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Dan Hallmark joins Hall of Fame

Dan Hallmark and Henry VentaDan Hallmark ’65 has been inducted into the Lamar University College of Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have excelled in business and is the highest tribute possible for graduates of Lamar’s College of Business. The members of the Hall of Fame serve as outstanding role models for current and future students, said Henry Venta, dean of the college.

“Dan Hallmark is an individual worthy of this recognition,” said Henry Venta, dean of the College of Business. “In addition to having accomplished much in the banking world, he is involved in community and professional organizations and has played a significant role in the history of the university.”

Venta, Hallmark, EvansIf not for Lamar University, Hallmark never would have found a successful career in banking. He has worked to return the favor for years. “I guess almost from the day I graduated, I’ve been a contributing alumnus of the association,” said Hallmark, who earned a B.B.A. in management. “I owe Lamar so much. Anything I can do to return the favor, return the support that I’ve had, I would certainly be willing to do.”

Dan HallmarkHallmark paid for his education with a scholarship from American National Bank and a loan from First Security National Bank, both attained with the help of Lamar administrators. Still, he had no interest in banking as a career until his senior year when Dean J.D. Landes urged him to interview for a management training program at American National Bank. Out of respect for Landes, Hallmark met with bank leaders. He decided banking sounded interesting after all.

“I worked for the bank in that same building for 38 years,” Hallmark said. Hallmark spent the majority of his career at Texas Commerce Bankshares. He eventually retired as chairman and chief executive officer of the Southeast Texas region from JP Morgan Chase and then from Hibernia National Bank as regional president.

Through his work in banking and community affairs, Hallmark knows strong leadership, and he sees it at Lamar University. He served on the search committee that unanimously chose James Simmons as president nearly a decade ago.

A distinguished alumnus and past president of the Lamar University Alumni Association, Hallmark has worked to strengthen Lamar programs as well. He served as a Texas State University System regent, where he was an advocate for establishing additional residence halls for Lamar University. He is a member and past chair of the College of Business Board of Advisors and created the Dan S. Hallmark Endowment in Business to providethe dean with a discretionary fund for scholarships, salary supplements or other purposes.

Hallmark joins honorees C.W. Conn, Jr., Elvis Mason, Jordan “Jerry” Reese III, Robert Swerdlow, William Childs, James Crump, Bette Stead, Terry Kelley, and Jay Barton Simmons.