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COLLEGE STATION – Six former students were recently inducted into the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The induction ceremony was held at the Association of Former Students in College Station with a dinner reception. Dr. Ed Rister, associate department head for agricultural economics and Texas A&M AgriLife Research economist, served as master of ceremonies. Former student, Jorge Bermudez, a 1973 graduate of Texas A&M, provided the dinner program.
The new inductees are Robert M. “Matt” Bobbitt ‘99, William Edward “Bill” Corrigan ‘01, Robert H. “Hunter” Goodwin ‘96, J. Michael “Mike” Martin ‘87, Casey M. Oldham ‘02 and Gerald A. Sullivan ‘67.
The Registry recognizes outstanding former students for meritorious accomplishments in their fields. It is the highest department-level honor and is named after Tyrus R. Timm, who led the university’s agricultural economics department from 1953 until 1973 during its rise to national prominence in teaching, research and Extension. Timm was known for his knowledge of finance and agricultural banking.
The inductees were also recognized for giving back their time and expertise to students in the department through guest lectures and other contributions, faculty officials noted.
Bobbitt, owner of Global Event Group, began his career as busboy at Kona Ranch Steakhouse (now Ozona Bar and Grill) in College Station. He later ventured out on his own to form his current company, which went from $30,000 in sales in its first year to $850,000 in two years. Notably, the company won the bid to provide food services for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, providing 10,000-plus meals over 10 days.
The growth in sales allowed the company to expand from a home-based business, to purchasing business property and a commercial kitchen. Today, the company is in its 10th year, having served three U.S. Presidents, including the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, hundreds of musicians and other corporate businesses.
Corrigan is currently president and CEO of the Goddard Investment Company. The family-owned company was established in 1931 by Charles Blake Goddard, an oil pioneer and charter member of Humble Oil Company, now Exxon Mobil. In 2007, he consolidated the Goddard Investment Co.’s offices and other family business units into the Corrigan–Goddard Family Office, managing assets consisting of oil and gas, real estate and various family ranches around the country.
Goodwin played professional football for the Miami Dolphins and was a team captain. He is an owner of Oldham Goodwin Group LLC in Bryan-College Station and currently serves as president and chief operating officer. Goodwin is responsible for implementing the company’s business strategies, launching new ventures and initiatives, overseeing ongoing company operations and developing business relationships. He specializes in asset management and development of commercial, multifamily and hospitality properties utilizing his extensive experience in construction management and business operation.
Among Martin’s first jobs in business was managing 3,500 acres of citrus groves and maintaining relationships with the absentee owners for whom property was being managed. During this time, the business expanded from 80,000 to 100,000 trees per year. He briefly left the family business from 1992-1995 to work for Prudential Insurance, beginning as a sales agent before being promoted to sales manager within a year.
He returned to the family business three years later to help the business grow as fruit volumes increased every year as young trees came into production. By summer of 1998, the family owned more than 3,600 acres of citrus with annual sales of more than $40 million.
Oldham is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Oldham Goodwin Group LLC. He oversees corporate strategic planning, positioning and overall corporate initiatives.
Oldham Goodwin Group LLC was formed in early 2004 as a commercial real estate brokerage firm. It has grown to employ more than 350 employees at the end of 2012, managing 23 commercial properties valued at more than $68 million, 11 multifamily units valued at more than $51 million and seven hotels valued at more than $64 million. Transactions volume in 2012 exceeded $100 million.
Sullivan is the founder of Texas International Terminals in Galveston and Santa Rosa Ranch in Grimes and Houston counties, a seedstock and commercial producer of Brangus and UltraBlack Cattle.
Through the years, he has started and sold many businesses ranging from ranching, real estate development, barge and tow businesses, marine terminals, international shipping, ready-mix concrete and cement businesses, and commercial and residential construction.
Additional information about the new inductees and other members of the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry is located online at www.tyrustimmregistry.org.