April 27, 2015
Arcilia Acosta, president and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction based in Dallas, will speak to the spring 2015 graduates of Texas Tech University May 15-16.
CARCON specializes in commercial, institutional and transportation design and construction. She is the founder of the company, into which she incorporated her father's business when she was just 34 years old.
Acosta is a native Texan and graduated from Texas Tech in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in political science and later completed the Harvard University Business School's Corporate Governance Program.
She has served as the president and CEO of CARCON for 15 years, with offices in Fort Worth, Houston, Corpus Christi and Midland. After founding CARCON, she created Southwestern Testing Laboratories in Dallas, a geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing firm. Acosta has more than 20 years experience providing construction and program management for industrial, transportation, transit, civil, education and highway construction projects.
"Arcilia Acosta's drive and determination during her time as a student and upon graduation are testimonial of the spirit Texas Tech University instills in its students," said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. "She is an accomplished businessperson and a wonderful example for our graduates. We are proud to have her speak and share her experiences with our future leaders."
Acosta and her companies have won more than 45 awards both locally and internationally. She has been recognized by Texas Diversity Magazine as one of the most influential and powerful women in Texas and as the "Hispanic Business Woman of the Year" for three consecutive years. In 2014 she was inducted into the National Women's Business Hall of Fame.
In addition to her companies, Acosta serves on the board of directors of Energy Future Holdings Corporation, the parent company of TXU Energy, ONCOR Services and Luminant Corporations and other companies and groups such as Legacy Texas Financial Group, Inc., the Dallas Citizens Council, Associated Republicans of Texas and formerly the Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber and the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the national alumni board for Texas Tech and is a member of the National Women's Energy Network.
Acosta is a nationally recognized entrepreneur, speaker and philanthropist who has been recognized among women and businesses around the United States.
In March, she was recognized as a top corporate board director in Hispanic Executive Magazine.
Texas Tech's School of Law also will have a commencement speaker for their hooding ceremony on May 16.
Irma Carrillo Ramirez is a United States magistrate judge for the northern district of Texas, Dallas division. She was sworn into this position in 2002.
During her time as a judge, she has handled hundreds of federal civil cases, matters and motions in different areas as well as preliminary felony criminal proceedings, motions, trials and sentencings in misdemeanor and petty offense cases. She has authored more than 1,800 legal opinions in civil cases.
Ramirez received her bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M University in 1986 and later received her law degree in 1991 from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas where she served as a Sarah T. Hughes Diversity fellow.