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Entrepreneur Graham Weston and the family that owns San Antonio-based fast food chain Bill Miller Bar-B-Q will be inducted Wednesday into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. The ceremony also will honor the late real estate mogul Tim Hixon posthumously.
The San Antonio business owners are among the six inductees at the annual ceremony at the Henry B. González Convention Center. Kendra Scott, who owns the eponymous Austin-based jewelry and fashion brand; Richard Fisher, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Robert F. Smith, the chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, comprise the other inductees.
“For me, this award is about acknowledging the power of others,” Weston said in a text Tuesday. “I’m particularly disinterested in working alone. My greatest strength is in working alongside others to achieve a mutual dream. My wife and boys have oftentimes played the quietest role on this journey, but always the most impactful, and the most meaningful to me.”
Weston co-founded managed cloud hosting company Rackspace in 1999. The company later went public, becoming one of the city’s largest employers. The businessman also helped found Geekdom, one of the hubs of the city’s downtown tech scene. His real estate development firm, Weston Urban, has played a part in the revitalization of once-blighted parts of downtown San Antonio.
Balous Miller, Doug Miller, John Miller, and Vivian Vance make up the four members of the Bill Miller Bar-B-Q family, which own 76 restaurants throughout Texas. The Texas Business Hall of Fame credits Bill Miller Bar-B-Q with the model of cooking all of its food in a central kitchen and then delivering it to its restaurants, which it said has been key to Bill Miller’s consistency and quality.
Both Weston and the Millers have been involved in local philanthropy. In February, Weston announced he was contributing $15 million to the University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus renovation plan. In 1991, the Millers salvaged a citywide school crossing program that faced being defunded. The family also was involved in the development of UTSA’s downtown campus, donating the land for it.
Hixon, who died in July 2018, was known as a local business leader, philanthropist, and conservationist. In addition to his business endeavors at Hixon Properties, where he played a part in many downtown commercial real estate projects, Hixon contributed to the establishment of the Government Canyon State Natural Area near Medina Lake.