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Focus Issues & Initiatives

Lead SA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and sponsor North SA Chamber programs and initiatives, which promote education, leadership, career and professional development in San Antonio.

Lead SA  awarded scholarships for the award-winning Leadership Lab program, a nine-month leadership development series; and, since 2003, Lead SA has awarded scholarships to area institutions including Alamo Colleges, Our Lady of the Lake University, The University of the Incarnate Word, UTSA, and Haven for Hope to support its career and workforce development program leadership and professional development and the advancement of higher education.

North SA Chamber members have an opportunity to support Lead SA and its educational mission by making an annual contribution through their membership renewal statement or by sponsoring or attending any of the organization’s annual fundraisers.

Salute to Excellence

Our past events have included a Salute to Excellence. This recognition event is designed to honor San Antonio’s finest leaders and organizations for their contributions in the areas of community contribution, business achievement, leadership and philanthropy. In 2010, the award was renamed the Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Salute to Excellence Award in memory of Governor Briscoe’s contributions to the state of Texas.

Salute to Excellence Honorees

2017 The Dawson Family, Pape-Dawson Engineers
2015 Robin & Ernesto Ancira, Ancira Enterprises
2014 Edith McAllister, Jane Macon, Rosemary Kowalsky
2013 Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USA Ret., USAA
2012 Charlie Amato & Gary Dudley, SWBC
2011 Dr. Louis Agnese, The University of the Incarnate Word
2010 Dr. Ricardo Romo, UTSA
2009 Bill Greehey, NuStar Energy, L.P.
2008 Tom Frost, Frost
2007 Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.
2006 Lila Cockrell, San Antonio Parks Foundation & Former Mayor of San Antonio
2005 Charline and Red McCombs, McCombs Enterprises
2004 San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (EDF)
Mario Hernandez, EDF President
Ed Kelley, USAA Real Estate Company, Retired & 2004 EDF Chairman of the Board
Joe McKinney, Broadway National Bank & 2003 EDF Chairman of the Board
2003 Kent Krauss, San Antonio Business Journal, Publisher

Board of Directors

Larry Mitchell
All Dry Services of SATX
2023 Chairman


Bryan Anz


Shaun Blumhoff
Alterman Inc.


John Duda
Edward Jones Investments


Nate Gilbert
The Law Offices of Nathaniel Gilbert


Jose Hernandez
Amegy Bank


Marci Payne
BBVA Compass


JT Thompson
Red Wing Stone Oak