(Dec. 10, 2012) -- A $500,000 distinguished professorship has been established in entrepreneurship in the UTSA College of Business in memory of Melvin Lachman, a San Antonio businessman and entrepreneur. Lachman, who passed away in 2005, was known not only as a successful businessman, but also as someone who helped others build businesses as well.
"Melvin was a character," said Judy Lachman, his widow. "After the war, he didn't know what he wanted to do, but he wanted to be successful. He never knew a stranger. People would gravitate to him."
A San Antonio native, Lachman was a graduate of Jefferson High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the Army during World War II, and when he returned he began his career as an entrepreneur. He initially invested $3,000 and went into business selling pots and pans. Then, he shifted gears and became one of the largest toy distributors in the Southwest. Selling that business in the 1970s, he entered into a new partnership with San Antonio real estate entrepreneur Quincy Lee.
"The magic to Melvin was that he was totally unorthodox," said Steven Lee, son of Quincy Lee. "When my father first introduced me to Melvin, he was wearing red, yellow and green checkered slacks and an Oak Hills golf cap. Melvin was a natural born salesperson. He taught me all that I know about selling."
"Business is not technical it is personable," said Zach Lee, grandson of Quincy Lee. "The value he added through relationships was something that could not be tracked in a spreadsheet."
Currently more than 100 UTSA students own their own businesses. The department's mission is to plant the seeds of entrepreneurship into the students and provide them with the education, experiences and exposure they need to be successful. The department offers a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship; MBA concentrations in management of technology and project management; a master's certificate in technology entrepreneurship; and a master's of science degree in the management of technology.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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