• December 2, 2021
 Sun Bowl Association welcomes new board president Stuart Silva

Sun Bowl Association welcomes new board president Stuart Silva

Stuart Sliva took over as Sun Bowl Association Board President on May 1 and is set to hold the position until April of 2020.

Sliva has held a career in the automotive industry for over 25 years and is currently an executive representing the Ford brand with Fortune 200 company, Group 1 Automotive.

Sliva has received four straight Group 1 Chairman Awards, is an eight-time President’s Award winner with Ford Motor Company and is the recipient of the Ford Motor Triple Crown, all while maintaining a Top 100 Ford Dealership annually.

“I look forward to working together with Stuart Sliva at the helm of the Board of Directors and we expect that he will do a great job in keeping the Sun Bowl Association one of the top and long-standing organizations in El Paso,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association.

In his new role as President, Sliva is dedicated to the continued success of the Sun Bowl Association events such as the Sun Bowl Marathon All-American Golf Classic, Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, and the 86th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, scheduled on December 31, 2019.

Stuart’s mission is to preserve the legacy of the Sun Bowl Association and to continue the longstanding El Paso tradition generations of families have enjoyed.

“It’s an honor to be a leader of one of the most respected organizations in El Paso,” Sliva said. “I am excited to see what the year brings and anticipate another year of great community events put on by the Sun Bowl Association.”

Prior to taking on the role as Sun Bowl Association President, Stuart has served on the Board of Directors/Advisory since 1999, starting with co-chairing the Sun Bowl Rotarian Team Luncheon.

In addition to serving on the board with the Sun Bowl Association, Stuart served as a Trustee/President at St. Clements Church/School, a Rotarian, and former Board of Trustees for Schreiner University.

Stuart Sliva is married to Jennifer Lowenfield Sliva and together they have four children, Mason, Morgan, Cole, and Sophie.

The Board of Directors added two new members in Michelle Hays of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare and Rebekah Wierson of Harrison French & Associates.  All board members are listed below.


Board of Directors – 2019-20   Name                                               Business/Company

Chair Emeritus                                    Jimmy Rogers, Jr.                        Retired

President                                                Stuart Sliva                                    Group 1 Automotive

President-Elect                                    Natalia Flores                               FirstLight Federal Credit Union

Executive Vice-President                Robert Dunlop                             Schneider Electric

Immediate Past President              Scott Mann                                     Kemp Smith Law Firm

Secretary                                                Tammy Gladkowski                  WestStar Bank

Treasurer                                               John Aranda                                  UTEP – Institutional Advancement

VP Community Relations                Brooke Underwood                   Destination El Paso

VP Marketing                                        Richard Dayoub                          Thunderbird Management Consulting

VP Legal Affairs                                   Scott Mann                                     Kemp Smith Law Firm

VP Public Relations                            Wayne Thornton                        El Paso Parks & Recreation

VP Volunteers                                       Michael Guerra                            Guerra Investment Advisors

Chairman Basketball                         Barry Kobren                                Sanders Partners

Chairman CBS Host                            Asher Feinberg                            Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC

Chairman Coronation                       Linda Smith                                   St. Mark’s School

Chairman Football                             John Folmer                                  RJL Real Estate

Chairman Golf                                      Mark Pelletier                              El Paso Country Club

Chairman Parade                                Jim Lawrence                               Quality Property Management

Chairman Special Events                Art Munoz                                      Independent Contractor

Chairman Provisions                        Allen Rystad                                  Splash and Dash

Member                                                  Amen Ayoub                                 Radisson Suites

Member                                                  Bill Coon                                         YMCA

Member                                                  Michelle Kaip                                Elevation Hotel Management

Member                                                  Victor Salazar                               GCC Sun City Materials, LLC

Member                                                  Michelle Hays                               Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare

Member                                                  Rebekah Wierson                       HFA (Harrison French & Associates)

Member                                                  Travis Hughes                              Hughes Financial Group

Member                                                  Richard Limas                              Academy Sports + Outdoors

Member                                                  Tony Valtier                                  Texas Workforce Commission

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