Arnold G. Gachman was recently recognized as the 2022 Business Executive of the Year at the 52nd Reception and Dinner at the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.
He joins an elite group of previous honorees that include former Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen (1986), US Representative Kay Granger (1999), and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan (2012).
Gachman, who has a long list of achievements including leading recycling company Gamtex Industries. The roots of the company go far back and began more than 100 years ago as a family business.
“Arnie used his talent as a businessman, but also his influence and friendship to improve this community,” said longtime friend H. Paul Dorman, Chairman 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
According to the report, Dorman and Gachman are working on a new drug development program that will use nanoparticles of chemotherapy drugs to treat various types of cancer. Nanoparticles allow the drug to be injected directly into a cancerous tumor, which tests have shown allows for higher concentrations of the drug over 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 he’s accomplished so much 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 passion for the Fort Worth community, TCU, healthcare and his work with recycling in an in-depth interview with Scrap News.
The publication, which Gachman calls an “all-round legend,” shares the leader’s belief in people and character: “Our culture is simple: do your job and make the best of yourself and the opportunity. If you do that and work within the system, you will succeed.”
“Everyone makes mistakes, but those mistakes don’t define a person. In my opinion, what defines a person is how they learn from their mistakes and how they change,” Gachman said in the interview.
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