Mackenzie Eason a top 100 UTA MAVS 100 Company

Mackenzie Eason ranked #39.

UT Arlington’s College of Business recognized the fastest-growing Maverick businesses at the event, highlighting the growth and regional impact of UTA entrepreneurship.

Those top 88 businesses were ranked by average revenue from their last three years. The top 30 firms alone represent more than $180 million in annual revenue. Edmund Prater, professor of business and coordinator of MAVS 100, said the program illustrates the culture of Maverick entrepreneurs and the ecosystem that supports their goals. He said he hopes the next generation of students will be inspired by seeing what alumni have accomplished because of their UTA educations.

“Nearly 300 attended to recognize the top firms founded and run by UT Arlington alumni. These individuals understand the truth that everything we teach in business is theory — until you have to make payroll,” Prater said.

Mackenzie Eason is proud to be a part of the MAVS 100 for the second year in a row. It is our clients and relationships that have driven our organic growth. We look forward to supporting UTA and future entrepreneurs. We also appreciate the leadership and direction from Harry Dombrowski.

“The MAVS 100 is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists at UTA and that resides in our many alumni,” said Harry Dombroski, dean of the College of Business. “It’s an opportunity for us to recognize these individuals, their accomplishments and their contributions to the community.”


What I learned during COVID-19: The Law of Diminishing Returns

I used to think that providing for my family meant working as much as possible. The COVID-19 quarantine allowed me to revisit that notion.

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The Law of Diminishing Returns is something that anyone learns in an introductory economics course. The law is used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. This is an easily grasped concept for people because it is evident in so many real-world situations. Of course, if a factory employs workers to manufacture its products, and is operating at an optimal level, then with other production factors constant, adding additional workers beyond this optimal level will result in less efficient operations.

The Law of Diminishing Returns also hits us in more human ways. Like last weekend when I was cooking dinner for my family. This was a particularly fun dinner to cook because I got to pull out my sous vide equipment and use it on some delicious rib-eyes from Gloria Starling at Capital Grille. The great thing about sous vide is that you really can’t screw it up; you get perfect steaks every time. And these steaks exceeded all expectations. The first bite was everything you’d want in a high-dollar steakhouse experience – delicious and full of flavor. By the end of my 24-oz. steak, the last bite was still good, but as incredible as the first? No. There was definitely a point during this meal where I should have called it quits and avoided feeling almost painfully full.

Besides cooking more for my family, the recent COVID-19 quarantine has changed my daily routine immensely and made my work life and my home life inextricably linked. Before quarantine, I usually got up 30 minutes to an hour before everyone else to catch up on emails, helped get kids ready for school, worked at my office from 8:30am to around 6:30pm, spent an hour or so with the kids, finally got some quiet time to eat dinner with my fabulous wife, Laurie, and then spent another 2-3 hours working in bed. We’ve been talking about work-life balance for over a decade now, but many people (including me) are not very good at it. I had become almost resigned to the fact that running my business the way I thought it needed to operate meant being apart from my family.

In quarantine, specifically during Fort Worth’s stay-at-home order which lasted until April 30th, the core of my work didn’t change much at all. I continued to work hard and deliver for my clients, but I was also able to go bike riding with my six-year-old, Harrison. I finished building a treehouse for my kids and started on a massive restoration project of an old 1969 Airstream trailer. Was forgoing these activities to get a final few hours in at work actually worth it all this time? Of course not. And then again, the Law of Diminishing Return rears its head in the form of some sobering perspective. While in quarantine I have found more time with the kids for baseball and the like, but I also found more energy, compassion, peace, and I am sleeping better than I have in years. I have found an amazing blessing during this time: balance.

And science actually backs this up. 55 hours per week is considered a hard ceiling on productivity. In a 2014 study from Stanford University, economics professor John Pencavel found that productivity per hour declines sharply when a person works more than 50 hours a week. After 55 hours, productivity drops so much that putting in any more hours would be pointless. And, those who work up to 70 hours a week are only getting the same amount of work done as those who put in the 55 hours. Pencavel’s research also points to the increased accidents and mistakes that occur when working excessively. Yet despite so many good reasons, including health benefits, to find a work-life balance, the idea that the hours you work are directly related to the value you bring to your company is still so pervasive.

We just experienced a downshift in conventional work. Work did not stop, but it took on a different form, and many of us had to get creative to keep our businesses moving forward or staying afloat. So, as we begin to return to the traditional ways of working, why don’t we try to not revert back to exactly what we were doing before? If we start to see our work through the lens of the Law of Diminishing Returns, maybe we will realize that sometimes the 11pm email might be better, more contextual, and more useful the next morning. Work-life balance shouldn’t just feel like a buzzword. It is a true possibility with real rewards.

The big lesson of COVID, for me? Work is powerful and purposeful, but there’s beauty in evening baseball and Airstream trailers too.

TCU VC of Public Safety

TCU hires first associate vice chancellor of public safety

September 27, 2017
Fort Worth Business Press

Texas Christian University has hired the school’s first associate vice chancellor of public safety, a new position.

Adrian Andrews, with a background of 28 years in the Secret Service, has been named to the new position. Andrews will oversee emergency management, police, shuttle and transportation, and public safety. During his time in the Secret Service he was involved in the areas of public safety, training, emergency management and law enforcement. He has worked in dozens of emergency situations, including serving as the incident commander for a devastating tornado in Oklahoma in 2005. Since 2015, he has been second in command, assistant special agent in charge, of 90 field agents in Dallas.

He was recruited by Mackenzie Eason & Associates, a Fort Worth executive search firm.

 Andrews was born into a military family in Oklahoma City and grew up in Alaska, Virginia and Michigan. As a child, he had watched as Jimmy Carter was running for president and wondered who the men were standing around to protect him. After learning about the U.S. Secret Service, he decided he wanted to be a part of it. He was a high school football player and received a scholarship to play at Central Missouri State University, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Criminal Justice Management.

He moved back to Oklahoma after his graduate degree to work as an intake counselor at the Tulsa Juvenile Court for three years. In 1989, he was hired by the U.S. Secret Service.

From 1996-2001, he was a member of President Bill Clinton’s advance team. He traveled as a non-commissioned officer and No. 1 in the group. He also trained agents going out to lead advances. In addition, he has worked fraud and investigative cases, and counter-assault to handle threats and terrorist attacks.

After three years in Dallas, he returned to the Washington D.C. area to be on Vice President Dick Cheney’s detail for two years. In 2008, he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge in Oklahoma City to run an office of 20 agents.

Mackenzie Eason & Associates, headquartered in Fort Worth, is a client-centered executive search and talent management firm, founded by Darien George.