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.

Bruce Sifford

Board Chair

Bruce Sifford has served on the volunteer board of directors for the State Fair of Texas for the past 20 years. In addition, Bruce currently serves as president of the Fair’s advisory board and chair of the finance and audit committee. He currently serves or has previously served on additional committees during his tenure with the Fair, including the Big Tex Scholarship Committee, Heritage Hall of Honor Committee, Long Range Livestock Facility Improvement Committee, Livestock Committee, and Development Cabinet, helping raise millions of dollars to support Texas youth.

Currently, Mr. Sifford serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Direct Retail Partners, with responsibility for the operation of the development, construction, and management of more than three million square feet of retail space in the Texas and Oklahoma area. Before joining Direct Retail Partners, Bruce spent 18 years as a managing principal of Centre Development Company, developing office, industrial, land, and apartments. He was directly responsible for more than five million square feet of properties in numerous geographic areas. Bruce was also an operating partner in Travis Holdings, LLC, a commercial real estate development and acquisition firm operating commercial properties in Texas.

He is a former chairman of the board of Goodwill Industries, former tournament chairman for the Byron Nelson Golf Classic, and former president of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Bruce grew up in Dallas and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Board of Directors

Bruce Sifford, Chairman

Gina Norris

Robert Abtahi

Sean Allen

Cheryl Amerine

Marissa R. Anchia

Victor Elmore

Robert Estrada

Lois Finkelman

Brian Foley

Gilbert Gerst

John D. Harkey, Jr.

Wendy Lopez

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