The New Braunfels Jaycees, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung are proud to announce the 20 winners of the 2019 Rising Stars of New Braunfels Award. These outstanding young leaders are being recognized for making significant contributions to the community through their professional activities and civic engagement.
- David Brawner, 39, New Braunfels ISD
- Stephen Brockman, 39, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
- Justin Castillo, 31, NB Hoop Masters
- Erica Clarke, 24, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
- John Coker, 27, USAA
- Sarah Doeppenschmidt, 37, True North Counseling
- Francesca Edwards-Hays, 39, Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels Emergency Department
- Matt Gandrud, 29, State Farm Insurance
- Michelle Haag, 38, Reliance Residential Realty
- Lindsay Haas, 36, Hoffmann Financial Services
- Heather Harrison, 39, Hope Hospice
- Graham Hauptman, 39, GVEC
- Ryan Kelso, 30, NBU
- Emily Lane, 32, ASA Properties
- Heather Orsak, 29, The Perfect Day
- Tiffany Quiring, 33, River City Advocacy & Counseling Center
- Alex Sieczkowski, 27, Valeo Chiropractic
- Rylan (Ky) Slone, 28, GVEC
- Kathryn Walters, 35, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church
- Christopher Werk, 36, Faust Brewing Company
This award honors 20 individuals under the age of 40 who are excelling in their careers, bettering New Braunfels through volunteerism, and poised to be our community’s next generation of great leaders. The Rising Stars will be celebrated at a formal Gala on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at The Milestone. The event will include a social hour, served dinner, presentation of awards to honorees and the announcement of the 2019 Distinguished Young Leader Award.
“Being a winner last year and being in the third year of the awards, we’re very proud of all this year’s winners,” said Matt Smith, Jaycees president. “I think we’ve got a good group of 20 that show promise, leadership and strong involvement in New Braunfels which makes our community a better place to live.”
Allison Humphries, the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Young Leader Award, will make the announcement of this year’s winner. The name of the winner is kept confidential until the announcement that night. The Distinguished Young Leader is selected from the Rising Stars awardees as someone who stands out from the crowd and deserves special recognition for their many contributions to the community.
The winners were selected by a committee made up of New Braunfels Jaycees alumni and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and Herald-Zeitung. Tickets and sponsorships for the Gala will be available to the public beginning December 1.