TBA Officers and Directors

TBA (Texas Beekeepers Association) is a member based organization representative of commercial, sideliner, and small-scale beekeepers, as well as scientists, educators and other individuals interested in the promotion and preservation of honey bees and beekeeping in the State of Texas.

Many of the TBA members are also members of their local beekeeping associations, the ABF (American Beekeeping Federation) and/or the AHPA (American Honey Producers Association), giving them experience and interest on the local and national level.

TBA has among its past presidents and directors a virtual who’s who of beekeeping. From major commercial beekeepers and queen breeders to leading educators, scientists, and businessmen, all have generously given their time and talent to lead TBA to the prominent position it holds in the state and the nation.



© Kathleen Shook 2012

Blake Shook
Blake owns and operates a commercial beekeeping company which both produces and packs Texas honey. In an effort to promote beekeeping, Blake serves on the executive board of the American Beekeeping Federation, and has served as president of the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association as well as having had the privilege of speaking at meetings and conferences on local, state, national, and international level.

Vice President:
Chris Moore
Began Beekeeping in 1998 after meeting Veteran Beekeeper Glen Mace at church. Currently operates a small commercial operation with ~2500 colonies in four SE Texas Counties. Provides Pollination services for California Almonds & Texas Watermelons.

Executive Secretary:
John Talbert
I have taught beekeeping seminars for about 15 years and am a speaker at both state and national conferences. I keep a very active profile in local educational opportunities to help provide speakers for civic clubs and schools. I as a volunteer have managed the Texas Beekeepers Association Honey Booth at the State Fair of Texas for 22 years. For six years straight, it was selected as the “Peoples Choice” exhibit in the Food and Fiber Pavilion by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Sabine Creek Honey Farm


Jimmie Oakley
Jimmie L. Oakley: Born in Oklahoma City, grew up in Dallas, started beekeeping in 1975. Worked for commercial migratory operation in North Dakota ’76 – ’86. In addition operated a family business rearing Starline Queens. Married to Kay Carr in 1964, three children (all grown now), retired from Xerox Corporation; wife from IRS. TBA Treasurer since 1996. Produce honey under the label: Annie’s Pure Honey. Past president of Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association, and former TBA Honey Queen Chair. Still actively keeping bees and always looking forward to a “good year”.

Publications Director:
Chris Doggett
Chris Doggett received a degree in Mathematics at Bristol University in England in 1967 and moved to the United States in 1984. After a career in sales and management of electronics manufacturing companies he retired in 2002. He lives in Thrall, TX where he has been a beekeeper for seven years. In 2014 he is President of Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association and Publications Director of the Texas Beekeepers Association.

Board of Directors

Area 1 Director:
Wendy Riggs
Alamo Area, Brazoria County, Coastal Bend, Fayette County,Rio Grande Valley

Wendy first got involved in beekeeping in 1993 when she was selected Alamo Area Honey Queen. After serving the industry as spokesperson on both local and state levels she has continued to be active in various capacities in her local association as well as Texas Beekeepers Association. Wendy is primary buyer & co-manager in a small Christian bookstore, raises goats & cattle on the family farm, is an amateur photographer and is currently raising her third guide dog puppy as a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of Texas.


Area 2 Director:
Russell Swinney
Collin County, Metro, Red River Valley


Area 3 Director:
Mark Hedley
Concho Valley, Dino-Bee, Heart of Texas, Williamson County Area

Mark F. Hedley established Spiral Horn Apiary in 2010 to produce raw, unfiltered honey, all natural hand crafted skin care products and molded wax candles to a discerning clientele. With the aid of his wife and two daughters, they extend their business into the community through spring and fall beekeeping workshops, public speaking engagements, community apiary tours, and school field trips. Spiral Horn Apiary will manage over 300 colonies in 2014, with a goal of 1,000 by 2017.


Area 4 Director:
Eddie Collins
Liberty County, Montgomery County, Pineywoods, Walker County Area
Area 5 Director:
Rodney Holloway
Central Texas, Fort Bend, Harris County, Houston

Rodney Holloway is a TBA Director from Hearne Texas and has been keeping bees since 1965. He and his wife Becky live in the country about half way between Hearne and Bryan. We have three daughters, Rhonda, Rachel and Claire, a son-in-law Chris (Rhonda) and two grandsons, Dalton and John Henry.

Rodney has worked with bees since 1965 and has had bees of his own since 1978. The operation in Hearne would probably be considered sideliner but actual colony numbers vary widely from year to year. Some commercial pollination is attempted but honey production is the primary focus. A few queens are raised from time to time but commercial breeders are depended upon for most of the parent stock. All honey is sold in 2 pound containers generally at a single local market. The largest number of colonies he has ever managed is 200.

Area 6 Director:
James Rowe
East Texas, Marshall, North East Texas, Trinity Valley