Leadership Team: Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area
John L. Nau, III is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Silver Eagle employs over 1,300 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio, Conroe, Cypress and Rosenberg. Silver Eagle also distributes Grupo Modelo beers, a broad selection of microbrews and craft beers, and several non-alcohol beverages and waters.
Nau’s commitment to service is apparent through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthropic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. His current involvement includes Vice Chairman of the National Parks Foundation Board of Directors, Civil War Trust Board of Directors, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Board of Trustees, President of The Texas State Historical Association, Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute, Honorary State Trustee for the San Antonio Parks Foundation and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a Board Member for Discovery Green Conservancy, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation and The Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additionally, he is Chairman of the board for the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and currently serves on the Board of Visitors, a position appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is founder and President of The Nau Foundation.
James A. Baker, III is one of America’s finest diplomats and public servants. During his almost four years as Secretary of State for President George H.W. Bush, Baker helped guide the country through a complex period of grave risk and great opportunity -- one that resulted in the peaceful end to the Cold War, the re-unification of Germany, the first peace negotiations between Israel and all of its Arab neighbors, the unprecedented international coalitions to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait and the negotiation and ratification of the first nuclear-weapons reduction treaty. During the eight years before then, as White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury for President Ronald Reagan, Baker helped put into place economic policies that stimulated domestic growth for two decades.
Though politics and public service have been his vocation during much of his adult life, Baker’s avocation has always been hunting and fishing. Learning those skills from his father when he was a boy, Baker has spent many of his best moments hunting ducks in the Texas wetlands and casting for trout and redfish along the Texas Gulf Coast. As a partner today with the law firm Baker Botts L.L.P., Baker’s familiarity and love of the region is one reason he wants to enhance it economically and environmentally by establishing the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area
Doug McLeod, lifelong Galvestonian, is an attorney-at-law and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Moody Gardens, Inc. After serving honorably in the U.S. Marines, Doug began his career with the Moody Interests in summer jobs during his college years. He was an elected official for 14 years, first as member and President of the Galveston I.S.D. (public school) Board, then as Mayor Pro-Tem and City Councilman, and also as three term member of the Texas House of Representatives. Doug serves on a number of corporate and civic boards of directors including American National Insurance Company, Anrem Corporation, National Western Life Insurance Company, Independent County Mutual Insurance Company of Texas, The Colonel Museum, Inc., the Advisory Board of Bay Area Boy Scouts, and the Executive Committee of the Knights of Momus (the “krewe” which is the major underwriter and organizer of Galveston’s annual Mardi Gras). He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Audit Committee of South Texas College of Law.
Doug has been honored with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” distinguished service award, inducted into Ball High School’s Wall of Fame as a former letterman, honored as “Tau Man” -Texas Kappa Sigma of the Year, received the 2010 UNT Green Glory Award, and in 2012, the annual George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award and the Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Award. His degrees include a B.B.A., a Doctor of Jurisprudence, and an LL.M. in International Economic Law, and he serves on the board of Currents, an international trade law journal. He and his wife Joan, a Fort Bend County rancher, have five daughters and a son, three of whom are also attorneys. The McLeods are active in Houston as well as Galveston endeavors and maintain residences in Houston and at the historic Williams Ranch in nearby Richmond, Texas.
Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area Leadership
Steering Committee: Steering Committee members include elected officials and leaders from the corporate, ranching and community sectors. They serve voluntarily and are drawn from the entire region.
Partners Coalition: The Partners Coalition is comprised of representatives of the public and private landowners that are eligible to become participating sites in the proposed, four county Partnership Interest Area, generally south of Highway 35 and including all of Chambers County.
Working together, the Steering Committee and the Partners Coalition facilitate dialogue with the Texas public, the business community, local organizations, local communities, and state and federal leaders to achieve the necessary community and political support for Congressional designation of the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area.
- Identify and address information needs, including mapping; identification and assessment of natural, historic and cultural, recreational, and infrastructure assets; evaluation of storm surge and related coastal threats and ecosystem benefits; economic benefits information, and; other technical and scientific information necessary to complete a review regarding the suitability and feasibility of a national recreation area designation
- Review design and implementation concepts and develop recommended governing structure for the local, state, and federal partnership to maximize the benefits of the 130-mile area along the upper Texas coast
- Communicate with key opinion leaders, the business community, local organizations and elected and agency officials at the federal, state and local levels to elicit their ideas and achieve their endorsement of and commitment to the concept
- Identify and assess funding opportunities