Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


North Texas business leader Thomas C. Bain, Jr. (Tommy) has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Bain has been a member of the bowl’s Board of Directors since 1991 and has served on the CBAA’s Executive Committee as Vice-Chairman the past four years.

Bain becomes the CBAA’s 37th Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Kathy Saunders as the Classic’s CEO. Saunders will remain on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.

In his position as Chairman, Bain will coordinate all facets of the CBAA's business affairs. This next year he will oversee the AT&T Cotton Bowl’s 75th anniversary celebration in conjunction with the 2011 Classic. Bain has been a member of the Team Selection Committee since 1989. A year later, he assumed the role of team host for participating institutions from the Southwest Conference, Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference, a position he has held for 21 consecutive games.

Bain is the President of Bain Development, a trading and investments firm in Dallas. In addition to his work with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, Bain is a member of the Park Cities Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder. He is a Life Member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and volunteers as a tutor with the West Dallas Community School.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Bain. “My first Cotton Bowl game was in 1957 when my father and I went to see Jim Brown and Syracuse play TCU. I have attended most every Classic since that day. I love the AT&T Cotton Bowl and what it means to the North Texas community. During my term as Chairman, I look forward to helping make the AT&T Cotton Bowl the finest college football experience in America."

The Dallas native is a 1967 graduate of Highland Park High School. Bain earned a degree in Architecture Construction from Texas A&M University in 1971, and acquired an MBA from Trinity University in 1975. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force from 1971-1976.

Bain and his wife Becky have three children, Thomas (and wife Lynn), Bess (and husband Aaron Cave), and Robert.

Joining Bain and Saunders on the Executive Committee are David A. Cole, Brad Mayne, Daniel P. Novakov and Brad Sham. This will be the third term on the Executive Committee for Mayne and Sham, and the first for Cole and Novakov.

Cole is a 1970 graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. He was a standout point guard on the Buffs’ basketball team. In 2009, Cole was inducted into the school’s Hall of Champions. He spent 34 years as an executive with Southwestern Bell, SBC and AT&T. When the Classic’s title sponsorship was announced on September 18, 1996, Cole was serving as President of Southwestern Bell Texas. He has served on the CBAA Board of Directors since 2000.

Mayne, a graduate of the University of Utah, has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Center Operating Company since 1998. His business manages the American Airlines Center, the home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NHL’s Dallas Stars. He joined the CBAA Board of Directors in 2002.

Novakov is a shareholder in the law firm Greenberg Trauig, LLP in Dallas. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and in 1976 Novakov earned a law degree from Notre Dame. He played in the Cotton Bowl Classic twice as a center for the Fighting Irish in 1970 and 1971. Novakov has been a member of the CBAA Board of Directors since 2006.

Sham has been a member of the Dallas Cowboys radio network for 32 years and has served as the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys” for a total of 23 seasons. Sham also serves as the “Voice of the AT&T Cotton Bowl” on the Westwood One Radio Network and has been involved with 22 of the game’s radio broadcasts dating back to 1986. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Sham joined the CBAA Board of Directors in 2004.