CHAIRMAN 1973 AND 1974

Mr. Buckalew is the owner of Buckalew Chevrolet, Inc. in Conroe, Texas. He is a native of Montgomery County raised in the Magnolia area. He is a graduate of Baylor University and an avid Baylor Bear fan. He and his wife, Elaine, have seven children between the two, Debbie, Donnie, Denny, Deann, Kristen, Bryan and Lacey, and nine grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church in Conroe, where Don presently serves as Chairman of the Building Committee.

Don has been a strong supporter of chamber activities for many years. He served as Chairman of the Board for two consecutive years. He has held numerous places of responsibility in his community and in industrial development and continues to be active in many organizations. A few of his past and present positions are as follows:


  • Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Vice-President, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • President, Montgomery County Hospital Board of Managers
  • President, Montgomery County Fair Association
  • Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Montgomery County Fair Association
  • Chairman, Greater Conroe Economic Development Council
  • President, Conroe Industrial Park, Inc.
  • President of the Board of Trustees, Conroe Independent School District
  • Member, Conroe Noon Lions Club
  • Lions District Governor, District 2-S2
  • Lions International Director
  • Appointee to the Lions International Board of Directors for a one year term on three occasions
  • Chairman of two USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forums, Denver, Colorado (1981) and Louisville, Kentucky (1982)


  • Member of the Board of Directors, Texas Automobile Dealers Association
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Texas Automobile Dealers Association
  • Member – Allied Conroe Bank Board of Directors
  • Member – Houston Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors


  • Time Quality Dealer Award presented in 1987 by Time Magazine and The National Automobile Dealers Association
  • Scholars Award for Excellence in the Field of Community Activist from Montgomery Community College District Foundation
  • Ambassador of Goodwill Award from Lions Clubs International, the highest award given by this association
  • Dealer Education Award from Northwood University
  • Lion of the Year Award from Conroe Noon Lions Club.
  • Man of the Year Award for Conroe/Montgomery County from the Chamber of Commerce.