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Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon

Support Scouting and Community Leadership

The Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon honors individuals who share Scouting’s belief in leadership, determination and values, and have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of our community. It also provides critical financial support through the Friends of Scouting campaign for all our programs across 15 counties in Central Texas.

When: April 20, 2023
Where: JW Marriott Austin, 110 E. 2nd St., Austin, 78701

Registration opens at 10:45am
Lunch and program at 11:30am-1:00pm


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This Year’s Recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award

2023 honoree: Fred Heldenfels IV, President & CEO, Heldenfels Enterprises Inc.

Fred W. Heldenfels IV is President and CEO of Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc., a manufacturer of precast/prestressed concrete structures for the highway, industrial, commercial and sports construction markets with plants located in San Marcos and Corpus Christi. His firm has won numerous industry design awards and other recognitions.

Mr. Heldenfels was appointed Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) by Governor Rick Perry in May 2010 and served on the board from July 2006 through December 2013. He also served as an appointee of Governor George W. Bush on the Coastal Coordination Council from 1995 to 1998.

Mr. Heldenfels is immediate Past Chair of the Texas A&M PAC’s board and serves as treasurer on the board of Texans for Lawsuit Reform. He also serves on the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee and board. In addition, Mr. Heldenfels is Past Chairman of the Texas A&M Twelfth Man Foundation (2001), Past President of the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association (2001-2003), and Past Chairman of PCI – the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (2004). He is a Past Chairman of both the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Foundation (1997) and the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce (1993), where he helped initiate support for tort reform in the Coastal Bend, as well as the creation of a four-year university within the Texas A&M  University System.

In 2015, Mr. Heldenfels was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M University and in 2018 he was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. Mr. Heldenfels was also honored by induction into the Corpus Christi Business Hall of Fame in 2010 by Junior Achievement of the Coastal Bend.

Mr. Heldenfels graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He and his wife Liz moved from Corpus Christi to Austin in 1997 where they are members of Hyde Park Baptist Church. They have three grown children: Amy Jerke and husband Ryan of Chattanooga, William Heldenfels and wife Lindsey of Nashville, and Holly Heldenfels of Austin and two beautiful grandchildren.


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For more than 110 years, the Boy Scouts of America has provided programs with a mission of preparing young people for adulthood – and to be responsible citizens. Scouting offers exciting programs designed to inspire, build character, and instill the values boys and girls need to succeed today. Funds from the Award event benefit nearly 500 Scouting programs across 15 Central Texas counties serving youth regardless of ability or economic level.