In 2000, I was partnering with Performing Arts Fort Worth and Bass Performance Hall in providing stage and production management to local groups renting any of the facilities in the Bass Hall complex. I received a call one morning from the Hall indicating that the Fort Worth Business Press had outgrown Van Cliburn Recital Hall for its Great Women of Texas. The event size would necessitate holding this awards event in both the Recital Hall and the nearby McNair (now McDavid) Studio. In short, Great Women of Texas would be an event more closely akin to the Academy Awards held simultaneously in both New York and Los Angeles.


My colleague inquired, “Can you do it?” Having no idea how we would manage it, I responded with a confidant, “Most certainly!” Summarily, I met Fort Worth Business Press owner/publisher Rich Connor. That night, we were still writing the script 20 minutes before cameras rolled and the event started. Great Women of Texas went flawlessly thanks to good luck, a great crew, and Rich Connor who always improvises so well.

I have come to truly appreciate our relationship with the Business Press. We continue to help them produce events 14 years later. These events have honored some of Fort Worth’s most visible citizens, yet they have also highlighted the achievements of countless citizens who do magnificent work behind the scenes. Their work among professional women, healthcare professionals, corporate leaders, young professionals, and many others constantly makes Fort Worth and Tarrant County a better place for all of us. From the female paraplegic who paints in spite of her disabilities to the super hero-attired volunteer who puts smiles on children’s faces, these are the people who deserve and rarely receive recognition. I am proud to be a small part of the team that provides this forum for honor, and it has been more than a pleasure to work with Rich and Deborah Connor and the staff of the Fort Worth Business Press.

Two weeks ago, editor Bob Francis called to write an article about our recent rebranding at SRG Creative. I am honored to tell our own story. If you missed it, you can view the story on our website by clicking on the link below:

FWBP Article

And, you can link to the Fort Worth Business Press below:


Tom Stoker

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