Officers & Directors
BROCK L. WAGNER
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Brock Wagner has a long history with beer. In fact, it starts before he was born. His great-great-great grandfather came from Alsace in the mid-1800's and opened Wagner's Beer Hall in San Francisco (now the oldest existing bar in the city, renamed The Saloon.) Brock grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, both big brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the beer styles of the world. Then in college at Rice University, fate (and a friend) introduced him to home brewing. This love of beer and brewing is what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening Saint Arnold Brewing Company, now Texas’ oldest craft brewery.
Brock has grown the brewery from a small operation in a state with no craft beer market into one of the 50 largest craft breweries in the country. Saint Arnold brews a wide variety of year-round, seasonal and special release beers. The brewery has done well in prestigious competitions, winning 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 10 medals at the World Beer Cup. This is the most medals of any brewery in the South.
Brock has been engaged in moving the industry forward. He was on the board of the Brewers Association (the national craft brewers organization) from its formation in 2004 to 2008. He has been a founding board member of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild from 2009 until present. In 2013, the Texas legislature passed laws significantly improving the legal landscape for Texas craft brewers, an effort Brock had been leading for over 10 years.
Prior to starting the brewery, Brock spent six years in investment banking working on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions projects totaling more than $4 billion (which was a lot of money back then). Brock graduated from Rice University in 1987 with a BA in Economics and Managerial Studies.
The Rotary Club of Houston is a group of business leaders working together collaboratively to impact positive change in our community and around the world, operating consistently with Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. Some of our service projects include:
Rotary Lombardi Award presented to the Outstanding College Lineman of the Year. This is a fund-raising event benefiting cancer research.
Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award presented to someone in Houston who exhibits high ideals, leadership and philanthropy. The funds raised support the club’s on-going service activities.
Camp Enterprise is an annual activity that introduces business and business ethics to 75 high school juniors. The funds for this event are raised with an annual golf tournament.
Burnett Bayland Outreach has delivered personal support and mentoring to at-risk children at the county run resident.
The club also works actively in many other areas including mentoring elementary school youth, giving assistance to ex-offenders, and international projects, including Polio Plus.
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The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND - High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?