BNSF chief executive to receive Horatio Alger Award

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Matthew Rose, chief executive at BNSF Railway, had a couple of big events last week.

As a member of the board of directors at AMR Corp., he voted to approve the big merger between American Airlines and US Airways. And he was among 11 Americans named as this year's recipients of the Horatio Alger Award, given to individuals who overcame adversity or obstacles to become successful in business or as community leaders.

Also selected from Texas: R.C. Slocum, who racked up a 123-47-2 win-loss-tie record as head coach of the Texas A&M University football team for 14 years, from 1989 to 2002.

According to a bio released by the scholarship-granting Horatio Alger Association, Slocum was the product of a broken home, adopted by his mechanic stepfather, and worked after school from the age of 8 -- shining shoes, delivering newspapers and bagging groceries.

Rose also worked during his childhood -- from the age of 10, shoveling snow in Kansas City, Mo., cutting lawns, later working in a store and starting ventures in which he strung tennis rackets and set up basketball goals.

He was a brakeman and switchman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad during summers off from the University of Missouri.

Rose was just 41 when he became CEO at BNSF in 2000. Since that time, he has led the railroad to steady growth in revenues and profits, culminating in the sale of the railroad to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in 2010. Rose is widely seen as a possible successor to Buffett as CEO at Berkshire Hathaway whenever the famous investor, now 82, decides to retire.

Slocum has contributed time and resources to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, American Heart Association, Texas Children's Hospital, Rise School, Boys & Girls Club, Seton Hospital Care-a-Van, Children's Miracle Network, Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, Voices for Children, and many more causes, the association said. Rose sits on the executive board of Boy Scouts of America and has funded Horatio Alger scholarship programs in Texas and North Dakota.

Rose and Slocum will be honored at the 66th Annual Horatio Alger Awards in April in Washington, D.C., where two local students -- Eric Ejiofor of Keller High School and Laramie Graham of Boyd High School in Springtown -- will be given scholarships. Among other winners this year: Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Isadore Sharo, founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Rings from Things

Fort Worth real estate professional Karen Simon and her husband, Henry, a longtime Fort Worth lawyer, have launched Rings from Things, an online showroom featuring a collection of vintage and antique rings, many made from pieces they bought on their travels to Europe.

The Simons often enjoyed browsing through antique stores and old-world flea markets. They began collecting pieces when they learned that antique brooches and stick pins were often melted down for the metal and stones. Now, they attach metal shanks that match the gold of the original pieces to make the ring.

The jewelry is categorized by era on the website, such as contemporary, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Mid-Century. Also, if you have an antique item you'd like made into a ring, use the on-site form to contact them, or inquire about selling or consigning a piece.

Karen Simon is executive vice president, managing partner, of Bradford Commercial Real Estate Services Fort Worth office.

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Truckers wanted

Freight Exchange, F/X, a Chicago-based full truckload carrier, wants to add 400 jobs this year and is targeting residents of Fort Worth, Dallas, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley to fill the positions.

Recruitment activities involve billboard advertisements encouraging people to call or apply online. Community events it hosts for drivers are also recruitment events, the company said. It is also buying an RV that will be driven to various truck stops to recruit.

Freight Exchange recently was named a Best Fleets to Drive For "Fleets to Watch" by industry groups Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge.

Todd Bennett, F/X president, said the company is honored by the award, which recognizes companies demonstrating innovation in their driver programs.

"This award is truly a testament to our innovative thinking and everything we try to strive to be," he said.

Freight Exchange is a full truckload carrier providing service to the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. Terminals are in Southern California, El Paso, Hutchins, the Rio Grande Valley and Chicago.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

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