District 3 - The Houston District in the Coastal Bend Region

The Houston District is located in Southeast Texas and shares a border with Louisiana. Though it may be the smallest of the five districtss geographically – encompassing 34 counties – this region holds one fourth of the state's issued alcoholic beverage permits. Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States.

The Houston District currently includes a staff of 106 regulatory, legal and licensing personnel, and it has offices located in Beaumont, Bryan, Conroe, Dickinson, Houston, Huntsville, Lufkin, Richmond, Sealy and Wharton.

Counties in this district

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Angelina Austin Brazoria Brazos Chambers Colorado Fort Bend Galveston Grimes Hardin Harris Houston Jasper Jefferson Leon Liberty Madison Matagorda Montgomery Nacogdoches Newton Orange Polk Robertson Sabine San Augustine San Jacinto Shelby Trinity Tyler Walker Waller Washington Wharton

Supervisors

Lieutenant Tana Travis, Acting Regional Director
Houston main number: (713) 426-7900
Direct number: (713) 426-7913

Lieutenant Tana Travis began her career as an agent with TABC in 1989 in Amarillo after graduating from the Harris County Sheriff's Department Police Academy. After spending six years in Amarillo and starting her family, she moved to Fort Worth where she spent the next 13 years as an agent. In 2006, Tana was recognized by the agency as "The Most Visible Agent" for her work as coordinator on many Shattered Dreams programs. In 2008, Tana promoted to Sergeant and was briefly stationed in Dallas. After the Dallas and Fort Worth offices combined, Tana worked as the liaison between licensing, compliance and enforcement in Arlington. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012 and moved to the Houston office.

Tana has over 25 years of state service having come to the TABC from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. She continues a family tradition of TABC employment as her grandmother, America Cook, retired as a secretary in the Amarillo office after 32 years of service. Tana is also the Vice President for the Retired TABC Officer's Association and has become a collector of old agency memorabilia acquiring such items as badges used in the 1950's and original tax stamps issued in the 1930's.

Nicole Phillips, Regional Supervisor of Auditing
Houston main number: (713) 426-7900
Direct number: (713) 426-7901

Nicole Phillips began her career with TABC in 2008 as an auditor and was promoted to Compliance Regional Supervisor in 2013. Prior to TABC, Nicole gained experience working for private industry energy companies as well as working five years with the Texas Workforce Commission initially as a recruiter, and leaving as an auditor. Nicole has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Finance from Texas Southern University in Houston Texas. She holds both a basic Instructors certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and a Certified Fraud Examiner certification. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, and enjoys participating in community educational projects.

Donny Betts, District Supervisor of Auditing
Houston main number: (713) 426-7900
Direct number: (713) 426-7996

Donny began his career with TABC in March 2006 as an Accounts Examiner in Licensing. He was promoted to an auditor with the Compliance division the following year. Donny has served on the Tri-Regional Workgroup since its inception. Prior to accepting a position with TABC, Donny worked for Chase Bank as a Portfolio manager over the Real Estate Owned, foreclosure and Claims department. He also worked with General Electric Capital as a manager of a Real Estate owned Trust portfolio overseeing four sub-servicers located in Cherry Hill, NJ, San Bernardino, CA, Tampa, Fl and Houston, TX. In addition, Mr. Betts has also worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a Commercial Credit Analyst serving as the Asset Manager in Charge of the closing and asset transfer of several banks within the eastern region of the United States.

Donny has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Florida State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from Texas Southern University. Donny is a Certified Fraud Examiner, holds a Basic Instructors license from TCLEOSE and is a licensed Realtor.

Dick Wills, Regional Licensing Supervisor
Houston main number: (713) 426-7900
Direct number: (713) 426-7993

Dick Wills began his career as a TABC auditor in 1981. In 1986, Dick left the agency and went to work for IDS/American Express as a financial planner. Dick also worked in the retail/manufacturing sector as a business owner for 17 years. In 2006, he returned to TABC and was promoted into management. Dick is a proud member of Boy Scouts of America and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was Honorably Discharged from the Marines where he served as an MP, and held a top security clearance as forward security at the Advanced Underwater Weapons Complex at NNAS.

Dick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and completed some Masters level work. He has attended the Governor’s Center for Management Development as well as attended universities in Israel, England and Mexico. Dick completed his Basic Peace Officers Training at the University of Houston where he was elected Captain of his class, and received top honor graduate, and top physical fitness awards. He is a commissioned peace officer and holds a basic instructors certificate.

Lieutenant Randy Chatham
Houston main number: (713) 426-7900
Direct number: (713) 426-1102

Randy Chatham joined the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in January 2003. During Randy's tenure with TABC, he has been stationed in Galveston, South East Harris counties and Amarillo. He served as an agent in the Galveston County office from January 2003 to December 2010. In December 2010 he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Amarillo office. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and transferred to the Houston office. Randy started his law enforcement career with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office in November 1991 and left as a Sergeant assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division working with the Galveston County Narcotics Task Force.

Randy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Downtown. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate and Instructor Proficiency Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Lieutenant Ryan Decuire
Houston main number: (713) 426-7900
Direct number: (713) 426-7900 extension 1175

Lieutenant Ryan Decuire Ryan began his law enforcement career with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office in 1998. He left as a Sergeant in 2002 to work for the TABC where he was assigned to the Galveston Outpost. In October 2009, Ryan was appointed as an Acting Sergeant in the Houston Office. He was promoted to Sergeant in December 2009 and supervised agents in Galveston County and southern Harris County. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012. Ryan earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Lieutenant Jeff Taylor
Lufkin main number: (936) 639-8778
Direct number: (936) 639-8778

Lieutenant Jeff Taylor currently has 26 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with TABC in 1998 after completing the New Agents Academy and was initially assigned to the Houston Region. Jeff transferred to the Longview District Office in 1999 where he remained until he transferred to the Nacogdoches Outpost in 2001. He then promoted to Sergeant in 2006 assigned to the Conroe office and remained there until 2008. He then transferred to the Longview District Office. After an agency reorganization in October 2011, he was assigned to the Lufkin Area Office. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012.

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