College Recognizes Distinguished Alumni
The College of Business honored the recipients of its Alumni Achievement Awards during the Signature Speaker Series banquet last November.
Cindy Jorgensen, EMBA ’00, chief financial officer of Southwest Business Corporation, was named the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. “UTSA is the future of our community,” said Jorgensen. “It is generating the type of people that we want to stay in San Antonio. Most vibrant cities have a top-tier ranked university. We want that for UTSA.”
Jorgensen came to SWBC in 1990 as controller and manager of the accounting department. She has over 20 years of accounting and management experience, including eight years with Price Waterhouse.
Active in the community, Jorgensen is a member of the College of Business Executive Committee, the Athletics Advisory Council and a founding member of UTSA 24, an advisory group to the golf program.
April Ancira, MBA ’03, vice president of Ancira Chrysler Jeep Nissan/SMART, was named the recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award. With more than 10 years of experience in the automobile industry, she now oversees the day-to-day operations and management of the dealership. She worked her way up through Ancira, serving as an operations analyst, service and parts sales associate, sales associate, accounting assistant and receptionist.
“Every day I’m on a journey to do something extraordinary,” said Ancira, a graduate of the National Automotive Dealer Academy. “I can’t do it alone. Everyone needs a team to get there. I think of UTSA as a partner in my journey.”
Giving back to the community, Ancira is a member of the boards of directors of the UTSA Alumni Association, the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and NSIDE Business Magazine.
Bodenstedt Receives Accounting Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jim Bodenstedt, ’96, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of R&L Foods Inc., received the Department of Accounting Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Bodenstedt is responsible for managing over 3,000 MUY Brands and 2,000 R&L employees in the areas of restaurant operations, marketing, financing, new restaurant development and remodeling.
Bodenstedt and his wife, Cathy, founded MUY Brands in 2003, which then consisted of 18 Taco Bell and KFC restaurants in West Texas and Corpus Christi. In 2008 they were named one of the Top 50 Yum Brands Inc. franchisees with a total of 95 restaurants.
A true friend to the department, Jim is an annual participant in the Kathleen Reymann Keil Memorial Golf Tournament and has been a major contributor to the Russell Briner Memorial Scholarship Fund.
MBA Alumnus Jerry Deitchle Shares His Recipe for Success in the Restaurant Industry
Speaking to a strategic marketing class, San Antonio native Jerry Deitchle, MBA ’75, chairman and chief executive officer of BJ’s Restaurants, shared with students his 30-year career evolution in the restaurant industry.
As one of the first MBA graduates in the UTSA College of Business, Deitchle began classes at UTSA while he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in the reserves.
“I truly thank UTSA for allowing me to further my education,” said Deitchle, who oversees 10,000 employees and 84 BJ’s restaurants. “I was never satisfied with being mediocre. I was determined to not be left behind or disqualified for a position because I did not have the skills, certifications or degrees.”
Following the career opportunities, Deitchle was always willing to make sacrifices and accept new assignments to further his career. Along the way, he has gone from being an accountant with Church’s Fried Chicken in San Antonio to the president of the Cheesecake Factory to his current assignment at BJ’s Restaurants in California.
“The restaurant business can be a very attractive career,” said Deitchle. “You can advance your business and your career at the same time. Sometimes the hardest part of my job is knowing when to say no.”
Deitchle encouraged students to take the risk to learn. And he imparted four qualities that have been crucial to his success. “Treat your staff well. Learn how to analyze things. Have a strong work ethic, and have integrity in all that you do.”
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