The State of the Texas Economy

Thursday, November 12, 2020 Dr. Luis Torres Research Economist Real Estate Council of Austin An overview with emphasis on commercial and residential real estate in Austin Dr. Luis Torres Dr. Luis Torres received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. He received a master’s in economics from the University of Texas at El Paso, where his dissertation received honors. He later earned a scholarship to participate in the American Economic Association Ph.D. Summer Minority Program. His Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he specialized in international economics and econometrics. During …

Update from The Association of Former Students

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Porter S. Garner III President & CEO The Association of Former StudentsPorter S. Garner III ’79 Porter graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a BBA in marketing and began his career with Hughes Tool Company before joining The Association’s staff as Field Director in 1981. After nearly 18 years of service to The Association, Porter was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to lead the organization, making him only the seventh chief executive in The Association’s 141‐year history. Over the last 21 years as President and CEO, Porter has inspired innovation and led …

Leadership Lessons from the System Office

Tuesday, July 12, 2020 Phillip Ray Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Texas A&M SystemPhillip Ray ’87 As Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Phillip Ray is responsible for all real estate development projects involving a public-private partnership, negotiation of operational efficiencies opportunities, financial accounting and reporting oversight, direction of tax and fiscal activities, financial functions related to the legislative appropriations process, annual operating budget process, Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) initiatives, Facilities Planning and Construction, and aircraft operations for the A&M System. CAREER 2012-present Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, The Texas A&M University System 2008-2012 Associate Vice President for Finance & University …

Leadership Lessons from the AD’s Office

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Ross Bjork Texas A&M Director of AthleticsRoss Bjork Ross Bjork began his position as Texas A&M’s Director of Athletics on July 8, 2019. He came to Aggieland from the University of Mississippi, where he served as the Director of Athletics for seven years. There, he oversaw a department with a staff of over 250 employees. During his tenure at Ole Miss, revenue generated within Athletics more than doubled, from $57 million to $117 million. His many achievements include back-to-back Top 40 Directors’ Cup finishes, ranked 39th in 2016-17 among Division 1 institutions, and 38th in 2017-18, …

TexAgs – Aggie Football Recruiting & Baseball Update

Tuesday, March 24, 2017 Brandon has overseen TexAgs’ daily activities since 1999 as President & CEO. His vision has been instrumental in pushing TexAgs year by year beyond the standard definition of “fan site” and helping it become a standard bearer for the industry. Brandon graduated from Texas A&M in 1995 with a degree in business management and lives in the Bryan-College Station area with his wife and four kids. Ryan joined TexAgs in August of 2015. A college baseball player at McNeese State (Class of ’09), he moved to College Station in 2010 to pursue a Master’s in sport …

Campaign 2020 – Sky High Stakes

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Dale Laine ‘78 Dale Laine brings over 30 years of political insight and strategic communications experience to his clients’ business objectives. Laine’s current portfolio includes legislative and regulatory work in Texas and Washington D.C. for a broad list of publicly traded companies, private business interests and trade associations. Laine’s work includes strategy efforts to assist in legislative and regulatory issues and engaging in successful procurement opportunities within state and local government sectors. Prior to the formation of Laine Strategy Group, LLC, he was COO and a Managing Director of Public Strategies, Inc, (now HK Strategies) where …