Downing to take over as general counsel Jan. 1, 2023
Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced Jeffrey Downing is joining the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s senior management team. Effective Oct. 24, Downing will be working with Sherry Hibbert, who is retiring at the end of the year after her 12-year tenure as general counsel. After Hibbert’s retirement, Downing will take over as the new general counsel for the Rodeo.
“Jeffrey brings nearly two decades of experience serving in both inside and outside counsel roles for various Houston-based firms and organizations, with a proven track record of resolving a wide range of complex legal issues, making him a clear standout for this role,” said Rodeo president and CEO Chris Boleman. “His deep expertise in permitting, licensing, contract negotiations, business transactions and legal matters will make him a strong addition to the Rodeo’s senior management team.”
Once he transitions into the general counsel position on Jan. 1, Downing will be responsible for legal affairs, risk management and corporate governance for the nonprofit organization, ensuring that all Rodeo activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. He will provide advice and counsel on critical strategic, legal, and public policy issues, including business, real estate and corporate matters, and volunteer and employment issues.
Previously, Downing served as the executive vice president and general counsel at W-Industries LLC, which provides the energy industry with automation and control, process design, and system packaging solutions to optimize production and ensure operational continuity.
A Houston-native, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law Houston, as well as an executive MBA from the University of Houston.
He and his wife, Taneka, also a Houston-native and graduate of South Texas School of Law Houston, have 7-year-old twins. They enjoy family trips to the beach and Texas Hill Country, as well as exploring all that the city of Houston has to offer, including the Rodeo. Downing served as a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo volunteer on the Gatekeepers Committee from 2008 to 2012.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2023 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 19. The 2023 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 23 – 25. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.