Bob Buford receives ethics award from SMU Feb. 10

Bob BufordBob Buford, whose Halftime organization inspires business and professional leaders to direct their talents toward service, will be honored as recipient of the 2010 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award during a noon luncheon Feb. 10 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.

The award is presented annually by SMU’s Cary Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to individuals who exemplify the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue.

“The Maguire Center is proud to honor a person whose inspiration and guidance have had such a profound and deep impact on the lives of thousands of others in Dallas and around the world,” said Maguire Center director Tom Mayo. “Bob Buford has dedicated the second half of his career and life to helping others attain ‘lives of significance,’ by which Bob means ‘lives of service.'”

Until the sale of his company in July 1999, Buford served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., a family owned cable television business. He co-founded Leadership Network in 1984, a non-profit church growth consulting firm, and became founding chairman in 1988 of what is now known as the Leader to Leader Institute, which helps guide managers in social service organizations. In 1995, Buford wrote Halftime, a book on finding fulfillment in the second half of life that grew to an organization bearing the same name.

J. Erik Jonsson was a founder of Texas Instruments, a strong advocate for education and a public-spirited mayor of Dallas from 1964 to 1971. Past winners of the J. Erik Jonsson Award include Ronald G. Steinhart, Michael M. Boone, Zan W. Holmes Jr., Roger Staubach, Caren Prothro, Tom Luce, Ron Anderson, Jack Lowe, Jr., William T. Solomon, Stanley H. Marcus, Charles C. Sprague and Curtis W. Meadows, Jr.

For ticket information, call the Maguire Center at 214-768-4575.

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