The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a longstanding institution in the heart of Texas, today announced Pat Mann Phillips was elected as its new chairman of the board. The historic announcement marks a new chapter for the Rodeo as Phillips is the first woman chairman since the show began in 1932. Phillips succeeds Brady Carruth, who served as chairman since 2020.
“Pat Mann Phillips has been an instrumental part of our show for over 20 years and is known for her high energy and positive attitude, both qualities that will serve us well during her tenure as board chair,” said Chris Boleman, president and CEO.
Phillips first joined the Rodeo as a volunteer in 2001, working with several of the organization’s committees. In 2009, Phillips was the founding chair of the Tours Committee and was integral in laying the groundwork for the committee’s continued success today. Phillips was elected to the board of directors in 2012 and served as a Rodeo vice president from 2016 to 2018, overseeing the efforts of the Transportation, Magazine, Special Children’s, Agriculture Education (formerly Ladies’ Go Texan), Souvenir Program, and Communications & Special Services committees. In 2018, she was elected to serve on the Executive Committee, and named Chairman of the Board Elect in 2022.