College of Technology alumnus, Amanda Heath, won the Outstanding Volunteer Award, which was announced during the University Alumni Association 60th Annual Awards Gala, April 26, 2014.
Amanda graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from the College of Technology. While at UH, she was secretary of the Student Industrial Distribution Organization (SIDO) and was named their student of the year in 2002. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Master’s in Business Administration focusing on Marketing and International Business.
Amanda became an Alumni Association Life Member in 2008 and has been a member of Cougar Pride since 2011. An avid UH Athletics fan, she has been and a season ticket holder football (since 2011), baseball (since 2014) and volleyball (since 2011).
Her service began as a member of the Dallas Alumni Association board in 2008. Amanda worked with them organizing watch parties and networking events and annual golf tournament. She found it to be an excellent way to meet other alumni who expressed the same interests and UH pride. “I just really loved it and the people wanted to get more involved. Then I moved back to Houston and there were just so many more opportunities,” she said.
Upon moving home to Houston in 2011, she joined the College of Technology Alumni Association board, serving as vice president from 2012-2013 year before becoming the group’s current president.
Amanda also enjoys helping other alumni groups. Since 2011, she has volunteered with Cougar Athletic Alliance at their annual golf tournament and has been an active committee member with Cougar Power Hour. She has volunteered for many other UHAA related events such as the annual poker tournament, the alumni gala, graduation receptions, football road trips and golf tournaments.
Since 2002, Amanda has worked for Stewart & Stevenson, a manufacturer and provider of specialized equipment and aftermarket parts and service for the oil and gas and other industries. She started her career in the purchasing department and moved into various roles in the sales department. She currently works as the Marketing and Events Manager.
“My main motivation for being involved is to give back. Because of my earning a degree at the University of Houston, I have a great career and my volunteer work with the TAA is a way of saying thank you. In addition, I really enjoy the people I get to work with and be around, as well as networking. “Honestly it’s just really fun and does not ever feel like work.”
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