Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Bryan Clift as this year’s Outstanding Young Alumnus. The award recognizes alumni under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. Clift will be formally honored during the Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Calcagno Family Ballroom. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. To purchase a ticket or for more information, please contact the NEO Development Foundation office at 918-540-6115. NEO’s homecoming festivities Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. This year’s homecoming theme is “NEO Superheroes in Disguise.”
Clift is a 1997 graduate of Tishomingo High School and an alum of NEO. He received his associate’s degree in applied science from the college in 1999. While a student at NEO, he majored in agriculture and was a member of the NEO baseball team. Clift said he credits NEO not only as the first step of his collegiate education, but the place where he met his wife, Jana. The couple now has three daughters, Kaytly, 11; Morgan, 9; and Ellie, 6.
After graduating from NEO, Clift continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then relocated to Amarillo, Texas, acquired his Texas realtors license and began a career in the land brokerage business. In 2012, Clift and his family moved to Stratford, Texas to manage a 400-acre irrigated farm. In addition to the farm, Clift manages one of 11 branch offices for Clift Land Brokers.
Although devoted to his family and career, Clift is also active in his community. He has volunteered for various boards including: the Texas Wheat Board, Stratford ISD School Board, Sherman County Development Committee, Sherman County Advocates for Ag and oversees the Stratford Youth Sports program.
Additionally, Clift recently completed a two-year commitment with the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leaders. The elite program creates Texas leaders to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agriculture industry. “As a young professional, Bryan has been very successful in his career as a farm and ranch broker and active in his community,” said Executive Director of the NEO Development Foundation, Jennifer Hessee. “Bryan was a standout athlete and student at NEO and has now put his education to good use. He serves as a great example to other young NEO alumni.”