The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute held its 28th Annual Texas Leadership Forum on Feb 1st at the OMNI Hotel, Austin Texas were two individuals were recognized for their Leadership.
Honored during the evening reception were Leodoro Martinez, Jr., Executive Director of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and Chairman of the Eagle Ford Consortium. Mr. Martinez was awarded the John B. Shepperd “ Outstanding Texas Local Leader Award”.

This award is presented to one individual Texas who has made contributions at the grassroots level, exhibiting the highest level of ethics and personal character to protect the best interests of his community as a volunteer, civic worker or as a local elected official. John B. Shepperd was the Texas native who served as Texas Attorney General from 1953 to 1957 and as Secretary of the State from 1951 to 9153. It was his commitments to numerous charitable. civic, cultural and religious organizations that the John Ben Shepperd Institute is dedicated to. The institute is part of the University of Texas, Permian Basin.

Also recognized during the ceremonies was Texas Senator Leticia van De Putte, to received the “ Texas State Leader Award”.

Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini was instrumental in submitting both nominations to the John B. Shepperd institute that were then confirmed by the institute. The Senator addressed the over 300 guests attending the ceremonies on the significance of receiving the John B. Shepperd prestigious award. The event was emceed by Shelby Levins, Anchor for KMJD TV. Presenters for the awards were Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter for the Local Leader Award Presentation and Senator Kel Seliger for the State Leader Award Presentation. Dr. Watts UTPB President made the acceptance Remarks for both award recipients.

Mr. Martinez said: “ It is with acknowledgement and gratitude to all my associates , my staff and the local leaders I work with, that I accept this award, but I accept it for all that through their own leadership and creation of partnerships have contributed to making Texas communities a better place to live”.