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2023 Honorees

Dr. Manuel M. Quiñones, Jr.

MD, Board Certified Family Medicine


Dr. Manuel M. Quiñones, Jr. is a native San Antonian. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Dr. Quiñones has a particular interest in treating adult patients with hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Affectionately known as “Dr. Q” to his patients, he makes it a point to spend more time with his geriatric patients during their office visits and treats them like he would his own family.

Dr. Quiñones is a Member of the Texas Medical Board. He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his prestigious career, such as the Golden Aesculapius Lifetime Service Award by the Bexar County Medical Society, Texas SuperDoctors, and Best/Top Doctor in America. When not treating patients, Dr. Quiñones enjoys hunting and ranching.  He especially enjoys spending time with his wife and their two Jack Russell Terrier dogs at their ranch in Medina County.

Angie Kauffman

CEO, South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital


Angie Kauffman is the CEO of South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital, a top 1% nationally-ranked physician-owned hospital for patient safety and experience. With an MSN in Nursing Administration from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Grand Canyon University, she excels in team-building, innovation, and strategic collaborations.

Angie fosters a culture of authenticity, kindness, and transparency, emphasizing empathy for all encountered, from patients to staff. A seasoned healthcare leader and member of prestigious organizations, she prioritizes service excellence and exceeds expectations. Outside work, Angie finds joy in travel, community service, and family time.

Antonio Santana

President, Frontline Strong


Antonio Santana is a Marine Corps combat veteran with a decade of experience in Law Enforcement. After multiple deployments, he pursued higher education, earning degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Information Technology. Antonio’s passion for making a difference led him to become a self-published author and creator of the “Frontline Strong” podcast, addressing mental health for veterans and first responders.

As founder of the “Frontline Strong” nonprofit, he provides vital mental health services, and through Wellness Empowered, he develops innovative suicide prevention technology. Antonio’s unwavering commitment to empowering those who serve our communities and country is evident in all his endeavors.

Joe Regalado and Sofia Regalado

Owners, Jarco Companies


Joe and Sofia Regalado are the owners of Jarco Companies, a family of businesses prevalent in the mining and manufacturing industries that work with residential and commercial clients. As natural entrepreneurs, Joe and Sofia knew they wanted to build a company in Texas that helped their communities. But their journey from humble beginnings to a successful business venture wasn’t without its challenges. Throughout their story, Joe and Sofia leaned on each other in a unique partnership as both spouses and business partners and ultimately—with a little help from Broadway Bank—were able to turn their hardships into opportunities.

Both originally from Mexico, Joe and Sofia moved to the United States with their families when they were young children. Sofia moved to Texas at age 11 and worked inside a restaurant as a teen. Joe also moved to Texas at a young age, and when he turned 14, he worked in a local garage with his father and at a restaurant with his mother. It wasn’t until Joe and Sofia were young adults that fate stepped in, and they met in the restaurant where Sofia was a waitress. Their connection was instant and from there, their story of love and entrepreneurship began.

Karie Spell, RN

CEO of Signature Health Services


I’m a small-town girl from Mont Belvieu, Texas, who married her wonderful husband in 1993 while attending Lee College. Graduating with an associate’s degree in nursing in 1994 before finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Texas Tech. I embarked in Cardiac nursing in Beaumont after graduation.

The birth of our first son, Christopher, in November 1994, guided my career towards a more family-friendly platform, and I found my passion in home health care. As a result, my career and learning flourished in this nursing platform. I quickly discovered my leadership abilities, leading to promotions and new opportunities.

In 1995, we were blessed with our second son, Nicholas, and during this time, I teamed up with my parents to establish our very own home health organization in our hometown. My vision was to make quality home health care accessible to all patients, bringing innovative healthcare delivery and healing home. I was determined to improve the standardization, and professionalism to this nursing platform, creating a sought after distinguished speciality.

Signature has grown to employee over 100 current staff members providing skilled nursing and therapy services to thousands of patients annually. We strive daily to maintain the coveted 5 STAR rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services for outstanding quality service and patient satisfaction. Our rating is a testament to the great team I have the privilege of leading on a daily basis.

I love what I do and renew my commitment daily to be the best leader and example of what can happen when you mobilize a vision, find and utilize true grit, and acknowledge and give thanks to God’s grace and blessings. You see I graduated with a degree in Nursing and became an RN, I wasn’t a business major and didn’t graduate with a MBA. I simply made a commitment to those entrusted in my care and under my leadership to dig in and learn how to run a company and be the best home health business and employer to my people.

My formula was this, I read and practiced concepts. I incorporated processes, I hired people with heart that were committed to the greater good. I found great mentors and implemented their techniques, I affiliated myself with the best colleagues to learn more until there wasn’t room for improvement. Guess what? I’m still working on it!

I’ve made great mistakes, I’ve learned that failure is JUST a teacher. It teaches you, there’s no limit to the amount of do overs you get. It teaches you what your limits are and then how to push through them to become the best version yourself.

I’ve learned not to settle for the status quo but be brave enough to scrap it, take the risk of reinventing yourself to become the best you can be because other people need your example, to get out of their own rut.

My profession has been instrumental in shaping me into the person I am, but my greatest
accomplishments are those of raising two wonderful sons who now have beautiful families of their own.

With joys in life, there’s also tragedy. Unfortunately, I faced the sudden loss of my husband of 25 years in 2018. This terrible loss taught me how precious life and moments are and bolstered my faith in Christ. The strength I gained from these circumstances gave me courage and confidence to be the leader I am today and gave me greater discernment and compassion for people and the human condition, called life.

My best and happiest moments are when I get to spend time with my granddaughter, my sons, their families and the sweetest man and his family God brought into my life to give me another chance to love and be loved, and I’m so thankful for these blessings.

I love to make things better than when I found them. Coaching people and problem solving to achieve better health through nutrition and lifestyle have become passions of mine. I love to laugh! I love to travel, experiencing the beauty of God’s majesty in the places we go and the people we meet.

The legacy I hope I’m achieving is one of genuineness, generosity and goodness. I hope when I leave this earthly home, people can say I made a positive impact whether it was a brief encounter or longtime relationship. I hope people remember my smile, my heart and the time we spent together and some how forget my shortcomings, as there are many.

I’ve learned not to focus on each individual frame of a life but instead to look at the whole canvas, to really take it in. It’s there, where the most beauty and peace reside and the flaws seem to just disappear. I still live in the home where we raised our boys and I do love my small town. I love small business and supporting my local businesses and communities. I love my great state and I’m blessed to be Texan.

God has truly blessed our efforts and afforded us many opportunities through these beautiful years. Families, physicians, hospitals and communities still trust us to care for their loved ones and patients. With 28 years and counting we are doing just that in the greater Houston and surrounding counties. I love my Signature and the team we’ve built and the cultural we’ve created. It’s truly a privilege to get to do this everyday.

J. Allen Tharp

Owner, Chairman, and CEO, Allen Tharp, LLC


Allen Tharp is a distinguished figure in the hospitality industry, serving as the Owner, Chairman, and CEO of Allen Tharp LLC and overseeing renowned establishments like Olde England’s Lion and Rose British restaurants and pubs, as well as partnering in the successful Golden Chick quick-service chicken restaurants. With over 1300 employees, Tharp’s ventures inject over fifty million dollars annually into the local economy, greatly benefiting the San Antonio area. His expertise extends to military contracts, providing top-quality food and equipment management services to local military personnel.

Tharp’s dedication to excellence is evident in the meticulous design and operation of Lion and Rose, which he fashioned after London’s finest pubs. Additionally, he’s played a key role in expanding the Golden Chick restaurant chain in the San Antonio region. A highly accomplished graduate of the University Of Texas Permian Basin, Tharp holds a B.A. in political science and is a respected speaker at industry conferences, actively contributing to the President’s forum and serving on various boards.

Dr. Antonio Webb

MD, Board Certified Spine Surgeon


Dr. Antonio Webb is a highly skilled, board-certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, specializing in a wide range of spine conditions. With over 14 years of dedicated training and practice, he offers expertise in degenerative, deformity, trauma, arthroplasty, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Webb’s journey began in the United States Air Force, where he served as a medic and licensed vocational nurse, including a deployment in Iraq marked by over 100 enemy mortar attacks.

After an illustrious military career, he pursued medical education at Georgetown University, later completing a rigorous Orthopedic Surgery residency and further training in Haiti and Thailand. Dr. Webb’s commitment to excellence culminated in a specialized fellowship in Spine Surgery at Texas Back Institute, a renowned center for artificial disc replacement. His extensive experience and unwavering dedication make him a trusted resource for patients seeking relief from spine pain.

Justin Coke

Founder Managing Partner, 7 to 7 Dental


Justin Coke is a visionary entrepreneur and the driving force behind 7 to 7 Dental, a groundbreaking multi-location dental organization in South Texas. Raised in Lubbock, Texas, he honed his critical thinking and leadership skills while earning a Marketing degree at Texas Tech University. Venturing into the surgical field in the early 2000s, Justin prioritized efficiency and patient care.

His partnership with a dentist friend led to the creation of 7 to 7 Dental, a clinic dedicated to patient-centric, accessible, and efficient dental care. Through Justin’s leadership, the clinic has revolutionized every aspect of the patient experience, from scheduling to post-care, leaving an indelible mark on the dental industry.

Huma and Dr. Siraj A.Sayeed

Co-Founders South Texas Bone and Joint Institute


Dr. Siraj A. Sayeed 

Dr. Siraj A. Sayeed is a distinguished orthopedic total joint replacement surgeon with board certification and specialized training in primary and complex shoulder, hip, and knee replacement procedures. He co-founded and leads the South Texas Bone and Joint Institute, aiming to establish a cutting-edge total joint center in South Texas. Driven by his mission to provide personalized, compassionate, and integrity-driven care, he has authored numerous publications in total joint replacement surgery and holds key positions on national committees, including advisory roles for the FDA’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s Knee Program Committee. Dr. Sayeed’s expertise spans various advanced techniques, including robotic joint surgery, minimally invasive knee and hip replacements, partial knee replacements, and advanced revision procedures. He also imparts his knowledge as a faculty member at SAMMC and the University of Texas Health Science Center, where he mentors orthopedic surgery residents in adult reconstruction and total joint arthroplasty.

Huma Sayeed

Huma was born in Kenya, spent her early years in Jamaica, and grew up in South Florida. She has a BBA from the University of Miami, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and an MPH from Florida International University with a specialization in Epidemiology.

She has a diverse background in Healthcare Marketing and Education teaching Undergraduate and Graduate Business courses. She co-founded South Texas Bone and Joint Institute with Dr. Siraj Sayeed in 2014. She oversees all managerial, financial, operational, and marketing aspects of the practice.

Alix Mane Von Brock

CEO & Founder of Mane & Company, Beauty & Fashion Expert, & Co-Founder of Kiki’s Coffee and Spirits.


Beauty expert Alix Mane is a master colorist and stylist, makeup artist, television personality and entrepreneur. From the salon chair to everyday hair care, Alix and her portfolio of companies create beauty experiences that deliver confidence and luxury.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Alix was discovered by late Tejano legend Selena while modeling for the star’s clothing line. With Selena’s mentorship, Alix pursued a career in beauty. In the decades since, she quickly became the on-set beauty go-to for a number of celebrities, with her work featured in film, national commercials, editorials, print, and theater.

Today, Alix delivers the same VIP treatment to discerning clientele through her Mane & Company locations in San Antonio and New York City. Each location features a handpicked team trained by Alix in her signature techniques, including her renowned color correction skills.

Alix is also the creator of the innovative Alix Mane Pro Tools and premium hair extension line Beautiful Blends by Alix Mane. Elegant in appearance and efficiency, every Pro Tools and Beautiful Blends offering is thoughtfully designed by Alix to marry high performance and high design.

Alix splits her time between Texas and New York City. She and her husband, Gordon, recently opened their latest venture, Kiki’s Coffee & Spirits, a posh destination for coffee and cocktails, next to Mane & Company in downtown San Antonio.