Posts Tagged ‘Awards & Honors’

Michael L. Preddy (M.A. ’82)

After graduating with a Master of Music Degree from U.H. in 1982, alum Michael Preddy made appearances on Saturday Night Live with The Smothers Brothers, and continued to work for them as their pianist/conductor and one of their managers for the next twenty-five years.

Michael did approximately three seasons of The New Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS from 1987 through 1989, and  was heavily involved as pianist and music coordinator, for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Best Musical Direction. Preddy’s  final engagement with The Smothers Brothers was in 2007 with The Austin Symphony in Austin, TX.  Together they has preformed between 100-200 shows a year for tens of thousands of people. At every show during these 25 years, Dick Smothers introduced Preddy to the audience and always made a point of telling the audience that he received his Master of Music Degree from The University of Houston, a fact Preddy is very proud of.

Notable live performances  include The Tonight Show (multiple appearances), the White House Press Photographers, Jones Hall in Houston with the Houston Symphony Pops, The Kennedy Center in D.C. with the National Symphony, and The Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic in 2003.

For his achievements, Preddy received the the Honorable Alumni Award at Pine Tree High School in Longview, TX  in 2001.

Further information can be found on Preddy’s website at

http://www.michaelpreddypiano.com.

Adam Tyler Rust (’10)

Adam Rust, a managing partner at Helix Insurance Group, has been chosen by The Daily News as a “40 Under 40” honoree. The award highlights Galveston County’s outstanding professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated personal and professional success and a commitment to the community.

 

https://www.galvnews.com/specialsections/article_078860af-7be9-5a79-8486-d2e99351b4f1.html

 

 

Reagan Ratcliff (O.D. ’13)

Reagan Ratcliff,  optometrist and owner of Twenty20 Vision Center in Friendswood, has been chosen by The Daily News as a “40 Under 40” honoree. The award highlights Galveston County’s outstanding professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated personal and professional success and a commitment to the community.

 

https://www.galvnews.com/specialsections/article_94cb389a-0ee1-5f58-a721-b083dfa0b08b.html

 

Teal Alexandra De La Garza (J.D. ’14)

Ms. Teal Alexandra De La Garza, an attorney with Bill De La Garza & Associates,has been chosen by The Daily News as a “40 Under 40” honoree. The award highlights Galveston County’s outstanding professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated personal and professional success and a commitment to the community. Teal earned her JD from UH Law Center in 2014.

 

https://www.galvnews.com/specialsections/article_285bbdcb-26cd-5f42-a683-35dab4e45f73.html

Eric Michael Fontanot (’04)

Eric Fontanot was selected as an HBJ 2020 Most Admired CEO Awards For-Profit Honoree. Eric is the President of Patten Title Company and has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UH College of Education

Robert L. Hilliker (’06, MSW ’09)

Robert L. Hilliker was selected by Houston Business Journal as an HBJ 2020 Most Admired CEO Awards For-Profit Honoree. Robert is CEO of The Prairie Recovery Center,  a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in Round Top, TX. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from UH as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work

Kris Westbrook (’99, MHM ‘02)

Kris Westbrook has been welcomed into Eric’s Club. Kris is the CEO of Revenew International, a major player in cost recovery audits and cost containment via their contract compliance, supplier payment review and performance improvement services.

The membership committee, led by alum Bob Cowan, deliberated and presented their nominations for membership to be considered by the Eric’s Club board at its April meeting. Hilton College graduates who have been out of school for at least 20 years are considered for membership , and  must be an owner, officer or retired executive in the hospitality industry or an allied field.

Jason McCann (’91, MBA ’96)

Jason McCann, CEO of Vari  —one of the nation’s fastest growing office and home workspace companies— has been welcomed into Eric’s Club.

The membership committee, led by alum Bob Cowan, deliberated and presented their nominations for membership to be considered by the Eric’s Club board at its April meeting. Hilton College graduates who have been out of school for at least 20 years are considered for membership , and must be an owner, officer or retired executive in the hospitality industry or an allied field.

Brad Dorsey (’91)

Brad Dorsey, the owner of Crave—a multi-unit gourmet cupcake bakery, also known for local and now national delivery— has been welcomed into Eric’s Club.

The membership committee, led by alum Bob Cowan, deliberated and presented their nominations for membership to be considered by the Eric’s Club board at its April meeting. Hilton College graduates who have been out of school for at least 20 years are considered for membership , and must be an owner, officer or retired executive in the hospitality industry or an allied field.

 

Elizabeth Killinger (’91)

Elizabeth Killinger , President of Reliant, was selected as an HBJ 2020 Most Admired CEO Awards For-Profit Honoree. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bauer College at UH