LEADERSHIP

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JIM BARON

CEO,
Mesa SW Management LP - Dallas

Jim Baron is the owner of the Blue Mesa Grill and TNT Tacos and Tequila restaurants. A former executive at Taco Bell and El Torito Restaurants, he established Blue Mesa Grill in 1988.

HILDA GALVAN

Partner in Charge,
Jones Day - Dallas

Hilda Galvan, a nationally recognized trial lawyer, has represented plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual litigation in courts across the country for more than 25 years. She has served as lead counsel for technology companies in enforcing their patent portfolios as well as defending those companies against infringement allegations. 

CURTIS HARRELL

President and CEO,
Citation Oil and Gas Corp. - Houston

Curtis Harrell joined Citation in 2002. Prior to joining the company, Curtis served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Brigham Exploration Company, currently known as Statoil.

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WOODY L. HUNT

Senior Chairman, Hunt Companies, Inc. - El Paso

Mr. Woody L. Hunt is Senior Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hunt Companies, Inc. (www.huntcompanies.com), and its affiliated companies. Mr. Hunt graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, and he subsequently received his MBA in Finance from UT. 

DENNIS NIXON

President &
CEO, International Bank of Commerce - Laredo

As the principal architect behind the unprecedented growth of International Bancshares Corporation and International Bank of Commerce, Dennis E. Nixon is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading banking authorities and executives. Since joining IBC in 1975, Nixon has been instrumental in International Bancshares Corporation's ranking as the largest minority-founded bank organization in the United States, one of the largest independent banks in Texas and Oklahoma.

MARVIN ODUM

Former President,
Shell Oil Company - Houston

Marvin E. Odum is retired president of Shell Oil Company and Upstream Director of Royal Dutch Shell’s subsidiary companies in the Americas. Odum directed a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deepwater, wind, and biofuels.

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DAVID PFAFF

President, Plastronics - Irving

Mr. Pfaff is President of Plastronics Socket Company. He has run Plastronics Socket Company, a fully integrated design, injection mold and manufacturer of burn-in sockets, for over 10 years.

DAVID SEATON

Former President and CEO,
Fluor Corporation - Irving

David Seaton is the former president and CEO of Fluor Corporation. He is also a board member of the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council.

CHRIS WALLACE

President and CEO, North Texas Commission - Irving

Chris Wallace, IOM, CCE is President/CEO of the North Texas Commission, a unique public-private partnership that drives large impactful projects and legislative advocacy benefiting a robust 13-county region. Prior to joining the NTC, Wallace was President/COO of the Texas Association of Business, the state chamber of commerce.

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KEN G. WINCORN

Founder, The Law Offices of Kenneth G. Wincorn, P.C.
- Richardson

Kenneth G. Wincorn, Esquire graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1972 and began his own legal practice, The Law Offices of Kenneth G. Wincorn, P.C. in 1986. Mr. Wincorn is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, numerous Federal courts, and state and Federal agencies, and has experience practicing in immigration law, criminal law, family law, personal injury law, international law, aviation law, and civil litigation matters.

STAN MAREK

CEO, Marek Family of Companies- Houston

In 1982, after spending a baker's dozen years working in a progressive series of roles in the company, Stan became President and CEO of the Marek Family of Companies. In addition to leading one of the largest interior contractors in the Southwest with offices in Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Harlingen, Atlanta and Oklahoma City, Stan has been focused on workforce development, sustainability and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.