Board of Directors

Valero Alamo Bowl Board Overview

The Valero Alamo Bowl Board of Directors is a group of dedicated San Antonio business and civic leaders who constitute its governing body. The Board of Directors currently consists of 34 Active, 4 Ex-Officio and 23 Life Members.


  • Derrick Fox
    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Lynette Padalecki
    Lynette Padalecki

    Group VP of Corporate Planning & Analysis, HEB

  • Mike Yantis, Jr.
    Chair - Elect
    Mike Yantis, Jr.

    President and CEO, Yantis Company

  • Lamont A. Jefferson
    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Attorney at Law, Haynes and Boone, LLP

  • Mike Chapman
    Mike Chapman

    Sr. Vice President Lending, Security Service Federal Credit Union

Board Members

  • April Ancira
    April Ancira

    Vice President, Ancira Automotive Group

  • Steve Arnold
    Steve Arnold

    Area President, Wells Fargo Bank

  • Steve Atkins
    Steve Atkins

    President, The Atkins Group

  • Brad Barron
    Brad Barron

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Ed Belmares
    Ed Belmares

    Asst. City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Randy Cain
    Randy Cain

    Office Managing Parnter, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Mike Ciskowski
    Mike Ciskowski

    Executive Vice President and CFO, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Bob Cohen
    Bob Cohen

    President, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

  • John A. Colglazier, Jr.
    John A. Colglazier, Jr.

    Vice President, Colglazier Properties

  • Rosette Davila
    Rosette Davila

    Vice President, Davila Pharmacy, Inc.

  • Gene Dawson
    Gene Dawson

    President, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

  • Patrick Dudley
    Patrick Dudley

    President, Cameron Search Staffing

  • John D. Eadie
    John D. Eadie

    Founder & Managing Partner, Covenant Multi-Family Offices, LLC

  • Pat Frost
    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • Clay Jett
    Clay Jett

    Market President, Bank SNB

  • Mike Kiolbassa
    Mike Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Joe Linson
    Joe Linson

    President, JEL & Associates

  • Casandra Matej
    Casandra Matej

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Randy Norris
    Randy Norris

    Senior Vice President – Enterprise Market Development, Fiserv

  • Daniel Ortiz
    Daniel Ortiz

    Attorney at Law, Brown & Ortiz, P.C.

  • Diane Rath
    Diane Rath

    Sr. Vice President, ResCare Workforce Services

  • Jack Rogers
    Jack Rogers

    President, Capital Title San Antonio

  • Michael Sawaya
    Michael Sawaya

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Sports Facilities

  • Dave Schlagel
    Dave Schlagel

    President, Natural Resource Consortium

  • David R. Schmidt, M.D.
    David R. Schmidt, M.D.

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Sheryl Sculley
    Sheryl Sculley

    City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Steve Seago
    Steve Seago

    Vice President of Sales, Genesis Networks Telecome Services,LLC

  • Randy C. Smith
    Randy C. Smith

    President, Weston Urban

  • Charlie Strickland
    Charlie Strickland

    Executive Vice President Corporate Finance, Holt Companies

  • Greg Tunnell
    Greg Tunnell

    Vice President, KB Homes

  • Steve Wagner
    Steve Wagner
  • Steve Waters
    Steve Waters

    General Counsel, USAA Real Estate Company

Board Life Members

  • Charlie Amato
    Charlie Amato

    Chairman, Southwest Business Corporation

  • Ernesto Ancira, Jr.
    Ernesto Ancira, Jr.

    President/CEO, Ancira Enterprises, Inc.

  • Russ Bookbinder
    Russ Bookbinder

    President, San Antonio Sports

  • Jim Callaway
    Jim Callaway
  • Lila Cockrell
    Lila Cockrell
  • Chris Divich
    Chris Divich

    Executive Vice President, SWBC

  • Jim Doyle, Jr.
    Jim Doyle, Jr.

    Attorney at Law

  • Jim Dublin
    Jim Dublin

    Chairman/CEO, Dublin & Associates

  • Norman T. Dugas, Jr.
    Norman T. Dugas, Jr.

    President, Dugas Diversified Developments

  • Charlie Ebrom
    Charlie Ebrom

    Vice-President, Zachary Group, Inc.

  • Frank G. Felicella
    Frank G. Felicella

    Treasurer, DSSW Management Corporation

  • Bill Greehey
    Bill Greehey

    Chairman, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Norcell Haywood
    Norcell Haywood

    President/CEO, Haywood Jordan McCowan

  • Janelle McArthur
    Janelle McArthur

    President, The McArthur Company

  • Bill McCandless
    Bill McCandless

    Vice Chairman, Lone Star Capital Bank

  • Red McCombs
    Red McCombs

    McCombs Enterprises

  • Tony Novoa
    Tony Novoa
  • A. Ray Otte
    A. Ray Otte
  • Tommy Urps
    Tommy Urps
  • Marty Wender
    Marty Wender

    President, Wender & Hall LLP

  • Floyd Wilson, Jr.
    Floyd Wilson, Jr.

    Market President, Frost

  • Mark Wright
    Mark Wright
  • John Yantis
    John Yantis

    Chairman of the Board Yantis Company

Past Bowl Chairmen (by year)

  • 1993: Bob Coleman
  • 1994: Bill Greehey
  • 1995: General H.T. Johnson
  • 1996: Jim Callaway
  • 1997: Dennis O’Malley
  • 1998: Ernesto Ancira, Jr.
  • 1999: Frank G. Felicella
  • 2000: Lila Cockrell
  • 2001: Norman T. Dugas, Jr.
  • 2002: Diane Rath
  • 2003: Pat Frost
  • 2004: Jack Rogers
  • 2005: Joe Linson
  • 2006: Bob Cohen
  • 2007: John Yantis
  • 2008: Bob Brincat
  • 2009: Gene Dawson
  • 2010: Bill McCandless
  • 2011: David R. Schmidt, M.D.
  • 2012: Randy Cain
  • 2013: Pat Frost


Derrick Fox



Derrick has guided the bowl since its inception in 1992. As President/CEO of the non-profit San Antonio Bowl Association, Derrick has helped the organization deliver:

  • $84 million in contributions to institutions of higher education¬ through team payouts and another $1.23 million in local scholarships
  • $411 million in direct economic impact to San Antonio
  • Seven games that rank in Top 20 most-watched non-BCS games in ESPN history.

A graduate of Duke University, Fox came to San Antonio in August 1992 after seven years with the Fiesta Bowl. He began his Fiesta Bowl career as an intern in 1986 and held the title of Director of Marketing his last three years. A native of Port Angeles, Washington, Fox is married to Alison Fox and has two sons: Drew and Jake.

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Sidne Auvert

Digital Media Coordinator


Sidne is in her 2nd year as the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Digital Media Coordinator where she works primarily on the bowl’s video production and digital elements. In addition she serves as the video editor for the Street Team which captures the bowl week experience of both players and fans. Sidne is currently pursuing her masters at The University of Incarnate Word. A San Antonio native, she and her fiancé Victor have a daughter, Coelis.

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Julie Baker

Vice President of Operations


Julie is in her 13th year as the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Vice President of Operations where is responsible for overseeing the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as directing all aspects of the bowl game. Julie is also the primary contact for the participating teams, all facilities and the bowl’s merchandising programs and human relations. Julie joined the bowl in 1997 as an Event Coordinator and was promoted to Director of Events in 1999 before assuming her current role in 2002.

Prior to the bowl, Baker worked for the Alamodome for three years where she coordinated events as well as assisted in special projects for the director. A Dallas native, Julie graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in 1991 with a degree in Social Work. Julie and her husband John have a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Samuel.

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Rick Hill

Vice President of Marketing & Communications


Rick joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as its first Director of Marketing in 1999 and was promoted to this current role as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in 2003. Rick directs the sponsorship sales, service and new business development of the bowl events and oversees the organization’s public relations and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining the bowl, Rick spent six years working for the San Antonio Spurs where he managed the Spurs community relations activities. Rick’s marketing experience also includes one season with the San Antonio Missions Baseball. A St. Louis native, Rick graduated from Trinity University in 1991. He is married to Mindy and has two daughters: Heidi and Audrey.

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Bryan Moynihan

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service


In his fifth season with the Valero Alamo Bowl, Bryan is responsible for overseeing the ticket operations and sales for the bowl and its ancillary events. Moynihan has more than 17 years of experience in the sports ticketing industry on the collegiate and professional sports level.

Prior to joining the bowl, Moynihan served as the director of ticket operations for  the Houston Texans and Orange Bowl Committee in Miami. Bryan began his professional career as ticket manager for Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and then graduated to the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and holds a master’s degree in sports administration at St. Thomas University in Miami. He and his wife Andree are the proud parents of Kennedee Paige.

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Lara Smedley

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing


Lara is in her sixth year with the Valero Alamo Bowl. As the Senior Manager of Events & Marketing, she is responsible for the production of the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as coordinating its advertising and marketing efforts. She spent a year as the bowl’s Media Coordinator in 2007 before joining as the Education Programs Coordinator for Spurs Sports & Entertainment from 2008-2009.

A Denver native, Lara graduated from the University of Denver in 2007 with a degree in Communications and Marketing.

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Sonya Thomas

Director of Executive Services


With over 20 years of office management experience, Sonya joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as Executive Assistant in 2005 and was promoted to her current role as Director, Executive Services in 2014. She is responsible for the daily accounting and office management as well as managing the Board of Directors and scholarship program.

Prior to joining the bowl, Sonya was the Office Manager at First Data Corporation. Born and raised a Texan, she left the state to earn a business degree from San Jose State University in 1987, but got back to her roots as soon as her cowboy boots could get her back home.

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The Valero Alamo Bowl awarded a record 55 Bexar County high school students who attend 39 different high schools $7,500 scholarships in 2014. This $412,500 total raised the bowl’s 15-year scholarship awards to 452 students sharing $1.64 million.

In addition to the one-time, non-renewable scholarship, recipients are annually invited with their parents to attend an awards luncheon and then to the Valero Alamo Bowl to be recognized on the field.

Applicants must be ranked in the top 15% of their class or have an SAT of 1250 (math, critical reading) or ACT of 28. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, evaluation of the applicant’s personal narrative and involvement in extra-curricular activities including awards and honors received. A strong preference is given to students participating in varsity sports.

Each school will have the opportunity to submit up to six applicants for the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship to the Minnie Stevens Piper offices by the deadline (typically the first week of November).

Interested students should ask their guidance office to review the information included in the Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House book that is provided to area high schools each September.

To read about this year’s winners, click here.

To view past recipients, click here.

Key 2014 Dates

September 15: Local high schools can pick-up the bowl application included in the Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House book.
November 3: Deadline for students to apply.
December 9: Winners notified and invited to the luncheon and Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 17: Scholarship Awards Luncheon
January 2: Winners recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl.

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Community Outreach

The non-profit Valero Alamo Bowl stages a premier college football game as the showcase of an annual festival of events. Its goal is to bring enjoyment to South Texans, San Antonians and visitors alike while creating positive economic impact, experiences and national attention for the community and participating universities.

Now 22 years old, the Valero Alamo Bowl boasts an enviable track record of exciting games in front of capacity that deliver a positive impact for San Antonio and exposure for both the city and the schools playing in the game. Over 750,000 out-of-town visitors have attended the bowl game since its inception providing a direct economic impact of $411 million.

After combining to pay the two teams playing in the 1993 Builders Square Alamo Bowl $1.44 million, this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl combined team payout to the Big 12 and Pac-12 will be $7.65 million.

Valero, who has been a sponsor of the bowl since its inception, will continue to fuel our growth as they have extended their title sponsor to 2019. Their support coupled with a loyal base of partners and ticket buyers have helped sell out the last three games and six of the last eight.

Their support has also allowed the Valero Alamo Bowl to increase its community programming. Pictures of those efforts are linked here and listed below.

Charity Tickets
To provide opportunities for deserving youth to see the excitement of college football in person, the Valero Alamo Bowl also solicits partners to underwrite game tickets to local charity organizations such as Baptist Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Club, Boysville, Family Service Association, Medina Children’s Home, Methodist Mission Home, Mission Road Ministries and Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. To register a non-profit as a perspective beneficiary of charity tickets, please email the bowl office.

In addition, the Valero Alamo Bowl regularly teams up with the San Antonio Food Bank for the “Fill the Bowl” fund-raiser. With game tickets as the reward, the 2012 “Fill the Bowl” event set a record with 187,428 pounds of food collected for the San Antonio Food Bank. This total was enough to provide 146,428 meals for South Texas families. The 2014 fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, December 29 and each donor will receive one bowl tickets as supplies

Concussion Testing
In collaboration with Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio’s BrainHeroes initiative, the Valero Alamo Bowl has pledged to underwrite the cost for any San Antonio high school that would like to provide baseline testing for their student-athletes. The program started in 2012 as 14 campuses participated in this program and now any Bexar County high school is eligible to baseline their student-athletes.

Military Appreciation Programs
San Antonio’s military community is an important part of the city and its history. As a token of our appreciation for their service, the Valero Alamo Bowl annually hosts members of the Wounded Warriors Project and the Gold Star Families as well as works with partners to underwrite the specially prices tickets to allow an average of 2,200 military personnel and their families to attend each game.

In 2014, the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship Program will award its 452nd scholarship and surpass the $1.64 million mark in total scholarships granted. Recipients are selected in early December and then recognized at an awards luncheon in mid-December and on the field at the game.

Youth Clinic
Every summer the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts the Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic. The head coaches from the University of Incarnate Word, UTSA, Texas Lutheran and Trinity University headline a 30 person coaching staff that annually boasts over 300+ years of collegiate experience.This free clinic for 400 youth ages 5-14 teaches offense, defense/agility and blocking/tackling drills as well as the fundamentals of being a good football player on the field and a great student-athlete in the classroom.

To request more information or discuss ways to partner on a community relations program, please e-mail Rick Hill.

participants at annual
youth clinic

pounds of food collected for San Antonio Food Bank in 2012 "Fill The Bowl" effort


Valero Alamo Bowl
100 Montana Street
San Antonio, Texas 78203

Main Phone: 210.226.2695
Fax Number: 210.704.6399


To interact with the Valero Alamo Bowl on social media, use @valeroalamobowl or #alamobowl.

Join The Team

The Valero Alamo Bowl has six full-time staff members who combine to average 15+ years of experience working in post-season college football.

While there hasn’t been a full-time position open in the last eight years, the bowl actively solicits talented and energetic people to get involved in the following ways:

Off-Season Volunteer (February – June)
The Valero Alamo Bowl has volunteer opportunities for area college students each Spring. Whether it’s one afternoon a week or as time allows, it’s a good way for busy college students to get experience on variety of projects without a huge commitment. Interested students should email Rick Hill.

Full-Time Internship Program (July – January)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires three full-time interns to work in three areas: event coordination, public relations/digital media and ticket sales/marketing. Details on this paid internship are posted here. A review of the candidates begins each March with offers extended in May.

Event and Bowl Week Volunteer Opportunities 
Every August the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts a Volunteer Orientation to explain the bowl’s needs for event specific (the bowl hosts 20+ events a year beginning with a Youth Clinic each July) and Bowl Week volunteers as well as our Community Relations, Event Operations, Fundraising and Media Committees. To receive more information on how to join our team, please e-mail Lara Smedley.