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Meet the Dallas 500: Bobby B. Lyle, The Name Behind SMU’s Engineering Program

The founder, chairman, and CEO of Lyco Holdings has been deeply engaged in the community for decades.
By D CEO |
Bobby B. Lyle
Bobby B. Lyle

The name behind Southern Methodist University’s engineering program and a member of the school’s board of trustees, Bobby Lyle, founded Lyco Energy Corp. and helped launch a number of private companies and joint ventures.

At one point, he also served as an interim dean of SMU’s business school. He has been deeply engaged in the community for decades, serving in leadership roles and supporting organizations that range from Texas Trees Foundation and City Year to St. Philip’s School and Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Education: University of Massachusetts-Amherst (EdD–Strategic Planning and Leadership), Southern Methodist University (MS–Engineering Management), Louisiana Tech University (BS–Mechanical Engineering)

Best Advice: “Never underestimate your ability to achieve whatever you can dream.”

Dinner Party: “I’d have dinner with Fred Perpall in order to better understand what it is like to be a Black business leader in Dallas in 2020. I would also choose Mark Cuban in order to hear the ‘inside’ story about Shark Tank.”

Nonprofit Cause: “The Salvation Army has special meaning to me because it serves those experiencing the greatest need in our community without discrimination. It is available to serve those in need of food, shelter, clothing, and loving care 24/7, 365 days a year.”

First Job: “I worked as a structural test engineer at General Dynamics in Fort Worth. I learned that I did not want to work for a large company where I did not have the opportunity for significant ownership.”

Fun Fact: “At age 10, I played the ukulele and performed in my cousin’s country and western band in Junction City, Arkansas.”

Hobby: “I enjoy fishing, traveling with my wife, and helping to start new businesses.”

A Better DFW: “Dallas would be even better with a commitment to developing the best educational system in the nation—one that is accessible to every child, without exception.”

2020 Taught Me: “It taught me patience, combined with the urgency of ensuring equal opportunity for all members of our community.”

Looking Ahead: “I’m excited by the potential I see in my children and grandchildren. In fact, I’m excited by the potential I see in all children if we simply encourage and nurture them to achieve what they dream is possible.”

This Q&A is extended content from Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit for details.

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