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Bucky Lamb - Chief Executive Officer

After growing up in the wide open spaces of Wyoming and making his way to the ranch lands of Texas, Bucky blazed a trail to the capital city. Under his leadership, Rodeo Austin has become the fastest growing ProRodeo in the world and is the fourth largest event economic driver for Austin. His motto? "Dream Big and Make It Happen."

Johnny Philipello - Chief Operating Officer

A native of Bryan, Texas, Johnny received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A&M University. After a stint in D.C., this Aggie found his way back to Texas and settled right in at Rodeo Austin. Having been with Rodeo Austin for 10 years, Johnny has experience in all areas of the organization. Email Johnny

Jennie Glenn - Senior Manager, Scholarships & Finance

Jennie hails from the city of Georgetown, and she received her bachelor's in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. She heads up the finance, operations, scholarship and ticketing departments. Email Jennie

Katie Richmond - Manager, Entertainment & Events

Katie is a native of Oregon and earned her bachelor's in equine science from Colorado State University. She oversees the competitive events, entertainment and exhibits departments. Email Katie

Vanessa Sugrue - Executive Assistant

Vanessa roots are based in New York, but fortunately for Rodeo Austin, she graduated from the University of North Texas and joined Team Rodeo Austin. As Bucky's Executive Assistant, she keeps him on track and also works closely with Rodeo Austin’s most senior leaders. Email Vanessa

Haley Luedke - Sponsorship Coordinator

Haley grew up in the small town of Mart, Texas. Haley graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in sports management. Haley works with corporate sponsors to help promote their brands at Rodeo Austin events and puts her degree to good use by helping coordinate the rodeo action. Email Haley

Jerry Walker - Operations Coordinator

Jerry hails from Georgia, but made his home in the Lone Star State. As the Operations Coordinator, Jerry handles the set up and tear down of the fairgrounds and works year-round to ensure that the facilities and grounds are in tip-top shape. With an eye for perfection, Jerry is a master welder and can tackle any project with expert craftsmanship. Email Jerry

Segayle Foster - Competitions Coordinator

Segayle grew up in the small Texas panhandle town of Lockney. A Red Raider through and through, she received her degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University. Segayle runs the Livestock Show, Horse Show, Calf Scramble and all other youth and adult competitions. Email Segayle

Nancy Monaghan - Entertainment Coordinator

After growing up in the small town of Fallbrook, California and earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology at UCLA, Nancy decided that Austin was where she belongs. She is in charge of bringing first-class entertainment to all Rodeo Austin events, as well as coordinating acts and exhibits on the fairgrounds. Email Nancy

Sarah Van Ert - Marketing Coordinator

An Austin native, Sarah received her bachelor’s in journalism, public relations and new media from Baylor University. As the Marketing Coordinator, Sarah handles graphic design, media relations and coordinates the public relations campaign. Email Sarah

Desa Swaim - Ticket Coordinator

Desa, an Oregon native, received her degree in communications from Portland State University. In her role as Ticket Coordinator, Desa oversees ticket sales, ticket operations logistics and volunteer committees. Email Desa

Emily Hardt - Sponsorship Coordinator

After growing up in the small town of Castroville, Texas, Emily received her degree in marketing and management from Baylor University. Emily moved to Austin after graduating to gain experience in nonprofit fundraising and events, which has prepared her for her role as Sponsorship Coordinator with Rodeo Austin. Email Emily

Laura Roberts - Office Coordinator

Laura hails from the sister Music City of Nashville, TN, and is a proud Blue Raider graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Laura oversees the inter-workings of Rodeo Austin, acts as Johnny’s assistant and heads up the membership side of Rodeo Austin's 1,500 vounteers. Email Laura

Chloe Banks - Exhibits Coordinator

An Austin native, Chloe received her bachelor's in philosophy from the University of Texas. In her role as Exhibits Coordinator, Chloe contracts all food and shopping vendors for the Fair and Rodeo. Email Chloe

Mark Weston - Finance Manager

Mark hails from sunny San Diego, California, where he received his accounting degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. As the Finance Manager, Mark oversees all of the organization's finances.