2017-2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

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Federico Gorbea ('85)

President and general director of Archer Daniels Midland in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America; positioned ADM as a market leader

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Carrie Angell Hurt ('87)

President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Inc. of Austin, a national BBB leader that supports over 17,000 accredited businesses in 105 counties across Texas

219.19 AdamLaubach

Adam E. Laubach ('93)

Director of Amani Baby Cottage in Jinja, Uganda; former chief technology officer and CEO of Exothermix, focusing on the transformation of materials and products through self-heating technology

220.19 Jeff Novak

Jeff Novak ('15)

Founding partner and chief architect of business direction and development for Novak Brothers, a residential and commercial real estate development company in Georgetown

221.19 Joel Stone

Joel Stone ('88)

Chairman and CEO of SpawGlass, a commercial and civil contractor; directly involved with the construction of nine buildings on the Texas State Campuses

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

212.18 Mark Adams

Mark E. Adams ('85)

Recognized by the governor of Texas and the Texas House of Representatives as Outstanding Texas Entrepreneur, founding numerous companies in industries including healthcare, finance, electric vehicles, medical biologics, restaurants, real estate and farming

213.18 Karen Carrol

Karen Carroll ('88)

The vice president and general auditor for 3M Company, heading the assurance audit function and the enterprise risk management initiative; also serves on the Women’s Leadership Network and the Catalyst Leadership Development program

214.18 Light Cummins

Dr. Light Townsend Cummins ('68)

Official State Historian of Texas from 2009 to 2012, professor of history at Austin College and a two- time winner (2010, 2015) of the Liz Carpenter Award for the best book about a Texas woman

215.18 Douglas Miller

The Honorable Douglas R. Miller ('76)

A former state representative for District 73, president of Miller & Miller Insurance Agency and a major in the Texas State Guard; awarded the Texas Outstanding Service Medal

216.18 Tracy Porter

Tracey L. Porter ('79)

Executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Metals Company (CMC), overseeing all commercial functions, manufacturing operations, supply chain, government affairs, and trade relations for the U.S. and Europe

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

207.17 Kenneth R. Huewitt

Kenneth R. Huewitt ('85)

Vice president of Finance and Administration and chief financial officer for Texas Southern University; rose from controller at Houston Independent School District to deputy superintendent and CFO and served as interim superintendent

208.17 Deborah Kissire

Deborah Kissire ('79)

On the boards of directors of three public companies; inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in 2014; named one of Washingtonian’s 150 Most Powerful People in Washington, D.C.

209.17 Michael P. McGaugh

Michael McGaugh ('95)

Executive vice president and chief operating officer of BMC Stock Holdings; served in a number of management and operational roles at The Dow Chemical Company; earned his master’s of business administration from Harvard University

210.17 Michael Raiford

Michael Raiford ('90)

Corporate vice president of the FAB Factory Engineering Division at Samsung
Austin Semiconductor, where he leads overall factory operations and is
an instructor for leadership classes and host of open employee development forums

211.17 Danna Simmons

Dana Simmons ('77)

Executive vice president and chief of staff to USAA’s CEO; decorated U.S. Air Force veteran who retired as a brigadier general and commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)