Brian Starr Named Vice President of Sam Houston State University Alumni Association

Houston, TX – (November 29, 2021) – Whitley Penn Audit Partner, Brian Starr, has been named the Vice President of the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association.

Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are elected by Directors of the Association (or under special circumstances, appointed by the Board President) to hold the position based on demonstrated involvement, interest, support, and commitment to Sam Houston State University. Each Academic College on the alumni board of directors is represented by a minimum of three alumni from each college.

“We are extremely excited for Brian to be stepping into this leadership role at Sam Houston State University,” stated Felix Lozano, Whitley Penn Chief Growth Officer. “Seeing professionals such as Brian continue to stay involved with their alma mater demonstrates our professionals’ desire and dedication to give back to institutions that helped shape them as leaders and create their careers.”

“Continuing to engage with Sam Houston State University through my involvement with its Alumni Association has been extremely rewarding over the years,” stated Starr.  “My passion has been fueled by the opportunity to stay involved with my fellow alumni, connect with the students, and advance the mission of the university.  I look forward to stepping into the role of Vice President of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors to continue these efforts, hopefully growing the SHSU network, and recruiting incredible Bearkat graduates to the Firm.”

Starr has more than 18 years of audit and assurance experience with public and private companies. He is a trusted business advisor and consultant for clients in industries such as manufacturing and distribution, oilfield services, software development and sales, real estate and construction and private equity investment companies. Starr has an in-depth knowledge and familiarity with SEC reporting related to both accelerated and non-accelerated filers.

Starr is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Texas Society and Houston Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. Brian is passionate about serving the community and does so through his position as a director for the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA, and his involvement with both the Houston Energy Finance Group and the Secured Finance Network.

Starr graduated magna cum laude obtaining his B.B.A. in Accounting from Sam Houston State University.

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