Governor Abbott Names Hollub Chairman and Names Nine to Board of Directors of Texas Economic Development Corporation | Texas Governor’s Office

July 6, 2022 | Austin | Appointment

Governor Abbott has made nine appointments to the Board of Directors of the Texas Economic Development Corporation for terms that expire at the Governor’s pleasure. In addition, the governor named Vicki Hollub president. The company is the private arm of a public-private partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism responsible for marketing Texas, nationally and globally, as the best state for business.

Vicki Hollub of Galveston has served on the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors since April 2019 and previously served as Vice Chairman. She is President and CEO of Occidental, an international oil and gas exploration and production company that is one of the largest US oil and gas companies based on market capitalization. She joined Occidental’s Board of Directors in 2015 and has been with Occidental for over 35 years. She has extensive operations and leadership experience, most recently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. Hollub sits on the boards of Lockheed Martin and the American Petroleum Institute. She is Chair of the Oil and Gas Community of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. Additionally, she is the past chair of the Bear Bryant Awards campaign for the American Heart Association. Hollub earned a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of Alabama. She was inducted into the 2016 Class of Distinguished Engineering Scholars at the University of Alabama College of Engineering.

Arun Agarwal of Dallas is the CEO of Nextt and has business interests in textiles, cotton trading and real estate. He is chairman of the India American CEO Council and chairman of the Dallas Parks & Recreation Board. Additionally, he is a board member of US India Friendship Council, UT Dallas Board of Trustees, Texas Tech Innovation HUB at Research Park, Big Brothers Big Sisters International, and MD Anderson Board of Visitors . He also volunteers for CHETNA and the Living Dreams Foundation. Agarwal holds a Masters in Business Administration from IMT – Ghaziabad, a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and an Advanced Certificate in International Business from Harvard University.

Adrian Cannady of Temple is President and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation. He is a Fellow and Treasurer of the Texas Economic Development Council and a Fellow of the International Economic Development Council. Additionally, he is a member and former president of Team Texas. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army. Cannady earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science and a Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston – Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Institute of Economic Development.

S. David Deanda, Jr. of Mission is chairman and director of Lonestar National Bank. Deanda’s career spans over 38 years. He has spent the past 28 years as a vital component in the transformation of Lone Star National Bank into one of the largest independent banks in the state of Texas with over $3.06 billion in total assets and 35 full-service banking centers in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. In addition to serving on the board of the Lone Star National Bank, Deanda is a member of the board of directors of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. He also actively serves the community as a board member of the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunity and Scholarships (VAMOS) and chair of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority. He is a member of the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Texas A&M University Kingsville Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Houston Bauer College of Business Board of Trustees, the Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Council, and the Dallas FedCommunity Depository Institutions. Advisory Board. Deanda holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Katie Farmer of Fort Worth is President and CEO of BNSF Railway, the largest Class I railroad in the United States. She has worked for BNSF for 30 years and previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where she oversaw the entire operations organization. She is a board member of the Association of American Railroads, past president of the National Freight Transportation Association, and past president of the Intermodal Association of North America. She is a board member of Texas Christian University (TCU) and the Jewel Charity Ball. She is also a supporting member of the Junior League of Fort Worth and the National Charity League and a former member of the Cook Children’s Health Foundation Board of Directors and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Executive Committee. Farmer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from TCU.

L. Frederick “Rick” Francis of El Paso is the executive chairman of WestStar. He is a member of the Borderplex Alliance, the Texas Business Leadership Council and the Federal Reserve Bank-Dallas Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. He is Chairman of the Board of the Medical Center of the Americas, a member of the Board of Directors of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and El Paso Electric, President of the Pioneer Association of El Paso, and a member of the Hospitals Advisory Board of Providence. He is a former Regent of the Texas Tech University System, serving from 2003 to 2019, and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Texas Hospital Trustees. He is past president of Boy Scouts of America Area 5 (Rocky Mountain States), Young Presidents Organization, Yucca Council Boy Scouts of America, Sunturians, and Crime Stoppers of El Paso. He is also a former board member of Western Refining, Inc. He has been active on the Business Advisory Council of El Paso Community College, the Rotary Club of El Paso, the Better Business Bureau, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Francis received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Mauricio Gutierrez of Houston is president and chief executive officer of NRG Energy, Inc., and previously served as chief operating officer for five years and executive vice president of business operations, overseeing all commodity trading. In addition, he held several management positions at energy trader Dynegy and consulting firm DTP in Mexico City. He is president of the Retail Energy Advancement League (REAL), board member of the Business Roundtable, and past president of the Electric Power Supply Association. Additionally, he is a board member of Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose and a former board member of FIRST Global. Gutierrez earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Panamericana, a master’s of science in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and a master’s of science in petroleum economics from the French Institute of Petroleum.

George “Trey” Henderson, III of Lufkin is director and owner of Henderson Community Ltd. Previously, he was Vice President of the Lufkin Division of Overseas Hardwood Company and President and Vice President of Angelina Hardwood Sales Company for over 30 years. He is a board member of the 12th Man Foundation and past board member of Governor Perry’s Evacuation Task Force, Angelina College Board of Trustees, Ethics Commission of Texas and the Private Lands Advisory Board of the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Henderson received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.

Peter J. Holt of San Antonio is CEO and General Manager of HOLT CAT. Holt is a managing partner at Spurs Sports and Entertainment and a partner at Austin-based venture capital firm Ironspring. He is a board member of the University of the Incarnate Word, SA Ready to Work, and chair of the Early Matters Advisory Board of San Antonio. He serves on the executive committee of the United Way of San Antonio and the executive committee of the Texas Wildlife Association. Holt also recently joined the board of directors of Alamo Trust Inc. Holt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Eduardo Margain of Austin is founder and CEO of Pixiu Investments and co-founder of Major League Soccer Club Austin FC. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Margain previously represented Microsoft in Mexico and built a career there as a successful technology investor. Since calling Austin home more than 12 years ago, Eduardo’s company has acquired iconic real estate, such as the Driskill Hotel and the Scarbrough and Littlefield buildings. Pixiu also developed Q2 Stadium and St. David’s Performance Center as an owner partner of Austin FC. Pixiu has also sponsored private equity investments in Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Gardens, SocialSuite Inc., and Tiff’s Treats, among others. Margain is chairman of the Greater Austin Crime Commission, a board member of the 4ATX Foundation, and a member of the Austin Council on Foreign Affairs. Margain earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and information systems from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.