Arnold G. Gachman was recently honored as the 2022 Business Executive of the Year at the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame’s 52nd Reception and Dinner.
He joins an elite group of past honorees that includes former Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen (1986), U.S. Representative Kay Granger (1999), and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. (2012).
Gachman, who has a long list of accomplishments, including leading recycling company Gamtex Industries. The company’s roots run deep, with its beginnings as a family business over 100 years ago.
“Arnie has used his business skills, but also his influence and his friendship to improve this community,” said his longtime friend H. Paul Dorman, president and CEO of DFB Pharmaceuticals and Nanology. “Arnie influenced me personally.”
Gachman was greeted by a supportive crowd of about 600 friends, colleagues and admirers at the Fort Worth Club, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.
A passion for accessible healthcare
Dorman and Gachman are working on a new drug development program using nanoparticles of chemotherapy drugs to treat various cancers, according to the report. The nanoparticles allow direct injection of the drug into a cancerous tumor, which tests show allows for a higher concentration of the drug for a longer period of time with minimal exposure to other organs, the report said.
Gachman was a founding donor of the TCU School of Medicine, Fort Worth’s first new medical school in about 50 years.
“Not only has he accomplished a lot on his own, but a lot more by working with and influencing people in the community,” Dorman said at the event.
The event was sponsored by Texas Wesleyan University, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Worth Business Press.
Earlier this year, Gachman shared his enthusiasm for the Fort Worth community, TCU, health care and his work in recycling in an in-depth interview with Scrap News.
The publication, which calls Gachman a “versatile legend,” shares the leader’s belief in people and character: “Our culture is simple: do your job and make the most of yourself and the opportunity. If you do this and work within the system, you will be successful.
“Everyone makes mistakes, but those mistakes don’t define a person. A person, in my opinion, is defined by how they learn and change from their mistakes,” Gachman said in the interview.
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