Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, heads a 2014 class headed for the Texas Business Hall of Fame that’s heavily tilted toward North Texas.Hawthorne has been CEO since Texas Health Resources was created in 1997 through the merger of Presbyterian Healthcare Resources in Dallas, Harris Methodist Health System in Fort Worth and Arlington Memorial Hospital. At the time, he was president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare.Hawthorne in January announced his intention to step down as leader of the North Texas hospital company by the end of the year.Four of the other five inductees-to-be are from Dallas. They include banker Gerald “Jerry” J. Ford, oil and gas producer Trevor Rees-Jones, pipeline executive Kelcy Warren and entrepreneur Harold Simmons, who died last year.The sixth, former Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans, is from Midland but even he has a North Texas tie: he’s non-executive chairman of Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings.The Texas Business Hall of Fame has recognized more than 160 people since 1982. The induction ceremony is Nov. 5 in Dallas.Dansby wins PR honorFort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby has been named Communicator of the Year by the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of the America, in part for his “herculean” efforts to get a $489.9 million bond package passed in 2013.The award, to be given to Dansby on May 29 at the Fort Worth Club, will be the third time the organization has presented the honor. It is part of the club’s annual Worthy Awards. Individual tickets are $75 for the dinner event.The Communicator of the Year award is presented to a person outside of the public relations profession. In selecting Dansby, the committee noted his leadership in getting two major Fort Worth ISD initiatives passed last year, including the bond package and a new strategic plan.“Both have the potential to impact the district for years and required extensive strategic communications planning and guided implementation,” the club said in a statement. “His actions to ensure success for Fort Worth’s students by drawing support for the bond election reflect his approach to community engagement at all levels.”In addition to the Communicator of the Year Award, about two dozen other awards will be given to public relations and communications professionals.For more information about the awards or tickets for the gala, visit http://www.worthyawards.comEntrepreneur nominationsErnst & Young’s 28th annual Entrepreneur of the Year finalists for the Southwest region were released last week with several Tarrant names.Fort Worth-based candidates include Robert Reeves, CEO of Athlon Energy, an oil and gas producer; Clane LaCrosse, CEO of Bosque Systems, which provides water treatment and disposal services to the energy industry; John Goff, CEO of Crescent Real Estate Holdings, which develops, owns and manages office buildings and invests in resorts and residential developments; Ron Books, CEO of ECi Software Solutions, an e-commerce and business management software developer acquired by The Carlyle Group in March; and Alex Geesbreght, president of PhysAssist Scribes Inc., which charts physician-patient interactions.Other Tarrant-area nominees are: James and Dianna Sellers of Sellmark Corp. in Mansfield, maker of sporting scopes and optics; James Reid-Anderson, CEO of Grand Prairie-based amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment; and William Sandbrook CEO of U.S. Concrete in Euless, maker of ready-mix concrete and precast concrete products.
Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Twitter: @jimfuquay Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 Twitter: @bshlachter