“In recognition of the importance that leadership plays in our mission and community, the Alamo Area Council is especially honored to present the 2013 Good Scout Award to Peter M. Holt, whose leadership and values reflect that of Scouting’s programs. Through service to his country, his company, and his community, he represents the spirit of the Good Scout Award which ‘recognizes leadership in business, industry, government, education, and social work in the local community, state and nation’,” declares Curtis V. Anastasio, President of the Alamo Area Council BSA and President/CEO, NuStar Energy.
Individuals, corporations, and private foundations serve as sponsors for this annual luncheon recognition event which supports Scouting programs council wide.
“Our Scouting programs combine excitement with educational activities and lasting values. It also allows parents to witness their boys strengthen their character, develop good citizenship, and enhance their mental and physical fitness,” says Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive for the Alamo Area Council.
“It is an honor to receive such an award from an organization whose service mission to prepare young people for life has been a constant positive presence in our local community for over 100 years,” said Peter M. Holt, CEO of HOLT CAT. “Our organizations both operate on a values-based philosophy striving to make a positive impact on our communities. I desire the best for the Boy Scouts for generations to come.”
Peter M. Holt is CEO of HOLT CAT, the largest Caterpillar equipment dealership in the United States, headquartered in San Antonio. He is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who developed the first practical track-type tractor in 1904 and named it the Caterpillar. Peter is also Chairman, CEO and principal owner of the four time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. He is currently serving as Chairman of the NBA Board of Governors.
Peter is a community leader who believes in corporate responsibility to support local projects. He has been active in promoting business and cultural relationships between Mexico and Texas. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. He serves on the boards of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The Trust Co., the Texas State Aquarium and Bexar County Performing Arts Center. He serves as the Business Chair of the Consortium of Partners for San Antonio’s 2012 Animal No-Kill Initiative.
He is very active with the San Antonio United Way (2001-2002 Chairman of the Board) and his companies match employee dollar contributions to the United Way, which has earned them the “Gold Award” for many years.
Peter was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2009, he was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and in 2010 the Texas Legislative Conference named him Texan of the Year.
In 2003, Governor Rick Perry appointed him to serve as a Commissioner on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission. Governor Perry designated him to serve as Chairman of the Commission in 2007 and he served in that capacity until his term on the Commission expired in August 2011.
Peter’s military career included two years in the Army as an infantryman with a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. He ended his military duty as a Sergeant E5 with a Silver Star, three Bronze Stars for Valor, a Purple Heart and many other awards. Peter’
About the Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas. The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness. For more information on the Alamo Area BSA, visit www.AlamoAreaBSA.org.