterPoint Energy
Houston Airports
Joe Gutierrez, Novi Midstream
Sarah & Bill Hurt
Lone Star National Bank
Jack & Debbie Moore
Moosa Cricket Stadium
Mariloli and Marvin Odum
Karen & Bill Pitts, and Link Staffing Services
Ranger Steel Services, LP
Leslie & Russ Robinson
Beth Robertson in honor of Dr. K & the SURE℠ Program
Regina Rogers
Steve Stagner
Trinity Legacy Partners
University of Houston Small Business Development Center

Silver Level

Dan & Beth Bellow
Dan & Carol Crumrine
Goodman Financial Corporation
Lemond Kitchen
William & Wendy Moreland
PKF Texas & Kenneth Guidry
Port Houston
Ellen & Sam Schreiber
Third Coast Bank SSB
USI Southwest
Cyvia Wolff

Bronze Level

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner
Bauer College Young Professionals Board
Bauer College Department of Accountancy & Taxation
Bauer College Department of Decision & Information Sciences
Bauer College Department of Finance
Bauer College Department of Management & Leadership
Bauer College Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship
BKD CPAs & Advisors
BMW West - Sonic Automotive
Boulevard Realty
Commissioner Zafar "Zaf" Tahir, City of Houston Planning & Airports
Coulter Family Fund & Susan and Kem Coulter
The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship
Dhanani Private Equity Group
Enterprise Holdings
Flagship Capital Partners
Friendly Faces Senior Care
Frank Kelley
Mimi Healy
Morgan & Chris Hollins
Houston First/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Lacey Newday Consulting & Phyres Property Management
Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management
Laura & Patrick Schneidau
Stanford Alexander Center for Excellence in Real Estate
Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute
The Reynolds & Reynolds Company
University of Houston Alumni Association
University of Houston Institute for Global Engagement
University of Houston 80's Alumni Group
Walter P. Moore