Larry M. James
Distinguished Alumni 2007

Larry M. James, College of Business 2007 Alumnus of the Year

Mr. James currently is Chairman of NetNearU, a software development company headquartered in College Station, Texas.  Previously, Mr. James was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of USLD Communications (USLD), a publicly held communications company based in San Antonio, Texas.  Mr. James joined USLD (then named U.S. Long Distance) in 1988 when its annual revenues were $1.5 million and its market capitalization was approximately $8 million  After building significant revenues, USLD elected to spin off Zero Plus Dialing as a separate publicly held company, creating Billing Concepts in August 1996. After the spin-off, Mr. James remained President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of USLD Communications, which, at that time, had a market capitalization of $70 million. After significant growth in revenue and earnings per share, USLD was sold to LCI International for approximately $400 million. At the time of the sale, the combined market capitalization of USLD and Billing Concepts was approximately $1.2 billion.

Mr. James served on the Competitive Telecommunications Association (Comptel) Board of Directors for seven years and on its executive committee for four years. During this time, he was named one of the most influential people in the telecommunications industry. In addition, he has served on the boards of various community-based organizations, including Junior Achievement, Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Mr. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University and has also been awarded an honorary membership in Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society.

Mr. James is married to Dr. Sandra L. James, a former university professor and business college dean, and has two sons, Jason and Kevin.

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