Thursday, March 21, 2019
Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center

VIP Reception and Silent Auction Begins at 5:15 PM
* Silent Auction is hosted by the Torch Society, and all proceeds benefit scholarships for University of Mobile students.

Silent Auction Concludes and Banquet Begins at 6:30 PM
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About the Speaker

David Green built retail giant Hobby Lobby from humble beginnings, with a $600 loan to purchase a molding chopper. He, and his wife, Barbara, began production of miniature picture frames in the family’s garage in 1970, where Barbara assembled the frames and packaged them for shipping. By 1972 the business had grown, and Hobby Lobby began operation with 600 square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. David left his position as store manager and area supervisor with TG&Y stores to devote his full attention to the family’s business.
Today, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer in the world, with sales totaling more than $5 billion in 2018. Hobby Lobby employs approximately 35,000 company-wide and operates over 800 stores in a 47-state area, opening about 50 stores each year. The headquarters are located in just over 10 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space in Oklahoma City. Affiliated companies include nine Hemispheres Fine Furnishing stores, located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Mardel, a popular Christian office and educational supply chain found in seven states. Hobby Lobby also has offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. David remains chairman of the affiliate companies, the CEO of Hobby Lobby and a buyer of merchandise. Barbara remained active in the development and growth of Hobby Lobby Stores, working as a buyer of the Christmas merchandise for 20 years, and presently is helping in the buying of the Home Accent merchandise.
David is the author of two books, More than a Hobby, and his most recent book, Giving it All Away… And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously. This latest book shares some of Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court battle involving the Affordable Care Act but also the larger story of family legacy and the power of generosity.
The Greens have received numerous awards and are active on a variety of boards and involved in a myriad of ministry projects. David is a lifetime member of The Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame, part of the Entrepreneur of the Year Academy. The Greens are actively involved at their church as well as many other Christian ministries and charities.
David and Barbara have been married 57 years and are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter: Mart Green, chief strategy officer of Hobby Lobby; Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby; and Darsee Lett, vice president of art/creative. Son-in-law Stan Lett, is executive vice president of Hobby Lobby. Together, they enjoy 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. They are actively involved at their church as well as many national and international Christian ministries and charities.
David Green states: “We believe it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past; we trust Him for our future.”

Featured speakers at past Scholarship Banquet events:
• 2018: Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney
· 2017: Best-selling author John Maxwell
· 2016: News anchor Bret Baier
· 2015: Neurosurgeon, author and Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson
· 2014: Author and TV host Oliver North
· 2013: Pro football player Tim Tebow
· 2011: Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice
· 2010: Former President George W. Bush
· 2009: Best-selling author Andy Andrews
· 2008: Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
· 2007: Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush
· 2006: Former Senator Zell Miller
· 2005: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

For more information about the University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet, contact the Office for Advancement at 251-442-2587 or

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