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First Woman Chair of Houston Rodeo

The appointment makes history for the 90-year-old event.

By Danielle Grossman

A blond smiling woman in a beige cowboy hat and orange shirt with a neckerchief
Chairman of the Board Pat Mann Phillips CREDIT Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a longstanding institution in the heart of Texas, has recently made history with the appointment of Patricia “Pat” Mann Phillips as its next Chairman of the Board. With this appointment, Phillips becomes the first woman chair since the Rodeo’s inception in 1932, marking a significant milestone for the organization. “I am excited to bring my passion for the rodeo, my dedication to education, and my commitment to the community to this role,” said Phillips.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, its focus is making a difference, particularly through its unwavering commitment to education. The rodeo has granted $575 million in scholarships since 1932—but it’s not just about philanthropy. Rodeo Houston is an unrivaled experience. Imagine three weeks packed with non-stop entertainment—from the nation’s largest music talents to a plethora of carnival rides and commercial exhibits, all while celebrating western culture.

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Chairman of Board Pat Mann Phillips at the rodeo CREDIT Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Pat Mann Phillips’ dedication and volunteerism have made her a standout within the organization since 2001. Known for her genuine and compassionate nature, Phillips brings a wealth of energy, positivity, and humility to her role as Chairman of the Board.  “Together, we will continue to build upon the show’s legacy, creating a brighter future for generations to come.”

Collaborating with the executive committee, her primary focus is to lead the rodeo while staying true to its core mission of promoting agriculture and supporting Texas youth and education. Phillips’ involvement with the rodeo goes beyond her recent appointment. She’s served on several committees since 2001 and was founding chair of the Tours Committee in 2009. Phillips was elected to the board of directors in 2012 and subsequently appointed as a vice president from 2016-2018.

Beyond the rodeo, Phillips boasts an impressive professional background. Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management and Finance from Texas Tech University, she brings 30-plus years of experience to the energy industry. As the first woman chairman of the board in Houston Rodeo history, Phillips paves the way for future generations while leaving an indelible mark on this cherished Texas tradition.

Danielle Grossman is the Strategic Communications Director for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as well as a former journalist.