The Eppler Award

The James D. Eppler Memorial Economic Citizenship Award was established in 2007.  The award recognizes an individual (or entity) who has made distinguished contributions to the Lubbock community in economic education, business development, and/or civic engagement. 
Eppler Award Recipients:

2018          Nita Kiesling                                                WestMark Realtors
2017          John T. Montford                                        Chancellor Emeritus, Texas Tech University
2016          Don Caldwell                                               Don Caldwell Entertainment
2015          Richard L. "Chip"  Peterson                      Texas Tech University (Retired)

2014          Dan Taylor                                                    DLT Enterprises
2013          Scott Hein                                                     Texas Tech University
2012          David Buckberry                                         City of Lubbock (Retired)
2011          Linda Gaither                                               WestMark Realtors
2010          David Weaver                                              South Plains Food Bank
2009          Gary Lawrence                                            Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
2008          Eddie McBride                                             Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
2007          Chris Van Wagenen                                    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

James Dale Eppler was born November 5, 1926, in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, the youngest of eight children. He was a longtime member of the Lubbock Economics Council, serving as President in 1977. During his Presidency, he represented our club at the National Convention of the National Association of Business Economists and helped in projecting the National Economic Outlook with input from the West Texas Area. Jim attended the University of Washington in Seattle, served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, then earned a Bachelors Degree in business at Oklahoma City University and a Masters Degree in retailing at New York University. His retailing career included B. Altman in New York, Goldwaters in Phoenix and The White House in El Paso. He moved to Lubbock in 1962 where he served as General Merchandise Manager and Corporate Director for Hemphill-Wells Department Store until 1986. In 1987 the Epplers opened Eppler's Fine Cosmetics and Fashion Accessories in the new Kingsgate Center, and retired in 1996.
Jim's commitment to civic involvement is evidenced by his many leadership roles, serving not only Lubbock Economics Council, but also as President or Chairman of Better Business Bureau, Lubbock Visitors and Convention Bureau, Texas Tech Dad's Association, Knife and Fork Club, Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock Lion's Club, Roundtable Investment Club and the Sales Executive Association. He instilled in those around him a sense of civic pride, family unity and a love of music and art.

Jim died in January 2007.  He was survived by his wife, Robena, their four children and seven grandchildren.