George Harris, founder and President of Harris Western Inc.,
learned as a boy how to hand make boots and saddles. Working in
his fathers saddle shop, George was taught the skills known
only by the most proficient leather workers.
In 1958, After
serving in the U.S. Navy, George opened his own business in the
south Texas town of Lytle, near San Antonio. As the business grew,
George moved Harris Western Center in 1972 to its present location,
still in Lytle, on the heavily traveled Interstate 35, the main
artery from San Antonio to Laredo.
grew in size over the years to accommodate a compete line of
western wear, featuring such famous brands as Wrangler, Tony
Lama, Resistol, Justin, Panhandle Slim, Walls, and more. The
large trailer compound adjoining the store contains horse, livestock,
cargo, utility and flatbed trailers by S&H, WW, Longhorn,
R&D, Trailmaster and other well-known brands.
Inc. is also the respected area headquarters for a complete line
of tack items, including finely crafted saddles and accessories.
Taking an active
role in his industry, George served as Chairman of the Western and
English Retailers of America in 1985. He is Past President of the
San Antonio Livestock Exposition, serving in that capacity in 1987-1988.
George is also
an active pilot. His twin-engine aircraft are hangared in nearby
Castroville giving him quick access to the skies for both business
and pleasure flying. His passion for aviation has extended to his
family. Both his son and daughter-in-law are licensed pilots.
Richards learned the ropes of the business while still in high
school. Working weekends and holidays, she became acquainted with
every aspect of the business. Part of her duties, bookkeeping, led
to studies at Texas A&M University in Business Management.
In June 1981,
Jolinda returned to the family business where she spearheaded the
design of a complete computer system for the business. Today, she
heads the computer operations system. She is also actively involved
in the accounts receivable and purchasing, including special orders.
also began his experience with Harris Western Inc. while a student
in high school. After graduation, Scott attended Southwest Texas
Junior College in Uvalde, Texas, where he earned his pilots
license. and an Associates Degree in Airframe & Powerplant.
of his college studies, Scott returned to work at the family business.
While working full time, Scott also attended Hallmark Institute
to earn an Associates Degree in Airframe & Powerplant.
is primarily involved in trailer sales but also heads up a division
of Harris Western Inc., Rodeo Air. His duties include aircraft
sales, refurbishing aircraft and test flying.