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Houston Texan’s President, Jamey Rootes Discusses the Texan’s Three Imperatives

Monday, May 18, 2015  

The Houston Contractors Association was proud to welcome as its keynote speaker for the April luncheon, the President of the Houston Texans football franchise, Mr. Jamey Rootes. Mr. Rootes began his comments by stating that he was blessed to be in the business of selling fun, and said he loved what the Texans do in the community and for the community. Mr. Rootes said that Houston is booming as a city and read off some statistics on increased construction in the region. He asked why has Houston done so well and answered that question stating it was jobs. Houston has been the number one destination for U-Haul for the last five years. Over that time period Houston has roughly added the population of Milwaukee to the city. Houston is third in the United States for Fortune 500 companies with 26, but the real job generating machine in this City is at the small business level. Mr. Rootes stated that we have over 100,000 small businesses in Houston with three quarters of those being considered micro businesses with ten or fewer employees. Houston has a well-earned reputation as a great place to do business and Mr. Rootes quoted a fan saying that if you can’t make money in Houston, you can’t make money.

The Houston Contractors Association was proud to welcome as its keynote speaker for the April luncheon, the President of the Houston Texans football franchise, Mr. Jamey Rootes. Mr. Rootes began his comments by stating that he was blessed to be in the business of selling fun, and said he loved what the Texans do in the community and for the community. Mr. Rootes said that Houston is booming as a city and read off some statistics on increased construction in the region. He asked why has Houston done so well and answered that question stating it was jobs. Houston has been the number one destination for U-Haul for the last five years. Over that time period Houston has roughly added the population of Milwaukee to the city. Houston is third in the United States for Fortune 500 companies with 26, but the real job generating machine in this City is at the small business level. Mr. Rootes stated that we have over 100,000 small businesses in Houston with three quarters of those being considered micro businesses with ten or fewer employees. Houston has a well-earned reputation as a great place to do business and Mr. Rootes quoted a fan saying that if you can’t make money in Houston, you can’t make money.

According to Rootes, ESPN Sports Bowl every year gauges fan sentiment in major markets. Mr. Rootes said that it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that the Texans are number one in that survey, but what might surprise you is that the Texans are number one and bigger than all the other NFL teams combined. Mr. Rootes stated that the number one television series in Houston is not Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, but is Houston Texans regular season football and number two is Houston Texans pre-season football. The Texans have sold out thirteen consecutive seasons with 67,000 season ticket holders and a 27,000 member wait list and the Texans are number five of most valuable NFL teams.



The Texans have a core purpose that they refer to as the three imperatives which are; to win championships, create memorable experiences and to do great things for Houston. Looking at the first imperative Mr. Rootes stated that the 2014 season was a great step forward especially when compared to the 2013 record of 2 and 14. The Texans had 34 take-aways and were number one in the NFL in that catagory. That was three times more than last year with many of those occurring in the red zone. Mr. Rootes talked about the moves the Texans had made in free agency, options available to them in the upcoming draft and the incredible play of their $100 million man J.J. Watt.

Moving on to their second imperative memorable experiences, Mr. Rootes said that the Houston Texans game day has consistently been rated one of the best sports experiences on the planet. Last year, for the fifth time in a row, the Texans were rated as having the best tailgating in the NFL. According to Rootes, fifteen years ago there was no tailgating in Houston now our fans have consistently made it the best in the league.

The third Texans imperative is to do great things for Houston. The Texans foundation has generated and donated back roughly $25 million to various causes in the community. Their United Way campaign is the number one per capita in the City of Houston and number one in the NFL. Other events that have also been brought in by the Texans like the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff last year brought in over $50 million with 50,000 out of town visitors, and in 2017 the Super Bowl will be coming to Houston.