Drayton McLane Jr. serves as chairman of the McLane Group and is the former CEO of the Houston Astros Baseball Club.
The grandson of a successful entrepreneur, Drayton experienced firsthand the hard work and dedication it takes to thrive in industry. He began developing his tireless work ethic at age 9 by working for his father at the family’s wholesale grocery business, the McLane Company. After completing college and graduate school, he returned to his family’s business and worked his way up from the night shift to president and CEO of the company, a position he held for 30 years.
During his tenure, he propelled the McLane Company into a multi-billion dollar company. Following the McLane Company’s merger with Walmart, Inc. in 1990, he became vice-chairman of Walmart while maintaining his position at the McLane Company.
Drayton later resigned from Walmart in order to devote more time to the McLane Group, a parent company consisting of family-owned companies operating throughout the world, which until Nov. 2011 included the Houston Astros where he served as Chairman and CEO. Drayton McLane completed his 19th season with the Astros in 2011 when he sold the team.