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Rising Stars of New Braunfels is a program of the New Braunfels Jaycees, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to recognize the contributions of our community’s young leaders. Annually this program will recognize 40 distinguished individuals under the age of 40 who are making a significant impact in their professional and/or civic endeavors. These Rising Stars are on a trajectory towards being New Braunfels’ next generation of outstanding leaders.


  • July 1 - Nominations and Applications available
  • August 31 - Application deadline
  • October 1 - Rising Stars announced
  • December 15 - Gala at Courtyard Marriott at 6:00 p.m.


  • Business, Non-profit, Government, Professional or Service Oriented professionals who are above the age of 18 and under the age of 40 on December 31, 2017
  • Must live or work in New Braunfels
  • Previous recipients are not eligible for recognition within three years of previous recognition
  • Those selected must agree to be photographed and profiled by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and should be in attendance at the Gala on December 15, 2017.


Email with any questions. 


2017 Rising Stars of New Braunfels Winners

Amanda Anding, 36, HMT

Lori Archer, 36, Alamo Hy-Tech

Rashmi Bhat, 24, Bonjour Texas

Chris Brockman, 35, New Braunfels I.S.D.

Shelley Bujnoch, 39, Paychex INC

Lizbeth Chapa, 32, NB Regional Rehab

Jennifer Cain, 29, City of New Braunfels

Darren Classen, 37, Classen Construction

Jen Crownover, 38, Comal County

Ashley Scott Davison, 39, iniosante inc

Christa De La Garza, 34, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital

Dani Fuselier, 33, Broadway Bank

Russel Gribble, 34, Broadway Bank

David Hubbard, 36, New Braunfels Utilities

Alice Jewell, 36, McKenna Foundation

Jeffrey Jewell, 36, National Development Council

Travis Krug, 27, South Texas Woodworks

Lilia Marek, 38, Rougeux & Associates

Shannon Marek, 39, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants / Papa's Car Wash

Justin Meadows, 37, State Farm

Douglas Miller, 34, Miller & Miller

Kendra Miller, 36, HMT

Justin Morley, 37, Langley & Banack, Inc.

Brett Mosher, 36, Oakwood Church

Amy Niles, 26, City of New Braunfels

Tracey Norris, 39, Property Professionals

Mark Parmerlee, 28, On The Grind

Gisselle Price, 33, Bluebonnet Marketing

Ian Perez, 37, Raba Kistner

Amber Riedel, 38, Family Birth Center

Randy Rogers, 36, Randy Rogers Band

Tillman Roots, 34, Comal County

Dustin Seidel, 39, Seidel Construction

Jennifer Tharp, 39, Comal County

Thor Thornhill, 39, HMT

Rebecca Villarreal, 39, New Braunfels ISD

April Weilbacher, 34, 2tarts Bakery

Brooklynn Willy, 38, Texas Financial Advisory

Corbee Wunderlich, 38, Comal ISD

Ashley Woodward, 36, Resolute Health Hospital

Presenting Sponsor

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Gala Sponsors

McKenna Foundation

Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.

Alamo Hy-Tech Foundation Repair

The Float In

Miller & Miller Insurance Agency

Rougeux & Associates PLLC

HMT Engineering & Surveying

Texas Financial Advisory

On the Grind

Brockman Lawn Care

Langley & Banack, Inc.

Classen Construction

Commissioner Jen Crownover & Family

Broadway National Bank

South Texas Woodworks


City of New Braunfels

Seidel Construction