UHV President Featured in Business South Texas Magazine
The article uses a major airline to carry the unconventional business deal scenario.
In 1967, the idea of creating a short-haul airline was conceived in St. Anthony’s Club in San Antonio by Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King—and then scribbled it onto a napkin. Four years later, Airline Southwest, what we know today as Southwest Airlines, booked its first commercial flights.
According to the article, Hudson is also one who recognizes opportunity, even in the most atypical situations.
Hudson, while working as dean of International and Continuing Education at the University of Southern Mississippi, frequently traveled to Japan. One of his primary duties was to market English-training courses to Japanese business people.
On one such visit to Tokyo after a day of formal presentations, Hudson found himself and several of his Japanese associates in a karaoke bar that specialized in country-western music.
Hudson spoke of how informal the occasion was and described conducting business in Japan much like conducting business in Texas, “Business relationships are built on personal trust.”
“That night, we participated heavily in their culture and came to know one another as individuals,” Hudson said.
Hudson and his Japanese colleagues strengthened their working relationship with a relaxed round of slightly discordant singing. Comfortable with each other, Hudson and his Japanese business associates were ready to sign a deal—but there was one thing missing, according to the article: they had no paper.
They improvised and used one of the waiter’s Hachimaki’s, a form of Japanese headband or bandana, to sign their deal.
“We never had a moment’s trouble with the relationship because we shook hands and showed respect for each other’s culture,” Hudson said.
Hudson has been the president of UHV since 2004. Previously, he served as provost and founding dean of the College of International and Continuing Education at the University of Southern Mississippi and as an analyst for the U. S. Department of State. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.
Ernest Amador 361-570-4296