W. Ben King

KingBen's pride for the university started from a great legacy.  His father, Weldon B. King, taught at ET for 23 years in business; his grandfather, Dr. A. C. Ferguson, was Dean and President; and his legacy continued with “Mr. Sam” Rayburn giving him a job, as well as, encouragement in his development.  

Ben's BS was earned in ’65 with a double major in math and business.  Being involved on campus was a priority, serving as President of Kappa Alpha Order and on the Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center Board heading up the first Leadership Conference.   He continued his education at SMU pursuing an MBA in business and marketing.   After graduating, Ben worked for JC Penney’s Regional Office in Dallas for six years before volunteering for the Air Force.  He then attended Officers Training School in San Antonio and served in the reserves for six years.  His career started in sales with two major NY Stock Exchange Companies being regional salesman of the year, always reached quota, and later promoted to various sales management positions.  In ‘85 LoneStar Capital was founded for the purpose of buying and selling computer equipment. LoneStar became an international commodity trading and finance company, LoneStar Capital Group, LLC, which He is presently still involved.
Ben and Janice, his lovely wife, live in Bedford, TX and have four children and nine grandchildren.  They are members of St. Michaels Catholic Church and are active Associates of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.  His hobbies include classic cars, playing racquetball and golfing.
Ben's willingness and compassion is with the University and he takes pride in participating in University activities.   He enjoys serving on the Alumni Association Board and has the honor of receiving the Gold Blazer Award this spring 2014.  Ben encourages all alumni to participate and get involved in the University.  Go Blue!