On September 18, 2021, Paul Petit, Class of 1985, received the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) Hall of Fame Award in Community and Government Service at the Alumni Recognition and Donor Awards Banquet during Homecoming. The award recognizes success in community and government service, such as nonprofits, volunteer work, civilian government and service work. The award recipient is also known for his positive character and a role model, acting as a visionary — a coach, mentor and developer for those who follow in his footsteps.
With ties to Missouri Military Academy beginning with his junior school education in the 7th grade, Petit has translated the leadership and character lessons learned at the Academy into a life marked by remarkable generosity, leadership and service to MMA and his communities.
As an MMA cadet, Petit was a member of the undefeated golf team. He was also the recipient of the Stribling Cup and the Joe Bailey Trophy for Best Discipline.
Now an alum, Petit has been an active ally of the MMA Alumni Association and the Parents Committee, including service as Alumni Association president and a current role as class agent for his class of 1985. Since 2006, he has formally served the Academy in several capacities, including supporting summer operations as activities coach, deputy summer camp director, executive officer, and camp director. In 2018, he became MMA’s admissions consultant and recruiter in Mexico. He has also received the Paul Gillette Alumnus of The Year Award. Additionally, he is a member of the Heritage Club and Gold Dome Society, contributes to the 1889 Scholarship Fund, and is recognized as an honor donor on the MMA Lifetime Giving Wall.
That said, Petit’s success and community service extend far beyond MMA – a graduate of the Universidad Anahuac, he is now the president and CEO of Valley Park, a parking and valet company in Mexico, City. A member of the Texas State Guard, he has served as a recruiter, training instructor, battalion, and regimental personnel officer and was deployed four times.
His awards and recognitions include Soldier of the Year, received the Texas Medal of Merit, the commanding general’s individual award for Meritorious Service, and the State Guard Association’s Senior Skill Badge, Achievement, Commendation, and Recruiting medals. In 2014, he received the Volunteer Service Gold Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation for completion of more than 500 hours of volunteer service. In Rotary International, Petit served as the Assistant District Governor and President of the Rotary Club of Mission Texas. He has been recognized by the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow, benefactor, and Bequest Society member.
During the 2017 and 2019 earthquakes in Mexico, Petit assisted local and federal authorities by leading a group of volunteers to conduct search & rescue missions, and shelter operations in Mexico City and Juchitan Oaxaca. Petit attributes his community and government service to the attributes cultured at Missouri Military Academy where “Leading by Example” is a way of life.
With great pride, MMA recognizes Petit for his accomplishment and selfless service with this Hall of Fame award.
Learn more about the MMA Alumni Hall of Fame awards.