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April Day on Bauer Business Focus, March 21, 2014

Posted March 18th, 2014 - No Comments
April Day, president of Women’s Business Enterprise (WBEA) Alliance,  is preparing for the 2014 WBEA Business Expo

April Day, president of Women’s Business Enterprise (WBEA) Alliance, is preparing for the 2014 WBEA Business Expo

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on Houston women-owned business with Houston Public Media News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider.

Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance President April Day is preparing for the organization’s 2014 WBEA Business Expo, where more than 1,500 women business owners and WBEA members will explore business opportunities. The event has gained momentum in recent years as more women become business owners in Houston.

Day recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus to discuss the current climate facing women business owners and to offer her take on Houston’s glass ceiling.

“I don’t really see a glass ceiling for women in Houston. I think women in Houston are leading the charge in becoming CEOs in their own companies and leading their companies,” Day said. “I see that we are really opening the door and expanding that territory. We have a lot of women-owned businesses at the WBEA that participate in what one would call ‘male-dominated industries,’ and I see them breaking through the ceiling.”

In Texas there are more than 800 WBEA-certified businesses that bring in $9 billion in revenue and provide 48,000 jobs within the Houston area alone. WBEA aims to provide opportunities to women-owned businesses and leaders in the 94 counties it serves, Day said.

“Our mission is to provide opportunities to women-owned business and corporate entities through education, programming and networking,” Day added. “The reason why we’re doing that is because we’re looking at a sort of corporate procurement. We do the national certification that certifies women-owned businesses as women business enterprises. Then we connect them to those procurement opportunities within the corporate realm and within the federal realm.”

Tune in to Houston Public Media News 88.7′s morning segment every Friday at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. to hear Bauer faculty and business experts offer engaging perspectives on business news, trends and issues.

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Wayne Winston on Bauer Business Focus, March 14, 2014

Posted March 10th, 2014 - No Comments
Wayne Winston

Wayne Winston, Decision & Information Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, has revolutionized the way analysis is done for basketball. Winston recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss his experience in the mathematical analysis of sports.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on sabermetrics with Houston Public Media News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider.

Wayne Winston, Decision & Information Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, has revolutionized the way analysis is done for basketball. Using sabermetrics, a tool to analyze baseball, Winston and his colleague Jeff Sagarin have developed a method based on how players change the score of the game to analyze players.

Winston recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss his experience in the mathematical analysis of sports.

“A really great basketball player during a 48 minute game would change the game 10 points in favor of his team, and a really bad player would change it five points against his team,” Winston said. “This lets us capture defense, but I still think a work in progress is trying to measure how good a basketball player is on defense. I think nobody’s really figured that out yet.”

Winston uses his expertise to teach a class on sports and math at Bauer. With March Madness coming up, Winston will be focusing on it in class and in his research.

“Usually when you run the odds on the final four right before the tournament begins, you would find out one team has over 20 percent chance to win and nobody else has over a 10 percent chance to win,” Winston said. “So, the team that I’ve got with a 25 or 26 percent chance to win at this point is Arizona.”

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Flor Dimassi on Bauer Business Focus, March 7, 2014

Posted March 3rd, 2014 - No Comments

Flor Dimassi, CEO of Global Speak Network, an oil and gas translation services company, recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus for a discussion on translating technical terminology for the global market.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on what it takes to go global in oil and gas with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Houston’s diversity has long reflected the oil and gas industry’s growing international presence. The availability of professionals from around the world offer an opportunity for translation services to be done right here in Houston.

Flor Dimassi, CEO of Global Speak Network, an oil and gas translation services company, recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus for a discussion on translating technical terminology for the global market.

“We started about 16 years ago and it became a surprise for us. There was a lot of demand to translate documents, heavy technical documents, operations manuals, videos. Then I realized we needed subject matter experts on the particular subjects we were translating,” Dimassi said.

Dimassi’s company translates many languages, but Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin have been high in demand in recent years. Mexico recently announced it will open their oil and gas industry to foreign investment, boosting demand for Spanish language translation.

“We’re now getting a lot of work from companies who want to establish themselves in Mexico,” Dimassi added. “Everyone is getting ready to see how they’re going to participate with this new Mexican energy reform.”

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Kent Eudy on Bauer Business Focus, February 28, 2014

Posted February 27th, 2014 - No Comments
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Executive Vice President Kent Eudy

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Executive Vice President Kent Eudy stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to talk about their role in creating the city’s largest annual event.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on creating the site of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

The site of the Houston Rodeo goes from completely bare grounds to a complete site in a matter of weeks. One of the many companies responsible for putting it together is Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift of America, who represents forklift and truck companies, including primary rodeo sponsor Cat Lift Trucks.

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Executive Vice President Kent Eudy stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to talk about their role in creating the city’s largest annual event. The company heads all of the material handling, including concessions, ticket booths, fencing and pens. They receive requests from more than 100 rodeo committees.

“(Rodeo visitors) see our forklifts on the ground in Reliant Stadium during the transition between the rodeo and the actual concert itself. Our trucks are working on the grounds to bring out the auxiliary equipment to help with the stage,” Eudy said.

MCFA is in its tenth year as a rodeo sponsor. The equipment they provide is there from setup to teardown, but they also spend time working with students who enter the livestock and goods show competitions.

“We also spend a lot of time working with the young people who come in and display their goods,” Eudy said. “One of which is the agricultural mechanics group, which builds their own products then they come in and are judged so that they can potentially win scholarships. We provide 8-10 service engineers who act as the judges for that panel.”

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