Hard work paid off April 30 when the Fort Worth Rotary Club hosted its inaugural Minority Business Awards. The event saw Evolving Texas – a Fort Worth-based civil engineering and consulting firm – win first place, and attendees included local business leaders and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. The event recognized businesses that “have demonstrated core elements of the rotary 4-way test through leadership, community engagement, and outstanding business practice in Fort Worth,” according to the club’s website.
Fifth place was claimed by Tijerina Galvan Lawrence LLC, a financial consulting firm that assists cities, counties, school districts and other government entities with managing municipal bonds and other financial processes. TGL serves several municipalities across Texas, including the City of Taft, Dallas County and Comanche County.
Municipal advisor representatives Robert Tijerina and Adrian Galvan serve as TGL’s managing directors. Galvan said being recognized by the Rotary is invaluable because it brings public awareness to the company and its work.
“There’s opportunities that we never would have had that are opening up,” Galvan said. “It’s amazing.”
Formerly Lawrence Financial Consulting (LFC), the firm was renamed in 2019 when municipal advisor representatives Robert Tijerina and Adrian Galvan took over for Tom Lawrence. Galvan and Tijerina had worked together prior to Lawrence’s retirement in 2020. Tijerina said his and Galvan’s experience – with Lawrence’s leadership – makes them a strong partnership.
“Our firm has the experience, capabilities, capacity and the passion to succeed as a financial advisor for any municipality in the Tarrant County area,” Tijerina said.
He added that the firm was “extremely excited and humbled” to be finalists in the business awards.
Lawrence, who still serves TGL as chief compliance officer, said TGL is a firm of professionals who provide the “highest level of financial services” for their clients while maintaining integrity and commitment.
“Their tireless efforts have resulted in a firm foundation for TGL to serve its many clients throughout the State of Texas for many years to come,” Lawrence said in a recent email.
Lawrence said the Minority Business Awards is an event that serves an important role in the business landscape, leveling the playing field for business owners who otherwise might have limited access to networking opportunities.
“It is important to recognize minority-owned firms and individuals so that they have the same economic opportunities as non-minorities to serve in their chosen profession or industry,” he said.
Lawrence said Tijerina and Galvan have a strong work ethic and truly care about their clients.
“These gentlemen truly put their clients’ interests first, which I consider to be the most important ingredient for the success of TGL,” he said. “I am proud to be associated with these two men.”