Texas Business Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Inductees

This week, the Texas Business Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class of Business Legends. This year’s list includes a prestigious selection of leaders that help to make Texas strong: Chao Family, Ernest Cockrell, Jim Crane, Jim McIngvale, David Weekley, Richard Weekley, and Patricia Will.

“This year’s 2018 Texas Business Hall of Fame inductees are a true testament to the dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the state of Texas and our mission,” said TBHF chairman, Charles Philpott, Regional Managing Director at Aon. “Proven contributions to their industries as well as their local communities can serve as a model for all of us to empower results and drive positive change. We are honored to induct this exceptional group into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, joining more than 180 notable business legends from around the state.” Each year, the Texas Business Hall of Fame selects individuals who are inducted into its hall of fame. Induction is highly coveted and the roster of potential inductees is stacked with qualified candidates. Inductees are considered based on contributions to their field and the communities in which they are active.

The 2018 inductees will be honored at the 36th Annual Induction Dinner that will be held on November 1st at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. The event will host 1,200 of Texas’ past, present and potential future legends including board members, previously inducted legends and the 2018 scholarship recipients.   

The 2018 Texas Business Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Chao Family – Westlake Chemical Corporation

T.T. Chao, Posthumously

James Chao, Chairman
Albert Chao, President and CEO
Dorothy Jenkins, Director

Ernest (Ernie) Cockrell –  Chairman, Cockrell Interests
Jim Crane – Chairman and Owner, Crane Capital / Crane Worldwide / Houston Astros
Jim McIngvale – 
Owner, Gallery Furniture
David Weekley – 
Co-Founder, David Weekley Homes
Richard (Dick) Weekley – 
Chairman and CEO, Texans for Lawsuit Reform / Co-Founder, David Weekley Homes 
Patricia Will – Founder and CEO, Belmont Village Senior Living

To find out more information on the Texas Business Hall of Fame, its inductees or its 
scholarship program, please visit texasbusiness.org.


About TBHF

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of Texas business leaders. The organization’s mission, through the work of its directors, is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Texas business legends, and to perpetuate and inspire the values of entrepreneurism, personal integrity and community leadership in all generations of Texans. This mission is accomplished by inducting honorees at an annual dinner, and by awarding scholarships to outstanding students who are deemed “Future Texas Business Legends.” In 2018, 35 scholarships of $15,000 each will be awarded to students across 25 different Texas institutions of higher learning. To date, the Foundation has awarded over 700 scholarships and inducted over 180 Texas business legends.