Update on Texas Finance

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 Glenn Hegar ’93 – Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Upon taking office, he reorganized the Comptroller’s office for quicker and more effective decision-making, and reduced its size by eliminating some inefficient programs and transferring others that didn’t fit its core missions. Hegar is focused on his agency’s constitutional duties and committed to improving its customer service and transparency. He believes a less-burdensome tax system will foster a better environment for job creation and business expansion, and thus a healthier Texas …

LCRA Update

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 Prior to joining LCRA, Wilson was executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. Under the direction of the Texas Transportation Commission, he managed, directed and implemented TxDOT policies, programs and operating strategies. He also represented TxDOT before the Texas Legislature and other entities. Before joining TxDOT in 2011, Wilson served as senior vice president of Public Affairs and as a corporate officer for Luminant, Texas’ largest electric generation company. In 2007, then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed Wilson as Texas’ 106th Secretary of State. In that position, he was the chief elections officer and the chief international …

The Texas Legislative Session

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Eric Bearse ’93 Eric Bearse is an experienced political professional who served as the lead speechwriter for former Texas Governor Rick Perry for much of the last 17 years, including two campaigns for president and two campaigns for governor. Eric also wrote remarks for the presidential campaign of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. His speechwriting clients also include Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Senator John Cornyn and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. He has written numerous major addresses, including: four gubernatorial inaugural speeches, more than a half dozen state convention speeches, two presidential announcement speeches, a major …

The Texas Justice System

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Justice Field was elected to the Third Court of Appeals in November 2012 for a six-year term. Justice Field began his career by serving as a law clerk on the Texas Supreme Court, for Hon. Raul Gonzalez. He then began private practice at Baker Botts, L.L.P., where he practiced in the trial and appellate departments until 2001. He then co-founded York, Keller & Field, L.L.P., before forming The Field Law Firm, PLLC, in 2007. A native Texan, Justice Field was born in Houston and grew up outside of College Station. As an undergraduate, Justice Field earned …

The Future of Austin

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Bobby is a past chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and current chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is a past president of both the Texas and National Pest Management Associations and a past chair and current board member of the Better Business Bureau, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Alzheimer’s Association. Bobby currently serves on the Agricultural Development Council and Mays Business School Development Council at Texas A&M University. He is a past chair for Caritas of Austin and has served as a tri-chair for the bond oversight committee with AISD. …

Leadership from the A&M Foundation

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 As head of the university’s major-gift fundraising entity, Tyson provides direction for the management of the Foundation’s endowment, serves as the principal liaison with the university, and leads university-wide fundraising activities, including the $4 billion Lead by Example campaign. Before beginning his new job as president of the Texas A&M Foundation on January 20, 2016, Tyson Voelkel was proprietor of a Houston-based boutique consultancy focused on building, managing and advising ultra-high net worth family offices. He also served as COO for a multi-billion dollar holding company consisting of more than a dozen operating companies, philanthropic endeavors, …