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Traditions Lunch 2022
Sponsored by Brent Vannoy ’88, Partner, Hughes Watters Askanase
April Featured Speaker: Porter Garner ’79 – President and CEO, The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
Date: 2nd Monday of the Month
Time: 11:30 Networking, Lunch from Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Grotto, 4715 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Cost: $25 covers both lunch and dessert
Parking: Valet or complimentary self-parking available
Grotto is following all health and safety guidelines set by the state and the health department to ensure your safety.
We ask that our guests:
- Take your temperature and if 99.5 degrees and above, please stay home
- If you or any member of your household shows signs of illness of any kind, please choose to stay home
- To meet restaurant capacity requirements, online RESERVATIONS are recommended by Friday, January 7 at noon.
This is an in-person activity. Every attendee must evaluate their unique circumstances and make an informed decision before attending in-person activities. The Houston A&M Club recommends that no one in the higher-risk category take part in-person. Anyone who feels sick must Stay Home. If you become sick or develop symptoms, isolate yourself then go home and seek care. The Houston A&M Club cannot make any guarantees of safety and you are attending at your own risk.
Porter Garner ’79 – President and CEO, The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
Porter S. Garner III graduated from Texas A&M in 1979 with a BBA in marketing. He began his career with Hughes Tool Company before joining The Association’s staff as Field Director in 1981. After nearly 18 years of service to The Association, Porter was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to lead the organization, making him only the seventh chief
executive in The Association’s 143-year history. Over the last 22 years as President and CEO, he has inspired innovation and led initiatives to achieve The Association’s vision to become the premier alumni organization. Under his leadership, The Association has endeavored to enhance its programs and services, and broaden its reach and relevance to the worldwide Aggie
Network. Porter serves as a non-voting member of The Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, working closely with the Board to ensure that donated funds are used in the most efficient and effective ways to benefit Texas A&M and the Aggie Network. Under his leadership as President and CEO, The Association of Former Students’ total assets have grown from $55 million to $161 million, and the organization has raised over $400 million impacting Texas A&M and Texas Aggies. Porter serves on the board of Baylor Scott & White Hospital – College Station Region and is only one of two individuals to have been honored with a lifetime membership in the Brazos County A&M Club. He and his wife, Lisa, Class of ’91, are Endowed
Century Club donors to The Association of Former Students, Eppright Distinguished Donors, and members of the Texas A&M Legacy Society. They have three children: Claire, Class of ’21, Callie, Class of ’23, and Porter IV, Class of ’26.