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“At Texas A&M we not only learned the fundamentals, we also learned to dream,” said William. “We developed as citizens, professionals and leaders who understand that it’s our responsibility to give back.”
William developed a passion for building things through summers spent working in the family business. After high school graduation, he enrolled in Texas A&M’s Building Construction degree program where he met a professor who changed his life.
“博士。约翰eppling讲授建筑法，他参加了我的个人利益”威廉说。在威廉的大四“这促使我去努力。”，eppling建议他在市中心布莱恩一个大型基础设施项目。 “他把我介绍给安布莱克韦尔，贝敦和马兰建设他的公司被授予在历史悠久的市中心布莱恩的基础设施日臻完善合同的老板”威廉说。 “我为她工作一边整理我的学位。这是一个很好的学习机会。”
As the former president and vice chairman of Texas-based Raba Kistner, Inc., an engineering, project management and environmental consulting firm, William was involved in many notable construction programs. One of William’s favorites was the redevelopment of Kyle field, which he served as the firm’s principal in charge. It was a particularly special experience because as a student, William was passionate about watching Texas A&M Football. “As principal in charge of the project, I was not involved in the day in, day out activities, however we had an outstanding team of professionals representing our firm and the A&M System,” said William. “We had plenty of friends who peppered us with questions about how things were progressing, and they let us know that we better not mess anything up, it was pretty stressful for about three years.”
The couple is highly regarded as civic leaders in San Antonio, supporting education, economic development and nonprofit initiatives. As second-generation Aggies, they are involved in the Chancellors Century Council, the Texas A&M Political Action Committee, the Center for Infrastructure Renewal, and the 太阳城网址网站’s Construction Industry Advisory Council.
“If you go anywhere and see an Aggie ring, instantaneously they’re part of your family,” said Merry, who earned her degree in business management and also worked for 29 years as human resources director for Raba Kistner. “Aggies take care of each other. Texas A&M and education are two of the cornerstones of our lives, and we are blessed to be able to give back in a way that supports these two priorities.”