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Returning Post Pandemic & Efficiencies Learned

Julie Bass – Chief Mission Officer, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

David Brady – Chief Customer Entertainment & Engagement Officer, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Sean Gleason – Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Professional Bull Riders

Rob Matwick – Executive Vice President Business Operations, Texas Rangers

Julie Bass graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a degree in Agricultural Development. She was a member of the equestrian team during her enrollment at A&M, so with her passion for agriculture and the equine industry, Julie gladly accepted a position with the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM in 2006 in the equine department. Three years later, she moved to a manager’s role in the Exhibits and Attractions Department. After three years in this capacity, Julie accepted a position as the Fair Manager of the Montgomery County Fair in Conroe, Texas. The culmination of this role resulted in Bass bringing a fresh perspective to educational programming and she was able to increase the fair’s sponsorship dollars by more than fifty percent. In the fall of 2014, Bass returned to her roots in the fair and festival industry as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she was named the Executive Director of General Exhibits and Attractions. Bass’ department was responsible for commercial exhibits, agricultural education, and attractions components of the twenty-day event. In May 2020, Bass accepted the title of Chief Mission Officer and now oversees her previous department plus Auctions and Donors, Scholarships and Grants, and Sponsorship. This division supports more than 45 committees and is staffed by 24 full time employees. Julie and her husband, Alan, live in Magnolia, Texas with their two young sons, Tate and Brady. She and her brother also manage a small ranching operation on her family’s homestead in Weimar, Texas.

David Brady brings a wealth of sports and entertainment experience to his role as chief entertainment and customer experience officer. He is responsible for managing all aspects of customer experience, including rodeo competitions and concerts, grounds and stadium presentations, and marketing and public relations. Additionally, Brady oversees retail functions, including ticketing, merchandise and the Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Show events. Previously, Brady served as president and chief strategic officer of Brady Strategic Partnerships. Prior to Brady Strategic Partnerships, he was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash, Dynamo Charities and BBVA Stadium. He also served as chief marketing officer and vice president of development at the Houston Zoo. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and serves on numerous boards, including the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Lake Houston YMCA, among others.

Sean Gleason addressed his leadership management team in March 2020, at the outset of the global health pandemic that shut down all live sports and entertainment events. “We have a choice: We can go hide in fear. Or we can learn how to live safely with danger and keep our business going,” Gleason said. He and the team chose the latter. As others stayed on the sidelines, they wrote new safety protocols to get back to business. Forty-one days after the shutdown, PBR became the first major North American sport to return to action safely and responsibly with closed, televised events in Oklahoma in April, 2020. Then, in July, PBR became the first to welcome fans back into an indoor arena in Sioux Falls, SD with new safety protocols. In April, 2021 in Sioux Falls, PBR became the first sport to invite fans into an indoor arena at full capacity, again boldly blazing a trail back to normalcy. PBR now also competes in five countries and is seen in 130 territories around the world through global television distribution. PBR has 82.5 million fans in the U.S., according to ESPN Sports Poll, and its broadcasts on CBS Sports average more than 1 million U.S. viewers. Gleason, a 22-year PBR veteran, was named CEO in 2015 – the year the organization was acquired by global sports and entertainment leader, Endeavor. Before assuming the CEO post (he was named Commissioner in 2020), Gleason spent 15 years as a senior executive overseeing nearly every aspect of the sport, including corporate and event marketing, sponsorship sales, fan relations, licensing, and digital media. The innovation that has made PBR the leading sports organization during the pandemic is essential to Gleason’s management mantra – encouraging his team to develop creative new ways to grow while pushing America’s original extreme sport into the mainstream. Under Gleason’s leadership PBR has launched RidePass, the leading western sports digital network; the PBR Global Cup, an Olympics-style team bull riding competition; the PBR Majors and innovative formats like Last Cowboy Standing; and has partnered with the city of Las Vegas to move the PBR World Finals to T-Mobile Arena. Prior to joining PBR in 2001, Gleason oversaw the marketing and business development for all sports projects at Sierra Sports, including the best-selling NASCAR Racing, Trophy Bass and NFL Football Pro titles. He served as executive or supervising producer of six Grammy-nominated video and record projects and six multi-platinum video projects while with Miramar Productions, Inc. Gleason is an avid evangelist of the cowboy values at the heart of the world’s leading bull-riding organization as well as a strong supporter of ranching and agrarian interests, law enforcement, and the U.S. military. He is a graduate of Western Washington University.

Rob Matwick has been part of the Rangers organization since June 2008 when he joined the team as Executive Vice President, Ballpark Operations. In 2014, he was promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President, Business Operations. Matwick was the organization’s primary liaison with the City of Arlington on the construction of Globe Life Field. He worked on the club’s negotiation of a Master Agreement announced in May of 2016, which authorized the City to call a bond election in November of that year. In advance of the election, Rob worked on the “Vote Yes!” campaign, which resulted in Arlington residents approving the ballot language by a 60-40 margin. The citizen approval allowed the Rangers and City to move forward on the ballpark project, and to extend the lease agreement between the partners until January 1, 2054. Beginning in 2014, Matwick led the team in discussions with The Cordish Companies, a world class development firm based in Baltimore, which is widely considered the country’s leading developer of mixed use/entertainment developments. By the close of 2015, the Rangers, Cordish Companies and City of Arlington reached agreement on a $250 million dollar public-private partnership which led to the successful opening of Texas Live! in August of 2018, and the Live! by Loews Hotel in August of 2019. Most recently, Rob worked with the City and the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce on the successful campaign which will bring the National Medal of Honor Museum to the Entertainment District in 2024. Matwick serves on the Advisory Board for the Texas Rangers Foundation, is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and works with the Arlington Entertainment Area Management District. Rob is in his 36th season in Major League Baseball. Prior to returning to the state of Texas, he was named Vice President of Communications for the Detroit Tigers in January of 2007. The following year, he added oversight of the ticket sales department for the Tigers and oversaw both areas until joining the Rangers in June 2008. Previously, Matwick spent more than 21 years with the Houston Astros, where he worked in the roles of Director of Media Relations (1985-99), VP of Operations and Communications (1999-2000), and Senior VP of Ballpark Operations and Customer Service (2001-06). He was instrumental in many aspects of the construction of Minute Maid Park and oversaw all aspects of ballpark operations after the facility opened in 2000. Matwick was recognized by Major League Baseball with the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence in 2001, was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2012 was named MLB Professional of the Year by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. Prior to beginning his baseball career, Rob served as Sports Information Director at Wichita State University and worked in the sports information department at the University of South Carolina. He was also a sportswriter for the Aiken (SC) Standard. A native of McKeesport, PA, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, where he was also senior captain of the men’s basketball team. He earned his master of mass communication degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Rob and his wife Kelly have a daughter, Mackenzie, and reside in Southlake.


Drug Testing: Research Update

Dr. Travis Mays – Texas A&M University Diagnostics Lab

Dr. Mays grew up in a rural community in Texas, where he developed an interest in veterinary medicine and livestock production at an early age through his father’s mixed animal veterinary practice and fifth generation family ranching business. Having been employed by TVMDL in excess of 18 years, Dr. Mays currently serves as the Analytical Chemistry Section Head, overseeing daily operation of the Drug Testing and Toxicology labs. Dr. Mays completed his Master’s degree in toxicology and Doctorate in pharmacology, both from Texas A&M University. His professional interests include diagnostic toxicology and doping testing for the horse racing and livestock show industries.



Finding a Market for Your Market Animals

Thad Doye – Executive Director, Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Ken Lieber – President, Texas Livestock Marketing Association

Dustin Valusek – Livestock Coordinator, Texas Livestock Marketing Association

Clay Zwilling – Chief Executive Officer, National Swine Registry

Thad Doye has served as Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s executive director since March 2018. He is responsible for leading the day‐to‐day operations of Oklahoma’s largest general farm organization. A native of Lawton, Doye began his career at OKFB in 1998 as a field representative before being named vice president of field services and later moving to the position of crop insurance manager for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance. Doye was selected to serve as OKFB’s interim executive director in July 2017. For the past several years, Doye has helped build the Oklahoma Farming & Ranching Foundation’s Pork for Packs and Beef for Backpacks programs by transporting donated animals that are processed into

protein sticks for hungry Oklahoma children in cooperation with local food banks. Before joining the OKFB staff, Doye served as a grassroots OKFB leader as vice president of the organization’s state Young Farmers & Ranchers committee and as president of the Comanche County YF&R committee. Doye was also a member of class 13 of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program. He received an agriculture business degree from Cameron University in Lawton. Doye and his wife, Marla, raised three children – Christann (Dilks), Chasen and Cortlin – on the family’s Comanche County farm where they grow wheat and cover crops and raise cattle.

Ken Leiber grew up on family dairy and cattle farms in Anderson and Grimes counties. He graduated valedictorian from Anderson-Shiro Consolidated schools in 1977. He attended Texas A&M University where he received his BS in Agricultural Economics in December of 1980 graduating Summa Cum Laude. Ken had grown up near the Brazos Valley area and was exposed to and familiar with A&M traditions and from an early age had a great respect for them and the history of the university. Ken chose Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M to increase his exposure to, and to better understand, the economics and business side of the agriculture industry. He felt that the Agricultural Economics degree was the perfect opportunity to fully learn all of the different aspects of Agri-Business. When he was not home helping on the family farm, Ken was involved with the AgEco and Saddle and Sirloin Clubs and also a very engaged 12th Man as he attended all sporting events that he could. Immediately following graduation, Ken went to work as a Credit and Operations Reviewer with the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Texas (now known as the Farm Credit Bank of Texas) in Houston. He was in Houston until May 1982, and then was in Austin with the same position until April of 1983. At that time, he became the Vice President of National Finance Credit Corporation of Texas, a livestock financing subsidiary, in Fort Worth where he promoted to his current position of CEO in June of 1996. In 1994, he also became Vice President of the Texas Livestock Marketing Association, a livestock marketing cooperative, in Fort Worth, a position that he held until June of 1996 when he was promoted to President. From June of 1996 to December of 2003, Ken was President of Texas Livestock Commodities Inc. in Fort Worth. Ken followed the opportunity afforded to him by his Agricultural Economics degree to enter into the agricultural finance industry and then followed his specific interests into the livestock sector. Currently, Ken is President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of Texas Livestock Marketing Association and National Finance Credit Corporation of Texas. He has full management responsibilities for all operations and finances of both companies. With his long tenure with the same organizations in various capacities, Ken greatly values the close relationships with members, customers, directors, and lenders that he has established over the decades. He finds most rewarding the opportunity to serve the livestock industry and support individual producers in achieving their goals and success. Ken has had a distinguished, actively-involved career in agricultural finance and livestock marketing for more than three decades. He is well respected in the Texas cattle industry as a leader and has held state-wide roles as Chairman of the Texas Beef Council, President of the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas, and has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. On a national level, he has served three terms as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the Board of Directors of CoBank, ACB and has served on the Board of Directors of the Federation Division of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. As President and CEO of a livestock finance and marketing cooperative, his career has been all about service to ranchers and the cattle industry. In an industry where “your word is your bond” and a handshake agreement means something, his integrity has earned him much respect. He has served in many volunteer roles in his church community, as a chairman of the parochial school board, as a long term superintendent in the junior beef heifer show and as a director of the Fort Worth Stock Show, and in various industry and local fund raising events. His best recognition has been achieved through the many strong personal and professional relationships he has developed through decades. There have been numerous leadership and industry service awards, but the respect and recognition of effort, commitment, and integrity from peers and by others in all walks of life is what lasts. He has always been a strong supporter of Texas A&M and is especially proud of its excellence in agriculture. Ken is a long term supporter of the Association of Former Students. Over the years, he has participated in mock interviews for AgEco students and has been a guest lecturer. Through his business relationships, he worked with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to have radio frequency identification (RFID) tags used in the show steer validation program and is an ardent supporter of Quality Counts programs. Ken and his wife, Susan, currently live in Westworth Village, Texas. Their three daughters, Kristen ’09, Casey ’11, and Darby ’17, are all graduates or current students at Texas A&M.

Dustin Valusek comes from a livestock and agricultural background, attending Blinn College earning national recognition as part of their Livestock Judging Team before completing his Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences at Texas A&M University in 2011. He was a feed lot nutrition experiment intern for the Universidade de Sao Paulo and worked as a Genetics Consultant and Sales Manager for Meirelles Brangus while in Brazil. He also attended Texas Christian University studying Ranch Management. In early 2016, Dustin accepted the Livestock Coordinator and Credit Analyst position with the Texas Livestock Marketing Association where he provides comprehensive and reliable evaluation and analysis of credit information on NFCC borrowers in order to provide NFCC lenders with critical information for credit decisions. He manages and coordinates stock show marketing activities to include contracting, bidding, load-out and consignor remittance of funds owed.

Clay Zwilling currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Swine Registry, the purebred swine association responsible for maintaining the pedigrees and recordings for the Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire breed of swine in the United States. The National Swine Registry is also home to the National Junior Swine Association (NJSA), the nation’s largest junior livestock association with over 11,000 members. As the CEO, Zwilling's responsibilities range from staff and fiscal management to the planning and implementation of national shows. He represents the NSR as part of national organizations such as the National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board, National Association of Swine Records and the National Pedigreed Livestock Council, all of which are fundamental to the success of NSR. Prior to his current role at NSR, he served as the Vice President of Operations and worked for two years as the Director of Marketplace Education and Development at Farm Credit Illinois, where he lead the associations young and beginning farmer programs. Clay was raised on a small grain and purebred livestock operation near Viola, Illinois. Being the fifth generation of a purebred livestock operation, Clay was naturally drawn to 4-H and FFA programs where he competed in many contests and activities. At the completion of his secondary education, Clay deferred a year of college to serve as the Illinois Association FFA President. He also competed on the Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging team where his team claimed a National Championship and he was named an All American. He then attended Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois and judged on another highly competitive judging team. Clay later transferred to Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural education. While at OSU, Clay was on the 2012 National Champion Livestock Judging Team and was named an All-American. He also earned his Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications from Texas A&M University. Clay is an alum of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Program and currently serves on the board for the National Pedigreed Livestock Council and OSU Animal Science Alumni Association. He enjoys giving back to the youth by officiating judging contests, mentoring young leaders, and presenting on leadership topics. He and his wife Deanna reside in Lafayette, IN, with their newborn daughter Allie Grace.

Industry Hot Topics

Facilitator: Wes Allison – President & Chief Executive Officer, Heart ‘O Texas Fair

Wes Allison is a Texas Panhandle native. He grew up in Stratford, Texas where his mother was a school teacher and his father was a county extension agent. After graduation from Texas A&M University in 1993, Wes spent his time managing a ranch in Coleman, TX. He joined the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in 1996 and served as county agent in Walker and Armstrong counties. In 2000, Wes took over the duties of Livestock Show Manager for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. After learning a lot about the fair industry, Wes assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO for the Extraco Events Center Home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo in 2002. Currently the Center hosts over 225 events per ranging from large equine events to antique shows to concerts. The annual Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo has an attendance of 220,000 and award over $225,000 in scholarships and premiums to Texas Youth. The Fair also produces the All American ProRodeo Finals. Wes is married to Jennifer, who is the Executive Director for the Texas Association of Fairs & Events and the Texas Festival & Events Association. The lights of their lives are their daughters Bailey and Brinley. Wes helped HOT Fair create a self-funded program for incentivizing volunteers to pre-sell tickets and sponsorships to the fair, and how this has changed and improved the organization significantly. He believes we need to use ROI to make decisions – sometimes difficult ones - about events and their viability because “everything should make money!” The challenge for fairs as Wes sees it? Making the experience different enough each time to keep people coming back year after year!



Engaging Youth & Developing Future Leaders

Dr. Billy Zanolini – Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Texas 4-H Youth Livestock & Agriculture

Dr. Billy Zanolini is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Youth Livestock and Agriculture with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He was raised in Northern California and left for Texas in 2001 to attend Texas Tech University. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Dr. Zanolini later completed a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. His career began in the Rolling Plains of Texas as a County Extension Agent. He proudly served as a County Extension Agent in two different counties for 7 years prior to accepting his current position. Dr. Zanolini guides students in identifying and pursuing their academic and professional passions. He thoughtfully constructs learning experiences highlighting challenge, curiosity, perseverance, and leadership. Billy is committed to building the student’s capacity to find her/his voice and advocate for matters of importance. Thus, illuminating educational pathways to higher education while developing students professionally. Billy is charged with facilitating youth livestock project resource development for County Extension Agents and youth engaged in the livestock project. Dr. Zanolini also works closely with Texas FFA, livestock associations, colleges of agriculture and Texas major livestock shows in valuable collaborations to best serve the agricultural youth of Texas. Texas 4-H Youth Livestock and Agriculture coordinates the statewide steer and heifer validation programs, Texas 4-H Livestock and Equine Ambassador Programs and the “Quality Counts” Character Education Program in partnership with Texas FFA. He enjoys the challenges and opportunities in his work as he keenly understands the life skill development for youth at the core of 4-H and FFA programs. Personally, he is blessed in marriage to his wife Beth for 15 years. Together, they are raising three very active kids in Jackson (13), Jacob (10) and Emily Jo (6). The Zanolini’s volunteer at church and youth sport organizations.

Integrity & Perception of our Events

Anne Kimmey – Cultivate Agency

Dr. Chris Skaggs

Dr. Ryan Quarles – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture

Anne Kimmey has focused on marketing and communications within agriculture her entire career. She studied Communications and Journalism at Sam Houston State University before earning her Bachelor’s in in 1997 in Agricultural Communication and Journalism within Animal Sciences at Oklahoma State University. She began her career as a Communications Coordinator with the Georgia Beef Board where she led state level marketing efforts for producer-funded marketing efforts for the state’s beef industry plus served as their media spokesperson. She has also been a part of creating and building full service marketing firms. She has been with Cultivate Agency since 2010 as a principal. Cultivate Agency is a full service marketing communications agency, capable of fulfilling any need our clients may have. Our passion is agriculture and we are honored to work for the people who keep the industry alive. Our experience and understanding of the industry allows us to deliver message that speak to your members and stakeholders. Our skill set, both diverse and strong, gives us the flexibility to tailor and develop projects. Our approach is very simple; we tell our clients’ stories in such a compelling fashion, it drives their audiences to take action.

Dr. Chris Skaggs is professor and Associate Dean for Student Development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also holds the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Chair in Animal Science. Skaggs received his doctorate in animal science from Iowa State University, his master’s in animal science from Kansas State University, and two bachelor’s degrees in animal science and agricultural education from Texas Tech University. Skaggs coordinates the introductory animal science laboratories, teaches AGLS 101 (Freshman Orientation) for the College, and co-teaches the livestock and meats evaluation courses. Skaggs also assists in recruitment efforts for the College, coordinates the college scholarship program and student professional development activities, coordinates student internships with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and is liaison with major livestock shows of Texas. He is a co-editor, with H. O. Kunkel, dean emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, of “Revolutionizing Higher Education in Agriculture: Framework, Principles and Agenda for Action,” a study of the colleges of agriculture, natural resources and life sciences in the United States. Skaggs devotes a considerable amount of time to live animal evaluation. He has judged numerous national shows including the National Western, North American International, San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Houston Livestock Show beef cattle shows, and he works with youth at hundreds of youth shows across the country. He serves as superintendent of the intercollegiate livestock judging contest and the steer show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, assistant superintendent of the 4-H/FFA livestock judging contest, beef cattle skillathon and steer show at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and superintendent of the steer show at the State Fair of Texas.

Dr. Ryan Quarles serves as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture. First elected to that position in 2015, he was re-elected in 2019, winning 117 of 120 counties. Under his leadership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) started several new programs, including initiatives to combat hunger and connect Kentucky farmers to new markets. Because of the Department’s Kentucky Hunger Initiative, the Commonwealth now has the strongest legal protections for food donors in the nation. Dr. Quarles’s outspoken advocacy for farmers has been recognized on the regional and national level. He currently serves as President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). He previously served as President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) and as Chairman of the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee (RACC). Dr. Quarles graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees. In 2008, he was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University and graduated with a Master’s degree in higher education. He returned to Kentucky in 2010 to complete his legal education at the University of Kentucky. Quarles received his doctorate in higher education from Vanderbilt University in 2018. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Quarles represented Scott, Owen, and Fayette counties as a member of the House of Representatives in the Kentucky General Assembly. Dr. Quarles grew up on his family's farm in Scott County. His family has lived and farmed in central Kentucky for more than 200 years.


Surviving & Thriving

Reid Ryan – Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment

After seven years as President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros, Reid Ryan has returned as the CEO of Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment. The organization has grown from family roots in Round Rock to have a presence in multiple communities across the State of Texas and around the country. Reid originally founded Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment, which was previously named Ryan Sanders Baseball. Back at the helm of the organization, Reid will oversee the Round Rock Express, RS3 Strategic Hospitality and RS3 Turf. The organization led the charge to acquire the Jackson Generals franchise and relocated the club to Round Rock in 2000 where it became the Express. In addition to the Express, Ryan helped found the Corpus Christi Hooks, which went on to become the Astros’ Double-A affiliate. During his time as CEO, Reid’s top priority was the fan experience, and he quickly became a fan favorite for his ability to connect with people, speak with fans on a personal level and use their feedback to improve the organization. Under his leadership, both the Express and Hooks were perennially lauded as two of the top franchises in minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction, franchise value and player development. Reid was named the President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros in May 2013, becoming one of the youngest team presidents in baseball. His time in Houston included the best stretch of on-field success in franchise history as the Astros captured the 2017 World Series title as well as the American League pennant in 2019. During Reid’s tenure in Houston, he successfully oversaw the Hooks’ transition to becoming an owned and operated affiliate of the Astros. He also played a significant role in opening Houston’s Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida as well as securing the Astros Class A affiliate in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His impact on the Astros is felt from the Minute Maid Park remodel and the hiring of the Astros broadcast team to the creation of the Astros Hall of Fame. No stranger to the game, Reid served as a bat boy for the Astros while his father and Hall of Famer Nolan pitched in the Astrodome in the 1980s. He later pitched collegiately at the University of Texas and Texas Christian University, winning a pair of Southwest Conference titles along the way. He pitched two seasons in the Texas Rangers organization after being drafted in the 17th round of the 1994 MLB Draft. He became the sixth member, and first executive, to be inducted into the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame on August 16, 2019.

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