Amarillo CPA to be honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Johnny TerraPLAINVIEW – Johnny Terra, an Amarillo-based CPA, will be recognized as Wayland Baptist University’s 2021 Distinguished Young Alumni Award winner during a Feb. 18 banquet held as part of the WBU Homecoming celebration in Plainview.

A native of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Terra came to Wayland in 2008 on a full basketball scholarship. With no English background, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting in 2011 and his Master of Business Administration in 2012, all while playing for the Pioneers.

After graduation, Johnny worked for the Plainview CPA firm Williams, Meriwether, Smith and Company, now Eide Bailly, and for Happy State Bank as an accountant. In 2016, he started his own accounting and consulting firm, Terra Accounting and Consulting, and for the last two years has been named Best Tax Preparation company and Best Accountant in Amarillo. In October 2021, Terra merged with Lovelady, Christy and Associates to become a partner in LPT CPAs & Advisors.

He is married to Aubrey (Pedigo), a Canyon native and former Flying Queen who earned her education degree in 2014. They have two children, James Dean and Charlotte Avery. In the fall, the Terras dedicated an endowed scholarship they completed in their names to benefit future international students who come to study at Wayland.

“I have often said that Johnny Terra is the poster child for the ideal young alumnus as he is both successful at what he has done and has made quite a name for himself at such a young age,” said Teresa Young, director of alumni relations. “But his generosity and desire to give back by endowing a scholarship is what sets him apart. He is totally committed to his alma mater and is a frequent speaker to senior students, and we are so honored that we could recognize him in this way.”

The Blue and Gold Banquet is set for 6 p.m. on Friday on the Plainview campus. It is open to alumni and friends for $15 per person, which includes a barbecue dinner. Besides Terra, other honorees include Dr. Nelson Hayashida, professor and chaplain; Dr. Glenda Payas, retired dentist; Dr, Emily Smith, epidemiologist and researcher; Gabe Trujillo, superintendent; young alumni honoree Johnny Terra; and benefactor honoree Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mattox.

The dinner is just one piece of the homecoming weekend lineup that can be found online at www.wbualumni.com/homecoming. Registration is available online at that site. For more information, contact Young at (806) 291-3600.

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