David Van Houten Receives the 2017 Texas A&M Lifetime Achievement Award
Before reaching the pinnacle of his profession, David Van Houten '71 was an Aggie baseball letterman (1969-71) for head coach Tom Chandler. Van Houten earned his BBA in management from Texas A&M in 1971 and spent 35 years in the Coca-Cola Bottling business. He retired in 2006 as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world's largest bottler with over 70,000 employees doing business in eight countries. He is a member of the 12th Man Foundation's Council of Athletic Ambassadors and the Dallas Champions Council as well as the Dean's Development Council of the Mays Business School and the Texas A&M Lettermen's Association. He recently served on the Olsen Field renovation committee and the Major Gifts Committee for the 12th Man Foundation. He was named Mays Business School Outstanding Alumni in 2003 and created the Carol and David Van Houten Endowed Professorship in 2007.