September 27, 2019

Ritz-Carlton Dallas

9:00am – 1:00pm


Speaker Presentations

Exhibitor Hall



In 2019, YTexas is launching its first annual statewide business summit.  The Summit brings together business leaders and top influencers to collaborate, engage and share insights on the future of our growing state. This public event is packed with immersive experiences and meaningful discussions on issues that are central to business in the major regions of Texas.

We bring together an incredible mix of quality content, inspiring speakers and an engaging showcase of companies who are making an impact in the Lone Star State.  Join us as we build the largest inter-regional business networking exhibition our state has ever seen!


Ritz-Carlton Dallas
2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201




the leading industries, new companies and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of the Lone Star State.


with the most innovative and connected professionals
throughout Texas


in discussions on statewide legislation impacting your business.


the companies and their executives that recently relocated to Texas


with Texas-based companies for opportunities to grow your business


9:00 am - 9:30 am


9:30 am - 10:30 am

Network in Exhibitor Hall
Experiential booths showcasing companies/industries making an impact in Texas

10:30 am - 11:30 am

The 86th Texas Legislative Session in Review
What CEOs need to know regarding taxes, infrastructure and workforce development
Panel discussion moderated by Brint Ryan, Chairman & CEO of Ryan LLC

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch | CEO Insider Podcast Live

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Network in Exhibitor Hall


Brint Ryan


Brint Ryan, CEO - Ryan LLC

Brint Ryan is Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan, LLC, an award-winning global tax services and software provider and the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services.  Ryan’s multi-disciplinary team of more than 2,100 professionals and associates serves over 14,000 clients in more than 45 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies.  Ryan has been recognized in multiple city, state, and national publications as one of the top workplaces in America.

Leslie Ward

President AT&T Texas

Leslie Ward, President AT&T Texas

Leslie Ward is the President of AT&T Texas, where she leads all legislative, regulatory, governmental, and external affairs activities in the State of Texas. She holds a B.A. in Political Science having attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Ms. Ward and her husband, Don, have three children. They reside in Austin, where Ms. Ward is actively engaged in both her local and statewide communities.

Andrew Johnsen

AVP Community Affairs

Andrew Johnsen, AVP Community Affairs - BNSF Railways

Andrew Johnsen leads BNSF Railway’s initiative to strengthen ties with cities, counties, regional and tribal governments across the Railway’s network.  In addition to local government and media affairs, his team includes a first-in-the-industry Tribal Relations program.  Prior to BNSF, Andrew served in state and federal government posts:  He was Executive Policy Advisor to former Washington Governor Gary Locke; managed congressional relations and policy projects at the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, in Cambridge, MA. Andrew holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and Harvard University, respectively.

Dale Craymer


Dale Craymer, President - Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

Mr. Craymer has been TTARA’s President since September 2009. A graduate of the University of Texas’ Plan II program, with a Master’s degree in Economics, Mr. Craymer served as Chief Revenue Estimator under Comptroller Bob Bullock and was Budget Director for Texas Governor Ann Richards as well as Deputy Director under Governor George W. Bush. He is a member of Texas’ Business Tax Advisory Committee and the National Taxpayers Conference, and has previously served on the executive boards of both the National Association of State Budget Officers and the Council of Governor’s Policy Advisors.

Demetrius McDaniel


Demetrius McDaniel, Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Demetrius McDaniel is the Co-Regional Operating Shareholder of Texas and Chair of the firm’s Texas Government Law & Policy Practice. Demetrius counsels and provides advocacy for Fortune 500 and other large private and public sector clients on federal, state and local legal and public policy matters. His broad knowledge of federal and state government allows him to collaboratively develop strategies to help clients address complex problems that have a government origin or nexus.


The Exhibitor Hall will showcase 30 industry-leading companies that are headquartered in the state of Texas.

Firefly Aerospace

Private aerospace firm, based in Austin, that develops small and medium-sized launch vehicles for commercial launches to orbit.

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SAS Shoes

Based in San Antonio, SAS Shoemakers is committed to making the most comfortable shoes in the world.

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Provides shared workspaces for technology startup subculture communities, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and large enterprises.

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Kubota Tractor Corporation

Tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer based in Grapevine. One of its notable contributions was to the construction of the Solar Ark. The company was established in 1890.

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Furniture Marketing Group

The Furniture Marketing Group is a buying group made up of independent retail furniture dealers throughout North America.

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Andy Roddick Foundation

The mission of the Andy Roddick Foundation is to ensure youth in low-income communities have abundant opportunities to reach their full potential

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Houston Astros

The Astros compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division

Reckon Point

Based in San Antonio, Reckon Point specializes in LiDAR survey scanning & indoor navigation to create Google Indoor Maps and indoor positioning solutions

U.S. Concrete

U.S. Concrete, Inc. is Euless-based company specializing in concrete and related construction materials and solutions. The company’s main products are ready-mixed concrete and aggregates.

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Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is lifestyle brand headquartered in Austin, TX. Our gemstone-inspired collections include fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, home goods and beauty.

Ryan LLC

Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm, with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America and the sixth largest corporate tax practice in the United States.

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Insperity, Inc., is a professional employer organization headquartered in Kingwood, an area of Houston, Texas. Insperity provides human resources and administrative services to small and medium-sized businesses.

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South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, TX.

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US Analytics

Based in Dallas, TX, US-Analytics is a full-service consulting firm specialized in Oracle Enterprise Performance Management and Business Analytics solutions.

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Based in Austin, TX, YTexas is an elite Texas business network for companies relocating, expanding and growing in the Lone Star State.

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Baylor Scott & White

Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $10.8 billion.

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