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G. Brint Ryan ('88, '88) &
Ginny Kissling ('95, '95)

Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, announced that Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan and Global President and COO Ginny B. Kissling were named to D CEO’s 2022 Dallas 500 list. This annual publication profiles the most influential business, civic, and nonprofit leaders in North Texas from a wide spectrum of industries.

“It is an honor to be included on this list for multiple years,” said G. Brint Ryan. “What makes me incredibly proud is when other Ryan team members are recognized for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the business community. This year, Ginny Kissling was included on the Dallas 500 list, and there is no one more deserving. Congratulations, Ginny.”

“I appreciate D CEO for including me on this list of such highly regarded business leaders in North Texas,” said Kissling. “It is a privilege to serve as Ryan’s Global President and COO and work alongside the best and brightest talent in our industry. I would like to thank Brint for his mentorship and guidance during my nearly 30 years at Ryan.”

The 2022 edition of the Dallas 500 features nearly 200 new and emerging leaders and 300 recognizable names making a return appearance. The magazine spent more than six months conducting research by interviewing hundreds of colleagues, competitors, references, and reader recommendations.

The latest edition added new categories, including a Chief Operating Officers section as part of the C-Suite chapter. Learn more about the Dallas 500 here.


Published by Business Wire, January 2022



Samuel Macaraeg ('22)

Samuel Macaraeg originally intended to pursue ministry in his hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas, before he committed to an HR degree at UNT. His major was a strategic choice. In the future, Macaraeg plans to use the business practices incorporated in HR coursework to help him smoothly run church-based organizations.

While in the HR program, he has learned about professional self-development, and how his groundwork for success stems from his ongoing ability to identify and strengthen his weaknesses. In the summer of 2021, Macaraeg worked at Mavenir as an HR intern. There, he learned about the essentiality of adapting to different management styles and a healthy work-life balance, as he had previously never worked a typical 40-hour desk job.

Later that fall, he received a $2,000 Drew Young scholarship from the HRSouthwest Conference, a prestigious gathering of HR professionals. He was also granted free admission to the conference, recognized for his academic and professional accomplishments, and introduced to a multitude of networking opportunities. Macaraeg plans to use these experiences to support his plan to become a missionary for the Catholic church and develop a consulting company to reinforce organizational structure.

Currently, Macaraeg is SHRM’s Director of Corporate Relations. His position mainly covers the creation of semester-long calendars and outsourcing HR professionals to speak at SHRM meetings. Macaraeg finds that these duties have bolstered his professional communication and planning skills, and he is confident in their practicability within the industry. He recommends that HR students actively listen to their professors’ career advice, participate in professional organizations, and pursue networking opportunities with current HR specialists, as they are best equipped to help you along your occupational path.



Wilson Jones ('85)

The University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business will offer new career readiness opportunities to students after receiving the second-largest donation in its history from alumnus Wilson Jones (’85) and his wife, Jane.

The $5 million gift will create The Wilson Jones Career Center — a new space in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business providing more adequate and accessible support for career readiness at one of the largest business schools in the nation.

“The Jones’ gift comes at a critical time for the college and its efforts to improve career outcomes and opportunities for our students,” said Marilyn Wiley, Dean of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. “With the creation of The Wilson Jones Career Center, staff will be able to better develop industry relationships that will have long-term implications on the college’s reputation and rank.” 

The newly established center will have a direct effect on students within the career and graduation process, with a focus on internship opportunities.

“Our goal is for every business student to participate in a degree-appropriate applied professional experience during their academic career. Increasing internship opportunities will give students better preparation, experience and professionalism — leading to greater overall success,” Wiley said.

The Wilson Jones Career Center will serve as the essential bridge for Ryan College of Business students to access the world beyond UNT — connecting potential employers with UNT staff who understand their needs and can respond quickly to requests.

“Jane and I were both first-generation students and realize the importance of being prepared to start the career journey. We’re proud to support a robust career center and know it will make a difference for UNT students,” Wilson Jones said.

Wilson Jones’ recent generosity is not his first example of putting others first. Recently retired as the CEO of Oshkosh Corporation, Jones has lived by the motto: “Do the Right Thing.” He stood by these values because he firmly believes that a company that does the right thing ultimately benefits everyone — from team members and customers to suppliers and communities.

This philosophy earned the Oshkosh company a No. 8 ranking on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies list, a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for being one of the best places to work, recognition as a Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and one of Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies, as well as a spot as one of The Wall Street Journal's “Best Managed Companies” from 2017 to 2019.

Jones was named one of the top CEOs of 2018 and was honored with the UNT Distinguished Alumni Award and inducted into the G. Brint Ryan College of Business Hall of Fame in 2021.

The Wilson Jones Career Center is expected to begin construction by summer 2022 and will be located off of the Atrium in UNT’s Business Leadership Building.



Ryan College of Business lands top spot in latest rankings

The Ryan College of Business is once again earning recognition for its nationally-competitive programs. U.S. News and World Report ranked the online MBA 52nd in the nation and 4th in the state. UNT online bachelor’s programs also earned a spot at No. 74 in the nation and No. 3 in the state.

In addition to these rankings, the Department of Accounting climbed the Brigham Young University (BYU) research rankings ladder. Behavioral researchers in the department ranked among the top 50 in the world (up from 61 in 2018), with behavioral research in AIS coming in at an impressive No. 2 in the world. The department’s archival tax research ranked No. 28 in the world, and their overall research breadth ranked No. 44 in the world (up from 196 in 2018).

These rankings solidify the quality and breadth of education that students receive at the college, while the increase in rankings, year-over-year, document the continued progress our faculty make as they always strive for excellence.

American Marketing Association chapter earns grant and praise for efforts to end hunger

The University of North Texas American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter has been awarded a $1,100 grant from the AMA Foundation to assist a fundraising campaign aimed to end hunger.

The campaign, Rise Against Hunger, was spearheaded by chapter Vice President of Advancement Hannah Moeliono with the goal to raise more than $3,500.

“The AMA students worked hard to secure this grand and the praise from the national AMA organization. The Rise Against Hunger project is one example of the great work that they are doing,” said Senior Marketing Lecturer for the Department of Marketing Joy Houser.

Donated funds will be used to host a hands-on meal packaging event that will not only provide more than 10,000 meals, but also bring awareness and action toward food insecurity in our communities.

The meal packaging event is set to take place on Friday, April 8, with fundraising slated to begin as early as mid-February.


Risk Management student lands top spot in national contest

Junior accounting BS/MS student Michael Whitmire earned third place and a $500 cash prize in the Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Association’s (WSIA) nation-wide white paper contest.

According to the WSIA, the contest aims to “expand surplus lines awareness and knowledge for undergraduate college students studying risk management and insurance, actuarial science, finance and business,” by tasking them with addressing a modern issue in the insurance industry.

Whitmire’s research explored pandemic risks related to the insurance industry.

“I discussed the current and future impacts of the pandemic on the insurance industry and how the insurance industry could respond to the changes in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic,” explained Whitmire.

In addition to his cash prize, Whitmire’s paper will be published on WSIA’s website, recognizing his hard-earned research efforts.


Business Conversations podcast talks UIPath partnership for UNT accounting students

Dr. Jose Lineros, clinical assistant professor for UNT's Department of Accounting, joins the Business Conversations podcast to discuss the college's recent partnership with UIPath, one of the leading providers of robotic process automation (RPA) software.

Tune in and subscribe to learn about what this partnership means for UNT students, and how the accounting industry is being shaped by artificial intelligence.


Supply chain issues and a "new class of workers" discussed at Research on Tap

Dr. Terry Pohlen, senior associate dean and professor of logistics for the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, visited local brewery Armadillo Ale Works as part of UNT’s new series: Research on Tap.

Diving into current supply chain issues, Pohlen answered the ever-pressing question of “Where’s my stuff and what’s UNT going to do about it?”

He explained how the current backlog in shipping containers, both at the port and offshore, coupled with the shortage of container chassis and an 80% turnover in the truck driver workforce, are causing unprecedented challenges in the industry that need to be approached in a different way.

That is why UNT is addressing the problem with a multi-disciplinary approach—collaborating with colleges across campus to collect instrumental data and develop innovative technology for big name organizations such as NASA, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the Army, to name a few. 

Pohlen explained how UNT’s efforts are looking at a “new class of workers” that can better operate, organize and forecast transportation needs. With the help of extensive research, unmanned autonomous vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence, UNT is working to develop intelligent mobility systems for the future.
Learn more about how the Ryan College of Business is shaping the transportation industry, from the ground up.



Since 2019, Jim ('66) and Linda McNatt have poured more than $750,000 into The Jim & Linda McNatt Fund for Students in Financial Crisis (The Jim & Linda McNatt Emergency Fund), a scholarship established to create ways to assist students in crisis situations. Their generosity, coupled with the high demand for financial need during this past year, has since compelled others to contribute as well. 

Our students are relying on support from the McNatt Emergency Fund to graduate and we need your continued support to meet their needs. Your gift, no matter the size, will make an immediate impact to help our students continue their pursuits of earning a UNT degree. 

The Dean’s Excellence Fund also provides immediate, essential support to our students. This fund serves as a vital resource to help our students and campus respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur. When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the college by allowing the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the priorities of the college during this difficult time.



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