Texas Tech University

2010 Rawls College of Business Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

March 10, 2010

The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration cordially invites you to attend an awards dinner honoring:

James R. Holcomb | Distinguished Alumnus

John Aure Buesseler, M.D. | Distinguished Friend

The Wood Family | Distinguished Family

When: Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lubbock Scottish Rite, 1101 70th Street, Lubbock, Texas

Business Attire

Please reply by April 1 to rawls.events@ttu.edu or call 806.742.3940


James R. “Jim” Holcomb Owner & President of Holcomb Real Estate Services, Ltd.

Jim Holcomb graduated from Texas Tech University in 1965 with a BBA in Finance (Banking). Having completed the US Army ROTC course at Tech, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at graduation and served in the Army until 1967 at which time he returned to Texas and took a job with Texas Commerce Bank in Houston. In 1971, he left banking to enter the real estate brokerage industry and founded Holcomb Properties. During the 1980s, Holcomb Properties transitioned from brokerage to real estate acquisition, development and management. Over his career, Mr. Holcomb has acquired numerous tracts of land and subdivision lots, developed subdivisions, commercial parks and retail shopping centers in the Houston area. Each summer Mr. Holcomb awards an internship to a Rawls College of Business student who is interested in the real estate development industry, and he annually awards scholarships to deserving business school students. Mr. Holcomb is a member of the Rawls College Advisory Council.

John Aure Buesseler, M.D.Founding Chair of the Health Organization Management department

Dr. Buesseler's academic accomplishments include Bachelor of Philosophy (Zoology) and Doctor of Medicine (Ophthalmology) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Science in Business Administration from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a dissertation away from Doctor of Philosophy (Business/Public Administration) at Cornell University. He consulted with national and international organizations including NASA where he served on the Space Medicine Advisory Group in successfully developing life support and research requirements for the Orbiting Space Research Laboratory. A three-war veteran (WWII, Korea, Vietnam), he served as a PFC, Senior Flight Surgeon and Special Forces Colonel. Dr. Buesseler is Emeritus Founding Dean of the Medical School and Emeritus Founding Vice President for Health Sciences of TTUHSC and Founding CEO of its Health Sciences Center. In 1971, Dr. Buesseler became Founding Professor of Health Organization Management, a joint-venture department between the School of Medicine and Rawls College of Business. HOM has become a program of academic excellence and national renown. Dr. Buesseler has served Rawls College with distinction and, since his retirement, with continued supportiveness.

Wood Family Clay and Louise Wood, Don Wood, and Jack Wood

All four members of the Wood family attended Texas Tech University. Clay Wood's education at Tech was interrupted in 1943 when he joined the US Navy to serve in World War II. In 1946 Clay married Louise Ince, who had just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Speech/Drama. Their son Jack graduated in 1977 with a BBA in Management, and son Don graduated in 1982 with a BBA in Management. Beginning with their first business--a service station Clay purchased with money borrowed from his mother when he returned home from the Navy--the Wood family has developed extensive business interests throughout West Texas, including convenience stores, oilfield service companies, real estate development, and many others. In 1985, Clay, Jack and Don purchased controlling interest in Western National Bank, and Clay currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Jack as President and CEO. Don is President of Permian Enterprises, LTD, an oil industry business. Their families live in Odessa. Through the years, the Wood family has remained loyal Red Raiders.