Your Partners for Success

Our business development team consists of experienced professionals who are extremely knowledgeable and familiar with the region. They're ready to help your business connect with community leaders and answer questions about site selection, local policies, demographics and other information.

Meet the Business Development Team

Manager
Johnny Sanders

Johnny is a former Bastrop city councilman, Bastrop County commissioner and Bastrop school board president. Johnny also worked as a public liaison for a Texas state representative, and owned and operated two successful businesses. He holds a real estate broker’s license and has been involved in real estate development. Johnny was born in Bastrop, where his family has lived for four generations.
Lockhart Area
Joyce Buckner

Joyce has 25 years of experience with Bluebonnet in member and community services, serving two of those years as a senior representative. She is a native of Gonzales County, and for the past 35 years has lived in Caldwell County. She is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lockhart, and served on the church council for one term. Joyce currently is a board member for the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board for the Lockhart Economic Development Corp.
Giddings Area
Mark Johnson

Mark has 20 years of experience working for Bluebonnet in member services, administration and community services. He currently is a board member for numerous community organizations, including the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Giddings and Lower Colorado River Authority Credit Union. In addition, Mark serves on the Giddings ISD School Board and the board of the Giddings Economic Development Corp.
Brenham Area
Hondo Powell

Born and raised in Brenham, Hondo has 10 years of working experience in various roles and capacities at Bluebonnet. Serving also in the role of Chief of Staff, he is involved in corporate administration in addition to community engagement. He is currently a board member of the Lower Colorado River Authority's Community Development Partnership Program and the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association, and volunteers with various organizations throughout Bluebonnet's service territory.
Bastrop Area
Deborah Rogers

Deborah is the Community and Economic Development Representative for the Bastrop area. She worked for 19 years as the Lower Colorado River Authority's Facility Manager of the Eastern Division. Deborah has lived in Bastrop for 33 years. She is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Bastrop County and co-chairs its major fundraiser, Men Who Cook. She and her husband raise American bison.
Manor/Elgin Area
Tim Schultz

Bluebonnet’s newest community representative, Tim joined Bluebonnet in 2015. He’s not new to Manor, however. He grew up there before leaving to play professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He worked 21 years with KST Electric, a commercial and industrial electrical company in Manor. Tim is still active in athletics, playing fast-pitch softball and helping out with his daughter’s volleyball team. He is involved with the Manor and Elgin chambers of commerce and the Manor Education Foundation.