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 35 Active, 4 Ex-Officio and 23 Life Members.

Officers

  • Lamont A. Jefferson
    Chairman
    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Attorney at Law, Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PPLC

  • Mike Chapman
    Chair-Elect
    Mike Chapman

    Executive VP & COO, Security Service Federal Credit Union

  • Mike Kiolbassa
    Treasurer
    Mike Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Brad Barron
    Secretary
    Brad Barron

    CEO, NuStar Energy L.P.

Board Members

  • Steve Arnold
    Steve Arnold

    Area President, Wells Fargo Bank

  • Steve Atkins
    Steve Atkins

    President, The Atkins Group

  • 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

    CEO/CMO, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

  • Carlos Contreras
    Carlos Contreras

    Asst. City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Gene Dawson
    Gene Dawson

    President, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

  • Patrick Dudley
    Patrick Dudley

    President, Cameron Companies

  • John D. Eadie
    John D. Eadie

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

  • Derrick Fox
    President
    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Pat Frost
    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • Clay Jett
    Clay Jett

    Regional President S. Texas, Bank SNB

  • Darrell D. Jones
    Darrell D. Jones

    Lt. General USAF- Retired

  • Joe Linson
    Joe Linson

    President, JEL & Associates

  • Brandon Logan
    Brandon Logan

    SRG Athletics

  • Casandra Matej
    Casandra Matej

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Daniel Ortiz
    Daniel Ortiz

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

  • Lynette Padalecki
    Lynette Padalecki

    Group VP of Corporate Planning & Analysis, 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

  • Michael Sawaya
    Michael Sawaya

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Sports Facilities

  • 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

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

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Greg Tunnell
    Greg Tunnell

    EVP, KB Homes

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson

    GM/VP, Ancira Nissan

  • 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
  • Rosette Davila
    Rosette Davila

    Vice President, Davila Pharmacy, 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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 2014: Lynette Padalecki
  • 2015: Mike Yantis, Jr.
  • 2016: Lamont Jefferson

Staff

Derrick Fox

President/CEO

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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:

  • $455+ million in direct economic impact to San Antonio
  • 98% capacity at the Alamodome and 7.2 million ESPN viewers for the last 5 Valero Alamo Bowls
  • $99+ million in contributions to institutions of higher education through team payouts and another $2 million in local scholarships

A graduate of Duke University, Fox came to San Antonio in August 1992 after seven years with the Fiesta Bowl.  A native of Port Angeles, Washington, Fox is married to Alison Fox and has two sons: Drew and Jake.

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Julie Baker

Vice President of Operations

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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

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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. 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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Will Hoven

Events & Operations Coordinator

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Will is this year’s Events & Operations Coordinator. Will is responsible for managing volunteers and assisting with the bowl’s Community Festival of Events. Prior to joining the bowl, Will completed an internship within the championships department of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Will also spent over three years working for the University of Kansas Football team, starting as a student manager and finishing as a football operations intern.

A New Jersey native, Will graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business.

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Sara McCarty

Digital Media Coordinator

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Sara is this year’s digital media coordinator. She produces the Valero Alamo Bowl’s digital media content for all Valero Alamo Bowl events. Sara is a student at Trinity University where she studies communication and sport management.

Bryan Moynihan

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service

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In his seventh 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.

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Lara Smedley

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing

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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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Ray Silva

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

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Ray is this year’s Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Ray can handle all your needs from premium group outings to ticket purchasing questions.

Ray also handles all customer related issues for the Valero Alamo Bowl. Chances are, Ray has called your before!

A graduate of Texas State University, Ray is proud to be from San Antonio. He has 6 sisters and a very loving and supportive family. Before Ray’s role here with the Valero Alamo Bowl, he helped start the Student Bobcat Club at Texas State University and helped gather donations for the Texas State Bobcat Club to support student-athlete scholarships.

Call Ray for Valero Alamo Bowl tickets at (210)704-6387

Sonya Thomas

Director of Executive Services

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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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Brianne Wigley

Communications Coordinator

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Brianne is this year’s communications coordinator. She is responsible for the organization’s public relations and social media efforts, while being the primary contact for media members. Prior to joining the bowl, Brianne spent two years working for the University of Florida as the women’s golf communications contact, and she was previously the sports information assistant at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

A Daytona Beach native, Brianne graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a degree in Sports Broadcasting, and again in 2016 with a master’s degree in Public Relations.

 

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Scholarships

The Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship Program began in 2000 with 25 local San Antonio area high school students receiving $2,000 scholarships to the college of their choice.

Sixteen years later that total is 10 times greater as over $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded in $7,500 increments to 65+ deserving students in 2016. This record amount will push the bowl’s total local scholarship giving to $2.6 million split between 579 students.

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

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation administers the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship 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 guidance counselor.

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

Applicants must be ranked in the top 15% of their class and have an ACT of 24+ or SAT of 1200+. 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.

To read about the 2015 winners, click here.

To view past recipients, click here.

Key 2016 Dates
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November 4: Deadline for schools to submit their allotted student applications (each school’s internal deadlines vary so check with the guidance office)
December 9: Winners notified and invited to the luncheon and Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 15 (tentative): Scholarship Awards Luncheon
December 29: Winners recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl.

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Community Outreach

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

Mission
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 24th 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. Over 800,000 out-of-town visitors have attended the bowl game since its inception providing a direct economic impact in San Antonio of $455.6 million and a total impact of $772 million.

Bowl Growth 
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 $8.05 million.

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. Last year’s Valero Alamo Bowl is a good example.

In the second year as the #1 bowl outside of the College Football Playoff, the Valero Alamo Bowl delivered another Top 15 match-up as #11 TCU staged the biggest comeback in bowl history to beat #15 Oregon 47-41. The ESPN viewership peaked at a bowl record 10.9 million viewers watching during the thrilling triple overtime conclusion. That total exceeded the 9.5 million average viewership of the four non-playoff CFP games.

Last year’s game also brought over 51,990 out-of-town fans (the highest total since 2006) and a total impact to San Antonio of $45.8 million, according to third party study by SportsEconomics.

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 23 Valero Alamo Bowls, the Valero Alamo Bowl has served as the local host for 10 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 Notre Dame’s first Shamrock Series game in 2009.

The Valero Alamo Bowl secured a second Shamrock Series appearance which will be played between Notre Dame and Army on November 12, 2016. The total economic impact to San Antonio for this game is projected at $27 million which combined with the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl will deliver a $72 million total impact for the year.

Community Programs
The growth of the Valero Alamo Bowl has allowed our community outreach to increase.

Valero, who has been a sponsor of the bowl since its inception, coupled with a loyal base of partners and ticket buyers have helped sell out four of the last five games while keeping ticket prices reasonable for San Antonio residents (8,000+ of last year’s tickets sold locally were for $40 or less).

Such support has also fueled the expansion of the other charitable programming as listed below.

Scholarships
The Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship Program began in 2000 with 25 local San Antonio high school students receiving $2,000 scholarships to the college of their choice. Sixteen years later that total is 10 times greater as over $500,000 in scholarship awards will be split between 65+ deserving students in 2016.

These recipients will be selected in early December and then recognized at an awards luncheon in mid-December and on the field during the game. Inclusive of these 2016 awards, the program will have given over $2.6 million in scholarships to 575 deserving San Antonio students since its inception making it the second largest scholarship program among the 40 other bowl games.

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 and our partners annually host 1,000+ members of the Wounded Warriors Project, the Gold Star Families and VetTix. The bowl also underwrites specially priced tickets to allow an average of 1,750 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 400 youth ages 7-14 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.

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 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. The Valero Alamo Bowl contributed another 10,000 tests in 2015 to ensure every interested Bexar County high school could 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 solicits partners to underwrite an average of 1,000 game tickets each year for local charity organizations such as Baptist Children’s Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Town, CASA, Family Service Association and Youth Alternatives. To register a non-profit as a perspective beneficiary of charity tickets, please email the bowl office by November 15 each year.

In addition, the Valero Alamo Bowl regularly teams up with the San Antonio Food Bank for the “Fill the Bowl” fundraiser. With game tickets to a soldout game 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 2015 fundraiser provided 28,000 meals for the Food Bank.

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

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pounds of food collected for San Antonio Food Bank during record-setting "Fill The Bowl" effort

Contact

Valero Alamo Bowl
100 Montana Street
San Antonio, Texas 78203

Main Phone: 210.226.2695
Fax Number: 210.704.6399

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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 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 (May – April)
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. Details on this paid internship are posted here. A review of the candidates begins each April.

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 typically extended in early May.

Event and Bowl Week Volunteer 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 each July) and runs through Bowl Week. To receive more information on how to join our team, please e-mail Lara Smedley.

Valero Alamo Bowl Committee
If you would like a more substantial role, consider joining our Committee to support our Community Relations, Business Development, Event Operations and Media Relations efforts. To receive more information on how to volunteer for various events or our Committee, please e-mail Lara Smedley.