Industry and Military Leaders to Receive 5 Star Award at America’s Future Series on November 13

Hosted by T. Boone Pickens, the Irving, Texas event will feature a discussion about U.S. global competitiveness and national security; 7-11 CEO Joe DePinto, Fluor CEO David Seaton and USAA Chairman General Joe Robles will receive 2013 5 Star Award.

Online PR News – 08-November-2013 – Irving, TEXAS – On November 13, the America's Future Series will present its highest distinction – the 5 Star Award to 7-11 CEO Joe DePinto, Fluor CEO David Seaton and USAA Chairman General Joe Robles. The award presentation will follow a roundtable discussion with these industry and military experts on topics ranging from US energy independence, to dealing with cultural differences within an international corporation, to the value that military veterans bring to a company.

The event will be hosted by legendary oil entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens and moderated by the Dallas Business Journals’ Traci Merzi. The luncheon will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Irving, Texas. Tickets can be purchased at and sponsorship opportunities are available.

The beneficiaries of this event will be T. Boone Pickens Military Mentors Program established by Big Brothers Big Sisters ( and Association of the United States Army North Texas Chapter (http://

Joe DePinto is the president and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. and leads the premier company in convenience retailing. 7-Eleven is the world's largest convenience store chain with close to 51,600 stores in 16 countries, of which more than 10,200 are in North America.

DePinto is a board director of 7-Eleven, Inc., OfficeMax (NYSE: OMX), Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), The Dallas Chamber of Commerce, SMU’s Cox School of Business and The National Italian American Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Councils for Outlook Leadership, The Pro Players Foundation, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and is a Network of Executive Women Champion. He also recently served on the Executive Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

David Seaton is the chairman and chief executive officer of Fluor Corporation, one of the largest publicly held engineering and construction companies in the world, which is ranked 110 on the FORTUNE 500 list. He was named Fluor's CEO and joined its board of directors in February of 2011. In February 2012, he was elected chairman of the board. David is a 28-year Fluor veteran.

Prior to his current role, David held numerous senior executive positions in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for The Mosaic Company as well as other business organizations including: the American-Petroleum Institute; U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council; and the World Economic Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.

Maj. Gen. Josue Robles Jr., USA (Ret.) is president and chief executive officer of USAA. He also served as the executive vice president, chief financial officer and corporate treasurer. From 1990 to 1994, Robles was a member of the USAA Board of Directors. He joined USAA in 1994 as an employee after 28 years of distinguished military service which included serving in Korea, Vietnam, Germany and the Middle East. He was the director of the Army Budget and was the commanding general, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One).

During his military career, Robles was recognized numerous times for service and honor. He received the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Robles also serves on the Boards of DTE Energy, the San Antonio branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and several non-profit organizations.

T. Boone Pickens is one of the nation’s most successful businessmen, first building one of the nation’s largest independent oil company, Mesa Petroleum, and later reinventing himself in his 70s as one of the most successful investment fund operators with BP Capital. In July 2008, Boone launched the Pickens Plan (, a grass-roots campaign aimed at reducing this country’s crippling addiction to OPEC oil.

CNBC has dubbed him “Oracle of Oil” for his uncanny knack of predicting oil price movements. His many professional honors include membership in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In 1998, the Oil & Gas Investor listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century.” During the span of his career, Pickens has given away more than $1 billion to philanthropic causes. He is among the most generous university benefactors of all time, having contributed more than $500 million to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, divided evenly between academics and athletics.

Event Information:

Date: November 13, 2013
Time: 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree Hotel (Campbell Centre) | 8250 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX | (214) 691-8700

Admission: $150; $95 for partner members
Purchase Tickets:
Sponsorship opportunities are available; visit:

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