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Investor Hall to be honored at College of Business scholarship event

Craig Hall, Hall Financial Group, Murphy luncheon honoreeDallas business leader Craig Hall, left, chairman and founder of Hall Financial Group, will receive the annual Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship.

The award will be presented at the 10th Leadership Luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18, at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas. The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship is in the College of Business.

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, will be the keynote speaker.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by UNT with this important award,” Hall said. “The educational programs and collaborative networks established through The Murphy Center are important to the growth of individual businesses, to our economy and to the spirit and understanding of entrepreneurship as a whole.”

Hall’s career in business, as an author, civic leader and philanthropist reflects the highest qualities of entrepreneurship. He formed Hall Financial Group in 1968 at age 18 with $4,000 saved from small ventures he began at the age of 10. Today, Hall Financial Group’s diversified business interests include real estate ownership, development and management, software application development, structured finance lending for real estate and other areas, vineyards and wineries and oil and gas.

Previously, Hall was part owner of the Dallas Cowboys. He formed one of the first stock savings and loans in Michigan, founded one of the first for-profit HMOs in the country and participated in growing the nation’s largest chain of health and sports clubs.

Hall actively supports new entrepreneurs, and often speaks publicly about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship worldwide. He also lends his expertise to nurture young companies.

Past Murphy Award recipients include developer Trammell Crow, Elelctronic Data Systems founder H. Ross Perot, Realtor Ebby Halliday, Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher and arts patron Sam Wyly.

Jeb Bush, Murphy luncheon speaker“We are thrilled to have Jeb Bush, right, as our keynote speaker this year, since he is not only a great political leader but also an advocate for education and entrepreneurship,” said Tony Mendes, director of the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship.

Proceeds from the Leadership Luncheon are used for scholarships, student awards and programs offered through the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship. Each year at the luncheon student scholarships are awarded, donors are recognized and winners of the Center’s New Venture Creation Contest are announced.

The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, housed in UNT's College of Business, opened its doors in 2000 with a $1 million donation from Ken and the late Shirley Murphy, founders and owners of The Mail Box. The center encourages entrepreneurship by providing students with counseling, mentoring and training opportunities that help them turn ideas into viable business entities.

Posted on: Wed 09 November 2011

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