Thank you to our Corporate supporters, Landry’s, Inc.| BMW of West Houston | Momentum BMW Southwest | Carlos Correa | Academy Sports + Outdoors | Bud Light | Silver Eagle Distributors | Juneau Exploration | Houston Astros | Houston Rockets | Richland Investments | DJH Consulting | BMC Software | Corner Table Entertainment | Extex Companies | Jefferies | The Fant Foundation | eSigns.com | Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP | The Claro Group | Comerica Bank | Texas Children's Hospital | ABC-13 KTRK-TV| Hyatt Regency Houston | Bill Truman, Truman's Fine Jewels | Neiman Marcus | Wayne Smith Jewels | Valero Houston Refinery | H-E-B | Adaptive Driving Access | Memorial Hermann | Wendy's Old Fashion Hamburgers | PepsiCo | U.S. Marine Corp | Houston First Corporation | George R. Brown Convention Center | The Rod Ryan Show | 94.5 The Buzz | BullShirts | Locke Bryan Production | Texas Mattress Makers | Taft McWhorter Art | Gil Bruvel | Coca-Cola North America | Downtown Aquarium, Houston | Northland Christian Schools | CULINAIRE Inspired Cuisine & Events | MetroNational | Office Depot Foundation | Sakowitz Furs | Sysco Corporation | Houston Dynamo Charities | AT&T | Kenwood Vineyards | Warehouse Associates | The Wright Pawn & Jewelry Co. | Apache Corporation | Whataburger | David Weekly Homes | RadioOne | Methodist I-Care In Action | KMJC Majic 102.1 | Laidy and Ray Consulting | EnvironSystems | Borden Milk Products | Katy Furniture | D Miller & Associates| Tribune Media CW39 | Charles E. Dyer, IV,D.D.S., M.S. | HAHU | Taco Cabana | H-Town Classic | Halliburton | ColorPaq | Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo | Kicks 4 Kids | Brittany Blake Interiors | RAG Printing | Accutek | The Loyd Charitable Foundation | The Ray C. Fish Foundation | Texas Capital Bank | Tellepsen | Helfman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Maserati | Houston Astros | Amegy Bank of Texas | Briggs Equipment | Locke Lord LLP | Steinberg Design Collaborative, LLP | M Penner | Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. | CNBC | Endemol Shine North America | Stewart Title | Sheey Ware & Pappas, P.L. | Lester & Sue Smith Foundation | Lesley Ann Jewels | Haynes & Boone | Citi | Deutsche Bank Securities | David Huntington Foundation |    A BIG thank you to our 2016 Gala Title Sponsors, Maria Moncada Alaoui - BMW of West Houston & Tommy Kuranoff - Momentum BMW of Southwest for their unprecedented support the past 9 years!

Officers

  • TILMAN J. FERTITTA

    Tilman J. Fertitta, Chairman of the Board

    Tilman Fertitta is the sole owner, chairman and CEO of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns both the restaurant giant Landry’s and the Golden Nugget Casinos and is recognized today as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming…

  • PENNY LOYD

    Penny Loyd, President

    In 2009 Penny, along with her husband, created The Loyd Charitable Foundation to support numerous charities in the Houston area as well as international charitable organizations. From goodwill mission trips in American Samoa to generous donations to the Baylor College…

  • TAD BROWN

    Thaddeus B. Brown, Immediate Past-President

    Thaddeus “Tad” Brown enters his thirteenth season with the organization, and his nine as Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Rockets and Clutch City Sports & Entertainment.  Brown oversees the planning and execution of all facets of the organization’s business…

  • JOHN B. JOHNSON

    John B. Johnson, Past-President

    John B. Johnson is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and minority partner of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products.  Silver Eagle employs over 1,100 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through…

  • GRANT W. GUTHRIE

    Grant W. Guthrie, Vice President / Funding Co-Chair

    Principal / Executive Producer of LBP Communications/Locke Bryan Productions, a digital media and video production company for broadcast television, web and live events. Grant is concurrently Executive Producer of Rainmaker Films where he executive produced ten feature films which have…

  • EDNA MEYER-NELSON

    Edna Meyer-Nelson, Vice President / Funding Co-Chair

    As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Richland Companies, Edna Meyer-Nelson directs all business activities for Richland Investments, Richland Brokerage, Richland Asset Management, Richland Commercial Mortgage, Richland Leasing, Richland Tenant Representation, Richland Property Management and Richland Land Development. Since…

  • DONALD J HENDERSON

    Donald J Henderson, Secretary

    A veteran of the hospitality industry since 1972, Don arrived in Houston in August of 1994 when he accepted the position of General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Houston.  He was later promoted to Vice President and Managing Director with…

  • GARY D. BECKER

    Gary D. Becker, Treasurer

    Gary Becker is a native Houstonian. He has two children, both attending St. Edwards in Austin, Texas. After leaving PACE Entertainment Corporation in 2003, the company founded by his Father, Allen Becker, and where he worked for over 25 years,…

Executive Director

  • LAURA S. WARD

    Laura S. Ward, Executive Director

    It all began as a fundraiser for her own children’s school – five bucks a head for a spaghetti dinner in the high school gym of a private Christian school. Over thirty-five million dollars and twenty-nine years later, her drive…

Directors

  • Rob Ball

    Rob Ball

    Rob Ball is an Executive Vice President with Texas Capital Bank with responsibility for the Bank’s private banking group in Houston. Headquartered in Texas, Texas Capital Bank is a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses, executives,…

  • Daniel R. D'Armond

    Daniel R. D’Armond

    As BMC Software’s Director of Community and Government Relations, Daniel D’Armond currently serves as principal architect for BMC Software’s community relations programs covering corporate headquarters as well as 12 major sites across the U.S as well as throughout Canada, Latin…

  • Stacy E. Johnson

    Stacy E. Johnson

    After receiving both her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from the University of Arkansas, she continued her training with the Post-Graduate Clinical Social Work Fellowship from The Menninger Clinic, in Houston, TX.  During the 2-year…

  • Melissa H. Juneau

    Melissa H. Juneau

    Melissa Holman Juneau was born in the Rio Grande Valley.  She graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Education and is certified in Special Education, English as a Second Language and Early Childhood Development.  During Melissa’s fifteen years…

  • Darla S. Lexington

    Darla S. Lexington

    Darla Lexington is third generation Texan philanthropist, entrepreneur and socialite.  Her great grandfather was one of the first motorcycle police in Houston and the next three generations all served with the Houston Police Department and Fire Department.  She comes from…

  • Randall K. Lowry, Jr.

    Randall K. Lowry

    Randy Lowry, Jr., graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration.  Since 1983 Randy has been an independent oil and gas operator. As the founder of Union Gas Corporation, and related entities, he has been active…

  • DeeDee H. Marsh

    DeeDee H. Marsh

    DeeDee Hooks Marsh grew up in the North Channel Area of Houston. She graduated from Texas A & M University with a degree in Environmental Design and received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law. After working as…

  • Dr. Lois J. Moore

    Dr. Lois J. Moore

    Dr. Lois J. Moore, Board of Directors – BSN, MED, LHD, FACHE,  is the previous Chief Administrator of The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center served as a nurse, educator, administrator, and, first and foremost, an advocate for those…

  • Jeremy A. Newsom

    Jeremy Newsom

    Jeremy is a native Houstonian and Executive Vice President with Amegy Bank, leading its Corporate Banking division.  He has been with the bank since 2000, serving in multiple leadership roles.  Amegy Bank has been serving Houston businesses and families for…

  • Michael F. Rogers

    Michael F. Rogers

    Michael F. Rogers is a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. His law practice primarily involves negotiating and documenting commercial transactions for a variety of clients. These transactions include sales, purchases and mergers of existing businesses, creation of new business…

  • Kristina Somerville

    Kristina Hornberger Somerville is an asset manager and Chief Investment Officer of Somerville Investments. Previously Mrs. Somerville was a relationship manager with The Private Bank at J.P. Morgan where she focused on bringing an integrated team of specialists together to…

  • Dawn Ullrich

    Dawn Ullrich

    Dawn Ullrich grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, majoring in political science and business administration.  During college, she worked summers at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where…

Advisory Board

  • J. Downey Bridgewater

    J. Downey Bridgwater

    Downey Bridgwater is President of Comerica Bank’s Houston Market. Mr. Bridgwater has been a banker in the Houston area since 1978 and served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Sterling Bank through July, 2011, when Sterling was acquired by…

  • Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell

    Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell

    Kirbyjon H. Caldwell is Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.  Under the leadership of Caldwell since 1982, Windsor Village Church membership has increased from 25 members to more than 17,000, making it one of the largest Protestant Churches…

  • Paul B. Loyd, Jr.

    Paul B. Loyd, Jr.

    Paul B. Loyd, Jr. was formerly Chairman & CEO of R&B Falcon Corporation the world’s largest and most diversified offshore drilling company. In 2001, R&B Falcon Corporation merged with Transocean Sedco Forex. At that time, Mr. Loyd retired as Chairman…

  • John L. Nau, III

    John L. Nau, III

    John L. Nau, III is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products.  Silver Eagle employs over 1,200 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio,…

  • Robert E. Ogle

    Robert E. Ogle

    Robert E. Ogle, CPA was born in St. Louis but has been a resident of Houston for 40 years. He is a well-known Certified Public Accountant and Certified Turnaround Professional. He has served as President of the Houston Chapter of…

  • David G. Poplack, M.D.

    Dr. David G. Poplack

    Is the Director of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine.  He is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of pediatric cancer. …

  • David H. Ward

    David H. Ward

    His name is David Henry Ward, but to thousands of Eyewitness News viewers who wouldn’t miss Channel 13’s nightly 6 and 10 pm newscasts, he is simply known as “Dave”. Dave has been a radio and television broadcaster for 57…

  • James D. Woods

    James D. Woods

    Retired from Baker Hughes Incorporated and its predecessor, Baker International on January 22, 1997, after 41 years of service. Prior to Baker Hughes, Mr. Woods served four years in the United States Air Force. Mr. Woods served as President of…