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.

2014 Officers

  • Fox, Derrick-President

    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

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    Lynette Padalecki

    Group VP of Corporate Planning & Analysis, HEB

  • Yantis Jr., Mike

    Chair – Elect
    Mike Yantis, Jr.

    President and CEO, Yantis Company

  • Jefferson,Lamont

    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Attorney at Law, Haynes and Boone, LLP

  • Chapman, Mike

    Mike Chapman

    Sr. Vice President Lending, Security Service Federal Credit Union

Board Members

  • AprilAncira

    April Ancira

    Vice President, Ancira Automotive Group

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    Steve Arnold

    Area President, Wells Fargo Bank

  • Atkins, Steve

    Steve Atkins

    President, The Atkins Group

  • Barron,Brad

    Brad Barron

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

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    Ed Belmares

    Asst. City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Cain, Randy-2012 Chairman

    Randy Cain

    Office Managing Parnter, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Ciskowski, Mike

    Mike Ciskowski

    Executive Vice President and CFO, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Cohen, Bob

    Bob Cohen

    President, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

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    John A. Colglazier, Jr.

    Vice President, Colglazier Properties

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    Rosette Davila

    Vice President, Davila Pharmacy, Inc.

  • Dawson, Jr., Gene

    Gene Dawson

    President, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

  • Dudley, Patrick

    Patrick Dudley

    President, Cameron Search|Staffing

  • Eadie, John

    John D. Eadie

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

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    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • ClayJett

    Clay Jett

    Market President, Bank SNB

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    Mike Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Linson, Joe

    Joe Linson

    President, JEL & Associates

  • Matej,Cassandra

    Casandra Matej

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Norris, Randy

    Randy Norris

    Senior Vice President – Enterprise Market Development, Fiserv

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    Daniel Ortiz

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

  • Rath, Diane

    Diane Rath

    Sr. Vice President, ResCare Workforce Services

  • JackRogers

    Jack Rogers

    President, Capital Title San Antonio

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    Michael Sawaya

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Sports Facilities

  • Schlagel, Dave

    Dave Schlagel

    President, Natural Resource Consortium

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    David R. Schmidt

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Sculley,Sheryl

    Sheryl Sculley

    City Manager, City of San Antonio

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    Steve Seago

    Vice President of Sales, Genesis Networks Telecome Services,LLC

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    Randy C. Smith

    President, Weston Urban

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    Charlie Strickland

    Executive Vice President Corporate Finance, Holt Companies

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    Greg Tunnell

    Vice President, KB Homes

  • SteveWagner

    Steve Wagner

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    Jason Wallace

    Chief Strategy Officer/Partner, Contingent Macro Advisors

  • Waters, Steve

    Steve Waters

    General Counsel, USAA Real Estate Company

Board Life Members

  • Amato, Charlie

    Charlie Amato

    Chairman, Southwest Business Corporation

  • Ancira, Jr., Ernesto

    Ernesto Ancira, Jr.

    President/CEO, Ancira Enterprises, Inc.

  • Bookbinder, Russ

    Russ Bookbinder

    President, San Antonio Sports

  • Callaway, Jim

    Jim Callaway

  • Cockrell, Lila

    Lila Cockrell

  • Divich, Maj. Gen. Chris

    Chris Divich

    Executive Vice President, SWBC

  • Doyle, Jr., Jim

    Jim Doyle, Jr.

    Attorney at Law

  • Dublin, Jim

    Jim Dublin

    Chairman/CEO, Dublin & Associates

  • Dugas, Jr., Norman T

    Norman T. Dugas, Jr.

    President, Dugas Diversified Developments

  • Ebrom, Charlie

    Charlie Ebrom

    Vice-President, Zachary Group, Inc.

  • Felicella, Frank G

    Frank G. Felicella

    Treasurer, DSSW Management Corporation

  • Greehey, Bill

    Bill Greehey

    Chairman, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Haywood, Norcell D

    Norcell Haywood

    President/CEO, Haywood Jordan McCowan

  • McArthur, Janelle

    Janelle McArthur

    President, The McArthur Company

  • McCandless, Bill-Chairman

    Bill McCandless

    Vice Chairman, Lone Star Capital Bank

  • McCombs, Red

    Red McCombs

    McCombs Enterprises

  • Novoa, Tony

    Tony Novoa

  • Otte, A. Ray

    A. Ray Otte

  • Urps, Tommy

    Tommy Urps

  • Wender, Marty

    Marty Wender

    President, Wender & Hall LLP

  • Wilson, Jr., Floyd

    Floyd Wilson, Jr.

    Market President, Frost

  • Wright, Mark

    Mark Wright

  • Yantis, John

    John Yantis

    Chairman of the Board,p>ntis 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 S. 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 two sons: Drew and Jake.

Digital Media Coordinator

Sidne Auvert

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.

Vice President of Operations

Julie Baker

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. In addition the bowl’s volunteer program and human relations efforts, Julie is the primary contact for the participating teams, all facilities and the bowl’s merchandising and licensing programs. 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.

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Rick Hill

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 all 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 and the non-profit Spurs Foundation’s fund-raising events. 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 and is married to Mindy and has two daughters: Heidi and Audrey.

Events Coordinator

Kelly Humphrey

Born and raised in Texas, Kelly is a graduate from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Mass Communications. While in school she was actively involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America, and for the past 10 years she has been an event production assistant for the Miss Texas USA Organization.

Media Coordinator

Seth Krug

A Kansas City native and Oklahoma State graduate, Seth has worked in a variety of media settings during his short career including producing digital video content for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Kansas City and being a beat writer for covering Oklahoma State football and basketball. Once while vacationing in Vail, Seth relaxed in Lindsey Vonn’s hot tub.

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service

Bryan Moynihan

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 at 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.

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Gil Parra

Gil graduated last spring with a degree in Sport Management from the Washington State University where he was consistently involved with the Cougars’ athletic department throughout his undergraduate career. At the Valero Alamo Bowl, Gil handles daily ticketing operations as well as assists in sponsorship sales and marketing efforts.

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing

Lara Smedley

Lara is in her sixth year with the Valero Alamo Bowl. As the Senior Manager of Events & Marketing, she is responsible for the production and logistics of the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as its advertising and marketing efforts. She spent a year as the bowl’s Media Coordinator in 2007 before working 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.

Director of Executive Services

Sonya Thomas

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 FirstData 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.


The Valero Alamo Bowl will award 35 Bexar County high school students $7,500 scholarships in 2014 bringing the bowl’s 15-year scholarship total to 432 students sharing nearly $1.5 million.

In addition to the one-time, non-renewable $7,500 scholarship, recipients will be been invited with their parents to attend an awards luncheon in on Wednesday, December 17 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 October 31. Interested students should ask their guidance office to review the information included in the Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House book that is provided to 70 area high school guidance offices in late September.

To view last year’s recipients, click here.

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Community Outreach

The non-profit Valero Alamo Bowl’s purpose is to stage a premier college football game as the showcase of an annual festival of events that will bring enjoyment to South Texans, San Antonians and visitors alike while creating positive economic impact and national attention for the community each year, along with substantial benefit for the participating universities.

Now 22 years old, the Valero Alamo Bowl boasts an enviable track record of exciting games that deliver economic impact for San Antonio and exposure for both the city and the schools playing in the game.

In 2013, the Valero Alamo Bowl awarded a record combined payout of $6.35 million to the Big 12 and Pac-12 universities selected to play in San Antonio. This payout ranks the Valero Alamo #11 of the 35 bowl games up from #18 out of 18 games in its inaugural year.

The Valero Alamo Bowl is also proud to have grown its local community outreach efforts.

For the 2013 game, the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship program surpassed the $1.23 million mark in total scholarships granted. This season, a minimum of 35 graduating seniors selected from San Antonio high schools will each receive $7,500 college scholarships and be recognized on the field during the game.

In addition, the Valero Alamo Bowl regularly teams up with the San Antonio Food Bank for the “Fill the Bowl” fund-raiser, which began in 2008. In 2012 “Fill the Bowl” set a record with 187,428 pounds of food collected for the San Antonio Food Bank, which was enough to provide 146,428 meals for Southwest Texas families.

To provide opportunities for local youth and families in need to see the excitement of college football in person, the Valero Alamo Bowl also solicits bowl 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

San Antonio’s military community is an important part of the city and its history. As a token of our appreciation for their service to our country, the Valero Alamo Bowl annually hosts members of the Wounded Warriors Project and receives additional underwriting allowing an average of 2,000 military personnel and their families to attend each game via specially priced tickets.

In 2012, the Valero Alamo Bowl offered to underwrite baseline concussion testing to all San Antonio area high schools. The first year 14 campuses participated in this program administrated by Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio. The third season of testing kicked off in May 2014 at Southwest High School where 100 athletes completed their baselines.

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


Join The Team

We are always on the lookout for energetic people.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities in our digital media and event management departments are currently available for part-time office work during the off-season (January- August). Whether it’s one afternoon a week or several, it’s a good way for busy college students to get experience without a huge time commitment.

We also have needs for volunteers during select bowl events and Bowl Week.

For information on our volunteer opportunities, please e-mail Lara Smedley.