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May 11, 2005

Gov. Perry Appoints Friedkin and Holt to Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced the appointment of T. Dan Friedkin of Houston and Peter M. Holt of Blanco to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2011. The commission oversees the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Friedkin is president and CEO of Friedkin Companies, with responsibility for companies and investments principally in the automotive industry. These include Gulf States Toyota, one of the world’s largest privately held Toyota distributorships. He is an avid outdoorsman who is active in wildlife conservation initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. He is a trustee of the Kinkaid School Board, advisory director with J.P. Morgan Chase in Houston and member of the Young President’s Organization. Friedkin serves on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. A graduate of Georgetown University, he received a master’s degree from Rice University.

Holt is CEO of HOLT CAT, the largest Caterpillar distributor in the United States. He also is principal owner and chairman of the Spurs Sports and Entertainment, and is being reappointed to the commission. Holt is a member of the World President’s Association and trustee of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program in Corpus Christi. He serves on the board of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank; San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Inc.; the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio and St. Mary’s Hall. Holt also serves on the development board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is a board member of The Trust Company, the Texas State Aquarium and Trinity University. He is a former chairman of San Antonio United Way and remains active in the organization. In 2003, Holt was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and in 2004 he and his wife, Julianna, were honored by the World Affairs Council as the International Citizens of the Year. He is a volunteer with the Spurs Drug-Free Youth Basketball League and the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Home Team Partnership. Holt is a Vietnam veteran, who was awarded a Purple Heart, Silver Star and three Bronze Stars for Valor.

These appointments are subject to senate confirmation.

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