Faculty & Staff

Ina Midkiff

Department Chair and Professor of Marketing, Real Estate & Finance
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus 
1555 Cypress Creek Road 
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.2072
Fax: (512) 223.2089
Office: CYP 2204.8
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ina@austincc.edu

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Ina Midkiff is the Department Chair of Marketing, Real Estate & Finance. She has taught at Austin Community College for over 20 years. She earned a BBA and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Tarleton State University. Over the years she has served as Division Chair of Business Studies Division, Department Chair of Management, Associate Dean at Cypress Creek Campus, Assistant Department Chair of Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, and Real Estate and served as an officer of Austin Community College's Faculty Association. She also has had several consulting jobs for small Internet companies. She teaches Advertising, Marketing, and Financial Management courses.

She received the ACC Teaching Excellence Award for the outstanding full-time faculty member (2004-2005) of the year in May 2005. She was the 2002 Piper Professor Nominee from Austin Community College. In 1991 she received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award at ACC and has been nominated several times as the outstanding full-time instructor at ACC by the Phi Theta Kappa student association. Her professional affiliations include Texas Community College Teachers Association and the Southwestern Administrative Disciplines in Marketing.

Nick Sarantakes

Professor of Marketing
Austin Community College
Highland Campus
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78752
Phone: (512) 223.7455
Fax: (512) 223.3427
Office: HLC 1428.05
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sarantak@austincc.edu

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Nick Sarantakes was employed by the U. S. Government for 22 years. He has worked extensively in many marketing positions that include retail, logistics, sales, and e-commerce. He served as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin for 3 years. In addition, he served at ACC as an Adjunct Instructor in Management, Full Time Instructor in Management, Department Chair in Marketing, and later as Assistant Dean for Business Studies, and Department Chair for Marketing, Real Estate, and Financial Management. He is a past President of the Full Time Faculty Association. Currently he instructs the following courses, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Retailing, Principles of Salesmanship, and Customer Relations. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, observing international marketing activities.

Mr. Sarantakes holds 2 Associate Degrees from ACC, a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science Degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was honored by receiving the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award which is awarded by the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His professional affiliations include the Texas Community College Teachers Association and the Southwestern Administrative Disciplines in Marketing. He has authored a Student Study Guide for a major marketing textbook. His academic interests are in small business marketing, the automobile industry marketing and the airline industry marketing.

Rita Banninger

Adjunct Professor of  Marketing
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Rita Banninger is an Adjunct Professor in the Marketing Department teaching Fashion Merchandising courses through Distance Learning. Rita has been teaching for ACC since the fall of 2004. She earned a B.S. in Human Ecology, with a major in Fashion Design from Kansas State University. She teaches Introduction to Fashion and Fashion Trends for the department.

Rita's fashion background includes working in jewelry retail in Manhattan, Kansas, doing window displays and sales as well as being coordinating stylist for the Museum of Natural History art opening, Austin, TX. She also enjoys sewing and has done various sewing projects from altering a vintage 1950s wedding gown to costuming for local theater. Rita was nominated for an Austin Circle of Theater Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the theater production of "The Beggar's Opera," produced by The Public Domain Theater, 1995. Recently she has been sewing and marketing women's hats, and compiling a list of fashion blogs and fashion websites.

Gloria Evans

Associate Professor of Marketing
Austin Community College
Northridge Campus
11928 Stonehollow Dr.
Austin, Texas 78758 
Phone: (512) 699.2949
Fax: (512) 464.6550
Office: NRG
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gevans@austincc.edu

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Gloria is a native Austinite and received her Bachelors in Marketing from Southwest Texas in 1993. She worked in the Retail Management/Customer Service industry for five years. She obtained her teaching certification in Business and began teaching at Georgetown High School where for 5 years she taught Business Communication Information Systems (B.C.I.S), Business Multimedia Management and Principles of Marketing. She loved the marketing courses so much that within those five years she returned to Southwest to complete a second teacher certification in Marketing.

During the summer of 2000, Gloria completed an Internship with Austin Community College assisting with the Principle of Marketing Courses. At that point she really wanted to be a part of the ACC Marketing staff. She has been an adjunct for ACC since 2004 teaching the Principles of Marketing class and is enjoying every minute of it. You can also find her at McNeil High School where she is now the Career and Tech Academy Specialist helping students progress through courses related to career pathways of interest that allow will allow students to earn certifications and college credit before graduating from high school. She has also taught marketing courses such as Principles of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Advertising as well as sponsoring DECA, a Marketing Association for High School Students.

Vanessa Farrow

Adjunct Professor of Marketing
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus 
1555 Cypress Creek Road 
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.1790 x22129
Office: CYP 2204
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vanessa.farrow@austincc.edu

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Vanessa Farrow is an Adjunct Professor in the Marketing Department, teaching Fashion courses through Distance Learning. She earned a B.S. in Textiles and Apparel: Apparel Design from The University of Texas at Austin, along with a Business Foundations certificate in 2007.  Upon graduation, she completed an internship with Sikara & Co. Jewelry in downtown Austin, where she ultimately became the company’s first employee. Vanessa has represented the brand at numerous trade shows, worked with international manufacturers, and acquired first hand knowledge of what goes into running a retail store. Vanessa currently oversees wholesale and operations of Sikara & Co.

Kathy Walton

Assistant Professor of Fashion Marketing
Phone: (512) 223.1790 x22184
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kwalton@austincc.edu

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Kathy Walton is an adjunct faculty member at ACC and has taught Marketing, Fashion Merchandising/Design, and Management classes at several institutions for over 25 years. Those institutions include Austin Community College, Salt Lake Community College, Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a BS at New Mexico State University in Home Economics in Business (fashion focused); MS at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Home Economics with a Merchandising emphasis; and a PhD in Education focusing on Community and Human Resources. In addition to serving as a faculty member and occasional department coordinator at Purdue and SLCC, she has served as the Director of Community Education at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, TX and is currently the Executive Director of Corporate Training Solutions at ACC. Kathy has also served as a consultant/industry trainer to numerous companies throughout the country through her consulting firm, Magistra Enterprises.

Kathy has been very active with Collegiate DECA, a student organization for people interested in careers in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship. She has been a chapter advisor, state advisor, regional board representative, and served on the National Board of Directors as the secretary, president-elect, and as the President. She has received numerous awards from Collegiate DECA including Texas Advisor of the Year, 25 Years of Service, and the Honorary Life Member Award (the highest award given in the organization) in 2007. In addition, she received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award from UT-Austin in 1995; the Teaching Excellence Award from SLCC in 1989; Marketing Teacher of the Year for the state of Utah in 1987, 1990, and 1999; Utah Vocational Educator of the Year in 2000, and the Top 100 Alumni from the Past 100 Years at NMSU in 1988. She is active in the Texas Association of Continuing Education and is a Travis County Master Gardener.