Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/2/2015, 5:31 p.m.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed and named Laura Ryan as Chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board ...
Governor Greg Abbott

AUSTIN – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed and named Laura Ryan as Chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Governor Abbott additionally appointed Guillermo “Memo” Trevino and Gary Swindle for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles serves, protects and advances citizens and industries in the state with quality motor vehicle related services.

Laura Ryan is Vice President of Market Representation and Dealer Development for Gulf States Toyota, Inc., a private distributor for Toyota Motor Sales. Previously, Ryan was Vice President of Sales and Marketing with GSFSGroup, Inc., a financial service company. In her twenty plus years in the automotive industry, she has also held positions in retail dealership operations, Nissan Motor Sales, USA, in both variable and fixed operations, and worked as an independent automotive consultant. Ryan has presented as a guest speaker for National Automobile Dealers Association convention workshops and Texas A&M University-Mays Business School. She is active in her community as a volunteer for the National Charity League, Northwest Assisted Ministries, Operation Interdependence, Boys and Girls Country of Houston Inc., and Habitat for Humanity of Cypress. Ryan attended Penn State University and believes strongly in continuous executive education. She has attended or been involved with the Gallup Organization Strengths Training, University of Texas Future Leaders Program, and Columbia University Finance Program.

Guillermo “Memo” Trevino is president of Southern Distributing, a multi brand beer and soft drink distributor. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BBVA Compass USA, the Board of Trustees of Rice University, and is current President of the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Laredo, Texas. He previously served as a Director of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve and as a member of the Board of International Bank of Commerce. He has also served as president of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, the Laredo Development Foundation, the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, and as Jefe de los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande. He also serves or has served as a member of the Board of the Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, the Texas A&M International University College of Business Administration’s Business Advisory Council, Casa de Misericordia shelter for victims of domestic violence, and the Bishop of Laredo’s Diocesan Finance Council. Trevino earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Rice University and received an Option II MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Gary M. Swindle is a thirty-three year veteran of the Tyler Police Department and has served as the Chief of Police since 2000. As Chief of Police, he commands a department comprised of 245 employees (194 sworn officers) and oversees an annual operating budget of $26 million dollars. In addition to serving as Police Chief, Swindle serves as Managing Director of Public Safety for the City of Tyler’s, this includes overseeing Code Enforcement, Animal Services and Neighborhood Services Departments. Swindle is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), FBI National Academy Associates of Texas, Texas Police Chiefs Association, Texas Police Association, Smith County Peace Officers Association, East Texas Peace Officers Association and East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force. He has held leadership roles as past president of the Texas FBI National Academy Associates and past vice-president of the East Texas Peace Officers Association. He received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as Commissioner for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education from 2002 – 2009. Swindle is very involved in the community as president of the Tyler Sister Cities, president of Tyler Police Foundation, board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, board member of East Texas Crisis Center, member of the Tyler Junior College Criminal Justice Advisory Board and ex-officio board member of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the administrative board chairman of the Marvin United Methodist Church and on boards for the All Saints Episcopal School and UT Tyler Alumni Association. Swindle earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Tyler. He also holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the State of Texas. Swindle is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute Command College.

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