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Tad Peelen (’94) starts a second career with Joe’s Real BBQ

Peelen (MS, 1994) retired from American Airlines and started a second career in the restaurant business in Arizona.  After obtaining his MS in Organizational Communication from TCU, he partnered with Joe Johnston and his brother Tim to open Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert, Arizona.  Tad has overseen operations at the downtown Gilbert, Arizona award-winning institution… Read more »

Alumna Janella Combs Kamai (’00)

Janella Combs Kamai grew up in small West Texas towns. As the daughter of a pastor and football coach, she often moved from one small town to the next. Despite her humble and rural childhood, which often included summers on a family farm, she was gifted with many opportunities to travel abroad and work in… Read more »

Life Right After Graduation – Orr Fellow and Alumna Jenna Philips (’16)

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Current Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Current Employer: Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis “I am an Orr Fellow. The program is designed to develop the next generation of Indiana’s business leaders and entrepreneurs. They take any major and any skill set and place us with a full-time job at an Indianapolis company and… Read more »