Meet Our Board and Staff

The Alliance is led by mayors, council persons and other local elected leaders, economic development officials, businesses and opinion leaders from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming.


John Osborne Chairman, Ports-to-Plains Alliance – President/CEO, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Lubbock, TX
Milton Pax Vice Chairman, Ports-to-Plains Alliance – Moore County Commissioner Dumas , TX
Brad Bekkedahl Secretary, Ports-to-Plains Alliance – North Dakota State Senator / City Commissioner Williston , ND
Brenda Gunter Ports-to-Plains Treasurer – Mayor of San Angelo, TX San Angelo, TX

Board Members

Coby Beckner Mayor Pro-tem, Town of Clayton Clayton, NM
John Bertsch CFP® Happy Investment Services, West Texas Wealth: Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Plainview , TX
Steve Burgess Commissioner, Lincoln County Limon, CO
Sid Cauthorn President, Westex Bancorp, Inc. Del Rio , TX
Deb Cottier Northwest Nebraska Development Corporation Chair Chadron, NE
Bobby Gonzales Mayor Pro Tem Lamesa, TX
Gloria McDonald Representing Big Spring and Howard County Big Spring, TX
Beverly Haggard Representative for Lamar Lamar, CO
Cole Stanley Mayor, City of Amarillo, TX Amarillo, TX
Tray Payne Mayor, City of Lubbock Lubbock, TX
Steve Smith CEO, Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital Sonora, TX
Rolando Salinas, Jr. Mayor, City of Eagle Pass Eagle Pass, TX
Cathy Shull Executive Director Pro 15 Fort Morgan, CO
G. Brint Ryan Chairman and CEO Ryan, LLC Dallas, TX

Our Staff

Lauren Garduno President and CEO Abilene, TX
Joe Kiely Vice President of Operations Limon, CO
Tina Scarborough Business Manager Lubbock, TX
Cheri Huddleston State Consultant Austin, Texas
David Pore Federal Consultant Washington DC
Cal Klewin Executive Director, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association Williston, ND

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