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31st Annual Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award Dinner

31st Annual Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award Dinner

Monday, November 19, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Chantilly Ballroom, Hilton Anatole Hotel

Established in 1988, the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award Dinner seeks to honor individuals who use their God-given talents and abilities to excel in their chosen field of work and whose lives are testimonies of achievements in free enterprise and service to the community. All proceeds from this dinner go directly to providing scholarships for Dallas Baptist University Students.

2018 Award Recipient

Raymond H. Harris AIA

Chairman & Founder | RHA Architects

Raymond Harris is a practicing architect, author, executive movie producer and venture capitalist in God's kingdom.

In 1983, he established what has become one of the most prolific American architectural firms specializing in corporate architecture. The firm was ranked as the number two retail design firm according to McGraw-Hill's Architectural Record magazine in 2013, 2014, and 2015. 

He cofounded the Christian Economic Forum, is  a founding partner of the Global Cities Movement Day efforts in NYC, and is extensively involved in international sustainable community development projects in Africa and Asia. 

He is chairman of the Board of Erwin Brothers Entertainment, board member of OnQ (Tech Company), Movement.Org, and previously on the boards of Crown Financial Ministries, OMF International (formerly the China Inland Mission) and Pine Cove Camps. 

Raymond has authored The Heart of Business and Business by Design. He is an executive producer for movies distributed by Sony Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment with the most recent hit movie, I Can Only Imagine. Raymond has hiked all of the Continental U.S. National Parks and served as a scoutmaster for 13 years. 

Raymond and Marydel are blessed by their four adult children, their spouses, and six grandchildren and are active at The Village Church - Dallas Northway campus. 

2018 Speaker

James Lankford

U.S. Senator for Oklahoma

Senator James Lankford is committed to the protection of the future for our families, the transparency and efficiency of the federal government, and the ability of our nation to remain the world leader. Personal faith, local decision-making, and opportunity for every person, regardless of their background, are core values for Senator Lankford. 

After serving four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was elected to the U.S. Senate to complete an unexpired term in 2014 and re-elected to a full six-year senate term in 2016.

As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford fights unnecessary and burdensome regulation and advocates for a more restrained federal government.

Before his time in Congress, from 1995 to 2009, he served as Director of Student Ministry at the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma and Director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp, the largest youth camp in the United States.

2018 Dinner Committee

Art Alexander

Bob Anderson

Miles Arnold

Zach Bean

C.T. "Sparky" Beckham

Judge Oswin Chrisman

John Clem

David Cook

Gary Cook

Millie Cooper

David Dean

Kevin Grace

Ron Harris

Tim Harris

Ryan Hefton

Cory Hines

Jeffrey Johnson

Mark Lovvorn

Kaye Dawn Lunsford

Ed Pearce

Boone Powell, Jr.

Jay Sedwick

Ron Skaggs

Shannen Smith

Julie Turner

Paul Vinyard

David B. Walls

Mark Wells - Chair

Don Wills

Adam C. Wright

Previous Recipients

2018 Raymond Harris
2017 Orville C. Rogers
2016 Joel Allison
2015 Lee Roy and Tandy Mitchell
2014 Don Hodges
2013 Bob Buford
2012 Vester Hughes
2011 Norm Miller
2010 Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.

2009 Tom Leppert
2008 Drayton McLane, Jr.
2007 Andy and Joan Horner
2006 David A. Dean
2005 Pete Schenkel
2004 Noble Hurley (posthumously)
2003 The Weir Furniture Family
2002 George A. Shafer
2001 Mary C. Crowley (posthumously)

2000 Erle Nye
1999 Ross Perot, Jr.
1998 Jim L. Turner
1997 Rodger Meier
1996 W. Forrest Smith
1995 Lonnie ‘Bo’ Pilgrim
1994 Bob Minyard,
           Liz Minyard,
           Gretchen Minyard Williams,
           J.L. Sonny Williams

1993 Boone Powell, Sr.,
           Boone Powell, Jr.
1992 Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper
1991 Tom Landry
1990 Maurice and Ebby
           Halliday Acers
1989 Trammell Crow
1988 John M. Stemmons, Sr.

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