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The Office of University Communications
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Nov. 29, 2011

From the Books to the Tropics

Trinity University's Outstanding Young Alumnus promotes hard work in a casual business atmosphere

By Christine Sun

SAN ANTONIO - The setting was Trinity University but the "feel" was a tropical family reunion, as more than 200 guests - many of them clad in Hawaiian shirts - attended a luncheon in honor of Dirk Elmendorf '97 as the 10th Trinity graduate to receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Elmendorf - co-founder of Rackspace, the world's largest hosting and cloud company - promotes a casual atmosphere in the work place, which explained the predominance of Hawaiian shirts on campus in mid-November. But his hard work, dedication, and success was apparent.

Elmendorf told students, faculty, and friends at the luncheon that he has made mistakes along the way, but that he had learned from them. He also stressed the importance of making a difference not just at Trinity but in San Antonio. 

Since graduating in 1997 with a bachelor's in economics from Trinity, Elmendorf has spoken at a number of Trinity events and continues to work on organizing and energizing the San Antonio entrepreneur community. Currently, Elmendorf is a partner and lead architect for r26D - a company specializing in cloud-based software for small businesses. With r26D, he recently developed, which helps trucking companies to manage their business.

Trinity University Alumni Association presents the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award annually to graduates from the last 15 years whose achievements in their profession and in service to the community set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition by the University and the Trinity University Alumni Association.

Christine Sun is the young alumni and student programs coordinator in the Alumni Relations Office at Trinity University.