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“Visionary” is the only word to describe this self-made Texan and son of Greek immigrants. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Mitchell “wildcatted” himself into the head of a Fortune 500 Company, Mitchell Energy & Development Corp., the nation’s largest independent oil and gas producer. This success only fired his enthusiasm for Texas community-based projects, the most successful of which was his planning and building of The Woodlands just north of Houston. Mitchell bought virgin timberland and planned an environment-friendly town, complete with original and unique designs. As the area thrived, Mitchell founded the Houston Advance Research Center (HARC), which conducts medical research, and the Center for Global Studies, which sponsors conferences on environmental issues. The Mitchells also led the rejuvenation of Galveston’s historic Strand District and the popular Mardi Gras celebration, which has restored much of the city’s commerce that languished after the 1900 hurricane. For his worthwhile contributions to Texas’ communities, Mr. Mitchell has been granted the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation and the Nature Conservancy of Texas’ Lifetime Achievement Award.