Collaborate with graduate business students, university administrators and Austin business leaders
The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) promotes increased awareness and access to career opportunities in management, helps grow students’ personal networks, develops leadership skills and promotes the benefits of postgraduate business education.
For additional details regarding the GBSA's structure, objectives and guiding principles, refer to the GBSA Constitution and Bylaws.
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Jacob Acebo, President
Jacob Acebo is a native Texan from Corpus Christi. He spent his childhood outdoors, surfing, and playing video games. He later attended Texas A&M University College Station and earned a degree in Psychology in 2015. After graduation, Jacob commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and earned the title of Reconnaissance Marine after completing two deployments as an Infantry Officer.
In 2021, Jacob transitioned out of the military and returned to Texas. He founded Silent Stag Woodwork & Design, a custom woodworking company, and became a brand ambassador for GRITR Gear on his Instagram page @SilentStagChronicles. Additionally, he authored a fictional novel titled The Rider's Bane, which is available May 2023.
Jacob is currently pursuing his MBA at St. Edward's University and serves as the President of the Hilltop Student Veterans Association. He also works as a consultant with the Travis County Veteran Service Office where he continues to improve his community.
Thamires Koha, Vice President
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thamires developed an interest in business and entrepreneurship at an early age, following in the footsteps of her grandparents and parents, who built their own successful businesses. She studied law and started her own practice, focusing on consumer and family law. Two years ago, she moved to Austin, Texas to pursue new opportunities and experiences. She is currently doing an MBA at St. Edward’s University, aiming to eventually work in digital marketing and branding.
When she's not busy studying or working, Thamires loves to travel and explore new cultures. She is also an avid cook and enjoys experimenting with new recipes in her spare time. But perhaps her greatest joy comes from playing with her beloved dog, Chanel.
Eirini Alikampioti, Social Media Manager
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Eirini Alikampioti moved to Austin, Texas during the coronavirus pandemic where she has been living for more than two years. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Shipping from the University of Piraeus in Greece; thus, she holds a shipbroking diploma by the HSA (Hellenic Shipbrokers Association) with emphasis in developing negotiating skills. She’s worked for some of the most respectable Shipping companies in Greece and had the chance to work with established business partners of the worldwide market trade. Nevertheless, the overall working experience in shipping motivated her to move to the United States, to chase her dreams and explore another lifestyle.
Currently, Eirini is a first-year MBA candidate at St. Edward’s University and following graduation, she aims to pursue a career in marketing and social media orientation. Eirini was driven to pursue a master’s degree in business from her passion for connecting people around the world and serving their purposes besides time and cultural differences. In general, she is a dog lover and adores the culture and the friendly vibes of Austin. As hobbies, Eirini enjoys spinning, hiking, exploring different states and she hopes to learn the violin soon. It is an honor for Eirini to join the Graduate Business Student Association as a Social Marketing Officer and she is looking forward to contributing to the GBSA’s mission.
Vance Schumacher, Treasurer
Vance Schumacher holds a B.A in Accounting from Texas Tech University, and upon completing his degree moved to Central Texas. From there, Vance performed in varying capacities in accounting, finance, and treasury within the private equity, real estate, and supply chain industries.
Now a decade later returned to school to earn his MBA degree from St. Edward's University and foster lasting connections. During his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding depending on the season.