Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission

 

Arch-H-Aplin_3729.jpgThe Honorable
Arch H. "Beaver" Aplin, III

Chairman

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
327 FM 2004
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
(979) 230-2068 Fax


Arch H. “Beaver” Aplin, III was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on November 15, 2018 for a term that will expire February 1, 2023. On August 22, 2019, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the Commission by his peers and then appointed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 1, 2021 as Chairman of the Commission. Arch H. “Beaver” Aplin, III is president and CEO of Buc-ee’s. He is a member of the Houston Methodist Hospital President’s Leadership Council, lifetime Member of the Coastal Conservation Association and The 100 Club, and a board member of The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M. He is the former board president of the Brazosport Independent School District and a former member of the State of Texas Small Business Council, Lieutenant Governor's Transportation Advisory Board, and the Brazosport Center for Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees. Aplin received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. He was given the Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M in 2012 and the M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Award in 2018. Aplin is a lifelong outdoorsman.

 

James-Abell-w-Title.jpgThe Honorable
James E. Abell

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
P.O. Box 1842
Kilgore, TX 75663
(903) 984-4538 Fax


James E. Abell was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on August 6, 2019 for a term that will expire February 1, 2025. James E. Abell is part owner and President /CEO of Maverick Well Service and part owner and Vice President of Business Development of Artesia EcoScience. He is a member of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute Advisory Council, a former board member of the East Texas Oil Museum, former board member of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, former President of the Board of the Meadowbrook Country Club, and a member of the Order of the Rose.

Additionally, he is a life member of Coastal Conservation Association, life member of FlatsWorthy, life member of Safari Club International, and a member of the Port Aransas Rod and Reel Club. Abell received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and also earned a Master of Business Administration in Energy Management from the University of Oklahoma.

 

Oliver-j-Bell-w-Title.jpgThe Honorable
Oliver J. Bell

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
P. O. Box 79710
Houston, TX 77279
(832) 218-1996 Fax


Oliver J. Bell was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on November 15, 2018 for a term that will expire February 1, 2023. Mr. Bell is the CEO of Oliver Bell, Inc., a labor relations consulting firm that emphasizes teaching and developing leadership skills. He is also the founder of the Texas Labor and Employee Relations Consortium. Prior to founding his firm, he served as vice president of a consulting firm and preceding that, worked for Mobil Oil’s human resources group. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Association, and the Association of the United States Army. He is a member of the West Point Society of greater Houston and past member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity -The Boulé. He served on the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, is a former gubernatorial appointee and chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and the former chairman of the Windham School District Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and was an Airborne-Ranger qualified Army officer.

 

Paul Foster.jpgThe Honorable
Paul L. Foster

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
123 W. Mills Avenue, Suite 600
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 504-7099 Fax


Paul L. Foster was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on April 14, 2021 to a six-year term which will expire on February 1, 2027. Mr. Paul L. Foster of El Paso is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Franklin Mountain Investments, LLC (FMI). FMl's affiliates include Franklin Mountain Capital, Franklin Mountain Energy, Franklin Mountain Industrial, and Franklin Mountain Property Services. He is a former director of the National Petroleum Refiners Association and the Western Petroleum Marketers Association. Mr. Foster is former chairman of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) and served as Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Additionally, he served on the University of Texas System University Lands Advisory Board, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and the El Paso Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. He is a member of the board of the Baylor College of Medicine, serves on the Borderplex Alliance Executive Committee, and is a member of the World Presidents Organization. He is a Director of WestStar Bank in El Paso. Mr. Foster received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University.

 

The Honorable
Anna B. Galo

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
1202 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 3
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 796-9911 Fax


Anna B. Galo was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on June 1, 2021 to a term which will expire February 1, 2027. She has served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission since November 17, 2015. Mrs. Galo is Vice President of ANB Cattle, Co, and is a Co-Trustee of her family’s mineral trust. In addition, she serves as President and Co-Operations Manager of several companies dealing with oil and gas holdings, commercial real estate, and ranching and hunting industries. She is a member of the board of directors of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation and the City of Laredo City Manager’s ad-hoc committee, board member of the Laredo Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and the Angel of Hope Foundation. She is the past president of the board of directors of the South Texas Food Bank and United Day School, and she continues to serve on both boards. She is a former board member of the Laredo Center for the Arts, Border Cultural Promotion Foundation, Webb County Children’s Advocacy Center and City of Laredo Historic Preservation Committee. Additionally, she is a founding member and first treasurer of the Laredo College Education Foundation, and she was a board member and local chair of AVANCE. Mrs. Galo received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and is a former educator.

 

Jeffery-Hildebrand.jpgThe Honorable
Jeffery D. Hildebrand

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
P.O. Box 61229
Houston, TX 77028-1229
(713) 209-2475 Fax


Jeffery D. Hildebrand was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on August 6, 2019 for a term that will expire February 1, 2025. Mr. Hildebrand is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Hilcorp Energy Company. Prior to founding Hilcorp in 1989, Mr. Hildebrand was with Exxon Company, U.S.A, the Dan A. Hughes Company, and American Energy Capital Corporation. He earned a Master of Science in petroleum engineering (1985) and a Bachelor of Science in geology (1981), both from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Pi Epsilon Tau, Petroleum Engineering’s Honor Society.

Mr. Hildebrand serves on the boards of Central Houston, Inc., the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Police Foundation, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and The University of Texas Investment Management Company. He served a six year term on The University of Texas Systems Board of Regents. He is a past board member of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, and Star of Hope Mission.

 

Bobby-Patton-w-title.jpgThe Honorable
Robert L. “Bobby” Patton, Jr.

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
5201 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107


Bobby Patton was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on August 6, 2019 for a term that will expire February 1, 2025. Mr. Patton is president of Texas Capitalization Resource Group, Inc. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, The University of Texas (UT) Development Board, UT Marine Science Institute, and the UT Liberal Arts Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a director of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and former chairman of the PGA Tournament Committee for Charles Schwab.

Mr. Patton received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s Law School, and a Master of Laws from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

 

The Honorable
Travis B. “Blake” Rowling

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
4001 Maple Avenue, Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75219


Travis B. “Blake” Rowling was appointed to the Commission by Governor Greg Abbott on April 14, 2021 to a six-year term which will expire on February 1, 2027. Blake Rowling of Dallas serves as the president of TRT Holdings in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of YPO Dallas, a board member of Communities Foundation of Texas and the University of Texas Development Board Executive Committee, a trustee of the Rowling Foundation and a member of the Touchdown Club, benefiting the Rise School of Dallas. Rowling formerly served as a board member of Serve West Dallas and as a member of the McCombs BBA Advisory Board. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

The Honorable
Dick Scott

Commissioner

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
P.O. Box 2489
Wimberley, TX 78676
(713) 453-2756 Fax


Dick Scott was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Perry on February 1, 2011 and was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott to another six-year term which will expire on February 1, 2023. He is co-owner of Trans-Global Solutions Inc., a railroad transportation company. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi and the Boys and Girls Country Executive Committee. He is also a volunteer contributor for the Hays County FFA and 4H clubs and a Lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and serves on their International Committee. He previously served on the Lower Colorado River Authority Board from 2009 through 2010. Scott received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University.

 

The Honorable
Lee Marshall Bass

Chairman-Emeritus

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
201 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 390-8408 Fax


Lee Marshall Bass was appointed to the Commission by Governor William P. Clements, Jr. on February 20, 1989 to a six-year term. On February 24, 1995, he was named Chairman and reappointed for another six-year term by Governor George W. Bush. On August 29, 2001, he was named Chairman-Emeritus by Governor Rick Perry; graduate of Yale University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Peregrine Fund, the International Rhino Foundation and Vanderbilt University.

 

The Honorable
T. Dan Friedkin

Chairman-Emeritus

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
1375 Enclave Parkway
Houston, TX 77077
(713) 580-5220 Fax


T. Dan Friedkin was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Perry on May 9, 2005 and was reappointed by Governor Perry to another six-year term in 2011. He served as Chairman from September 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013 and again from July 29, 2015 to January 19, 2018. Friedkin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Friedkin Group, with responsibility for companies and investments principally in the automotive industry. These include Gulf States Toyota, the world's fourth largest privately held Toyota distributorship. Friedkin is an avid outdoorsman who is active in wildlife conservation initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, a trustee of the Kinkaid School, member of the Young President's Organization, Chairman of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation and serves on the advisory Board of The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A graduate of Georgetown University, he received a Masters Degree from Rice University.