Anna McElwain Brewer
Partner and Director of Professional Development
J. Taylor & Associates LLC
graduating with her TCU accounting degree, Anna McElwain Brewer landed her dream job as a
consultant with Arthur Andersen, which subsequently collapsed in the Enron
a case study in how to start a career and change course dramatically.”
moved to Ernst & Young, then a colleague at J. Taylor & Associates
offered her a position. Now she
is a partner and director of professional development, where in addition to
serving clients she recruits and trains employees.
the best things about a small company is that if you are willing to take on
responsibility, they let you have it. So at a fairly young age, I was able to
buy into the partnership.”
Thanks to her TCU Neeley foundation, she was well
“My TCU accounting professors were adamant that you
didn’t just need to know ‘how’ to do accounting but ‘why.” I’m rarely asked to
just do accounting. I’m asked to understand the implications and the whys and
how it affects finance. The groundwork TCU laid has set me up to be very
Chief Executive Officer
The Bill Shaddock Companies
Bill Shaddock is a people person. He believes one person
can make a big difference. He certainly has. He started as the sole owner and
employee of a title company and grew it into Capital Title, the largest
independent title company in Texas. He is also president and partner of
Shaddock Development, CEO and owner of Willow Bend Mortgage, and owner and
chairman of First National Title, the 12th largest underwriter in the nation.
He founded the student-run Shaddock Venture Capital Fund at TCU Neeley to help
make students’ entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Shaddock’s success is due to a
combination of how he was raised, his TCU education, his skills and his
“If I got up in the morning and my only thought was about
making money, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Building personal relationships
transports me to opportunities. TCU offered me the opportunity to win in life.
My skill set is helping organizations and people see and obtain their ultimate
success. My leadership is about enabling and encouraging others. This very day
there is someone who needs your encouragement. Make sure the person who gives
them that encouragement is you.”
TCU ’06 EMBA ’14
Stoneburgh Management LLC
Jeremy Spann doesn’t let obstacles hold him back. He
worked the night shift as a police offer so he could get his undergraduate
degree at TCU during the day. He got his Executive MBA while a supervisor with
the FWPD. He opened a successful restaurant with no experience. He launched an
event to help wounded warriors and turned it into Cowtown Warriors, a sell-out
annual gala that raises hundreds of thousands. In 2014 he retired from the FWPD
and went into real estate with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s and opened a brokerage
business, Stoneburgh Management. He made his first multi-million-dollar deal in
“I’ve done some significant things in my life, but if I
haven’t created an environment where other people benefit, what’s it all worth?
TCU focuses on relationships, and the EMBA program highlighted the importance
of that. I was surrounded by management leaders, entrepreneurs, hedge fund
managers and other executives who have the ability to see the world in
different ways. More importantly, they support you and you support them. When
you are surrounded by the right people, you can do anything.”
Renewable Energy Product Manager
S&P Global Market Intelligence
As a TCU student, Bethany Gorham didn’t know that her internship with Esperanza, delivering clean water solutions in the Dominican Republic, would make such a splash on her future. The experience propelled her to earn an MLA in sustainability and environmental management at Harvard.
While earning her MLA, Bethany worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and then landed a fellowship with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Then she received a job offer from S&P Global’s market intelligence division for a career that combines her business and renewable energy degrees and experience.
At S&P, Bethany is developing financial tools that help investors, utilities and regulators increase renewable energy in the power sector and provide sustained profit by mitigating the downside risks.
“My role as part of the solution is equipping people with the intelligence needed to face complex natural resource challenges. I will have a meaningful career for the rest of my life.”
TCU Men's Basketball
As a TCU student, Jamie Dixon led the Horned Frogs to Southwest Conference titles, earned All-SWC honors, led the SWC in assists as a senior and was voted TCU's Senior Male Scholar-Athlete. And he did it all while majoring in finance at the Neeley School.
“I knew wanted a career in sports, maybe coaching, and I knew there was a business side to sports. I looked at business as a way to stay in basketball.”
His love of numbers and statistics paid off on the court. “I believe my business knowledge came into play in how I looked at the game.”
Jamie has more than 20 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience. His teams have won a combined 10 conference titles and advanced to the postseason during 19 different seasons. His student-athletes have earned five league player of the year awards. He also led the USA Basketball U19 team to the 2009 FIBA World Championship Gold Medal and a 9-0 record, after only one month on the job as head coach.
Jamie’s advice to students: “Follow your passion. I benefitted from my business degree by being able to do the thing I like to do. Coaching a program is like running a business. You have budgets, marketing, statistical analysis, personnel and management. You can use your education and mold your degree into what you love doing.”
Carolyn Crouch Phillips
Carolyn Crouch Phillips has a yummy business. Not only does she produce some of the most delicious and inventive popsicles in the DFW Metroplex, she used her TCU Neeley education to create a business that impacts her community.
“I founded Alchemy Pops as a for-profit and for-purpose venture to create new market opportunities for local farmers by sourcing produce from Texas.”
While supporting the livelihoods of local farmers, Carolyn provides high-quality ingredients for her customers and creates unique flavor combinations such as Roasted Peach & Honey and Cantaloupe & Mint.
An avid Horned Frog, Carolyn stays involved with her alma mater through TCU Neeley events, TCU alumni happy hours, TCU sporting events and campus activities. She was a featured speaker at the TCU Neeley School “Women to the Power of 10” luncheon to share her successful entrepreneurship story.
“The best part about being a TCU Neeley alum is seeing Horned Frogs all over the world. It’s always great to see another purple shirt or hear a ‘Go Frogs!’ while exploring another country.”