12 Young Former Students Honored For Their Accomplishments and Service

Each year, The Association of Former Students’ 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight recognizes a dozen Aggies who have graduated within the past 12 years for their business accomplishments, civic or military service, philanthropic efforts, and outstanding representation of Texas A&M University’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. The 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight was conceived by the Young Alumni Advisory Council, a selected body of younger former students who advise The Association’s staff on ways to better connect with the hundreds of thousands of recent graduates of A&M.

Among the 2015 honorees are a physician, a veterinarian, a dentist, a photographer, an engineer, attorneys, business leaders, servicemen and a veteran, but all 12 of them are much more than their career achievements, their advanced degrees and their impressive awards.

They are also mentors, volunteers and selfless servants, dedicated to the betterment of Texas A&M, their communities and the world. You can read much more about each of these impressive young men and women at tx.ag/12u12. We congratulate these fine young men and women on their accomplishments, and we thank them for their service and for their outstanding representation of Texas A&M and the Aggie Spirit.

Mike Yantis, Jr. ‘02

As he has advanced to president and CEO of the Yantis Co. land development construction firm, Yantis has managed more than $800 million in construction infrastructure projects and led remarkable growth that landed the company on the Aggie 100 list repeatedly. He’s chairman this year of the Valero Alamo Bowl, having previously been a scholarship committee member and served on the board of directors. In his chairmanship of the philanthropic committee last year, he said, “We worked on a plan to get the scholarships up to $410,000 a year” from $200,000, a goal he was passionate about that benefited San Antonio high school students. Yantis is a Silver-level donor to The Association’s Century Club, supports A&M athletics and with his father established a Business Development Honors endowment at the Mays Business School.

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