Two men with Longview ties were among four Stephen F. Austin State University alumni honored Friday at the university’s annual awards banquet in Nacogdoches.
The SFA Alumni Awards honor graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the community and who advance the goals and values of SFA, according to the university.
A Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Michael Calbert, class of 1984, who was born in San Angelo and raised in Tyler and Longview before going to SFA. During his time at SFA, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, which led to him meeting his wife, Barbara, also class of 1984.
Calbert entered SFA as a music major and later changed his major to business with an emphasis in accounting.
During his career, Calbert served as the executive vice president/chief financial officer of Randall’s Food Markets. He recently retired after a 15-year career as a partner at the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Longview resident Cole Tomberlain, class of 2010, was presented the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
After graduating with a business degree, Tomberlain returned to Longview to join his family’s insurance and real estate business.
He also is the co-owner of Texas Toasted Cigar Distributors and The Smoking Aces Mobile Cigar Lounge.
Tomberlain is the founding chairman of the Bourbon & Bowties fundraiser that benefits Longview World of Wonders. He continues to give back to SFA through his service on the Alumni Business Advisory Council with the Nelson Rusche College of Business, and he is involved with the SFA East Texas Alumni Network Chapter in Longview, according to the university.
A Distinguished Alumnus Award also was presented to educator and researcher John D. Weete, class of 1965 and 1968. In 1970, Weete received his doctorate from the University of Houston and worked as a scientist at the Lunar Science Institute, which was affiliated with NASA’s Johnson Space Center during the Apollo program.
Also recognized Friday was Steve Whitbeck, class of 1975, with the Lumberjack Pride Award.