2020 Pillars of Strength Honoree: Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans
Jamey Rootes has been one of Houston’s leading executives for more than two decades. He currently serves as President of the Houston Texans and is responsible for all business functions of the club. Under Rootes’ leadership, the Texans have earned many distinctions, including numerous “Crystal Awards” for marketing excellence. J.D. Power & Associates recognized the team for providing the best fan experience in the NFL.
In 2016, he was selected as the first-ever Houston Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year after serving as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. As the Board Chairman of the United Way of Greater Houston and a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, Rootes maintains an active role in the community. He also oversees the activities of the Houston Texans Foundation, whose mission is to be “Champions for Youth,” which has donated more than $32 million since its inception in 2002 through annual fundraising events, disaster response programs, the team’s United Way campaign and partnerships with nonprofit organizations on gameday. Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Rootes worked with the league office, NFL teams, the United Way and others to raise funds for those affected by the storms. In total, all NFL-related entities donated over $50 million for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery along the Texas Gulf Coast.
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Rootes graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College and earned his MBA with honors from Indiana University.