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STATEWIDE TEXAS BUSINESS CONFERENCE

September 27, 2019

Ritz-Carlton Dallas

9:00am – 1:00pm

Networking

Speaker Presentations

Exhibitor Hall

Luncheon

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!

EVENT VENUE

Ritz-Carlton Dallas
2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

1

Discover

the leading industries, new companies and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of the Lone Star State.
2

Network

with the most innovative and connected professionals
throughout Texas
3

Engage

in discussions on statewide legislation impacting your business.
4

Meet

the companies and their executives that recently relocated to Texas
5

Connect

with Texas-based companies for opportunities to grow your business

YTEXAS SUMMIT AGENDA

9:00 am: Shotgun Start

  • The event will kick-off at 9:00 am with an interactive virtual reality tour of the state of Texas.
  • Exhibitor showcase begins.
  • Private book signing of Why Texas: How Business Discovered the Lone Star State, which features 18 case studies of some of the most impactful corporate relocations into Texas such as Toyota, the Andy Roddick Foundation and the Tim Ferriss Show.
  • The event will feature a “Deal Room”, which will accommodate one-on-one meetings for attendees to network privately – exchange business cards, give a short presentation or just plug in.

10:30 am-11:30 am: The 86th Legislative Session with Ryan, AT&T, BNSF, Greenberg Traurig

  • Interactive panel discussion on what you need to know about this year’s legislative session – and our ability to sustain our low tax environment. Hosted by Brint Ryan.
  • How the Texas approach to higher education will affect the marketplace. How will the expanding infrastructure aid our growing state.
  • Downloadable white paper summarizing the bills passed this year.
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Live Podcasts, prize giveaways and lunch.

  • CEO Insider Podcast host, Sandy McIlree, will be hosting live interviews with some of the top CEOs in Texas. Sit and listen intently – or peruse the exhibitor booths while you listen over the speaker system.
  • We will be offering flexible eating and seating arrangements to promote networking with your peers – perhaps grab a bite with a potential client.
  • 12:30 pm-1:00 pm: Launch YTexas Radio & 2020 YTexas Summit announcement

  • While you continue to experience the exhibitor showcase, we will broadcast excerpts from our newest content feature – YTexas Radio. Download the app for streaming content provided by Texas CEOs on the future of our state, who is moving here, music, fun Texas facts and more.
  • Share your experience at the Summit by participating in a short survey – we need your feedback to shape the presentation of the 2020 YTexas Summit
  • When and where will the 2020 YTexas Summit be held?
  • DISCUSSION PANELISTS

    Brint Ryan

    CEO

    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

    President

    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

    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.

    EXHIBITORS

    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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    WeWork

    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

    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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    SXSW

    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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    YTexas

    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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    Bunker Labs

    Bunker Labs is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.

    Dallas Renegades

    The Dallas Renegades are a professional American football team based in Dallas, Texas. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the new XFL founded by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment.

    Texas Central

    Texas Central is the company undertaking the development, design, construction, finance, and operation of the innovative new high-speed passenger train line that will connect the fourth and fifth largest economies in the country, North Texas and Greater Houston, in less than 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley.

    Pflugerville Community Development Corporation

    PCDC promotes the economic development of the city of Pflugerville. PCDC provides funding for use as incentives to businesses in Pflugerville and also to construct needed infrastructure. PCDC also provides funding for parks and recreation projects.

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    Skills After Service

    Skills After Service provides job skills and psychosocial skills training services for veterans and their families who are making the transition from military to civilian life.

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