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UT Tyler Business Honor Society Recognizes Faculty and Tyler Business Leader

May 6, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler Beta Gamma Sigma recognized three faculty and businessman John Soules, Jr. at its annual induction ceremony, Dr. Donna Dickerson, interim provost and 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. Roger Lirely, department chair and professor of accounting; Dr. Brent Beal, associate professor of management; and Dr. Krist Swimberghe, assistant professor of marketing.

Co-CEO of John Soules Foods, Inc. John Soules, Jr. received the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Business Honoree award in honor of his significant accomplishments in business and community impact.

Soules is a graduate of Bishop TK Gorman High School. Upon receiving a bachelor of business administration degree from UT Austin in 1993, he began to work in the family business, John Soules Foods. In 1998, he became vice president of operations, overseeing all aspects pertaining to purchasing, production, shipping/receiving, scheduling, warehousing, transportation, research and development and quality assurance.

Soules served in this position for the better part of a decade seeing the company grow in revenues over 1,200 percent and the facility grow from a 15,000 square-foot building to a 250,000 square-foot state-of-the-art processing plant. He has been fortunate enough to be part of a team that has watched John Soules Foods become one of the premier food processors in the nation. In January 2010, John became co-CEO of John Soules Foods, a title he shares with his brother, Mark.

Soules was a Leadership Tyler member of Class 18. He has served on various industry and local boards such as National Meat Association, Southwest Meat Association, Beef Industry Food Safety Council, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and UT Tyler.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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