WTAMU's Enactus Team Competes at National Competition

April 22, 2014

CONTACT:  Jean Walker, 806-651-2515,

WTAMU’s Enactus Team Competes at National Competition

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Enactus was named a finalist in opening round competition and ultimately placed first runner-up in its quarter final round league April 1-3 at the Enactus U.S.A. National Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the 20th consecutive year that the team has competed in national competition.

Enactus teams use the positive power of business and an entrepreneurial mindset to empower people in need by "seeing possibilities, taking action and enabling progress."

During the 2013-14 academic year, WTAMU Enactus projects focused on marketing and technology consulting for The Locals Go Here, a local business; tutoring refugees; mentoring teenagers at the Youth Center of the High Plains; tutoring GED students through No Limits No Excuses Amarillo; sponsoring the Moses Business Plan Competition for WTAMU students; teaching students at Canyon Intermediate about the growth of businesses from startup to Wall Street; and partnering with community organizations to promote entrepreneurship, college and career training and hunger relief.

Enactus team members sharpen their own leadership, teamwork and project management skills through using an entrepreneurial approach to enabling progress for others; then more than 50 national companies who specifically target Enactus students in their hiring process give team members seeking internships or employment the opportunity to be recruited at the Career Fair at the U.S.A. National Exposition.

WTAMU Enactus is a student organization of the College of Business, but membership is open to any major of any classification at WTAMU. In addition to the 518 American teams, Enactus teams on college campuses in 35 other countries compete nationally for the right to represent their country at Enactus World Cup in Beijing, China, in October 2014.

The speakers showcasing team projects for corporate judges included Greg Moreno, Thao Nguyen, Adriana Gallegos, Mary Dittfurth, Travis George, Mitch Thornton and Gloria Chavarria.  The team was accompanied to Cincinnati by Jean Walker, Miller Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Leigh Browning, professor of marketing.

Representing WTAMU at national competition are listed by hometown and major.

Valeria Herrera, international business major
Mary Dittfurth, management major
Matthew Cavazos, marketing major
Adriana Gallegos, marketing major
Emily Gross, marketing major
Ryan Pinkert, MSFE graduate student
Dustin Ratheal, marketing major
Luis Rodriguez, management major
Brooke Topliff, marketing major
Nick Turner, management major
Bethany Wilcox, entrepreneurship/marketing major
Jordan Eldridge, management major
Travis George, MBA graduate student
Gloria Chavarria, elementary education major
Jose Ramirez, public administration major
Pei-Shan Hsu, MBA graduate student
Cecelia Dominguez, management major
Clovis, N.M.
Sarah Sabins, MBA graduate student
Kayla McKinney, marketing major
Brittany Smith, MBA graduate student
Mitch Thornton, management major
Montgomery, Alabama
Dayren Tolliver, finance major
Philadelphia, Pa.
Dana Versmessen, management major
Gilberto Medina, management major
Kristen Le, advertising/PR major
Thao Nguyen, marketing major
Rudy Cantu, management major
Greg Moreno, accounting major
Elizabeth Castillo, accounting major
Veronica Carrillo, accounting major
Caity Kenny,   international business major