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Neeley Supporters and Alumni Bleed Purple for the Horned Frog Cause

Congratulations to Nancy Richards, Bill Shaddock and Carlo Capua, Neeley School supporters and alumni honored by TCU for their Horned Frog service.

June 17,  2014

By Dee Dodson

What happens with business professionals dedicate their knowledge, passion and resources to advance their Horned Frog pride? Immediate impact with long-term results, and well-deserved accolades from TCU.

TCU Honorary Alumni Award: Nancy Tartaglino Richards

With her vision and generosity, TCU Trustee Nancy Tartaglino Richards has elevated both the University and the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, while helping engender a new generation of undergraduate social entrepreneurs. The annual Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition, established in 2010 by Richards and her business partner Lisa Barrentine, brings national and international undergraduate teams to TCU to pitch plans for enterprises that impact society in meaningful ways. The 2014 competition awarded more than$70,000 in prizes.

Both an entrepreneurial spirit and concern for society are themes that run through Richards’ biography. A respected entrepreneur in the fields of real estate and technology-related products, she is founder and chairman of the First Preston HT family of companies. Founded in 1988, First Preston HT has serviced a total residential portfolio valued at $44 billion. 

Ernst & Young recognized Richards in 2004 as Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year for real estate, and in 2005 as National Entrepreneur of the Year. Women’s Enterprise named her a Texas Woman of Excellence, while the Dallas Women’s Foundation honored her as the 2006 Philanthropist of the Year.

Richards is a founder of the Addison & Randolph Clark Society, a patron of The TCU Frog Club and a member of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Renovation Committee. She previously served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board and Chancellor’s Council.

Richards is the parent of two TCU graduates: Stewart ’08 RM ’09 and David ’12. Though she graduated from Baylor University with honors, her service to and support of TCU demonstrate that she is a deserving honorary Horned Frog.

TCU Valuable Alumni Award: William C. Shaddock BBA ’73

Bill Shaddock is a devoted Horned Frog, though he also holds graduate degrees from two other universities. He earned his BBA in finance at TCU in 1973, MBA at SMU in 1974, and JD from Baylor University School of Law in 1977. The U.S. Supreme Court has admitted him to practice.  

Over a period of nearly three decades, Shaddock has served TCU on the National Alumni Board, Frog Club Board and Neeley Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board. He currently chairs the Dallas Business Network and has served as president of the Dallas Alumni Chapter Board.

Shaddock has assisted TCU in substantive ways. He helped establish a new athletic tradition as one of three donors who funded the Horned Frog statue at Amon G. Carter Stadium. A centurion of the Addison & Randolph Clark Society, he created the Bill Shaddock Venture Capital Fund at the Neeley School of Business. He has served on the Chancellor’s Council and twice has underwritten the student/alumni networking night in Dallas.

Shaddock is president and partner of the Shaddock Development Company, one of the largest residential real estate developers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He is CEO and owner of Willow Bend Mortgage Company and Capital Title Company, the largest independent title company in Texas, and owner and chairman of First National Title Company, one of the top 20 title insurance underwriters in the U.S. He has served on numerous civic and charitable boards, including the Salvation Army of Plano, Arts Center of North Texas and National Respiratory Medical and Research Center.

TCU Outstanding Young Professional Award: Carl “Carlo” Capua, Jr. ’00

Carlo Capua is a social entrepreneur. His mission is to create worthwhile, sustainable programs and opportunities to empower people locally and worldwide. Less than a decade after graduating with his BBA in marketing and minor in Japanese, he is fulfilling that mission.

Capua is co-owner and general manager of Z’s Café in Fort Worth, which has created jobs for 81 low-income individuals from Samaritan House, a nonprofit supporting people challenged with homelessness, HIV and other special needs. With his mother, Janet, Carlo has created a workplace that helps raise the self-esteem of staff workers and reinforce their commitment to recovery. He also is co-owner of Bella Café, Old World Sausage Company and Food 4 Life, a catering company focused on healthier nutrition and menus for private schools.

Through Z’s Café, Capua created a 10-week workforce development program for low-income men and women, donated food to more than 250 local nonprofits and pioneered Fort Worth’s first culinary incubator. 

As an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and a participant on the department’s Research Review Board, Capua maintains his connections with TCU. He serves on the National Alumni Board and recently became an Alumni Association vice president and member of the National Alumni Board executive board.

Fluent in Japanese and Spanish, Capua has directed a bicultural program at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Toluca, Mexico, and taught English as a Second Language with the JET Program in Nagaoka, Japan, in conjunction with Fort Worth Sister Cities International.