Rodeo Announces New Leadership for 2020 Rodeo

June 06, 2019

Rodeo Announces New Leadership for 2020 Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board of directors met Wednesday, June 5, to elect new leadership for the 2020 Rodeo, set for March 3 – 22.

Chairman of the Board

For the third consecutive year, Jim Winne was elected as chairman of the board. He was a founder, chairman and CEO of Legend National Gas Companies, and retired in 2013 after 35 years in the oil and gas industry. He joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1977 and was elected to the board of directors in 2004. From 2006 through 2008, he served as a Rodeo vice president and the 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. Winne has been a member of the Rodeo’s Executive Committee since 2014. In 2017, he served as chairman of the board – elect. Visit to read his full biography.

Chairman – Elect of the Board

Brady Carruth was elected as chairman-elect of the board. He serves as president of Gulf Coast Capital Corp. Carruth joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1970 as a member of the Lamb Auction Committee. He was elected to the board of directors in 1991 and was named chairman of the Lamb Auction Committee in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed a Show 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.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee includes the chairman of the board, the past chairmen of the board for each of the immediate preceding nine years, and at least five members who are elected at large from the board of directors.

Newly elected:
  • Warner Ervin – senior consultant, WeW Educational Consulting & Associates
  • Parker Johnson – partner, Silver Eagle Distributors and Jet Linx Houston

  • Brady F. Carruth
  • Ray Hinsley
  • J.P. “Hap” Hunnicutt
  • Patricia “Pat” Mann Phillips
  • Chris Richardson
  • Wesley Sinor
  • Joe Van Matre

Non-elected members (past presidents and chairmen of the board):
  • Jim Bloodworth
  • Don D. Jordan
  • Jack A. Lyons
  • Charles R. “Butch” Robinson
  • R.H. “Steve” Stevens
  • P. Michael Wells


The board re-elected Joel Cowley, president and CEO; Jennifer Hazelton, chief financial officer; and Sherry Hibbert, general counsel, for 2020. Eighteen vice presidents, elected for one-year terms, supervise the activities of the Rodeo’s more than 34,000 volunteers serving on 107 different committees. Each vice president may serve up to three terms.

Six newly elected vice presidents:
  • Robert Clay – owner, Clay Development & Construction Inc.
  • John Giannukos – president, Houston Uniform & Apparel Co.
  • John Glithero – president, Petrofac, Inc.
  • Alicia Jimerson – president, Jimerson Underground Inc.
  • Chris Underbrink – executive vice president, Alamo Title Company
  • Duncan Underwood – president & CEO, Underwood Ventures LLC

Elected to second terms:
  • Thomas J. Baker III
  • Ed DeCora
  • E.R. “Butch” Guerrero
  • Bill Hanna, Assistant Corporate Secretary / Treasurer
  • Emmett O. Story Jr.
  • Tonya Yurgensen-Jacks, Corporate Secretary

Elected to third terms:
  • Roger Camp
  • J W Daubert III
  • Terence H. Fontaine, Ed.D.
  • Kelly J. Larkin, M.D.
  • Mike Moss
  • Taylor Whitaker

Board of Directors

At the annual membership meeting on June 3, the general membership elected 22 new directors to the Rodeo’s board:

  • Courtney Adame
  • Charles “Mitchel” Barrier
  • Justin Bennett
  • Ginger Brown
  • January Carter
  • Sean Congdon
  • Clayton Dallas
  • Kyle Janke
  • Monte Jones
  • Tricia Koch
  • Wendy Lewis Armstrong
  • Robert “Ted” Lyons
  • Bradley Miller
  • Curtis Morgan
  • Garry Pigg
  • Brett Sarver
  • Vanessa Kent Stroberg
  • Adam Suhr
  • Justin Tankersley
  • James Verbois
  • Scott Walker
  • Dennis Wolford

Lifetime Directors

In addition, nine directors were honored with the status of lifetime director for their dedicated service to the Rodeo:

  • Richard “Dick” Fuqua
  • Wayne Greenwalt
  • Mike Heim
  • Steven E. “Steve” Jackson
  • Sam Mainord
  • Robert Norwood
  • Nano Scherrieb
  • Andrew J. Vavra
  • Terry Walker