5:00 p.m. Reception
5:30 p.m. Lecture
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas
The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service was honored to award Mr. David Weekley, founder and chairman of David Weekley Homes, with the 2016 McLane Leadership in Business Award on October 5th. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions in the area of business, public service, or community service at the national level.
Dean Mark Welsh gave the welcoming remarks, pointing out various state and campus dignitaries in attendance and followed by the introduction of Mr. Weekley by Dr. Lori Taylor, Director of the Mosbacher Institute. Dr. Taylor outlined a few of the many honors and recognitions that Mr. Weekely and his company have received over the years including customer and employee satisfaction recognitions and builder of the year.
After the introduction, Mr. Weekley took the stage to give a speech titled, “Success v. Significance.” Making a reference to the Bob Buford’s pivotal book, Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance, Mr. Weekley noted that often times in life the most successful people get caught in the trap of money and moving up the ladder, so much that they forget that they also need to be significant. Mr. Weekley’s argument, to which the rest of the speech was dedicated, was to become significant and not just successful; it was important to give back and start looking at what he terms “the others.” Mr. Weekley claimed that changing to a focus on his employee team, his customers, and his community not only helped people in a positive way, but also improved his business. He was able to see his home building grow in ways he never could have imagined, all while instituting profit-sharing models and an 8 percent match on retirement in his company for the betterment of his employees.
At the conclusion of his remarks, Dr. Lori Taylor joined Mr. Weekley on stage for a conversation expanding on some of the key features of his talk. Prompted by a question over what non-profit students should focus on at the Bush School,Mr. Weekley responded, noting that self-knowledge, recognition of our strengths, and use of those strengths in the most effective ways would benefit a non-profit more than anything. A devoted philanthropist, Mr. Weekly and his wife Bonnie made the conscious decision to start donating not only half of their profits from David Weekley Homes, but also half of their time. Mr. Weekley noted that being able to donate his time and efforts into helping non-profits is worth more than any financial services he can offer, turning that dollar donation into four.
To conclude the event, Mr. Drayton McLane, Jr., namesake of the McLane Leadership in Business Award, joined Mr. Weekley on stage with Dean Mark Welsh and Dr. Lori Taylor. Mr. McLane added his own commendations of Mr. Weekley and presented the award, capping off the evening by outlining the success and significance of an outstanding leader in the business community.
David M. Weekley, Chairman of David Weekley Homes, began his home building company at the age of 23. Since 1976, he has been recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as having one of America’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies; in 1986 he was the National Association of Homebuilders’ Builder of the Year; in 1989 he was named Houston Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. David Weekley Homes was also named the 2013 National Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine for its second time – making the company one of only two builders to receive this distinction. David Weekley Homes was named a 2012 Customer Service Champion, and has ranked highest in Customer Satisfaction among new home builders in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Tampa, according to J.D. Power and Associates.
David Weekley is an avid student of the most progressive management methodologies, where people are the primary focus of the organization. The Company has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list 10 times. David Weekley Homes has earned multiple honors in the areas of product design, marketing and management, and closed over $1.3 billion worth of new homes in 22 different cities in 2015.
As a community leader and Distinguished Eagle Scout, David has served on the Vestry at Palmer Memorial Church and is Past Chairman and current Executive Committee Member of the Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts, former National Scout President for the Southern Region of Boy Scouts, current Vice President of Marketing for the National Scout Office, former member of the Board of Directors for St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, former Star of Hope Board Member, Past President of the Houston Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Past President of the Greater Houston Builder’s Association, former Chairman and Board Member of Metro Houston Young Life, former Chair of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Trustee Emeritus for Kinkaid School and Chairman of Kinkaid’s $42,000,000 Capital and Endowment Campaign and current World Presidents’ Organization member.
David holds degrees in Economics and Geology from San Antonio’s Trinity University. He and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for 40 years and have three children and six grandchildren.