Honoring Likeminded Folks

26 Apr


2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners

2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners


On Sunday, Stelos Alliance will honor these four individuals who continue the mission of Stelos Alliance by providing post-graduate opportunities to dynamic young people.

Learn a little about this year’s recipients:

Rex Gore

Rex Gore is the owner of PJS of Texas, a commercial cleaning company, and Cleanscapes, a commercial landscaping company. Rex has always served and supported his community alongside his wife of 29 years, Debra. Rex was involved in the founding of El Paso Éxito or the The Path to Success, a nonprofit aimed at helping employees and their children raise their academic outcomes, and recently partnered with Hudson Baird to form PelotonU — an innovative college program. PelotonU melds a college education with a mentorship model that provides the best parts of a traditional residential College experience, which provides a debt free Bachelor’s degree combined with maturity, life and job readiness..

Carrie Hurt

Carrie A. Hurt is president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, and was recently named interim chief executive officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  Carrie has excelled in her career at BBB since 1995 and she has turned her BBB in to one of the largest BBB’s in the country. Her BBB has been awarded the BBB Marshall A. Mott Award for excellence in outstanding communications, a Hermes Creative Award, a MarCom award and an American Marketing Association award. Her BBB has also been named a top workplace by the Austin American Statesman, as well as a top 50 Best Non-Profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times. In 2011, Carrie was named a Women of Influence by the Austin Business Journal. In 2009, she received the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award from Texas Governor Rick Perry, which recognizes outstanding Texas women for their significant contributions to Texas.

Dixie Van Eynde

Dixie Van Eynde is a counseling psychologist and coach specializing in career enhancement strategies.  Dixie spent many years working in university counseling centers helping students identify and develop their career. Since 2003, Dr. Van Eynde has been involved with LeaderSteps, a program for high school seniors that seeks to provide them with information, inspiration and specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to their development as leaders in their future careers and communities.

Don Van Eynde

Dr. Donald Van Eynde is a Professor of Management at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Don’s areas of expertise include the management of change, management education, and the development of executive teams.  From 2004–2006 Don worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Mission Management Team on issues related to decision making and group dynamics. Working with students is Don’s passion in life.  A part of him says “it’s getting time to retire,” but the other part has trouble envisioning a time when students are no longer a major part of his life.  During his 29 years at Trinity, Don has been recognized on 38 occasions by students and campus organizations as an “Outstanding/Favorite Professor.”


This is our favorite time of year – stay tuned for individual profiles over the coming weeks


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