The Valero Alamo Bowl announced its officers who will oversee the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl and its Community Festival of Events. Michael Kiolbassa succeeds Mike Chapman as chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.
A board member since 2012, Kiolbassa is the President of Kiolbassa Provision Co, a San Antonio company founded by his grandparents in 1949.
He began his career in the family sausage business in 1987 after a two-year period working in the commercial banking industry as a credit analyst. Since then, Kiolbassa has overseen the transformation of the meat company from a small family business to one of the largest sausage manufacturers in the US.
“The opportunity to lead the Valero Alamo Bowl this year is extremely humbling,” said Kiolbassa. “I have tremendous respect and admiration for those who have guided this organization over the past 25 years. My goal is to build upon their immense accomplishments to further benefit our community while providing everyone who attends the Valero Alamo Bowl an unforgettable experience.”
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Kiolbassa is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization, Southwest Meat Association, Texas Association of Meat Processers, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Christ Episcopal Church.
“The Valero Alamo Bowl is San Antonio’s bowl game.” said Derrick Fox, President/CEO of the Valero Alamo Bowl. “Having someone like Michael whose family and company is so invested in our city will be invaluable as we strive to make the 25 next years as impactful and memorable as the first 25.”
The other officers for 2018 include:
- Brad Baron, President and CEO, NuStar Energy L.P., Chair-Elect
- Derrick Fox, President/CEO of the Valero Alamo Bowl, President
- Clay Jett, Regional Chairman, South Texas, Bank SNB, Treasurer
- Randy Cain, Vice Chair and Southwest Region Managing Partner, EY, Secretary
The 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl will be played on Friday. December 28. Tickets will go on sale this summer, but interested buyers can join the Priority Wait List at www.alamobowl.com
The 25th annual Valero Alamo Bowl in 2017 featuring #15 TCU’s come-from-behind 39-37 victory over #13 Stanford was the Valero Alamo Bowl’s fourth straight Top 15 matchup and the 10th time since 2005 the game’s outcome was undecided until the final minutes.
The event also brought 37,616 out-of-town visitors to San Antonio and generated a total economic impact of $38.3 million for the city last year, according to a report conducted by Economic Analytics Consulting. Since the advent of the College Football Playoff (CFP), the Valero Alamo Bowl is the only non-CFP game to feature a Top 15 matchup.
The 25 Valero Alamo Bowls have combined to deliver 1.5 million attendees to the Alamodome, 136 million viewers to ESPN, $105 million to its partner conferences and participating universities as well as $873 million in total economic impact to San Antonio.
Through 2025, the Valero Alamo Bowl will match up the #1 teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences after the CFP selections in San Antonio’s 65,000 seat Alamodome. The Bowl’s ESPN partnership and Valero title sponsorship also go through 2025 giving the Valero Alamo Bowl unprecedented stability in the post-season college football landscape.