HOUSTON — In July, employees celebrated the 30-year anniversary of Houston machinery sales firm Hub Scott & Associates Inc. On Aug. 19, its founder, Herbert B. Scott Jr., died after a massive heart attack.
He was 66.
Employees, friends and customers remembered Scott as an honest salesman who built one of the largest manufacturers' representative companies in the United States.
Hub Scott & Associates employs 11 salespeople, plus Scott. The firm, which covers the southeastern United States, will continue in business, according to a company spokeswoman.
The heart attack apparently began when Scott was at work Aug. 19. An employee drove him to the hospital, the spokeswoman said.
Salesman Bob Richard had worked with Scott for 26 years.
``Hub was known for his integrity, his fairness, his ethics. Sort of like Will Rogers. Will Rogers never met a guy he didn't like and I don't think Hub ever met a guy who didn't like him,'' he said in a telephone interview.
Scott received a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M University. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Alaska.
After leaving the service, Scott went to work for Dow Chemical Co. as a polyethylene production engineer. After six years at Dow, he left and began selling equipment.
He founded Hub Scott & Associates in 1968. Today, the firm still represents Scott's first client: injection press maker Van Dorn Demag Corp., which at that time was known as Van Dorn Plastic Machinery Co. Other clients include Conair Group and Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc.
Scott strongly supported plastics education, helping schools obtain donated equipment and start programs. He served on the general advisory committee at Texas State Technical College in Waco.
``He was a great resource,'' said Willard Harper, director of process development at Dallas injection molder Allflex USA Inc.
``He'd been around the business a long time and he knew most of the angles,'' Harper said. ``I could call on him any time for assistance.''
On weekends, Scott relaxed on his farm north of Houston, where he raised cattle.
He also enjoyed sailing, skiing and scuba diving.