2007 Trailblazer Award Recipient: George DeMontrond, III

2007: In 2007 AAF-Houston recognized George A. DeMontrond, III, president of DeMontrond Automotive Group, which includes several auto and motor home dealerships in the greater Houston area. DeMontrond has served as chairman of the Houston 2012 Foundation since 1998 and led Houston’s attempt to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and also served on the Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee Board.

Mr. DeMontrond has been active on the boards of many civic and charitable organizations, including the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), Greater Houston Partnership Board and its Business Issues Advisory Committee, World Affairs Council and the Houston International Festival.

He also served as a board member for the 100 Club, Houston Grand Opera, Salvation Army, Sam Houston Area Council-Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Country, and Mental Health Association of Houston. Mr. DeMontrond is a lifetime vice president and director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

DeMontrond is Board vice chair of the University of St. Thomas-Houston and served on its successful capital campaign team. He co-chaired the 2006 UST Athletics Advisory Council, providing leadership to initiate intercollegiate athletics for UST, and 2004 Ethical Leadership in Action award luncheon program.

Mr. DeMontrond has been a member of numerous professional associations, including the Oldsmobile Board of Governance Sales Development Committee, Houston Automobile Dealers Association, and Buick National Dealer Marketing Advisory Board. He is active on many automobile trade boards and committees. DeMontrond received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law and a B.S. degree in engineering from Princeton University.