Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hazelton

Jennifer Hazelton, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Hazelton has served as chief financial officer of the Rodeo since 2004. She is responsible for overseeing all accounting and finance operations of the organization.

Prior to joining the Rodeo, she served as the chief financial officer for GSA Management, managing technical support and compliance for real estate and venture capital funds. She also spent five years at MBNA America as an assistant vice president. Hazelton started her career at Arthur Andersen and is a certified public accountant.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and is an active volunteer and/or board member of several organizations, including Neuhaus Education Center, Small Steps Nurturing Center and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. She also serves on the board of the National Scholarship Providers Association and was Houston Business Journal’s 2013 CFO of the Year: Nonprofit.

Senior Director, Controller Katie Grahmann
Senior Manager, Accounts Receivable Pam Green
Associate, Accounts Receivable Jackie Tassel
Associate, Accounts Receivable Stannicia Reddick
Director, Financial Reporting Carolyn Casanova
Senior Accountant Natalie Osenbaugh
Senior Associate, Accounting Projects Amber Stephens
Manager, Accounts Payable Karen Koepke
Senior Assistant, Finance Kayla Montoya
Director, Purchasing and Procurement John Dickey
Manager, Mail Center Jerrad Darty
Associate, Mail Center Kris Milburn

Chief Mission Officer Julie Bass

Julie Bass

Chief Mission Officer

Julie Beken Bass graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a degree in Agricultural Development. She was a member of the equestrian team during her enrollment at A&M, so with her passion for agriculture and the equine industry, Julie gladly accepted a position with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2006 in the Horse Show Department.

Three years later, she moved to a manager's role in the Exhibits and Attractions Department. After three years in this capacity, Julie accepted the position as the Fair Manager of the Montgomery County Fair in Conroe, Texas. The culmination of this role resulted in Bass bringing a fresh perspective to educational programming, and she was able to increase the fair’s sponsorship dollars by more than 50 percent.

In the fall of 2014, Bass returned to her roots in the fair and festival industry at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where she was named the Executive Director of General Exhibits and Attractions. Six years later, this role ultimately led to her being named the Chief Mission Officer in 2020.

Bass’ new position includes her overseeing educational and commercial exhibits, agricultural competitions, auctions, scholarships and sponsorship components of the Rodeo’s 20-day event. This division supports more than 45 committees and is staffed by 24 full time employees.

Julie and her husband, Alan, live in Magnolia, Texas, with their two young sons, Tate and Brady. She and her brother also manage a small ranching operation on her family's homestead in Weimar, Texas.

Senior Executive Assistant Darlene Lively
Auctions & Attractions
Director, Auctions & Attractions Laura Lambert
Coordinator, Attractions & Competitions Angela Gutierrez
Coordinator, Auctions & Donors Taylor Garcia
Senior Manager, Exhibits & Events Amanda Schlatre
Coordinator, Exhibits and Events Aaron Ortega
Director, Horse Show Stacy Scott
Coordinator, Horse Show Deanna Johnson
Director, Livestock Competitions Karl Hengst
Coordinator, Livestock Show Kyle Walker
Coordinator, Livestock Show Ashley Abston
Coordinator, Livestock Show Cheyenne Griffin
Coordinator, Calf Scramble Amanda McGuire
Director, Wine Show Jennifer Lindsay
Coordinator, Wine Show Ryan Derr
Educational Programs
Senior Director, Educational Programs Amy Moroney
Manager, Grant Program Katelyn Scates
Manager, Scholarship Programs Jamie Voskamp
Specialist, Alumni & Scholar Relations Kimberly Lee

Chief Show Operations Officer Mike DeMarco

Mike DeMarco

Chief Show Operations Officer

Mike DeMarco joined the Rodeo in 1990 as an assistant manager in the Operations Department and was named executive director of operations in 2004. In his role as chief show operations officer, DeMarco manages all aspects of Rodeo operations, event planning, buildings and grounds, and safety and security.

He attended the University at Buffalo and Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business for administration.

DeMarco is a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Montgomery County Fair Association. He is also a lifetime director of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo and is a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, the International Association of Venue Managers and the Main Street Coalition Executive Board.

Director, Operations Kyle Olsen
Director, Show Operations Security and Safety John Presley
Manager, Operations Lindsay Klein
Coordinator, Operations Andrea Perkins
Manager, Operations Dalinda Cauble
Coordinator, Operations & Bar-B-Que Committee Jennifer Clark
Coordinator, Operations & Bar-B-Que Contestant Services Karla Madrid
Manager, Corral Club Operations Brandie Triola
Coordinator, Corral Club Operations Alexa Moore
Buildings & Grounds
Senior Manager, Buildings and Grounds Bobby Richardson
Senior Coordinator, Buildings & Grounds Kim Cornelius
Manager, Event Services Alex Briano
Manager, Facility Services Brett Haney
Coordinator, Facility & Event Services Lindsay Lell
Assistant, Buildings & Grounds Amanda Perkins
Manager, Warehouse Operations Jason Wilson
Carpenter/Welder/Equipment Operator Peter Shaw
Carpenter/Maintenance Mechanic Glenn Cessna
Carpenter, Maintenance and Equipment Operator Marcus Williams
Carpenter Ricky Franke
Carpenter Iggie Revear
Maintenance Mechanic/Painter Larry Bostick
Maintenance Mechanic/Painter Nelson Moz
Painter/Drywall Technician Hayward Rice
Welder/Operator Lee Edwards
Welder/Operator Wayne Norman
Event Planning
Director, Event Operations Abbie Goldberg
Manager, Hospitality Matthew DeSantis
Manager, Event Operations Annie Mayer
Coordinator, Event Operations Maddie Schrang
Assistant, Hospitality Services Carolyn James

Chief Strategic Planning Officer Peter McStravick

Peter McStravick

Chief Strategic Planning Officer

In his role as chief strategic planning officer, Peter McStravick is responsible for the execution of short-term and long-term strategy for the Rodeo. He oversees major capital projects and strategic initiatives across the organization, developing planning processes that incorporate financial analysis while communicating assumptions, risks and key success factors.

Previously, he served as chief development officer at the Houston First Corporation. As a member of the executive leadership team, McStravick was responsible for developing and implementing strategic projects and business opportunities. Under his leadership, his team spearheaded the transformation of the George R. Brown Convention Center and Avenida de las Americas into Avenida Houston. He was also responsible for developing, building and operating the first hotel at the convention center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and is involved in several volunteer organizations, including the Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Botanic Garden.

Strategic Planning & Execution Analyst Paul Lopez

Chief Technology Officer Wayne Crane

Wayne Crane

Chief Technology Officer

Wayne Crane brings 30-plus years of experience directing business and digital technology transformations to his role as chief technology officer. He oversees the Information Systems and Software Development departments and is responsible for identifying and implementing technology to support the Rodeo’s strategic technology goals. Additionally, Crane provides thought leadership in technology to support all divisions at the Rodeo, its staff and volunteers.

Previously, Crane served as chief information officer for MORSCO/The Reece Group, an $8 billion waterworks, plumbing and heating and cooling equipment (HVAC) manufacturer and distributor. He was responsible for the global strategy, direction and operation of global application portfolio, infrastructure, architecture, information security, IT governance, e-commerce, and project/program management.

He holds a Master of Computer Science and an MBA from Houston Baptist University, as well as top IT operational, security and privacy certifications, including Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Crane is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and advisor to digital start-ups. In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance hiking, blacksmithing, working in artificial intelligence and volunteering for the Boy Scouts.

Information Systems
Director, Information Systems Operations Steve Gumerman
Microsoft Server Administrator Steve Clausen
LAN Administrator Allen Rountree
Senior Coordinator, Help Desk Support Randy Moore
Software Development
Director, Software Development Reji Rajan
Senior Database Developer Shahzad Naseer
Database Developer Shoaib Ata
Senior Visual Studio Software Developer Majeed Arshad
Senior Visual Studio Software Developer Marcia Apodaca
Visual Studio Software Developer Kevin Zhang
Visual Studio Software Developer Kevin Sherrill
Quality Assurance Analyst Julie Hacker

Chief Volunteer & HR Officer Melinda “Mel” Reeves

Melinda “Mel” Reeves

Chief Volunteer & HR Officer

As chief volunteer and HR officer, Melinda Reeves is responsible for maintaining a positive and collaborative environment at the Rodeo. She oversees the Rodeo’s 120-plus staff and 35,000 volunteers, managing the hiring, training, professional development and performance evaluation processes. Reeves also oversees all internal communications across Rodeo staff and volunteers.

Prior to joining the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, she served as an executive vice president at Direct Energy and Centrica. As an EVP she was the Global Head of Organization Effectiveness and led Strategic HR Business Partnering for the Commercial Business Division. Reeves was responsible for leading a global team of HR partners, providing strategic consultation and developing talent capabilities, as well as leading global internal communications and culture transformation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, has received multiple HR certifications and serves on numerous boards, including LiftFund and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council.

Human Resources
Director, Human Resources Dana Seymour
Human Resources Generalist Jennifer Alvarado
Internal Communications
Director, Internal Communications Pegi Newhouse
Director, Membership Katie Luckett
Coordinator, Membership Sandra Rodriguez
Coordinator, Membership Avery Cooper