The Cotton Belt Depot Foundation (Foundation), formally recognized in 2008, is an organization whose goal is to preserve the Cotton Belt Depot Building which currently houses the Gatesville Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and provides visitors with a great first impression of our beautiful city and this historic building by repairing and renovating the Cotton Belt Depot building.
The Foundation, Chamber, and the community work diligently to save this historic landmark. The Foundation's mission is two-fold 1) fund repair and renovation of the building; and 2) secure a donor base to support the Foundation's efforts.
Several community leaders serve on the Foundation Board of Trustees. These individuals bring a wealth of board experience, business acumen, and dedication to the Foundation.
A native of Gatesville, Greg has lived in Gatesville most of his life. Returning to the community with his family in 2002, Greg is the Director of Human Resources at Hamilton General Hospital.
A member of the Gatesville Chamber of Commerce since 2005, Greg stepped up to Chamber Vice President and Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee in 2006. Realizing that the Depot was in serious need of repair, Greg was a pivotal part in creating the Foundation, and looks forward to the day when all renovations are complete and the community can proudly claim a historic and useful Visitors Center.
Serving as treasurer for the Foundation, Carla has served as the committee chair for the Cotton Belt Cash Give Away and helped with the 2007 and 2008 Spurfest Classic Golf Tournament.
A Coryell County resident most of her life, Carla is a graduate of Gatesville High School and attended McLennan Community College. Carla worked in the banking and insurance industry for many years and currently works as office manager for Central Texas Ecological Services, Inc. and operates a cow/calf operation in Coryell County with her husband. She also serves as bookkeeper for Texas Watershed Management Foundation which works with endangered species issues in Texas.
Carla has received numerous awards for community service: 2006 Outstanding Director for the Gatesville Chamber of Commerce and the 2007 President’s Award; one of the top 30 Conservation Projects in the Country in August 2005; selected as a First Day Presenter at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.
On a personal note, Carla remembers trains running through Gatesville as a child. Her husband’s family has lived in Coryell County for 5 generations and owned many acres in what is now the Fort Hood military reservation. During World War II the property was taken through eminent domain and the families living on that property were forced to move. Many did not have the means to move their property and, in many cases, the military packed their belongings and set them out at the Cotton Belt Depot.
A Gatesville resident since 2005, Rick brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation. Strongly civic –minded, Rick has extensive involvement in the community, actively serving in numerous organizations.
Rick has 33 years experience in education after receiving his Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University. Gatesville Independent School District Superintendent from 2005-2008, Rick and his wife chose to retire in Gatesville in 2008. He brings with him his experience and desire to see the Foundation become a huge stepping stone in making sure our youth realize the importance of the Depot and to continue its’ historical significance in Gatesville. He is involved in many community/family events and enjoys assisting with fund raising activities as an auctioneer.
Rick is extremely proud of his family: wife, Lana and son, Jody and daughter, Kayla, both graduates of Texas A&M University. Rick and Lana are also proud grandparents of one granddaughter and two grandsons. Rick and Lana like to spend his free time with the grandkids and traveling in their RV. Rick and Lana are members of Live Oak Baptist Church.