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November 1, 2011: Mr. Hughes Abell

Partner, 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:

CA Cattle Company (Partner) – Stocker/feeder cattle provider based in Mason, Texas
Genetic Solutions Holdings Pty. Ltd (Past Principal) – Leading provider worldwide of
DNA-based genetic information to the beef industry, based in Australia
Goodman Global Holding, LP (Past Director) – HVAC manufacturer (Janitrol & Amana
brands) based in Houston, Texas
Great Plains Cattle Feeders (Partner) – Cattle feedlot based in Hereford, Texas
Hibernia National Bank (Past Monroe, LA, City Director)
Hill Country Electric Supply, Inc. (Principal & Past Director) – Wholesale electrical
supply concern based in Austin and San Antonio, Texas
Llano Partners, Ltd. (General Partner) – cattle ranching and commercial real estate
in Texas & New Mexic
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 in Texas & Louisiana
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 (Principal) – Oil & Gas production in Texas, Arkansas, & La.

Miscellaneous Affiliations:

Assoc. of Rotational Molders (Past Pres.& Director) – International trade assoc. for
segment of the plastics molding industry
Cattlemens’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (Director) – National producer
organization responsible for spending beed “checkoff” funds for research and
development to increase beef 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 Livestock Marketing Assoc. (Director) – Statewide livestock marketing and
financing cooperative
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (Director & Member of Executive
Committee) – Trade association representing approx. 15,000 ranchers and
cattlemen in Texas & Oklahoma
Texas State History Museum Foundation (Trustee)
Texas Water Foundation (Trustee)
Louisiana Nature Conservancy (Past Trustee)
United Way of Northeast Louisiana (Past Director, Past Campaign Chairman)