Outstanding Young Alumni
Awards Banquet 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Register by Saturday, February 14, 2013.
Johnson Building Multi-Purpose Room
Hardin-Simmons University

For more information contact the HSU Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@hsutx.edu,
(325) 670-1317 or (800) 460-3908.  

Chad Braun
Chief Financial Officer
BBA 1994

HSU provided me with an ideal education. I was able to learn the technical skills in my area of study. But more importantly, I was able to interact with professors and staff to gain ‘real world’ practical skills and habits that certainly have benefited me in my career. All of this was built upon a foundation of Christian education, whereby my beliefs, morals and faith were strengthened and sharpened.

Chad Braun is the executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of AmREIT, a publicly-traded equity real estate investment trust based in Houston. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate finance, equity capital markets, debt structuring and placement, investor relations, accounting, and reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission. He shepherded AmREIT’s initial public offering and entry into the New York Stock Exchange, helping helped formulate the company’s investment strategy and expand assets from approx. $100m to $1.2b.

Chad holds memberships in numerous professional organizations including the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also chairman of the board of directors for Cypress Christian School.

Chad and his wife Kathy (Bowers, B.B.A 1994) two daughters, Hannah Nicole and Hailey Noel. The Brauns are members of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston.

 Congratulate Chad at cbraun@amreit.com.

Deanna Julian
BM 2000

At Hardin-Simmons, professors took an interest in my well-being both academically and personally, for which I am eternally grateful. Thanks to a small-school environment, I got hands-on experience and training specifically tailored to my needs and interests. I acquired the tools needed to succeed in the very competitive field of performance. Building on that foundation, I’ve seen hundreds of doors open and have achieved goals I would not have dreamed possible.

A resident guest artist with Princess Cruises since 2007, Deanna Julian has also participated in the premiere casts of several shows created by the cruise line and also occasionally served as musical director and associate choreographer.

Deanna’s debut album, Wake Me, Shake Me, was produced by Joel Stein on Green Zebra Records in 2009. She has appeared at many popular New York venues as a solo performer, and previously was the lead singer for P.F. and the Flyers, a Houston-based rock-n-roll band.

An actor as well as a singer, Deanna participated in the original touring cast of Deep in the Heart, and her extensive credits include Theatre Under the Stars with Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams and Broadway veteran Ken Page, Stages Repertory, and the Alley Theater.

When Deanna is not at sea or auditioning in Manhattan, she can be found renovating her lake house near Austin.

Congratulate Deanna at deannajulian@yahoo.com

Jason Terrell
Medical Doctor
BS 2002

The comfortable atmosphere and superior education at Hardin-Simmons is the perfect combination for achieving spiritual growth and professional development.  Hardin-Simmons provided the knowledge and confidence necessary to succeed in business and in life.

Jason Terrell is national corporate medical director of Any Lab Test Now and owns two diagnostic centers in Lubbock and Amarillo. The company, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, the fastest-growing medical franchise business in the nation. Dr. Terrell is responsible for operation of more than 70 Any Lab Test Now facilities and holds medical licenses in 14 states.

Additionally, Jason he is Chief Medical Officer and Head of US Operations for VolitionRx, pioneering cancer diagnostics, and serves on the Board for CDEX, a safety product company.

In a completely different realm, Jason is co-owner and operator with his brother, Jeff, of Terrell Property Development, providing multi-family housing in Texas and New Mexico. He also has an interest in his family’s business, Terrell Oil and Gas Production Company, based in Hamlin.

Jason and his wife Brooke have two daughters, Katelyn and Kylie. They live in Marble Falls, Texas, where they attend First Baptist Church.

 Congratulate Jason at  jasonterrellmd@gmail.com. 

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