Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher Nelson Clyde will be the lead speaker July 18 at the inaugural Family and Small Business Forum.

The forum, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road, will focus on issues in leadership transition and succession in family and small firms.

Clyde will be among several area business speakers.

Clyde, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Tyler Junior College, received a bachelor’s of science degree from The University of Texas at Tyler in 1987. In 1989, he joined his family’s business as a fifth-generation company participant. The company has been under continuous family ownership and management for 103 years.

Clyde has served on numerous community boards in various capacities and was co-recipient of the 1999 W.C. Windsor award. He was selected Citizen of the Year by the Sigma Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity at Texas College in 2000 and was named a 2008 Distinguished Alumnus at The University of Texas at Tyler.

In March 2008 he was named the Pat Taggert award recipient by the Texas Daily Newspaper Association.

Clyde is past president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and a member of the board of directors of Citizen’s 1st Bank and T.B. Butler Publishing Co. He also is chairman of the board of advisers for the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism.

His passions include his faith, family, community and education.

Clyde and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children, Sarah, Cal, Rachel and Jamie. He and his family are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

Tickets $25, and the event includes a lunch. Register by email at CFSE@uttyler.educe, by phone at 903-565-5518 or online at www.uttyler.edu/cbt/CFSE.

There also are four sponsorship levels: Center ($2,500), Corporate ($1,000), Event ($500) and Table ($250).

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