Month: September 2004

Linda Hummel Meets Challenges Head On

Linda Hummel is a self-confessed overachiever with a rare talent for focusing completely and passionately on whatever she is involved in. As chief executive officer of the South Texas region of Humana Inc., she is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning for the largest health insurer in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. She is one of only 15 CEOs or presidents in the company, which serves 230,000 members. Two years ago, when one of Hummel’s staunchest mentors, her boss Stefen Brueckner, first offered her the CEO position, she turned it down. She...

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Building On Their Strengths: Women play important roles in architecture, real estate development, home building and construction industries

The world of real estate development, home building and design is filled with big plans, dynamic projects and busy experts. Behind the earth movers and real estate shakers is a vital support system of professional organizations striving to keep their members informed and their industries strong. In San Antonio, the day-to-day operations of three of those organizations happen to be managed by women: Becky Oliver of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, Torrey Stanley Carleton of The American Institute of Architects and Martha Mangum of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio. With nearly 70 years of combined experience,...

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Reaching for the Top High-ranking women of corporate San Antonio

Back in 1972, when Karen Jennings first joined what was then Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, she thought she would work for a few years, then probably quit to marry and have babies. And although she did all three at some point — quit, marry and have a son — she is today the senior executive vice president for human resources and communications for SBC Communications Inc., one of the very few women in a top executive position among major San Antonio companies. So, naturally, one of the first questions we ask her is: Is it lonely at the top?...

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Blueprint for Success: Architect goes her own way to grow her own business

You can hear Madeline Anz Slay coming down the hall. Office carpet can’t muffle the sound of a pair of determined heels in fast motion. “My husband says, ‘Madeline doesn’t walk, she marches,'” the 34-year-old architect says, as she swoops into a seat at the head of the table. Those heels have marched a pretty straight route from cradle to conference room in her own firm, MAS Architecture. Slay all but grew up on construction sites. During childhood summers, she’d visit her father, G.W. Anz, owner of another self-named company that built a lot of houses in Terrell Hills...

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Ready to Make Music Again: The Symphony has a new CEO, a new plan and new hope

On April 19, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Leif Clark approved the San Antonio Symphony’s reorganization plan, permitting the venerable but troubled organization to emerge from Chapter 11 and a year of silence and uncertainty. “Let’s go make music,” the judge said. Now the music is expected to resume this month, not exactly as before, but under new management and with some new ideas on how the orchestra can sustain itself as a financially viable organization. To find out more, we talked to the man in charge, new CEO Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., who came on board Feb.1. Johnson hammered out the...

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