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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ryan Brauninger, Recruiting & Baseball Analyst

Ryan Brauninger ’12 – 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 management at Texas A&M.  Since receiving his degree, Ryan has been active in the youth sports scene in the Brazos Valley, the state, and region — including a summer stint with USA Baseball.  He is a member of the TexAgs Recruiting team and a baseball analyst. 

Each Monday and Thursday, Billy Liucci and Ryan Brauninger share their thoughts and observations on Texas A&M athletics during The Beliucci Hour Lunch radio show, which airs from 12-1 p.m. at the Tap on 1150 AM and 102.7 FM in College Station.

Update on Texas Finance

Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Glenn Hegar,
Texas Comptroller

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 economy.

As CFO for the world’s 10th-largest economy, Hegar monitors Texas’ financial health to ensure it maintains strong fund balances. He employs sound fiscal management, invests resources wisely and approaches budgeting with a consistently conservative point of view.

Before becoming Comptroller, Hegar served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, and also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which works to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies.

Hegar is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of St. Mary’s University, where he earned a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned his Master of Laws.

Hegar is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. His upbringing taught him the core values of hard work, honesty and integrity — the same values he and his wife, Dara, work to instill in their three young children — Claire, Julia and Jonah. Hegar’s most important title throughout his years of service is the one closest to home: Dad!

LCRA Update

LCRA Update

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

LCRA Update

Phil Wilson, LCRA General Manager
Phil Wilson became LCRA’s 11th general manager on Feb. 3, 2014. LCRA’s general manager serves as the organization’s chief executive officer and carries out LCRA Board policy, manages LCRA’s relationships with its customers and stakeholders, appoints and directs executive staff, and oversees projects and operations that support LCRA’s public service mission.

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 protocol officer for Texas. Wilson also served as chair of the Governor’s Competitiveness Council and on the Texas Border Security Council.

Wilson serves as the chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on the chamber’s executive committee and as chair of the chamber’s Opportunity Austin initiative. Wilson also serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council, Texas Public Power Association, Power Across Texas, Texas Water Conservation Association and Hardin-Simmons University. Wilson has a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University.

The Texas Legislative Session

Eric Bearse & Jason Johnson

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Round Table with Eric Bearse and Jason Johnson

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 speech on “Trumpism” and its impact on the future of the Republican Party, and dozens of policy speeches as well as commencement addresses.

A 24-year veteran of Republican politics, Eric Bearse also provides general and communications consulting to various candidates, offers public affairs services to numerous public and private entities, and frequently produces television, radio and mail advertising for Republican campaigns. As the founder of Bearse & Company, which he started in 2007, Eric advises trade groups on the development of themes and messages that resonate in the public arena. He frequently pitches stories to press and serves as a spokesman and crisis communications advisor. He has also served as general consultant and strategist for more than a half dozen members of the Texas Legislature, developing campaign plans and overseeing the production of the paid media budget.

A prolific writer of advertising copy, Eric has drafted the copy for dozens of direct mail campaigns, radio and television ads, and web and social media efforts. He produced the successful Texas Proposition 6 television ads in 2013 to provide funding for water resources, which voters approved with nearly 75 percent. He also filmed ads for Texas One that aired in New York to recruit businesses to Texas.

Eric recently created Barrage, LLC – a voter canvassing company that deploys cutting-edge voter contact technology and data analytics with high-volume, multiple-pass canvassing programs to persuade, identify, and mobilize targeted voters to maximize our candidates’ vote share and achieve victory. Utilizing precinct-level electoral information and voter-level demographic data, Barrage identifies a universe of target voters, and then designs an efficient and effective strategy to reach them.

Eric attended Texas A&M University, graduating in four years with a degree in political science in 1993. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and his outfit’s chaplain. Eric and his wife Jene have two children – Charlotte (13) and Andrew (11). They live in Northwest Austin. Eric is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a resident of Austin, Texas for the last 20 years.

The Texas Justice System

Appeals Court Justice Scott Field

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Appeals Court Justice
Scott Field

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 a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors and was named to the Order of the Coif.

The Future of Austin

The Future of Austin, A panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Panel Discussion Featuring:
Bobby Jenkins, Rep. Paul Workman & Don Zimmerman

Bobby Jenkins ‘81
Bobby Jenkins is owner of ABC Home & Commercial Services with offices in Austin, San Antonio, College Station and Corpus Christi. ABC employs over 650 people and offers a wide variety of services including pest and termite control, lawn care and mowing, landscaping and irrigation, tree trimming, air conditioning and heating, plumbing and electrical, pool cleaning and repair, handyman services, appliance repair, and security system installation and monitoring. Bobby is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in business management.

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. He has served as the co-chair for the Heat Walk for the American Heart Association and is the current Board Chair of the AHA. Bobby is a past co-chair for the United Way Annual Campaign and current United Way board member. He is the co-founder and board chairman of Recognize Good and past chair and board member of Austin Gives.

Bobby has been married to his wife Jan for 32 years and they have three children; Jessica Pieratt 30, Chelsea 26, and Bo 23.

Paul D. Workman ‘73, State Representative District 47

State Representative Paul D. Workman has served the people of House District 47 in the Texas House of Representatives since January 2011. House District 47 includes most of western Travis County as well as portions of southern Travis County.

Representative Workman serves as a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Business & Industry. Representative Workman serves by appointment on The Energy Council, which helps facilitate the development of national energy policy matters among the Southwestern states. He also serves on the Select Committee on Transportation Planning.

Representative Workman has been named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Associated Builders and Contractors, a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition, and a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” by the Texas Conservative Roundtable. In 2013, Representative Workman was named Legislator of the Year by the Real Estate Council of Austin.

Representative Workman earned a B.S. in Building Construction from Texas A&M University in 1973 before joining the U.S. Army Reserves where he retired at the rank of Captain after 10 years of service in an engineer line company. Representative Workman is a forty-year construction professional, owning his own construction company for most of that time. He is a Certified Professional Estimator.

A Rotarian since 1976, Representative Workman has been active in several civic organizations, including Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. In 2008 he served as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Building Branch of the Associated General Contractors.

Representative Workman and his wife Sherry have two children and six grandchildren and are active members of the Austin Baptist Church.

Don Zimmerman ‘84
Don Zimmerman is a 5th generation Texan born and raised in the Alamo City. Zimmerman graduated from Texas A&M in the 1980s with two degrees in mechanical engineering, which he says certifies him “half as smart as the average Aggie”, and he compensates by “marshaling both halves of my brain just to have a chance.” After decades of success in high tech software systems engineering, Zimmerman was elected President of his Municipal Utility District in northwest Austin in 2002. He spearheaded successful lawsuits against the City of Austin for illegal taxation and the US Department of Justice for violating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Zimmerman was elected Austin District 6 Council member in 2014; supporters and opponents both labeled him “the Taxpayer’s Voice of Reason”.

Don & wife Jennifer have one young son. Don Zimmerman learned that bureaucrats easily manipulate elected officials by controlling agenda and information sources and answering questions with half-truth lies. Zimmerman is a fixed wing and helicopter aircraft pilot