Scott Line is owner and operator of Line Land & Cattle, LLC, a cow-calf operation in Cherokee County with approximately 220 head of cattle excluding calves. He is a retired CPA and has been self-employed for over 20 years. Line is the previous owner of Map Production Co., Inc.; a small, independent oil & gas company. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Line serves as a director of Highland Park Estates HOA and Big Valley Ranch HOA; is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and is a former member of the Texas State Society of CPAs.
Kevin Sampson,(Vice-Chairman), is the chief engineer for M.P. Industries, Inc. in Tyler, Texas, where he has been employed for more than 20 years. He runs a cow-calf operation in Smith County. Additionally, Sampson produces hay, forage, Tifton 85 sprigs and timber. Sampson serves on the Smith County Appraisal District Agriculture Advisory Committee. He has served as president, vice-president and on the budget committee of the Smith County Farm Bureau, as well as the resolutions committee for the Texas Farm Bureau. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Sampson has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2006.
Bill Ashworth runs a stocker calf and cow-calf operation in Hunt County and raises high-quality hay for the public. He is a retired developer and still constructs custom single family homes on a limited basis. Ashworth served as a member of the board for Hickory Creek Specialty Utility District, a member of the building committee of the First Baptist Church of Celeste, a charter member of the Celeste Lions Club, as well as a member of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas.
Jack S. Pullen
Jack S. Pullen is a Texas A&M graduate and a retired right-of-way agent with the Texas Department of Transportation. He owns a cow-calf operation in Rockwall County specializing in the breeding of club calves and registered Hereford cattle. In addition, he is also involved in real estate, hay and small grain. He is president of RCH Water Corporation, past president of Rockwall Youth Fair, former city councilman for McLendon/Chisholm, member of Rockwall Lions Club, Texas Polled Hereford Association, Rockwall County Historical Society, Rockwall County Farm Bureau, charter member of the Rockwall County A&M Club, board of directors of the Texas Hereford Association and a member of First Baptist Church of Rockwall. Pullen has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 1982.
James Tarrant, Jr.
James Tarrant, Jr. is owner and operator of Consolidated Wood Products in Bullard, Texas. He is a former loan officer and credit analyst for North Texas PCA and AgriLand Farm Credit Services. Tarrant has served as a director for the Cherokee County Electric Coop, the North Cherokee Water Corp., director for Texas National Bank and has served 12 years on the Jacksonville ISD School Board, two years as president. Other honors and distinctions include a 1989 graduate of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program (T.A.L.L.), service on the 2002 Texas A&M College of Ag Development Council, served numerous times as a delegate to the State Republican Convention and has served as an Adult Sunday School Teacher for the past 20 years. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Range Science/Ag Economics. Tarrant has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2009. He and his wife Meredith have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Roger W. Claxton
Roger W. Claxton owns and operates Claxton Farms, which consists of a stocker-cattle operation and nursery operation in northern Hunt County. Claxton is a retired Ag-Science Teacher. He is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the Hunt County Junior Livestock Association, the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and a lifetime member of the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association of Texas. Claxton is an Elder of the Church of Christ and has served as a Bible class teacher for many years. Claxton is a graduate of East Texas State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Kathryn, have been married for 40 years and have three grown children. Claxton has served on the board of Heritage Land Bank since 2010.
Gary W. Ray
Gary W. Ray, is founder and owner of MODCO Insurance Agency Inc. He has 35 years experience insuring oil & gas wells, ranches and jets. He is a supporter and fund raiser for 4-H & FFA kids showing at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, as well as past chairman and 31 year member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, a founding member of the U Ol’ Goats Committee, and Co-Founder of the Tallest Hog at the Trough Syndicate. Ray serves on the Board of Directors for Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rutledge Cancer Foundation and is a member of Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club.
Bryan Pickens, is a founding partner and broker associate of Republic Ranches, a full-service farm and ranch brokerage company serving clients all across Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Republic Ranches is one of the most powerful rural land brokerages in the country, with offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Hondo, Houston, and San Antonio. Pickens serves on the board of directors for the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, a former Advisory Board Member for the Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council and a former Board Member for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. He is a landowner in Henderson County, and spends his volunteer time with groups that encourage and support kids and families to do absolutely anything outdoors. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and MBA from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of 4 young daughters.