Recent Award Recipients


Chief Justice Kem Frost

Outstanding Texas Leader

The 2019 Outstanding Texas Leader is Chief Justice Kem Thompson Frost. Appointed to Texas’s Fourteenth Court of Appeals in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush and elevated to Chief Justice in 2013 by then-Governor Rick Perry, Kem Frost just marked two decades in the Texas judiciary. Before taking the bench, she enjoyed a fifteen-year civil trial and appellate practice with two large, Texas-based law firms. Kem Frost has received many honors and awards for her leadership and service on the bench and in the community, including a State Bar of Texas Presidential Commendation for “individual leadership in improving justice in Texas.”

Jim Woodcock

Outstanding Local Leader

Jim Woodcock is the 2019 Outstanding Local Leader. Jim Woodcock has led a life filled with love, philanthropy and many successes.  As proud Midlanders, Jim and Claire Woodcock have made the Permian Basin their home for over forty years. Jim purchased Hy-Bon Engineering in 1979. The company was an early adaptor of the environmental side of the oil and gas industry. This Midland-based company and its cutting-edge opportunities took him to many countries around the world. While there have been many more businesses and accomplishments during Jim’s career, which has spanned five decades and several continents, Jim also finds time to provide philanthropic insight and giving to his community.Jim serves on many community boards, including UT Permian Basin’s Development Board and College of Business Advisory Council. He is also the founder of the world’s cutting-edge, premiere water conference, the Permian Basin Water In Energy Conference. It is an almost all volunteer-run non-profit organization which has provided approximately $1M in positive economic impact to the Permian Basin and provided gifts to UT Permian Basin totaling over $110,000  to help grow, fund and fuel our local economy and future in just under two years.

Dr. Jason Terrell

Shepperd Pathfinder

Dr. Jason Terrell is the 2019 Shepperd Pathfinder for his work in the fight against cancer. Dr. Terrell is the Chief Executive Officer of Austin-based Volition America and the Chief Medical Officer of the international parent company VolitionRx. Volition’s development of low-cost, easy-to-use, routine blood tests for cancer testing expects to save countless lives by improving cancer screening compliance and early detection. Dr. Terrell is the Non-Executive Chairman for Kiromic Biopharma in Houston. Kiromic is currently conducting multiple clinical trials and is developing the world’s first off-the-shelf immunotherapy pill to reprogram the patient’s immune system to defeat cancer. Dr. Terrell is the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for Generex Biotechnology, an integrated healthcare holding company providing physicians, hospitals, and providers comprehensive solutions for patient centric care from rapid diagnosis through delivery of personalized therapies, streamlining care processes, minimizing expenses, and delivering transparency for payers. Dr. Terrell is a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Department of Oncology where he serves as an industry and clinical expert for the Texas Health Catalyst Program supporting researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the translation of ideas and innovations to health products.

Vivienne Dragun

Shepperd Trailblazer

Earning the 2019 Shepperd Trailblazer award is Trinity High School senior Vivienne Dragun. Dragun has a heart for serving her community. She is a thirteen-year member of the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest. Last year Dragun organized a Children’s Safety and Wellness Fair that brought together multiple agencies in an outreach effort to families of young children. Bike helmets, car safety seats, first aid kits, and books were given away by the Midland Police Department, Midland Fire Department, and the Midland County Public Library. Through scouts, school, and church she has been taught to set a good example and to help others.



The Honorable Kel Seliger

Outstanding Texas Leader

Sen. Kel Seliger thumbnailKel Seliger was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2004. Senate District 31 spans 37 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring. Born in Amarillo and raised in Borger, Senator Seliger is a graduate of Borger public schools and Dartmouth College.  He spent 35 years in the steel industry. Senator Seliger currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Senate Education Committee, Senate Finance Committee, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development, Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, and the Select Committee on Government Facilities. Senator Seliger has been recognized by many groups for his conservative principles as well as his dedication to small government and local control. He has been named a Fighter for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business four times for his steadfast support of policies that encourage and promote a healthy business climate in Texas. Seliger is privileged to be the recipient of the Texas Municipal League 2015 Legislator of the Year Award, Texas Conservative Coalition’s Conservative Champion Award, Texas Association of Counties Friend of County Government Award, Texas Wildlife Association’s Conservation Hero Award, the Conservative Roundtable of Texas’ 2015 Effective Conservative Lawmaker, and the Texas Parent Teacher Association Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 84th Legislative Session. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Seliger served four terms as Mayor of Amarillo and as a member of the Amarillo City Commission and the Amarillo Civil Service Commission.  He and his wife Nancy reside in Amarillo, and have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.

Mr. Guillermo (Memo) Treviño

Outstanding Local Leader

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Guillermo (Memo) Trevino is president of Southern Distributing, a multi-brand beer and soft drink distributor. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BBVA Compass USA, the Board of Trustees of Rice University, and the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.  He is also member of the Governing Board of the Holdsworth Foundation. He has served as a Director of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve and as a member of the Boards of Directors of the International Bank of Commerce and International Bancshares Corporation.  He has also served as President of the Laredo Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, the Laredo Development Foundation, the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, and as Jefe de los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande.  He has also been a member of the Board of the Texas Alliance of Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, the Texas A&M International College of Business Advisory Council, and Casa de Misericordia shelter for victims of domestic violence. Trevino earned a BA from Rice University and received an Option II MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Clayton Lane

Shepperd Pathfinder

Clayton Lane thumbnailClayton Lane was born and raised in his hometown of Wichita Falls, TX. He started his college career at Midwestern State University and graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Archaeology. He is currently a Project Manager at James Lane Air Conditioning and Plumbing, a family owned mechanical contractor. While at James Lane, he has helped implement multiple green initiatives including; solar, rainwater harvesting, and recycling. In 2016, he attained his HVAC license and highest level of fire sprinkler inspection certification.  In the community, he has served as chair of the 47miles project raising funds for the American Red Cross and President of Downtown Wichita Falls Development. Clayton also serves as a Maverick of Wichita Falls, a non-profit that cooks free ribs for organizations and promotes the city of Wichita Falls, TX. In 2012, he was named Top 20 under 40 leaders in the community, and in 2013 he received the Spirit of Texoma award.

Ms. Avery Marie Bullock

Shepperd Trailblazer

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Avery Bullock is a junior at Weatherford High School and is currently ranked number 1 in her class. Avery is active on her school’s University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic teams, Junior Class Secretary, a Lieutenant on the award winning Blue Belle Drill Team, a member of Student Council, a statistician for the varsity baseball team, and serves on the Superintendent Student Advisory Council. When she is not working at a local clothing boutique or at school, Avery finds time to volunteer for many organizations throughout the year, some of which include The Salvation Army, Relay for Life, and the Brazos River Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.


Ms. Marilyn Gambrell

Outstanding Texas Leader

GambrellMarilyn K. Gambrell is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Corrections and is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. She was a State Parole Officer for approximately ten years for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and an administrator of two correctional facilities for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She has received both national and international media coverage for her work. A Lifetime Movie Original: “Fighting the Odds – The Marilyn Gambrell Story” was released in August, 2005. She was named the Sam Houston State University Alumnus of the Year for the College of Criminal Justice in 2008. She has received numerous awards and was the recipient of the McGovern Award from the University of Texas, School of Public Health in 2014. The program is now in five public high schools in Houston ISD. The No More Victims program began in January, 2000 at M. B. Smiley High School, North Forest ISD. She is also an author and a playwright. Ms. Gambrell and the students make presentations around the country regarding this most at risk population raising awareness regarding addressing the needs and issues of children experiencing the trauma of parental incarceration.

The Honorable R.E. Spradlin III

Outstanding Local Leader

SpradlinR.E. Spradlin III is in the forefront of insuring growth, economic prosperity and quality of life for the citizens of Kilgore and East Texas. His public service, philanthropy, business experience, integrity, work ethic, volunteerism and respected leadership exemplify the qualities conjured by the term “Outstanding Local Leader.” He champions all segments of his community, region and state. R. E. “Ronnie” Spradlin’s leadership spans a spectrum of cultural, educational, professional, political and philanthropic endeavors throughout Kilgore and East Texas. For decades he has worked tirelessly to improve life for his family, friends, neighbors, fellow businessmen, community members, youngsters and the less fortunate. His footprints are found all over town, sometimes as a quiet volunteer serving alongside fellow citizens and sometimes as the bold beacon who organizes visionary efforts to address deficiencies in the community. Ronnie’s leadership brings individuals of diverse environments together to create synergy that enhances everyone’s quality of life.


The Honorable J.Ross Lacy

Shepperd Pathfinder

lacyJ.Ross Lacy successfully led the charge to ban Texting While Driving in the City of Midland which went into effect on October I, 2015. On June 2015 he was elected by his peers to become the President of the Midland Spaceport Development Corporation. Realizing now that the sky is no longer the limit in Midland, J.Ross continues to expand the presence of the Midland in the aerospace industry and has been successful in recruiting additional companies to relocate to Midland’s Spaceport. He has been instrumentally involved in the revitalization of downtown Midland which starting next year will see the start of construction of a $100 million dollar boutique hotel and the construction of a new $40 million dollar Midland Center. This is all in conjunction with the complete renovation of Centennial Plaza truly transforming this portion of Midland into a City Center. J .Ross serves has the council liaison on numerous city boards: Airport Planning & Development Board, Permian Basin Airport Board, Parks & Recreation Commission, Zoning & Airport Zoning Board of Adjustments, Building Codes Review Committee, CDBG Committee, and numerous sub-committees dedicated to select projects around the city that are appointed by the Mayor. His dedication to serve continues to impress and inspire others to strive for more and give back to their community.

Mr. Asa Bishop

Shepperd Trailblazer

BishopAsa Bishop was part of the first cohort for Presidio’s early college high school (ECHS). He currently is ranked first in his class with an accumulative GPA of a 4.28. Asa is involved in many student organizations. He is the president of National Honor Society for three years in a row, is a member of student council and previously president of STUCO in the 2013-14 school year, participates in robotics, rocketry, STEM challenge, Solar Car, Presidio’s first student lead Writing Center, and Presidio’s first debate team in conjunction with Solomon’s Adventures. His list of accolades recently include 5th place in the State competition for Algebra II, judge’s choice award for engineering design challenge, 2nd in state for robots, regionally 1st for pre-calculus (STEM), 1st for anatomy and physiology (STEM), and 17th place in the Presidio’ s first solar car challenge. Regarding the Writing Center, Asa helped work with other students to collect pertinent data showing that Presidio students would benefit from a program where teens teach teens.


The Honorable Eva Guzman

Outstanding Texas Leader

GUZMANJustice Eva Guzman has served at three levels of the Texas judiciary.  in 2009 she was appointed to  serve on the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Rick Perry.  She was elected to a full term in November 2010, when she became the first Hispanic woman elected to state-wide office in Texas.  Justice Guzman is the Court’s liaison to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Access to Justice Commission, responsible for oversight and funding of the state’s legal-assistance programs for the poor.  She also is  Chair of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.



Mr. Kirk Edwards

Outstanding Local Leader

EdwardsKirk is President and CEO of Latigo Petroleum, LLC.  In that leadership role, he manages, operates and exploits diverse oil and gas assets and surface lands with properties located throughout the United States and the Gulf Coast of Mexico.  He also serves as the lead manager for: Las Colinas Energy Partners, Las Colinas Minerals, LP, MacLondon Energy, LP, Alexis Energy, LP, Noelle Land & Minerals LLC, and the various mineral estates of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research in Rochester, Minnesota.  He was also a former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ban k of Dallas’ El Paso Branch Board.



Mr. Enrique Lima

Shepperd Pathfinder

LIMAMr. Lima is the current Board Chairman of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.  Before assuming the role of Board Chairman, he also served the Chamber as Board Secretary, Economic Development committee Chairman, Business Revitalization Committee Chairman, Neighborhood Revitalization Committee Chairman, and Public Safety Committee Chairman.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Boy Scout Council, Phoenix District, and the Klein Education Foundation (2nd Vice President).  Since 2009, Enrique is the Broker/Owner of the Houston-based R.E.B. Group.



Ms. Emma Gibney

Shepperd Trailblazer

GibneyEmma Gibney is a junior at McKinney North High School (McKinney ISD).  She is a member of the Peer Assistance Leadership (PALS) organization.  Emma is the epitome of what servant leadership is all about.  She has helped start an Anti-Bullying Campaign on campus that is responsible for a video made up of testimonies of students on campus sharing their experience with bullying and challenging others to not only take a stand against it, but also to reach out and embrace those around you.  She mentors two separate Elementary-Aged students at Press and Vega Elementary each week.  Emmas helped get some of her peers back on the right track and increase their self-worth on campus as well by being a PEER Mentor to 2 different High School kids.  At school, Emma was named, “Most Likely to Change the World”.  She has shown a pattern of constituent leadership as Student Council President, Student Council Secretary, and currently as Student Body President.  She has served her community at a nursing home, local elementary school, and Meals on Wheels.


Mr. Bob Estrada

Outstanding Texas Leader

Estrada-BobMr. Estrada, an attorney at law, is Chairman of the Board of Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm he founded in 1990. He has served in The White House as a Special Assistant to former President George Bush and was a State Director for the late United States Senator John Tower. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Mr. Estrada is a U. S. citizen who considers Brownsville, Texas, his hometown. He has spent most of his adult life in Austin and Dallas, but now resides in Fort Worth, Texas.




The Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson

Outstanding Texas Leader

WallaceWallace was appointed chief justice September 14, 2004, by Gov. Rick Perry. He was elected in November 2002 before becoming chief justice. His appointment as chief justice was confirmed unanimously by the Texas Senate on March 9, 2005. He was elected chief justice in 2006 and re-elected to a full term in 2008. As a partner in the appellate-specialty firm Crofts, Callaway & Jefferson, he successfully argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University and the University of Texas School of Law.



Mayor Julian Castro

Outstanding Local Leader


A San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. First elected on May 9, 2009, Mayor Castro was handily re-elected to a third term in 2013. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum.In late 2010, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.




Mr. Brian Feld

Shepperd Pathfinder

FeldBrian Feld, a partner at Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather LLP, has been engaged in the practice of law since 2000. Mr. Feld has represented clients before the Texas legislature and Texas state agencies on a wide array of issues. Brian was recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Rising Star” among Texas Lawyers in the field of Securities & Corporate Finance in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was also recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” business leader in 2009 by the San Antonio Business Journal and was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Scene in SA Monthly as a “Rising Star” in the San Antonio Legal Community.



Mr. Wesley Cole Smith

Shepperd Pathfinder

SmithWesley Cole Smith is the owner and operator of the North Abilene free-standing Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Since 1997, he has achieved several positions of increasing responsibility and scope with the Chick-Fil-A company. He is the recipient of the 2008 Abilene Biz 20 under 40 award and the 2008 Chick-Fil-A profit award. He is a Board Director for the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Government Affairs Committee. Wes is also a board member for Junior Achievement, Abilene ISD Project Graduation Committee, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Abilene Wylie Education Foundation Scholarship Committee.



Michelle Ingle

Shepperd Trailblazer

IngleMichelle Ingle is an extraordinary high school senior who has demonstrated leadership and community service. She serves her community as an Aquatics Supervisor at the city’s waterpark and she has been a lifeguard for three years and has also participated in her school’s Peer Assistant and Leadership organization where she mentored kindergarteners. She was a co-founder of CSS (Clothes, Shoes, and School Supplies) Foundation that has donated over 2,000 articles of clothing to the local homeless shelter. Serving as her school’s Student Council President, she has participated in the Special Olympics, Teens Make a Difference, and Fall Fest to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital, the Children’s Homeless Shelter, and the Humane Society.