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Business Summit Schedule

2020 BRAZOS VALLEY BUSINESS SUMMIT SCHEDULE
HELD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

 
 
7:30AM - REGISTRATION
Sponsored by Stylecraft Builders
 
 
 
8:00AM - WELCOME
 
 
 
8:15AM - MORNING SESSION
CHECKING OUR PULSE: A YEAR IN REVIEW OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Session Sponsored by the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition
 
Following a welcome to the event, Drs. Dennis Jansen and Andrew Rettenmaier from the Texas A&M Private Enterprise Research Center will present a review of the past year of their monthly report, "Economic Indicators of the College Station-Bryan MSA," and provide a comprehensive picture of the Brazos Valley's economic landscape.
 
 
 
 
9:00AM - NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Clark Isenhour Real Estate Services
 
 
 
9:15AM - KEYNOTE SPEECH
THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S., TEXAS AND THE BRAZOS VALLEY
 
Dr. Ray Perryman, one of the state's most respected economic researchers and analysts, will discuss his latest projections for the nation, state, and local area. He will also delve into key trends underlying future performance, including recovery scenarios from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
 
 
10:20AM - NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Higginbotham
 
 
 
10:35AM - FEATURED SPEECH
A TREASURE RUNS THROUGH IT: THE CASE FOR THE BRAZOS VALLEY
Session Sponsored by First Financial Bank
 
Tony Okoromadu, Executive Assistant Professor of Finance at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, will explore the circumstances of the Brazos Valley area that render it - in a global context - as a zone where economic and business investment inevitably result in profound and unique perennial outcomes that aren't always apparent. He will approach the compelling factors that recommend the Brazos Valley area from a business, economic, and the “softer” but just perhaps more impactful, philosophical dimension. His presentation should be immediately engaging and refreshingly unconventional.
 
 
 
 

11:15AM - FEATURED SPEECH
WHY TEXAS LEADS THE NATION FOR BUSINESS
Session Sponsored by Stafford Barrett Commercial Brokerage
 
Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs has an unparalleled perspective on the Texas business landscape and the advantages the state provides to business owners. She will share insights on the current business climate throughout the state, how it impacts the work we do here in the Brazos Valley, and how Texas is positioning itself for even more success in the future.
 
 
 
 
11:55AM - LUNCH
Session Sponsored by Midtown City Center
 
 
 
12:30PM - KEYNOTE SPEECH
HOW THE BRAIN CAN HIJACK YOUR LIFE

Session Sponsored by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
 
What happens to the brain when we are going through stressful situations? Can stress influence our ability to learn and think clearly in our work and personal lives? Is there a way to lower the effects of stress without a change in external factors? Flip Flippen, one of the nation's top leadership and business thought leaders, draws from his experience as a psychotherapist and the experience and research of other experts to show the impact of stress on the brain. This speech does in fact have a happy ending!
 
All event attendees, virtual or in-person, will receive a copy of his latest book, Your Third Story, sponsored by West, Webb, Allbritton and Gentry PC.
 
 
 
 
1:30PM - CLOSING REMARKS