ABOUT THE SUMMIT
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!
2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND
YTEXAS SUMMIT AGENDA
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 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 - 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, 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.
Elizabeth Ross Hadley, Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Elizabeth focuses her practice on both government law and policy and litigation matters. Her government experience includes representing clients with legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues across all policy areas, with an emphasis on insurance regulation, economic development, technology, health care, education, the Texas Public Information Act, and campaign finance compliance in Texas. She has an intimate understanding of legislative and government agency processes given her prior experience working within the U.S. Senate, the Texas State Senate, and the Texas Department of Agriculture. On the litigation side, Elizabeth represents clients in commercial business litigation and products liability matters in Texas and Mississippi state and federal courts. She is honored to begin serving as Chair of the Legislative and Campaign Law Section of the State Bar of Texas this year and also dedicates her time to the Austin community on the Board of Dress for Success Austin and through The Junior League of Austin. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Political Science and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi.
The Exhibitor Hall will showcase 30 industry-leading companies that are headquartered in the state of Texas.
Andy Roddick Foundation
Pflugerville Community Development Corporation
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