San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Honors CST's Bowers

Tribute to Women Business Leaders Awards Program honors six executives

Kim Bowers CST Bramds

Kim Bowers

SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Ford Motor Co. have announced the six honorees for the annual Tribute to Women Business Leaders Awards. Among the honorees was Kim Bowers, chairman of the board, president and CEO, CST Brands Inc.

The other honorees included Jane Phipps, founder of the Masters Leadership Program; Judith Markelz, director of the Warrior & Family Support Center; Asia Ciaravino, CEO of The Playhouse, Carri Baker Wells, COO of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson; and Barbara B. Gentry, retired senior vice president of USAA Community Affairs.

"These women exemplify what success means in San Antonio not only because of their proven leadership skills in their industry, but also because of their profound impact on our community," said 2014 Tribute to Women Business Leaders selection chairman Rhonda Kolm Calvert, president of Comerica Bank-San Antonio.

The Tribute to Women Business Leaders honorees each exemplify business practices and principles that are championed by Ford and the San Antonio Chamber. They will donate a $1,000 scholarship to the college/university of the award recipient's choice in her name.

Kim Bowers, the recipient of the Executive Award for Large Business, leads one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America.

Bowers joined CST Brands after more than 15 years of service with Valero Energy Corp., having served most recently as its executive vice president and general counsel. In the community, she chairs United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County's Partnership for Community Change and serves on the United Way's executive committee and board of trustees. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of Family Service Association.

Click here to read "Person of Interest: Kim Bowers," which appeared in the December 2013 issue of San Antonio Magazine.

"At Ford, we are committed to driving a better future for our communities, a value we share with the outstanding women business leaders that the San Antonio Chamber honors every year," said Joe Avila, Community Outreach Manager for Ford Motor Company Fund.

"We are certain that this year's nominees will be another impressive group of leaders, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements."

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been propelling business success since 1894. As the largest business association in the region, it focuses on advocating on behalf of business at the local, state and federal level on pro-business legislation, collaborates with education institutions and organizations to build a stronger workforce for the future and provides a way for businesses of every size to build their network.

CST Brands is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs nearly 12,000 Team Members at approximately 1,900 locations throughout the Southwestern United States and Eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the United States, CST Corner Stores sell Valero fuels and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuel and its Depanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Cafe coffee and pastries.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers