The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Announces New Leadership for 2020 Rodeo

By: Brittany Rader
| Published 06/06/2019

Pictured Top Left: Jim Winne; Top Right: Brady Carruth; Bottom Left: Warner Ervin; Bottom Right: Parker Johnson

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board of directors met Wednesday, June 5, to elect new leadership for the 2020 Rodeo, set for March 3 – 22.

For the third consecutive year, Jim Winne was elected as chairman of the board. He was a founder, chairman and CEO of Legend National Gas Companies, and retired in 2013 after 35 years in the oil and gas industry. He joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1977 and was elected to the board of directors in 2004. From 2006 through 2008, he served as a Rodeo vice president and the officer in charge of the Calf Scramble Arena, Calf Scramble Donors, Calf Scramble Greeters, Parade, Rodeo Contestant Hospitality, Rodeo Operations, Special Children’s and Trail Ride committees. Winne has been a member of the Rodeo’s Executive Committee since 2014. In 2017, he served as chairman of the board – elect. Visit to read his full biography.

Brady Carruth was elected as chairman-elect of the board. He serves as president of Gulf Coast Capital Corp. Carruth joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1970 as a member of the Lamb Auction Committee. He was elected to the board of directors in 1991 and was named chairman of the Lamb Auction Committee in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed a Show vice president, serving as officer in charge of the Ladies’ Go Texan, Ladies’ Season Box, School Art, Special Children’s and Western Art committees. Carruth has been a member of the Rodeo’s Executive Committee since 2013.

The Executive Committee includes the chairman of the board, the past chairmen of the board for each of the immediate preceding nine years, and at least five members who are elected at large from the board of directors.

Newly elected:
Warner Ervin – senior consultant, WeW Educational Consulting & Associates
Parker Johnson – partner, Silver Eagle Distributors and Jet Linx Houston

Brady F. Carruth
Ray Hinsley
J.P. “Hap” Hunnicutt
Patricia “Pat” Mann Phillips
Chris Richardson
Wesley Sinor
Joe Van Matre

Non-elected members (past presidents and chairmen of the board):
Jim Bloodworth
Don D. Jordan
Jack A. Lyons
Charles R. “Butch” Robinson
R.H. “Steve” Stevens
P. Michael Wells

The board re-elected Joel Cowley, president and CEO; Jennifer Hazelton, chief financial officer; and Sherry Hibbert, general counsel, for 2020. Eighteen vice presidents, elected for one-year terms, supervise the activities of the Rodeo’s more than 34,000 volunteers serving on 107 different committees. Each vice president may serve up to three terms.

Six newly elected vice presidents:
Robert Clay – owner, Clay Development & Construction Inc.
John Giannukos – president, Houston Uniform & Apparel Co.
John Glithero – president, Petrofac, Inc.
Alicia Jimerson – president, Jimerson Underground Inc.
Chris Underbrink – executive vice president, Alamo Title Company
Duncan Underwood – president & CEO, Underwood Ventures LLC

Elected to second terms:
Thomas J. Baker III
Ed DeCora
E.R. “Butch” Guerrero
Bill Hanna, Assistant Corporate Secretary / Treasurer
Emmett O. Story Jr.
Tonya Yurgensen-Jacks, Corporate Secretary

Elected to third terms:
Roger Camp
J W Daubert III
Terence H. Fontaine, Ed.D.
Kelly J. Larkin, M.D.
Mike Moss
Taylor Whitaker

At the annual membership meeting on June 3, the general membership elected 22 new directors to the Rodeo’s board:

Courtney Adame
Charles “Mitchel” Barrier
Justin Bennett
Ginger Brown
January Carter
Sean Congdon
Clayton Dallas
Kyle Janke
Monte Jones
Tricia Koch
Wendy Lewis Armstrong
Robert “Ted” Lyons
Bradley Miller
Curtis Morgan
Garry Pigg
Brett Sarver
Vanessa Kent Stroberg
Adam Suhr
Justin Tankersley
James Verbois
Scott Walker
Dennis Wolford

In addition, nine directors were honored with the status of lifetime director for their dedicated service to the Rodeo:

Richard “Dick” Fuqua
Wayne Greenwalt
Mike Heim
Steven E. “Steve” Jackson
Sam Mainord
Robert Norwood
Nano Scherrieb
Andrew J. Vavra
Terry Walker

Comments •
Log In to Comment