2019 Program Presenters

This challenging program will be taught by highly respected construction industry practitioners and by McCombs School of Business faculty. McCombs faculty are renowned scholars, outstanding educators, and groundbreaking researchers who remain involved with practice through relationships with business and industry leaders, and by participating as board members and consultants for top companies around the world. Teaching is accomplished through lectures, discussions, and extensive small group interaction and problem solving.


Ethan Burris, The University of Texas at Austin

Ethan Burris

Ethan Burris is a Professor of Management and the Chevron Centennial Fellow at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Cornell University and has served as a Visiting Scholar at Google and Microsoft. He teaches and consults on topics relating to leadership, people analytics, talent insights, managing power and politics, building engagement in groups and teams, social enterprise, and negotiations. The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Dr. Burris received the McCombs School Award for Research Excellence in 2017 and 2015, the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education in 2015, the Hank & Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Undergraduate Classes in 2012, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, the ING Professor of Excellence award in 2011, and the 2009 Trammell/CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors.

Dr. Burris’ current research focuses on understanding “employee voice” – getting employees to candidly speak up about problems and opportunities for improvement. In particular, he has investigated how leaders shape employees decisions whether to speak up or stay silent, and how these voice behaviors influence the performance of the employees who offer their input and the leaders and organizations who receive it. His research has appeared in several top management and psychology journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Houston Chronicle.

He has collected data from and served as a consultant for a variety of professional firms, ranging from several Fortune 100 technology companies, Fortune 100 financial services and insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies in the casual dining and grocery industries, hospitals, a defense contracting company, a commercial real estate firm, governmental agencies, and many retail organizations.


John A. Daly, The University of Texas at Austin

John Daly

John Daly is the Liddell Professor of Communication, TCB Professor of Management, and an adjunct Professor in the College of Pharmacy. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on advocacy and influence, interpersonal communication and organizational behavior. While at UT, he has won every major award given on campus for undergraduate teaching.

Dr. Daly has been the President of the National Communication Association, Chair of the Council of Communication Associations, and served on the Board of Directors of both the International Customer Service Association and the International Communication Association. He has been the editor of two academic journals and served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and is one of less than 50 scholars in the world who is a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Fellows are recognized for their major scholarly contributions. His work appeared in any number of popular outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

On management and communication-related topics (e.g., advocacy and influence, leadership, teamwork, sales, customer loyalty), Dr. Daly has worked with numerous firms such as JP MorganChase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Roche, Amgen, Merck, Pfizer, Bayer, Astra-Zeneca, State Farm, Prudential, Essilor, Union Pacific, LG, Kraft, Apple, HP, IBM, BP-AMOCO, PetroChina, CNOOC, Shell, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, AGIP, AT&T, Home Depot, Texas Instruments, UPS, McCarthy, Zachry, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, 3M, Novell, Frito-Lay, Dell, and Samsung, among many others.

In the governmental arena, Dr. Daly has worked with the White House (Executive Office of the President) designing and implementing a major customer service initiative as well as with numerous Federal, State, and local government units throughout the United States.

Professor Daly has published more than 100 research articles and chapters in scholarly periodicals and produced eight books including the Handbook of Interpersonal Communication and Advocacy: Championing Innovation and Influencing Others.


Doug Dierking, The University of Texas at Austin

Doug Dierking

Doug Dierking is a Senior Lecturer and the Assistant Department Chair in the Management Department at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches graduate courses in sustainable leadership, leading people and organizations, creating and managing human capital and the art and science of negotiation. At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses in the art and science of negotiation, consulting, and change management and organizational behavior. He has been teaching at the university for over twelve years. Dr. Dierking’s research interests include organizational culture, effective employee on-boarding and retention practices, leadership development and succession planning.

Professor Dierking’s excellence in teaching has been recognized numerous times, most recently on the McCombs School of Business Graduate Business Council Faculty Honor Roll – 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007; Texas Evening MBA Outstanding Professor Award – 2010 and Texas Evening MBA Faculty Honor Roll – 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007 & 2005; Texas Exes Teaching Award – 2005; Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award – 2005; and Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching – 2005.

In addition to teaching at The University of Texas, Dr. Dierking is very active in the corporate and public sectors. He has worked extensively with Royal Dutch Shell internationally to develop and deliver training in leading project teams, particularly geographically dispersed or virtual teams for project engineers. He has provided training and consulting in the areas of leadership, recruiting, on-boarding and retaining high performance talent, executive coaching and change management to a wide variety of companies such as Ecopetrol, Sinopec, Petrobras, Polycom, BBVA, Gulf States Toyota, Texas Instruments, Dell, Motorola and Emerson Electric (Fisher-Rosemount), as well as numerous smaller organizations.

Dr. Dierking currently serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of a large non-profit organization (Past-President) and has served on several community boards.


Jerry Eyink, Anheuser-Busch (retired)

Jerry Eyink

Jerry Eyink is a leadership consultant in the EPC industry focused on providing leadership awareness, understanding, and competence for the emerging leader. Previously he was an engineering executive at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri, where he retired after over 32 years as Group Director Project Management and Planning, Engineering Group for Brewing Operations and Technology Division.

Eyink was accountable for the development and implementation of project management procedures and best practices. He directed the contracting process and negotiations of engineering and construction services to support capital plan and minimize capital execution risk. He was accountable for project controls including estimating and scheduling to budget, planning, funding and progress of capital projects, and managed construction labor relations with national Building and Construction Trades Department. Beyond Anheuser-Busch, Eyink was a liaison with peer food & beverage engineering organizations for benchmarking, best practice sharing, and technology innovation.

Eyink’s professional affiliations include selection for the National Academy of Construction in October 2011, based on his demonstrated leadership in advancing the cost effectiveness of the industry through education and implementation of best practices.

Eyink has been active in CII for over 30 years with key leadership roles, including member of Executive Committee 2005-2007, and Executive Advisory Council in 2009. He continues his participation with CII as an advisory member, a mentor, and the program leader for a special knowledge management initiative.

In 2016, CII gave Eyink its prestigious Richard L. Tucker Leadership & Service Award in recognition of his outstanding involvement, volunteer efforts, and significant contributions to the advancement of CII’s mission and success as an organization. CII also presented Eyink with a Distinguished Service Award in 2008 in recognition of his leadership and his demonstrated commitment and support of CII mission to improve the cost effectiveness of the capital project life cycle.

Eyink has been an active member in the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers (Local Users’ Council) for 20 years, including serving as a Member of Executive Committee from 1994 – 2009, and President, July 1997 – July 2000.

Eyink earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1976 and an MBA from Saint Louis University in 1982. Since 2011, he has been a guest lecturer on leadership and planning for the engineering and construction industry as part of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University.


Richard D. Grant, Jr., The University of Texas at Austin

Richard Grant

Richard D. Grant, Jr., received his Ph.D. in 1973 from The University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Auburn and Texas A&M universities and, since 1977, has been a counseling/consulting psychologist in Austin, Texas. He has authored four books, most recently Recovering Connections, with Andrea Miller.

Dr. Grant has provided training for corporations and government agencies for over 15 years, and has been a frequent presenter for the executive business programs at The University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Southwest Texas State University, and the Texas Governor’s Executive Development Program. His private clients have included The Gartner Group, Perot Systems, IBM, 3M, SEMATECH, Applied Materials and several other technical firms.Recovering Connections with Andrea Miller.

In 1993, Dr. Grant was the was the first recipient of the prestigious national award for Innovations in Training and Education from the Association for Psychological Type, recognizing his contributions in applying psychological type concepts to business.


Sharon E. Jarvis, The University of Texas at Austin

Sharon Jarvis

Sharon E. Jarvis is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Government and Associate Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches and conducts research on political communication and persuasion. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors, including the Texas Exes Outstanding Professor for the College of Communication, the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, the Outstanding Professor in the College of Communication, and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award. In 2005, she was the second Assistant Professor in the history of the University to receive the Friar Centennial Teaching.


Art Markman, The University of Texas at Austin

Art Markman

Dr. Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He got his ScB from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Illinois. Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Art's research explores thinking. He has studied the way people form and use analogies, the mechanisms of decision making, the modes that allow people to form categories, and the influences of motivation on reasoning.

Art has always been interested in bringing insights from Cognitive Science to a broader audience. To that end, he writes blogs for Psychology Today, Fast Company, and Inc. and co-hosts a radio show and podcast called "Two Guys on Your Head." He consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show. He has written a number of books including Smart Thinking, Habits of Leadership, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs.

When he's not doing things related to Cognitive Science, Art can be found spending time with his family or playing tenor sax in a blues band.


Luis L. Martins, The University of Texas at Austin

Luis Martins

Luis L. Martins is an associate professor of management at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT in January, 2010, he was on the faculty of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and before that at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut. He earned his Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Dr. Martins conducts research and consults on the role of managerial and group cognitive factors in performance, innovation, and change. His research has appeared in several top management journals, such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Science, and has been covered in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. In 2009, he won the Journal of Management’s Best Paper Award for his research on the dynamics of virtual teams.

Dr. Martins has taught innovation management, change management, managing teams, leadership, and organizational behavior, in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive programs. He has won several teaching awards, most recently the 2008 Professor of the Program Award from the EMBA program and the 2009 Professor of the Year Award from the Evening MBA program at the Georgia Tech College of Management. His consulting and executive development clients include Accenture, Coca Cola, FBI Crime Labs, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, NASA, Powerwave Technologies, and Waffle House.


Christopher H. Meakin, The University of Texas at Austin

Christopher Meakin

Christopher Meakin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management. Professor Meakin’s areas of interest are business law, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, and ethics. Before joining The University of Texas in 2001, he taught for the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, and for the University of Houston Law Center. In addition to his teaching career, Professor Meakin has served as Vice President and General Counsel for a 160-employee start-up company, and was an attorney with Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston. He began his law career as a clerk for Judge Lynn N. Hughes in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Christopher Meakin has been on the McCombs School of Business Faculty Honor Roll every year since 2003. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Rice University, a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University


Stephen P. Mulva, CII

Stephen Mulva

Dr. Stephen Mulva directs CII, a research and development component of the University of Texas at Austin. His current research projects are focused on the performance assessment and productivity of capital projects in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, transportation, power generation/transmission, metals/mining and oil and gas industries. In addition to his research responsibilities at CII, Stephen teaches graduate courses in Construction Engineering and Project Management at the University of Texas. Before coming to CII in 2007, Stephen was an Assistant Professor of Construction Management at Texas State University. He has also worked in industry at Fluor, Bechtel, and Phillips Petroleum and as a project management consultant for Austin, Texas-based ePM. Stephen holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2004) and two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin: a M.S. in Civil Engineering (1996) and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering (1995).


James A. Nolen, The University of Texas at Austin

Jim Nolen

Jim Nolen holds the title of Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the department in 1980 where he currently teaches graduate classes in corporate finance and entrepreneurship. Professor Nolen’s research interests are in the area of business valuation, mergers and acquisition, private equity and venture capital. Mr. Nolen is the faculty advisor for the Venture Fellows and Entrepreneurs Society. In addition to his teaching in UT’s MBA and Executive MBA programs, Professor Nolen has also taught at IMEDEC University in Vienna, Monterrey Tech in Mexico City and Finland’s TURKU School of Economics and ESADE.

Jim Nolen is the two-time recipient of the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Award in Executive Education. He has also been awarded the Mary and Hank Harkin Award for Effective Teaching. Professor Nolen has made the Faculty Honor Roll every semester since its inception in 1999. Mr. Nolen has also been selected for a teaching award from the Graduate Business Council at graduation every year since 1999, including the Best Ability to Link Theory and Practice.

Professor Nolen has designed and taught in both public and custom programs in Executive Education including: Texas Instruments, Dell, Essilor, St. Jude Medical, Polycom, BMC Software, M.D. Anderson, Motorola, Shell Oil, PetSmart, Vought Aircraft, State Farm Insurance, H. B. Zachry, CII, USAA, and FedEx-Kinkos among others. Mr. Nolen is also President of CFO Services, Inc., a middle-market business consulting firm specializing in business valuations as well as merger and acquisition advisory services. He also serves on the boards of directors of an independent bank, a medical distribution company, a recycling firm and the McCombs MBA Alumni Association.


Robert Prentice, The University of Texas at Austin

Robert Prentice

Robert A. Prentice is the Ed & Molly Smith Professor of Business Law at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He came to UT in 1980 and is Chair of the new Business, Government & Society Department and Faculty Director of the Ethics Unwrapped Videos Series and Educational Program.

Professor Prentice’s research interests include behavioral ethics, securities regulation, and the legal and ethical environment of accounting. He has won numerous teaching awards and is an inaugural member of the University of Texas’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the University of Texas System’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Professor Prentice has published more than 70 law review articles in such journals as the Duke Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and the American Business Law Journal. He has written several textbooks about basic business law, business organizations, securities regulation, and accounting ethics. He recently served on the editorial board of the Business Ethics Quarterly and has published articles in that journal as well as in the Journal of Business Ethics Education.


Avi Wiezel, Arizona State University

Avi Wiezel

A faculty member at the Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) professor Wiezel served as the Chairman of DEWSC and as the Director of Graduate Studies. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Wiezel held several managerial positions with construction and engineering firms in Europe and the Middle East, culminating with the position of Senior VP for planning, scheduling and control in a 5,000 employee EPC company. His activities resulted in continuous productivity improvements averaging 15% per year for the units in which he was in charge.

Dr. Wiezel taught in four languages on three continents (Asia, Europe, and America) to students of all levels, ranging from bricklayer apprentices to doctoral students and senior executives of large construction companies. He constantly ranks among the top 5% of best teachers in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU and is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Dr. Wiezel’s research focuses on the human activities in construction and includes models for improving the skills of craftsmen, crews, project managers and company executives. He is the co-author of several innovative learning tools such as the Hassle Exercise, “Project from Hell,” and the Senior Executive Magic Action Cards (SEMAC) game.