Blair Labatt is President of Labatt Food Service, the tenth-largest broadline foodservice distributor nationally. Labatt Food Service distributes food and related products to food-away-from-home establishments in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico from distribution centers in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Lubbock and Albuquerque. Since he became President in 1980, the company has grown from 20 to 1600 employees. He is also President and Chairman of Foodservice Risk Management, a captive insurance company chartered in South Carolina.
He is a graduate of Princeton (BA English, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Oxford (First Class Honors), and the University of Virginia (PhD English). Formerly a professor of English at the University of Texas in Austin, in 2005 he published a book of literary criticism on plot in the novels of William Faulkner (Faulkner the Storyteller, University Press of Alabama).
He has been Chairman of the Board of San Antonio Academy, a Trustee of Texas Lutheran University, and Chair of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, the principal landowner in the San Antonio Medical Center. He founded the Wellness Coalition of San Antonio, a non-profit organized to conduct wellness initiatives through employers. He is Chair-elect of Opera San Antonio, a new company established to bring grand opera to San Antonio.
For 34 years he has been Chairman of the Princeton Book Prize, an annual city-wide contest to choose the most outstanding high school juniors in San Antonio. He was nominated to stand for election to the Board of Trustees of Princeton University. He served on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University, was Chair of the Committee for Awards for Service to Princeton, and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Princeton Department of English.
A native of San Antonio, he is married to Barbara Labatt. His three children are Annie Labatt (Asst. Professor of Art History, UTSA), Blair Labatt III, and Grace Labatt.