Features Region: Southwest

Cindy Buhr – PrimeLending

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When many of its 1,100 loan officers asked for a new mortgage refinancing product for customers, the executives at PrimeLending listened. After all, with interest rates and inflation on the rise, homebuying was on the decline. In 2022, the leading national retail mortgage lender and refinancer introduced Rate Redo for customers purchasing a loan between […]

Matt Pierce – Suntec Concrete

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While Matt Pierce knew he wanted to be a lawyer from the time he was a senior in high school, it was pure serendipity that brought him to his current role as general counsel at Suntec Concrete. “I didn’t actually look for this; the position fell into my lap,” he says. “And that’s the only […]

Daryl Dorsey – American Airlines

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If there’s a thread that runs through all of Daryl Dorsey’s work as director and senior attorney for American Airlines—managing international labor, employment and pension issues; participating in diversity, equity and inclusion subcommittees; and mentoring colleagues of color—it’s his commitment to making people feel welcomed. For Dorsey, it’s all about creating what he calls a […]

Victoria Mangiapane – University of Phoenix

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Over the course of her career, Vicki Mangiapane has worked with farmworkers to secure good working conditions and access to reliable medical care. She’s served in Kenya for two years with the United Nations and spent a decade with the Arizona attorney general’s office. Now, as vice president and deputy general counsel at University of […]

Justin Wheeler – Cinemark Theatres

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up in Garland, Texas, Justin Wheeler loved it when his parents would drive him and his friends to the 20-screen Cinemark theater across town in Plano—the nicest cineplex in the area. Noticing this, Wheeler’s father encouraged his son to do something he enjoyed. While acting wasn’t for Wheeler, the young man eventually realized a […]

Drew Loomis – Aqua Terra Water Management

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Drilling into a wall to hang a television is fairly straightforward. Piercing into the Earth past layers of sedimentary rock, shale and organic matter that have been around since the Cretaceous period and the Paleozoic era is far more complicated. Large machinery, some using drill bits taller than the long-necked dinosaurs that used to roam […]

Brady Long – Transocean

Est. reading time: 5 mins

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about 80 percent of the world’s oceans have yet to be explored. But Transocean is more familiar with the other 20 percent than most other companies around the world. So says Brady Long, the company’s executive vice president and general counsel. After all, it’s his job to […]

Harold R. Loftin Jr.– GuideStone

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s in the twilight of a distinguished career, one that’s merged his twin passions of law and Christian faith. But one gets the sense that, come March 2024, Harold R. Loftin Jr. won’t really retire, just pass his position of the past decade to GuideStone’s next chief legal boss and begin a new chapter of […]

Lara Hajjar Ayoub – Universal Weather and Aviation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By the time a business jet reaches a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet, many passengers are counting down to two things: landing at their destinations and the arrival of their in-flight catering. While Lara Hajjar Ayoub has little control over how quickly the pilots go “wheels down,” she does play a major role in appeasing […]

Fred Wolgel – Texas United Management

Est. reading time: 5 mins

How times have changed. When Fred Wolgel became Texas United Management’s first in-house lawyer in 2006, the chief executive officer told him there might not be enough to keep him busy at the family-owned business in Houston. “It soon became the standard punch line,” the good-natured Wolgel now says with a chuckle. “Once I got […]

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