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SHSU Sport Management Industry Impact Award

In 2012, the SHSU Sport Management program established an award to recognize individuals for their contribution to the sport industry. The criteria for this award included the following key areas:

The SHSU Sport Management Industry Impact Award is awarded to an individual who:

(1) Has exemplified the characteristics of effective leadership and presence in the sport industry,
(2) Serves as a model of effective practices for current and future sport executives,
(3) Has demonstrated a significant commitment to service outside of sport, and
(4) Is a friend or alumnus of the university.


Candidates for the Industry Impact Award are identified by faculty and students in the Sport Management program. The Award is then presented to the recipient in the Spring semester of each academic year.


SHSU Sport Management


Industry Impact Award




The 2014 Industry Impact Award recipient will be announced soon...


...be sure to be at SHSU Night with the Rockets on April 12th, 2014 to see the honoree in person!


Don Sanders

SHSU '58

If you are from Texas, especially Houston, you might know the name Don Sanders.

Don’s humble nature comes from his small town roots - Mexia, Texas. In high school, he fell in love with photography, capturing life in its most memorable moments. This love of photography and art helped finance his undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University and his MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. His interest in photography and art previewed his later accomplishment of putting together one of the leading private art and photography collections in the country.

After graduation Don joined EF Hutton & Company as a trainee in 1959 and over 2 decades rose to become an Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors, perhaps the most prestigious investment firm in the nation. Its famous phrase, “when EF Hutton talks, people listen”, was coined during Don’s leadership of Hutton.

In 1987, Don left Hutton to form Sanders Morris Mundy. Now more than 25 years later, the successor to Sanders Morris Mundy is one of the most successful wealth management firms in the United States with 38 offices managing over $18 billion. Don, together with storied private equity firm Lee Equity Partners and other members of its management, is still a substantial owner of that fast-growing organization.

Don continues to express himself in other ways. In 1979, he became part owner of the Houston Astros which whetted his interest in sports and sports franchises. In 1999 he, along with Nolan and Reid Ryan, founded Ryan Sanders Baseball which today owns the Round Rock Express (the Texas Rangers AAA Farm Club), the Corpus Christi Hooks, (the Houston Astros AA Farm Club), and other various baseball operations.

Although Don is well-known for his financial and sports expertise, he is equally well-respected as an active community leader. He is the founder of the Houston Police Foundation, was a Director of the Houston Police Pension System as well as serving on the Board of Regents of the University of Houston. He is currently a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts as well as a Board member of the Houston Texas Bowl and the Nolan Ryan Foundation.

Don has a long tradition of supporting area schools and has generously given to the KIPP Explore Baseball program as well as donating the Kinkaid School baseball field and facilities which bears his name. His tremendous love for animals led Don to Friends for Life, a No-Kill animal rescue and adoption shelter where he personally financed a state-of-the-art shelter and facility. Remembering his roots, Don donated and endowed a world-class baseball facility at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University where he was also inducted into the Hall of Honor. In addition, he funded a life-sized bronze statue in Cooperstown that commemorates the All-American Girls Baseball League.



David Brady

SHSU '88

 David Brady has over 20 years career in the Sport Marketing and Broadcasting business.  He currently is also the stadium voice (P.A. Announcer) of the Houston Texans and serves as play by play announcer for Rice University Baseball.  He also has hosted the Wayne Graham (Rice Baseball) Radio Show on 1560 AM KGOW.

His most recent full-time position in sports was with the Houston Texans as Director of Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, where he was responsible for securing and managing major events at Reliant Stadium. These included college football games, concerts, soccer matches, and other entertainment events. David oversaw several major events during this time at Reliant Stadium including the U.S. vs. Mexico soccer match, which generated the highest revenue of any soccer match in history.

David began his career in the Group and Season Ticket Sales Department of the Houston Rockets, followed by a position with the Houston Astros, before embraking on an eight year career as a sports broadcaster. His broadcast work included stops in California, Connecticut, Arizona, and Philadelphia. While his main focus was baseball play-by-play, he also served as the play-by-play voice of Yale University sports and he was also a television reporter for KOLD (CBS affiliate) in Tucson.

David also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Channelview ISD Foundation. He is also a member of the Center for Houston's Future Think Tank and has served on the Board of Directors or Committee for: The Texas Bowl, NCAA Final Four Host Committee, Gold Cup Host Committee, and the Greater Houston YMCA.

 David is a graduate of Channelview High School and Sam Houston State University.  David and his wife Annie have three children, Peter and twins Maggie and Jack. David is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President for Adavancement with the Houston Zoo.








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