Red McCombs attended Southwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin School of Business and School of Law. At 22, he 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 and its 60 dealerships to the sixth largest dealer group in the United States. Mr. McCombs has been in the energy business since the early 1960’s. 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 with over a billion dollars in developed projects. 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 served in leadership roles in many national, state and local organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University. He has also served as Chairman of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was honored by the University of Texas at Austin as a Distinguished Alumnus and has also been honored by their nationally acclaimed business school as it was renamed the Red McCombs School of Business. He has received honorary PhD’s from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Lutheran University and Southwestern University. 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’s Gold Medal Award in 2001.
He has also been honored by the American Academy of Achievement, received the Corporate Citizenship Award from The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Texas Legend Award from the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. McCombs also received the Living Legend award as Texan of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal. He was recently honored with the Greater San Antonio Chamber’s prestigious Pathfinder Award, of which he is very proud.
Mr. McCombs is the former owner of the NFL Minnesota Vikings, where he received the NFL Owner of the Year award during his second year in the league. He has also owned the NBA Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs, which he secured for San Antonio in 1973. At age 25, he purchased his first professional sports team, The Corpus Christi Texas Clippers in the Big State Baseball League. The University of Texas dedicated Mr. McCombs’ statue at the north entrance to Darrell Royal Memorial Football Stadium in August 2010.
Mr. McCombs’ daughter, Marsha Shields, was named Chairperson of all McCombs Enterprises activities in 2003 and works alongside her father who still maintains his lifelong 60 hour work week providing creative direction, expertise and daily oversight of all McCombs operations.
Mr. McCombs married the former Charline Hamblin in Corpus Christi in 1950. Their daughters Lynda McCombs, Marsha Shields and Connie McNab, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren all reside in San Antonio.
As EVP and CFO of Mansefeldt Investment Corporation, Hillary provides analysis of potential investment opportunities, coordinating financial and operational aspects of the company and asset management functions. Mansefeldt Investment Corporation is the managing partner for investments made on behalf of a family office located in Abilene, Texas with Tucker Bridwell, President and Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to joining Mansefeldt Investment Corp., Hillary was the Vice President/CFO, and a licensed investment representative, of a financial advisory firm in San Antonio for six years serving on the Investment Committee and Managing Operations. Hillary worked from 1992 thru 2001 for an Abilene automotive dealership which owned ten franchises operating out of five locations in Abilene and the surrounding area. Hillary worked closely with “Finance & Insurance” operations and the technology side of the business as well as accounting and management functions.
Hillary received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Baylor University and an MBA from Baylor University, specializing in Accounting and Management. Mr. Moore was recognized for academic excellence by induction into a National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity.
R. Craig Knocke, CFA
Vice Chairman/Portfolio Manager
Born in Big Spring, Texas, Craig joined Turtle Creek as a partner in the fall of 2007. He began his investment career with Salomon Brothers in New York as a securities analyst and portfolio manager in the Domestic Investment Management Group where he was responsible for the management of over $20 billion in institutional client assets.
He was most recently employed by Brown Brothers Harriman in the Dallas office as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President. In his capacity there, Craig also served as a member of the Board of Directors of BBH Trust Company of Texas and was the head of the Dallas office until his departure in 2007.
He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Finance and Accounting and also pursued his graduate business studies at SMU’s Cox School of Business. Craig is a member of the Dallas CFA Society, the CFA Institute and the Association for Technical Analysis, and he is also actively involved in a number of Dallas charities.
Craig and his wife, Sunny, reside in Dallas and have two sons.
Gurpaul Singh has a unique combination of technology, business and management expertise. Gurpaul manages a portfolio of real estate, technology and private equity investments. He also owns a San Antonio-based technology consulting company, Asset Essentials, and he serves on the board of eSupply Systems, an e-Procurement company.
Gurpaul has high-energy leadership and teambuilding skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills. Gurpaul was born and raised in New Zealand and came to San Antonio at age 14. He graduated from medical school in 1995 and received the class prize in Family Practice.
After practicing as a physician for several years, he realized his passion for technology. He made the transition to management when he joined Karta Technologies in 1999 focusing on on-line healthcare training. As a member of the senior leadership team, he became a seasoned executive in the technology-based training industry, managing a team of 100 software and learning professionals with a diverse client base of government, defense and Fortune 500 companies. Gurpaul and his family exited Karta upon acquisition by NCI Technologies (NCIT).
Gurpaul is active in the local community and serves on the Mayor’s Leadership and Steering Committee for SA2020, tasked with creating a roadmap for San Antonio’s growth and aspirations as a community over the next 10 years. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, Indian classical music, basketball (really just the Spurs!) and motorsports.
In 1990, Andy began working for Galpin Motors. Currently, Mr. Graff is the Vice President of Sales for the Galpin organization, where he and his management team have retained Galpin’s title as the #1 Ford dealer in the world for an unprecedented 22 years.
Andy Graff graduated the venerated Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 1987. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance with a minor in Marketing. Through hard work and determination, he graduated near the top of his class and was recognized as Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Graff started as an accountant with Rockwell International then began his career as a leasing agent of new commercial tenants with HSW Investments.