|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||May 11, 2004
||Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361)
825-2337; Rachel Adams, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2181
Wal-Mart Vice President Theresa Barrera to be Keynote
Speaker at Islander Spring 2004 Commencement on May 15
Live broadcast of two graduation ceremonies begins at 1:30 p.m.
Theresa Barrera, vice president and divisional
merchandise manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will deliver the commencement
address at Texas
A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2004 Spring Commencement on
Saturday, May 15 at Memorial Coliseum.
The graduating class of 670 students will be recognized in two ceremonies.
The ceremony for the College of Business and the College of Arts and
Humanities will take place at 1:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony for
the College of Education and the College of Science and Technology at
4:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be broadcast live on KXPX channel 14,
Grande Channel 14, Charter Channel 14, CMA Channel 51 and Cable One Channel
Barrera, a Corpus
Christi native, graduated from Corpus Christi State University in 1989 with a
in finance. An 18-year veteran of Wal-Mart, she began
her career as a part-time cashier while attending college full time.
Barrera has served in several key positions at Wal-Mart, including international
special projects, international assistant buyer, housewares buyer and
seasonal vice president and divisional manager. Her expertise includes
the areas of management, global merchandise research, merchandising,
purchasing and internal audit inventory.
In her current role, she is responsible for the direction and management
of 10 buyers and 11 administrative assistants. Her responsibilities include
merchandise trends, worldwide merchandise research and development and
strategies for reducing costs in the merchandise purchasing process.
Barrera was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2003 as one
of the “80 Elite Hispanic Women.” She was also named
to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s elite “40
under 40” listing.
Barrera serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Texas Pan
American. She has received extensive corporate training in the areas
of management, leadership development, business plans, budget processes
She and her husband of 15 years, Rudy, are the parents of two daughters,
Alli, 9, and Olivia, 6.