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Dodee Frost Crockett ’03

Dodee Frost Crockett ’03

Dodee Frost Crockett, Managing Director–Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch, was recently placed on the list of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors 2014” ranked by Barron’s. Dodee has been with Merrill Lynch for more than 30 years and has received numerous awards for her leadership in the community while she continues to

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Catherine Coates Walts ’99

Catherine Coates Walts ’99

Catherine Coates Walts (BBA ’99) and husband Cameron proudly welcome Caroline Coates Walts, born October 28, 2013. Caroline joins big brother, William.

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Troy Heerwagen ’06

Troy Heerwagen ’06

Troy Heerwagen and his wife, Lesley, welcomed their daughter, Ellie Brynn Heerwagen, on January 16, 2014. Troy graduated from SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006. The family has lived in Seattle, Washington since 2008.

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Keith Beckman ’93

Keith Beckman is co-founder and managing partner of Benchmark Private Wealth Management, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Benchmark Bank and a registered investment advisor recently formed to better provide customers with a complete suite of financial services. Beckman, who earned an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 1993,

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Doug Renfro ’89

Doug Renfro, president of Renfro Foods in Fort Worth, announces that the company was recognized as one of seven regional finalists for the 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its business practices and community involvement. The company was previously honored in

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Julia Rosinus ’11

Julia Rosinus has joined Marketing Werks, a leading consumer engagement firm, as social media manager. She is responsible for creating and implementing social media optimization and social media marketing campaigns across multiple platforms to generate traffic and increase brand value for the company’s clients. Prior to joining the firm, she

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Natalie Bidnick ’07

Natalie Bidnick was recently named digital strategist for Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations in Austin, TX. In this new position, Natalie will oversee and implement online initiatives across all media for the firms and its clients.

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Andrew Braithwaite ’12

Andrew Braithwaite ’12

Andrew Braithwaite and wife Brittany are the parents of twins, Adalyn and Nathan, born July 19, 2013. Andrew earned an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2012.

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Suzanna Makkos ’97

Suzanna Makkos has been promoted to executive vice president for comedy development and programming by Fox Broadcasting Company. She previously served as senior vice president for comedy development. In that role, she cultivated live-action and animated comedies, including the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won a 2014 Golden Globe Award,

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Chelsea L. Hilliard ’07, ’10

Chelsea L. Hilliard, an associate with Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP and a member of the litigation practice, has been named to the 2014 “Texas Rising Stars” list published by Super Lawyers – a Thomson Reuters publication and rating service – and set to be featured in the April issue of Texas Monthly. She focuses on

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