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Arch Aplin III

At a Glance

Class Year: 1980

Award Year: 2012

Degree: Bachelor of Building Construction

Profession: Entrepreneur


Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, President of Lake Jackson-based Buc-ee’s stores, earned a Bachelor of Building Construction at Texas A&M in 1980. Among Texas’ unique traveling attractions, the Buc-ee’s stores feature sparkling clean restrooms, quirky marketing, and unique products such as Beaver Nuggets, peppered elk jerky, private-label candied jalapenos, souvenir T-shirts, and bumper stickers. After earning his degree at Texas A&M, Aplin joined his family’s construction and development business for a brief time, then opened his first Buc-ee’s in 1982. Aplin’s intention was to build the Buc-ee’s brand methodically with a goal to become the best convenience store available for service and selection. Passionate about community involvement, Aplin has a long history of being active at the local and state levels. Currently, he is Vice Chairman of Texas Parks and Wildlife, a member of the Houston Methodist President’s Leadership Council, a member of the Lieutenant Governor’s Transportation Advisory Board, and a lifetime member of both the Coastal Conservation Association and the 100 Club of Brazoria County. Previously, he was a 9-year board member of the Brazosport Independent School District, including a two-year tenure as board president. He was also a past member of the Texas Small Business Council appointed by Texas Governor, Rick Perry, a past board member of the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences and Lake Jackson’s Emergency Management Services. Aplin and his wife, Joanie, reside in Lake Jackson and have five children: Anne-Elizabeth, Katherine, Hart, Lauren and Joshua. He enjoys traveling and fishing with his family in his free time.