La Soirée Élégante: Sights and Sounds

Third Annual Gala Brings Excitement, Entertainment and Celebration 

Top business leaders, countless accolades and more during the third annual C. T. Bauer College of Business Gala gave many reasons to celebrate.

Throughout the night, we captured some moments that were seen and heard at the event: 

Paul A. Pavlou 
Dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair, C. T. Bauer College of Business 

“It is a spectacular evening. Having the third annual Bauer Gala is definitely a huge event for the school.”  

“Our vision is to transform lives, organizations and society. We transform students' lives, we help organizations and we have a positive impact on society and the Houston community.” 

Elaine Finger (BBA ’92) 
Real Estate Consultant, The Finger Companies 
Bauer College Board Member 

“It’s so exciting. I am a great supporter of the school. My husband was the first lifetime achievement award recipient, and it’s just such a great cause. This night is so fun and I get to see a lot of my friends.” 

“I've been impressed every year with how Bauer has grown since I came here and since I've been on the board. Every year, it grows and that’s because it's such a great school with such great students. I love our dean and his wife, they bring a whole lot to the school. You have (UH System President and Chancellor) Renu Khator, you have (UH System Board of Regents Chairman) Tilman Fertitta, we have great people involved with the whole University of Houston. It is so wonderful and exciting to be a part of this booming time in Houston.” 

Karen Duddlesten  
President, Wayne Duddlesten Foundation 

“The closer it got to this event, the more excited I became. The fact that Bauer College has been able to get these first-place awards nationwide is incredible. I also have really enjoyed meeting people like Dave Cook (Director of Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship), and sitting in several classes. All of it is just so exciting.” 

Zafar “Zaf” Tahir (’84, MBA ’99) 
Independent International Management, Tahir Consulting
 Vice-chair, Bauer College Board  

“It gives Bauer an identity and it allows not only Houston, but this whole region, to come together and support one of the most premiere business schools around.” 

“I was the gala chair for the inaugural event, and I have seen it mushroom into a branding for the college, the students, the faculty and the supporters.” 

Chris Angelides (MBA '94)  
Managing Director for Sustainability and Energy Transition, Ernst & Young 
Bauer College Board Member 
Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Student

“This event is fantastic. I had the pleasure of attending the first and second gala so I have seen how it has become a more fun and energetic event every year.”  

“Bauer College is now recognized as such a force in the city. This event is to celebrate the growth of Bauer, the success of Bauer, the new programs at Bauer, so it is going to be a night of celebration.” 

Sam Schreiber (BBA ’74)
Senior Advisor, Trustar Bank  
Bauer College Board Member

“I'm very excited because this is the third event of its kind, and each one has been more successful than the last.” 

“I am so proud of the University of Houston and what is has been able to accomplish. This year, I will have graduated 50 years ago, and I have seen so much change. Most of the change has come within the last 15 years under the leadership of Dr. Khator. The business school is on the rise, the university is on the rise, we are in the Big 12 now which is phenomenal, and we are only going up and up to being a top 50 university.”

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