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Three NMSU graduates inducted into College of Business Hall of Fame

Perry Elders, Class of ?83, and Philip and Sandy Cook, Classes of ?84 and ?82, were inducted into New Mexico State University?s College of Business Hall of Fame during a ceremony and banquet April 21 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. In addition, the college presented the Corporate Traders Award to Chevron U.S.A. Inc.


Man with glasses
Perry Elders
Mug shot of man
Phillip Cook
Closeup of woman
Sandy Cook

?I have an incredible amount of respect for the people who were honored,? said College of Business Dean James Hoffman. ?They?ve been so generous with their time, mentorship and support ? each of these honorees has made an impact on our college and our students.?

Established in 1997 by the College of Business, the Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and supporters who have made an impact with their commitment to the college and NMSU.

Through the Hall of Fame, the college seeks to create visibility for its alumni and develop a strong relationship with the business community.

Throughout Elders? 30 years of professional experience in international public accounting, he has worked around the world in 30 countries and served eight years as chief financial officer of two multi-national public companies, and 20 years in public accounting, including eight years as an audit partner. In 2009 Elders was named CFO of the Year for Investor Relations by the Houston Business Journal.

He worked 20 years for Arthur Andersen?s Gulf Coast Energy service team. After the Andersen liquidation in 2002, Elders was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. His career continued as vice president of finance and chief accounting officer for Vetco International Ltd., director of financial consulting for Sirius Solutions, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Bristow Group Inc., and, most recently, senior vice president and chief financial officer for McDermott International.

The first-generation college student graduated from NMSU with a bachelor?s degree in accounting in 1983 with a 3.95 GPA, fourth in a class of 362.

Through his career, Elders has volunteered extensively with the Second Baptist Church of Houston as a Bible study teacher and ordained deacon. He has served in various missions and ministries at the church. During the past two years he has served full-time on the church staff.

He and his wife, Alane, host church groups and he pastors at the Elders Ranch approximately 25 weekends a year. The couple has a son, daughter and two grandchildren.

Philip Cook has more than 20 years of financial experience in the oil and gas industry. He is currently the chief financial officer of Primexx Energy Partners, an industry-leading private-equity backed independent exploration and production company focused on the Delaware Basin in West Texas.

He previously worked at Samson Resources, was executive vice president and CFO of Quicksilver Resources, and chief accounting officer at Burlington Resources before it was acquired by ConocoPhillips.

Cook received a bachelor?s of accountancy from NMSU in 1984.

Beyond his service as an NMSU Foundation board member, Cook recently served on the Tulsa Area United Way board of directors. He also served from 2006-2012 as a board member for the Fort Worth Opera; president of the Alliance for Children, Inc.; and director of the Children?s Advocacy Network of Tarrant County, Texas. An Eagle Scout himself, Cook has served on the Boy Scouts of America Fort Worth board.

Sandy Janssen Cook received her bachelor?s of accountancy from NMSU in 1982 and subsequently became a certified public accountant.

Her career began in El Paso with Peat Marwick & Mitchel, and progressed to Coopers & Lybrand, and Franklin Land & Resources, a subsidiary of El Paso Electric Company. After the Cooks moved to Seattle and began a family, Sandy worked at SeaFirst Bank, which is now Bank of America.

After 10 years of accounting experience, Sandy retired to focus on raising the couple?s two daughters and volunteering in their communities.

She served in many volunteer capacities at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, including as a school board member as well as serving on the finance board for the church.

Sandy?s volunteering has been diverse. While in Fort Worth, Texas, she twice chaired major fundraising activities for the Alliance for Children and has held several positions for the Fort Worth Opera Guild and Fort Worth Opera.

She has also helped Meals on Wheels in Fort Worth by delivering food to elderly people for six years, and as a tutor for Reading Partners in Tulsa.

She has continued her support of Pi Beta Phi as a member of the Fort Worth and Tulsa alumnae clubs.

Sandy and Philip just recently moved to Dallas, Texas.

Chevron U.S.A. will receive the Corporate Traders Award in recognition of its support and commitment to the College of Business and NMSU.

The Traders Award was created in 2006 and was expanded to the Corporate Traders Award in 2009. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by corporations to the College of Business mission.

Chevron has been a significant contributor to the Domenici Institute and Public Policy Conference and the college?s Chevron Endowed Professorship that facilitates program activities.

Jim Peach, Regents Professor of economics and international business, is the current holder of the Chevron Endowed Professorship. The professorship allows the college to remain at the forefront of energy research by creating a venue for students and faculty to conduct energy research and present their findings.

Linda Padon, general manager of policy, government and public affairs for Chevron North America, accepted the award on behalf of Chevron.

Chevron is one of the world?s leading integrated energy companies. Its success is driven by its people and their commitment to getting results the right way ? by operating responsibly, executing with excellence, applying innovative technologies and capturing new opportunities for profitable growth.

The corporation is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. It explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuel, and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company?s operations.