Charlie Amato graduated from Sam Houston State University
in 1970 with a bachelor of business administration degree,
and started his career with Bay City Bank & Trust.
In 1976 he and another SHSU alum, Gary Dudley, founded
Southwest Business Corporation.
He has served as chairman of that corporation for the
past 25 years, during which the company has experienced
rapid growth, with more than $45 million in revenue
in 2001, and recognition as one of the 50 Fastest Growing
Companies in San Antonio.
A resident of San Antonio, he has made significant contributions
to that city, serving as chairman of the board of the
Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation. He also
serves as a board member of the University of the Incarnate
Word, the University of Texas-San Antonio College of
Business Advisory Council and the UTSA Development Board,
the Alamo Bowl, the San Antonio Spurs Foundation, the
Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, the Greater
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, where he served as
chairman in 2000, and the United Way. He is chair-elect
for 2001 of the Children's Miracle Network Board of
In 1992 he was recognized as the South Texas Entrepreneur
of the year for financial services. In 1998 he received
the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Public
Service Medal and, in 1999, was honored by SHSU's College
of Business Administration as an Executive-in-Residence.
He is a member of the College of Business Administration
Advisory Council and this year will serve as council
He was selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni
Award in 2000, but his presentation
was delayed because he was unable
to attend last year's award
at the November 9, 2001 Distinguished