Nation’s Largest Anheuser-Busch Distributor to Receive McLane Leadership in Business Award

October 24, 2017

John L. Nau III

John L. Nau III

John L. Nau III, Chairman and CEO of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor, Silver Eagle Distributors LP, will receive the McLane Leadership in Business Award on Monday, November 6, 2017.  The award program will be presented by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.  Mr. Nau, a successful businessman with an avid interest and dedication to the study of American history, will share comments on the lessons of history that can shape and impact leadership.

The event will be held in the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by Mr. Nau’s lecture at 5:30 p.m.

The Mosbacher Institute was founded in October 2009 to produce policy-oriented research in trade, energy, and good governance. The McLane Leadership in Business Award was established by Drayton McLane, Jr., a noted entrepreneur and chairman of the McLane Group, a high technology firm. Presented annually, the award recognizes a prominent individual in the field of business for outstanding contributions in the area of business, public service, or community service at the national level.

Silver Eagle Distributors employs more than 1,500 employees, serving 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio, Conroe, Cypress, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Carrizo Springs, and Del Rio. In addition to his leadership in business, Mr. Nau is also being honored for his commitment to civic and philanthropic service, in particular for his advocacy for the study and preservation of American history. Currently Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, he previously served as chairman of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2001 – 2010, which is a presidential appointment. Mr. Nau has also served on the board of the Houston Police Foundation and The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and is chairman of the steering committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. 

The award ceremony and lecture are open to the public, but reservations are required by Thursday, November 2, 2017 either online at or by calling (979) 845-1927.

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