MCEDC selects Judge Loy Sneary as 2018 George Holst Award recipient


Bay City, Tex – Former Matagorda County Judge Loy Sneary was named the 2018 George Holst Award recipient for excellence in community vision and economic leadership in Matagorda County during Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting at Bay City Country Club Thursday night, Dec. 13.

MCEDC Board President Mitch Thames also honored two representatives of the Bay City Community Development Corporation – DC Dunham and Bobby Wilkinson – who recently finished their terms serving on the MCEDC board of directors.  

After a brief look back at the birth of the MCEDC and the inception of the George Holst Award, presented by none other than the unsuspecting honoree – Sneary, Arthur J. Milberger, last year’s George Holst Award recipient, presented MCEDC’s annual spotlight award to Sneary. Milberger made the following speech in his presentation of the Holst Award:

“I am honored to tell you the story of our well-deserving 2018 George Holst Award recipient. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1968 in Dallas, our Holst Award winner went on to attend Texas A&M University and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972.  

Our recipient took on his first connection with Matagorda County when he married a local girl in 1972. Together this city boy and country girl were off to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and then on to our nation’s capital where our Holst Award recipient then served three years active duty with the Armed Forces Police Detachment at the Navy Yard for three years.

Following his active duty service, our recipient and his wife finally landed in Matagorda County where he completed three more years with the Reserves and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy with the rank of Lieutenant. 

In 1993 our George Holst Award recipient decided to take on a larger role in the life of Matagorda County when he accepted an appointment by County Commissioners to complete the last term of Bert O’Connell. It was his love for this county and his great ability to pull people together to work for the common good that inspired him to seek and win election as County Judge in 1994. It was during his term as judge that he caught the vision and brought a committee together to create the very organization that we are here to celebrate tonight -- the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation. Because of the success he saw bringing regional partners together on various issues, our Holst Award winner decided to follow a higher calling to run for US Congress. He earned his party’s nomination in 1998 and ran a hard race against Congressman Ron Paul in 1998 and 2000. 

Since 2003, our award recipient has served as co chairman of a volunteer organization that is near and dear to his heart – Wellness Matagorda. During his service on that committee, the organization has provided means to help change lifestyle habits for all residents of Bay City with the construction of the Hike and Bike Trail – a safe place for people to walk, jog and bike. This trail provides a lighted path for people of all abilities to get out and get moving in a safe space. Wellness Matagorda also partnered with Matagorda Regional Medical Center to help provide money for workout/rehab equipment to be used daily in the FEMA Shelter Dome project. And most recently, our Holst Award recipient has begun the tireless effort to see a County-wide aquatic center come to life for Matagorda County. This facility would provide a competitive swimming venue as well as recreational facility and health and wellness swimming and water activities for every man, woman and child in the county. 

Aside from his passionate work on Wellness Matagorda, he has again stepped up to have a direct hand in the economic development activities of Matagorda County as he currently serves as a board member of the Bay City Community Development Corporation and the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation. 

Although our recipient has earned many accolades and accomplished many great things, we suspect that his proudest roles has been that of husband to Helen, father to Shannon and Adam and grandfather to his four grandsons – Will, Craig, Jack and Luke.”

Each year the MCEDC board of directors seeks nominations from the community for outstanding economic leaders to be considered as recipients of this prestigious award.

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