THE DAN AND DEBRA FRIEDKIN PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP
Dan and his wife, Debra, have four children and reside in Houston, Texas, where Dan is chairman of The Friedkin Group, a privately held consortium of businesses and investments primarily in the automotive industry. Its core business is Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (GST), which distributes Toyota and Scion vehicles, parts and support services to 150 dealerships throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. In addition to several GST-affiliated entities, Dan is chairman of the Ascent Automotive Group, a retail platform that owns and operates automobile dealerships.
Dan and Debra lead a number of conservation and environmental initiatives focused primarily in Texas and in Tanzania. Dan is chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, the state agency responsible for managing the wildlife, cultural and natural resources of Texas. Recently, the Texas State Legislature officially recognized Debra for her support of groundbreaking work in the archaeological research of early human habitation in the Americas. In Tanzania, Dan and Debra oversee a number of luxury safari operators and the Friedkin Conservation Fund, a charitable organization established to conserve the wildlife and wilderness of more than seven million acres of Tanzania’s protected areas. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and advises other conservation-oriented causes.
Dan is founder of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to honor the men and women of the U.S. Air Force through Heritage Flight displays. He flies a variety of high performance vintage military aircraft, performing in air shows across North America and Europe with the U.S. Air Force and the Horsemen P-51 Flight Team. Dan is a trustee emeritus of the Kinkaid School and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He holds a B.B.A. degree from Georgetown University and a M.B.A.degree in finance from Rice University.