The Texas CEO Link
This month we feature Mina Chang, CEO of Linking the World. Founded in 1997, her international humanitarian aid organization now calls Dallas home for their US headquarters. Here Mina tell her "why Texas" story.
Who we are
We are a statewide community of Texas CEOs who want to share and preserve the business culture that is attracting businesses to our state.
What we do
We promote a collaborative and welcoming environment for chief executives who are relocating their businesses to the state of Texas.
Y we are doing it
Because the future for Texas will depend on those who helped shape it and those who will contribute to its ongoing success.
New website coming - March 18, 2014
A national showcase of the top brands and their CEOs who are making an impact in Texas.
This is a snapshot of the website to be launched.
How we do it
The Texas CEO Ambassador
We have built a private community throughout Texas who we refer as our ambassadors. Currently, we have over 40 active in both Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin with plans for Houston and San Antonio in early 2014. We build each community by personally inviting the most influential CEOs to become an ambassador who understand the importance of our mission and see value in sharing their experiences. Our ambassadors are busy, mission focused problem solvers who compete fiercely and are always trying to stay ahead of the competition. YTexas makes it convenient, worthwhile and profitable for our ambassadors to have an impact in the world by helping others achieve success in Texas.
Our 3 part approach
Through our high tech, high touch, high impact community development model, we help newly relocated executives get quickly connected and acclimated into their new region, giving them the resources they need to feel at home in their new community.
1. High Tech (YTexas.com)
At ytexas.com, we will provide a national showcase for the cultural and economic attributes of each Texas region through the hearts and minds of our ambassador CEOs. Coming in March 2014. The site will include a library of CEO video testimonials and written commentary and will be marketed to CEOs throughout the world who are looking to learn more about business and life in Texas.
2. High Touch (Hosted events)
We host a series of statewide events, both public and private, specifically to help promote, educate and acclimate CEOs of companies who have expanded or relocated their businesses into a Texas region.
3. High Impact (Education and Workforce)
We suppport and promote Texas based organizations who are making an impact in education by preparing students with the technical and life skills needed to meet the demands of our future workforce.
High Profile CEO Programming
YTexas Educational CEO Summit
March 18, 2014
This luncheon is for all Texas CEOs and staff to hear the Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission discuss a high impact topic that is crucial to the future of Texas - Education and Workforce Development. As the state continues to be the preferred destination for corporate expansion and relocation, thousands of employers are looking at Texas as the place to go for a skilled workforce. Keeping up with this demand can only be attained by making sure that we are invested in making certain that todays students are prepared for the jobs of the future. Register today.
DFW CEO Roundtable - Dallas CVB
February 19, 2014
Hosted by Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Phillip Jones, 25 YTexas CEOs and invited guests will hear how the "Big things happen here" mantra has been a game changing campaign for the city. Invited guests will include up to 10 CEOs of companies who have recently relocated or expanded into the DFW region.
Austin CEO Roundtable - Cox Smith
February 17, 2014
Hosted by Austin area law firm Cox Smith, 25 YTexas CEOs and invited guests will hear from Aquasana CEO Todd Bartee and Cox Smith attorney Rene Ruiz on what CEOs need to know about Texas Water. Invited guest will include up to 10 CEOs of companies who have recently relocated or expanded into the Central Texas region.
DFW YEAR END EVENT -
December 10, 2013
The year end event will showcase the new corporate headquarters of Dallas based architectural firm, HKS. Ralph Hawkins, Chairman and CEO of HKS, invites our member CEOs and invited guests to tour their state-of-the-art facility where they will view the beta launch of ytexas.com. The evening will also announce our 2014 programming which will include a series of high impact CEO roundtable discussions. This evenings discussion features The Trinity River Corridor and its impact on the future of the DFW region. The discussion will be moderated by Gail Thomas, Phd and CEO of The Trinity Trust.
AUSTIN YEAR END EVENT - BuildASign
December 11, 2013
Dan Graham hosted the Austin year end event at his expansive headquarter offices in North Austin. Dan Graham spoke about how he co-founded the company in March 2005 and has since bootstrapped the company to great success. Craig Hella Johnson paid a guest visit and gave us a brief presentation about his world class musical organization, Conspirare.
: Dan is a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Central Texas award. He is also a recipient of the Austin Business Journal's 2012 Best CEO Award, and was named 2012 Austinite of the Year and the Business and Entrepreneurship category winner by Austin Under 40, recognizing his success as a business owner as well as his commitment to philanthropic work.
DFW CEO Spotlight - Mina Chang
October 22, 2013
Mina Chang packed the house at D Magazine's headquarters on the evening of October 22nd. Mina, who openly discussed her battle with brain cancer, held the crowd in captivity as she layed out the plans for her humanitarian aid organization, Linking The World. The spotlight talked of her love of Texas, why she chose DFW for LTW's corporate headquarters, and announced the organizations plans to create a new public school course in Global Social Leadership, which will be implimented in Dallas public schools in 2014.
Austin CEO Roundtable - KXAN Studios
October 25, 2013
In partnership with The E3 Alliance, over 15 Y Texas CEOs helped design a revenue model for the E3 program to put high school students in real life internships to gain work experience before graduation. This is the organizations attempt to bridge the gap between student interests and job opportunities in the coming decade. Y Texas will support their efforts in making Central Texas CEOs aware of the need to create these internships. Discussion included Campus2Careers and Nepris, the service providers who are helping launch this initiative.
Austin CEO Spotlight - Google
September 25, 2013
Google invited over 55 Central Texas CEOs into their Austin offices on the evening of September 25th. Gerardo Interiano, head of community affairs for Google in Austin, discussed Google's future impact in bridging the digital divide in Texas. NBC Affiliate KXAN sponsored the event and contributed to the discussion. Gerardo also discussed Google's expansion into Austin and why they see Texas as an area of significant growth for the organization.
DFW CEO Spotlight - TopGolf May 22, 2013
TopGolf CEO Tom Leverton and CDO Randy Starr talked about their relocation from Chicago and how Texas will be their prime market for growth. The TopGolf executives welcomed over 30 Y Texas CEOs for an evening of TopGolf and lively discussion over the mass migration of people moving to the major markets in Texas.
DFW CEO Summit - Veracruz Mexico
April 4, 2013
Texas CEOs and Mexican dignitaries from the State of Veracruz Mexico packed The VIP Foundation Room Lounge at the Downtown Dallas House of Blues. NBA Star and Texas Legends head coach, Eduardo Najera, discussed his move to Frisco, life as a professional player in the Mexican basketball league and the recent sponsorship of the State of Veracruz (who's logo sits at Center court of The Dr. Pepper arena, home of the Texas Legends). A panel discussion which included Victor Almedia, the CEO of Interceramic and Michael Gonzales, President of Armstrong Relocation, discussed the growing interest in cross-border business and commerce between Mexican and Texas companies.
DFW CEO Spotlight - NYLO Hotel
January 23, 2013
Jack Matthews, Donnie Nelson and Michael Mueller discussed the groundbreaking history of The NYLO Hotel in south Dallas. The group of investors, operators and developers have expanded the concept into North Dallas and don't plan on stopping there. CEO Michael Mueller talked about his decision to relocate the company headquarters to DFW from Atlanta, and how the decision couldn't have been better. He hosted over 60 CEOs to a rooftop cocktail party with cigar rolling and door prizes.
In the News
D CEO Magazine
Interview with Ed Curtis: December issue
In January, former Dallas banking executive Ed Curtis launched CEOlink, an invitation-only group that helps newly relocated CEOs connect with those who already live and work here. With backing from Dallas Maverick's President Donnie Nelson, the company recently rebranded as Y Texas...more
Austin Launch- Headliners
CEOlink, an invitation-only business group founded in January, is launching a local chapter on June 26 with an event at the Headliners Club. The group is designed to connect business leaders and executives moving into Texas with their business peers, said local organizer Craig Casselberry, president of Quorum Public Affairs. ...more
Media Blog - NYLO Hotel
Several Dallas CEOs were invited to the NYLO hotel in South Side to learn more about CEOlink, an idea formed by Ed Curtis. The relatively new NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel was chosen as the location, with Jack Matthews and Donnie Nelson of Matthews Southwest and Michael Mueller of NYLO Hotels giving the Spotlight Presentation. ....more
Media Blog - Google
A Texas based group of CEOs are working up a partnership with state officials to create an online portal for CEOs considering a corporate move to Texas. The group, CEOlink, has launched YTexas.com, a website that features testimonial videos of CEOs who have relocated or expanded to Texas officials said during an event at Google Inc.’s Austin office on Sept. 25...more
Media Blog - TopGolf
Last Wednesday, CEOlink, a member based organization that acts as a welcome committee for CEOs that have relocated to Texas, hosted one of their Relocation Spotlight Events at TopGolf, shedding light on the recent relocation of the company’s headquarters from Chicago to DFW as well as their plans for expansion in Texas, which will include a new North Texas venue in The Colony...more
Social Good Summit - Sponsor
The Austin Chapter of The Social Good Summit, founded by Mashable, unites a dynamic group of community and global leaders to discuss a big topic — the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our world’s greatest challenges. Y Texas was a game changing sponsor of this Summit, supporting their many causes.
Founder & CEO
Ed is a 20 year veteran and former executive to several Texas commercial and corporate banks. He has worked to grow two privately held banking institutions to sale and acquisition, with a known reputation of building an unwavering corporate culture that executes team oriented, process driven hyper growth strategies. He co-designed a proprietary cloud based incentive tracking model to accurately monitor pay, profit and risk which led to a successful sale of a $2 billion privately owned bank. Since exiting the financial industry, Ed has traveled the world with business owners, economic development consultants and Governors Office officials, collaborating with CEOs interested in relocating or expanding their businesses into Texas. Ed has licensed and trademarked the economic gardening model for the organization and is nurturing strategic partnering relationships with the Governors Office, major sports franchises and influential leaders in Texas. His desire to change the way we approach economic development and break regional barriers in Texas has led to the success of CEOlink and Y Texas. As a result, Ed has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for an international humanitarian aid organization, Linking the World, who is relocating their headquarters to Dallas from South Korea and developing a Global Social Leadership class to be taught at the early ages of education in the Dallas public school system. Ed has spoken publicly and mentored students and entrepreneurs on the importance of being socially concious contributors to their communities and the world around them.
Advisor - Austin
Craig is the Founder & CEO of Quorum Public Affairs. He is a 25-year veteran of Texas politics and corporate communications who has advised two Texas Governors, and has consulted for some of world's most recognized brands on strategic messaging. Since 1994, Quorum introduced sophisticated grassroots advocacy techniques to the Texas business community and has advised venerable brands like AT&T, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motor Company, FEDEX, Dell, and Pfizer on how to deliver the right message to the right people. Craig can provide a 'roadmap' for any company or organization – whether established, expanding, or re-locating -- looking for a strategic assessment of where Texas business, policy, capital investment, key alliances, and communications dynamics intersect to both position a company effectively and grow its business.
Advisor - DFW
Chuck May is a partner with Riverbend Growth Partners, a leading consulting firm for emerging growth and middle market companies and an executive with twenty-five years of experience in financial and business management. For sixteen years, he provided personal financial management services to high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, including founders of public companies. This activity led him into assisting many of his clients in the procurement of capital for their hyper-growth companies. He soon recognized the need in the marketplace for consultants who did more than just "shop" a business plan. Over several years, he developed and perfected a proprietary strategy and process for identifying and securing all of the resources needed to survive and metabolize hyper-growth, including capital. Since 1989, he has assisted many clients through utilization of these proprietary strategies and processes. Chuck is active with many of the non-profit organizations serving the entrepreneurial communities of Dallas and Texas. He was a leader in TeXchange completing his term as Statewide Chairman in 2009 preceded by two years as President of the Dallas Chapter. He has also been actively involved with Entrepreneurs For North Texas who recognized C5 Partners (a firm founded by Chuck) with its “Spirit of Entrepreneurship North Star Recognition” in 2006. In March 2013, the North Texas RCIC retained Chuck's prior consulting firm, EXPpartners, to consult with them regarding their Strategic Plan.
Our former CMO is now the VP of Strategic Development for our agency of record, USDM. Elijah remains heavily engaged in the development of our new site as well as the on-going development of relationships with pioneering CEOs across our great state. Particularly well-known for his work in the areas of social media, brand strategy, and entrepreneurship, Elijah's appoach to marketing is rooted in people, purpose, and possibilities. Elijah is also a partner in MD Cress Ventures, co-founder of The Experience Firm, and a member of the Texas Innovation Center exploratory committee
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