Louis “Lou” Paletta is a founding partner and the chief operating officer of Kildare Partners, a private equity organization established in 2013 that targets opportunistic, control investments in commercial real estate-related opportunities. He formerly spent 20 years with Lone Star Funds, a global private equity investment firm, where he conducted fundraising and other business-related activities in his role as director of investor relations across Europe, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. He began his professional career with Deloitte upon graduation from Texas A&M and was employed by the international accounting firm for 12 years. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Mays Business School as chair of the fundraising committee and was recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of the college in 2016. He previously served on the 12th Man Foundation’s Board of Trustees as chair of the audit and finance committee. Outside of his service to Aggieland, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Ryan Palmer Foundation, a Texas-based philanthropic organization that creates brighter futures for communities and underserved families by offering access to education, self-care and personal development. He and his wife, Wanda, are longtime supporters of Texas A&M and have established multiple scholarships at Mays Business School in support of students, including for the business honors and study abroad programs.
Billy Lemmons is a founder and managing partner of EnCap Flatrock Midstream, a venture capital firm investing in midstream energy based in San Antonio. He is an Endowed Diamond Century Club Member and a member of the Lead by Example National Campaign Council. He has also served as a representative on the Leadership Council of The Association of Former Students. He previously served on the MBA Program Advisory Board in Mays Business School and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. He and his wife, Angie ’84, are longtime benefactors to Texas A&M and have established a faculty enrichment endowment in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, two endowed scholarships for students in Mays Business School and two endowed scholarships for students in the Intelligence Studies Program at the Bush School. They also support student-athletes with a 12th Man Foundation 1922 Fund endowment. In 2020, they made a Pillar of the Aggie Network commitment to the new Aggie Park project on the Texas A&M campus. The couple has three Aggie daughters: Hayley McQuaid ’15, Kelsey Lemmons ’18 and Avery Lemmons ’22.
Kathleen M. Gibson has been president and chief executive officer of Southwestern Medical Foundation since 2012. Prior to that, she spent 30 years in financial services at Citibank as president of Central U.S. Commercial and at Bank of America in various roles, including head of Asset Management Risk, president of Southwest Private Banking, head of Southwest Corporate Banking, and president of Bank of America Dallas. Kathleen has been involved at Texas A&M in many capacities, including serving as past chair of The Association of Former Students. She is a member of the advisory boards for the Bush School of Government and Public Service, the Center for International Business Studies and the AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Forum. Texas A&M has recognized her with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, a Distinguished Alumnus Award in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the namesake Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry Award and the Women’s Legacy Award. Kathleen was deeply honored to be the Campus Muster Speaker in 2018 and a Fish Camp Namesake in 2014. To date, Kathleen and her husband, Robert, have made several endowed Century Club gifts and established the Jarvis E. Miller ’50 Excellence Fund for International Studies. They have two lovely daughters: Catherine and Sarah ’15.
Otway Denny retired as partner at the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, a global legal practice that provides business law services. He serves on the College of Liberal Arts’ Development Council and was the 2012 chairman of The Association of Former Students’ Board of Directors. He has been recognized by Texas A&M as a Fish Camp namesake in 2008 and was inducted into the Corps Hall of Honor in 2013. He was also named a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. He and his wife, Bonnie, have endowed scholarships supporting the Corps of Cadets as well as a scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts designated for students who study abroad, complete an internship or participate in a faculty-directed research project. They have also supported the MSC renovation and expansion project, Aggie athletics, The Association of Former Students and MSC OPAS. Otway and Bonnie have three daughters: Amy Stuber ’97, Lisa Arreola ’98 and Stacey Denny.
George Harris co-founded Kozusko Harris Duncan in 1999 and was the firm’s managing partner for 20 years. A boutique private client law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago, the firm specializes in tax, succession and philanthropic planning for U.S. and international families; wealth and business continuity advice, including the creation and operation of private trust companies and similar solutions; and the selection and oversight of investment advisors and fiduciaries. Before entering private practice, George was a trial attorney in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and was awarded the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. George previously chaired the Tax Audits and Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association. At Texas A&M, George served as a member of The Association of Former Students’ Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018. He chaired the Compensation and Affiliation Agreement Committees and served on the Finance and Audit Committees. George was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Capital Texas A&M Club from 2011 to 2014 and served as pro bono counsel to the club in obtaining its tax-exempt status. George and his wife, Karen Zent ’86, recently moved home to Texas after 30 years in the Washington, D.C., region. They are Endowed Century Club Members of The Association of Former Students and members of the Foundation’s Legacy Society as well as the Chancellor’s Century Council.
Dan Allen Hughes Jr. is chief executive officer and president of Dan A. Hughes Co. LP, Hupecol Operating Company LLC and Hughes Legacy LLC. He has been active in the oil and gas industry for 40 years, during which he has presided over the exploration, development and operation of conventional and unconventional oil and gas fields in multiple producing basins both domestically and internationally. Hughes is chairman of the Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board as well as a member of the All-American Wildcatters and formerly served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 2009 to 2015, during which he was chairman from 2013 to 2015. At Texas A&M, he formerly served on the presidential search committee from 2013 to 2015, while he is a current member of the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council and the Lead by Example National Campaign Council. He was recognized with an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Mays Business School in 2013 and honored with Texas A&M’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2019. He and his wife, Peggy ’82, are donors to the university’s Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, where he serves as chairman of its Advisory Board. Dan Allen and Peggy have also contributed to the Kyle Field redevelopment and other athletic facilities as well as to Corps of Cadets scholarships. They have three children: Dan Hughes III, William and Elizabeth.
Gina Luna is a founding partner of GP Capital Partners, an SBIC fund focused on making lower middle market debt and equity investments primarily in Texas and the Gulf Coast Region. Gina founded Luna Strategies in 2016, where she counsels companies and their leaders on complex strategic issues and growth initiatives. Prior to founding Luna Strategies, she held executive roles with JPMorgan Chase & Co. for 22 years. Today, she also serves on several private and public company boards, including Roku Inc. and Tetra Technologies Inc. An active member of her community, Luna is the founding chairman for Houston Exponential, an organization focused on building the innovation ecosystem in Houston. She also holds positions on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch, CHI St. Luke’s Health System, The Welch Foundation, The Welch Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and the Greater Houston Partnership. She is a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductee and was named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2018. At Texas A&M, she currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Mays Business School. Luna and her husband, Carl ’91, are university benefactors, supporting The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and Mays Business School. They have two teenage sons: Tyson and Carson.