The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions to the business community and who, by their exemplary civic, philanthropic and educational activities, have advanced humanity.
John L. Adams
John Adams retired as Vice Chairman of Trinity Industries, Inc., a Dallas- based diversified industrial manufacturing company in March 2007. Prior to joining Trinity’s executive team in 1999, John was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Bank of Texas, National Association (formerly Texas Commerce Bank).
John is presently on the Board of Directors of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., Trinity Industries, Inc., and Group 1 Automotive, Inc. where he serves as non-executive Chairman. In addition, he serves on the Board of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, having served three years as its Chairman. He is very involved at The University of Texas serving on the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, President’s Development Board, and the McCombs School Advisory Council. He also presently chairs the McCombs Scholars Program.
John has chaired a number of not-for-profit organizations including the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Plan, Central Dallas Association, Methodist Medical Center of Dallas and fundraising campaigns for American Heart Association, Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas, Boys & Girls Club, and Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way to name a few.
John is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA and a J.D. He and his wife, Susie, have two children, John Ross and Elise, and five grandchildren.
Tom C. Frost
A native San Antonian, Tom Frost, Chairman Emeritus, is the fourth generation of his family to oversee the bank founded by his great grandfather, Colonel T.C. Frost, in 1868. He began his banking career in 1950 and was elected Assistant Cashier in Frost’s Foreign Department in October of that year. In 1962, he was elected President, and in 1971, Chairman of the Board.
Frost attended The University of Texas at Austin in 1945-46. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 1950 with a B.S. degree, majoring in Commerce. He is a recipient of the Aguila Azteca, the highest honor the Government of Mexico can give to a non-Mexican citizen.
Frost is active in industry affairs, supports community development, and is committed to educational excellence. He has served in leadership positions on many boards and organizations including the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System, the Texas Bankers Association, the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the McNay Art Museum, the Executive Committee of the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, the Board of Governors of the YMCA, the Development Board of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Texas Independent College Fund.
Frost is married to Patricia Holden, UT B.A. ’50. They have four sons (three are McCombs School graduates), and 14 grandchildren.
Gary C. Kelly
Gary Kelly serves as Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. A 27-year Southwest veteran, Kelly began his career as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. He became Chairman in May 2008 and President in July 2008.
Prior to joining Southwest Airlines, Kelly was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.
Kelly has received awards and recognitions, including being named one of Business Travel News’ 25 Most Influential Executives of 2004; honored with the 4th Annual Friends of Texas Public Schools Friend of the Year Award for 2008; named one of the best CEOs in America for 2008, 2009, and 2010 by Institutional Investor magazine; voted Dallas CEO of the Year in 2009 by the Dallas Morning News’ “Top 100 Places to Work”; selected two years in a row as D CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2009 and 2010; awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith in 2010; and selected as Dallas Business Journal’s CEO of the year for 2011.
Gary received a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves the Texas Society of CPAs, the McCombs School Advisory Council, Lincoln National Corporation Board of Directors, and the Airlines for America as Chairman.
Lynn (Fox) Utter
Lynn Utter was appointed president and COO of Knoll, North America in 2008, and her role was expanded to include global responsibilities for Knoll Office in 2011. Knoll (NYSE: KNL) is recognized worldwide as a leading designer and manufacturer of branded furniture and textiles, focusing on innovation and modern design for work environments and residences.
Before joining Knoll, Lynn served as chief strategy officer for Coors Brewing Company. During her ten years at Coors, she held a myriad of operating and strategic roles for the brewer. Earlier in her career, Ms. Utter spent six years with Frito-Lay, and four years in management consulting with Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C.
She is currently a director for WESCO International, and serves or has served on a number of not-for profit boards with The United Way, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, The McCombs School of Business, and the Texas Exes. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute and has held a number of leadership roles with entities supporting the advancement of women in the workplace. Lynn has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex and is a recipient of the John Gardner Award for service from Stanford.
She earned her BBA in business administration in the honors program at The University of Texas at Austin in 1984. She earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1986.
Ms. Utter and her husband, Ward, reside in Pennsylvania with their two children.