Chairman of the Board

Jim Winne

Jim Winne

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

A Rodeo member since 1980, 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo’s Executive Committee.

“The Rodeo 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 Rodeo.”

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 Natural Gas companies, and retired in 2013 after 35 years in the oil and gas industry.

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 Rodeo member and former member of the Jr. Rodeo Committee. She raises cattle with her father.

Chairman – Elect of the Board

Brady F. Carruth

Brady F. Carruth

Brady Carruth has deep ties to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. His father, Allen H. “Buddy” Carruth, was a Rodeo president and served as chairman of the board from 1979 to 1981. His mother, Ethel Carruth, was a past chairman and passionate supporter of the Rodeo’s School Art Committee.

Carruth first became a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1970. He joined the Lamb Auction Committee in 1982, working his way through the volunteer ranks to become chairman of the committee in 1996.

In 1998, he was elected a Rodeo 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 and will begin his tenure as Chairman of the Board in 2020.

“It is truly an honor to be named as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chairman – elect of the board,” said Carruth. “The Rodeo has a powerful impact on Texas students, and I look forward to working with the volunteers and staff to continue the success of this great organization.”

Carruth currently serves as the president of Gulf Coast Capital Corp. and is heavily involved with several Houston-area organizations. He and his wife, Zane, live in Houston.


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Executive Committee

  • Gives aid and authority to the Rodeo officers and managers
  • Carries out the purpose & policies of the board of directors
  • Comprised of current Rodeo 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 Rodeo representatives and officers in charge of assigned committees

Board of Directors

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

Lifetime Directors

  • Selection for this position represents years of hard work put into the Rodeo
  • 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 Rodeo
  • Non-voting members of the board of directors