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LETU to Feature Patrick F. Hamner on Faith and Work Integration


LeTourneau University will present Patrick F. Hamner to speak on faith and work integration during a special chapel service at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview. The event is free and open to the public.

Hamner is the managing director in the southwest for Patriot Capital, a Dallas-based investment firm, which he joined in November 2012. Previously, he served for 24 years with Capital Southwest Corporation, a Dallas -based Small Business Investment Company, rising to the role of senior vice president with responsibility for developing and monitoring venture capital and private equity investments. He also facilitated add-on acquisitions and served on 14 boards.
From 2000 to 2007, Hamner was the founding chairman of the board of Heelys, Inc., a footwear manufacturer whose athletic shoes include wheels embedded in each sole, similar to inline skates. He joined the management team from 2006 to 2008, serving last as a senior vice president.

He served as the chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies from 2001-to 2002. Hamner was appointed an adjunct lecturer at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2012, after having cofounded a $69 million non-leveraged SBIC in Dallas from 2009 to 2011.

Hamner is a member of the LeTourneau University Center for Faith and Work Advisory Council. He is also the vice chairman of the board of Marketplace Ministries Foundation, which raises and invests funds and endowments to support chaplains in workplace employee care programs. He also serves as a deacon at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas and is a former scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts.

Hamner earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Business Administration and Dean's Award from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife have three children.

LeTourneau University's Center for Faith & Work was founded in 2011 to reflect a burgeoning "faith at work" movement to help the employed-and unemployed-find God beyond church doors. The Center's website, www.CenterforFaithandWork.com, assembles resources, tools, and curriculum for churches, students, and the global Christian community to equip and connect them to live out their faith in the workplace. Foundational to the Center is the notion that God values good work well done.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state.

Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

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