Advisory Board

The Institute’s Advisory Board was initiated in 1984. Initially, 9 members made up the advisory board, two of which, Jim McAllen and Dick Jones, serve on the Board today. In 1999, the Institute recruited outstanding individuals to provide, for the first time, a full complement of 15. In 2010, the Advisory Board was expanded to 17 members.  This Board provides the Institute leadership and guidance in research ideas, landowner issues, and fundraising programs. Research priorities are also evaluated every year with council from the Advisory Board.

Henry R. Hamman

Henry R. Hamman, Chairman

Henry Royden Hamman was born in Houston, Texas. He graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1955, the University of Texas in geology in 1960, and attained a Master’s degree in 1963 in geology from the University of Texas. He is currently President of Hamman Oil & Refining Company and pursues oil and gas exploration in Texas. He has been active in the business since 1961. He has explored for uranium in the Colorado Plateau and lived four years in Sydney, Australia prospecting for oil and gas, base metals, gold, and heavy mineral sands. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Aries Resources Company, and is President of the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of Q Services, Pennz Energy and Devon Energy. Henry is dedicated to wildlife conservation and management as a landowner of his ranch, “The Gato Montes”, in Jim Hogg County, Texas. Henry is married to Ann and has two daughters, Anne and Kendall, a son, Russell, and nine grandchildren.

Gus T. Canales

Gus T. Canales

Gus T. Canales was born to parents, Gus Canales and Ruth S. Canales.  He is the great great grandson of Sabos Cavazos, owner of the “Espirito Santo” Spanish land grant situated in Cameron and Willacy counties, granted in the year 1781.  His heritage also stems from his grandmother, Rafaela Garcia Canales, whose ancestors were granted the “San Antonio de Baluarte” land grant in 1830, situated in Jim Hogg and Brooks counties, and the Jose Vasquez Borrego “Hacienda de Dolores” land grant in 1767, situated in Webb and Zapata counties.  Gus grew up in Premont, Texas until he attended Mount Sacred Heart  Military Academy in San Antonio.  After graduating from St. Edwards High school in Austin, Gus attended Monterey Tech in Mexico, the University of Texas in Austin and Texas A&I in Kingsville. Gus and his beautiful wife Pat of 45 years, serve as co-chairs of the South Texas Charity Quail Hunt Weekend.  He was honored as South Texan of the year in 2004.  He has been a Trustee of various boards for the Christus/ Spohn Health Systems for over 25 years.  Gus has also served on the  former Alice National Bank and Corpus Christi Frost/Texas Commerce Bank Advisory Board for almost three decades.  He currently manages family interests in ranching, farming, and oil and gas activities on land in Jim Wells, Brooks, Webb, La Salle, McMullen, Duval, Jim Hogg, and Kleberg counties. Gus interests are scuba diving and bird hunting with his close special friends and his four daughters: Cami, Dawn, Carla, and Wendy.  He is a grandfather to six grandchildren.  Gus lost his only son Marc Albino Rafael Canales in 1996.  Gus and his family celebrate Marc’s love of ranch rodeos at the Annual Marc Canales Ranch Rodeo held in Premont, Texas held the Saturday before Easter Sunday.

T. Dan Friedkin

T. Dan Friedkin

Dan Friedkin was born in San Diego, California. He graduated from Georgetown University and received his Master’s degree from Rice University. He is President and CEO of the Friedkin Companies, with responsibility for companies and investments principally in the automotive industry. These include Gulf States Toyota, the distributor for Texas and the gulf states. Dan is a director with JP Morgan Chase in Houston, Trustee of the Kinkaid School Board, Chairman of the Kinkaid Investments Foundation, and Commissioner of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Dan and his family spend much of their time in south Texas on the Comanche Ranch in Maverick and Dimmit Counties, where they are involved in wildlife management and research. Dan is also involved in wildlife conservation initiatives in Africa. He and his wife, Debra, have four children: Danny, Ryan, Corbin, and Savannah. They reside in Houston, Texas.

George "Tim" Hixon

George C. "Tim" Hixon

Tim Hixon moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1962 from Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut and attended Washington and Lee University. After two years in the Army, he attended Trinity University where he graduated in 1964. Tim has worked for various Hixon family interests over the years and recently stepped down as Chairman of Hixon Properties. Over forty years his family business interests have involved the stock market, venture capital, oil and gas exploration, and real estate development. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation. He has served as Executive Vice President of Game Conservation International, Treasurer of the African Wildlife Foundation, President of the Boone & Crockett Club, President of the San Antonio Zoological Society, a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, and Chairman of the Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas. He serves on the Boards of the Texas Nature Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He and his wife, Karen, have two children and one grandchild.

Karen Hunke

Karen Starr Hunke

Karen Starr Hunke was born in Vinita, Oklahoma but grew up in the Panhandle of Texas. Spending time in the country with her farm and ranch friends, riding horses, and looking for wildlife were all huge influences in her life. She earned her B.S. from Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Karen serves on the Board of Directors for the Valley Zoological Society, Valley Zoological Endowment, Valley Land Fund, and Qunita Mazatlan World Birding Center. She has served on the Board of Directors of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation since 2002. She is past president of the McAllen Memorial Library Advisory Board of Directors and the Valley Zoological Society.   Karen and her husband, Phil, are the proud owners of the El Tecolote Ranch located in Hidalgo and Kenedy Counties. They received the Land Steward Award from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 2001-2002 and the Land Steward of the Year from Texas Wildlife Society in 2004. The El Tecolote opens its gates to researchers, school and scouting field trips, nature festival tours, and wildlife photographers. Karen and Phil have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

A.C."Dick" Jones IV

A. C. "Dick" Jones, IV

A. C. “Dick” Jones IV, of Corpus Christi, graduated from Texas Military Institute and attended Texas A&I Business School in Kingsville, Texas. Currently, he owns and manages cattle and hunting operations through Jones Ranch LLC, a ranch that began in south Texas in 1895. The headquarters of the Jones Borregos Ranch are located south of Hebbronville in Jim Hogg County, Texas. In addition to ranching, Dick’s other business activities include directorships with the First National Bank of Hebbronville, the First National Bank of Beeville and Mesteña Operations, Ltd. of Corpus Christi. He currently serves as a director for the Texas Wildlife Association, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, an honorary director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation and Trustee of Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi. He and his wife, Ann, have three children, Katherine Camille, William Whitby III, and Laura Christina.

David Killam

David W. Killam

David W. Killam was born in Laredo, Texas. He graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Christian University’s Ranch Management School. As a south Texas rancher, David raises cattle on the Killam “Ortiz” Ranch in Webb County and the Killam Freer Ranch in Duval County. He is involved in oil and gas exploration and real estate development and is currently CEO of Killam Oil Co., and Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd. David is a director of the Laredo National Bank and Texas Oil & Gas Association and a former director of Webb Soil and Water Conservation District Zone III. He is a member of All American Wildcatters and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Organization. He also serves as Director of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is a past recipient of the State Wildlife Conservation Award. David is married to Hayley Killam, and has two sons, Radcliffe II and David Winfield Jr.

Tio Kleberg

Stephen J. "Tio" Kleberg

Stephen J. “Tio” Kleberg was born in Austin, Texas, to Richard M. Kleberg Jr. and Mary Lewis Scott Kleberg. Tio grew up on King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas, working summers with ranch operations. Tio graduated from Texas Military Institute in 1964. In 1969, he received a B. S. in Animal Science at Texas Tech University. From 1969 to 1971, he served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army receiving a Distinguished Service Medal. Upon his father’s death in 1979, Tio managed all of King Ranch south Texas agriculture enterprises and later served as Vice President of King Ranch Agri-business, managing all agricultural enterprises in Texas, Arizona, and Florida, as well as the international operations in Brazil, until 1998. Tio serves on the King Ranch Board of Directors and is past president of the American Quarter Horse Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation and Vice-Chairman for TAMUK Foundation. Tio and his wife, Janell, have three married children, Christopher, Adrian (Sabom) and Robert Justus and six grandchildren.

Berdon Lawrence

C. Berdon Lawrence

Berdon Lawrence was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He graduated from Tulane University in 1964 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and in 1965 with a Master’s in Business Administration.  He is currently President of L3 Partners, LLC, a family business office that manages investments and real estate.  He has served as Chairman of the Board for Kirby Corporation from 1999-2010.  He was founder and President of Hollywood Marine, a privately owned tank barge company which operated tank barges and towboats.  In 1999, Hollywood Marine merged with Kirby Corporation.  He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Waterways Council.  He has served as Past Chairman of the Inland Waterways Users Board, National Waterways Conference, and The American Waterways Operators.  He is also involved in several community organizations including the Galveston Bay Foundation, St. Martins Episcopal Church, The Kinkaid School, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees and M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors.  Berdon is an avid quail hunter and spends much of his time on his ranch in Brooks County.  Berdon is married to Rolanette and has one daughter, Heather, and two sons, Mark and Charles, and six grandchildren.

Ken Leonard

Kenneth E. "Ken" Leonard

Kenneth E. “Ken” Leonard was born in San Antonio, Texas, into an agricultural family. Ken’s father, A. E. Leonard, was the founder of L&H Packing Co., one of the largest independent meat packing companies in the United States. Ken is Chairman and CEO of Leonard Holding Corporations. He has been very active in his family’s ranching business. In 2001, they were awarded the “Lone Star Land Steward” from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Ken has shared his corporate and ranching expertise with many organizations and universities. He has been a member of the Range and Wildlife Board at Texas Tech University as well as a member of the Agriculture Board at Texas A&M University. He has served on the Whitetail Deer Advisory Board for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is also a member of the South Texas Natives Advisory Group and a lifetime member of the Texas Wildlife Association. He has two children, Neal and Clayton and three grandchildren. Ken and his wife Tanya reside in New Braunfels, Texas.

Jim McAllen

James A. "Jim" McAllen

James A. "Jim" McAllen was born in Brownsville, Texas. He has spent his whole life on the McAllen Ranch, 35 miles north of Edinburg. Jim is an eleventh generation rancher in south Texas and head of the McAllen Ranch, McAllen Land & Cattle Co., Inc., McAllen Communications Co., and Ranch Specialties Co. in Hidalgo County. McAllen Ranch is involved in various conservation projects and is recognized as one of the oldest ranches in Texas still in operation by the same family. Jim is one of the founders and former president of the Museum of South Texas History and the Valley Land Fund. He serves as a director for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and was awarded the National Beefmaster Breeders United Environmental/Conservation Award. Jim was also presented the “San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award” for a book he co-authored with his mother and daughter entitled “I’d Rather Sleep in Texas.” Jim and his wife Frances have five children, Mary Margaret (Amberson), Melissa (Guerra), Elizabeth (Roberts), James Jr., and Stephanie (Moore) and eleven grandchildren.

Barry C. Roberts

Barry Coates Roberts

Barry Coates Roberts was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended high school in San Antonio and graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station, with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 1982. After working several years in the oil and gas business, he joined the family business in 1985, now known as Coates Energy, a diversified land, mineral, royalty, and production company. In 1996, he became Co-trustee of Coates Energy and holds that position today. He is also the Operations Manager. Barry’s family owns the Heritage Ranch in Wilson and Karnes Counties and the El Negro Ranch in Starr County, Texas, where he has implemented numerous deer, quail, turkey, habitat, and other wildlife management practices.  He is an active member of numerous educational, civic and social organizations in San Antonio. He is also an active member of the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association. Barry’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, skiing, tennis, and swimming. Barry and his wife of nineteen years, Elizabeth (McAllen), have three children and live in San Antonio.

Stuart W. Stedman

Stuart W. Stedman

Stuart W. Stedman has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with the Institute since 1985 when he funded a deer research project at Faith Ranch, his family ranch in Dimmit, Webb, and Maverick Counties. He joined the Advisory Board in 1991 and has served as Chairman for the Institute’s Capital and Endowment Campaign. He funded the Stuart W. Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research through his family foundation and has helped fund an extensive deer research project conducted on the Faith and Comanche Ranches. Stuart has written several lay articles on white-tailed deer, and given numerous talks on white-tailed deer management issues. Stuart received three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin: a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program, a J.D. from its law school, and an M.B.A. from its business school. He is the President of Stedman West Interests, Inc., a family investment office that manages the investments of the Stedman West family. He is also a Trustee of the Stedman West Foundation, a former director of the Texas Wildlife Association, a former trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a former trustee of Texas Children’s Hospital. Stuart is married to Eliza and has two sons, Wes and Stu.

Buddy Temple

Buddy Temple

Buddy Temple was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and grew up in Lufkin, Texas. A 1960 graduate of The Lawrenceville School, he attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1960 to 1961, when he joined the U.S. Army and served until 1963. After working in various businesses, including Temple Industries, from 1964 to 1966, he ran Exeter Investment Company as Vice-President, President, and Chairman from 1968 to 1982, and 1986 to 2002. Buddy began his public service when he was elected member of The Texas House of Representatives for four terms, 1973 to 1981. Running for Governor of Texas in 1982, he served on the Texas Railroad Commission and as Chairman, from 1981 to 1986. Buddy serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Temple-Inland, Inc., Chairman of the Board of First Bank & Trust, East Texas, and Chairman of the Board of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation. Buddy is the past Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.  Buddy’s passion for wildlife and ranching took him and his wife, Ellen, to south Texas in 1992 when they purchased their ranch near Freer. They now divide their time between their home in Lufkin and their ranch.

Ben Vaughan, III

Ben F. Vaughan, III

Ben F. Vaughan, III was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to Ben F. Vaughan, Jr. and Rachael Dougherty Vaughan.  He attended Stanford University and received a B. A. degree in 1963. Ben received his legal education from the University of Texas and graduated with honors in 1967. During 1967, he was admitted to the bar and now serves as counsel for Austin law firm, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, & Moody. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dougherty Foundation and James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation. He is President of the Rachael and Ben Vaughan Foundation and is also an advisory board member of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute of which he served as chair from 1991 to 2002. From 1989 to 1999, he was Chairman of the Caesar Kleberg Institute Advisory Board. He also serves on the State of Texas and the National Boards of Directors and Executive Committees for the Coastal Conservation Association. Ben resides in Austin, Texas and is married to Daphne. They have two sons, Ben F. Vaughan, IV and James C. Vaughan and three grandchildren.

Bryan Wagner

Bryan Wagner

Bryan Wagner was born in Fort Worth, Texas.  He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Geology.  He is President and owner of Wagner Oil Company, Fort Worth.  The company is active in oil and gas exploration, acquisitions and exploitation in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and S.E. New Mexico.

He is a former trustee of Fort Worth Country Day School and a director of K-Life in Fort Worth.  He serves on the Geology Foundation at the Jackson School of Geosciences U.T. Austin (currently, Chairman).  Bryan is a member of the Young Presidents Organization YPO, and the All American Wildcatters.  He serves as a director of Texas Wildlife Association TWA and is an active supporter of the Bobwhite and Buckskin Brigades. Bryan is a director of the East Wildlife Foundation EWF (currently, Chairman) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. He owns and operates Wagner Ranch in Duval and Jim Hogg Counties, Texas.    

Bryan and his wife Allison of 28 years, have 5 children, Campbell, Caroline, Allie, Eliza and Lauren.       

Charles A. Williams

Charles A. Williams

Charles Albert Williams was born in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from Southwestern University in 1984 and received his MBA from St. Mary’s University in 1986. He is president of M&A Properties, Inc., Chaswil, Ltd. and the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation.

Through the Alkek Foundation’s work with the Institute over the past 10 years, Charlie helped establish the Ungulate Research Facility, which was completed in 2007. He is a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine and the Good Samaritan Foundation and is on the Board of Visitors of Southwestern University.

Charlie has been running his family’s Flying A Ranch in Bandera and Medina counties for the past 16 years. During that time, the Ranch has established partnerships with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Texas Brigades Leadership Camp, among others. The Ranch has also been a part of mountain lion, turkey and deer research programs with various universities. In 2007, the Ranch was awarded the Texas Conservation Award for Wildlife Conservation. Since 2001, Flying A has had an internship program with numerous state universities and colleges; over 40 undergraduate and graduate students in wildlife management have participated in the program. In conjunction with the conservation and research efforts, Charlie runs a commercial hunting, lodging and cattle business. He enjoys working closely with the managers and ranch biologists to create a destination spot for individuals and families to enjoy the great outdoors. Charlie is married to Randa and they have a wonderful son, Harrison.