Alan Walne, Body Shop Manager at Herb's Paint & Body Shops in Texas, was elected chairman of the board of directors and chairman of the executive committee of the State Fair of Texas during the annual meeting of the board on April 20 at The Women’s Museum in Fair Park. Walne succeeds Ruben Esquivel, who served as chairman from 2007-2011. Esquivel will continue as a member of both the board and executive committee during Walne's term.
Five new members were elected to the board of directors; Sam P. Burford, Levi H. Davis, Robert A. Estrada, Wendy A. Lopez and Craig A. Woodcook will serve on the 55-member board of State Fair of Texas, Inc., the private, non-profit corporation responsible for presenting the annual exposition.
At the luncheon meeting, the board of directors also elected its officers for the coming year. In addition to Alan Walne, chairman, others elected were Errol W. McKoy, president; Lee Winton, CFO/senior vice president, finance; Robert B. Smith, corporate secretary; and Billy R. Allen, Roy C. Coffee, Jr., Thomas M. Dunning, Ruben Esquivel, Roy Gene Evans, Lois Finkelman, Richard Knight, Jr., James M. Moroney III, Alice Murray, Pete Schenkel, John Scovell, George Shafer, Bruce Sifford, and Joel T. Williams, Jr.
By accepting the responsibilities as chairman, Walne joins a long line of distinguished civic leaders who have provided direction for the State Fair since it was originally chartered in 1886. A board member since 2004, he has served on the Fair’s executive and finance committees.
Walne is well known for his commitment to the community. He served as a member of the board of managers at Parkland Health & Hospital System until February 2011. He served as the district 10 representative on the Dallas City Council, where he served on the Business & Commerce, Finance & Audit, Legislative Affairs, and Transportation & Telecommunications committees. He has also served the city of Dallas in many other ways outside of the City Council. He has been on the board of directors for the SBC Cotton Bowl, White Rock YMCA, Trinity Commons, Dallas Civil Service, and Dallas Parks & Recreation. Walne has been a member of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, Small Business Advisory Panel of the Texas Natural Resources Conversation Commission, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Plano Chamber of Commerce, Lake Highlands VOCT Advisory Committee, Young Life Ministries, and the Doctors Hospital Governing Board. He served as Dallas ASA Body Shop chairman, a former member of the Dallas committee of the Inter-Industry Council on Auto Repair, and is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Finance from Texas Tech University.