Baylor to Honor Texas Family Businesses for Dedication to Community, Commitment to Employees

Nov. 16, 2015

WACO, Texas (Nov. 16, 2015) – Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business (IFB) will honor the 2015 Texas Family Business of the Year Award winners and finalists at an awards banquet Nov. 19 at Baylor University’s new Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.

The awards program – now in its 26th 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 is excited about our 2016 cohort of award winners. They represent a wide range of industries and are based mainly in the Texas Triangle region,” said William Worthington, Ph.D., IFB director. “The IFB is in its 26th year of celebrating family businesses in Texas and these firms have risen above the crowd demonstrating the strength and wonder that merging family with business can create.”

This year’s winners are:

• Small Family Business of the Year – Renfro Foods, Inc. – Fort Worth

• Medium Family Business of the Year – The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare Facilities – Georgetown

• Large Family Business of the Year – Georgetown Mortgage – Georgetown

• Community Commitment Award –Tranum Auto Group – Temple

• Family Values Award – Ben Franklin Apothecary – Duncanville

• Fastest Growing Award – Ready Seal, Inc. – Lewisville

• Well-Managed Award – Groves Equipment Rental Co., Inc. – Groves

• Founders Award – Freddy’s Auto Glass & Mirror, Inc. – Waco

• Heritage Award – Wylie Flower & Gift – Wylie

• Stewardship Award – High Point Travel Inc. – Dallas

• Young/New Business Award – Focus Behavioral Associates – Robinson

Finalists are: Amaral Tellawi, PLLC (Houston); Financial Management Professionals, Inc. (Austin);

Home Abstract and Title Company (Woodway); Houston Texas Dental Spa (Houston); Lewis Public Relations, A Three Box Inc. Company (Dallas); Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (San Antonio); and Son Beverage Company (San Antonio).

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 (https://www.baylor.edu/business/txfamily) 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. To join the mailing list to learn about new developments and opportunities, text ‘BaylorIFB’ to 22828.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

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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