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Hildreth ’83 To Be Inducted Into Texas Business Hall of Fame

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The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation (TBHF) announced the six inductees who will be honored at the 2024 annual Induction Dinner on November 13, 2024, presented by Texas Capital. Among the six inductees is West Point graduate Kathleen S. Hildreth, Class of 1983.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1982 by a small group of Texans to focus awareness on the positive achievements made by outstanding business leaders in our state and honor their contributions in both business and community. 

Hildreth ’83 is Co-Founder and Managing Director of M1 Support Services, LP., a military aviation services company she has grown 100 percent organically to over 7,000 employees with nearly $1 billion dollars in annual revenue. M1 has supported the Department of Defense in over 70 domestic and overseas locations.

Throughout her 40-year career, Hildreth has gained national attention and accolades for her government and management expertise. In 2019, she became the first and only Veteran named to the Forbes list of “American’s Richest Self-Made Women”—a list she has remained on since. She was also recognized by Forbes in its coveted “50 Over 50” list in 2023. In 2024, Hildreth was selected as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Hildreth graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983 and was commissioned as an Aviation officer—flying VIPs in Korea then serving as a Maintenance Test Pilot at Hunter Army Airfield before removing the uniform as captain in 1988. Hildreth served in positions of increasing responsibility with Fortune 500 companies before co-founding M1 Support Services headquartered in Denton, Texas.

Since 2020, she has served on the board of Wounded Warrior Project. Passionate about a wide variety of Veteran causes, she has supported the Medal of Honor Museum, Military Women’s Memorial, numerous military family scholarship funds, and many other local and national charities serving Veterans and their families.

In addition to a B.S. from West Point, Hildreth also earned a Master of Education degree from Georgia Southern University.

The other 2024 TBHF inductees include:

  • Michael M. Boone, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP (Dallas);
  • Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder, Airbnb; Co-Founder Samara; Chairman, Airbnb.org (Austin);
  • David B. Miller, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, EnCap Investments L.P. (Dallas);
  • David Robinson, Co-Founder, Admiral Capital Group; Co-Founder, The Carver Academy; and Minority Owner, San Antonio Spurs (San Antonio); and
  • Taylor Sheridan, Film & TV Creator, Writer, Director, Producer, Bosque Ranch Productions; Owner, 6666 Ranch and Bosque Ranch; Founder, Four Sixes Ranch Brand Beef (Fort Worth).

“The class of 2024 Inductees represents not only exceptional entrepreneurs but individuals who have leveraged their success to transform lives far outside the scope of their industries,” said David Huntley, TBHF Chairman of the Board. “Their servant leadership is the distinction of this award and what makes the honor so special—the combination of transformational economic impact and the wanting to use that impact to make the world better.”

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