The Gold Blazer Award is presented annually to alumni who have provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association and the university.
Robert V. “Buddie” Barnes, Jr.
grew up in the construction industry and received his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a double major in architecture and business management. In 1976, he began working for his father-in-law’s company, Dee Brown Masonry, Inc., and became the first contact administrator. After Dee Brown Masonry, Inc. was closed down in 1990, Barnes became President and CEO of Dee Brown, Inc. and Masonry Technology, Inc. In January 2008, Barnes was named Chairman of the Board and CEO of DBI. His son, Robert V. “Rob” Barnes, III was named DBI’s third President and CEO. Barnes continues to serve the construction industry through a multitude of service and professional endeavors, while his son runs the family business. His service to the university includes his recent activities as Chairman of the A&M-Commerce Foundation and President of the A&M-Commerce Distinguished Alumni Chapter.