2019 Leaders

Ashley and Amy Van Meter

Company Website Ashley Michael Van Meter is the branch manager for The Van Meter Mortgage Group, a branch of Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC. With a degree in business, Ashley spent his first 10 years in sales and business development with Schwann's and ConAgra. Ashley entered the residential mortgage finance industry in 2003. He received his BBA in International Business from SHSU in 1993 while his wife, Amy, received her BS in Interdisciplinary studies from SHSU in 1993.
Bill Byler

Bill and Kerri Byler

Company Website William T. “Bill” Byler, Jr., is president of W. T. Byler, Co., Inc. The W. T. Byler Company provides heavy civil and railroad construction services throughout Texas and surrounding states to industrial-petrochemical facilities, commercial construction, government works and railroads. Bill received a BS in agricultural business from SHSU in 1988.

Bob and Ami Wallace

Company Website Bob Wallace is a principle at Total Convenience Marketing, a corporation established in 1987 to collectively unite a network of Convenience Store Brokers across the US. Total Convenience Marketing provides a professional sales team, marketing assistance and general business services to quality retailer and manufacturer partners. Bob recieved a BBA from SHSU in 1990, and spouse, Ami Christopher Wallace, received a ME in 1993.  

Brian Starr

Company Website Brian Starr is an audit partner with Whitley Penn, LLP, one of the region’s most distinguished public accounting firms.  With offices in Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas, 43 partners, and more than 300 employees, Whitley Penn has been consistently recognized as “One of the Top 100 Firms in the U.S.”, currently ranked 55th by INSIDE Public Accounting and one of “The Best Companies to Work For in Texas”, by Texas Monthly.  After lettering on the 2001 Southland Conference Champion Bearkat football team, Brian received a BBA in accounting from SHSU in 2002.
Brooke Beierle

Brooke and Joey Beierle

Company Website Emilie Brooke Brunch Beierle is the owner and president of Vanco Ring Gasket Specialty, Inc., in Stafford. Since 1957, Vanco’s primary focus has been the manufacturing of solid metal gaskets. Brooke received a BBA in accounting from SHSU in 2004.
Carolyn Faulk

Carolyn Faulk

Company Website Carolyn Chipman Faulk, a former educator, is president and chief executive officer of Houston-based A&C Plastics, the largest single plastics distributor in the US. She has been a member of the SHSU Alumni Association board of directors and the SHSU athletic advisory board since 2012. Carolyn received a BBA in general business from SHSU in 1970 and is a 2015 recipient of the SHSU Distinguished Alumni Award.
Cindy Marion

Cindy Marion

Company Website Cindy Clary Marion is the president and chief executive officer of MMI, a full-service Houston advertising, public relations, and marketing agency. She is a 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Cindy received a BFA in radio, television, and film from SHSU in 1981.

Don and Jackie Hendrix

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Don Hendrix, Jr., is Sales Manager at Chemiplas Inc. Chemiplas Inc. has been a leader in the supply of recycled plastics since 1982. Recycled materials are bought and sold throughout the U. S., Mexico, Central and South America and the Far East. Don received a BFA in radio, television and film from SHSU in 1978. Don is married to Jackie Brazier Hendrix, Senior Sales Rep at LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest  plastics, chemical, and refining companies. Jackie received a BS in Geography from SHSU in 1979.

Don and Sara (Sowers) Cole

Don and Sara Cole

Company Website Donald A. “Don” Cole is the founder and president of The Cole Group. Don received a BS and an MS in criminology from SHSU in 1967 and 1969, respectively. Sara Sowers Cole is the chief financial officer and administrative manager of The Cole Group. Sara received a BS and an MEd in education from SHSU in 1967 and 1970, respectively. The Cole Group is a nationally recognized leader in providing pre-employment applicant screening services to companies from coast to coast.
Don Sanders

Don Sanders

Company Website Don A. Sanders is vice chairman and director of Sanders Morris Harris. Don received a BBA in general business from SHSU in 1958 and is a 1980 recipient of the SHSU Distinguished Alumni Award.