The Javelina Alumni Association at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will honor five alumni during the school’s annual Homecoming celebration from October 16-21, 2017. Louis Mogas, founder of MOGAS Industries has been named as one of four honorees as Distinguished Alumni for 2017. Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments have brought honor and prestige to Javelina Nation.
Vincent Louis Mogas, of Houston, founded MOGAS Industries in 1973 to develop, design and manufacture severe-service ball valves. Since then the company has become one of the most trusted, high-quality valve manufacturers in the world with service centers in almost every continent.
As an industry leader with a focus on community, MOGAS has received several awards including:
- The Jessie H. Jones Award in 2004 by the Greater Houston Partnership
- National Philanthropy Award in 2005 by the Houston Business Journal as an Outstanding Corporation
- The Inc. 500 magazine as one of America’s fastest growing private companies in America (1982)
- Shell Canada 2007 Vendor Excellence Award
- Texas Association of Business Best Companies to work for in Texas in 2016, and again in 2017
- 2017 World at Work Seal of Distinction Charitable Activities
Mogas and his wife, Marilyn, are dedicated philanthropists personally and involve MOGAS and its employees in many of their charitable activities. MOGAS has had a bike team participating in the MS150 Bike Ride for the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Association since 1996.
MOGAS employees are volunteers and donors to Ronald McDonald House, Periwinkle Foundation, and Camp for All. The Mogas family established a scholarship fund for children of MOGAS employees who are pursuing post-secondary education.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1963 and his master’s in business administration in 1964 from Texas College of Arts and Industries.
Mogas credits much of his success in business to the hands-on education, mentoring and guidance he received from Dr. Dennis Ford, former Dean of the College of Business Administration at Texas College of Arts and Industries, and remained in contact with Dr. Ford until Ford’s passing.