MBA Students Honored by Texas Business Hall of Fame

TX Hall of Fame - Grace Elliott and Forest Shoults

Each year, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation awards a number of students from participating universities for their ability to uphold the pillars of scholarship within the field of business with the utmost zeal. The Hall of Fame Foundation’s mission is to “sow seeds of our future by acknowledging and helping underwrite the promise that is being demonstrated by Texas business students.” By generously awarding both scholars and veterans with scholarships annually, the TBHF Foundation assists future leaders pursuing business degrees in Texas to accomplish their goals.

Chosen each year by evaluation of submitted applications, the TBHF Foundation awards individuals who show both dedication to, and promise in, the business world as college students. This past year, DBU was the home of two 2021 Scholar Award recipients, MBA students Grace Elliott and Forest Shoults. 

Grace Elliott

In July of 2020, Grace launched her own floral and event design company, Grace Blooms Events. Since the launch of her business, she has designed and coordinated numerous events throughout the state of Texas and steadily grown her clientele. She uses her entrepreneurial experience and the foundation built from her studies in business hospitality and hotel at Dallas Baptist University to continue growing her business. Grace is known for her eye for detail and intricate designs. She is eager to continue to expand her work in the hospitality industry. Grace anticipates receiving her MBA with a specialty in marketing at DBU in May of 2023.

Forest Shoults

Forest and his wife Dani are the co-founders and owners at Mountaintop Films, an adventure elopement, wedding film, and photography company based in Dallas. Additionally, he’s worked for East Jordan Iron Works as a territory sales rep for the past 5 years and he’s annually increased sales 20-30% in the water infrastructure industry. He finished his undergraduate studies with DBU in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration and is looking forward to graduating with his MBA in Marketing in December 2022. In four years, Mountaintop Films has shot over 100 weddings in five different countries, and has been published in multiple bridal magazines. Forest’s goal with his wife is to open a series of studios that would each feature a creative workspace and a coffee shop that can be used as a rented venue space for filming music videos and creating/capturing digital media for companies.

Written by Emmalie Ellis

Emmalie Ellis writes for University Communications at Dallas Baptist University.