Meet Ted Conover, a fifth-generation rancher and distinguished alumnus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, who has had a diverse and accomplished career. After initially facing academic challenges and enlisting in the Marine Corps, he found his path and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a Master of Science in Agriculture.
Over the years, Ted held various prominent financial and banking positions. He spent 31 years with Heritage Land Bank, eventually becoming its CEO. Later, he played a significant role in establishing the Bank of Tyler adjacent to Home Depot. After retiring from the banking industry, Ted pursued a real estate career and obtained his license in 2013.
In addition to his professional success, Ted has actively participated in public service and received recognition for his contributions to the agriculture industry. He was appointed by Governor Clements to the Family Farm and Ranch Advisory Council in 1988 and appointed by Governor Perry to the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority, where he currently serves as Vice Chairman. Throughout his journey, Ted received several awards, including being named the Man of the Year by the Agricultural County Agents in 2008 and receiving the President's Award for Outstanding Leadership in Agriculture from Ag Workers Insurance in the same year. Notably, in 2015, he was honored with the Bill and Mary Clements Award for Outstanding Leadership in Agriculture by Build East Texas.
Beyond his involvement in the real estate sector, Ted has actively engaged in various organizations and boards. He has chaired the GTAR Governmental Affairs Committee and served as the Region 5 representative on the Political Involvement Committee. Moreover, he has been associated with the State Advisory Board for the Governor Dolph Briscoe Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program, the National Development Board for Texas A&M Commerce, the Texas A&M System Chancellor's Council, the executive committee, and the board of the East Texas State Fair, and the Tyler Cystic Fibrosis board.
With his deep-rooted connection to the land, Ted maintains a half interest in a ranch in South Texas that has been in his family since 1883. His life and career have been marked by resilience, service, and outstanding contributions to multiple fields.