Gregory Cokinos ’79 Receives Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus Award 2022

It is with great pleasure we announce our President and CEO, Gregory Cokinos, has been awarded the Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus Award 2022. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University. This honor has been awarded since 1962 to only 318 of Texas A&M’s more than 555,000 former students.

Gregory Cokinos TAMU Distinguished Alumni
Gregory accepts the Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus Award 2022

Presented jointly by the university and The Association of Former Students, this award recognizes Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is reflective of Texas A&M University’s core values – Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect and Selfless Service.

We are honored to call Gregory one of the founders of our Cokinos | Young Family and believe no one is more deserving of this award. Because of his leadership and dedication, these core values are reflected throughout the firm.

“The Cokinos family, starting with his Dad, General Mike Cokinos, started a family tradition of attendance at A&M that has become more than just a tradition, it is now a lifestyle…There is not a person you will ever meet that knows Gregory who is not aware of exactly where Gregory attended college. I can’t think of another person who is more deserving of the Distinguished Alumni Award than my good friend, Gregory Cokinos.”

Marc Young Founding Principal

“He is remarkable in every sense of the word. A tireless advocate, a fearless leader, a pillar of the Houston community, and very likely the proudest (and loudest) Former Student of Texas A&M University. His pride for the institution is unwavering and contagious. It is central to his being. He loves Texas A&M, and Texas A&M is lucky to have him.”

Russell Smith Principal

“Spend 5 minutes with Gregory and you quickly know his priorities in life are: 1. His family and his church and, 2. Texas A&M University…EVERYTHING about Texas A&M University; not just athletics, but academics to administration, the Dixie Chicken and everything in between. No detail about our university is too small for him to be interested in and, yes, brag about. The same love, dedication and commitment Gregory demonstrates toward his family and church are daily shown toward Texas A&M University in countless ways.”

John Grayson Principal

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