School of Business to
Honor Diaz, Friedman, McCumber on March 21
TEXAS – MARCH 4, 2014 – The School of Business at The University of Texas
announces the recipients of its 2014 Business Leaders Awards.
Dr. Ricardo Diaz Garza
honorees are Ricardo Diaz Garza, M.D., orthodontist and businessman of
Matamoros; Scott Friedman, restaurateur and Board President of the Port Isabel
Economic Development Corporation; and Gregg McCumber, CPA, Managing Partner,
Burton McCumber & Cortez, LLP. They will be honored at the School of
Business Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 21 in El Gran Salon of
the Student Union.
three honorees have all made significant contributions to the development of
the region’s economic vitality, quality of life and human capital,” said Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the
School of Business.
Dr. Ricardo Diaz
a certified orthodontist, has treated patients on both sides of the border for
more than 35 years. He is the founder of several charity organizations,
including Caritas de Matamoros, providing medicine, medical treatment, doctors,
food and clothing to needy residents of the area, and the Matamoros Food Bank
which provides foodstuffs to over 15,000 families (64,000 people) per year.
is involved in the maquiladora business, constructing industrial buildings and
providing warehousing to maquiladoras established in Matamoros. He is also
President of the University CUN in Matamoros.
resident of the Laguna Madre area, restaurateur and businessman Scott Friedman opened Pirates Landing
in a 50x100-foot building on the Port Isabel Lighthouse Square in 1994. His
vision to expand from a restaurant to a destination began to take shape,
resulting in today’s multi-faceted Pirates Landing. Across Lighthouse Square
sits Friedman’s Marcello’s Italian restaurant and pub; and the northwest side
of the square is lined with buildings, some owned by Friedman, that are the
focus of his next vision. Across the Laguna Madre, his Pier 19 offers a dining
experience over the water. Friedman’s businesses employ more than 250 local
is the current chair of the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, past
chair of the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation and current
chair of the Laguna Madre Water District.
native Gregg McCumber is a founding
partner of Burton McCumber & Cortez, LLP, established in 1991, and he has
been the Managing Partner of the firm’s Valley offices since 2006. The firm today
has five U.S. partners and 45 employees with offices in Brownville and McAllen.
Burton McCumber & Cortez is also a partner in the Mexican accounting firm
of BMC y Fragoso S.C., with offices in Matamoros and Reynosa and a staff of
about 40 persons.
is a past board member and chair of the Brownsville Convention and Visitors
Bureau and Brownsville Community Development Corporation of Brownsville.
Currently, he serves on several boards, including the UTB Entrepreneurship and
Commercialization Center Board and the UTB Business Advisory Board.
keynote speaker at the awards breakfast will be William Klesse, CEO and
Chairman of the Board of Valero Energy Corporation. Klesse began his 45-year career in refining as
an engineering trainee with Diamond Shamrock. In 1984, he was named
Director of Corporate Development at Diamond Shamrock’s Dallas office and,
subsequently, Vice President. In 1987, he relocated to Diamond Shamrock’s San
Antonio office as an Executive Vice President. After the 1996 merger of
Ultramar Corp. and Diamond Shamrock, forming Ultramar Diamond Shamrock (UDS),
Klesse served as Executive Vice President of the company’s refining operations.
After Valero acquired UDS in 2001, Klesse served as Executive Vice
President of Refining and Commercial Operations. In 2003, he was named Valero’s
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2006, Klesse became
CEO, and in 2007, Chairman of the Board.
Klesse holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University
of Dayton, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from West Texas
feel very fortunate to have Mr. Klesse as this year’s keynote speaker,” Kroll
said. “This will be a great opportunity for us to learn something about the
energy sector from someone who has had a long and distinguished career as a
leader in that industry."
Energy is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products.
how critical energy is to the U.S. economy – and what a central role it plays
in the Texas economy – and given the dynamic nature of the energy industry, it
should be a good conversation,” Kroll said.
the breakfast, Klesse will speak with students in the School of Business.
School of Business, with over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students
enrolled in the spring 2014 semester, is committed to providing graduates with
the education and training needed to successfully lead the region’s businesses
and launch new enterprises that will grow the economy.
more information about the School of Business awards breakfast, contact Magda
Martinez at 956-882-5828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.