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Initiated in 1980, the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award recognizes Texas Exes age 39 and younger who have made significant achievements in their careers and service to the university. To be eligible, a nominee must be 39 or younger on Jan. 1 of the year in which the award is presented. The deadline is Oct. 1, with the selection taking place the following spring.

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2018 Recipients

Michelle Carter, BS ’07

Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter, BS ’07, Life Member is a three-time Olympic shot putter. She won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics on her final throw of 20.63 meters, an American record. She is the first female athlete to gold medal in the event. Carter also won the gold at the World Indoor Championships in 2016. While a member of the UT Track & Field team, her confident demeanor and glamorous look earned her the nickname Shot Diva, which has become her personal brand. Also a certified makeup artist, in 2016 Carter appeared on the Rachel Ray Show to give a makeover to a college soccer player, part of her message to female athletes that they can compete in sports and feel confident in their beauty at the same time. Carter lives in Dallas, where she launched a camp for female athletes in 6th-12th grades called You Throw Girl Sports Confidence Camp in 2017. 

Leon Chen, BBA ’01 

Leon Chen

Leon Chen, BBA ’01, Life Member, is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Tiff’s Treats, the nation's first warm-cookie delivery concept. During his sophomore year at UT, he started the company with his then-girlfriend (now wife) Tiffany Taylor Chen, out of an apartment near campus. It has since grown across Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee to over 45 locations and more than 800 employees. Over the past three years, he has raised more than $50 million in funding for expansion across the nation. Chen has served on numerous nonprofit boards, such as Foster Angels of Central Texas, The Seton Fifty, and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. He is also an investor in businesses across many different industries. He and Tiffany live in Austin with their twin 4-year-olds. 

Rosa Flores, BBA, MPA ’01, BJ ’05 

Rosa Flores

Rosa Flores, BBA, MPA ’01, BJ ’05, Life Member, is a CNN correspondent in the Miami bureau. Flores joined CNN in 2013 and was based in both New York and Chicago for two years. She has covered U.S. and international news in more than 10 countries for CNN’s TV and digital platforms. Flores is passionate about criminal justice and her recent investigation into the death of a Chicago teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer led to the reopening of the city's investigation and a three-episode CNNgo documentary called Beneath The Skin. Flores has also covered Pope Francis extensively from the papal plane during his visits to the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, Chile, and Peru. She also traveled to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay to cover Francis’ first visit to his native South America. But news reporting is her second career—she got her start as a tax accountant for KPMG. 

Bryan Jones, BS ’00, JD, MBA ’05 

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones, BS ’00, JD, MBA ’05, Life Member, is an entrepreneur and technologist who has started several companies and been issued multiple technology-based patents. He is currently the COO at uStudio. Previously he co-founded Strive and Solve Ventures, GetHealthy, b.well Health, and Collider Media. While at UT, Jones was a 21-time All-American swimmer and captained the 2000 NCAA Championship team. He has served as a board member of several organizations, including The Athletes Village, TeamTopia, StandUp Republic, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, PeopleFund, USA Swimming, The Seton Fifty, and the Texas Exes. 

Past Recipients

2017

Amy Chozick, BA ’01

Dr. Sarang Desai, BA ’99, Life Member

Daniel Hodge, JD '04

Oscar Longoria, BS ’03, JD ’07, Life Member

2016

The Honorable George P. Bush, JD ’03, Life Member

Andrea Chavez, BS ’04

Kevin Durant, ’07

Lisa Falkenberg, BJ ’00

Dan Graham, BA, BS ’03, JD ’05, Life Member

2015

Jamie V. Stockwell, BJ 1999

Jake Silverstein, MFA 2006

Kedra Ishop, BA 1997, ME 2000, PhD 2008

Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, MS 2004, PhD 2005

2014

Alexander Eastman, BA 1996

Shea Morenz, BBA 1997

Catherine "Cat" Osterman, BA 2007

Jeffrey Tsai, BA 1997

Carlos Zaffirini, Jr., BBA 2003, JD 2006

2013

Stuart Bernstein, BA 1999, MBA 2005

Madhu Chugh, BA 1998, BJ 1998

John B. Connally, IV, JD 1997

Andrew Phong Vo, BBA 1995

2012

Lee Bagan, BA 2005, MA 2007

Ben De Leon, BA 2001, BS 2001, JD 2004

Richard J. "Rich" Reddick, BA 1995

Laura Wilkinson, BS 2001

2011

Craig Allen, BS 2003, BA 2003

Daron K. Roberts, BA 2001

Veronica Vargas Stidvent, BA 1996

Shaarik H. Zafar, BA 1997

2010

Sarah Aubrey, JD 1998 

Robert Hamilton, MPA 2002, JD 2002

Jake Margo, BA 1997 

Sanya Richards-Ross, Attended UT 2002-2005

2009

Israel Hernandez, BA 1998 English and Spanish, JD 2001 

Billy Ray Hunter, BM 1997 

Aurora Lora, BA 2000 

Spencer Wells, BS 1988 

2008

Christina Joy Allen, BA 1998 English & Spanish, JD 2001

Michael G. Appleman, BA 1990 Plan II Honors Program, JD 1993

Timothy Price Crain, II, BS 1995, MS 1999, PhD 2000 

Betty Nguyen, BJ 1995

2007

Dennis L. McWilliams, BS 1993 

John B. Moore, Jr., BS 1990 

Kristen L. Silverberg, JD 1996 

Gayle Stinson, BS 1991

2006

Mary Dunleavy, MM 1990 

Alisa Manning Peppers, BA 1990

Dina Habib Powell, BA 1995 

LCDR John Mason Ward, BS 1992

2005

Ray Almgren, BS 1987 

Shola Lynch, BA 1992 

Scott McClellan, BA 1991 

Stephanie Wilson, MS 1992

2004

Jordan Levin, BS in Radio-Television-Film 1989 

John Rando, BA 1983 

Lynn Marie (Fox) Utter, BBA 1984 

James A Wilson Jr PhD, BS in Education 1984

2003

Lisa Beyer, BJ 1983

Jack Furst, MBA 1984

Duy-Loan T Le, BSEE 198

Arthel Helena Neville, BJ 1986

2002

Craig Edward Dykers, B.ARCH 1985

Dr. Fred Farias III, BS 1980

Machree Garrett Gibson, BA 1982; JD 1991

Del Williams, BA 1983, JD 1985

2001

Hans and Torrey Butzer, B.ARCH 1990

Mr. Ken Capps, BJ 1982

Mr. Paul Hobby, JD 1985

Ms. Sonia Perez, BJ 1978

2000

Ms. Christina Melton Crain, BA 1988

Mr. Pat Frost, MBA 1984, Business

Mr. Justin Leonard, BBA 1994

Ms. Sara Alicia Martinez Tucker, BJ 1976, MBA 1979

1999

Mr. John B. Beckworth, BA 1980

Ms. C. Kim Goodwin, MA 1987, MBA 1987

Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., BA 1980

Mr. Robert A. Rodriguez, Attended, 1986-1991

1998

Mr. William D. Dorland, BS 1988

Mr. Bryan Garner, BA 1980, Liberal Arts, JD 1984

Ms. Jill Ann Sterkel, BS 1984

Mr. Darren Walker, BS 1982, BA 1982, JD 1986

1997

Dr. John H. Calhoon, NON 1975-78

Mr. Josh Davis, BS 1997

Captain Jeannie M. Flynn, BS 1990

Mr. Matthew D. McConaughey, BA 1993

1996

Justice Greg Abbott, BBA 1981

Ms. Marcia Gay Harden, BA 1980 

Mr. Jerry Junkin, BM 1978, MM 1979

Mayor Ron Kirk, JD 1979

1995

Mr. Gary Cunningham, B.ARCH 1976

Mr. Gilbert A. Herrera, BBA, 1978

Mrs. Terry Huffington, MA 1981

Ms. Kara Spears Hultgreen (deceased), BS 1987

Dr. Michael Pirrung, BA 1975

1994

Mr. Paul Edward Begala, BA 1983

Ms. Carolyn Frost Keenan, BS 1976

Dr. Dean Ornish, BA 1975

Mr. Rodney F. Witcher, BES 1975

1993

Captain Michael A. Baker, BS 1975

Congressman Henry Bonilla, BJ 1976

Dr. Margaret Ann Nosek, MA 1982

Mr. Robert Schenkkan, BA 1975

1992

Mr. Steve N. Barton, NON 1972

Ms. Lucy Crow Billingsley, BBA 1971

Mr. Preston "Pete" Geren, BA 1974

Mrs. Elizabeth Blanton Wareing, BA 1973

1991

Dr. Robert A. Brown, BS 1973

Mr. Michael Dell, NON 1983-84

Ms. Lena Guerrero, BJ 1993

Mr. Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., NON 1969-71

1990

Mr. J. Tim Arnoult, Jr., BA 1971

Ms. Catherine J. Crier, BA 1975

Mrs. Cathy Alleman Mincberg, BS 1974

Ms. DeMetris A. Sampson, BBA 1977

1989

Mr. Scott J. Atlas, JD 1975

The Honorable Tony Garza, 1980 BBA 

Mr. Ben Sargent, BJ 1970

Dr. Michael S. Sweeney, BA 1973

1988

Mr. John A. Adkins, BA 1973

Mr. Roger Clemens, NON 1978-81

Dr. William John Koros, BS 1969

Mr. Jeff B. Love, JD 1976

1986

Dr. Betty Sue Flowers

Dr. Juliet Villarreal Garcia, PhD 1976

Judge Cyndi Taylor Krier, BJ 1971

Dr. Richard Warren Smalling, BS 1970

1985

Mr. Richard Moore Archer, B.Arch 1979

The Honorable Steve Bartlett, BA 1971

Mrs. Karen Elliott House, BJ 1970

Mr. Trisha Wilson, BS 1969

1984

Dr. W. Howard Beasley III (deceased), MBA 1969

Mr. Earl Campbell, BS 1979

Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa, BA 1972

Mr. Charles S. Teeple IV, BBA 1966

1983

Mr. Peter R. Coneway, BBA 1966

Mr. Jim N. Heath, BBA 1964

Mr. Robert F. Parker, BBA 1965

Mr. Michael A. Zinberg, BS 1977

1981

Mr. Bill Heiligbrodt, BBA 1963

Mrs. Prudence M. Mackintosh, BA 1966

Mr. Patrick C. Oxford, BBA 1966, JD 1967

Mr. Ronald G. Steinhart, BBA 1962, MBA 1963

1980

Mr. Ernest Harris Cockrell, BES 1967

Mr. Ben D. Crenshaw, 1970

Mr. Jon Newton, BA 1963

Mr. Joe C. Thompson, Jr., BBA 1962