Swinbank Presented with Inaugural Award at TAMU

Sprint Waste Services is proud to announce founding partner Joe Swinbank was honored this week with the inaugural Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Alumni Award, presented May 2 at the Corrigan-Goddard Foundation Entrepreneurial Dreams Symposium at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Edward Rister, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics who runs the Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program and one of the symposium’s founders, said the award is “all about being a person like Joe,” because he represents the core values of the Aggie heritage—respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service. Going forward, the award will be known as the Joe Swinbank ’74 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Award and will be awarded each year at the symposium.

The Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program is a challenging, year-long, two-class capstone sequence where students investigate the economic and financial feasibility/viability of a rural or metropolitan business enterprise. The Entrepreneurial Dreams symposium allows students enrolled in the rigorous agribusiness entrepreneurship program to display their student business models and receive feedback from attendees.

Joe and his wife Shirley are long-time supporters of Texas A&M, the agricultural economics department and the Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program. Each year Joe is a mentor and supporter of Professor Rister’s entrepreneurial business plan classes and even serves as a professor for a day during the fall semester.

Congratulations to Joe and the entire Swinbank family!