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2024 Williams Leadership Scholar Awards Presented to MBA Students

Six MBA students at the BYU Marriott School of Business received the 2024 Williams Leadership Scholar Award. This award goes to distinguished students who have been nominated by their peers for their demonstration of extraordinary leadership that embodies the values of BYU Marriott. The award winners receive a cash award of $10,000 in recognition of their efforts.

Group of men and women dressed professionally pose for photo to commemorate the recipients of the Gary P. Williams Student Leadership Award
From left: Aaron Daines, Gretel Chung Ling Tam, Benjamin Williams, Kelsee Gates, Caio Andrezzo, and Kirsi Jarvis.
Photo courtesy of the BYU Marriott MBA Program.

This year’s Williams Leadership Scholar recipients are second-year MBA students Caio Andrezzo, Aaron Daines, Kelsee Gates, Kirsi Jarvis, Gretel Chung Ling Tam, and Benjamin Williams.

“The Williams Award recognizes students who have been leaders in the MBA program and are committed to making a difference,” explains BYU Marriott MBA director Daniel Snow. “This year’s award winners are students who saw challenges or opportunities in the program, took up the mantle of leadership, and helped to create a culture for everyone to develop and grow.”

The award was established by Gary Williams, a BYU Marriott business management alum, faculty member in the MBA program, and founder and faculty advisor for Cougar Capital. He served as president and CEO of Sterling Wentworth Corporation/SunGard Data Systems and is an active angel investor.

About the 2024 Williams Leadership Scholars
Caio Andrezzo is the MBA mentoring international track lead and a marketing consultant at the BYU Marketing Lab. A native of Florianopolis, Brazil, he shares his life with his wife, Cintia, and their three children, including twins. With a foundation in technology and law, Andrezzo is exploring the field of marketing and eager to learn and contribute in new ways.

A native of Irvine, California, Aaron Daines is the managing director of Cougar Capital, SVP of the Graduate Finance Association, and a former finance teaching assistant and tutor. After graduation, Daines is going to work for Citigroup in a financial management role.

Kelsee Gates, from Erda, Utah, is the president of the MBA Marketing Association as well as the president of the MBA Singles Group. She is an Eccles Scholar and earned a Global Business Certificate. Post-graduation she is headed to Plano, Texas, where she will be an associate brand manager for PepsiCo/FritoLay.

A native of Kaysville, Utah, Kirsi Jarvis is an Eccles Scholar and a Global Business Certificate recipient. She served on both the Human Resources Student Association and Women in Management leadership teams, and she was a research assistant and teaching assistant for several faculty on campus. Post-graduation, she will be working as a policy analyst with the Department of Commerce for the state of Utah.

Gretel Chung Ling Tam is the chair of belonging and a member of the MBAA Executive Council Team, an Eccles Scholar, and a consultant at Savage Scholar Global Consulting. A native of Provo, she is going to work full-time with the tech startup DX following graduation.

From Mesa, Arizona, Benjamin Williams is the consulting lead mentor, Strategy and Consulting Association president, Cougar Consulting Group COO, copresident of the organizing committee for the BYU Marriott MBA Faith and Belief in Work Case Competition, Supply Chain and Operations Association communications chair, Kaizen team lead, HeForShe Representative of Women in Management, and captain of the MBA innertube water polo team. After graduation he is going to work full-time with EY in a supply chain consulting role.

About BYU Marriott
The BYU Marriott School of Business aspires to transform the world through Christlike leadership by developing leaders of faith, intellect, and character. Named for benefactors J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott, the school is located at Brigham Young University. BYU Marriott has four graduate and nine undergraduate programs with an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students.