Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Steven DeAses

An Outstanding Islander

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Building Community Leaders

Alumnus Steven DeAses is fostering a new generation of leadership in Corpus Christi through his role as president and founding member of the Young Business Professionals (YBP) of the Coastal Bend.

The Corpus Christi native helped start the non-profit in 2009 to cultivate the potential of the community with a goal to enrich members’ knowledge of entrepreneurship and international business practice, provide networking and community service opportunities, and encourage mentoring relationships between young and established professionals.

“We’ve been responsible for many positive enhancements to the University and the city by engaging students, young professionals, and established community leaders to work together on several initiatives,” said DeAses, who received his Master of Business Administration from the University in 2010. “In just three years, we have more than 200 members and play a key role in facilitating young leaders to make a major difference in the Coastal Bend.”

Examples of initiatives include quarterly Networking Mixers and Speaker Series events, monthly trash clean-ups at the Water Garden Park in downtown Corpus Christi, registering voters in Nueces County through “Rock the Vote,” mentoring young students through the Junior Achievement Program, and an annual event called Ideas Week Corpus Christi that showcases the innovative capabilities and potential of the city.

DeAses is also working with the Island University on several important projects. His background in providing consulting services in engineering, business, and entertainment through his company, Ace Stevens, LLC, has led him to numerous opportunities.

He helped launch the Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition to identify and grow talented business start-ups and build new technology-driven ventures in the area. The competition is administered by the University’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center and supported by several other local entities involved in economic development.

In fall 2012, DeAses, who also holds degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, returned as an Adjunct Professor of Power Engineering, where he teaches the same courses that he helped design for the University’s Mechanical Engineering curriculum. He has eight years of experience in the energy industry including work at AEP Texas and Bradleys’ Electric Motors, and has lectured on power engineering across the country.

“My hands-on experience in designing, constructing, and operating large power equipment has allowed me to impart very detailed knowledge to our students,” he said.  “This advantage gives them the best possible preparation for being immediately productive when they enter the industry after graduation.”
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