On September 7, your Chamber will award our 2016 Pathfinder Award to SWBC’s co-founders, Charlie Amato and Gary Dudley. These two San Antonio business icons join a list of San Antonio elite with this award, a rare honor reserved for true pioneers who fearlessly lead our community through uncharted territory.
Our inaugural Pathfinder award winner was former Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2008. Perry was chosen because of his extraordinary and visionary achievements in strengthening the San Antonio economy.
In 2009, we honored the 41st Governor of Texas, Dolph Briscoe. A rancher from Uvalde, Briscoe served as Governor from 1972 to 1978, a time when reform was in full swing and Texas’s economy was booming.
The following year, we gave the Pathfinder award to then-Chairman of the Board of General Motors and Chairman Emeritus of AT&T Ed Whitacre. The award recognized Whitacre’s rise as an American business icon and acknowledged Whitacre’s dedication to education and philanthropy.
In 2011, we honored former Spurs owner and legendary entrepreneur, Red McCombs. Known for the Red McCombs Automotive Group and businesses in nearly every industry, his impact can be felt across the state.
Our 2012 recipient, Kay Bailey Hutchison, led the way for women in Texas politics by becoming the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate and the first Texas Senator to receive more than four million votes in a single election.
The Chamber honored an individual in 2014 that Amato and Dudley are very familiar with, Spurs legend David Robinson, who received the award because of his visionary community leadership. He inspired our city and helped create a culture that focuses on the potential of the next generation of San Antonians.
The Pathfinder Award, which is the Chamber’s most prestigious award, is presented to those who have made a significant impact on San Antonio and Texas, individuals who “light the way for others to see,” as our President & CEO Richard Perez says. SWBC co-founders Charlie Amato and Gary Dudley fit in with his elite group due to their exhaustive efforts in the local and national business community, their entreprenurial spririt, and their philanthropic contributions to our community. Because of the contributions of SWBC and its co-founders, San Antonio a better place to live, work, and play.