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Entrepreneur Hall of Fame finds a home at TCU

Entrepreneur Hall of Fame finds a home

In last week’s paper, we announced our Entrepreneur Hall of Fame honorees. This week we have some more good news. The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame will have a home at Texas Christian University, at the Neeley School of Business.

Details are still being worked out, but it’s great to know that up-and-coming entrepreneurs will be able to understand a bit about the history of innovation in Fort Worth.

Here are our honorees. Detailed stories about them were featured in the July 25-31 issue of the Fort Worth Business Press.

• Pioneer Award: Amon G. Carter, the late Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher who helped create modern Fort Worth.

• David Minor, entrepreneur, former director of TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center

• Bill Burns, founder of Encore Vision, a company on the verge of creating a breakthrough product for the treatment of presbyopia.

• Tom Buxton, founder of Buxton, a company that provides analytics to a variety of industries.

• Paul Dorman, founder of DFB Pharmaceuticals and a longtime entrepreneur.

• Marie Holliday, a local dentist and business owner who has created several successful businesses.

• Rosa Navejar, currently head of the Rios Group. She is a community leader and former banker who has helped support a variety of growing businesses.

• Clifton H. Morris Jr., creator of several innovative financial companies, including AmeriCredit Corp., which was sold to General Motors.

• Bernard Tronche, owner of French restaurant Saint-Emilion, who has continued to set the pace for high-end restaurants in Fort Worth.

• Debbie Cooley, owner of M-Pak Inc. and an entrepreneur who was determined to be successful in a male-dominated industry.

We know there are more entrepreneurs and innovators with Fort Worth connections who should be honored. If you have some ideas, send them our way. Or better yet, make a name for yourself by creating, innovating and entrepreneuring and get yourself named to the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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