Jerry D. Fields was recognized as a recipient of the 2013 Business Achievement Award, April 12.
A luncheon was held in Mr. Fields' honor in McCoy Hall, followed by the official presentation at the 2013 McCoy College of Business Awards Day Ceremony and BGS Spring Induction on Friday evening.
Timothy J. Weatherby, Associate Executive Director of Beta Gamma Sigma presented the award.
Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes one to three outstanding business people each year with the international Business Achievement Award. It is given based on these criteria:
Significant accomplishment in business demonstrated through an individual's position, career progress, leadership, financial/market share results and community impact;
Evidence of significant generosity though enhancement of a community or an educational institution;
Evidence of continued and/or further service to humanity beyond the acts of generosity; and
Demonstrated model of ethical business leadership in his/her career and have exemplified the highest honor and integrity consistent with the ideals of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Past recipients of the award include: Beth Mooner, CEO of KeyCorp; Sir Adrian Cadbury, former chairman of Cadbury Schweppes; Joseph Moeller, former president and COO of Koch Industries; and James Sinegal, former president and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp.
Mr. Fields graduated with a business degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1969. He is the Chairman & CEO of JD Fields & Company, Inc. The company, founded in 1985, supplies steel products to customers worldwide. Although, based in Houston, Texas, there are offices located in eight states and stock yard locations in seven and the company sources material from every continent except Antartica. Materials are shipped from mill sources around the world directly to customers.
Because of his success Mr. Fields has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was a finalist for the 1989 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and his company was named one of the fastest growing in 1990 by Inc. Magazine.
His leadership through service to others exemplifies the highest standards. During his college career, he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and received its Legion of Honor award in 2012. He often speaks to students to inspire them to high standards. His commitment to principled education is further reflected by his participation on the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation Board of Directors and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He actively contributes to the Ronald McDonald House and the American Cancer Society. He received the 2003 Pacesetter of the Year award.
Mr. Fields has generously contributed to many areas of the university and to the McCoy College of Business establishing two endowed chair positions and two professorships. In 2006 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas State University and in 2007, he was recognized as the McCoy College BGS Chapter Honoree. He and his wife Linda, received honorary doctoral degrees from Texas State University in 2012 making them the 11th and 12th recipients of honorary doctoral degrees awarded by Texas State thoughout its 114-year history.
Dean Denise T. Smart commented, "Mr. Fields' commitment to education and generosity to others combined with his entrepreneurial and business talents make this award especially well-deserved. He upholds the Beta Gamma Sigma principles of honor, wisdom and earnestness in all that he does. It is an honor for Mr. Fields to be recognized and for the Texas State McCoy College BGS chapter to have him selected for this prestigious international award."