Austin native honored with LBJ Humanitarian Award

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Native Austinite and successful entrepreneur Brett Hurt was honored last month, along with his wife Debra, with the LBJ Humanitarian Award.

Debra and Brett Hurt are co-owners of Hurt Family Investments, where their passion for entrepreneurship and investing thrives.

A graduate of The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, an entrepreneur, active investor, partner and mentor, Brett Hurt continues to give back to the Austin community.

“The LBJ Humanitarian Award is about philanthropy and giving back to Austin, a city we love so much, so we are incredibly grateful for the recognition from our community,” Brett Hurt said.

The Hurt family is very active in the philanthropic arena in Austin and beyond.

Debra Hurt appreciated the award not only for their philanthropic service but as a teachable moment for their family.

“Having [our children] accept the award with us is a moment we’ll always remember,” Debra Hurt said.

Brett serves as a Mentor at Capital Factory and TechStars Austin in an effort to give back and educate the young Austin professionals

“There is nothing more rewarding and exciting in career than working with entrepreneurs. The more we can foster young talent and new endeavors here, the more Austin will grow as a leader on the economic and innovation fronts,” Brett Hurt said.

As Brett Hurt dedicates himself to the growth of Austin both professionally and philanthropically he has high hopes for what young Austinites can achieve.

“Our hope is as Austin grows, we become one of the most philanthropic cities in the U.S.  There is so much to be proud of in Austin but that would certainly top it all and it would be consistent with the big heart that Austin has (deep in the heart of Texas)!”

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