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May Monthly Luncheon - Opportunity Houston 2.0: Selling Houston

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Drayton McLane, Jr., chairman of the McLane Group and former owner of the Houston Astros, will present on Opportunity Houston 2.0, a $40 million program of the Greater Houston Partnership that will help create 450,000 jobs, attract $45 billion in capital investment and support initiatives to build Houston’s workforce in key middle skills, and enhance the region’s image.

OH 2.0 Key Objectives:
•    Assist in the creation of 450,000 new jobs and $45 billion in new investment
•    Attract and Expand Business
•    Enhance Image for Business and Talent
•    Develop Workforce in Key Middle Skills
•    Recruit Talent in Professional Fields

The Greater Houston Partnership's Opportunity Houston program has been an integral part of Houston's economic success over the past few years. Opportunity Houston 1.0 raised $32 million in cash and in-kind investments used market the Houston region for jobs and investment.

NOTE: This luncheon will be on the 1st floor of the Racquet Club.

Speaker Drayton McLane Jr., Businessman, Philanthropist
DRAYTON MCLANE, JR. serves as chairman of the McLane Group and is the former CEO of the Houston Astros Baseball Club.  A native Texan, this acclaimed businessman, leader, and generous philanthropist, ensures the focus of all his endeavors is based upon strong Christian values and moral ethics. The grandson of ...

DRAYTON MCLANE, JR. serves as chairman of the McLane Group and is the former CEO of the Houston Astros Baseball Club.  A native Texan, this acclaimed businessman, leader, and generous philanthropist, ensures the focus of all his endeavors is based upon strong Christian values and moral ethics.


The grandson of a successful entrepreneur, Drayton experienced firsthand the hard work and dedication it takes to successfully thrive in industry.  He began developing his tireless work ethic at age nine by working for his father at the family’s wholesale grocery business, the McLane Company.  Mr. McLane received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University in 1958 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University in 1959.  Upon completion of his formal education, Drayton came back to begin working at the family business loading trucks on the second shift.  He worked his way up and by earning the respect and admiration of his co-workers, he became president and CEO of the company in 1964 and held these positions for thirty years.


During his tenure, he propelled the McLane Company into a nineteen billion dollar company, achieving an average growth rate of thirty percent per year.  Following the McLane Company’s merger with Wal-Mart, Inc. in 1990, he became vice-chairman of Wal-Mart while maintaining his position at the McLane Company.  After playing key roles in each of these companies’ growth and productivity, he resigned in order to devote more time to the McLane Group, a parent company consisting of family owned companies operating throughout the world, which until November of 2011 included the Houston Astros where he served as Chairman and CEO.  Drayton McLane completed his nineteenth season with the Astros in 2011 when he sold the team for over $650 million.  Over the years, their philosophy remained consistent – bring home a World Series championship to Houston and make a positive difference in the community.  They were unable to bring home a championship, but they were the first Texas team to make it to the World Series and they also made a very positive difference in the community.


Current Activities:
• Chairman, Board of Trustees, Scott & White Memorial Hospital
• Vice President at Large, Boy Scouts of America National Board
• Member, National Board of Governors, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
• Board Director, The Bush School of Government & Public Service - Texas A&M University
• Chairman, Opportunity Houston 1.0 and 2.0
• Board of Trustees, Baylor College of Medicine
• Board of Visitors, The University Cancer Foundation, M.D. Anderson


Past Activities:
• Chairman of the Board, Temple Chamber of Commerce, 1978
• President, Baylor University Development Council, 1981
• Chairman, United Way Campaign, Temple, Texas, 1983-1984
• Member Texas State Board, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, 1985-1989
• Chairman, United Way, Temple, Texas, 1987
• Trustee, Baylor University, 1988-1990
• Member, Baylor Board of Regents, 1991-2006
• Honorary Campaign Chairman, United Way, Temple, Texas, 1991
• Vice-Chairman & Director, Wal*Mart Stores, Inc, 1990-1994
• Chairman of the Board, Children’s Miracle Network, 1993-1994
• Chairman, Pacesetter Campaign – United Way, Gulf Coast-Houston, 1994-1997 
• Chairman of the Board of Regents, Baylor University, 2002-2004
• Executive Committee Member, Major League Baseball, 1995-2011
• Board Director, Greater Houston Partnership, 1994-2000 & 2002-2008


Honors:
• Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award Recipient, 1985
• Management Excellence & Achievement Award-University of Georgia, School of Business, 1985
• Arthur Young/VENTURE Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, 1987
• Boy Scouts of America Silver Antelope Award, 1988
• Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, H.O.T. Council, 1989
• American Achiever Award, National American Wholesale Grocers Assoc, 1990
• Baylor University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 1990
• Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith Food Distributor, Man of the Year, New York City, 1990
• Baylor University, W.R. White Meritorious Service Award, 1991
• Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation Honoree, 1992
• Texas A&M University, College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business, Master Entrepreneur of the Year, 1993
• Michigan State University, Honorary Doctorate Degree, 1997
• American Academy of Achievement – Golden Plate Award, 1997
• Distributors International Herbert Hoover Food Industry Award, 1998
• Houston Community Partners, Father of the Year Award, 2000
• Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award Recipient, 2004
• NASA’s Public Service Award, 2005
• The International Society of Logistics (SOLE) Field Award for Supply Chain Mgmt, 2006
• Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, 2008
• University of St. Thomas, Ethical Leadership Award, 2008
• Dallas Baptist University, Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award, 2008
• Baylor University Regent Emeritus, 2010
• Austin College, Honorary Doctorate Degree, 2011
• Texas Transportation Hall of Honor Inductee, 2011
• Central Texas Association of Fundraising Professional's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
• Baylor University Founders Award, 2013
• Mirabeau B. Lamar Award – For Higher Education, 2013
• Texas Healthcare Trustees Founders Award, 2013
• Sports Hall of Fame, Lamar Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014


Drayton and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Temple, Texas.  They are proud parents and grandparents.  They have two sons, Drayton McLane, III and Denton McLane.  Drayton III and wife Amy have three sons, and Denton and his wife Amy, have two sons.  They are members of the First Baptist Church of Belton.

Full Description
Organizer Hannah Pietsch, Programs Chair

When?

Wed, May 7, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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Where?

Houston Racquet Club
10709 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024