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.


  • Lamont A. Jefferson
    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PPLC

  • Mike Chapman
    Mike Chapman

    Executive VP & COO, Security Service Federal Credit Union

  • Mike Kiolbassa
    Mike Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Brad Barron
    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

    President, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

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

    Vice President, Colglazier Properties

  • Carlos Contreras
    Carlos Contreras
  • 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

  • Derrick Fox
    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Pat Frost
    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • Clay Jett
    Clay Jett

    Market President, 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

  • Randy Norris
    Randy Norris

    Senior Vice President – Enterprise Market Development, Fiserv

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    Vice President, KB Homes

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson

    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

  • 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.


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:

  • $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


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 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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Josh Lightner

Digital Media Coordinator


Josh is this year’s digital media coordinator. He produces the Valero Alamo Bowl’s digital media content and manages Alamodome stadium graphics for all Valero Alamo Bowl events. Josh is a student at The University of Incarnate Word where he studies communication arts.

Bryan Moynihan

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service


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


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 $450,000 at a special luncheon on December 16, 2015 to 58 graduating seniors selected from more than 30 different San Antonio high schools. Each winner received a scholarship of $7,500+ to attend the college of their choice. This total was highest in the bowl’s history and pushed the bowl’s local scholarship giving the last 16 years to $2.1 million.

For both 2016 and 2017 the Valero Alamo Bowl is pledging to provide another $450,000 in scholarships to push the program’s total to over $3 million for the bowl’s 25th Anniversary celebration.

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.

Applicants must be ranked in the top 15% of their class or have an SAT of 1250 (math, critical reading) or ACT of 28 and reside in Bexar County. 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. That deadline is typically the first week of November, but interested students should check with their guidance departments as schools will often set earlier internal deadlines to review their candidates.

To read about the 2015 winners, click here.

To view past recipients, click here.

Key 2016 Dates

September 9 (tentative): Local high schools can pick-up the bowl application included in the Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House book.
November 1: Deadline for students to apply (school internal deadlines vary so check with the guidance office)
December 9: Winners notified and invited to the luncheon and Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 16: 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 non-profit 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.

Now 23 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 800,000 out-of-town visitors have attended the bowl game since its inception providing a direct economic impact of $455.6 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 $8.05 million.

Higher payouts mean higher profile teams bringing greater recongition, tourism and economic vibrancy to San Antonio. 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 game 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 was 7.4 million viewers inclusive of a bowl record peak viewership of 10.9 million who tuned in during the three overtimes. That total compares favorably to the four non-playoff CFP games that averaged 9.5 million viewers.

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. Since inception, the Valero Alamo Bowl has delivered San Antonio $455 million in direct impact and $774 million total economic impact. That total rises to $517 million direct and $879 million total economic impact when including Big 12 Championship and other neutral site games the bowl has brought to town like the Shamrock Series games (October 31, 2009 and November 12, 2016).

Valero, who has been a sponsor of the bowl since its inception, will continue to fuel the bowl’s 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 four of the last five games and also allowed the Valero Alamo Bowl to increase its community programming.

While economic development is the Valero Alamo Bowl’s focus, the growth of the game has allowed our community outreach. Those efforts are listed below.

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 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.

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 with 14 campuses participating in this program. The Valero Alamo Bowl contributed another 10,000 tests in 2015 so 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 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.

In 2015, the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship Program awarded its 512th scholarship and surpassed the $2.1 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.

For 2016 the Valero Alamo Bowl has pledged to provide a minimum of $450,000 in scholarships.

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 40+ person coaching staff that annually boasts over 350 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 during record-setting "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 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 2016 – May 2017)
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 begin at the end of 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 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, Business Development, Event Operations, and Media Relations Committees. To receive more information on how to join our team, please e-mail Lara Smedley.