Mayor and City Council
(Nov. 2016 – Present)
Serving presently as the CEO and Co-Founder of Lisam America, Mayor Nelson has managed large budgets, created private sector jobs, and met a payroll. Mayor Nelson has served as a mentor to veterans at the May’s Business School Entrepreneur Veteran Boot Camp and is a guest speaker at Mays Business School and the College of Engineering. A member of the Aggie Class of 1992, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and studied abroad at King’s College, University of London.
Mayor Nelson has served on the Bryan Business Council, on the board of the Research Valley Innovation Center and as a member of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Bryan. In addition, Mayor Nelson has been active in a number of charitable and civic causes throughout our community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Bryan; is a Founding Trustee and Officer of Brazos Valley Cares, which provides grants and emergency funds to meet local needs of veterans and their families; and raises funds for the Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Mayor Nelson has lived in the Brazos Valley most of his life, moving to Bryan to raise his family and build his business. The Mayor supports Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, The Children’s Museum, The Community Foundation, the Queen Theatre, Hospice Brazos Valley, the Salvation Army, the Hispanic Forum, Bubba Moore Memorial, OPAS and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Single Member District 1
(Nov. 2016 – Present)
Reuben Marin is a third generation citizen of Bryan. He was born and raised in SMD 1, where he still resides on the west side of Bryan. A 1992 Graduate of Bryan High School, and Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Class of 1996, Mr. Marin is a product of the Bryan Independent School District with Texas Aggie Values.
Reuben works for Mizkan America, Inc. managing a robust sales budget. He was recently named Salesman of the Year, understands the importance of ensuring that our local economy remains strong, and has experience managing complicated budgets.
As a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Mr. Marin had first hand experience working with residents to maintain the integrity of our neighborhoods. As a former Vice President of the Hispanic Forum of Bryan/College Station, Mr. Marin understands the importance of a solid educational foundation. He is proud to be a member of an organization that actively raises money for local scholarships. Mr. Marin is also a graduate of the City of Bryan’s Citizen Police Academy, 50th Anniversary Class and attends Santa Teresa Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Single Member District 2
(Nov. 2016 – Present)
Prentiss Madison is a fourth generation Bryan, Texas resident. He was raised on the West Side of the city and currently lives in West Bryan. Mr. Madison is the son of past Bryan City Council Member, Paul Madison, and is a member of Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ.
A 1995 graduate of Bryan High School, Councilman Madison began his public service duties for the City of Bryan in 2001 as a member of the Bryan Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He has also served on the Zoning Board of Adjustments, volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley, and served as a UIL Basketball official. Councilman Madison most recently served the previous six years as a Commissioner of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board.
Single Member District 3
(Nov. 2020 – Present)
As the owner of House of Tires and La Pistola Cattle Co., and President of Gutierrez Ventures, Inc., Bobby Gutierrez has a strong business background and extensive public service in economic development.
Councilmember Gutierrez served as Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission, member of the Board of Directors of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Directors of the Bryan Business Council (BBC), Past Chair and current Treasurer of Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation (BVEDC), member of the Bio Corridor Advisory Board, member of the City of Bryan Advisory Board for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, member of the Texas A&M University RELLIS External Academic Advisory Council, and is the founding member of Brazos Valley Cares, a 501c3 veterans outreach organization.
With a close working relationship with Bryan Independent School District, Councilmember Gutierrez is committed to educational opportunities for all students in Bryan, and helped establish funds for BISD’s new 100+ acre Regional Workforce Center and Technical Education (CTE) Complex.
Councilmember Gutierrez has lived most of his life in Bryan’s Single Member District 3. He enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community.
Single Member District 4
(May 2022 – Present)
James Edge has deep roots in the Brazos Valley being a fourth generation Bryan, Texas resident. He has lived in Single Member District 4 for more than 18 years. Councilman Edge is a proud 1982 graduate of Bryan High School and attended Blinn College in Bryan.
Edge has worked in retail, homebuilding, and real estate, and most recently served as the District Director for Congressman Bill Flores. He has served on various boards and committees including the Bryan Business Council and the BISD Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. Councilman Edge currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) and is a member of the Bryan Rotary Club and the Sons of the American Legion.
Single Member District 5
(Nov. 2018 – Present)
Brent Hairston graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 and began business in Downtown Bryan in 1992. He owns and manages Perry Properties, which has overseen the renovation of three significant buildings in Downtown Bryan, and the recent construction of a fourth building, Perry Place, a 30,000-square-foot building, which is the largest built in downtown Bryan in nearly 50 years.
Brent has served on a variety of city boards, including the Bryan Brazos County Economic Development Foundation, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Historical Landmark Commission, and the Building and Standards Commission. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Bryan Rotary Club.
Brent’s passion is barbershop chorus and quartet singing. He has directed multiple choruses and sung in a number of quartets. He is a 30-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
At Large, Place 6
(Nov. 2015 – Present)
Buppy Simank has called Bryan his home for almost 4 decades. He is a graduate of Bryan High School, played football for the Bryan Vikings, and continues to follow Bryan Football today. Buppy attended Blinn College in Bryan while working with the restaurant and catering company that he now owns.
At the age of 21, Buppy had the opportunity to purchase the catering company that he had bussed tables in at the age of 15. 25 years later, Buppy’s Catering is known for great food and service across the Brazos Valley.
Buppy’s life was placed in the hands of Bryan First Responders as they responded to render aid to Buppy crushed by a trailer in front of his house. If not for the speedy and skilled work of Bryan First Responders and skilled Trauma Specialists at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buppy would not be here today. Buppy is eternally grateful for all that Bryan First Responders do daily throughout our community, and in their time of need.
Charitable Service and Awards
- Boys and Girls Club Brazos Valley — Board of Directors & Executive Board: 1995-2005
Hospice Brazos Valley — Active Supporter
Brazos County 4H — Active Supporter
The Salvation Army of the Brazos Valley — Active Supporter
Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley — Active Supporter
Bryan Independent School District — Active Supporter
Boys and Girls Club Brazos Valley — “Man and Youth of the Year” 2014
BCS Convention & Visitors Bureau — “Outstanding Service Provider” 2011
Brazos County Crimestoppers — Board of Directors: 1997-2004