Feb. 12, 2008

Art Barnes To Be Honored With SAM Award

DALLAS (SMU) — SMU will honor alumnus Art Barnes with the 2007 Silver Anniversary Mustang (SAM) Award at halftime of Wednesday's men's basketball game against Marshall.

Art Barnes (1955)

Barnes, who earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior, was an integral part of SMU's 1955 SWC Championship team. Playing for the legendary E.O. "Doc" Hayes, Barnes averaged almost 12 points per game his junior and senior seasons. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in business administration and an MBA in real estate from SMU.

After graduation, Barnes served three years in the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain. He then entered the private sector and has worked in real estate for over forty years. In 1958, he joined the mortgage banking company of Maxson-Mahoney-Turner. He became President of Folsom Investments, Inc., in 1968 and then started his own business in 1983. In 2000, his company merged with another to form Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services. He has been directly involved in the development and management of over 30,000 apartment units, Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, Gleneagles Country Club in Plano and several large multi-use land parcels in Texas, and for his efforts, he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors in 2001.

He is a former President of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the SMU National Alumni Association and the SMU Lettermen's Club. He has served on numerous boards including the Highland Park Independent School District, Goodwill Industries, Baylor Hospital, Dallas Country Club, Park Cities YMCA and Park Cities Baptist Church. He also served as a teacher of real estate appraisal for five years at SMU's Dallas College, and was Chairman of the Board of Bent Tree National Bank for ten years.

He is the former Chairman of the Board of Gleneagles Country Club and a founding director and Chairman of the Board of Bent Tree National Bank.

The annual award, which was initiated in 1991, is the most prestigious award given by the Lettermen's Association. To be selected as the SAM Award winner, an individual must have graduated from SMU at least 25 years ago and have made significant, positive and lasting impact on his/her community.

"Art was an outstanding student leader and athlete at SMU," said Lettermen's Association President Jim Johnston. "He has been a community leader and successful business executive in Dallas ever since. Art is certainly an outstanding addition to our distinguished list of previous SAM Award winners."

The presentation will be made at halftime by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and by Director of Athletics Steve Orsini.

SMU, the only Division I athletic program in Dallas, Texas, sponsors 17 sports and has been ranked as the top school in its conference for 10 straight years in the Director's Cup overall athletic rankings. More information about SMU and its coaches, athletes and teams is available at

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