Fasttrac Graduation Set for Dec. 7 at BaylorDec. 3, 1998
by Alan Hunt
Graduates of the Premier FastTrac Program will be honored during a graduation ceremony and reception at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in Room 510 of the Cashion Academic Building at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.
Keynote speaker will be Virginia DuPuy, president of DuPuy Oxygen and Supply Company, Inc., Waco. A native of Houston, she studied business, religion and drama at Baylor. She received a bachelor's degree in 1957 and a master's degree in 1962. Active in community affairs, she is a former chair of the FastTrac Advisory Board's participant selection committee and currently serves on the executive committee of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board member of the Waco Foundation, the MCC Foundation, and a former board member of the TSTC Foundation.
DuPuy Oxygen is a family-owned compressed gas and welding supply distributor, founded in 1954 in Waco, with branches located in Temple, Corsicana and Killeen. A new branch is scheduled to be opened in Ennis in early 1999.
Honorees in the FastTrac I, Beginning Entrepreneurs section are: Jason Archinal, Play It Again Sports; Debra Burleson, Julie Burleson and Suzy Nettles, BackYard Basil Co; Charles Cook, Try Tex, Inc; Deidra Emanuel, Emanuel's Salon & Day Spa; Warren Hall, ford-stuff.com; Tom and Katherine Roberts, High School Bands of Texas; Courtney Smith, Party Graphic World; Greg Vetter, Student Advertising Services; and Beverly K. Williams, B&B Little Scholars Academy.
Honorees in the FastTrac II, Growth Oriented Entrepreneurs section are: Ken Baker, Ken Baker Services; Kyle Crow, Crow Motor Company; Holt Kelly, Fireplace Center; Earl Long and Greg Long, Texas Power Vac, Inc.; David Swinson, Jr., Hawk Security; and Charles Tucker, Central Texas Building Systems.
A national program geared toward aspiring and current entrepreneurs, Premier FastTrac is co-sponsored by Baylor's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, the City of Waco and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Texas State Technical College, Small Business Development Center/Business Resource Center, McLennan Community College, Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Texas Black Chamber of Commerce.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Foundation and the Waco Foundation are special benefactors to the FastTrac program.
For more information, contact Mary Abrahams at 710-4159 or Malinda Green at