Honoring Best at Alumni Awards GalaBy Ashley Johnson, PR Director
Commerce, TEXAS (April 30, 2012)—Texas A&M University-Commerce honored six of its best alumni April 20 at the annual Alumni Awards Gala held at the Rayburn Student Center. Dr. Larry Walker, James Thrower, Dan W. Bobst, and the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle were recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumni. Dr. James Randy McBroom and Ron Skrasek were named as the 2012 Gold Blazer recipients.
First awarded in 1967, the Distinguished Alumni award is traditionally given to A&M-Commerce alumni who have achieved unrivaled success in their chosen career field. This year’s distinguished alumni hail from across the country, and represent the best in their field in business, sports, law, and medicine:
Walker, of Nacogdoches, Texas, has enjoyed a 40-year career in medicine, and currently serves as the medical director of Hospice of Deep East Texas, is the chief of surgery for Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, vice president of the board of directors for the Nacogdoches County Hospital District, and the first vice president of the Texas Surgical Society. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for his service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Thrower, of Detroit, MI., enjoyed on to a five –year career in the NFL. He spent two seasons as a defensive back with the Philadelphia Eagles, and an additional three seasons as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions. He currently serves on the City of Detroit Board of water Commissioners, is the president and CEO of Jamjomar, Inc., and is the owner of eight McDonald’s franchises in Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area.
Bobst, of Rockwall, Texas, is the founder and owner of Trend HR in Rockwall, a human resources outsourcing company that provides professional employer organization (PEO) services, employee benefits, human resource support, management and consulting services, and other HR services to clients throughout the United States.
Tagle, of Brownsville, Texas, was confirmed as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, in 1998. She became the first Hispanic woman in Texas to hold the position of federal district judge.
McBroom, of Bonham, Texas, recently retired from A&M-Commerce as the associate provost and vice president for academic affairs. He has served as a member of the alumni association board for many years. He was instrumental in helping move the organization forward and has been a staunch supporter of alumni activities. He also serves on the Friends of Sam Rayburn Board of Directors, and is a trustee for Bonham Independent School District.
Skrasek, of Edmund, Texas, is the president and owner of Oklahoma Business Forms in Oklahoma City, specializing in the print and promotional products industry. His presence and annual support of alumni endeavors including homecoming, first/last Dinner Dance and the alumni golf tournaments have aided in the perennial success of these events.
The Gold Blazer was first awarded in 1984. Recipients are selected based on the talent, time and effort they have invested in the university in the previous year. Fifty-four Gold Blazers have been awarded in all.