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Austin: The Colorado River Alliance has named Austin community leader Tim Timmerman as its 2020 River Hero.

Timmerman, a native Texan and lifelong water steward, serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the LCRA board in 2008 and named him Board chair in 2011. Gov. Greg Abbot reappointed Timmerman in 2019 for a term that expires in 2025.

The river alliance will honor Timmerman at its Cocktails for the Colorado Gala on May 14, 2020, at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin. Sponsorships are currently available. Learn more online at or by emailing Keri Pearson, Director of Development at

Timmerman is a real estate investor/developer and owner of Commerce Texas Properties, Inc. He is the board president of the Colorado River Land Trust, and serves on the boards of the International Bank of Commerce – Austin, the Round Rock Community Foundation and St. David’s Medical Center in Round Rock. His extensive community service also includes work for the Austin Area Research Organization, YMCA of Williamson County, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Pflugerville, Austin Crime Commission, and the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.

“The River Hero award celebrates individuals who have had a great impact on our Texas Colorado River, and there is no one more deserving than Tim Timmerman,” said Melissa Miller, Colorado River Alliance executive director. “His passion for the river and the communities that depend on it are evident in his service to LCRA and organizations like the Colorado River Land Trust. We are thrilled to honor him and say thank you for his continuing work to preserve and protect the river.”

Past River Hero honorees include as Lady Bird Johnson, Rick Perry, Mark Rose, Ray Wilkerson, Pete Winstead, Pam Akins, Gary Farmer, Will Wynn, Peggy Winkler, Joe Beal, and many other dedicated stewards of our Texas Colorado River.

Long-time Austinite and community leader John Lay will also be honored at the gala with a special award. Lay served on the Alliance Board of Directors tirelessly for 20 years. He grew up on the Texas Colorado River and owns property along the river that has been in his family for over 150 years. Since being diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lay has dedicated his efforts to spreading awareness about ALS.

David Roche, co-founder and former managing partner of Endeavor Real Estate Group, will serve as event chair.