Arkansas Business Hall of Fame 2013: Tommy Boyer

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 12:00 am  

Thomas E. “Tommy” Boyer

Shortly after retiring from Kodak in November 1989, he founded Micro Images in Amarillo on Jan. 1, 1990. The privately held company has been profitable every quarter for the past 23 years and has never incurred any debt.

Before the hardware and software division of the company was sold in 2007, Micro Images established offices in fourteen major cities throughout the United States including Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; San Antonio; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Rochester, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta.

Boyer has been recognized several times for his business success. In 2000, he was presented with the Medallion for Entrepreneurship. This is a national award which recognizes outstanding individuals who combine innovative business achievement with service to humanity. In 1999, Boyer was honored by the Walton College as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Boyer says himself that after he moved to Amarillo in 1964, he had never returned to the University of Arkansas until his daughter Melissa decided to attend college there in 1985. Once he and Sylvia re-connected with the university, though, he put his focus on Arkansas and the university.

He served for four years as the chairman of the Campaign for the 21st Century which raised over $1 billion. Boyer is a founding member and a gold member of the Towers of Old Main, was a member of the University of Arkansas Foundation Board of Directors, and the University of Arkansas Board of Advisors until 2011. He chaired the Walton College’s Dean’s Executive Advisory Board from 2003 to 2008. Boyer was also the commencement speaker for the Walton College in 2008.

Boyer and Sylvia were honored by the university as Parents of the Year in 1990, Volunteers of the Year in 1992, and the couple received the Arkansas Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1999.

Boyer has been a mentor to many students at the Walton College and has been a guest lecturer there on many occasions. He and Sylvia established endowed fellowships in the Walton College which provides each student $50,000 for four years of study.

Additionally, the Boyers have funded two endowed scholarships in the Walton College, and two in the College of Education and Health Professions. They also have endowed scholarships in the law school and the Arkansas Alumni Association. More than 200 students have benefitted financially from these fellowships and scholarships since their inception.

In 1993, they established the Sylvia Hack Boyer Center for Student Services in the College of Education.



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