On June 1, 2017, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board of directors elected Jim Winne as its chairman of the board.
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.