A third generation Texan, Drayton McLane, Jr. epitomizes the quintessential entrepreneur. In conjunction with his father, he took their small family-owned grocery store and built a nationwide grocery distribution network. Although this venture, along with The McLane Group, L.P., has provided many economic opportunities and jobs for thousands, McLane is probably best known for his ownership of the Houston Astros Baseball Club. Under his direction, the Astros have advanced from a troubled franchise in 1993 to the 2005 National League Champion. In doing so, he also helped to revitalize downtown Houston by moving the team to the state-of-the-art Minute Maid Park. While all of his business accomplishments stand on their own, Drayton McLane’s most valued contribution to Texas has been in his community service. He contributes both time and monies to various organizations, including the Boy Scouts of American, the United Way, Scott & White Memorial Hospital, and Baylor University. McLane has been acknowledged with numerous honors, and his combination of business acumen, community sponsorship, and social service contributions make him a true Texas legend.