Opening Doors: H4W

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Moran Enterprises hosted a presentation awarding a $36,000 grant to Hope For The Warriors® foundation. This grant was made possible through donations from employees at MOGAS Industries and Alspaugh’s ACE Hardware Stores in Houston, and Stephenson Printing in Alexandria, Virginia. Through a negotiated contract on behalf of America’s Heroes First Foundation (AHFF) donors, 100% of these funds go directly to military families in need.

Moran Enterprises eagerly opened its doors to welcome donors, sponsors, and organizational leaders as the host of the Hope for the Warriors event. We are honored to have been included in an event that reinforces the social value that exists within our community.

As we assist others to create value, we continue to build a Financial and Social Legacy for Generations of Servant Leaders!

David Moran
President, Moran Enterprises, Inc.
Captain, USMCR

Dan Moran Highlights the Entrepreneurial Spirit at the Annual Mays Business Bootcamp


By Stephanie Courtright

A few former students from Texas A&M University were among the 25 veterans who came to campus in mid-July to bring to reality their visions of business ventures. These visions, ranging from real estate to tele-health enterprises, are honed through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), sponsored by Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship.

The EBV initiative offers cutting-edge experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to military men and women who were disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership by developing competencies associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and helping coordinate efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities. The program consists of a three-week online self-study, an eight-day residency period on the Texas A&M campus, and a year of mentorship and support as participants launch their new ventures.

Opening remarks for the event, held in the lobby of Texas A&M’s Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center, were provided by Jerry Strawser, Dean of Mays Business School. After welcoming the assembled crowd of guests, participants and sponsors, he announced to the EBV participants that they will learn how to become entrepreneurs. Strawser explained how participants will become leaders through the EBV program. “You will be supported by the best, here at Texas A&M,” he said.

Richard Lester, CNVE director, introduced the participants, who each had the opportunity to speak about their branch of military service, hometown and the type of business he or she would like to create.

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Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, a part of Mays Business School’s Department of Management, provides encouragement, education, networking and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty and Texas businesses. Since its launch in 1999, the center has enhanced student education through campus speakers, competitions and programs, work experiences and financial support. For more information about CNVE please visit:

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Finding Balance to Achieve Value: Value through Organizational Structure

When you look around your office space, do you notice a gap in gender roles and gender representation? You may notice it, but not give it a second thought. Most administrative assistants are women, yet most engineers are men, executive positions are held mostly by males, and yet teaching positions are dominated by women. Although the United States has made great progress towards gender equality in the last 42 years since the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment,  there are still some serious strides to be made.

According to a recent study by the Harvard Business Review that provides a “breakdown of executive committee members in the country’s top 20 companies,” the United States ranks among the highest when compared to other developed countries with an “80 male: 20 female representation ratio.*” As evaluated by this survey, the gap still remains and the U.S. continues to take measures to promote gender equality in the workplace.*



Other nations have placed initiatives to bring more balance on executive boards as well. In 2013, France advocated for a “40% distribution of women among executive boards,” but fell short with only a 15% female representation in 2014.* Although this is an improvement from 11%, that’s a stark difference from the representation witnessed in Japan whom in the survey had “just two women appear in the list of 230 Executive Committee members – both in support roles.*”

The article did not offer an explanation for the differences in gender roles within a corporate organization, however that may be because it is a universal question that society has tried to solve within the last century. Do the differences stem from social expectations of each role that are deeply rooted in child-rearing? Is it a reflection that children captured from their parents, teachers and counselor’s biased attitudes? Do corporate organizational structures hinder advancement? Certainly there is no one right answer. In our interactions with coworkers, colleagues, and family members, we shape our communications with members of both sexes that may make a wider impact in the coming generations. As stewards of an organization, our challenge is to review and ensure that measures are in place such as training and development, mentorship, fair recruiting, hiring, and equal pay practices, as well as to create a corporate culture that reinforces gender equality in our daily workplace to lessen the disparity of the gender gap.

*Wittenberg-Cox, Avivah. How 6 Countries Compare on Executive Gender Balance. Harvard Business Review. July 18, 2014.

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Written By: Priscilla C. Arteaga

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