In all, over 28,000 people volunteer their time to help make the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a success. These men and women are called Committeemen and wear the gold badge.
Part of this volunteer corp includes HDS employees, who we would like to recognize for their commitment and for the part they play in helping the rodeo save over $28 million in payroll costs, which can instead be contributed to the support of educational scholarship programs.
Congratulations for Your Hard Work and Dedication!
Julian Martinez (Machinist) and Ray Vela (Seal Strip Department) are in their 2nd year on the Gatekeepers Committee. In total they each give 50-60 hours of their time. Gatekeepers scan tickets at all entrances to the rodeo and livestock show.
Ron Grimes (Buyer) is in his 13th year as a volunteer and has spent the last five on the Safety Committee. This year he will spend 70-80 hours volunteering.
Bobby Martinez is on the Go Tejano Committee. Bobby has served on the committee for 20 years and spends 40-50 hours a year volunteering.
Luke Lau (Vice President, Operations) is currently is serving his 3rd year on the Breeder Greeter Committee and has been a volunteer for give years. All total, he volunteers 40-50 hours a year.
Clayton Lau (President) is in his 19th year on the Souvenir Program Committee. He is a former chairman of the committee and is currently an Ambassador for the committee and rodeo. All total, he volunteers 60-70 hours a year.