AUSTIN, Texas – Houston businessman John L. Nau III, president and chief executive officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., has been elected to the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s board of directors.

Organized in 1989, the Foundation focuses on Texas policy issues ranging from education and transportation to taxes, health care and natural resources. Individuals serving on the Foundation’s board do so as volunteers, providing the legal governance for the 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

“We’re honored to have John come on the Board of Directors,” said William McMinn, chairman of the board. “His success in business is matched only by his strong commitment to the core values of free markets, individual liberty and limited government.”

Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., is one of the nation’s largest distributors of Anheuser-Busch products and the number one beer distributor in the Houston area.

Since 1995, Mr. Nau has served as Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission. He was appointed by then Governor of Texas George W. Bush and is now in his second term. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to a four-year term as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Mr. Nau also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the board of trustees of Baylor College of Medicine, as the vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Civil War Preservation Trust, on the President’s Transportation Infrastructure Streamlining Task Force, the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, the president of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, on the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Good Samaritan Foundation.

Mr. Nau is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Bobbie, live in Houston; they have two daughters, and one grandchild.