Press Releases: April 30, 2014

Bobby Tudor Named Volunteer Of The Year By The United Way Of Greater Houston

Bobby Tudor Named Volunteer Of The Year By The United Way Of Greater Houston

HOUSTON, TX (April 30, 2014) – United Way of Greater Houston named Bobby Tudor, chairman and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company, LLC, as this year’s recipient of the distinguished Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual meeting on April 29. The Kneebone Award is the highest honor given to a United Way volunteer in recognition of extraordinary leadership and commitment to community service.

“Serving the United Way of Greater Houston is a great privilege,” said Bobby Tudor. “The commitment of the United Way team to make life better and more hopeful for the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens is truly inspirational, and is evidence of the fact that volunteers can indeed make a positive difference. My time spent as a United Way volunteer has been highly fulfilling for me, and being honored for that service is simply icing on the cake.”

Tudor began his volunteer involvement with the United Way of Greater Houston in 2006, when he was elected to the United Way Board of Trustees. From there, his relationship with United Way flourished as he took on several challenging volunteer roles over the past eight years, including being a key member of Campaign Leadership in 2008 and serving as Community Campaign chair in 2010-11.  He currently is a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Strategic Resource Development Committee.

“Bobby is a wonderful blessing to United Way and to the community we serve,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “Not only has Bobby been a devoted volunteer providing strong leadership, sound judgment and business expertise, he also truly believes in and supports our mission with his generosity, community spirit and passion for building a better, stronger Houston for all.”

Tudor has been instrumental in helping United Way enhance volunteer engagement and donor relations. He served as co-chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society in 2008-09 and 2009-10, during Hurricane Ike and the economic downturn. Under his leadership, contributions remained steady during those tough years. In 2010-11, while serving as community campaign chair, Tudor once again used his strategic skills to rebuild the annual campaign, increasing contributions.

He also has served on United Way’s Community Goal Task Force, Disaster Recovery Task Force and Strategic Committee. He currently oversees the United Way Strategic Resource Development Committee, which is developing a strategy to reach a $100 million campaign goal by 2020.

Tudor grew up in a family that supported United Way. He and his wife Phoebe have continued the tradition, giving their largest single contribution each year to the United Way.  They also have been members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society since 1998, and are among United Way’s most dedicated supporters as longtime Major Donors and Benefactors.

Bobby Tudor is involved with other community organizations, including the Houston Symphony, the Houston Public Library, the Society for the Performing Arts, and his alma mater Rice University, where serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Before he founded his energy investment firm in 2007, Bobby Tudor was a partner with Goldman Sachs & Co. for nearly 20 years, working in the New York, London and Houston offices.  He has a bachelor’s degree in English and Legal Studies from Rice University and a law degree from Tulane Law School.

About the United Way of Greater Houston:
For more than 90 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. United Way of Greater Houston touches close to one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in time of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community. For more information, please visit,

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