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2016 Recipients

John C. Tolleson ’70


John C. Tolleson is a nationally recognized leader in financial services.

He began his career in banking while an undergraduate at SMU. He joined MBank Dallas and later became President and CEO of MBank Austin. Mr. Tolleson returned to Dallas as head of retail banking and marketing of MCorp, the predecessor of First USA, which became the nation’s second-largest independent credit card bank. In 1997, Mr. Tolleson sold First USA to Bank One and founded Tolleson Wealth Management where he is Chairman and CEO. He has served as an SMU trustee, chairman of the Cox Executive Board, chairman of the endowment Investment Committee and is a longtime sponsor of the Tate Lecture Series. He was the recipient of the Cox School’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Mustang Award in 2012. Mr. Tolleson serves on the boards of Southwestern Medical Foundation, Baylor Healthcare System Foundation and is a Laureate of the Dallas Business Hall of Fame.