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 28 Active, 1 Ex-Officio and 25 Life Members.


  • Clay Jett
    Clay Jett

    Regional Chairman, Spirit of Texas Bank

  • Randy Cain
    Randy Cain

    Former Vice Chair, EY

  • Randy C. Smith
    Randy C. Smith

    President, Weston Urban

  • Casandra Matej
    Casandra Matej

    President & CEO, Visit San Antonio

Board Members

  • Steve Arnold
    Steve Arnold
  • Steve Atkins
    Steve Atkins

    President, The Atkins Group

  • Mike Chapman
    Mike Chapman

    Executive VP & COO, Security Service Federal Credit Union

  • Brad Barron
    Brad Barron

    President and CEO, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Mike Ciskowski
    Mike Ciskowski
  • Bob Cohen
    Bob Cohen

    CEO/CMO, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

  • Carlos Contreras
    Carlos Contreras

    Asst. City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Patrick Dudley
    Patrick Dudley

    President, Cameron Companies

  • John D. Eadie
    John D. Eadie

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

  • Derrick Fox
    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Pat Frost
    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • Lamont A. Jefferson
    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Attorney at Law, Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PPLC

  • Darrell D. Jones
    Darrell D. Jones

    Lt. General USAF- Retired

  • Michael Kiolbassa
    Michael Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Joe Linson
    Joe Linson

    President, JEL & Associates

  • Brandon Logan
    Brandon Logan

    Urban Capital Partners

  • Lynette Padalecki
    Lynette Padalecki

    Chief Analytics Officer, HEB

  • Diane Rath
    Diane Rath

    Alamo Area Council of Governments, Executive Director

  • Jack Rogers
    Jack Rogers

    Sr. Account Manager, First American Title

  • Clyde Rucker
    Clyde Rucker

    Owner & CEO, Rucker Restaurant Holdings, LLC

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

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Gary Simmons
    Gary Simmons

    Senior Vice President, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Richard Steffen, M.D.
    Richard Steffen, M.D.

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson

    GM/VP, Ancira Nissan

  • Steve Wagner
    Steve Wagner
  • Jeffrey A. Webb
    Jeffrey A. Webb

    Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

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
  • Rosette Davila
    Rosette Davila

    Vice President, Davila Pharmacy, Inc.

  • Gene Dawson
    Gene Dawson

    President, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

  • 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

  • Frank G. Felicella
    Frank G. Felicella

    Treasurer, DSSW Management Corporation

  • Bill Greehey
    Bill Greehey

    Chairman, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Janelle McArthur
    Janelle McArthur

    President, The McArthur Company

  • Bill McCandless
    Bill McCandless

    Vice Chairman, Lone Star Capital Bank

  • Red McCombs
    Red McCombs

    McCombs Enterprises

  • Randy Norris
    Randy Norris

    Senior Vice President – Enterprise Market Development, Fiserv

  • Tony Novoa
    Tony Novoa
  • A. Ray Otte
    A. Ray Otte
  • Tommy Urps
    Tommy Urps
  • Steve Waters
    Steve Waters

    General Counsel, USAA Real Estate Company

  • Charles Martin “Marty” Wender
    Charles Martin “Marty” Wender

    Charles Martin Wender Real Estate & Investments

  • 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 Chairs

  • 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
  • 2014: Lynette Padalecki
  • 2015: Mike Yantis, Jr.
  • 2016: Lamont Jefferson
  • 2017: Mike Chapman
  • 2018: Michael Kiolbassa
  • 2019: Brad Barron


Derrick Fox



As President/CEO of the non-profit San Antonio Bowl Association, Derrick Fox is responsible for the overall administration and day-to-day operations of the Valero Alamo Bowl and its Community Festival of Events.


  • Contributing more than $118 million to higher education through team payouts and local scholarships.
  • Developing the bowl and its Community Festival of Events into an annual event with an average total economic impact of $45 million to the San Antonio economy.
  • Drawing more than 1.55 million spectators to attend the bowl game since inception generating a total economic impact in excess of $915 million.
  • Raising the Bowl’s profile from the 18th out of 18 bowls the first year to its current place as the #1 bowl outside the College Football Playoffs thanks to five straight Top 25 match-ups.
  • Negotiating every title, television and conference partnership in bowl history including the current Big 12 and Pac-12 deals that makes the Valero Alamo Bowl the #1 bowl outside of the CFP through 2025.
  • Reaching a 10-year extension with ESPN to continue its broadcasting rights to the game across ESPN’s platforms through 2025.
  • Successfully securing and hosting neutral site games such as the 2006 Texas A&M vs. Army game, three Big 12 Championship games in San Antonio and the 2009 and 2016 Notre Dame Shamrock Series.
  • Producing Valero Alamo Bowls that have been one of the Top 3 highest rated non-BCS/CFP bowl games on ESPN in 20 out of the Bowl’s 26 years delivering over 142 million ESPN viewers.
  • The Valero Alamo Bowl ranks #1 of the non-CFP bowl games in viewership, attendance, team payout and scholarship giving.


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 and his wife Alison have two sons – Drew (25) and Jake (23).

LinkedIn  Pinterest  |  Twitter


Julie Baker

Vice President of Operations


As the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Vice President of Operations, Julie 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 as well as 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.

Her hobbies include practicing anti-gravity yoga and attending concerts with clothes she picks up from thrift shops the morning of the show.

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.




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 as well as 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 and received zero Championship rings. Rick’s marketing experience also includes stints with the San Antonio Missions Baseball and San Antonio Riders Football clubs. A St. Louis native, Rick graduated from Trinity University in 1991. He is married to Mindy Miller and has two daughters: Heidi and Audrey.

LinkedIn   |  Twitter  |   Facebook

Bryan Moynihan

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service


In his 10th 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 20 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.

LinkedIn  Instagram  |  Twitter

Christie Lenox

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing


Christie joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as the Senior Manager of Events & Marketing in 2018. Her responsibilities include the production of the Bowl’s Community Festival of Events and coordination of its advertising and marketing efforts.

She has over 10 years of event management experience, and prior to joining the Bowl, worked at several marketing agencies representing clients like PayPal, BMW, and the NCAA. Her professional career started at Major League Soccer before she moved on to Nintendo to manage event marketing programs for both the Wii and the DS.

Christie graduated with a bachelors degree in Sports Administration and Marketing from the University of Tulsa.


Jack Cuchran

Business Development


As a member of the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Business Development team, Jack is responsible for selling individual and group tickets along with suites and customizable VIP experiences.

A native of Chicago, Jack graduated from Northwestern University, and has a masters from University of Texas at Austin. He came to the Valero Alamo Bowl after spending 25 years with the San Antonio Spurs as the Season and Group Ticket Sales Account Manager.

Jack lives with his wife, Kim Burke, and together have a family of 4 siblings – Isabel, Finn, Axel and Aden.




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.

In an effort to match her namesake who once ate 46 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Sonya rose to the challenge but tapped out at 12.

Instagram   |  LinkedIn   |  Website

Sergio Ramirez

Digital Media Coordinator


Sergio is this year’s digital media coordinator. He produces the Valero Alamo Bowl’s social media content for all Valero Alamo Bowl events and assists with designing video wall and ribbon board production. As a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Sergio is studying Digital Communication and runs his own media production company.

Before joining the Valero Alamo Bowl, Sergio served as a marketing intern with the San Antonio Current and created commercials for his hometown Odessa Police Department.



The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 26 San Antonio high school students splitting $52,000 in scholarships.

The success of the game allowed the Bowl to add a college scholarship program in 2016 with support from each San Antonio area four-year university.  These two programs now combine to award an average of $1 million to distributed 135+ deserving students each year. This amount is the largest local scholarship total among the 40 bowl games.

For the 2019-20 season, the Valero Alamo Bowl surpassed $6 million in total scholarship awards split between 1,082 winners.

High School Scholarships:

Each December a minimum of 75 scholarship winners are recognized at the Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship Awards Luncheon presented by H-E-B. The students include at least one winner from every participating San Antonio area public and private high school. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative.

In addition to the luncheon, the winners are annually recognized on-field during the Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of game tickets provided by Frost and the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Interested in the 2020-2021 Valero Alamo Bowl Scholar-Athlete Program?

Seniors from San Antonio area public schools (25 miles from the city center) and long-established private schools can obtain their Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House application from their school’s College and Career coordinator.

2020 Key Dates (tentative):

September 8-9: Schools to pick up their allotment of applications and Booklets of San Antonio / Bexar County Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
November 1:
Deadline for schools to submit their allotted student applications to the Foundation (each school’s internal deadlines vary so check with your school’s Counseling Office).
November 23: Winners notified and invited to the luncheon and the Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 16: Scholarship Awards Luncheon presented by H-E-B.
December 29: Winners recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Each high school will have the opportunity to submit up to four applicants so interested students should check with their guidance departments to inquire about the status of their Valero Alamo Bowl submissions.

Applicants must be ranked in the top 20% of their class and have an ACT of 22+ or SAT of 1170+. 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, honors received and at least one varsity letter from participating in a sport.

To view the 2019-20 recipients, please click here.

College Scholarships:

The Bowl’s college program is called the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners scholarship and is funded by the Bowl and matching programs at all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities. The scholarship total and number of winners is announced at the start of each college football season.

On August 23, 2019, 64 winners from University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Trinity University and UTSA sharing $430,000 in awards were recognized.

In 2020, 67 winners will split $440,000 in scholarship awards at the six local universities.

While each San Antonio university determines its own criteria for selecting the winners, the program’s focus is junior and seniors with a high propensity to stay and work in San Antonio. The winners are annually recognized at the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pigskin Preview Luncheon in late August.

$6.1 million
in Scholarship Awards

Community Outreach

The Valero Alamo Bowl stages a premier college football game as the showcase of an annual festival of events.

The Valero Alamo Bowl was created in 1993 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.

In its 28th year, the Valero Alamo Bowl boasts an enviable track record of exciting games in front of capacity crowds that deliver a positive impact for San Antonio and exposure for both the city and the schools playing in the game.

The Valero Alamo Bowl has hosted 27 bowl games that have combined to attract over 1.62 million spectators, generate a total economic impact in excess of $950 million dollars and contribute over $128 million to higher education through team payouts ($122 million) and local scholarships ($6 million).

Bowl Growth 
After paying each team playing in the 1993 Builders Square Alamo Bowl $720,000, the Valero Alamo Bowl combined team payout to the Big 12 and Pac-12 will be $9 million for the 2020 Valero Alamo Bowl.

Raising more money for the higher payouts has been worth it as they deliver higher profile teams to San Antonio which translates into greater recognition, tourism and economic vibrancy to the city.

The 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl was the final game of a successful six-year agreement that brought the top teams from Big 12 and Pac‐12 conferences outside the CFP to San Antonio. Five of those six games featured Top 25 match-ups.

Neutral Site Games
Since economic development is the Valero Alamo Bowl’s focus and basis of the organization’s non-profit status, the Valero Alamo Bowl also strives to bring other events to San Antonio that deliver positive results.

In addition to 27  Valero Alamo Bowls, the organization has also served as the local host for 11 neutral site games that have combined to deliver $167 million in total economic impact for San Antonio. These games include three Big 12 Football Championships (1997, 1999 and 2007) and two of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series games (2009 and 2016).

The most impactful of these games was the 2007 Big 12 Football Championship. The game featuring # #9 Oklahoma’s upset win against #9 Missouri was ABC/ESPN’s most-watched college regular season game of the year with 11.8 million viewers. In addition to the media exposure for San Antonio, the fans traveling to watch this Top 10 match-up delivered a $57.8 million total economic impact for the city.

Community Programs
The growth of the Valero Alamo Bowl along with the extension of its partnerships with Valero and ESPN along with Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences through the 2025 football season has allowed our community outreach to increase.

In June 2017, the Valero Alamo Bowl contributed $6 million for technology upgrades at the Alamodome. This new funding allowed an expanded public Wi-Fi system, two additional HD video screens and sound system upgrades. This brought the total amount for recent Alamodome improvements to $60 million in time for the facility to host the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four and will benefit all future events.

Valero, who has been a sponsor of the bowl since its inception and title sponsor since 2007, and a loyal base of partners and ticket buyers have fueled the expansion of  several of the Bowl’s community programs,


Since 2016, the Valero Alamo Bowl and its partners have annually awarded over $1 million to San Antonio high school and college students. This amount is the largest local scholarship total among all of the bowl games. 

Inclusive of the 140 winners that will receive bowl scholarships during the 2019-2020 season, a total in excess of $6 million will have been awarded to 1,082 winners since 2000.

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 matches donations from our partners to host an average of 1,500+ members of the Wounded Warriors Project, USO and VetTix each year. Our 2018 donors included Anne and Steve Ballantyne, Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributor, The Law Offices of William B. Kingman and Teresa and David R. Schmidt, M.D.

The Valero Alamo Bowl also underwrites specially priced tickets to allow another 1,500 military personnel and their families to attend each 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 35+ person coaching staff that annually boasts over 350 years of collegiate experience.

This free clinic for 500 youth, ages 7-14, teaches offense, defense/agility and blocking/tackling drills as well as the fundamentals of being good student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.

Concussion Testing
In collaboration with Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio’s BrainHeroes initiative, the Valero Alamo Bowl underwrites the cost for any San Antonio middle or high school that would like to provide baseline testing for their student-athletes. The program started in 2012 with 14 campuses participating in this program. In total, the Valero Alamo Bowl has contributed 15,000 tests to ensure every interested school can still take advantage of this offer.

Charity Tickets
To provide opportunities for deserving youth to see the excitement of college football in person, the Valero Alamo Bowl matches donations from our partners to underwrite an average of 1,000 game tickets for local charity organizations such as Baptist Children’s Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boysville and Youth Alternatives to attend as a group. To register a non-profit as a perspective beneficiary of these group charity tickets or become a donor, please email the bowl office by November 21 each year.

Fill The Bowl

Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts a “Fill The Bowl” food drive with the San Antonio Food Bank. Fans are encouraged to donate items on the Food Bank’s most wanted list in exchange for bowl tickets.

In 2020, the Bowl also contributed $50,000 to the Food Bank’s COVID-19 relief efforts. This donation provided 500,000 pounds of groceries to those struggling with food needs during the crisis. The dollars were able to provide 100% of the food distributed at a mega food distribution at the Alamodome on May 1, benefiting approximately 8,000 individuals (2,000 households with an average of 4 per household).

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 during record-setting "Fill The Bowl" effort

San Antonio students receiving college scholarships 2017.


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 seven full-time staff members who combine to average 15+ years of experience working in post-season college football. However, we are always actively looking for talented and energetic people to get involved. Here are ways to be a part of our team:

Event Opportunities
Every August the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts a Volunteer Orientation to explain the bowl’s needs to help us produce 20+ events a year. Our calendar starts each July with a free Youth Clinic and runs through Bowl Week. To receive more information on how to get involved, please email Christie Lenox.

Bowl Week and Game Day Opportunities
The Valero Alamo Bowl has several openings for volunteers who want to help during the holidays. Please email Julie Baker your resume and include a note of which of the following opportunities that interests you:

  • Event Assistant: Are you a college student who will be back in San Antonio the last 2-3 weeks of December? To receive a wide range of experiences with event management, hospitality services, fan relations and public relations, consider applying to be one of our two event assistants. These positions are a great way to gain a lot of experience in a very compressed time frame.
  • Street Team: This group of digital and communications volunteers captures behind-the-scenes experiences from fans and players participating in Bowl Week activities, contributes content to the Valero Alamo Bowl social media accounts and assists with our media operations.
  • Fan Experience Team: Outgoing, social individuals who want to volunteer on game day should consider our Fan Experience Team. You will be armed with a wealth of information about the game and the Alamodome to answer any questions fans may have throughout the day.

Valero Alamo Bowl Committee
If you live in San Antonio and would like a more substantial volunteer role, please visit our Committee page to get involved with our Community Relations, Business Development, Event Operations and Media Relations efforts.

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

Part-Time Digital Media Internship Program (April – January)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires a part-time digital media intern to assist with the bowl’s video production, graphic design and social media efforts. This position is best for a local university student who has an open afternoon or two and then can commit to full-time help the last two weeks of December. The posting can be found here and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Full-Time Internship Program (July – January)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires three full-time interns to work in these areas: event coordination, communications/digital marketing and ticket sales/service. The posting can be found here. The 2020 application deadline is March 27.