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About Cathy Bonner

Cathy Bonner is an experienced business consultant, entrepreneur, and philanthropist based in Austin, Texas. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and a reputation for success. Contact us to learn more about Cathy Bonner.


Before joining Service King, Bonner was a successful entrepreneur, owning and selling businesses in marketing, advertising, communications, cable television, and public relations for almost four decades. From 1996-2006, Bonner Incorporated launched 14 state-supported college savings and prepaid college tuition programs, helping parents save for their children's college education. Her award-winning advertising campaigns produced over $30 billion in financial assets for these programs.

Private Sector

Service King is a national chain of 30 collision repair centers operating in 23 states. From 2010 to 2014, Bonner served as CEO of the company and Chairman of the Board. During her time there, she successfully negotiated the sale of Service King's majority stock to The Blackstone Group, a multinational private equity and investment banking firm.

Public Sector

Bonner served in the 1991-1994 administration of Governor Ann Richards as Executive Director of the Texas Department of Commerce. As director of the state's economic development and jobs workforce training agency, she helped Texas create more jobs than any other state in the nation for four consecutive years. She was responsible for the agency's $500 million budget, the $11 million Texas Tourism advertising program, four foreign trade offices, and all business development and corporate relocations. She also created The Smart Jobs Program for Texas, a public-private sector jobs training program.

Bonner conceived of the idea, formed the coalition, and passed the legislation creating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to find cures for cancer. Bonner helped pass on a state ballot the constitutional amendment along with $3 billion in state-approved bonds to fund the Institute.


Bonner is the founder of three leadership programs: Leadership America, Leadership Texas, and Power Pipeline. In 1996, she had a dream that resulted in the building and funding — to the tune of $32 million — of the nation's first comprehensive Women's History Museum in historic Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.


Bonner graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is the Chairman of the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors, and she is an owner of The Meditation Bar. She is the author of "What I Want Next...30 Minutes to Reveal Your Future" available Lulu and Amazon.