Presnall Cage is a third generation South Texas rancher who operates his family’s property in Brooks County, Texas. Presnall was raised in Falfurrias and graduated from Texas A& I University in Kingsville where he was an officer in the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force and became an instructor pilot at Laredo Air Force Base and a forward air controller in Vietnam. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, he was discharged from the service in 1973with the rank of captain. He is currently a pilot of both fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter…the latter used primarily for cattle work.Presnall raises commercial Hereford and crossbred cattle and manages the family’s mineral holdings in Brooks and Maverick Counties in Texas as well as Lincoln and Cheyenne Counties in Colorado.
Presnall and his wife, Stephanie, reside on the ranch near Falfurrias, where Presnall is a director of the First National Bank, having been a founder and director of the Greater South Texas Bank. They have three children, Grady Cage, Valerie Ziegler, and William Cage and three grandchildren. Presnall serves as a director of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Texas Order of St. Hubertus (a hunting and game conservation group) as well as several San Antonio social organizations, among them, The Order of the Alamo, The German Club, The Argyle, and The San Antonio Country Club.
Aldaberto Garza, DVM
Adalberto Garza was born to founding families of Starr County; He is a doctor of veterinary medicine and graduated from TX A&M University. He practiced veterinary medicine for 37 years as a general practitioner, and focused predominantly on equine; He is now retired and lives in Edinburg. He manages and operates his family commercial cattle operation and is also involved with energy and other investments.
Helen K. Groves
Helen Kleberg Groves is the child of Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg. She was born on October 20, 1927 in San Antonio and was raised on the King Ranch. Groves is a former director of King Ranch Incorporated, former director of the National Cutting Horse Association, president of the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, director of the National Sporting Library in Virginia, director of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, lifetime vice-president of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, lifetime member of the National Cutting Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association, former board member of Mary Baldwin College, a 2000 recipient of the Spanish Guard Award, and the 2006 Golden Spur Award.
A.R. "Felo" Guerra
A. R. "Felo" Guerra is descendant of early pioneering Valley families which were ranching on the banks of the Rio Grande dating back to the mid 1700's. He attended McAllen & Edinburg schools graduating from Edinburg High & afterwards attended Pan American College. Since the 1960's he has been involved with his family in managing their agricultural & mineral interests in Hidalgo & Starr Counties. He is active in his community as a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Linn-San Manuel Community Improvement Committee, Easter Seals, UT-PAU Foundation Board & First National Bank Board. He also operates a cow-calf operation and occasionally runs some stocker calves. Felo & Maxine, his spouse of 35 years, are pleased parents & grandparents of 4 children 2 grandaughters.
J.E. "Eddie" Guerra
Pharmacist, Oil/Gas Investments and Oil/Gas Development, Real Estate Investments
Eddie currently serves as the Sheriff of Hidalgo County after winning the position during the 2014 mid-term elections. Current Hidalgo Co. Sheriff, former Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable, landowner from Linn, his family has owned property in South Texas for over two centuries, a STPRA member since 2010.
W.T. "Tommy" Guerra
Tommy Guerra of Guerra Ranches is a fourth-generation rancher from Starr County. He graduated from Rio Grande City High in 1960 and received a BBA degree from UT Austin in 1964. In 1964, he married Corinne “PeeWee” and they have been married almost 49 years. Tommy and PeeWee have one son, Billy and two daughters Jeannie and Sissy.
Tommy worked for 7 years at First State Bank in RGC. He is also a member of a number of organizations: TSCRA, NCBA, and TLMA. He was on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) for six years. He served as State President for two years on the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas. In addition, Tommy has also served on various state and national committees through the years. He currently serves on the STPRA Board of Directors.
Sarita A. Hixon
Sarita Armstrong Hixon is a former member of the Texas Historical Commission and currently serves on the board of the Texas State Historical Association. She has previously been on the boards of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, Friends of Communities in Schools, San Jacinto Museum of History Association, Contemporary Arts Museum and Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia.
Professionally, she is the Kenedy County Commissioner Precinct 3 and was an associate attorney with Andrews & Kurth, LLP.
Sarita received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her JD from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and currently resides in Houston.
Jesse W. Howell
Jesse Howell has lived in southern Jim Wells County his entire life and is active in several agricultural operations, including a cattle feedlot, silage operation and liquid feed plant. He is president of Jim Wells Company LLC, Jesse W. Howell Cattle LLC, Howell Industries Inc., Howell Cattle Co., and part owner and an honorary director on the board of South Texas Property Rights Association. Since 1982, he has been on the Board of Directors of Texas Farm Credit.
A.C. "Dick" Jones IV
A.C."Dick" Jones IV of Hebbronville,Tx. manages his cattle operations through Jones Ranch LLC. His ranching headquarters are at Jones Borregos Ranch south of Hebbronville in Jim Hogg Co.
In addition to ranching, Jones' other business activities include directorships with First National Bank of Hebbronville, First National Bank of Beeville,and Mestena Oil & Gas Co. He is also a director of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Wildlife Association, advisory director Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and trustee of Texas A&M Kingsville Foundation.
He and his wife Ann have three children, Katherine Camille, William Whitby III and Laura Christina.
Cullen R. Looney is a life-long resident of Edinburg, Texas where he practiced law and has been involved in banking, farming, ranching and oil and gas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance and a law degree and served for three years in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He has been very active in numerous local and state organizations including The Texas Ethics Commission, South Texas Higher Education Authority, The University of Texas Chancellors Council Executive Committee and the Museum of South Texas History. He served as a state representative for South Texas from 1977 to 1981. Looney is currently president of EIA Management, LLC.
Joe Maley is a life long resident of Bee County where both sides of his family have farmed and ranched since the 1890's. Joe graduated from Pawnee High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Southwest Texas State University: now Texas State University. He taught school for three years before joining the staff of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) as a Field Representative in South Texas, while maintaining a family ranch. He took of leave from TFB for a period of time to do agriculture consulting and development in several foreign countries, primarily Saudi Arabia. After return to TFB, Joe managed the Austin legislative office, before moving to the main office where he was Director of Organization, with emphasis on Public Policy at the State and National level. Joe's and Martha's son and daughter and their families live close by and are involved with the ranch in South and Central Texas.
John Prukop lives in Jim Wells County and has been farming since 1974 in Jim Wells, Kleberg and Nueces Counties. Mr. Prukop holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & I University in agricultural economics. Mr. Prukop serves as chairman of the Kleberg-Kennedy Soil and Water Conservation District and is Vice Chairman of Texas AgFinance, where he has served as a director since 1990.
Gene “Primo” Walker Jr.
Gene “Primo” Walker Jr., a rancher and Webb County native, joined STPRA’s board of directors in January of 2017. Currently ranching in South and West Texas and western Mexico, Primo’s ranching career has spanned almost 50 years, beginning on Vaquillas Ranch, 10 miles south of Aguilares. He graduated from high school in Mirando City in 1975 before graduating from Southwest Junior College in Uvalde in 1977 and TCU’s Ranch Management program in 1978.
Primo has been a member of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association for 50 years, serving on its marketing committee for 30 years and as chair of its fever tick committee for two years. He also served on the Mirando City school board for 12 years and the Hebbronville auction and commission board of directors for 15 years. Primo and his wife, Carllyn, have one son, three daughters and seven grandchildren.
May Kathleen Walker is “Kandy” to her friends. She was born in Laredo and graduated from Mirando City High School in 1983. She received an Associate Degree in Aviation from Southwest Texas Jr. College in 1985 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UTSA in 1987. May Kathleen Walker comes from a proud ranching tradition established by her father, Gene Simeon Walker, a cattle rancher who owns several large ranches from West to South Texas and Northern Mexico. “My father will tell you that ranching is a tough business even in the best of times,” says Kandy. “TV shows like ‘Bonanza’ have romanticized ranching but in reality today it takes helicopter roundups, global positioning systems and computers to herd the cattle and operate a ranch.” “I get my strong work ethic and my love for taking land and transforming it into structurally sound, beautiful designs for business owners and home lovers from my Dad,” Kandy says.
Kandy is known in the community as a hard-working entrepreneurial businesswoman that is as comfortable in a board room setting as she is in doing field work on a ranch, piloting an airplane, hunting and being the proud mother of a daughter, Haley, and a son, Kyle. Her siblings are Gene “Primo” Walker, Jr, James Patrick “Rick” Walker and Elizabeth Walker.
Kandy comes from a family with 100 years of history in ranching. She was motivated to succeed in her own right by her grandfather’s authentic rags to riches story starting “with one cow in Laredo” and establishing the foundation for the family’s agricultural operations that include ranching, raising livestock, trading cattle, and farming. Other business enterprises include drilling for oil and gas and investing in real estate by developing and managing properties. The Walkers’ main ranches are the Vaquillas Ranch and Huisache Cattle Company.
In 1986, Kandy got her first start in the family business doing the books for a cabrito (kid goat) operation and growing the number of nannys (female goats) from 500 to 2,500 in 1994. During this time, she flew planes over ranches to check fence lines and stock tanks. In 1992, she began building her business acumen by getting involved in several Walker family enterprises in Laredo. Among them, Kandy helped launch an executive suite operation called, “Corporate Solutions;” became the manager and limited partner of a five-story, multi-use, state-of-the-art business building, “Walker Plaza;” served as a partner in a financial enterprise called, “Walker 9,” managing investments; and was a partner and senior marketing representative for a gas utility company, “Proviron, Inc.,” until its sale in 2007.
Kandy says she always will be humbled by the magnitude of the business her family has built and believes she serves only as one pillar that helps support, maintain and build her grandfather’s vision. While her father doesn’t have an office or wear a suit, Kandy says he is her idol and credits him for her strong work ethic and business savvy. Kandy says her father is a shrewd businessman, a great cowboy, unafraid to tread new territory, a good Christian and a wonderful father. He taught her to be honest, above-board, pay attention and listen, pay bills on time and respect others. Her mother, Mary Katherine Haynes Walker who passed away in 1998, was a teacher and instilled in Kandy the importance of education. Both parents will continue to be a strong influence in Kandy’s life. Kandy’s business philosophy is to meet or exceed expectations, to respect and appreciate others’ endeavors, and to continue to set and achieve new goals.
Kandy has a home at her ranch, Rancho Catalina, south of Encinal and moved to San Antonio two years ago to focus on the family’s real estate endeavors through her company, Catalina Real Estate Investments, Ltd. The Walker family has developed hundreds of acres for residential use and built homes in several Laredo neighborhoods; developed mixed use low-income housing in Austin and South Texas cities; and developed a state-of-the-art housing facility in San Marcos to serve the needs of Texas State University students. The family has completed several condominium, townhome, and multi-family developments in Austin, Laredo and Houston, and participated in the construction of the only privately built and operated toll road in Texas.
In San Antonio, Kandy just completed a unit of upscale, five-star quality Condominiums called, “The Simeon at Olmos Park.” Just as she supported the Laredo community which supports her family, Kandy says she will support the San Antonio community. Over 90 percent of the vendors she used to build the Simeon are San Antonio based companies. Her ties to San Antonio were established when she attended UTSA and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. When Kandy’s not working, she loves to work on her ranch or hunt.