Arnold G. Gachman was recently honored 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 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 long list of accomplishments, including leading recycling company Gamtek Industries. The roots of the company are deep, with the beginning of the family business more than 100 years ago.
“Arnie used his talent as a businessman, but also his influence and friendship to improve this community,” said his longtime friend H. Paul Dorman, President and CEO of DFB Pharmaceuticals and Nanologie. “Arnie 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 affordable healthcare
Dorman and Gachman are working on a new drug development program that uses nanoparticles of chemotherapy drugs to treat various cancers, according to the report. Nanoparticles allow direct injection of the drug into the cancerous tumor, which tests have shown allows for a higher concentration of the drug over a longer period of time with minimal exposure to other organs, according to the report.
Gachman was the founder of the TCU School of Medicine—the first new medical school in Fort Worth in about 50 years.
“Not only has he accomplished a lot on his own, but he’s accomplished 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 recycling work in an in-depth interview with Scrap News.
The publication, which calls Gačman an “all-round legend”, shares the leader’s belief in people and character: “Our culture is simple: do your job and get the most out of yourself and your opportunities.” If you do that and work within the system, you will succeed.”
“Everyone makes mistakes, but those mistakes do not define a person. A person, in my opinion, is defined by the way they learn and change from their mistakes,” said Gachman in an interview.
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