The Rodeo Austin Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon individuals for their years of dedication and service to the organization's mission. In 2012, Rodeo Austin inducted the inaugural class of inductees and continues to add to individuals year after year.
In order to receive this honor, a person must have demonstrated a long term committed dedication to the mission and have significantly contributed to the promotion of the mission. These individuals are stand out leaders whose contributions are extraordinary.
Jimmy Callahan, 1983 President, was a critical player in the establishment of the Youth Fair in 1980 to include youth from urban backgrounds in competition which included projects like baking, sewing, planting and even had a Special Ed division.
Verlin Callahan, 1973 President, is best known for revamping the livestock show and his heavy participation in the Youth Auction since its start.
Mike Eledge, 1986 President, assisted the Rodeo announcers for more than 20 years, helping bring colorful commentary to Rodeo Fans. Mike also helped with the Scholarship & Endowment Program as well as Strategic Planning for the future of the Show.
Jay Evans, 1979 and 1985 President, has been an active member in the President’s Club, a buyers group for the youth auction that has raised more than $650,000 since it began in 1980.
Terrell, 1993 President, is known for his tireless work with the Logistics Committee in the late 80s and early 90s. Terrell implemented and built the Show's first entry portals which paved the way for financial successes.
Bill Knolle, 1984 President, established the Founders Club Membership program and recruited many members in the early 80s at significant investment levels.
Mike Levi, 1990 President, was well respected by the Board and helped spread visionary goals.
Louis J., a local Austin philanthropist, can be accredited with generously gifting the organization funds to expand facilities in the 1970's. In honor of his generosity, the 1971 Show was dedicated to L.J. Luedecke.
Ted Nagel, 1981 President, was an instrumental leader of endowment and fundraising programs throughout the 80s and 90s through Austin Tequila Society, which is now the Austin Endowment Society.
The late Robert Sneed, 1980 President, helped start the scholarship program as we know it today in 1981 when nine students received $500 scholarships.