Baylor Honors Family Businesses for Commitment to Community, Employees and Industry

Family Business of the Year
Oct. 21, 2014

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Contact: Eric Eckert, 254-710-1964

Institute for Family Business celebrates 25 years

WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2014) – Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business will honor the 2014 Texas Family Business of the Year Award winners and finalists at an awards banquet Nov. 6 at Baylor University’s Bill Daniel Student Center.

The awards program – now in its 25th year – recognizes outstanding firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other, to business continuity and to the needs of their employees, community and industry.

“The Institute for Family Business and Baylor University is privileged to honor great family businesses for the 25th consecutive year,” said William Worthington, director of the Institute for Family Business in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “The applicant pool provided stunning examples of the impact that firm, family and faith can have on individuals, businesses and the communities they serve.”

This year’s winners are:

• Small Family Business of the Year – Aderhold Funeral Home - West

• Medium Family Business of the Year – B. C. Williams Bakery Services, Inc. - Dallas

• Large Family Business of the Year – Texas Bank and Trust - Longview

• Community Commitment Award – Southwest University of El Paso – El Paso

• Family Values Award – Lucas Funeral Homes – Hurst

• Fastest Growing Award – Texas Financial Advisory – San Antonio

• Well-Managed Award – First Dallas Holdings/Hodges Capital – Dallas

• Founders Award – Texana Bank, N. A. – Linden

• Heritage Award – Riscky’s Barbeque – Hurst

• Stewardship Award – Marketplace Ministries Inc. – Plano

Finalists are: Georgetown Mortgage, LLC (Georgetown); Lake Air Pool Supply, LLC (Waco); Nerium International (Addison); Ruby Media, Inc. (Dallas); Smotherman Farms, LTD (West).

Through the Texas Family Business of the Year program and other activities, the Institute for Family Business promotes the tenets of Firm-Family-Faith on a global scale while providing a forum for the development and dissemination of information relevant to the health and continuity of family businesses.

Other educational and planning programs available to family business owners through the Institute include special interest seminars and entrepreneurship training classes that encourage all to “Put faith back on the table.”

Visit the Texas Family Business website to learn more about the awards and to RSVP for the banquet. For more information, call Linda Ramirez, program manager for the Institute for Family Business, at (254) 710-4157. Follow on Twitter @BaylorFamBiz.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


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