Chairman of the Board

Jack A. Lyons

Jack LyonsOn June 5, 2014, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ board of directors elected Jack A. Lyons as the Show's chairman of the board.

Lyons’ in-laws, Suzanne and Frank Nelms, introduced him to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1981, when he began volunteering on the Quarter Horse Committee. In 1990, he joined the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Committee. He served as a vice chairman on both committees the year before being appointed chairman of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Committee in 1998. Lyons was elected to the Show’s board of directors in 1995. In 2001, he began his term as a Show vice president and officer in charge of the Communications – Editorial, Directions & Assistance, Special Children’s, Swine Auction, Western Art, and World’s Championship Bar-B-Que committees. He has been a member of the Show’s Executive Committee since 2008. He is former chairman and president of the Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence™.

Volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Lyons’ family tradition. His wife, Nina, has been a Show member since 1983, and volunteered on the Quarter Horse Committee for many years, serving as a vice chairman from 2000 to 2002. She currently serves as a Lifetime Committeeman. Their oldest son, Chad, is a vice chairman on the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Committee, and his wife, Katie, serves as chairman of the Magazine Committee. Lyons’ son, Allen, serves on the Mutton Bustin’ Committee, Ranching & Wildlife Committee and was recently elected to the Board of Directors, while his wife Carol Lee volunteers on the Special Children’s Committee. His daughter, Sara Patten, who is married to Reid Patten, also volunteers on the Mutton Bustin’ Committee.

Lyons is a managing director at Wortham Insurance and Risk Management. He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was a member of the 1975 graduating class. He has four grandchildren: Annie, Berklee, Wick and Cameron. Lyons is a member of the Southwestern University Board of Visitors and Tejas Vaqueros, and is a board member of the Harmon Family Foundation. In 2015, he and his wife, Nina, were named honorees of the Ben Johnson Cowboy Classic Gala benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Lyons also supports CanCare, a foundation helping with cancer support. 

Chairman of the Board - Elect

James A. “Jim” Winne III

Jim Winne

On June 1, 2016, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board of directors elected James A. “Jim” Winne III as its chairman-elect.

A Show member since 1977, Winne began volunteering for the organization as a member of the Calf Scramble Donors Committee, serving in many different capacities until his appointment as committee chairman in 2004. He joined the Steer Auction Committee in 2001 and earned the rookie of the year award.

In 2004, Winne was elected a Show director, and from 2006 to 2008, served as a vice president and 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. In 2014, Winne was elected as a member of the Show’s Executive Committee.

“The Show and the people I have met volunteering over the years hold a very special place in my heart,” Winne said. “I have spent more than 35 years in the Texas business community and have held positions on public, private and charitable boards. I look forward to utilizing those past experiences and hope to contribute to the continuing success of the Show.”

With a long family history in rodeo and ranching, Winne won the 1981 Texas Rodeo Association champion bareback rider title.

Winne was a founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Production Holdings, which operated more than 1,000 oil and gas wells in Texas. In 2013, he retired after 12 years with the company.

He and his wife, Lynda, a member of the Calf Scramble Donors Committee, live in Fulshear, Texas. Winne has one daughter, McKenzy, who is a current Show member and former member of the Jr. Rodeo Committee. She raises cattle with her father.

Executive Committee

  • Gives aid and authority to the Show officers and managers
  • Carries out the purpose & policies of the board of directors
  • Comprised of current Show chairman of the board, all past presidents and chairmen of the board, and at least five board of director members

Vice Presidents

  • Elected by the board of directors
  • Elected for one-year terms, serving no more than three successive years
  • Serve as Show representatives and officers in charge of assigned committees

Board of Directors

  • Responsible for the performance and operations of the Show
  • Elects members to the Executive Committee and officers
  • Comprised of elected Show members, vice presidents and current Show president

Lifetime Directors

  • Selection for this position represents years of hard work put into the Show
  • Nominated by the Nominating Committee and confirmed by a majority vote by the general membership

Ex-Officio Directors

  • Persons serving in public service, education, industry or business capacities elected to represent the Show
  • Non-voting members of the board of directors