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The Wurstfest Asscoiation of New Braunfels held its annual shareholder meetingon Wednesday, January 28.

A total of 197 members attended.  Outgoing President Scott Haag introduced 2015 President Stephan Hanz, who automatically assumes the role of President having served as President-Elect in 2014.

Other officers elected by the board of directors include Time Zip, President Elect and festival chairman; Eric Couch, Jim Hill and Dan Krueger, Vice Presidents, and Suzanne Herbelin, Secretary/Treasurer.

Leadership through experience

Hanz is a partner and owner of HMT Engineering & Surveying, which provides civil engineering services to New Braunfels and surrounding communities.  As an engineer, he 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 Bond Advisory Committee.

In addition to his 14 years of service with the Wurstfest Association, Hanz serves on the Board of the Downtown Rotary Club and the Comal County Fair Association.  He is an active member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, former President of the New Braunfels Jaycees, and a 1999 graduate of the Leadership New Braunfels program.

New Braunfelser through and through

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 Price 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, now 23, here, and are doing the same with twin daughters Kate and Mia, 8.

Annual Fun

The Wurstfest Association is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote the local economy through tourism and preserve and promote the community's rich German heritage.

The 2015 Wurstfest takes place November 6 through 15.  For more information, visit

(Reposted from the March 22, 2015 Edition of the Herald-Zeitung)