Tilman J. Fertitta was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents in 2009 by Governor Rick Perry and will serve through August 31, 2015. For fiscal year 2014-2015, he will serve as chairman of the UH System Board of Regents; ex officio member on each of the Board's standing committees; liaison for governmental relations; and a member of the Executive and Compensation Committee.
A native of Galveston, he attended UH's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Fertitta is chairman, president, CEO and controlling shareholder of Landry's, Inc., whose properties include the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Biloxi, Lake Charles, the Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and restaurant chains such as Morton's The Steakhouse, McCormick and Schmicks, Chart House, Bubba Gump, Rainforest Café, Saltgrass Steakhouse, and Vic and Anthony's.
In 2004, Fertitta was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the second-youngest inductee ever to receive this honor next to Michael Dell.
Fertitta is chairman of the Houston Children Charity and the Houston Police Foundation, is on the executive committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and serves on the boards of Texas Heart Institute, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Sam Houston Area Council - Boy Scouts of America, and the Greater Houston Partnership.