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San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Announces Leadership Transition

SAN ANTONIO – Today, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo announced an executive leadership transition. Current President Cody Davenport will become the Executive Director & CEO of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and Keith Martin will move to a new role as Executive Director & CEO of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Educational Foundation.

Martin began his service with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo as a volunteer and was appointed Executive Director & CEO in 1989 with a handful of staff members and revenues just over $4 million. During his tenure, he professionalized the organization and ushered in substantial growth that has benefited young people and the San Antonio community with an estimated annual total economic impact of $250 million. As a result of his leadership, he has led a staff of nearly 40, more than 6,000 volunteers and generated over $198 million toward educating Texas youth. In fact, this year alone San Antonio Stock Show & will commit $12 million.

Chairman of the Board Joe Soules commented, “Keith Martin is a one of a kind leader. He has been the catalyst for exponential growth and sophistication of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, bringing it to where it is today. We are all so grateful to Keith for his vision, leadership and the tremendous impact he has had on each of us, the show and this community. As we look toward the future of our organization, we are excited to bring Cody on board to provide continued success and leadership.”

On June 1, Martin will move to his new role as the Executive Director & CEO of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Educational Foundation. The Foundation was established in December 2011 to support the mission of SASSR. His responsibilities will include fundraising in support of the scholarship program and managing the day to day operations.

Martin said, “This has been an incredible journey and I’m so proud of all that has been accomplished. But, it’s very important to recognize that it is the volunteers that make this organization successful. And you can’t provide leadership without having an understanding of the heart of a volunteer. Cody brings nearly 25 years of volunteer service to this position and has proven his leadership as a business owner, an innovator and volunteer. Cody will do an outstanding job. I’m looking forward to focusing on raising funds to support the mission even further in my new role.”

Like Martin, Davenport started with SASSR as a volunteer. He has been a leader in the volunteer corps since 1993, beginning on the Auction Committee. He later founded the Ranch Rodeo Committee as well as the Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival, both of which have become very successful and integral programs. Davenport was later appointed Director in 2001, Assistant Vice President in 2005 and Vice President in 2009. He is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a Bachelors in Military History and a Masters in Construction Management with over 20 years’ experience as a builder and developer. In 2011, he took on a new adventure and purchased Neals Lodges in Concan, a staple on the Frio River since 1926. He and his wife Yvonne have two children.

“I am truly honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to driving the advancement of our mission. My focus will be on continuing the momentum we have today and create new ways to build upon that. Our most incredible ‘asset’ is in our volunteers and talented staff, which well positions us to take on the challenges ahead.”

Davenport will be succeeded as President by Rusty Collier who has been a volunteer for more than 30 years. He previously served on the Operations Committee and became Vice President to the Executive Committee in 2013.