146 episodes

The Mays MasterCast is the flagship podcast of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. We share insights into how business and business school works, while sharing our culture and lives with listeners. Our guests include current students, professors, alumni, and friends of the university who have distinguished themselves in the business world. In every episode, our hope is to find counter-intuitive insight, vulnerability, and humor. Our goal is to be the world’s premier business school podcast.

Mays MasterCast Ben Wiggins & Mays Business School

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 64 Ratings

The Mays MasterCast is the flagship podcast of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. We share insights into how business and business school works, while sharing our culture and lives with listeners. Our guests include current students, professors, alumni, and friends of the university who have distinguished themselves in the business world. In every episode, our hope is to find counter-intuitive insight, vulnerability, and humor. Our goal is to be the world’s premier business school podcast.

    Education Entrepreneurship with Rick Fernandez

    Education Entrepreneurship with Rick Fernandez

    How do you react to a mistake?


    Ben and Rick talk on innovating and advocating for student success, including pulling industry into the decision-making process of curriculum and pedagogy. They also discussed how pursuing uncharted territory revealed a passion for Rick that he’s carrying on as a school administrator.


    On recruiting: Ultimately, employers want great workers who are going to be creative and innovative. We need more people who are solving actual market problems, asking, “How can I add value to the market directly?” Leaders constantly need to be looking for those who will have a founder mentality; those who recruit new skills as needed, deliver results despite any politics, and will take accountability for success at the macro level.


    On entrepreneurship: It’s a difficult concept to explain and emulate. Also difficult to quantify and capture – mistakes are where the learning happens. Seeing the mistake and learning at the moment is vital to success. We need more details on the setbacks and the decisions are the crux of how to make it… or not.


    Advice for navigating change in an educational organization: Any change is hard and it’s easy to say no to something. Finding unique solutions allows students what they desperately need: Access.

    • 30 min
    Medicine & Business with Jeswin Vennatt

    Medicine & Business with Jeswin Vennatt

    Why an MD and MBA? 
    Jeswin is at the intersection of public health, medicine, and business from his education and in his role as the Chief Marketing Officer for OleraCare. OleraCare is striving to provide clarity and consistency with eldercare services. Jeswin talks about how public speaking practice allows him to be a better advocate in healthcare and for OleraCare. Jeswin and Ben talk about the need to overcome the inertia or resistance of adoption and that hearing the need over and over again reaffirms the mission.
    Jeswin talks about being the odd man out in Saudi Arabia and India and the pinnacle of patriotism: reciting the star-spangled banner. He shares a quote from Arthur C. Clarke, “Sophistically advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” and shares how an episode of Mays MasterCast gave him a clearer picture of the value of an MBA from Texas A&M.

    • 26 min
    Keep Your Investments at Home with Joseph Escobar

    Keep Your Investments at Home with Joseph Escobar

    How do you define your company's "cultural fit?"


    A rising star in the investment community, Joseph Escobar, talks about student-managed multimillion-dollar funds, starting an online marketplace and becoming a managing partner for the Reveille Fund. Good bull to a friend of the show, Britt Harris, for his mentorship for these incoming investment professionals. 


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    • 24 min
    Giants Grow with Dr. Eli Jones

    Giants Grow with Dr. Eli Jones

    What scares you the most right now? It’s a reality check day at MasterCast, as Eli returns to the show and shares about his latest project, a book titled, “Run to your Goliaths,” and an accompanying podcast, “Victory Groove.”


    Ben and Eli discuss the imperfect circle drawn in his book and why; confidence, faith, and running toward your Goliaths; and using energy to help others. Eli, a drummer, talks about a drumbeat of life and how sometimes it’s just all about timing. As they approach the end of the conversation, Eli shares about his joy: watching the future in action, right in front of him with his grandkids.


    A must-listen for those working through any loss – big or small – and how to keep going. Enjoy this episode with Dr. Eli Jones!

    • 41 min
    Organization Maturation with David Wiggins

    Organization Maturation with David Wiggins

    Can you hack experience?


    Returning guest David Wiggins shares about the immediate aftermath of an initial public offering (IPO) on a small, regional company maturing quickly into a large, national company. David then shares that he attributes the strong housing market to the key factors of pent up demand, lack of supply, a sharp increase in the desire for a comfortable place, and the government stimulus.


    David also discusses his perception that a corporate executive needs a combination of experience, education, and certification. Then, David and Ben discuss the tradeoffs of choosing between pursuing experience, education, and certification; the time necessary; and the impact. They go down the rabbit hole a little into finance, accounting, and deeper into the need and when of treasury through economies of scale.


    You can listen back to David's episode:https://maysmastercast.podbean.com/e/david-wiggins/

    • 18 min
    Not an Option to Not Finish with Julia Black

    Not an Option to Not Finish with Julia Black

    How is your time like a bucket? Take advantage of your 15-30 minutes in between.


    Julia Black – a graduate student athlete in the MS Business program and on the cross country team - joins Mays Mastercast and shares how she pushed through even amidst doubt brought on by injury and the pandemic. She had asked herself: why save a 30 minute assignment for 9 p.m. when she could get to sleep sooner and be a better athlete and student. Uncovering that gem, she reworked her day to take advantage of gaps. Julia shares, “ Adjust your day to fit the goals you have for your day.”


    Will I ever get back in shape? Comparison through and after injury almost brought her down. Though a great teammate, she focused on herself and on what she was doing in order to sustain.


    She talks about noticing her and her teammates – without the normal socializing times due to the pandemic – were drowning in trivial things. And with that, she was walking through mental health challenges while at the same time running a personal best each and every weekend. She had to wait for her love for the sport to return, even if it meant not training as long as her teammates.


    She took ownership of her running. What will you take ownership of?

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Marci from Aggieland ,

Excellent.

Ben is great at being fascinated with business and asking great questions. I highly encourage people to subscribe and listen as the team here at Mays Business School knows how to thoughtfully curate great content that helps people grow.

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I like the people y’all put on, half the show is advertisements it seems like. I understand you want the money from advertisements but if you want my honest opinion, you have way too many advertisements. Love you brother.

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Amazing guests

Extremely relatable yet inspirational. Great listen

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