Target Your Future Leadership Team
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Brandon Roye is a second year junior from Spring, Texas and has recently declared a major in Supply Chain Management. Brandon started with the Target Your Future Program Fall 2013 and is currently serving as the Program Manager for his second semester.
Brandon has completed two internships with Goodman Manufacturing in the Houston Galleria Area. During his time there, he completed departmental walk-through summaries for external auditing, initiated a fraud investigation project, and implemented a new fixed asset depreciation database.
Brandon will study abroad this summer in Hong Kong with the McCombs Supply Chain Management Program. He is also involved in the McCombs Leadership Program and plans to join the Supply Chain Management Student Organization. He hopes to pursue a career in consulting and return to McCombs for an MBA in the near future.
Brandon’s passions include piano, public speaking, as well as interior and automotive design. He has traveled to thirteen countries and hopes to continue in his professional career.
Lauren Sanders is a third year Marketing major with a minor in Finance here at McCombs. She was a TYF participant in the Spring of 2013, served as a peer mentor for two semesters, and couldn’t be more excited to continue her new role this semester as program manager of leadership development.
In the summer of 2013, Lauren held an internship with Sterling Associates, a management-consulting firm in Houston, Texas. She participated in a rotational program to various non-profit organizations within the Houston area, focusing heavily on fundraising, strategy, and internal development. This experience solidified both her passion for business as well as her strong affinity towards philanthropic missions.
This past summer, Lauren studied International Marketing abroad in Paris, France through one of McCombs’s BBA Short-term programs. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and she enjoyed expanding her marketing knowledge through a unique cultural lens.
Lauren was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In addition to Target Your Future, Lauren serves as a philanthropy chair for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, where she helped raise over $25,000 towards Breast Cancer Education and Awareness in the spring of 2014 alone. Her passions include gluten-free baking, fashion, European travel, Tex-Mex, and snow skiing.
Christina Wiener is a second year Supply Chain Management major here at McCombs. She was an active member of TYF in the fall of 2013, an Ambassador in the fall of 2014, and is incredibly excited to come back this semester as Program Manager Intern.
This past summer Christina worked full time in the Provost’s Office under the Vice-Provost for Institutional Accreditation. Between workweeks, she explored Austin and discovered a growing passion for hole-in-the-wall restaurants and cafes. She is also active as a Peer Coach in the BBA Career Services Office where she assists in resume editing, cover letter review, and planning career service events such as the biannual Career Fair.
Christina was born in Chicago, Illinois but was raised in the great city of San Antonio. In addition to TYF and BBA Career Services, Christina is pursuing her black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her passions include helping her brother plan his wedding, assisting other students in the recruiting process, and exploring Austin.
Amrita Chopra is a senior pursuing her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Economics with a minor in Management Information Systems. She is originally from India and moved to USA in 2009. Amrita studied at community colleges for two years before she was admitted to UT in the Fall of 2012. Amrita was a participant of the Target Your Future Program in Fall of 2013.
Currently, Amrita is interning at a local CPA firm in Austin, Texas. She has been with the firm for the past ten months. Last summer she worked for a CPA and a wholesale cookie business back in Colorado. She is interested in the operations of small businesses and the stories behind their successes. She aspires to be an entrepreneur in future. At present her five year plan is to graduate and work for a public accounting firm as a consultant in the Risk department.
She is interested in the investigative studies and hopes to work in fraud accounting. In the summer of 2015, Amrita will be interning for the Crowe Horwath LLC in their risk division. She plans to get her CPA license in the next two years and eventually go to graduate school for master’s degree in economics.
Amrita enjoys all activities related to snow, especially snowboarding. She also enjoys many different kinds of art forms, few of which are dance, music and sketching.
Ryan Kimmell is a second year supply chain management major from San Antonio, Texas. Ryan began with Target Your Future as a participant in Fall 2013 and served as the Professional Mentorship Program (PMP) Coordinator for the Fall 2014 semester. This will be Ryan’s first semester as a peer mentor and he is excited to experience TYF through his new role.
Ryan has a diverse background, which includes multiple summers waiting tables as well as substantial experience selling fireworks at various roadside locations. His most recent role was interning for Hanson’s Installations, Inc., a subcontractor, for which he worked in the estimation department. He enjoys the customer service aspect of sales as well as the camaraderie of working with his peers to problem-solve.
While at the University of Texas, Ryan has been involved with the McCombs Leadership Program, the University Securities Investment Team (USIT), and the Supply Chain Management Student Organization (SCMSO). Additionally, he has taken part in one case competition and looks forward to many more before graduation. Upon receiving his degree, he plans on working in logistics and procurement before attending graduate school.
Ryan’s interests include sports, anything involving the outdoors, and watching the Longhorns dominate the Big XII.
Pooja Raman is a third year from Round Rock, TX and is majoring in Finance, minoring in Management Information Systems, and receiving a Sports Communication certificate. Pooja started with the Target Your Future Program in Spring 2013 and has held roles of TYF Connect Coordinator, TYF PMP Coordinator/Public Relations, and currently, mentor.
Pooja is very experienced in the professional world, having five different jobs within the past seven years. Most recently, Pooja interned with Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Human Resources Technology & Systems intern in their Boston, Massachusetts home office. She was very lucky to combine her love for technology and people during her internship. She currently works at the Renaissance Austin Hotel as a Front Desk Ambassador and has received many accolades including Ambassador of the Quarter during the first quarter of 2014. Her love for making people happy gets fulfilled everyday, as she goes above and beyond for the guests.
Pooja is also heavily involved on campus, as she is a Social Dance teaching assistant, a McCombs Leadership Program mentor, and a campus representative on Victoria’s Secret PINK University of Texas street team. She loves getting to make a difference in her campus, as she is a firm believer in what starts here at the University, changes the world.
Pooja’s passions include dancing, football (go Giants!), pop culture, and chocolate. She hopes to find a profession that will incorporate all four of her passions…hopefully it’s somewhere out there.
Troy Gibbons is a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas majoring in Accounting. He plans to apply for the MPA program in the spring. Troy was a Target Your Future participant in Fall 2014 and had a great experience enhancing his professional skills and establishing relationships with other business students. He is looking forward to being a Peer Mentor so that he can help other students get as much out of the program as he did.
This past summer, Troy worked as a lifeguard and interned at the District Attorney’s Office in San Antonio. Although he discovered that law is not for him, he enjoyed getting to play a role in the process of helping victims. He was also given the opportunity to travel to Europe this past May and plans to go back in the near future.
At UT, Troy is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he serves as the Philanthropy Reporting Chair. He also plays on an intramural volleyball team with his friends and enjoys trying out all of Austin’s great restaurants.
Troy’s hobbies include traveling, hiking, and tennis. After college, he plans to move to New York City to work for an Accounting firm.
Atisha Patel is a second year Supply Chain Management major/Marketing minor here at McCombs. She was an active member of TYF in the Fall of 2013, and has since been excited to give back to TYF by taking on the opportunity of being Peer Mentor.
This year Atisha worked with her cousin and sister to start up a branch of Google which creates 360 virtual tours for businesses. Atisha’s background is in Hospitality, where she has grown to enjoy serving guests and working with her family in the Best Western chain. Her work experiene is cherished, along with the weekend trips she takes around Austin. These weekends are often filled with adventure and food, the two things to love most about college.
Atisha grew up in Manchester, UK, but has lived in quite a few places around Texas. In addition to school, Atisha has been heavily involved with the Indian Cultural Association for the past two years. Serving as Logistics Director for Jhalak, a nationally renowned Bollywood Dance Competition, has been the most challenging project she has taken on. She says the toughest work reaps the truest reward.
Zaid Reshamwala is a third year Finance major at the McCombs School of Business. He was an active Target Your Future participant during the Fall 2014 semester, and is extremely excited to return to TYF as a Peer Mentor this semester.
This upcoming summer, Zaid will be working at Air Liquide as a Business Analyst. Zaid is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Physics where he leads discussions in classes, and supervises field activities and labs. While working as a TA he discovered his passion for helping other students accomplish their goals and ambitions.
Zaid was born in Mumbai, India but was raised in various cities in the United States. In his free time he likes to travel, try new food cuisines, play soccer and guide underclassmen through McCombs.
Professional Mentor Program (PMP) Coordinator
Mikhaila Martin is a second year Finance major here at McCombs. She was an active member of TYF in the Fall of 2014 and is thrilled to be able to continue involvement this semester as the Professional Mentor Program (PMP) Coordinator. Being apart of TYF was the best thing she has done so far in college and cannot wait to do it again this semester.
Mikhaila has handled a majority of different tasks including working as a sales associate in retail, learning from the wonderful kids and families she nannies for, and has decided to pursue her passion for real estate law by working toward a real estate certificate and preparing for law school. This semester, Mikhaila will be working part-time as the Assistant to Laci Jones J.D., a probate and estate-planning attorney in Westlake, Texas. She is excited to learn from working with clients and expanding her general computer, Microsoft Excel, and writing skills through this position. Mikhaila will join the Undergraduate Real Estate Society here at McCombs this semester, as well.
Mikhaila was born at St. David’s Hospital right next to campus here in Austin, and she has lived in three states, including Texas, Kentucky, and Oregon. She was raised in Trophy Club, Texas, is involved with her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and enjoys playing tennis, exploring Austin, and checking out fun, new restaurants. She hopes to study abroad in St. Gallen, Switzerland in the Spring of 2016 and is beginning to study German in preparation.
Public Relations Coordinator
Amanda Tallent is a sophomore Marketing major from Baytown, Texas. Amanda was previously a mentee in the Target Your Future Program in Spring 2014 and is returning to the Leadership Team as Public Relations Coordinator the Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 school year.
Amanda’s leadership experience can be demonstrated by her roles as a Peer Coach for BBA Career Services, a Youth Intern for two local churches, and a Summer Camp Counselor for New Arrival Students. Amanda’s passion for serving the community and volunteering with youth led her to participate in UT Best Buddies and over six mission trips since 2009.
Amanda is excited to study abroad next summer in Paris through the BBA International Marketing Program. Amanda is also a member of the Texas Royals spirit group in which she serves on the Merchandise Committee.
In her free time, Amanda loves to craft, travel, and explore new places with her dog, Ellie.
Teagan White is a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas. She declared her major in Marketing and is also pursuing a minor in French. She was a mentee in TYF Spring of 2014. This spring, she is serving as the Connect Coordinator.
Teagan’s business background comes from a variety of experiences. She was on the Finance Board of the Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 Texas THON organization. She also serves as the Treasurer of Texas Lonestars, a service organization at UT. Currently, she is working in the Special Events office at the UT School of Law.
Teagan’s goal is to become fluent in French to be able to travel and do marketing internationally. Teagan is involved in McCombs Diversity Council and the University Marketing Association as well as Target Your Future. Upon graduating, Teagan hopes to jump start her career at an international company. She is considering continuing her education in the future to receive an MBA.
Annie Bernica is a second year Business Honors major pursuing a degree in either Accounting or Finance here at McCombs. She was a TYF participant in the spring of 2014 and now serves as an Ambassador for the program, assisting with the mentoring of the current TYF participants.
In her spring of 2014, Annie was a part-time intern for a start-up company, Chow Now, which provides technology services to restaurants. She acted as a sales and marketing representative and also increased sales through gathering and analyzing data specific to the Austin-area. She also took on an unpaid internship for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, raising awareness and money for Pancreatic Cancer Research with a large benefit concert in Austin, Texas. With the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, Annie gained sponsors and promoted the event through campaigns over the radio and in newspapers.
In addition to her work experience, Annie has involved herself with many extracurricular on campus. She is a member of both Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Phi Chi Theta, a professional business fraternity. She serves as New Member Chairman for her sorority and is the External Relations Chairman for her business fraternity.
Above all, Annie is a lover of learning. She has participated in multiple case competitions on campus to gain business experience in as many different industries as she can. She has found a particular interest in her cases involving the Energy Industry. Her being born and raised in Houston, Texas should not surprise you then! Annie’s hobbies include photography, cooking, hiking, and creating travel itineraries.
Tanner Brennan is a second-year McCombs student participating in his first year within the integrated Master in Professional Accounting program. He was a Target Your Future participant in the Spring of 2014, and is now continuing his involvement in the program as a TYF ambassador.
This summer, Tanner is participating in an internship with Phillips 66 within their accounting and finance department. He looks forward to gaining valuable skills and sharing this experience with other Target Your Future participants.
Tanner was born in Duncanville, Texas and grew up in Southlake, Texas. His interests and hobbies include playing multiple musical instruments, sports, and reading.
Christy Kim is a second year accounting major. She began her involvement with TYF as a mentee in the Spring 2014 semester. During the Fall 2014 semester, she served as an Ambassador on the leadership team and she is very excited to return as an Ambassador this semester.
This past summer, Christy served as an Event Coordinator for the Burgos International Music Competition in Spain. She helped manage the itinerary, budget, and transportation of the other participants for the duration of the program. Currently, Christy is a Peer Coach in the BBA Career Services Office where she assists others with their job search and career development. She also serves on the Undergraduate Career Committee to help organize and plan the Undergraduate Career Expo for the semester.
Christy will be studying abroad this upcoming summer at the London School of Economics through a BBA Short-Term International Program. She also plans to pursue her Master’s in Public Accounting through the integrated programed offered at McCombs. Christy’s other interests include running, learning new languages, traveling, and photography.
Ashley Zaroff is a sophomore accounting major here at McCombs, and she was a TYF participant in the spring of 2014. The invaluable skills she gained through the program greatly impacted her first year as a McCombs student. Her passion for mentoring made her embrace the opportunity to come back to TYF and serve under the new Ambassador position. Ashley is thrilled to continue being a part of such a unique and beneficial program.
Ashley studied abroad this past summer through the BBA Short-term program of Business Law in Edinburgh. As it was her first time traveling to Europe, this amazing experience greatly expanded her cultural knowledge, and showed her how much McCombs has to offer.
Ashley is a native to Austin, Texas and cannot imagine going to school anywhere else. She is looking forward to her future years at The University of Texas, and is excited to see the opportunities that McCombs provides her with. Her interests include Texas football, traveling, and reading.
Aatiq Ghulam is a second year Finance major here at McCombs. He was an active member of TYF in the Fall of 2014, and is excited to come back this semester as an Ambassador.
This past summer Aatiq worked part time for The Young Men’s Business League as a Public Relations Intern. In his free time, he attended summer classes and practiced his golf swing. Aatiq is also an active member of the Texas Wranglers and serves on their community service committee.
Aatiq was born in Houston, Texas but was raised in Austin. In addition to TYF and Texas Wranglers, Aatiq is a Texas 4000 rider. His passions include improving himself and the people around him, Basketball, learning, and traveling to remote places of the world.
Kylie Wade is a first year unspecified business major at McCombs. She is interested in pursuing Supply Chain Management. Kylie was an active member of Target Your Future in the fall of 2014, and she is looking forward to continuing with the program as an ambassador.
Kylie spent her summer travelling Europe and working at a summer camp. While in Europe, she visited Italy, France, and Spain. Her favorite place to stay was Cinque Terre, Italy on the Mediterranean coast. After returning from Europe, Kylie headed off to Camp Ozark for a few weeks to work. While there, she worked with younger campers in addition to planning nightly events.
Kylie was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. In addition to TYF, Kylie is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity. She is hoping to become involved in the University Fashion Club on campus. Kylie’s interests include travelling, event planning, and fashion. She hopes to further explore Austin during her second semester here at UT.