Nau, III, John L.

John L. Nau, III is chairman of the Texas Historical Commission. He is also chairman and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Silver Eagle employs over 1,500 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio, Conroe, Cypress, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Carrizo Springs, and Del Rio. Silver Eagle also distributes Grupo Modelo beers, a broad selection of microbrews and craft beers, and several non-alcohol beverages and waters. Nau’s commitment to service is apparent through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthropic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. His current involvement includes National Park Foundation Board of Directors, Civil War Trust Board of Directors, the Texas State Historical Association Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Board of Directors, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Board of Trustees, University of Houston Board of Visitors, Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute, Honorary State Trustee for the San Antonio Parks Foundation, and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a board member for the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation, and Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additionally, he is chairman of the steering committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and, from 2011 through 2015, served on the Board of Visitors, a position appointed by the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is founder and president of The Nau Foundation.