2015 Outstanding Alumni
Kent Best's experience spans college athletics, healthcare and higher education public relations, with a solid base in journalism. He leads an award-winning team of media relations and communications specialists at Southern Methodist University, a nationally ranked private university in Dallas. Best oversees SMU's internal and external communications, including social media. In 2012, the SMU News & Communications team was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as creating one of the top two university media relations campaigns in the country.
Joel Brandenberger, a 1982 graduate of Texas Tech, is president of the National Turkey Federation, the only national trade association exclusively dedicated to representing the $13-billion U.S. turkey industry. He also serves as associate publisher and co-owner of FORWARD Florida, an award-winning economic development magazine.
Mark Hayden is the founder and head cook of Breakfast at 12, a brand experience and marketing firm based in Houston. The company helps clients understand and manage their brand from the inside out, then cooks up engagingideas that turn stakeholders into company ambassadors.
Terry Leonard joined Stars and Stripes, a print and online newspaper serving the U.S. military community since World War II, in 2007 as the editor after spending 28 years with The Associated Press, the last 20 of those as a foreign correspondent and international bureau chief.
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