Bill Deffebach, born February 2, 1931, in Winters, Texas. Graduate of Snyder High School, Snyder, Texas (1948). Attended McMurry College, Abilene, Texas (1948-50). Graduated from the University of Texas School of Business Administration with a major in public accountancy (1950-52). Then served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict as a Company Commander, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain (1952-54).
Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law (1955-8). While attending the law school, he was elected to the following honorary organizations and positions: Chancellors, Order of the Coif, Texas Law Review (Comment Editor), Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity (President and Clerk) and Quizmaster. He also received the following honors: Outstanding Mid-Law Student, Outstanding Phi Delta Phi Graduate for the University of Texas School of Law and the Southern United States Region and Senior Student with the Greatest Promise to Achieve Distinction in the Practice of Law.
In 1958, joined the firm of Hardie, Grambling, Sims & Galatzan in El Paso, Texas. Admitted to that firm as a partner in 1961; and later the name was changed to Grambling, Mounce, Deffebach, Sims, Hardie & Galatzan. Admitted to practice in all Texas courts, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. Legal organizations include: State Bar of Texas, El Paso County Bar Association (President-Elect 1976), El Paso Estate Planning Council (Director and President), Houston Bar Association, American Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and the American College of Probate Counsel.
Served from its inception in 1971 to January 1986 as a director and Vice-President of El Paso National Corporation, a multi-bank holding company whose subsidiary banks following its merger with Texas Commerce Bancshares were Texas Commerce Bank-El Paso, Texas Commerce Bank-First State, Texas Commerce Bank-Northgate, Texas Commerce Bank-Border City, Texas Commerce Bank-West, Texas Commerce Bank-East and Texas Commence Bank-Chamizal. As a practicing attorney, defended this holding company [initially named Trans Texas Bancorporation] in litigation of first impression filed by the United States Department of Justice to challenge its formation. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the bank holding company on the final day of its session in 1973.
Also served as a director of Azar Nut Company and Border Steel Rolling Mills in El Paso. Member of numerous civic and church organizations in El Paso. Left the private practice of law in January 1977; and moved to Houston, Texas.
Served as President and Director of Great Western Management Corp, Houston, Texas; President and Director of Lester Goodson Pontiac, Houston, Texas; Vice-President and Director of Goodson Acura, Dallas, Texas; Vice-President and Director of Goodson Spring Branch Honda, Houston, Texas; Partner in Goodson Insurance Agency, Houston, Texas; and Partner in Goodson Services Agency, Ltd, Houston, Texas. Following a sale of the Houston automobile dealerships on July 6, 2000 to United Auto Group, Inc. (Chairman & CEO is Roger Penske), a publicly owned company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, he served as President of UAG’s Houston subsidiaries, Goodson Auto Group, Goodson Honda North, Goodson Honda West, Goodson Pontiac-GMC, Goodson Dodge West, Goodson Chrysler Jeep West and Goodson Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep North. Retired on his seventy second birthday, February 2, 2003.
Prior to retirement from the autombile business, was a member of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association; Chairman’s Club of AutoPac; National Automobile Dealers Association; President’s Club of the Dealer Election and Action Committee; a founding member of AFIT Pac; Houston Metro Honda Dealers Association (President, 1989-93); American Honda National Dealer Council (1991, as Vice-Chairman and 1992, as Chairman) and a second term from 1997-9; and the first board of directors of the Honda Regional Advertising Board for Zone 3, Dallas, Texas.
Served as a Director of Texas Commerce Bank-North Freeway, Houston, Texas, from 1977-87, resigning to become a director and officer of the National Loan Bank, Houston, Texas, a publicly owned company, which was the first bank of its kind, created as a result of the Texas Commerce Bancshares merger with Chemical New York Corporation, solely to liquidate problem loans independently of the merged banks (1987-94). Texas Commerce/Chemical New York merged with JPMorgan Bank of New York, resulting in JPMorgan Chase Bank, which now has a merger pending with Banc One.
Married to Carolyn Rabb Deffebach, and they collectively have six children. Members of St. Joseph Parish in Houston, and elected by the Vatican as a Knight and Lady of The Esquestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Serves as a Trustee of the Hermann Eye Fund, Hermann Eye Center, University of Texas-Houston Medical School and Memorial-Hermann Hospital.