|Headline:||Joe Batson | StartUpNation|
|Description:||A veteran businessman with experience in ranching, oil and gas exploration, finance, and media production, Joe Batson holds leadership responsibilities as President of Coldwater Cattle Company. Joe Batson has been associated with the family business for more than four decades, undertaking diverse roles as Chief Pilot, Vice President, and Cowboy. He has also held the position of Officer with the Amarillo-based Grid Oil Company since 1988.|
Mr. Batson’s teenage years were spent on the family ranch and in volunteer capacities with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s re-election committee. He earned his B.A. in Communication and Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, working with photographer and friend Bill Rhew on a project for the DeKalb Film Series. He also directed the film “A Journey Through Time” for the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, of which he was a Grand High Alpha Society member.
Serving as Purchaser with the advertising company Monte Rosenwald and Associates in the early 1970s, Joe Batson reengaged with film production in 1981 as an Officer with Berneta Communications in Amarillo. His firm notably achieved several Mitch Wilder Awards from the Texas Association of Museums. Also in the early 1980s, Mr. Batson took the helm of the First National Bank of Dumas in Amarillo, serving as Chairman until the bank’s sale in 1986.
Joe Batson currently focuses much of his energy on non-profit and charity work. As a founding member of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, he has donated in excess of $1 million in support of annual production of TEXAS, the Official Play of the State of Texas. Joe Batson also sits on the boards of the Amarillo Tri-State Exposition and the Potter County Industrial Development Corporation.