By Timia Cobb
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Johnny R. Weisman is one out of five honorees for Texas State’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Weisman graduated in 1972 when the college was known as Southwest Texas State. Since his graduation, Weisman has become a successful businessman as the owner of Hunter Industries which focuses on highway and street construction. Weisman started the company only a couple of months after he graduated.
“I started in November of 1973, and I started with about three or four people,” Weisman said. “Started out with very few people that did commercial type work, then we go to city and county work, then we got into Texas Highway construction and that’s what we’ve mainly done since probably the mid to late 80s.”
College wasn’t a for-sure option for Weisman due to him coming from a big family, financial stability and time management with work.
“My family, we had five kids. My two brothers, my two sisters and myself and we were poor, we were happy but we were poor,” Weisman said. “When I got out of high school I went to work for four years before I ever went to college. I didn’t know if I’d ever go to college. I got married and my wife was going to college so we both ended up going.”
Weisman attended Texas State from 1969 to 1972. During his time as a student, he worked multiple jobs and commuted.
“Me and my wife were commuter students living in New Braunfels and drove to San Marcos every day. I worked three jobs at the time, to carry the total load which in those days were 15 hours sometimes 18. I went through three and a half years and I didn’t have any college campus life except going to class.”
He got his accounting degree after taking 33 hours. For a short time after he got his degree, Weisman worked at two construction companies. He later decided that he wanted to work for himself. Weisman says attending Texas State gave him what he needed to successfully run a business.
“Going to Texas State did give a professional education to understand how a business runs or functions of how to make a major profit to stay in business,” Weisman said.
Weisman always had an uncertainty that he could go to college, but Texas State was the right fit for him.
“The background of Texas State certainly helped me get there even though I didn’t do the college life of being on campus,” Weisman said. “Texas State was a good place to go because it fit my financial availability to go to school and it was near.”
Having a plan is advice Weisman gives to fellow students attending Texas State. To have a plan and to be ready to make life-changing choices.
“You have to think about what’s your plan and see what you want to do,” Weisman said. “But, you have to be realistic of what you can do. You just have to make a lot of decisions along the way and hope you make more positive decisions than negative.”
Weisman is happy to be accepting a Distinguished Alumni Award and appreciates those who have noticed his accomplishments.
“It’s a great honor to have received this award. In my life, I would’ve never expected to get it. I’m very honored to have it…I did a lot of things in my life because I wanted to do it. I wasn’t seeking any recognition…so I’m very humbled by the award,” Weisman said.
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