Celebrating the achievements of the college's most prestigious influencers and beloved
The Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
The Satish & Yasmin Gupta Hall of Fame is celebrated each year with an evening of
reconnecting, embracing and reminiscing for the inductees. Each inductee is presented
with an award to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to celebrate the many accomplishments
of our alumni and supporters.
The ceremony is a place for friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the accomplishments
of the award recipients.
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2022 Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees
Ray Khirallah, BA '72 MBA '76
Of Counsel, Holland & Knight
For more than four decades, Ray T. Khirallah has led a distinguished legal career
in real estate as a partner and counselor for the Dallas-based law office of Holland
& Knight LLP, where his practice in commercial real estate has extended from acquisitions
and sales and real estate financing to managing multi-million dollar developments
and lease agreements. His success with his clients — including landowners, retailers,
public companies, financial institutions, investors, operators, developers and advisers
— has earned Khirallah numerous awards and recognitions, including the university’s
2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2007-22)
by Woodward/White, one of the Texas Super Lawyers (2012-20) by Thompson Reuters and
one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas (2007-09) by D Magazine. Khirallah serves on the
board of directors for the Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas; he is also a member of
the American Bar Association (Real Estate Section), State Bar of Texas (Real Estate
Section), Dallas Bar Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and The
Real Estate Council, as well as being a fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.
John South, MBA '97
Former Chief Security Officer, Heartland Payment Systems
Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity
A seasoned cybersecurity professional, John South has led major security operations
both domestically and internationally including in Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, where
he integrated 134 countries into a singular security practice. The former chief security
officer of Heartland Payment Systems, among the largest U.S. merchant service providers,
South received several honors for his work in spearheading robust IT security programs
while driving significant business value through information security initiatives.
Computerworld Magazine named South among the Premier 100 Information Technology leaders
in 2012. And, in 2013, SC Magazine named him Chief Security Officer of the Year. South
teaches compliance and legal issues as an adjunct professor of cybersecurity while
also serving on the Gupta College of Business Cybersecurity Advisory Board. He formerly
consulted for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center – the
only industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the financial
services sector – and served on the center’s board of directors. He is also a co-founder
of the university’s Information Assurance Program — which focuses on corporate security
and risk management and has been designated a National Security Agency Center of Excellence
since its inception.
Learn about our past Hall of Fame Inductees.