Since its beginning in 1933, the Texas Rose Festival has represented the spirit that brings Tyler together as a community. Tom Ramey III, is serving as president of the 2011 Texas Rose Festival (TRF), and his passion for Tyler is reflected in his support of the TRF and its 78-year history of celebrating the uniqueness of Tyler.
“The mission of the Texas Rose Festival has always been to promote Tyler, its rose industry, and to instill community pride and promote volunteerism,” Mr. Ramey said. “Cities spend fortunes on developing a brand or image. Tyler does not need to spend a penny. Our community has its own unique identity. We are the home of America’s flower, the rose.”
Along with Mr. Ramey, hundreds of volunteers have worked together to create this year’s event. The Rose Queen’s Coronation will take place on Friday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cowan Center. The Rose Festival Parade will be on Saturday, October 15 at 9:00 a.m., at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, and will include military marching units and college marching bands. The Queen’s Tea will also take place on a Saturday, October 15, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at The Tyler Rose Garden. This year the Rose Show is being designed and implemented by David Austin Roses of England, the largest breeder and marketer of high-end roses in the world, and will be on display at The Rose Garden Center.
Outside of his service to the Texas Rose Festival, Mr. Ramey is a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Tyler. He is a past chairman and a current member of the Young Life Africa Board of Directors.
Mr. Ramey was born and reared in Tyler. He and his wife, Gina, have been married 25 years and are the parents of three adult children, Grace, Laura, and Hartley. Mr. Ramey is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. The Rameys are members of Bethel Bible Church where Mr. Ramey serves as an Elder.
“In my opinion, Tyler is quite simply the best city in America. If you compare all cities our size on issues of quality of life, medical care, education, values, and professional opportunities, Tyler has no peer,” Mr. Ramey said.