Board of Directors


Marc Watts


Marc Watts is President of The Friedkin Group, a privately held and diverse consortium of businesses and investments in the automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure industries, including Gulf States Toyota, one of the world’s largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts.

Prior to joining The Friedkin Group, Watts was Vice Chairman and Managing Partner-Houston of the 700-attorney law firm of Locke Lord LLP, with over 26 years of experience in corporate and securities law, governance and related matters.

Watts is the chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Houston Branch Board of Directors and was the 2018 board chair of the Greater Houston Partnership. He serves on the board of Service Corporation International, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Highland Resources, Inc. In addition, Watts is a member of various civic and community boards including, United Way of Greater Houston, and Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation.

Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Harvard University.

Pat Avery

President and CEO

Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce

Port Arthur

Ann Barnes

President and CEO

Episcopal Health Foundation


Roberto Coronado

Senior Vice President in Charge

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

El Paso

Tony Cucolo


National Security Innovation Council


Julieta Garcia

Former President

UT Brownsville; Professor, UT Rio Grande Valley


Andrew Hall

Managing General Partner

Gillco Energy


Ron Kirk

Senior of Counsel

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher


Val LaMantia

COO and Managing Partner

L&F Distributors, LLC


Elaine Mendoza

Founder, President, & CEO

Conceptual MindWorks, Inc.

San Antonio

Peter Rodriguez


Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University


James Henry Russell

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

The Arnold Companies (TAC)


Sheryl Sculley

Owner, Consultant

26Point2, LLC and former city manager

San Antonio

Sam Susser


Susser Holdings II L.P.

Corpus Christi

John Winegarner

Director of Government Relations

Texas Cattle Feeders Association