2021 Texas Legislature Session Priorities

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Chris Britton Managing Director, Caddo AssociatesChris Britton ‘92 Chris Britton is the managing director for Caddo Associates, a specialized boutique lobby firm located in Austin, Texas. Skilled in legislative and regulatory policy, Chris has provided counsel on budget and policy matters across all issue areas. He has served as deputy chief of staff for Governor Perry, policy advisor for the Offices of Governor and Lt. Governor, and committee clerk and chief of staff for legislative offices in the Texas House of Representatives. In the private sector, Chris worked for Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 Company, with …

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, …