Leadership

The Association is governed by a three-member Board of Directors.

pvdpH.P. (PETE) VAN DE PUTTE, Jr.
President
B.A., St. Mary’s University
E-mail: pres@texflags.org

Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still lives with his wife, Leticia, Pete Van de Putte grew up helping his parents in the family business making flags, decorating festivals and fairs, and assisting with other special events. These efforts grew Dixie Flag & Banner Co. into a trusted industry leader; in 2014, he and Dixie Flag received the Doreen Braverman Award from the North American Vexillological Association-Association nord-américaine de vexillologie. Mr. Van de Putte is a Certified Festival & Event Executive; a recipient of the Betsy Ross Award for Outstanding Service from the National Independent Flag Dealers Association; and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of St. Mary’s University. He is a fellow of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques and of the Association.

Hugh BradyHUGH L. BRADY
Vice President
J.D., Boston University
E-mail: vp@texflags.org

Hugh Brady is a clinical professor of law at The University of Texas and is one of the preeminent political law experts in Texas. He served as the 16th president of the North American Vexillological Association-Association nord-américaine de vexillologie from 2008-2014. He won the Captain William Driver Award for that association’s best paper in 2015 for “‘But It Was Ours”: The Red Ensign, Dominion Day, and the Effects of Patriotic Memory on the Canadian Flag Debate.” Professor Brady also serves as editor of The National Standard, the Association’s quarterly bulletin. He is a director and senior fellow of The Flag Research Center, an overseer of The Trust for Vexillology, and a fellow of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques.

Charles SpainCHARLES A. SPAIN
Secretary-Treasurer
J.D., Baylor University
E-mail: sectreas@texflags.org

Charles A. Spain is a justice of the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas at Houston. He is secretary-general emeritus of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques. Justice Spain served as the 13th president of the North American Vexillological Association-Association nord-américaine de vexillologie; he won the Captain William Driver Award for that association’s best paper in 1991 for “The Flags and Seals of Texas.” He is a director and senior fellow of The Flag Research Center, an overseer of The Trust for Vexillology, a fellow of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques, and a Whitney Smith Fellow.