A Collective Vision

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. 

We have compiled a list of people we feel enhance San Antonio. This includes civic, cultural, business, religious, and political leaders; those who create jobs, grow our local economy, feed the hungry, educate our community, entertain and enrich us with art and music, and support the arts.

They will be honored with a complimentary session with Portrait Artist Kevin G. Saunders. Each individual will be able to choose the way they wish to be remembered & they will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait (black & white silver gelatin print) & a black & white web-sized digital image. They may opt to upgrade to a larger scale portrait or color portrait, but that is not required to become a part of this collection. Those who do wish to upgrade will be further commemorated, 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.


We are trying to navigate the pandemic to complete this important project & highlight all of the wonderful movers & shakers in San Antonio. We all know 2020 is a year for the history books and how important it will be to document it.

A Collective Vision

Notable People of San Antonio 2020 Honorees

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham, Congregation Agudas Achim

Cristina Aldrete

Eddie Aldrete

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

Atul Bapodra

Janie Barrera

Bradley Barron, Nustar Energy

Dr. Ric Neal Baser, Northwest Vista College

Randy Beamer

Charlie Biedenharn

Erin Bley, The Kaufman Group
Rabbi Chaim Block, Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning

Chad Borton, USAA Bank

Tony Battle, Byrne Construction

Sardar Biglari, Biglari Holdings

David Bohne, Broadway Bank

Bruce Bowen

Craig Boyan, HEB

Celeste Ann Brown, Former Judge

Phyllis Browning

J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Tobin Endowment

Danny Butler, Jefferson Bank

Charles Butt, HEB, Charles Butt Foundation

Garrett T. Capps

Cassandra Carr

Julian Castro

Rick Cavender

Binkan Cinaroglu, Kuper Sotheby's

Henry Cisneros

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

Norma Denham, Denham and Associates

Gloria Dilley

Miguel Dilley 

Harriet Dominique, USAA Foundation

Gary Dudley, SWBC

Tim Duncan

Bjorn Dybdahl, Bjorns

Travis Eades, Oakhills Church

Taylor Eighmy PhDUT San Antonio

Sean Elliott

Thomas Evans Ph.D., University of the Incarnate Word

Jane Feigenbaum, Metro

Ted Flato, Lake Flato Architects

Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District

Aubra Franklin, Franklin Companies

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

George Gervin

Jill Giles

Gisela Girard, Creative Civilization

Chris Goldsbury Jr., The Pearl, The Goldsbury Foundation

Paula Gold-Williams

Leo Gomez, Brooks City Base

Lorenzo Gomez

Erica Gonzaba, Gonzaba Medical Group

William Gonzaba MD, Gonzaba Medical Group

Charlie Gonzalez

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

Curtis Gunn

John Hagee, Cornerstone Church

Matthew Hagee, Cornerstone Church

Adam Hamilton, SW Research

Becky Hammon, Spurs Coach

Tim Handren, Santikos Entertainment

Phil Hardberger

Andrew Harrison, Harte-Hanks Inc

Gordon Hartman, Gordon Hartman Foundation

Katie Harvey, KGB Texas Communications

Rev. Ann Helmke, peaceCENTER
Mona Tawil Helmy, HELMY Plastic Manufacturing & Industrial Design

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

Johnny Hernandez

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

Robert Horry

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
Father Charles Khachan, St. George Maronite Catholic Church

Deborah Knapp

Tuesdae Knight, SAGE

Bart Koontz

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.

Paul Martin

Casandra Matej, Visit San Antonio

Taj Matthews, Claude & ZerNona Black Developmental Leadership Foundation

Kathryn Mays-Johnson,  Mays Family Foundation

Red McCombs, Red McCombs Enterprises

Marise McDermott

David McGee, Amegy Bank

William McManus, Chief of Police, San Antonio

Diane Melby Ed.D., Our Lady of the Lake University

Sonny Melendrez

Thomas Mengler, St. Mary's University

Mark Metcalfe, Wells Fargo

Balous Miller

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

Susan Naylor, Will Smith Foundation

David Newman, David Weekley Homes

Dr. Ed Newton, Community Bible Church

Ed Nelson, Whataburger

Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Chris O'Connor, Randolph Brooks FCU

Kelly O'Connor, Ruby City

Mehmet Oguz, Raindrop Foundation

Paula Owen, Southwest School of art

Ryan Pape, Xpel Technologies

Ursula Pari

Wayne Peacock, USAA

Ben Peavey, Accenture
Marta Pelaez, Family Violence Prevention Services

Richard Perez

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

William Raba

Patti Radle
Denette Buenrostro-Ramierez, Epicc Vascular, PLLC

Matthew Resnick, Kuper Sotheby's

Marvin Rickabaugh - Frost Bank

Robert Rivard, Rivard Report

David Robinson

Ronald Robinson, Alamo-Group Inc.

Leland Rocchio, Jordan Foster Construction LLC

Clyde Rucker, Rucker Restaurant Holdings

Rusty Rush, Rush Enterprises
Lana Hanhan Safadi, San Antonio Arab Baptist Church
Judge Peter Sakai, 225th District Court/Children's Court

Javier Salazar, Bexar County Sherriff
Ramiro Salazar, Director, San Antonio Public Library

Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, SAEDF
Aryeh Scheinberg, Rabbi, Congregation Rodfei Sholom

Jana Schmidt, Harland Clarke

Sheryl Sculley

Amy Shaw, Fiesta San Antonio Commission Inc.
Sichan Siv, Former United States ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest airlines pilot

Eugene Simor, Alamo Ale

Arthur Smith, Digerati Technologies Inc.

Jason Smith, SpawGlass Contractors

Randy Smith, Weston Urban

John Ed Stepan

Edward Steves, Steves & Sons

George Strait

Joci Straus
Joe Straus

Gary Sweeney

James Sykes, Graystreet Partners, San Antonio Street Art Initiative

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

Graham Weston

Ron Wilkins

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, St. Philip's College 

Kenny Wilson, Haven for Hope

Mark Wittig, Wittigs Office Interiors

Judge Nelson Wolff

Tracy Wolff

V.T. "Skip" Wood, The Wood Agency

John Wright, Alterman Inc

This list of the individuals we wish to be a part of the collection. 

If you find that we have missed an individual worthy of being included in this collection, please contact us.

Artist's Statement | 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. 

Kevin created some black and white portraits in 2019 with a collection of Texas musicians created for the San Antonio Riverwalk Association. In 2020, it was decided to create a definitive collection of San Antonio Notables.

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. 


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