The College of Business Announces the Honorees of
Inaugural Alumni and Service Awards.
April 27, 2011 — The recipients of the 2011 College of Business Alumni and Service Awards were announced during the Executive Dinner with Ed Whitacre on Wednesday, April 27.
In 2011, the College of Business established the Alumni and Service Awards as a meaningful way to celebrate the accomplishments of its alumni and to acknowledge extraordinary service in support of the college and its mission.
The college honored three of its alumni this year, each in a distinct award category.
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ALUMNI AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
HERBERT A. BECKWITH, M.S. ’94, C.P.A. ‘81
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF
FINANCE AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS
JUSTIN BRANDS, INC., A SUBSIDIARY OF BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY, INC.
Herb’s career with Justin began in 1982, when fortuitous connections and a reputation for getting the job done landed him a role as controller.
Over the years, Herb was a key player in the growth and development of Justin Brands, Inc. and in particular the acquisition of Tony Lama and Chippewa boots. Justin became so successful that it attracted the attention of Warren Buffet’s investment company, Berkshire Hathaway. In 2000, Justin Brands officially became a Berkshire Hathaway company. Recognizing how invaluable Herb is at Justin, Buffet personally asked Herb to stay on as CFO. It was a role Herb was more than happy to take on, at the company that he still feels is like a playground—with something new to discover every day and lots of wonderful people to discover it with.
In fact, Herb is a man who believes in the power of people and is quick to acknowledge the hardworking men and women at Justin who throw their whole hearts into all it takes to keep Justin thriving.
Herb makes it a point to take the same passion for people and his field, back to his community, UT Arlington, and the College of Business. He currently serves as vice chairman on the executive committee for the Fort Worth Southside Corporation, which focuses on the urban development of Fort Worth’s Southside district. He’s also proud to have served on the advisory councils for the College of Business and Accounting Department for many years, and to speak to UT Arlington business students on the importance of a strong ethical code.
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ALUMNI AWARD|
FOR OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
GRANT HARRELL, M.B.A. ‘06
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Grant Elliott Harrell is fast becoming a pioneer in the second generation of clean energy development. His area of expertise is Photovoltaics, which is a method of harnessing the sun’s energy and converting it to electricity. Photovoltaics is the world’s fastest growing energy technology.
Currently serving as CEO of Silico, Inc., a Texas-based clean-tech company focused on new technology development and manufacturing within the Silicon-based Photovoltaics sector. Prior to his senior position within Silico, Grant performed with in a business development executive role with ITN Energy Systems.
Before his involvement with ITN, Grant directed the international sales and marketing and business/corporate development efforts of 21-Century Silicon, a manufacturer of high-purity, Photovoltaic-Grade Silicon. Under his guidance, the organization transitioned from “lab-to-fab,” resulting in the successful commercialization of the firm’s industry-changing technology. While there, Grant raised more than $5 million in equity investment and secured more than $400 million in sales and supply contracts.
Grant’s knowledge extends into the community sector as well—he is a dedicated supporter of non-profit organizations that focus on helping at-risk children.
In 2010 Grant was invited to provide session testimony to the Texas House of Representatives 81st Legislature. The Dallas Business Journal recognized Grant as a recipient of the 40-Under-40 Award in 2009, and this year, the College of Business recognizes him with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement.
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ALUMNI AWARD
FOR EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE
ROY WILLIAMS , B.B.A. ‘71
CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE (RET.)
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Roy Williams has a passion for service and shaping future leaders. It’s a passion of his that began when Roy was a youth member of the Boy Scouts of America. His involvement with the Boy Scouts was reignited when he served as a leader in his son’s troop. A number of promotions later, he was named Chief Scout Executive in 2000. In that position, he led an organization that included approximately 1.3 million adult volunteers working with almost 5 million youth across the nation.
In 2005, Roy was recognized for leading the organization that has positively impacted the lives of so many young men when The Nonprofit Times named him one of the top 50 Outstanding Leaders of Nonprofit Organizations.
Since his retirement in 2007, Roy has become an irreplaceable champion for both the College of Business and the University. He chairs the college’s advisory council, wherein he uses his natural leadership abilities to help engage alumni and organizations to support the mission of the College of Business.
Roy’s involvement as a mentor and ambassador for the college has taken many forms. In 2010 he traveled to China with our Executive MBA class as both a participant and a trusted advisor. He is also a generous donor to the college, especially with his commitment to the Goolsby Leadership Academy.
In recognition of his many career accomplishments, UT Arlington honored Roy with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005. The College of Business is honored to present him this year with the College of Business Alumni Award for Extraordinary Service as a tribute to his support and dedication.
The College of Business accepts Alumni and Service Award nominations throughout the year. To nominate someone for 2012, please complete the online submission form.