Statewide Leadership Group schedules expedition to Cuba and a bold Public Conference on the Big Business of Football in Texas
(AUSTIN) The Texas Lyceum today announced that Dave Shaw of Austin, President of Arrow Media, an Austin based branding and public relations firm, will be sworn in as its president on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Texas Capitol. In addition, the non-profit, non-partisan organization announced 18 new Lyceum Directors have been selected (list below) to join the organization, which is focused on cultivating the next generation of Texas leaders by engaging them in an array of invaluable statewide and international programming sparking lively and respectful public policy debate. Texas State Senator and Lyceum Alumnus Kirk Watson of Austin will deliver the oath of office to Shaw in the Texas House Chamber.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Texas Lyceum into its 36th year,” said Shaw. “The Texas Lyceum plays a vital role by bringing together diverse leaders from across the state and creating a space for civil discourse about the policy issues that are important to the future of Texas. It’s an organization where we leave partisan politics at the door to create a statewide network of leaders who can work together for the betterment of our state.”
Shaw holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Communications at Chapel Hill and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an Austin Under 40 award and being named a Fellow of the British-American Project.
In 2016, Lyceum Directors will engage in a valuable list of statewide programming including the year’s first meeting later this month in Galveston entitled, “Facing the Storm: Preserving a Resilient Texas,” which will focus on state preparedness for natural disasters, as well as the economics of recovery. On April 1st the Texas Lyceum’s 30th Public Conference will be held in Fort Worth with strong debate around “The Big Business of Football in Texas,” including issues such as the economics of football, college recruiting and concussions. In June, Lyceum Directors will travel to Havana, Cuba to learn how Texas can be a top Cuban trading partner. Other 2016 Texas Lyceum programming will take the group to the Rio Grande Valley in August for a comprehensive discussion on border security and immigration, and to San Antonio in October for an examination of the state’s evolving auto industry and sharing economy.
Another key 2016 Lyceum program includes the 10th annual statewide independent Texas Lyceum Poll (date to be announced), examining the public policy issues most important to Texans.
The Texas Lyceum also announced Renard Johnson of El Paso will serve as the Texas Lyceum 2016 President-Elect.
In addition, The Texas Lyceum has named the following outstanding Texans to serve as Directors in the Class of 2016:
Alejandro “Alex” Cestero, Sr. Vice President, General Counsel, Frank’s International N.V.
Amanda Hughes, Vice President, Angelo, Gordon and Company
Ryan Lindsey, Gallery Owner, John Palmer Art Gallery and Studio
Holly Kuzmich, Senior Vice President, George W. Bush Presidential Center
L. Brandon Steinmann, Government Relations Department Manager, DFW International Airport
Erika Gonzales-Reyes, CEO, South Texas Allergy & Asthma Medical Professionals
Fayruz Benyousef, Founder and Principal, Fayruz Benyousef Consulting
JJ Colburn, Executive Director, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
Dan Graham, Founder and CEO, Build a Sign
Thomas Miranda, Founder and CEO, Sparkovation IT Advisors
Judge David Sanchez, 444th State District Court
State Representative Leighton Schubert, HD-13
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, CEO, E-Colors Education Inc.
Dan Sanchez, Cameron County Commissioner
Reda Hicks, Senior Counsel Americas Energy Solutions, Panalpina, Inc.
Lori McMahon, Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
Garrett Gumfory, Director/Owner, Speartex Grain Company
Annie Cullen, Attorney, Cullen, Carsner, Seerden, Cullen LLP
About The Texas Lyceum
The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum