Turkish American Association for Business held the Annual Dinner at The Houstonian Hotel on March 4, 2010, located 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas, 77024. The evening was a great success for TAAB and we thank all our guests especially the distinguished speaker Dr. Robert R. Ivany, President of University of St. Thomas.

Our corporate sponsors for this dinner event were “Amegy Bank of Texas“, “The ABB Group“, “American Turkish Association (ATA)“, “Independence Bank, N.A.“, “Richmond Bone & Joint Clinic, P.A.“, “Seba Pipe Inc.“, “Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank“.

The event began with registration and reception at the dining area. Following the introduction and recognition of our corporate sponsors, it was time for our keynote speakers for the evening, Dr. Ivany. The topic for the speech was “The Role of International Business Community in Promoting Educational Opportunities in the United States”.

Dr. Robert R. Ivany is the President of the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Ivany became the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas, a university in the heart of Houston, on July 1, 2004. Dr. Ivany came to the university after a thirty-four year career in the United States Army.
Prior to his retirement with the rank of Major General, he had presided over one of the nation’s most respected institutions for the education of strategic leaders: the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. There, for three years, he instituted programs to develop the next generation of military and civilian leaders from the United States and forty-two foreign countries to meet the challenges of a drastically altered national security environment. During his various commands as an armored cavalry officer, he led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Federal Republic of Germany and Vietnam where he was wounded in action and decorated for valor. When not assigned to troop units, he assisted several nations in the transformation of their armed forces. In 1990, Ivany was the first senior military officer invited to Hungary to contribute to the democratization of their defense establishment. He lived in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with his family, advising military and civilian leaders on the modernization of their military forces following Desert Storm. In Kuwait, he headed the American effort with a team of forty-five advisors managing a $1.2 billion program to improve their education, training and logistics. Ivany also served in a number of unique positions including the Army Aide to the President of the United States and an assistant professor of history and football coach at the Military Academy at West Point. As the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, he directed a diverse organization of 5,500 civilian and military employees based on seven installations in three states and the District of Columbia. After completing his Army service in October, 2003, he joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University as an adjunct professor in Executive Education. He worked with senior executives in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States in leader development and strategic planning. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, he received a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is the past president of the Army Football Club, and a former Chairman of the Board of Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Ivany has received the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom, the Humanitarian Medal from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Association, the Americanism Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the George Washington Award for Distinguished Service from the Sons of the American Revolution, the Director’s Award from the United States Secret Service, the Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton Award for Leadership, and together with his spouse, the Aaron and Hur Award from the United States Army Chaplaincy. He was named a distinguished graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio, and has earned numerous military awards.

Following the speech and Q&A sessions, Mr. Murphy was presented a gift by Mr. Unal Baysal. On behalf of the TAAB President Okan Akin, Unal Baysal gave the final speech for 2010 review.

This was TAAB’s 8th Annual Dinner which was attended by more than 140 professionals and business owners.