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Secretary of Commerce-Designate Don Evans

A boyhood friend of Governor George W. Bush’s, Donald Evans served as the campaign chairman during Bush’s presidential run.

Mr. Evans’ career has focused on the oil industry. He is chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Tom Brown, Inc., an oil company and also is a director of TMBR/Sharp Drilling, Inc.

He is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, co-chairman of the Midland Wildcat Committee, and a director of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. He also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization-49ers and the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association. Mr. Evans, a native of Houston, is a graduate of Memorial High School in that city. He holds two degrees from U.T. Austin — a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering (1969) and a master of business administration degree (1973).

Mr. Evans has been active in numerous civic groups and non-profit organizations. He is a member of the board of governors of Bynum School in Midland.

From 1990 to 1994 he served as a trustee of Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Midland. He serves on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation of Santa Barbara, California.

He was chairman of the 1995 Texas Inaugural Committee, which organized the inauguration activities for Governor Bush.

In February of 1995, Bush appointed him to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas. The Board named him Chairman in 1997 and reelected him in 1999.

Mr. Evans is active in First United Methodist Church of Midland. He has been chairman of the church’s finance committee, administrative board, and staff/parish relations committee.

Mr. Evans is married to Susan Marinis Evans. They have three children.

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