Jerry G. Gantt of Houston is currently serving his ninth year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children ®. Gantt was elected Imperial Chief Rabban, part of the 13-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2013 Imperial Session – held in Indianapolis June 30 - July 4.
Gantt was raised a Master Mason at Cherryville Lodge #505. He is a member of the York Rite, Grotto and was honored with the 33rd Degree of the Scottish Rite. Gantt became a member of Oasis Shriners in Charlotte, N.C., in 1972 and then later joined Arabia Shriners in Houston in 1980, where he held numerous offices, including chairman of the Five-year Planning Committee and Potentate in 2002.
Gantt is a chairman emeritus of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston Board of Governors and has served at the Imperial level as Outer Guard Aide, Captain of the Guard Aide, Imperial Marshal Aide and member of the Imperial Dispensations and Charters Committee. During his years as a member of the Boards of Directors, he has served on a number of committees, including Building and Equipment, Information Systems, Public Relations, Salary, Personnel and Retirement, Corporate Compliance, Education Seminars, Sports, Research, Medical Affairs, Strategic Planning, Investments and Budget. In addition, he has served as Liaison Officer to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, Houston, Cincinnati, Montreal and Galveston. In addition to his service in the Shriners fraternity, Gantt is an honorary member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.
Born in Gastonia, N.C., Gantt attended Wingate College in Wingate, N.C. He then joined the United States Marine Corps., where he became an air traffic controller. He is now President of Piedmont Contractors, Inc., a commercial general contractor in Houston.
Gantt is a past chairman of the board of deacons at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. In his community, Gantt and his wife, Lisa, enjoy NASCAR and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, in which they are life-members and Gantt is an active committee member.