Red McCombs Keynote Event

Join RISE for an evening with celebrated entrepreneur Red McCombs


Red McCombs was born in 1927 in Spur, Texas and began his career as a salesman in the automobile business in Corpus Christi in 1950. In 1958 he moved to San Antonio and led Red McCombs Automotive to the sixth largest dealer group in the United States. Mr. McCombs has been in the energy business since the early 1960’s and McCombs Energy continues to grow and operates throughout the West and Southwest. Mr. McCombs has always been active in real estate development and sales, including numerous joint ventures, the largest of which is the Koontz-McCombs development company. In 1972 Mr. McCombs and business partner Lowry Mays founded Clear Channel Communications by purchasing one radio station in San Antonio and grew the company to be the largest in the world in numbers of radio stations and numbers of outdoor billboards.

Mr. McCombs has always had an interest in serving in leadership roles in many national, state and local organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University where he has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. He has also served as Chairman of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Mr. McCombs has chaired many fund drives and community service organizations. He has been honored by the University of Texas at Austin as a Distinguished Alumnus and as also been the recipient of their President’s Award. He has also been honored by their nationally acclaimed business school as it was renamed the Red McCombs School of Business. Mr. McCombs has been honored and recognized by many organizations including the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame, The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, The Texas Business Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

He has also been honored by the American Academy of Achievement and recently received the Texas Legend Award from the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. McCombs also received the Living Legend award from the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. He has been honored with Ph.D. recognition by The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Lutheran University and Southwestern University.


Parking is available in the AT&T Conference Center garage for $6 or at metered spaces throughout the surrounding area.