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In an all-member ceremony on April 23, local entrepreneur Stephen Hanz was appointed to the role of chairman of the Wurstfest Board of Directors. Hanz is a partner and owner of HMT Engineering and Surveying, which provides civil engineering services to New Braunfels and surrounding communities. 

As an engineer, Stephen has a unique opportunity to provide a critical role in planning and developing infrastructure of a growing community and has volunteered for several city committees including City of New Braunfels Drainage Impact Fee Committee, past chairman; City of New Braunfels Watershed Advisory Committee, chairman; and City of New Braunfels Bond Advisory Committee. 

In addition to his 14 years of service with the Wurstfest Association, Hanz currently serves on the Board of New Braunfels Downtown Rotary and the Comal County Fair Association. 

He is an active member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, former president of the New Braunfels Jaycees and a 1999 graduate of the Leadership New Braunfels program. Hanz is a sixth-generation native of New Braunfels and can trace his history back to one of the original settlers who came over with Prince Solms in 1845. It excites him to be able to use his knowledge to help advance the town he and his family call home.

Hanz and his wife, Donna, have raised their son Zachary, 23, in New Braunfels and are doing the same with Hanz' twin daughters, Kate and Mia, 8. For more information about Wurstfest, contact Suzanne Herbelin at (830) 625-9167 or Suzanne@

(Reposted from the Herlad Zietung October 15th, 2014 issue)