Ed McMahon, Houston Treasure Award
From the early years when his dad took young Ed to the Sam Houston Coliseum where he met stars like Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and James Arness, Ed McMahon’s life has been intertwined with the international growth and prominence of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Following graduation from Lamar High School, Ed matriculated to Louisiana State University, graduating in 1967 with a bachelor-of-science degree in agricultural engineering. His formal association with the rodeo began that same year when he became a Lifetime Member and he has continued for over 50 years. In his commitment to the HLS&R, Ed has served on numerous committees becoming an inaugural member of the rodeo’s Poultry Auction Committee, purchased the Grand Champion Chicken with Archie Bennett in 1978 and served as Chairman and Officer in Charge. He was inducted into the committee’s Poultry Hall of Fame in 1987. He also was a member of the first World’s Championship Barbecue Contest in 1974, an event that now attracts more than 350 teams from around the world. He served as Officer in Charge of the Breeders Greeters, Range and Pasture Plant Identification, School Art, Sky Box and Swine Auction committees. He co-founded the Corporate Development Committee, where he served as chairman and received the Top Sales Award for nine consecutive years.
Ed was elected to the rodeo’s Board of Directors in 1977 and as a vice president in 1986. He was appointed to the HLS&R Executive Committee in 2010 where his leadership has been invaluable on both the Long Range Planning and Rodeo Building Committees.
His singular passion for western art and the American West resulted in McMahon becoming a director of the Western Art Museum in Kerrville and an associate of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He co-founded the American Art Classic in 1986 an auction that donated funds in excess of $1 million to the HLS&R and the Edna Gladney Center in Fort Worth. He co-chaired the Western Heritage Sale in 2004, raising funds for student art scholarships.
In his business life as the owner of Ed McMahon Interests, he developed many of Houston’s finest residential and commercial properties, including equine centers and luxurious barndominiums. In addition to the HLS&R, he is also well known for his charity work with the Citizens for Animal Protection, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists (BRASS) just to name a few. Ed continues a tradition of giving back after witnessing firsthand his father, who founded the Don McMahon Research Foundation. Coming from great business stock, his father, Don McMahon started Diamond M Drilling in 1965 and his mother was one of two women in her graduating class of South Texas College of Law who passed the bar in 1936.
Among the many prestigious honors accorded Ed is Board Member of the Decade for his service as President of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and co-founding the CCFA Women of Distinction Gala with Norma Myers. He was an inaugural founding member of the Men of Distinction Award, a non-profit supporting biomedical research; education and patient care which recognizes Houston men who have distinguished themselves through excellence in community achievement.
He is grateful and humbled to share the privilege of being a part of so many meaningful initiatives with the other impressive Houston Treasures honored.
Ed has built 147 homes, developed some of Houston’s most unusual townhome communities such as Lake Vargo Townhomes, Indian Circle, 5600 and 5656 San Felipe. His remodeling projects include residences on Lazy Lane in River Oaks, Arrowood Circle, and Farnham Park. Ed McMahon is currently building in Chappel Hills on an 800-acre ranch. For more information on Ed McMahon, Interests projects contact Ed McMahon at (713) 782-5550.