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April 30, 2010

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UT Tyler Business Honor Society Recognizes Faculty and Kilgore Business Leader

The University of Texas at Tyler Beta Gamma Sigma recognized four faculty and businessman Ruben S. Martin at its annual induction ceremony, Dr. Peter J. Fos, UT Tyler provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

UT Tyler faculty who were inducted this year are Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean; Dr. Veronda Willis, assistant professor of accounting; Dr. Chen “Ken” Wu, assistant professor of finance; and Mark Washburn, senior lecturer in accounting.

President and CEO of Kilgore’s Martin Midstream Partners, Ruben Martin received the BGS Business Achievement Award in honor of his significant accomplishments in business and community impact.

He built the propane company that his father started in 1951 into a publicly-traded $600 million enterprise employing more than 1,900 people across the nation.

The large, diversified oil and gas enterprise, Midstream Energy Company, earns approximately $2 billion in annual revenue. The company went public in 2002, which allowed the capital to grow organically and the company to make strategic acquisitions.

Martin took lessons from his father and implemented those principles throughout every facet of the family business. When he joined the business in the late 1970s, propane sales were only in East Texas.

He has always emphasized a mantra of “quality and customer come first.”

“If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers by providing quality products and service, while always remembering that service is just as important on the back end. Success will come,” said Martin.

Martin also has business concentrations in the areas of land and marine transportation, terminaling and storage, sulfur and sulfuric acid sales and natural gas storage and sales.

His community involvements include serving as an elder for First Presbyterian Church of Longview as well as on the board of directors for Good Shepherd Medical Center, Texas Association of Business, Sabine River Authority and Trinity School of Texas. He is founder and president of East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse.

The Martin family established the Paula Martin Jones Charities after the untimely death of his sister. In 1990, the charity purchased the YMCA facility to secure the future of Longview and Harrison preschools. The facility later became the Longview Child Development Center.

The Paula Martin Jones Charity also built the R.S. Martin Jr. Center to house the Boys and Girls Club of Longview, and it sponsors East Texas Lightning, the local chapter of Special Olympics.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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