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By Brian Ehlinger—On Friday, November 20, 2015, I attended the Cameron School of Business First Annual Business Symposium. I ,among the UST students, CSB Faculty, and CSB alums had the privilege of hearing the insights of  the Business Symposium’s  keynote speaker, R. Scott Rowe, who is the President and CEO of Cameron. During his presentation, Mr. Rowe discussed the history of Cameron, his work experience and recommendations for current graduate students.

History of Cameron
Cameron was founded in 1920 in Houston, Texas. Jim Abercrombie and Harry Cameron developed the first blowout preventer in 1922. Cameron’s invention of the blowout preventer revolutionized the developing drilling industry. In 1945, Cameron pioneered the industry’s first 10k Christmas tree. Cameron Iron Works further developed the blowout preventer based on the industry’s demand. In addition to Cameron’s improving drilling technology, Cameron became prominent in the land and subsea production area. In 1979, Cameron sponsored the business school at the University of St. Thomas, which is known as the Cameron School of Business. Today, Cameron is a premiere oil field services company. Recently, Schlumberger was approved to purchase Cameron.

Work Experience
On October 5, 2015, Mr. R. Scott Rowe assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Cameron. Mr. R. Scott Rowe joined Cameron in 2002, and Mr. R. Scott Rowe has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Scott has served as the Chief Executive Officer of OneSubsea, the company’s joint venture with Schlumberger Limited. Prior to this, Scott served as the President of the Company’s Subsea Systems division and President of Engineered and Process Valves business in the Company’s Valves and Measurement segment. While at Cameron, Scott was a member of the board of directors. In addition, Scott is an Engineering Management graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cameron is a Fortune 500 company that is a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries.

Recommendations for Students
Scott emphasized that current students need to focus on school especially their group projects. The group projects are important for developing leadership skills for the real world. In addition, Scott recommended that students should utilize the cases they learn about from the Harvard Business School. Lastly, Scott stated that students should maintain personal relationships with their faculty.

Conclusion
The Cameron School of Business First Annual Business Symposium allows CSB students to learn about professionals that work in the corporate business world, and the opportunity to gain insight from these professionals and learn about their companies. This event offers students a unique setting where they can learn about the current events in different industries and the different experiences that various professionals have gained during their career.

Brian Ehlinger
UST – BBA/MBA Candidate, Cameron School of Business

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