BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jimmy Wayne Rogers Jr

Jimmy Wayne Rogers Jr

Executive Director

 

Jimmy Rogers knows first-hand the power and possibility of the American dream. After struggling through young adulthood, he joined the Navy in 2011 and was deployed in 2015 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As he served with the armed forces overseas, Jimmy saw a need for care packages that actually connected with service members as individuals. Together with his wife, they launched the nonprofit Boots For Troops before he even returned home from deployment. Today, Boots For Troops provides custom care packages to deployed troops around the globe. Each package includes a pair of boots chosen by the service member and other items tailored to their unique tastes and functional needs. 

 

Since founding the organization, Jimmy has served as President and Executive Director, overseeing organizational operations, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach initiatives. Driven by a desire to affect positive change, Jimmy applies his exceptional work ethic and entrepreneur mind-set to raise community awareness and support through unique benefit events such as the annual Concert in the Country. This event features live performances by country legends and up-and-coming artists and raised over $500K in its first five years. Jimmy’s initiative and leadership at Boots For Troops has resulted in over $1.5M funds raised and 2,500 care packages sent to deployed troops around the world.

 

Committed to continued personal and professional growth, Jimmy recently earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Entrepreneurship from the American Military University. He has also founded/co-founded the Valor business enterprise line, including Valor Entertainment, Valor Apparel, and Valor Tix. His work with Boots For Troops has been featured in multiple news outlets, including Texas Metal, Great Day Houston, and Wrangler Network.

 

During his military service, he earned promotions at every opportunity and received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Good Conduct Award, and Military Letter of Commendation. He has also been presented the Hometown Hero award by Modern Woodmen of America. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys cheering on local Houston sports teams and spending time with his wife of 5 years.

Jimmy@Boots4Troops.com

Chris George

Chris George

Chris George and her husband, Shane own and operate Show Sports a 30 acre horse and bucking bull farm in Magnolia, TX. After a 35 year career showing and training hunters and jumpers all over the United States she is now a full time realtor. By owning and operating a horse farm Chris understands the upkeep and management of equine property and brings that expertise to the real estate world.

Chris founded along with Deitra Robertson, Texas Land Brokers Association in 2013. TLBN is a non-profit organization that is for land and ranch professionals to gather, network, exchange ideas, nurture marketing opportunities and educate like-minded real estate professionals in the Houston area. Currently Chris runs and is the secretary/treasurer for TLBN.

Chris’s area of expertise is equestrian properties, farm and ranch management, and staging farms/homes for resale. She has a strong work ethic, loyalty and attention to detail. She also is a Home Certified Marketing Specialist. REAL ESTATE -Member National Association of Realtors -Member Texas Association of Realtors -Member Houston Association of Realtors -Member Realtors Land Institute -Member Texas Land Brokers Network AFFILIATIONS -United States Equestrian Association (50 years) -United States Hunter Jumper Association

Chris@iknowranches.com

Ben Lechler

Ben Lechler

Director

Ben Lechler worked for the federal government with the VA for 8 years as a Nurse and developed a rural television heath program for the government that helped Veterans obtain health care in rural areas. His grandfather and uncle served in the U.S. Army.  Ben’s grandfather was a Colonel in the Army, and his uncle received many medals including a Purple Heart.  Ben loves his freedom and the military that has secured his freedom. 

ben@Boots4Troops.com

NIKKI HART-LACEY

NIKKI HART-LACEY

Director

Nikki Hart-Lacey has dedicated her 26-year career to Advertising & Marketing, Sales Training & Development and Special Event Production primarily focused in the Healthcare & Automotive Industry. As a business owner for over 10 years before joining Reed Family Enterprises as Special Project Manager to Randall Reed, she developed strong relationships in the Houston, Dallas & Tennessee markets. Through a can-do approach, she built a talented team of professionals with a proven record of effectively promoting a variety of brands across several states. By creating awareness through branding and action campaigns, her advertising agency delivered the clients’ message in a creative manner that was noticed, remembered and drove results.

In addition to media, her agency also successfully facilitated the production of on-site multi-faceted events to showcase client’s products & services and bring like-minded enthusiasts together. Through relationships and creativity, she and her team were known to bring simplistic synergy to the table and incorporate area businesses to cross promote and support similar initiatives for local charities.

Mrs. Hart- Lacey has been privileged to work with some of the top philanthropists, athletes and local celebrities in Houston to raise awareness and benefit a multitude of charities. She was acknowledged for her passion to give back to others and in 2014, humbly accepted recognition as an award recipient of the Top 30 Influential Women in Houston. Operation Salute Our Troops named her the Sponsor of the Year in 2011 for her hard work and dedication to their organization.

Hart-Lacey’s vast knowledge and experience buying and placing advertising in Radio, TV, Print, Billboard and Social Media have proven to be a success for the past decade however, her true passion is to assist others to see their unique value and help them achieve more than they ever dreamed or imagined.

Kenneth C Kirchhofer

Kenneth C Kirchhofer

Director

Ken was born in New Haven, CT and moved to Unionville, PA as a teenager. Thank goodness, because he met his beautiful wife, Ruthie, in high school.  Anyone who has spent time with the two would agree that they are some of the most genuine people and are a perfect match!  They adore their beautiful children, Brooke and Tyler. Ken is a PGA member and is currently the Director of Operations for the Atascocita Golf Club.  In 2018 Ken was presented the Southern Texas PGA Patriot Award for his work with veteran organizations.  When Ken isn’t at work on his course he loves to hunt, golf and fish (in any order) with his son, Tyler.  He dedicates the majority of his sports enthusiasm to watching or attending events year round with his sports reporter daughter, Brooke.  Ken is looking forward to developing friendships with the Boots for Troops family and forging  year round support through the greater Houston community and beyond.

Boots For Troops is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization dedicated to to uplift and empower the over-all morale and mental well-being of deployed service members defending our freedom.