Outstanding Young Alumni to Engage HSU Students with Career Anecdotes, Advice


Hardin-Simmons University’s 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Awards recipients will be sharing their career experiences with students across the HSU campus, Friday, February 21, 2014.

Honorees are Chad C. Braun, finance officer, Bachelor of Business Administration (1994); Deanna Julian, entertainer, Bachelor of Music (2000); and Dr. Jason B. Terrell, medical doctor, Bachelor of Science (2002). 

Braun will speak to business students during a breakfast in Moody Center, February 21; Julian will be part of a meet and greet session in Van Ellis Theatre on Friday afternoon; and Terrell will speak to pre-health students in the Holland School of Mathematics. All three honorees will impart advice and share anecdotes from their career journey with students in Dr. Colman Patterson’s Leadership Studies minor.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Awards banquet is Friday, February 21, at 7 p.m. in the HSU Johnson Building. Guest presenter for the awards ceremony will be Brian Bessent ’96, assistant vice president at Hendrick Health System, who received the award in 2012.

More about the Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients:

Chad Braun
Chief Financial Officer
BBA 1994

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 oversaw AmREIT’s initial public offering and entry into the New York Stock Exchange and helped formulate the company’s investment strategy, expanding assets from approximately $100m to $1.2b.

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

“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.”

Deanna Julian
BM 2000

A resident guest artist with Princess Cruises since 2007, Deanna Julian has participated in the premiere casts of several shows created by the cruise line and 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.

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.

Deanna makes her permanent home near Austin.

“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.”

Jason Terrell
Medical Doctor
BS 2002

Dr. 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, is the fastest-growing medical franchise business in the nation. Terrell is responsible for operation of more than 70 Any Lab Test Now facilities and holds medical licenses in 14 states.

Additionally, Terrell serves as chief medical officer and head of U.S. operations for VolitionRx, a pioneering cancer diagnostics company. He also serves on the Board for CDEX, a safety product company.

Terrell is co-owner of Terrell Property Development, providing multi-family housing in Texas and New Mexico. He also helps with his family’s business, Terrell Oil and Gas Production Company, based in Hamlin, Texas.

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

“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.”


Awards Ceremony:

Friday, February 21, 2014
7 p.m.
Johnson Building Multi-purpose Room
Hardin-Simmons University

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


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