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 1,100 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 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, Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute, Director and Executive Committee member of the Greater Houston Partnership and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a Board Member for the Center for Houston’s Future, Discovery Green Conservancy, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation, The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and The Texas State Historical Association. He is founder and President of The Nau Foundation.
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.
Nau and his wife, Bobbie, reside in Houston, Texas. Their family includes two daughters, Victoria Nau Johnson and husband Parker, Elizabeth Nau Stepanian and husband Andy, and five grandchildren, Katharine, Reese and Driggs Stepanian, and Liston and Case Johnson.
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, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Moody Gardens, Inc., and a Charitable Trust Officer for the Moody Foundation. 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.