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April 8, 2014: Hughes Abell & Bill Winters

G. Hughes Abell, President, Llano Partners, Inc.



Vanderbilt University (BA '72)


  • 1996-Present: Ranching & Private Investments
Active investments in privately held agricultural, industrial, real estate, and oil & gas concerns
  • 1982-1995: Abell Corporation
Privately-held business with operating interests in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, and plastics molding (1990-1995 – President/CEO)
  • 1975-1982: Texas Liquid Fertilizer Company
Regional manufacturing and distribution "start-up" company supplying fertilizers to commercial agriculture on the Texas Gulf Coast. (Vice President 1977-1982)
  • 1972-1975: First American Corporation
Tennessee bank holding company based in Nashville.  (Corporate Development)

Business Affiliations:

Abell Livestock, LLC (Sole Proprietor) – Cow-calf & stocker/feeder operation in Texas and New Mexico

CA Cattle Company (Partner) – Stocker/feeder cattle provider based in Mason, T
Coyote Lake Ranch (Sole Proprietor) – Farm/Ranch in Bailey County, Texas
Goodman Global Holding, LP (Past Director) – HVAC manufacturer (Janitrol & Amana brands) based in Houston, Texas
Great Plains Cattle Feeders (Principal) – Cattle feedlot in Hereford, Texas
Hill Country Electric Supply, Inc. (Principal & Past Director) – Wholesale electrical supply concern based in Austin and San Antonio, Texas
Llano Partners, Ltd. (General Partner-Family Limited Partnership) – cattle ranching and commercial real estate in Texas & New Mexico
Mason County Feeders, Inc. (Partner) – Cattle feedlot based in Mason, Texas
Red Simpson, Inc. (Past Director) – Contractor based in Alexandria, Louisiana, constructing distribution, transmission, and fiber optic lines for public utilities in the southwestern, southern, and southeastern US.
Sabine Interests, LLC (Principal) – Oil & Gas production and Timber properties in Texas & Louisiana
Shield Air Systems (Principal) – Explosion-proof HVAC manufacturer based in Houston, Texas
Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (Past Director) – Mechanical & civil engineering firm based in Nashville, TN, with offices in Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Memphis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham
Tensas Delta Exploration, Inc. (Principal) – Oil & Gas production in LA & Texas

Miscellaneous Affiliations:

Assoc. of Rotational Molders (Past Pres.& Director) – International trade assoc. for plastics industry

Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (Director) – National producer organization responsible for spending beef “checkoff “ funds for research and development to increase beed demand in domestic and international markets (Appointment by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture)
Colorado River Foundation (Past Trustee)
Lower Colorado River Authority (Past Director & Vice Chairman) – Conservation and reclamation district created by the State of Texas to provide electricity, flood control, and other water/waste water services to the Lower Colorado River basin. (Appointment to the board by the Governor of Texas)
McDonald Observatory/University of Texas (Past Member- Board of Visitors)
St. Andrew's Episcopal School (Past Chairman, Board of Trustees) – private school (Grades 1-12) in Austin, TX
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (Director & Member of Executive Committee) – Trade association representing approx. 13,000 ranchers and cattlemen in Texas & Oklahoma
Texas Livestock Marketing Association (Director) – Statewide livestock marketing and financing cooperative
Texas State History Museum Foundation (Trustee)
Texas Water Foundation (Trustee) – Organization dedicated to conservation of water resources in Texas
United Way of Northeast Louisiana (Past Director, Past Campaign Chairman)

William H. Winters, President, NOVUS Wood Group

Mr. Winters, 55, has been actively involved in the solid waste management business since 1985. He was President and co-founder of Waste Reduction Systems (WRS) which became a fully-integrated solid waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal business in Southeast Texas. In 1998, the Company merged with USA Waste Services which became Waste Management.
In 1990, WRS began diverting wood debris from its landfills and manufacturing boiler fuel for the Forest Products Industry. In 1999, WRS formed a sister Company named NOVUS Wood Group, LP (NOVUS) and began developing an array of beneficial use products from wood material normally destined for landfill disposal. NOVUS operates in Southeast Texas and manufactures large quantities of native mulch, colored mulch, soil amendments, playground fall surface material and erosion control products, in addition to boiler fuel. Mr. Winters is the President and largest shareholder of the Company’s General Partner.
In 1993, the principals of WRS and Sprint Industries formed Rustin Transportation Company LP (Rustin) to load and transport solid waste from transfer stations located in the Houston Metropolitan Region to area landfills. The Company became the largest solid waste transfer operator in Texas and currently handles in excess of 200,000 tons of solid waste per month in Southeast Texas. Mr. Winters sold his interest in Rustin to Sprint in 2006.
In 2000, the principals and owners of NOVUS formed LP, to aggregate quality biomass from a network of suppliers and to deliver carbon neutral renewable energy to the fuel buying community. operates in 22 states and performs biomass feedstock feasibility studies for project developers and end-users in the renewable energy market. Mr. Winters is the President of the Company’s General Partner.
In 2011, the principals and owners of NOVUS formed Freedom CNG to develop natural gas fueling infrastructure in Houston to provide a clean, affordable, American substitute for gasoline and diesel fuel. Mr. Winters is the Managing Director of Freedom Fuel Operating LLC. (