Gerald Haddock attended Baylor University in
Waco, Texas. While working toward his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Haddock was an
active member of the Baylor student body. In his four years at Baylor, Mr.
Haddock served at various times as the President, Secretary, and Rush Chairman
of Alpha Kappa Psi, which was the premier business and social fraternity at
Baylor. Mr. Haddock was also a member of Beta Alpha Psi (The International
Honorary Organization for Accounting Professionals); a member of The
International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma Recognizing Business Excellence;
and Student President of Baylor Hankamer School of Business. Mr. Haddock
completed his Bachelors of Business Administration at Baylor University in
1969. Even while attending Baylor, Mr. Haddock continued to make deals and
pursue business opportunities. For example, after his freshman year of college
he put together a partnership that developed a golf driving range back in his
hometown of Marshall, Texas.
After earning his BA, Mr. Haddock immediately enrolled in the
Baylor University School of Law. Along with his demanding law school courses, Mr. Haddock participated in extracurricular academic activities and received
significant awards for his academic achievements. He was the Articles Editor of
the prestigious Baylor Law Review. He was named the Outstanding Student in
Practice Court. Additionally, he was a member of the Baylor Law School Student
Supreme Court and a member of Phi Alpha Delta, an international co-ed legal
fraternity. In 1971, Mr. Haddock graduated from Baylor University School of Law
cum laude with his Juris Doctorate degree.
Mr. Haddock was awarded a scholarship to attend New York
University School of Law to pursue his Master of Laws in Taxation. Here, he was
the Graduate Editor of the New York University Tax Law Review. He graduated in
1972 with his LL.M. in Taxation.
Upon graduation, Mr. Haddock accepted an associate position at
the Houston law office of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. There, he enhanced
his knowledge and skills in tax law and quickly rose through the ranks of the
firm, making partner in just seven years.
Along with his demanding workload at the firm as a new
associate, Gerald Haddock continued his involvement with his alma mater, Baylor
University. For five years he served as Director of the Baylor Alumni
Association and continues his involvement as a lifetime member of the Baylor
Alumni Association. He also served, over the course of five years, as the
President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Houston Baylor Club.
Additionally, Mr. Haddock was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Baylor
Law School from 1975-1978.
In 1980, Mr. Haddock began expanding his career goals. He
accepted a position at Consolidated Petroleum Industries, Inc. as the Vice
President of Legal and Tax Matters. This move allowed him to combine his
expertise in tax law with his business background. Additionally, while working
for Consolidated Petroleum, Mr. Haddock served as Chair of the Taxation Section
of the Texas Bar from 1981 to 1982.
Gerald Haddock left Consolidated Petroleum in 1982 in order to
pursue various business ventures. Then, in 1984, Mr. Haddock joined Kelly, Hart,
& Hallman, PC, a Fort Worth law firm. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Haddock was a
Shareholder, Director, and Head of Taxation Section at the firm. During this
time, Mr. Haddock served as the Advisory Board Director for the Baylor Hankamer
School of Business. It was during his time at Kelly, Hart & Hallman that Gerald Haddock met and began working with his future business partner.
Gerald Haddock, as a
member of Kelly, Hart & Hallman, served as lead transactional attorney and
chief negotiator on many significant deals. However, for many of these
projects, Mr. Haddock’s involvement continued after the completion of the deal.
He became directly involved with many of the companies, specifically, ENSCO
International, PLC, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, and AmeriCredit
Corporation, Inc. Mr. Haddock was a founding director of ENSCO in 1986. He has
served on the Board of Directors as a Director and the Chairperson of the Audit
Committee since 1986. A lifetime fan of baseball, Mr. Haddock happily became an
investor in the Texas Rangers Baseball Club (along with then Governor George W.
Bush), and served as the Club’s general counsel from 1989 until 1998. He also
served as a Director on the board for AmeriCredit Corporation.
1990, Mr. Haddock moved his law practice from Kelly, Hart & Hallman to
Jackson Walker, LLP as a partner. Shortly thereafter, he became the Chairman of
the Policy Committee at the firm. In 1994, he left Jackson Walker to
become President and COO of a newly developed real estate company.
Dallas based real estate company was one of the largest publicly held real
estate investment trusts in the United States. There, Mr. Haddock served
as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1996, and served as
President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 1999. He also served
as director and trust manager during his entire tenure at the company.
Mr. Haddock received the “Outstanding CEO of the Year Award” from Realty Stock
Review for three years in a row – 1996 through 1998. In addition, he was
named the “REIT Executive of the Year” in 1998 by Commercial Property
News. In addition to his roles at the company, Mr. Haddock continued his
participation in corporate governance by serving on the Board of Directors of
Richard Rainwater recorded this tribute to Mr. Haddock on the occasion of his birthday to thank him for his service.
In 1999, Gerald Haddock left the real estate company to pursue entrepreneurial business developments. In 2000, he founded Haddock Enterprises, LLC and has served as its President since that time. Haddock Enterprises, dba Haddock Investments, focuses on investments in real estate and oil and gas. Haddock Enterprises established a real estate development arm that has been actively engaged in retail real estate development.
Mr. Haddock’s decision to form his own company gave him the freedom to explore and pursue business opportunities in connection with his philanthropic interests. A lifetime appreciation of baseball and sports inspired him to create The Haddock Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to foster national and international sports competition. The Haddock Foundation serves as a general partner in the Texas Collegiate League, Ltd. (previously known as Texas Collegiate Baseball League), a summer wood-bat league for talented college players seeking professional careers. Mr. Haddock gave new life to his passion for baseball by co-founding the Texas Collegiate League, which played its inaugural season in the summer of 2004 with eight teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Texas Collegiate League enjoyed incredible success in its inaugural year, including a summer-long television program on Fox Sports Net Southwest. Recently, The Haddock Foundation licensed the league, but remains involved through active oversight of the licenses and promotion of the licensed teams. Texas Collegiate League is currently pursuing expansion into other markets in Texas and Louisiana.
Mr. Haddock’s philanthropic pursuits continued with the foundation of The Haddock Center. In 2005, Gerald Haddock founded The Haddock Center, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting art, education, and scholarship in the Fort Worth Community. The Center focuses on the preservation, study, and analysis of the paintings of Stanhope Forbes. The Haddock Center works with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth as well as local educational institutions to provide access to this large, privately held collection of Forbes paintings outside of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Haddock has remained involved in the legal community. Since
2010, he has been involved with the CEELI Institute, a not-for profit,
international provider of post-graduate, professional legal education
headquartered in Prague. The Institute’s mission is to develop an international,
professional community of reformers committed to the rule of law. Through
innovative training programs and other activities, the Institute works with
judges and legal reformers in countries in transition to support the continuing
development of market economies and democratic institutions, in addition to
building a respect for human rights. Mr. Haddock is currently a member of the
International Advisory Board as well as Director of the Friends of the CEELI
Institute based out of Washington DC.
In addition to his involvement with The Haddock Foundation, The
Haddock Center, the CEELI Institute, and the Baylor University System, Mr.
Haddock serves on the Board of Trustees for the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy
Education and Research Foundation.
Gerald Haddock and his wife, Judge Diane Haddock, live in Fort
Worth, Texas. Together they have three children and five granddaughters.
In 1989 Gerald Haddock became a part owner and the general counsel of the Texas Rangers baseball club. During the negations for the sale of the team, Mr. Haddock met former President George W. Bush. Working together on this deal, the President and Mr. Haddock formed a friendship based on trust and mutual respect that continues on today.
For Gerald Haddock’s 50th birthday, President Bush made a video remarking on his relationship with Mr. Haddock over the years. When asked about Mr. Haddock, President Bush says, “You can count on him as a friend.”
On April 25, 2013 Gerald Haddock will attend the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The friendship and support that began more than twenty years ago remains.
Below is the video from President Bush to Gerald on his 50th birthday.