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“When I thought about the mission of the Jones School — to develop principled innovative thought leaders — a coworker came to mind due to his tremendous talent and potential. He had expressed an interest in getting an MBA, and I felt he would be a great addition to Rice.”
In 1990 Fred Espinoza began working as a busboy at Churrascos, one of Michael Cordúa’s restaurants. Within four years, he was elected by his peers to be general manager. Cordúa recognized the leadership potential and offered, after Espinoza had earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Thomas University, to pay for an MBA at Rice.