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Tony Nguyen (’23)

A Graduation Journey

Published on May 11, 2023

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Bauer grad Tony Nguyen is a self-described “coffee-holic,” and he has no lack of energy when it comes to sharing about his time as a student.

An accounting and management information systems major, as well as a first-generation college student and immigrant born in Vietnam and raised in Houston, Nguyen added to the classroom experience through several special programs and activities, including the Ted Bauer Undergraduate Business Scholars program, the Management Information Systems Student Organization (MISSO), Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Bauer Ambassadors and the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA). He also has a photography business, Nguyentography, that he started while in high school.

“I owe a lot of my college experience and accomplishments to these organizations, as they helped me make lifelong friendships, develop professional skills, and motivated me to strive for more,” Nguyen said. “Through my involvement with these groups, I gained valuable experience that has been instrumental in shaping my personal and professional growth.”

When it came to choosing where to pursue his academic journey, the answer was simple.

“Choosing Bauer and the University of Houston, in general, was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. While many of us could have selected another college or university, some of us may have opted for Bauer because it was the only institution that offered us an opportunity,” he said. “I knew that attending Bauer would enable me to become a well-rounded individual and provide ample opportunities to further my personal development. The people, diversity and world-class education that Bauer embodies were the fundamental reasons for my selection.”

Nguyen joins CBIZ, Inc. as an intern in the Risk & Advisory service line. Once the internship concludes, he begins his career as an analyst at Deloitte, joining the Cyber & Strategic Risk team.

Ludmila Golovine, (’95)

An Entrepreneurial Journey

EY Recognizes Bauer Alumna as Entrepreneur of the Year



A graduate of the first cohort of the nation’s top entrepreneurship program for undergraduates has been named the prestigious Entrepreneur of The Year® 2023 Gulf South award winner by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US).

Ludmila Golovine, (’94), founder of the multi-million-dollar company, MasterWord Services, has long acknowledged the importance of launching her business while she attended the inaugural session of the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the C. T. Bauer College of Business.

The significance and synchronicity of receiving the prestigious EY recognition and celebrating Masterword’s creation 30 years ago simultaneously is beyond anything she could have envisioned, Golovine said. The global language service provider was born of a business plan she created as a Wolff Center student, and Golovine is emphatic about its vital role in helping her succeed.

“The core principles of Courage, Compassion and Vision that I learned at the Wolff Center laid the foundation for my entrepreneurial journey,” Golovine said. “Today, I’m grateful to be able to give back to the program that played such an important role in my life.”

Golovine, who grew up in the former Soviet Union, had only recently arrived in the United States when she connected with her mentor, the late William “Bill” Sherrill, a Wolff Center founder. She became one of the original 50 stakeholders who funded the program, writing check number 50 while still a student. Later, she became the first alum to give an endowed scholarship to the program.

“We are so very proud and delighted that Mila has been selected as EY Entrepreneur of the Year,” Wolff Center Executive Director Dave Cook said. “Mila has brought so much value to the Wolff Center as a mentor to numerous aspiring student entrepreneurs, as a lecturer and through hiring students to work in her company. Her recent endowed scholarship gifts are a reflection of her ongoing commitment to the Wolff Center and the values we believe in. Mila is something special, and we are grateful that she is in our lives and the lives of our students.”

Golovine was a finance major, taking a full load of classes and working as a translator when she was tasked with creating a business plan to fulfill a Wolff Center assignment. She took full advantage of opportunities to learn directly from experienced business leaders involved with the Wolff Center.

Her company providing translation and interpretation services that enabled companies to grow internationally soon found a niche. MasterWord is now the fastest growing woman-led language services provider in the world, serving Fortune 500 companies and public institutions in energy and engineering, healthcare, life sciences, government, technology, insurance, finance, and education.

The Wolff Center, of course, has also grown and excelled over the decades. It has been named the No. 1 undergraduate program in the nation six times in rankings compiled by The Princeton Review and published in Entrepreneur magazine. (It has ranked in the Top 10 since 2007.)

“I’m very grateful for everybody that has been part of my journey, and that certainly includes the Wolff Center. It has grown tremendously, but the core of it remains the same as when I went to those first classes.”

One attribute of entrepreneurship that isn’t taught, but which Golovine brings to her work, is a sense of enthusiasm and purpose. Golovine’s upbringing in a communist country where information was kept under strict control fueled a lifelong passion for enabling communication access for all.

MasterWord continues to grow and evolve on a global scale under her leadership.

“There is tremendous opportunity in extending internet accessibility for people whose language is now marginalized, or outside the mainstream,” she said.  “We want to continue to be a contributing part of that success of connecting people across language and cultures.”

An independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders selected Golovine as the EY Gulf South award winner. Candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

She is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 National Awards. The National Award winners including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2024.

John S. Moody, Jr. (M.B.A. ’99, J.D. ’99)

Moody Law Group is pleased to announce that five firm attorneys have been named to the 2024 list of The Best Lawyers in America, one of the most revered legal listings in the country.

Firm founder John S. Moody, Jr. and attorneys Julie BarryKelly BeaudryTania Hovel, and Robert C. Walker have been recognized for excellence in real estate law.

“To have our peers recognize our team for excellence is really an honor,” says Mr. Moody, “It’s a privilege to work with such a talented and hardworking group of lawyers. I could not be prouder.”

Mr. Moody, whom Best Lawyers is recognizing for the seventh time, has years of experience representing clients in a variety of real estate matters. Board certified in commercial real estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is a leader in matters involving real estate development, sales, leasing, acquisitions, financing, and construction.

Ms. Berry, who is board certified in commercial real estate, practices extensively in transaction law, helping clients with the acquisition and disposition of businesses and real estate. This is her second year to be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Ms. Beaudry, who is marking her second year on the Best Lawyers listing, has expertise in a range of transactions, including purchase and sale transactions, land development, leasing, and load-related work. She is also board certified in commercial real estate.

In her third year recognized by Best Lawyers, Ms. Hovel focuses her practice on commercial transactions, including retail, office and industrial leasing, acquisitions, sales and development, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Walker is well-versed in mini-perm loans for real estate projects such as apartments, condominiums, and retail shopping centers. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2008.

The Best Lawyers in America honorees are selected through an extensive peer review evaluation process. More than 13.7 million votes were analyzed for the 2024 edition.

About Moody Law Group, PLLC:
Moody Law Group is a Houston-based law firm that focuses exclusively on complex commercial real estate matters. With a team composed of seasoned and board-certified real estate attorneys, the firm remains one of the most experienced and uniquely equipped teams to guide developers, property owners, financial institutions, investors, retailers, and private equity funds through their legal and real estate challenges.

April Arias    

SOURCE Moody Law Group PLLC