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Mentor of the Year Award

The Mentor of the Year Award is bestowed in appreciation of exceptional contributions in building and sustaining mentoring relationships with entrepreneurial students. The extraordinary qualities, and selfless sacrifice, a mentor contributes are demonstrated by the development of outstanding student entrepreneurs. This consistent and unwavering commitment to a deep caring personal interaction that enriches the lives of students is deserving of such recognition.

This Mentor of the Year award recognizes the full measure of leadership, judgment and insight demonstrated in giving back, to a new generation, the gift of innovation and the sharing of life lessons.

Award Recipients:



Warren Barhorst

Warren Barhorst is the founder and CEO of Iscential (formerly Barhorst Insurance Group), headquartered in Houston. Warren left the corporate world and opened his first Nationwide Insurance office in November of 1993, and since has developed Iscential into the largest Nationwide Agency in the country with over $50 million in sales, 30 offices and 100 associates. Iscential has been featured in Texas Monthly magazine’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’ since 2006.

  • Houston’s Fast 100
  • “Best Places to Work in Texas”
  • Best Companies to Work For in Texas Monthly
  • 1 of the fastest growing private companies last 4 years
  • 2008 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Author of “Game Plan”

Ron Farmer

The highest recognition that WCE can bestow on anyone is the WCE Excellence in Mentoring. Ron Farmer is one of five to receive it. When Bill Sherrill started this program they had no money. Ron Farmer was an original stakeholder. Ron is founder and owner of U.S. LED which is experiencing spectacular growth nationally and internationally. Ron is and has been a loyal and consistent supporter of the University of Houston acting as a Stakeholder, Roundtable Leader, and Guest Speaker.

  • Recently Sold US Signs
  • Amateur Race Driver
  • Set track records on all 6
  • National Champion NASA ST2
  • Professional Race Driver

Monte Pendleton


Mentoring Houston Entrepreneurs on their Missions, Strategy, Plans, Profit and Sales Growth. Specializing in established companies with up to 50 employees.

Silver Fox Advisors, Inc.
  • Charter Member, Past President and Chairman of the Board
  • Over the past 15 years I have successfully mentored over 100 Houston entrepreneurs, increasing both sales and profits and solving major internal problems.
SunX International, Inc.
  • Founder and CEO for 15 years
  • Franchised over 500 dealers and distributors of DuPont’s SunX Glass Tinting in 69 countries
Brickstone International, Inc.
  • Founder and CEO for 4 years
  • Established over 100 franchised dealers nationwide who sell and install US Gysum’s Brickstone Sculptured Masonry
Lusterock International, Inc.
  • Founder and CEO for 3 years
  • Franchised 100 domestic manufacturers and installers of Lusterock Decorative vanity tops

University of Missouri B.S. Civil Engineering with courses at Harvard, U.C.L.A., U. of Chicago, and U. of Houston


Silver Fox Advisors, Past President, Board Chairman, International Franchise Assn., Past President and Director, Young Presidents Organization, Vice Chairman, Director, World Presidents Organization, Forum Facilitator, Dover Club, Vice President, Director, Breakfast Association, 50 years, Director Greater Houston Partnership, Roundtable Facilitator, Steering Committee. Stakeholder and Mentor of U.H. Wolfe Center of Entrepreneurship, Advisory Board of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program


Served on 5 Corporate, 1 Bank and 11 Organization Boards

  • Houston Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award
  • President Kennedy’s “:E” Aware for Export Achievement
  • President Johnson’s Small Business Development Commission
  • 1995 Delegate to President Clinton’s White House Conference on Small Business
  • Featured in Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Professional Review, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Chronicle and Post

Beth Williams

Beth Williams was raised in North Carolina, and attended East Carolina University. After college, she joined the water-skiing troupe at Cypress Gardens (Florida’s very first theme park). Beth performed with the acclaimed show-skiing group for a few years. She went on to work in banking before marrying and raising a family.

Her husband, a Marine test pilot and astronaut, was killed in a training flight crash in the 1960s. Widowed with two daughters, Beth returned to work, first as a real estate broker and later as Director of the New Initiatives Office at The Lunar Planetary Institute. Beth’s initiative and varied working experience proved invaluable when she turned to building her company in 1993.

TechTrans International

Beth Williams co-founded TechTrans International in 1993, and she continues to serve as its President. TechTrans simplifies cross-cultural communication and enhances collaboration and understanding through world-class translation and interpretation, language instruction, logistics, and people.

TechTrans is headquartered in Houston, Texas and maintains a full-service office in Moscow. The company has grown from eight employees in 1993 to more than 150 employees in the United States and Russia.

The firm has garnered numerous awards including NASA’s 2002 Woman-Owned Business of the Year, 3 U.S. Small Business Administration Awards, recognition in many lists of top woman-owned and small businesses, and many NASA team excellence awards.

Beth herself has received many honors including being named a 2003 Top 10 Houston Woman on the Move by the Houston Chronicle and Texas Executive Women. Most recently, she was selected as the National Association of Women Business Owners Houston Area 2006 Woman Business Owner of the Year.

Community Involvement

Beth sits on the Board of Directors of the American Pacific Corporation. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, and the Grand National Waterfowl Association. She participates in Baker Institute Roundtable meetings. She’s a Charter member of the National Women's History Museum.

She sits on the Board of Directors for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Executive Women. She also serves as a mentor at the University of Houston School for Entrepreneurs.

Beth is a cancer survivor who has responded to her doctors’ call to help raise awareness and fight the disease. She sits on the Cancer Network Consulting Committee–Early Detection Research Network and the President's Associates of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


Logan Brown

Logan Brown is one of the acknowledged Deans of Houston’s commercial real-estate community having been involved in over a billion dollars in real-estate transactions in his 30 year career. In May of 2012, Logan formed his own real-estate firm specializing in Private Acquisitions/Dispositions, Strategic Portfolio Optimization, Tenant Representation and Stealth Services. His primary focus has been on the sale of multi-tenant office buildings but has sold hotels, retail centers, industrial properties, land and apartments.

  • WCE Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipient
  • Founder Logan Brown Investment Real-Estate
  • 20+ Years Grubb & Ellis Top 10 Producer
  • Speaker NPR, C.E. South Texas of Law
  • Houston Council for Foreign Relations
  • River Oaks Breakfast Club
  • Past President Houston Gulf Coast Chapter 20 – CCIM
  • Houston Board of Realtors
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • University of Virginia
  • Culver Military Academy