William W. Holder — a resident of Dover Shores, Newport Beach, the new dean of USC's Leventhal School of Accounting at the Marshall School of Business, and recipient of the Alan Casden Dean's Chair — was honored in Los Angeles on Monday.
"I grew up in a small town outside of Tulsa, Okla.," Holder shared at the Town & Gown ballroom on the USC campus, waxing nostalgic on lessons learned at his father's knee.
"My parents ran a small hotel that mainly catered to men traveling through town working on the oil rigs," he continued. "I remember men driving up to the hotel in their big Cadillacs, smoking cigars, enjoying their hard earned rewards of hard labor in the oil fields. On occasion these men asked my dad if he would barter a room for a month in exchange for an oil and mineral rights land lease on some acreage out in the country. Dad took the deal when he felt able. I learned the value of a dollar, and perhaps more importantly the methodology of the deal."