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Kelvin Collard hosted in ExxonMobil Executive in Residence Series

Lamar University’s College of Business will host Kelvin Collard, chief financial and administrative officer and board member of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., as ExxonMobil Executive in Residence Oct. 8, 2013.

Kelvin CollardCollard will present a talk on “Transformation of finance to world class at Universal” in Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Business Building at 11 a.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public. He will also host a faculty colloquium and meet with graduate business students that day.

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. is a global business aviation trip management company with 47 locations in 19 countries.  Collard brings 33 years of accounting, finance and business experience from a wide variety of industries and businesses and holds a BBA in accounting from Lamar University.

His career began with Coopers & Lybrand, one of the original Big 8 accounting firms that are now part of Price WaterhouseCoopers. After nine years in public accounting, he expanded his career and embarked on an opportunity with Atlantic Richfield Company for 12 years where his assignments went from financial reporting to analysis to controller at several subsidiary companies, including Lyondell Chemical Co. where he spent most of his time. While at Lyondell he led the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system and the integration and consolidation of the controller’s functions.

Prior to joining Universal, Collard was the chief financial officer of The Brock Group, a private equity owned specialty maintenance contractor.  Within 16 months he helped acquire six companies that increased the size of the company more than seven times its original size. 

Collard’s visit is made possible by a generous grant from Exxon/Mobil. For more information about the lecture or the College of Business, call (409) 880-8603 or visit