Big Tex CEO Chosen Entrepreneur of Year

Ricky Baker, president and chief executive officer of Big Tex Trailers, Mount Pleasant TX, was honored as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year at Ernst & Young's 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest Area Awards Banquet. The award was presented by Pat Faubion, executive vice-president, Comerica Bank, at the banquet June 16 at The International Apparel Mart in Dallas TX.

Baker began in the trailer business at age 17, working for a friend's father after school in a trailer-building business. Two years later, after taking the company from building 10 trailers per week to more than 100, Baker bought the firm and went into partnership with his uncle-in-law. He later sold his share of the company and formed Big Tex.

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