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DBU Leadership Gala

Monday, November 21, 2022
Chantilly Ballroom, Hilton Anatole Hotel
7:00 p.m.

Since 1898, DBU has produced servant leaders whose heart is to transform the world and strengthen their communities. To that end, DBU seeks to honor those whose lives reflect the values that the University holds dear. Established in 1988, the annual DBU Leadership Gala 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 through the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award and the Tom Landry Leadership Award.

Please consider becoming a sponsor of this year’s DBU Leadership Gala in order to provide scholarship funds to DBU students as they pursue Christ-centered quality higher education.

2022 Recipient

Honoring Dr. David B. Walls

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. David B. Walls, President and CEO of Austin Industries, will be our 2022 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award and 2022 Tom Landry Leadership Award recipient. 

As the leader of one of the nation’s largest and most diversified construction companies, Dr. Walls embodies the spirit of leadership represented by both awards. Additionally, he serves as Co-Chair on the commission leading the implementation of the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals program. He also serves as a trustee of the Baylor Scott & White Health Care System and is on the board at the Dallas Regional Chamber. He and his wife, Jana, live in Dallas. Dr. Walls graduated from DBU with his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies in 2013 and continues to be a faithful friend to the University.

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Underwriter

$100,000


  • Two (2) tables of eight (8) with Head Table seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Full-page ad and prominent recognition in the dinner program
  • Eight (8) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

Purchase Table

Leadership

$50,000


  • Two (2) tables of eight (8) with VIP seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Half-page ad and priority recognition in the dinner program
  • Eight (8) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

Benefactor

$25,000


  • Two (2) tables of eight (8) with Superior seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Quarter-page ad and special recognition in the dinner program
  • Six (6) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

Freedom Council

$10,000


  • Two (2) tables of eight (8) with Priority seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Name listed in the dinner program
  • Six (6) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

Enterprise Council

$5,000


  • One (1) table of eight (8) with Preferred seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Name listed in the dinner program
  • Four (4) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

Chairman's Board

$2,500


  • One (1) table of eight (8) with Preferred seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Name listed in the dinner program
  • Two (2) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

President's Cabinet

$1,500


  • One (1) table of eight (8) with Select seating at the 2022 DBU Leadership Gala
  • Name listed in the dinner program
  • Two (2) tickets to the VIP reception before dinner program
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests
  • Special Sponsorship gift

Previous Tom Landry Leadership Award Recipients

2019 Bill and Bobbie Pinson
2018 David Moon
2017 Paul and Charla Vinyard
2016 Jim Denison
2015 William B. Tolar
2014 Gil Stricklin
2013 Tillie Burgin
2012 Fred Moses
2011 Wayne Stevenson
2010 Jeff Warren
2009 Mike Simpson
2008 Jack Graham
2007 Sam Johnson

Previous Russell H. Perry Award Recipients

2021 Clark Hunt
2020 C.T. “Sparkey” and Merrie Beckham
2019 Sam Johnson
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, and J.L. Sonny Williams
1993 Boone Powell, Sr. and 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.