Notable People of San Antonio 2020 Collection
2020 is a pivotal year for San Antonio, Texas, and our country. We are creating a portrait collection of our community leaders to honor them and their contributions.
This collection starts with a hand-picked targeted list of the pillars of our community. We are sending hand-delivered invitations to each of these individuals, inviting them into our studio to sit for a black and white and optionally an additional color portrait. The black and white portrait will be included in the collection.
Each individual will be able to choose the way they wish to be remembered and they will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait (black and white or color) and a black and white web-sized digital image. They may choose to get a larger portrait but that is not required to become a part of this collection. Those who do wish to upgrade will be further honored as we will donate 10% of the proceeds to the charity of their choice. The image use and charity information are shown on this document which we will send or present at the session start. Click here for the document.
In 2021 we will exhibit the collection and honor the individuals as a group. This dignified legacy will become part of San Antonio's history and we all will see what our leaders looked like in 2020.
Kevin G Saunders
The Notable People of San Antonio in 2020 is a result of 52 years of preparation and observation, including six years of focused refinement on a craft that has almost become forgotten. Kevin G Saunders began learning about light in the late 1960s and has spent decades observing people from all walks of life in every imaginable condition. His many varied careers have produced an ability to “see”; to find the essence of an individual instantly. This artistic talent improved through many years of study of the great masters. Kevin’s determination to be the best of the best has resulted in a life’s work in seeking out notable individuals and creating a dignified likeness that will represent them for future generations.
Since 2012, Kevin created collections of grand scale cityscapes, of fine art orchids, and a historical collection of the San Antonio Missions created in 2015 to commemorate their induction into the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
In 2014, Kevin had an epiphany. A long-form photojournalist who had seen the best works of artists around the world came into the studio. He told Kevin, “Your work is some of the finest I have ever seen, but you don’t put important enough things in front of your lens.” He was referring to the fact that Kevin was photographing inanimate objects, not people.
After much reflection and soul searching, Kevin found a connection with the artistic voice of Yousuf Karsh and found that a black and white portrait medium matched his vision the best. Kevin had already been working on collections, and he decided that a career focusing on notable people would be one where he could leave his best mark on the world.
When Kevin and his business partner Christine Villalta created a color family portrait line in 2016, they postponed the black and white Signature project. Kevin created some black and white portraits in 2019 with a collection of Texas musicians created for the San Antonio Riverwalk Association. In 2020, Christine had the idea that it was time to create a definitive collection of San Antonio Notables. Upon thoughtful reflection, both agreed, and they created this project.
The Notable People of San Antonio in 2020 Collection is a logical extension of the work Kevin has done for decades, seeking out the champions in one’s field and performing at a world-class level. It also has a future, creating collections of notable individuals from other cities, states, and countries. This is part of Kevin’s 30-year plan to leave a body of work that will define our times.
We dedicate our first true Notable Collection to the community of San Antonio, our home. We hope this collection will not only honor our leaders but will inspire them to use their talent, resources, and abilities to lead our city into its best future as well.
Below is a list of the individuals we wish to be a part of the collection. It will change over time as we find other notable people worthy of being honored in this manner. If you find that we have missed an individual worthy of being included in this collection, please contact us.
Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham, Congregation Agudas Achim
Selena Aleman, Adelaide Services, LLC
Dean Alexander, Christus Santa Rosa Health Care
Robert Alpert, Globalscape Inc.
Carlos Alvarez, Impetus Foundation
Ernesto Ancira, Ancira
Danny Anderson Ph.D., Trinity University
Esperanza "Hope" Andrade
Suhail Arastu, Musical Bridges Around the World
Al Arreola, South San Antonio Chamber
Steve Atkins, The Atkins Group
Bradley Barron, Nustar Energy
Dr. Ric Neal Baser, Northwest Vista College
Chad Borton, USAA Bank
Tony Battle, Byrne Construction
Sandar Biglari, Biglari Holdings
David Bohne, Broadway Bank
Craig Boyan, HEB
Celeste Ann Brown, Former Judge
J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Tobin Endowment
Danny Butler, Jefferson Bank
Charles Butt, HEB, Charles Butt Foundation
Binkan Cinaroglu, Kuper Sotheby's
Col (Ret) Eileen Collins
Justin Coke, 7to7 Dental and Orthodontics
Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank
William Cox, Cox Manufacturing
Elizabeth Crawford, Sendero Wealth Management
Marc Cross, Jordon Ford
Sam Dawson, Pape-Dawson Engineers
Trish DeBerry, The DeBerry Group
Harriet Dominique, USAA Foundation
Gary Dudley, SWBC
Bjorn Dybdahl, Bjorns
Travis Eades, Oakhills Church
Taylor Eighmy PhDUT San Antonio
Thomas Evans Ph.D., University of the Incarnate Word
Jane Feigenbaum, Metro
Ted Flato, Lake Flato Architects
Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
Susan Franklin, Franklin Companies
Michael Fresher, The Tobin Center
Lisa Friel, Ernst & Young
Pat Frost, Frost Wealth Advisors
Gustavo García-Siller, Archdiocese of San Antonio
Dr. Veronica Garcia, Northeast Lakeview College
Dr. Robert Garza, Palo Alto College
Gisela Girard, Creative Civilization
Chris Goldsbury Jr., The Pearl, The Goldsbury Foundation
Leo Gomez, Brooks City Base
Erica Gonzaba, Gonzaba Medical Group
William Gonzaba MD, Gonzaba Medical Group
Dr. Erika Gonzalez
Joseph Gorder, Valero
William Greehey, Greehey Family Foundation
Phillip Green, Cullen/Frost Bankers
Helen Groves, Robert and Helen Kleberg Foundation
Berto Guerra Jr.
Maryanne Guido, Guido Construction
John Hagee, Cornerstone Church
Matthew Hagee, Cornerstone Church
Adam Hamilton, SW Research
Becky Hammon, Spurs Coach
Tim Handren, Santikos Entertainment
Andrew Harrison, Harte-Hanks Inc
Gordon Hartman, Gordon Hartman Foundation
Katie Harvey, KGB Texas Communications
Rev. Ann Helmke, peaceCENTER
William Henrich, MDUT Health San Antonio
Charles Mario Henry Sr., Henry & Co.
Thomas J. Henry, Law office of Thomas J Henry
George B Hernandez, JrJD, University Health System
Janet Heydenreich, Phyllis Browning
Alexander Hilmy, Hilmy Branding Agency
Louis Hoch, Payment Data Systems
D. Leslie Hollon, PH.D., Trinity Baptist Church
Frank Holmes, US Global Investors Inc.
Corinna Holt-Richter, Holt Caterpillar
Jerome Hoog, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Jeffrey Jaime, Taurean
Gary Joeris, Joeris General Contractors
Peter John Holt, Spurs, Holt Caterpillar
Chris Johnson, First Baptist Church of San Antonio
Kevin Jones, Rackspace Hosting
Clarence Kahlig, Kahlig Auto Group
Abigail Kampmann, Principle Auto Group
Greg Kowalksi, RK Group
Rosemary Kowalski, RK Group
Jim Laffoon, Security Service FCU
David Lake, Lake Flato Architects
Martin Landon, BioBridge Global
James Lifshutz, Developer
William Locke, Pioneer Energy Services
Esteban López MD
Steve Louis, Bella Vista Homes
Michael Lynd, Kairoi Residential
Keith Martin, SA Livestock Exposition Inc.
Casandra Matej, Visit San Antonio
Taj Matthews, Claude & ZerNona Black Developmental Leadership Foundation
Kathryn Mays-Johnson, Mays Family Foundation
Red McCombs, Red McCombs Enterprises
David McGee, Amegy Bank
Diane Melby Ed.D., Our Lady of the Lake University
Thomas Mengler, St. Mary's University
Mark Metcalfe, Wells Fargo
Sandy Morander, YMCA
June Morse-Moynihan, San Antonio Bar Assn
Harvey E. Najim, Najim Charitable Foundation
Shetigho Nakpodia, Redeemer's Praise Church
Shokare Nakpodia, Dream Week
Rabbi Mara Nathan, Temple Beth-El
David Newman, David Weekley Homes
Dr. Ed Newton, Community Bible Church
Ed Nelson, Whataburger
Chris O'Connor, Randolph Brooks FCU
Ryan Pape, Xpel Technologies
Wayne Peacock, USAA
Ben Peavey, Accenture
Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio
Robert Pittman, IHeartMedia Inc
Gregg Popovich, Coach, San Antonio Spurs
Christine Prescott, CTP-Travel
Erika Prosper, HEB
Robert Puente, SAWS
Matthew Resnick, Kuper Sotheby's
Marvin Rickabaugh - Frost Bank
Robert Rivard, Rivard Report
Ronald Robinson, Alamo-Group Inc.
Leland Rocchio, Jordan Foster Construction LLC
Clyde Rucker, Rucker Restaurant Holdings
Rusty Rush, Rush Enterprises
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, SAEDF
Jana Schmidt, Harland Clarke
Amy Shaw, Fiesta San Antonio Commission Inc.
Tammy Jo Shults, Southwest airlines pilot
Arthur Smith, Digerati Technologies Inc.
Jason Smith, SpawGlass Contractors
Randy Smith, Weston Urban
Edward Steves, Steves & Sons
Cynthia Teniente-Matson Ed.D., Texas A&M San Antonio
Sonya Thompson, BCFS Health and Human Services
Dick Tips, Mission Park Funeral Chapels
Kristin Tips, Mission Park Funeral Chapels
Leticia Van de Putte
Robert Vela Jr., Ed.D. San Antonio College
Betty Venson, Charity Ball Association of SA
Neilish Verma, Galaxy Builders Ltd.
Michael Vlad, The Argyle
Erik Walsh, City of San Antonio
Robert Watson, Abraxas Petroleum Corp
Dr. Adena Williams Loston, St. Philip's College
V.T. "Skip" Wood, The Wood Agency
John Wright, Alterman Inc