Release Date: January 26, 2006
Fender Fellowship Established in Business at ASU
The friendship and respect of one former classmate and business associate, Jorge Ellis, for another, Johnny Fender, will benefit economic development in the Concho Valley, thanks to a gift to Angelo State University’s College of Business.
Ellis, the president and CEO of Data Management, Inc., (DMI) in San Angelo, has established the Johnny Fender Fellowship in Community Economic Development at the university to be awarded annually to a deserving faculty member in either the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance or the Department of Management and Marketing. Recipient of the initial fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year will be announced in April.
Ellis and Fender were ASU classmates, each earning a master of business administration degree in 1988. That same year, they formed DMI and were partners for several years before Fender sold his share of the company to Ellis. They have remained friends throughout their acquaintance.
ASU Business Dean Michael W. Butler said, “The Johnny Fender Fellowship in Community Economic Development will reinforce and strengthen the effort of the college in advancing economic development in the Concho Valley. The fellowship is named after an individual who has made significant contributions to the economic well-being of our community. Johnny Fender is truly deserving of the honor of having the fellowship named after him.”
Fender joined the ASU faculty as an instructor of finance in 1994. A retired Air Force Colonel, Fender originally came to San Angelo as the base commander at Goodfellow Air Force Base. After 30 years of service in the Air Force, he retired in 1986 in San Angelo where he served as mayor between 1997 and 2001.
Of his decision to name the fellowship for Fender, Ellis said, “He’s a great asset to this community. He loves serving people. When he was with Goodfellow Air Force Base, when he was the mayor and now as a teacher he is always serving. People like that are what make San Angelo so special.”
DMI develops and markets TimeClock Plus™ Time and Attendance Solutions. In October 2005, for the second year in a row, DMI was named by the worldwide accounting firm Deloitte & Touche to the prestigious Technology Fast 500, recognizing the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America. Earlier last year, DMI was named 23 rd in the Texas Fast 50, Deloitte’s determination of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Texas. Previously, DMI had been selected as Business of the Year by the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce.