by Sharon Jones Schweitzer
An innovative businessman, who truly cares about his staff and the customers he serves, David Weekley ’75 will receive the 2005 Trinity University Distinguished Alumnus Award, along with co-recipient Cecil Hale (see related profile in this edition of Alumnet) in February at a gala dinner. Weekley, CEO of David Weekley Homes, is characterized as a man of hard work and committed philanthropy who has distinguished himself in the homebuilding industry.
An economics and geology major at Trinity, Weekley continues to be an avid student. Of particular interest to him are progressive management methodologies where people are the primary focus of the organization. His company has received numerous awards and recognitions that attest to Weekley’s adaptability as a businessman and his compassion for employees and homebuyers.
Weekley started his homebuilding company in 1976, shortly after graduation. Headquartered in Houston , Weekley Homes was the first in the industry to earn the much sought after Triple Crown in Homebuilding awards: America ’s Best Building , National Housing Quality Award, and National Building of the Year (twice). Moreover, the company has been honored with titles such as one of the “Eight Great Companies to Work For” by Builder magazine, “100 Best Places to Work” by Fortune magazine for three years in a row, and as one of America’s “500 Fastest Growing Companies: by Inc. Magazine.
Weekley’s contributions to his community have been recognized with the Maurice Hirsch Award for Philanthropy. “The mission of David Weekley’s philanthropy is to create positive change, in organizations and in people’s lives,” said the award committee. As a community leader, Weekley has served on the Vestry at Palmer Memorial Church and is past chairman and current executive committee member of the Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts, formerly on the board of directors of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, former chair of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and member of the board of trustees and capital campaign chairman for the Kinkaid School. He and his wife, Bonnie ’75, have three children.