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Alumni Profiles


Lisbeth R. McNabb MBA ’88

website called Realizing that women may not always receive the resources to advance to executive levels, she launched the social networking site to help female professionals get to the top, faster. McNabb is a board director and audit chair of Nexstar Broadcasting, an advisory board member of American Airlines, SMU, Texchange and company advisor to ClubCorp, and Gen Green. She is also a committee member of Women Corporate Directors–Dallas, and a member of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Texas.

James Saccacio BBA ’82

a manufacturer of leather furniture, he served at various times as COO, EVP sales, VP finance and operations, and controller. Before joining Elite, Jim was an assistant vice president with Bank of America, in the corporate banking division, where he was responsible for lending programs to Fortune 1000 companies. Jim began his career at Bank of America as one of only 50 undergraduates chosen to receive accelerated training within the company’s North American Division, which catered to Fortune 500 corporations. Jim was named one of the 100 most influential real estate leaders in 2010 by Inman News and received a 2009 Excellence in Entrepreneurship award from the Orange County Business Journal, recognizing him for his entrepreneurial vision, execution and accomplishments. He was an Executive of the Year finalist for the 2009 American Business Awards, and he was selected as one of the “Hot 25” people in Orange County in 2007 by OC METRO BUSINESS magazine.

David Cush MBA ’83

for more than 200 daily departures and over 7,000 employees. Prior to that, he was vice president of international planning and global alliances at American. Over the course of his career, David has held key leadership roles overseeing all aspects of the airline business, including finance, sales and marketing, customer service and operations. In addition to 20 years with American, David served as chief operating officer of Aerolineas Argentinas, the national carrier of Argentina. David originally joined American in financial planning, and later he was assigned to American’s regional headquarters in London as managing director of finance and administration for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

CEO and Founder Dallas, TX Lisbeth McNabb’s background includes more than 20 years in innovation across sales and business development, operations, finance and planning in growth and emerging stage businesses at Frito-Lay, American Airlines, AT&T, Sodexo and After driving high levels of growth as CFO and strategist for, McNabb launched a professional women’s content and community

Chairman and CEO RealtyTrac, Inc. Irvine, CA James “Jim” J. Saccacio joined RealtyTrac as Chairman and CEO in October 2000. Since then, he has transitioned the company from a local provider of foreclosure data to the nation’s leading online foreclosure marketplace. In his 20+ year career, Jim developed a talent for bringing structure to chaotic environments and repurposing existing assets in creative ways to take advantage of new market opportunities. Prior to joining RealtyTrac, Jim was the principal of the Transition Management Group (TMG), a turnaround specialty firm. While at TMG, Jim managed the successful turnaround of a $75 million consumer products company and orchestrated the strategic acquisition of an $11 million foam fabrication business by a $50 million privately held company. At Elite Leather Company,

President and CEO Virgin America Burlingame, CA With more than 22 years of management experience at some of the world’s biggest airlines, David Cush was appointed president and chief executive officer of Virgin America on December 10, 2007. David came to Virgin America from his position as senior vice president of global sales at American Airlines, where he was responsible for all sales activity worldwide, including Latin America, Europe and Asia. David also has significant operating experience, having held the position as vice president of American’s St. Louis hub, where he was responsible for airport operations


Fall 2011

SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni 2011  
SMU Cox Distinguished Alumni 2011  

Lisbeth R. McNabb MBA ’88 James Saccacio BBA ’82 David Cush MBA ’83