F. LeRoy Bell was appointed to his first term on the Board of Directors 2008 and reappointed to serve a second six-year term in 2013.
Mr. Bell is president and financial advisor for Compass Financial Strategies in Abilene. He received his Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University. He and his wife Deborah, also a former BRA Board member, live in Tuscola.
Term of Service: 2013 - 2019
Cynthia Flores of Round Rock was appointed to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott. She replaces Sara L. Mackie of Salado, whose term has expired.
In 2008, she graduated from Leadership Round Rock and began serving as an ambassador for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. She will serve on their Board of Directors in 2016.
Mrs. Flores served as a board member of the Williamson Burnet County Opportunities, Inc. from 2009 – 2015 and as a board member for Footprints Children’s Grief Ministry in 2015. She participates in the Williamson County Nonprofit Network group as well as the Catholic Business Network and Ministerial Fellowship groups.
Mrs. Flores received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of North Texas. She and her husband, Rene, have two children and live in Round Rock.
Term of Service: 2015 - 2021
Salvatore Zaccagnino of Caldwell is a retired lieutenant colonel with 20 years of service with the United States Air Force. He has been appointed to serve a third term on the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors.
He is very active in his community. He has been a member of the Caldwell Lions Club for over 25 years and has served in all leadership positions.
He is past vice president of the Burleson County Healthcare Foundation and has been a board member of the Burleson County Economic Development Council for over 30 years, currently serving as the treasurer.
After his Air Force career, Mr. Zaccagnino worked in the banking industry for 18 years. He was president and chief executive officer of Caldwell National Bank and past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association Services Company.
He received a bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Richard L. Ball is president and chief executive of Wes-Tex Vending Company of Mineral Wells. He was appointed to his first term as a Board member in 2008 and reappointed to serve a second six-year term in 2013.
Mr. Ball is originally from Gordon, Texas. He and his wife Connie live in Mineral Wells.
Term of Service: 2013 – 2019
Peter G. Bennis was appointed to his first term on the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors in 2008. He was reappointed to serve a second six-year term in 2013.
Peter G. Bennis is president, chief executive officer and director for Pinnacle Bank, in Keene. He is past charter president of the Keene Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Johnson County Economic Development Commission, served as advisory trustee on the Southwestern Adventist University Board of Trustees, and is founder of the Johnson County Education Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Texas State University and a graduate degree in banking from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. He and his wife Carolyn have two grown children and live in Fort Worth and Possum Kingdom Lake.
Charles Richard “Rick” Huber III of Granbury was named to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbott. He replaces Todd Brashears of Wolfforth whose term has expired.
Mr. Huber received a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University. He is a retired American Airlines captain and a retired pilot with the United States Air Force.
Mr. Huber is a member of the Fort Worth Air Power Council and the Grey Eagles. Additionally, he serves as chairman of the Hood County Appraisal Review Board and is a member of the Granbury Regional Airport Advisory Board, Leadership Granbury Board of Directors, Lakeside Baptist Academy Board of Directors, and vice-president of Mesa Grande Water Supply Corporation. He was named Leadership Granbury Board Member of the Year for 2014-2015.
James P. “Jim” Lattimore, Jr. of Graford was appointed to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors in December 2016 to replace William Arthur “Bill” Masterson of Guthrie. Mr. Lattimore’s term will expire on February 1, 2019.
Mr. Lattimore’s professional career included service as an executive with several major environmental services companies as well as operations in oil and gas, farming and ranching. He continues his professional involvement in business investments and consulting.
He is owner of The Lattimore Company and is a member of numerous professional, church and civic organizations. Additionally, he is a former director and immediate past president of the Possum Kingdom Lake Association.
Mr. Lattimore received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Term of Service: 2016 - 2019
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Wesley Lloyd of Waco to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors in July, 2016.
Mr. Lloyd is an attorney with Freeman Mills PC, where he handles litigation and appeals primarily in disputes involving upstream oil and gas operations and midstream pipelines. Mr. Lloyd is board certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, but also has considerable experience in water and environmental law. In 2011, he received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the McLennan County Bar Association. He has been named a “Rising Star” in Energy Law by Texas Monthly Magazine each year since 2012.
Mr. Lloyd is active in the community, serving in leadership positions for several different organizations. He also served for 8 years as Governor Perry’s appointee on two statewide boards responsible for leasing state land for oil and gas development.
Mr. Lloyd earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech School of Law. He has three children, Taylor, Calista and Trey, and is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Waco.
John Henry Luton of Granbury was appointed to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbott. He replaces Chet Creel of Newcastle whose term has expired.
Mr. Luton is chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Granbury. Mr. Luton received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and after serving in the United States Air Force, he received an honorable discharge.
He is a member of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He has served on the boards of the Brazos Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. Additionally, he is a member of the Texas Aggie Band Association, Former Students Association, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association, and the Champions Council of the 12th Man Foundation.
W.J. “Bill” Rankin of Brenham is retired chief financial officer, treasurer and board member at Blue Bell Creameries, Inc. He was reappointed to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbot to serve a six-year term set to expire in 2021. Mr. Rankin was originally appointed to the Board of Directors in 2011 to complete a term vacated by John Steinmetz of Lubbock.
Mr. Rankin is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Texas Society of CPAs. He is a board member and past president of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Brenham Noon Lions Club, Washington County Texas A&M Club, and president of Abiding Word Lutheran Church of Brenham. He is also past president and a past board member of the Brenham Independent School District, and a past chair and past board member of Lutheran Social Services of the South.
Mr. Rankin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Sul Ross University. He also served as a pilot in the US Air Force. He and his wife Lois live in Brenham.
G. Dave Scott of Richmond is the presiding officer of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors. He is a rancher and retired executive vice president of Port City Stockyards. He is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Board of Directors, Texas Livestock Market, and Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association. He is past president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
He is a life member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he is past chairman of the Range Bull and Heifer Committee.
Mr. Scott attended the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University.
Term: 2013 - 2019
Jarrod D. Smith of Danbury was named to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbott to complete the term of Cynthia Bourland of Round Rock who resigned to accept a state appointment.
Mr. Smith received a bachelor’s degree from University of Houston Clear Lake and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Brazoria County Bar Association, and Texas Land Title Association.
Additionally, Mr. Smith is a member of the Alvin Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He previously served as secretary of the Brazoria County ESD #3, secretary of the Angleton Downtown Revitalization Corporation, and is a member of the Angleton Area Emergency Medical Corporation.
Term of Service: 2015 - 2017
Jeffrey S. Tallas of Sugar Land was reappointed to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbott to serve a six year term ending in 2021. He was originally appointed in 2010 to complete a term for former Director Nancy Porter of Sugar Land who stepped down.
Mr. Tallas is owner of Jeff Tallas Insurance and Financial Services. He is a board member of the Fort Bend County Literacy Council, a leadership graduate of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance and Fort Bend County Chamber leadership program and a fellow of the American College Life Underwriter Training Council Insurance Program.
He is a past board member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Past District Governor for Rotary International District 5890 and past president of the Texas A&M Houston Reveille Club.
Mr. Tallas received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He is married to Tracee Tallas of Baton Rouge, La. and has two sons, Lawson age 3 and Connor age 5.
W. Wintford “Ford” Taylor III of Waco was named to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors by Governor Greg Abbott. He replaces Mrs. Kari Belt of Gatesville whose term has expired.
Mr. Taylor received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Texas Tech University. He is president and chief executive officer of Wm. Taylor & Co., a commercial general construction firm.
Mr. Taylor is a member of the Association of General Contractors – Texas Building Branch Board of Directors, serving as the state director for the Central Texas Associated General Contractors, and a member of Rotary Club of Waco. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for Camp Allen – Episcopal Diocese of Texas. He is past chairman of Waco Planning Commission, member of Waco Business League, and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.