Part 2: The Sweet Sixteen’s Brightest Business Minds

The Trading Edge with Derek HoffmanLast night, we witnessed the essence of March Madness: tenacity, passion, and leaving your best on the court. Butler shocked Syracuse, West Virginia cruised forward, Kansas State pulled it out in double overtime and Kentucky’s Blue Chip squad proved to be too much for Cornell.

Congrats to those business leaders whose teams won last night. (See “Part 1 The Sweet Sixteen’s Brightest Business Minds“)

Tonight’s Sweet 16 matchups include:

#2 Ohio St. vs. #6 Tennessee at 7:07 pm EST in St. Louis, MO

#3 Baylor vs. #10 St. Mary’s at 7:27 pm EST in Houston, TX

#5 Michigan St. vs #9 Northern Iowa at 9:37 pm EST in St. Louis, MO

#1 Duke vs. #4 Purdue at 9:57 pm EST in Houston, TX

Here are some of the business leaders who will be cheering on their alma maters:

#10) St. Mary’s University

William E. Greehey
Chairman, Valero Energy (VLO)

#9) Northern Iowa University

Kurt Warner
Two-time NFL MVP and MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV

#6) University of Tennessee

James Clayton
President and CEO, Clayton Homes (BRKA) and (BRKB)

Charlie Ergen
CEO, Echostar (SATS)

Min Kao
CEO and Founder, Garmin (GRMN)

#5) Michigan State University

Michael R. Cannon
President of Global Operations, Dell (DELL)

James Cornelius
CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY)

Kevin Farr
CFO, Mattel (MAT)

Drayton McLane, Jr.
Director of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)

Carl English
COO, American Electric Power (AEP)

Albert B. Ratner
Co-Chairman, Forest City Enterprises (FCEA)

Jim Delligatti
Creator of the Big Mac Sandwich, McDonald’s (MCD)

Joanne Maguire
VP of Special Programs, Lockheed Martin (LMT)

M. Peter McPherson
Chairman, Dow Jones (NWS)

#4) Purdue University

Michael Birck
Chairman and Founder of Tellabs (TLAB)

Michael L. Eskew
Chairman and CEO, UPS (UPS)

Brian Lamb
Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of C-SPAN

Gregory Wasson
President and COO, Walgreens (WAG)

#3) Baylor University

Mark Hurd
CEO, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)

Bob R. Simpson
Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of XTO Energy (XTO)

#2) Ohio State University

Christopher M. Connor
Chairman and CEO, Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW)

Ray Groves
Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young

Lionel L. Nowell
SVP and Treasurer, PepsiCo (PEP)

Mark Schmitz
EVP and CFO of Goodyear (GT)

Deven Sharma
President, Standard & Poor’s (MHP)

Kenneth P. Wilcox
Chairman and founder, Limited Brands (LTD)

#1) Duke University

Norm Johnston
Global Digital Director, Mindshare Worldwide (WPPGY)

John Allison IV
Chairman, BB&T (BBT)

Aubrey McClendon
Chairman, Chesapeake Energy (CHK)

Rex Adams
ExxonMobil (XOM)

Bill Hawkins
Medtronic (MDT)

John J. Mack
Morgan Stanly (MS)

David R. Goode
Norfolk Southern (NSC)

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.
Pfizer (PFE)

Sean McManus
President of CBS Sports and CBS News (CBS)

Aaron Patzer
Founder of (INTU)

Our very own Damien Hoffman
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Wall St. Cheat Sheet

This is just a sampling of the cream of the crop captains of industry. If I missed anyone you think deserves notoriety, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

Disclosure: No positions in the companies mentioned.

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