Board Leadership

The State Fair of Texas Board of Directors consists of a long line of distinguished community leaders who have provided governance for the State Fair of Texas since it was originally chartered in 1886.

Gina Armour Norris

Board Chair

Gina Armour Norris is the first woman to join a long line of distinguished community leaders who have provided leadership for the State Fair of Texas since it was originally chartered in 1886. Prior to becoming chairwoman, Mrs. Norris has held multiple leadership roles within the State Fair. She joined in 2004 through the Youth Livestock Auction Committee, raising funds for the State Fair’s Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program, and later served as co-chair of the committee. Gina is the co-founder of the Big Tex Champion Club fundraiser, which has raised more than $1 million for the Scholarship Program since its creation in 2013. Gina has served on the board of directors for 11 years and most recently served as chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Gina’s career spans thirty years in banking, oversight of operating businesses, and real estate investment, which has led to her current position as Senior Vice President of Partner Relations at Matthews Southwest. She began her career in corporate banking, spending 18 years at First Chicago Corporation and Banc One Corporation (now both a part of JPMorgan Chase). In 2000, she became the Managing Director in charge of the private operating business portfolio of Crow Holdings, and in 2010 she founded the Lending Division of Stratford Land, an investment fund focused on high growth corridors in the southern U.S.

In addition to the State Fair of Texas, Gina serves on the board of Dallas-based Texas Security Bank and is an active member of several organizations including the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and Museum Steering Committee, Executive Women’s Roundtable, Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, National Association of Corporate Directors, and the CFA Society of DFW. Past board memberships include the Dallas Chapter of Financial Executives International (past president); Downtown Dallas, Inc.; The Real Estate Council; Trinity Commons Foundation; and City of Dallas Downtown Dallas TIF District.

Mrs. Norris was raised on a dairy farm in Illinois where she was an active member of 4-H for ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Board of Directors

Gina Armour Norris, Chairwoman

Richard Knight, Jr.

Robert Abtahi

Sean Allen

Cheryl Amerine

Marissa R. Anchia

Victor Elmore

Robert Estrada

Lois Finkelman

Gilbert Gerst

John D. Harkey, Jr.

Steven Mancillas

Alyssa G. Martin

Frank Mihalopoulos

James M. Moroney III

William J. O’Dwyer

James C. Roberts

Bruce A. Sifford

Mary Suhm

Ruben E. Esquivel, Ex-officio/Non-Voting Director

Pete Schenkel, Ex-officio/Non-Voting Director

George A. Shafer, Ex-officio/Non-Voting Director

Robert B. Smith, Ex-officio/Non-Voting Director

Alan Walne, Ex-officio/Non-Voting Director

Board of Advisors

Joe Alcantar

Monica Alonzo

Lance R. Andrews

Norman P. Bagwell

Brent Berryman

Robert W. Best

Jan Hart Black

Billy Bos

Dr. Michael Bowie, Jr.

Richie Butler

John W. Carpenter, III

Terry R. Dallas

John de la Garza III

Paul Dyer

Matrice Ellis-Kirk

Randall R. Engstrom

Rob Farrell

J. Guadalupe V. “Lupe” Garcia

Gary Griffith

Donna Halstead

Douglas D. Hawthorne

Vonciel Jones Hill

James L. Hitzelberger

Chip Huffman

Brenda Jackson

Tom Lazo

J. Michael Lewis

Wendy Lopez

Felix J. Lozano

Alex Madrazo

Stephen L. Mansfield

Warren Mayberry

Todd C. Meier

Alice Murray

Donnie Nelson

David Osborne

Martin Peck

Jim Prewitt

Raymond F. Quintanilla

Rob Ramage

Robert Rhoads

Michael Rideau

Rowland K. (Robin) Robinson

Deirdre Ruckman

John F. Scovell

Chris Simmons

Blake Taylor

John Taylor

Doug Thompson

Nina Vaca

W. Kevin Walker

A.B. (Buck) Wharton

Joel T. Williams, III

Joe Willoughby

Craig A. Woodcook

Rev. S.M. Wright II