Arnold G. Gachman was honored recently as the 2022 Business Executive of the Year at the 52nd Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner.
He joins an elite group of previous honorees that includes the likes of 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 lengthy list of accomplishments, including leading recycling company Gamtex Industries. The company’s roots run deep, with its start as a family business more than 100 years ago.
“Arnie used his talents as a businessman, but also his influence and friendship to improve this community,” said his longtime friend H. Paul Dorman, chairman and CEO of DFB Pharmaceuticals and Nanology. “Arnie has 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 utilizing nanoparticles of chemotherapy drugs to treat various cancers, according to the report. Nanoparticles allow direct injection of the drug into a cancerous tumor, which tests have shown allows for a higher concentration of the drug for a longer period of time with minimum 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, healthcare, and his work in recycling in an in-depth interview with Scrap News.
The publication, which calls Gachman an “all-around legend,” shares the leader’s belief in people and character: “Our culture is simple: do your job and make the most out of yourself and the opportunity. If you do that and work within the system, you’ll succeed.”
“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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