Outstanding Young Alumni

Recognizing Alumni who have attained outstanding achievements in their field of endeavor, community, state or nation. This award was created by the Board of Young Associates and was first presented in 2004.

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2013-2014 Recipient(s)

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
Entertainer
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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2011-2012 Recipient(s)


Michael W. Daggs Jr.
Excellence Consultant
BBS 1996 / ME 2000

As co-owner of the professional consulting firm, Tutt and Daggs, Mr. Daggs makes presentations, facilitates webinars, and leads special sessions to help prepare and equip individuals to lead where they are. Michael has been recognized recently as a top business person under 40 in Abilene.

 

 


Dr. Dan Munton, MD
Physician
BS 1991

In private practice since 2000, Dr. Dan Munton is a board-certified physician in the fields of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine with subspecialty fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Interventional Spine Care. In 2006, he became the physician for HSU’s football team. As his practice grew, he became the founder and managing partner of Texas Sport & Spine in Abilene. Dan is also owner and operator of Munton Sports Complex.

 

 

David LottDr. Emily Prevost
Leadership Developer
BA 2000 / MA 2002 

As director of Leadership Development at East Texas Baptist University, Dr. Emily Prevost oversees the curricular and co-curricular leadership development program for students. Emily is known for her extraordinary skills for relationships, visionary leadership, practical ministry, and strategic planning.


Past Recipients

NameTitleAward YearBio
Mr. Chad Braun, 1994 Chief Financial Officer 2013-2014 Bio
Ms. Deanna Julian, 2000 Entertainer 2013-2014 Bio
Dr. Jason Terrell, 2002 Medical Doctor 2013-2014 Bio
Mr. Michael Daggs Jr, 1996/2000  Excellence Consultant 2012-2013 Bio
Dr. Dan Munton, 1991 Physician 2012-2013 Bio
Dr. Emily Prevost, 2000/2002 Leadership Developer 2012-2013 Bio
Mr. Brian Bessent, 1996 Speech Therapist/Administrator  2011-2012 Bio
Dr. David Lott, 1997/2008 Physical Therapist 2011-2012 Bio
Mrs. Melanie Ocana, 2000 Business Owner 2011-2012 Bio
Ms. Terri Hendrix, Music 1990 Award-Winning Musician 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Todd Gentzel, BBS 1995 Business Strategist 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Leighton Flowers, BBS 1997 Youth Ministry Executive 2010-2011 Bio
Dr. Brad Butler, 1997 Anesthesiologist 2009-2010  
Mr. Michael McCown, 1997 Professional Opera Singer 2009-2010  
Mr. James Christoferson, 1997 Politician 2009-2010  
Mr. Darren Allman, 1994 Coach and Athletic Director 2008-2009  
Dr. Tracy Manly, 1993 Professor 2008-2009  
Mr. Joe Darren Weir, 1995 Digital Media/Communication 2008-2009  
Mr. Dickson Masindano, 2001 International Orphan Care 2007-2008  
Mr. Mike McMaude, 1990 Health Care and Insurance 2007-2008  
Dr. Laura Pogue, 1987/1991 Professor 2007-2008  
Dr. Lori Conklin, 1988 Anesthesiologist and Professor 2006-2007  
Dr. James Morrow, 1987 Choral Director 2006-2007  
Mr. Mike Hammack, 1985/1989 Ministry 2005-2006  
Mr. Dean Nolen, 1989 Acting 2005-2006  
Alex Vasquez, 1985 Law 2005-2006  
Mr. Greg Solomon, 1983 Community Development 2004-2005  
Dr. Christy Stanlake, 1994 Theater and Teacher 2004-2005  
Mr. Phil Wilson, 1990 Government 2004-2005  
Mr. Victor Carrillo, 1986 Texas Railroad Commissioner 2003-2004  
Leland Harden,1984 Entrepreneur and Author 2003-2004  

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