Jordan W. Cowman (pictured), a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Dallas, says he took office Jan. 1 as the 2013 president of the Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHF) Foundation and will serve as chairman of the organization’s board of directors in 2014.
Cowman, who has served on the TBHF board for a number of years, says the president is “like an apprentice” to the chairman, who heads the board of directors that runs the foundation.
Cowman says that “forward-looking young people” founded the TBHF in 1982 to honor top business leaders and to promote the values of personal integrity and entrepreneurialism. He says that each year, TBHF honors four or five business leaders. The organization has honored between 150 and 180 people since 1982, he says.
Through table sales at its annual induction dinner, the TBHF also raises money to award $10,000 scholarships to top business students at participating universities, Cowman says. This year’s induction diner will be held Nov. 14 in San Antonio, he says.
Noting that the foundation awarded 19 scholarships in 2012, Cowan says, “We’re going to give more this year, probably 20.”
Several people also have agreed to endow scholarships at particular institutions, he says.
Cowman says he began practicing law as a labor and employment attorney but that his practice is now international in scope. Among other things, he works on transnational projects and transactions, as well as corporate compliance matters.
“Lawyers can’t be just lawyers,” Cowman says. “We have to know about the business climate. We have to find really creative and effective ways for businesses to be successful.”
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.