Mover and Shaker: Ben King ’94 MBA ’99 - Entrepreneur with commitment to service
Fort Worth native Ben King has taken his TXWES degree and turned it into a successful career built on both new ideas and traditional values. He serves as General Manager and Vice President for Metro Golf Cars, a business his father founded in 1974. He also is President of Martex Global Enterprise, a manufacturing company he founded in 2008, and President of Boot Jack King Development real estate.
A basketball enthusiast, Mr. King transferred to TXWES as a scholar-athlete where he earned a BBA in 1994. He went on to graduate from Texas Wesleyan’s first-ever MBA class in 1999.
Mr. King has been a longtime advocate for corporate and community service. He currently serves on the Texas Wesleyan President’s Advisory Board, is a Board Member for the Sellmark Corporation, and serves as vice-chair for the Golf Car Industry Best Practice Group. He serves other non-profits in the community, supporting youth basketball and cancer research. The Fort Worth Business Press previously recognized Mr. King as a 40 Under 40 recipient. His leisure time now surrounds activities with Barbara, his wife of 20 years, and their 2 children.
Here’s what Ben had to say about his time at TXWES:
- Why did you choose Texas Wesleyan?
I arrived in 1992 on a basketball scholarship after attending and playing at Weatherford College for 2 years. I knew the great reputation Texas Wesleyan had and was excited to be a part.
- Favorite Texas Wesleyan memory?
Classes in the business school with Mac McLain always bring back great memories. Seldom have I encountered an individual with such enthusiasm and kindness. He made connecting with other students in the class easy because of his open style.
- What do you do and/or what’s interesting about your job/career?
As general manager of Metro Golf Cars, I have always been amazed at the wide variety of places golf cars and utility vehicles are used. From Lockheed Martin to the hunting lease, these vehicles serve many purposes. Another interesting development in my industry is the explosion of electric battery technology, making the electric UTV on pace to displace gas-powered vehicles.
- How did TXWES contribute to your success and/or preparedness for your career?
Not only was I pleased with the professors at Texas Wesleyan, I learned immensely from other classmates such as US Representative Marc Veasey, State Senator Beverly Powell, Titan Packaging president Jon Reneau, and SLS Jerry Pham.
- What’s next for you?
The manufacturing division Martex Global is on the leading edge of lithium battery technology for off-road vehicles. The sky is the limit.
- List an interesting fact about you that people may not know.
I can fly a small plane, although my license is not current. I took lessons at Luck Field while in college.
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