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Traditions Lunch – Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans

April 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Traditions Lunch – Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans

Sponsored by Brent Vannoy ’88, Partner, Hughes Watters Askanase

Date: 2nd Monday, April 13, 2020             

Time: 11:30 Networking, Lunch from Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Grotto, 4715 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027

Cost: $25 covers both lunch and dessert

Parking: valet or complimentary


Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans

Jamey‎ Rootes currently serves as President of the Houston Texans and is responsible for all business functions of the club. Since joining the Texans, Rootes has overseen the team’s efforts to secure stadium-naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club’s ticket and suite sales campaigns, led the creation and launch of the team’s identity and developed the team’s highly acclaimed customer service strategy.

Under Rootes’ leadership, the Texans have consistently been recognized as one of the most valuable professional sports franchises both in the NFL and globally, as measured by business publications including J.D. Power & Associates and SportsBusiness Journal. In 2018, the Texans extended their sellout streak to 174 consecutive home games – a Houston NFL record and a testament to the quality of service and entertainment provided on gameday.

He also serves as President of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE), a sports management agency associated with the Texans. LSSE manages the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl and the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. In addition to college football games, LSSE also puts on many soccer games such as COPA America in 2016, the Manchester Derby in 2017 and an International Champions Cup match in 2019.

SportsBusiness Journal twice selected Rootes as a member of its distinguished “Forty Under 40” list of leading sports executives, and in 2014 Rootes was named a finalist for Executive of the Year by the Stadium Business Awards. In 2016, he was selected as the first-ever Houston Business Journal’s Business Person of the year. Rootes served on the Super Bowl Host Committees in 2004 and 2017 and was also appointed deputy chairman of two public boards for Super Bowl LI.

Rootes maintains an active role in the community as Board Chairman of the United Way of Greater Houston and a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership. He also oversees the Houston Texans Foundation, whose mission is to be “Champions for Youth,” and has donated more than $32 million since its inception in 2002. Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Rootes worked with the league office, NFL teams, the United Way, and others to raise funds for relief and recovery.

Prior to joining the Texans, Rootes helped to launch Major League Soccer as the president and general manager of the Columbus Crew. During his tenure Rootes was recognized as MLS’s Executive of the Year in 1996 and Marketing Executive of the Year in 1999. Rootes helped lead the construction of Crew Stadium in 1999, which was the first stadium of its type in the United States.

A native of Georgia, Rootes graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University where he played on the Tigers’ soccer team and served as Student Body President. While earning an MBA with honors at Indiana University, he served as an assistant soccer coach for the Hoosiers. Rootes previously held positions at IBM and Procter & Gamble before entering sports. He lives in West University with his wife, Melissa, and their children, Chris and Caroline.