Adam Peakes

Coming to Rice from Overland Park, Kansas, Adam Peakes was one of the Owls' all time greats on the basketball court and in the classroom. Graduating from Blue Valley North High School with a 3.72 GPA, Adam was in the top 10% of his class and was a National Merit Commended Scholar. He was first team All-State and first team All-Kansas City Metro as a senior for basketball and set the Kansas state record for points scored in a single game during the State tournament (44 points). He lettered two years in golf (Freshman and Sophomore years) and was named All-State in golf as a Freshman after finishing 6th in the State tournament. Adam was inducted into the Blue Valley North Hall of Fame in 1997.

     At Rice he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Managerial Studies and Political Science. He earned a 3.45 GPA and was on the President's Honor Roll, the SWC Commissioner's Honor Roll and was a two time member of the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America team, becoming Rice's first-ever first-team selection in 1994. Adam was a Rhodes Scholarship Semi-Finalist and was twice named Academic All-American (First Team – 1994, Second Team – 1995). He was named One of Ten Outstanding Seniors in his senior class and was the Scholar/Athlete of the Year for the Southwest Conference in 1994-1995. His classroom accomplishments earned him a $5,000 NCAA postgraduate scholarship, the first-ever to a Rice men's basketball player.

     Adam was a four year starter for the Owls varsity basketball team and was twice All-Southwest Conference. As a senior, he was Team Captain and finished that season as Rice's leading scorer and rebounder, as well as the team leader in blocked shots, steals and three-point field goals. He led the Southwest Conference in free throw shooting in 1992-93 with 83.2%. He was the only Owl to earn all-SWC honors his senior season.

     Active in service to the University and the community, he served on the Rice Student Athletic Committee, the Carnival and NCAA rules subcommittee and re-established Rice Volunteers for Youth in 1994 and started a Big Brothers/Sisters volunteer program for troubled seventh graders in Houston.

     After graduation from Rice, Adam went to Harvard University Graduate School Of Business where he completed his MBA. He was active there in the Finance Club, Venture Capital and Principal Investment Club, Business of Sports Club and the Texas Club. After Harvard, he spent a season with the Lyon Gerland Professional Basketball Club in Lyon, France, and he averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also participated in promotional and community service events there.

     Adam began his business career as a Financial Analyst for Enron Capital and Trade Resources and performed valuation analyses, conducted due diligence and analyzed strategic issues for exploration and production companies. He then became Manager of Business Development & Special Assistant to the President of the Houston Rockets Basketball organization, working closely with the team owner to acquire and develop new sports and entertainment ventures. In this position, he was also responsible for all day-to-day business operations for the Houston Comets including ticket and sponsorship sales, community services, broadcasting, game operations and media services· He led the application process for an NHL expansion team culminating in a presentation before the NHL Board of Governors. He negotiated lucrative new radio and television broadcast packages for all three sports franchises

     In 1999, Adam became a Lead Manager for Goldman, Sachs & Company, after which he was promoted to Vice President of the Investment Banking Division for New York and Houston. He was the primary coverage officer for selected accounts in the Southwest U.S. region and performed corporate finance, merger and acquisition advisory services to a broad range of companies primarily within the Energy, Power and Industrial sectors. His responsibilities included analytical modeling and valuation analyses, evaluation of potential capital structures, performing due diligence, preparing information memorandums and examining operating performance for specific companies. After spending 11 years at Goldman Sachs, in 2011 Adam became Managing Director of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. - a Houston-based investment and merchant bank focused on the energy business.

     At the Rice Annual Sports Awards banquet and the presentation of the Bob Quin Award, Athletic Director Bobby May said, "Once again, we as an institution have reason to be proud of Adam Peakes' accomplishments. For the past four years, Adam has exemplified what a student-athlete can be in competition, in his academic pursuits and in the community."

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