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Summit Keynote & Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Ray Perryman
President/CEO, The Perryman Group

Dr. Ray Perryman is President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco, Texas. His firm has served the needs of more than 2,500 clients, including two-thirds of the Global 25, over half of the Fortune 100, the 12 largest technology firms in the world, 10 US Cabinet Departments, the 9 largest firms in the US, the 6 largest energy companies operating in the US, and the 5 largest US banking institutions.
 
Dr. Perryman holds a BS in Mathematics from Baylor University and a PhD in Economics from Rice University, as well as an honorary doctorate from the International Institute for Advanced Studies. He has held numerous academic positions throughout his career (Herman Brown Professor of Economics and University Professor at Baylor University and Economist-in-Residence Southern Methodist University) and is currently a Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas and Institute Distinguished Professor of Economic Theory and Method at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. He has authored several books, over 400 academic papers, and more than 2,500 trade articles. He publishes an annual subscription forecasting service and monthly newsletter, writes a weekly syndicated column, and hosts a daily radio commentary with frequent appearances on National Public Radio.
 
Dr. Perryman was named Outstanding Young Person of the World for Business and Economic Innovation in 1987, was designated Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference in 2012, received the Baylor University Distinguished Service Medal in 2013, was inducted into the Texas Leadership Hall of Fame in 2014, and received the Cesar E. Chavez Conscience Builders Award in 2016 for his humanitarian efforts. He recently received the 2019 Chairman's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council and the 2019 "Go Global" Award from the International Trade Council as the outstanding global economic analyst for his work on trade, energy, the environment and other international issues. He dedicates a significant portion of his time to pro bono work aimed at helping to solve pressing social problems such as hunger, indigent healthcare, poverty, and child maltreatment.
 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Flip Flippen
Founder/Chairman, Flippen Group

Flip Flippen is a New York Times best-selling author, social entrepreneur, psychotherapist, and the founder and chairman of Flippen Group, one of the largest educator training, corporate talent, and team development companies in North America. Mr. Flippen is one of the world’s top thought leaders in building culture and overcoming constraints, but he is known most for his heart to serve others.
 
Flip and his wife Susan, who is CEO, were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, the first couple to ever receive this prestigious award. Their company was chosen by Texas Monthly magazine as #2 in the listing of Best Companies to Work For in Texas.
 
Flip’s first book, The Flip Side, is available in nine languages and became an instant New York Times bestseller; and his second book, Your Third Story, hit #3 in its category on Amazon. He has contributed to hundreds of publications, including Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and SUCCESS magazine; and he is regularly interviewed on national television including segments on the Today Show and the Super Bowl Pre-Game special.
 
Flip and Susan reside in College Station, Texas, where their greatest joy is spending time with their adult children and beloved grandchildren.
 

FEATURED SPEAKER:
Ruth Hughs
Texas Secretary of State

Ruth Ruggero Hughs was sworn in as the 113th Texas Secretary of State on August 19, 2019. Secretary Hughs is one of six state officials named by the Texas Constitution to form the Executive Department of the State. In addition to serving as Texas’ Chief Elections Officer, Secretary Hughs is also senior advisor and liaison to the Governor for Border and Mexican Affairs, and is the state’s Chief International Protocol Officer. In that role, she serves as the Border Commerce Coordinator, facilitating communication and coordination of border initiatives among local officials, state agencies, and the federal governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well as chairing the Border Trade Advisory Committee, which works to identify and address key border trade transportation challenges facing Texas.
 
Secretary Hughs has a proven record of public service, most recently having served as Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission, where she worked to foster opportunities for economic growth by partnering with the business community to provide employers with a variety of resources to expand their businesses, as well as implementing initiatives for youth, veterans, women entrepreneurs, and people with disabilities.
 
Prior to her appointment, Secretary Hughs worked as a licensed attorney and was a small business owner. She also previously served at the Office of the Texas Attorney General as the Director of Defense Litigation, where she was responsible for the successful management and oversight of the civil litigation divisions representing agencies across the state.
 
Secretary Hughs received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Rutgers Camden School of Law, and she earned a certificate in Leader Development at the U.S. Army War College’s National Security Seminar.