DALLAS -- Each year, the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce presents the Bridge Builder Award to an outstanding business innovator who has had a significant impact on the economic development of Texas and Israel. The 2012 recipient, Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., "exudes the characteristics that this prestigious award represents," the group said.
Under the leadership of DePinto, Dallas-based 7-Eleven, Inc. has grown from $13.4 billion in revenues in 2006 to $20.5 billion in 2011, raising the bar for the convenience store industry globally.
"7-Eleven's explosive growth and industry leadership has promoted strong ties with Texas-Israel Chamber members who are also significant contributors to the global growth of the convenience store industry such as Alon USA, Delek US and Retalix," the chamber said.
These companies are based in Israel but have their U.S. headquarters in Texas.
Prior to his role as president and CEO of 7-Eleven, DePinto was president of GameStop Corp. and held executive positions at PepsiCo Inc. and Thornton Oil Corp.
DePinto is a board director of 7-Eleven, OfficeMax, Brinker International, The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Business Executives for National Security, SMU's Cox School of Business, Lone Star Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The Command & General Staff College Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Councils for CSP's Outlook Leadership Conference, The Pro Players Foundation, The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and is a Network of Executive Women Champion.
The Fifth Annual Texas-Israel Bridge Builder Award Dinner will be held on November 1 in Dallas. David Johnson of KRLD will serve as master of ceremonies and Shelly Stein, CEO of Glazer's Distributors, will introduce DePinto.
The dinner provides essential funding for the chamber to be the primary resource for economic development between Texas and Israel.
The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce was established in 2007 by business leaders in every major Texas city, The Israel-American Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Governor's office with the sole mission of being the primary resource for economic development between Texas and Israel. It is a private, not-for-profit business organization.