65th Annual Alumni Awards Gala

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6:00pm Reception
7:30pm Dinner and Awards


The University of Houston Alumni Association (UHAA) has announced its 2019 Alumni Awards recipients, which include nationally and locally prominent leaders in their fields—from CEOs to radio and television personalities—as well as individuals who have a history of service to the University and their respective communities.

“This event gives recognition to not just these individuals, but also, the University of Houston,” said Mike Pede (’89), Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations at the University of Houston. “It’s going to be another great night when we have them all together and bestow our highest honors upon them.”

Honorees will be recognized at the 65th Annual Awards Gala on April 27, 2019, at the Bayou City Event Center. Tickets are available for purchase at houstonalumni.com/galaThe 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to individuals whose professional accomplishments bring honor and prestige to the University. Five people are being honored in 2019:

  • Thasunda B. Duckett (’96) is the chief executive officer of Chase Consumer Banking. She has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker, Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine and Top 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise.
  • Hanneka Faber-Economon (’90, MBA ’92) is the president of European division of Unilever, the company known for brands such as Dove, Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s, Hellman’s, Knorr and Lipton; and for being a global sustainability pioneer. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bayer AG, the German life sciences company.
  • David Ashley White (’68, MM ’74) is a professor of music at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He served as director of the Moores School from 1999-2014. In July 2015, he was awarded the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition for his work, Spirit Moving over Chaos.
  • Jim P. Wise (’66) was appointed to the UHS System Board of Regents in 2006 by Governor Rick Perry, serving through 2011. Wise is Managing Director of Haddington Ventures LLC, a collection of private equity funds representing the midstream energy sector. Regent Wise is a CPA with over 55 years of executive management experience with Transco Energy Company, Templeton Energy Inc., Sterling Chemicals and Houston Natural Gas, among others.

The 2019 UHAA Distinguished Service Award recipient is Preston Johnson, Jr. (FS ’73, UHCL MBA ’83) Johnson is currently President of Executive Business Consultants specializing in executive coaching, talent management, and change leadership.  Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake. As a Sam Houston student, he was the founding president of the Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.  Johnson has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UH Clear Lake and Sam Houston State University.

Michael Alcorn (’07) has been named the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient. The Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes alumni and University supporters who exemplify a spirit of volunteerism to advance UHAA’s mission. Alcorn is currently the Industrial Sales Manager for Aspen Aerogels responsible for chemical plants and refineries throughout the Gulf Coast. Alcorn has served on the Hilton College Alumni Association Board since 2013, including President from 2015-2017.

Alexander Obregon (’09, MBA ’14) has been named 2019 UHAA’s Rising Star, which honors motivated young alumni who have excelled early in their careers. Obregon is the City of Houston deputy city controller. Prior to joining the city, Obregon was a consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP, the largest professional services firm in the world. He was a Global Energy Management Institute scholar while earning his M.B. A. at the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

The purpose of the Chair’s Award is to recognize and honor non-alumni who have consistently and voluntarily given extraordinary support to the University of Houston.

Ted Estess and Stephanie Sherrodd have been named the 2019 Chair’s Award recipients. Estess led the UH Honors College, first as its director and then as its dean for 31 years. He received his undergraduate education at Baylor University, a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Estess continues to teach in The Honors College at the University of Houston.

Sherrodd is president and chief executive officer at TDECU Credit Union. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She serves on the Board of the Texas Bowl, the Executive Committee for the Brazoria County Economic Development Alliance, and the University of Houston Board of Visitors.

For more information on UHAA, please visit www.houstonalumni.com or call 713.743.0342.

Apr 27, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bayou City Event Center
9401 Knight Road
Houston, TX 77045
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Kendra Hakanson