Texas Wesleyan University, the Fort Worth Business Press and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce honored longtime Fort Worth business leader Edward P. Bass, chairman of Fine Line Group, as the 2019 Fort Worth Business Executive of the Year.

Bass was honored at the 50th annual Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame event at Dickies Arena, the new multi-purpose center that Bass was instrumental in building. .

“Ed Bass is a visionary business leader who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to the cultural and economic development of Fort Worth,” Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach said in an earlier news release. “His business sense, coupled with his commitment to the city’s overall prosperity, makes him most deserving of this prestigious award. It is indeed our honor to recognize Ed for his many contributions to our community and to celebrate his accomplishments at this year’s 50th anniversary of the Business Hall of Fame.”

For 50 years, Texas Wesleyan, the Fort Worth Business Press and the Fort Worth Chamber have presented the Business Executive of the Year, which promotes business as a challenging and dynamic profession. Last year’s recipient was John C. Goff, chairman and CEO of Crescent Real Estate Holdings and President of Goff Capital, Inc.

The event supports the Thomas H. Law Scholarship program, which benefits business students at Texas Wesleyan University.