Houston Treasures for 2007
Photo by: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Jack Holmes is President of El Paso Corporation’s Refining, Chemical, Power Generation and Coal Operations worldwide. After earning his BS in Chemical Engineering from his home-state University of Mississippi in 1969, Jack worked for Humble Oil & Refining Company for 10 years before serving in executive positions with Texas International Company, Zilkha Energy Company and Sonat, Inc.
Judi attended Oklahoma State and holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Oklahoma City University. Judi managed her own oil and gas investment banking firm for 14 years which originated in Dallas and moved to Houston in 1993 upon her marriage to Jack. She now manages Gray Wolf Farms in Magnolia and Argyle, Texas where she raises and competes hunter and jumper horses across the country.
She is a stalwart of the Salvation Army, serving the Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Club Council, Development Committee, “Sally’s House” (a women’s home and center), and Women’s Auxiliary (founding member and past President). In addition, Judi currently serves as a Trustee for the Houston Symphony, co-chaired (with Jack) the 2002 Symphony Opening Night and co-chaired the 2005 Symphony Ball. Judy is a member of the Governing Council for the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the University of Texas School of Nursing PARTNERS Executive Board and was on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Hobby Center of the Performing Arts. Judi was a CCFA Woman of Distinction and chaired their Winter Ball in 2006. She is very active in serving a variety of equestrian organizations and horse shows, including the governing bodies for the equestrian teams of the U.S. Olympics.
Jack and Judi are members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where they have chaired the Stewardship Campaign and Judi has served as a Trustee. They are proud parents of 16 horses, five dogs, three cats and numerous birds. Their beloved human kids are Houston daughter, Ryland, and Vanderbilt law student son, John.