DENVER, CO – During the annual meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), (dba, National Western Stock Show), the membership unanimously elected Douglas L. Jones as the new Chairman of the Board and recognized the departure of long-time board member and Chairman, Patrick A. Grant.
Doug Jones is the Owner and President of Jones Realty Group, a commercial real estate investment and services group. Jones began his pilgrimage with the National Western Stock Show as a volunteer, Trustee and Board Member for almost 30 years. Jones added his leadership to several Stock Show committees, including the Junior Livestock Auction Committee, Coors Western Art Advisory Committee, and now serving on the Citizen of the West Steering Committee. Over the last two decades, Jones has exhibited his dedication to the historic Stock Show and the exciting redevelopment of the National Western Center. Doug has also served as board chairman for many well-respected organizations, including Colorado State University, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and Denver Area Boy Scouts of America.
“Doug has shown great leadership as the WSSA Vice Chairman for the past three years and has played an intricate role with city leaders and various planning groups, as well as advising on business issues in relation to the WSSA,” said Nancy Tuor, Chair of the WSSA Nominating Committee.
Pat Grant announced he is “stepping down” as Chairman of the Board after 34 years of service with the Association. Grant served as President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show from 1990-2010 and has been Chairman of the WSSA Board since 2016.
“Pat Grant is an iconic figure whose name will remain synonymous within the ag industry and the National Western Stock Show,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Pat has been a great mentor to many on the WSSA Board. He has dedicated most of his career to the National Western Stock Show, and we can’t thank him enough.”
Grant will remain on the board for one year as Immediate Past Chair, and will also serve another year on the National Western Center Authority Board.
Voted to serve as officers on the WSSA Board includes Vice Chairman of the Board and Treasurer, Barth Whitham. Whitham is the President, CEO, and Director of Enduring Resources, LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Whitham brings business and financial acumen to the board that qualifies him to serve as both Vice Chairman and Treasurer. He is joined by Board Secretary, Mark Gustafson, who has served in this capacity for many years. Pete Coors continues to be Chairman of the Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to be contributed by the Association to the City and County of Denver for construction of the Legacy Building.
Returning members to the Board of Directors includes Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, George “Buck” Hutchison, Justin Cumming, Terrance Carroll, Don Elliman,Brooke Fox, Dr. Tony Frank, Guy McEndaffer, Nancy Tuor, Ron Williams and President and CEO, Paul Andrews. Recently added members to the board include Bruce Wagner, CEO of Wagner Equipment, and Mike Long, President and CEO of Arrow Electronics, Inc.
The annual meeting for all WSSA members is held every May at the National Western Complex. It serves as a recap of that year’s National Western Stock Show as well as a projection of future goals for the Association.
About the National Western Stock Show
Established in 1906, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agricultural science, business and rural medicine. It is our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier annual livestock show and center for year-round events. The 16-day show in January also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, world-class horse shows, family, educational events and Colorado’s largest western trade show. For more information, visit nationalwestern.com.