Despite the wet conditions on Wednesday evening, Martye put on her best dress and I donned my tuxedo. Time was flying and we were running late (of course we weren't running late because of me... Martye's shoe broke and thankfully one of our daughter in-laws and a glue gun came to the rescue). We drove through the slippery streets of Dallas to attend the annual Texas Business Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.
It was hosted at The Anatole Hotel. I had never attended this event before and wasn't sure what to expect... maybe five tables in a small banquet room. But none the less Martye and I were honored to be guests at the table of Regina Rogers. Regina is a native of Beaumont, TX and a proud supporter of Lamar University. We screeched into the parking lot on two wheels and I instructed Martye that there was no time to apply more lipstick. We quickly hurried into the hotel. As I ran my fingers through my damp hair to comb it down I looked up to realize that we weren't standing in a small banquet room with five tables. Instead there were over fifty tables and at the table on my left I spot Governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz. I give them a little head nod like we're old friends, which neither one returned. After we settled into our seats (I was hoping that my wet shoes didn't squeak too much when we walked in) the lovely Laura Bush made a wonderful introduction of Don Evans. Don was one of the inductees along with Kelsey Warren and Trevor Reese Jones. We had a great visit with Lamar University's own Henry Venta and Jeff Dyson. We were especially proud of Lamar's business student, Jason Burkett, a recipient of one of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarships. Despite the crazy evening, it was a fantastic night for Lamar and we are so proud of what our University is becoming.