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September 2007

Release Date: September 11, 2007

Wells Fargo Business Lecture to Explore Small Business

Angelo State University's 2007 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business will feature Texas state legislator Mark Homer, a 1989 ASU graduate and owner of Homer Enterprise, Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Houston Harte University Center.

Homer's presentation, "Small Business is Smart Business," will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 in the University Center's C.J. Davidson Conference Center. The lecture is open free to the public.

Homer was raised in Paris, Texas, where in the early 1960's his father, Frank, opened the state's first Sonic Drive-In. After earning his M.B.A. at Angelo State University in 1989, he joined the family business the same year. Homer Enterprise now owns and operates 18 Sonic Drive-Ins in Texas and Florida, including ones in Ballinger, Stamford, Eastland and Cisco.

A 2007 ASU Distinguished Alumnus, Homer has represented District 3 in the Texas House of Representatives since 1999. His district includes Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, Titus and Red River counties in East Texas. He currently serves as the vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

A strong supporter of Texas business, Homer's list of honors includes the 2003 Texas Economic Development Council Legislator of the Year award and the 2004 Marvin Gibbs Award for being an outstanding leader in the economic growth of Northeast Texas.

A 2005 Paris Junior College Distinguished Alumnus, Homer also holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A&M. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Hanna, Harrison and Hayden.

The Distinguished Lectureship in Business was established in 1995 and is underwritten each year by Wells Fargo Bank of San Angelo. Now in its 12th year, the lectureship is designed to provide ASU students and the public with exposure to well-known business leaders and help grow the relationship between the San Angelo business community and ASU.