ABOUT THE EVENT
Started in 2015, the West Houston Economic Development Summit presents our business community with an economic forecast through a commissioned study. This "Outlook Report" is paired with results from the West Houston Economic Pulse survey, depicting our businesses' insights on hiring, investing, and borrowing plans for the next year.
After the report presentation, a moderated panel of executives in key industries (like real estate, healthcare, financial, and retail) share their thoughts on how their business segments are planning for and reacting to changes in our West Houston economic landscape.
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WHEDS 2019 - OVERVIEW
West Houston Economic Development Summit 2019 was a half day event that consists of 4 Business Forums, Business Marketplace Expo and Economic Outlook Luncheon Program.
►►► LUNCHEON PROGRAM ◄◄◄
Good times starting to return as energy and US economy pick up steam. West Houston continues to be one of the more powerful areas of Greater Houston. As a business leader in West Houston, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce produces the West Houston Economic Development Conference at the beginning of the year to help large and small business owners plan for the coming year. With a combination of insight from some of the top economists in the area and a panel of key executives from the most important business segments, owners, managers and executives will be up to date on economic trends affecting 2019.
⇨ Keynote: Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of the Perryman Group
⇨ Moderator: Tom Zizka, Fox 26 Business Consumer Report
► HEALTHCARE ◄
"A Perspective on the Future Healthcare Landscape" - Hosted by Texas Children's Hospital West Campus
The Healthcare Segment is one of the largest business segments in Houston and especially West Houston. Also, healthcare insurance and alternatives are one of the most costly and important employee benefits. Come to this seminar to learn key trends in the healthcare industry and what is likely to happen with insurance.
⇨ Moderator: Richard Nevins, Vice President Employee Benefits, Higginbotham
⇨ Forum Panelists: Dr. Robert Morrow, President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Houston; Dave Milich, Chief
Executive Officer, Texas, UnitedHealthcare - Employer & Individual; Eugenia Walters, Director of Human
Resources, Houston Food Bank
► BANKING ◄
"Capital solutions for your business and where to go for your financial needs" - Hosted by Amerant Bank
Discussion points will include conventional lending for small-to-medium-sized commercial businesses; as well as SBA and EXIM Bank lending programs. We will also discuss current market conditions, and how to help further position your company to take advantage of opportunities in a well-diversified economy such as West Houston.
⇨ Moderator/Forum Hosts: Francisco Rivero, EVP Texas Regional Office, Amerant Bank
⇨ Forum Panelist: Jeff Criswell, VP, Branch Sales & Service Manager, Amerant Bank; Beau Lezar, Commercial Banking Officer, Amerant Bank; La Tisha Venters, VP, SBA Business Development, LiftFund; Eric Miller, Regional Director, EXIM Bank
► MARKETING ◄
"Kiss my Ads: Combining Video and Social Media to Boost Your Business"
Using video as a marketing tool is no longer an option – it’s a necessity. Combining video with social media is a powerful marketing strategy that will take your business to the next level in reaching your ideal client or customer. This session will reveal how you can start using video and social media together to reach your target audience without breaking the bank.
⇨ Moderator/Coordinator: Misty Starks, CEO, 3B Resources Group Public Relations
⇨ Panelists: LaQuishe Wright, Managing Partner, Q Social Media LTD; Nancy Almodovar, President and CEO, Nan and Company Properties
► WORKFORCE ◄
"Employment in a Diverse Society"
With the economy picking up steam, finding and keeping employees will become more difficult. In addition, many of them are increasingly millennials. Find out the latest trends in employee acquisition and retention.
⇨ Moderator: Dave Berndt, Senior Client Advocate, G&A Partners
⇨ Coordinators: Patricia Moore, Wealth Advisor, Verde Wealth Group, LLC; Mark Owen, President, Galleria Office, Allegiance Bank; Christopher Bent, Architect; Mark Jodon, Littler
⇨ Forum Panelists: Edwin Haynes, Managing Director & President, Haynes Global Services; Eliza Horn, National Diversity and Inclusion Communications Lead, Deloitte; Roniel Bencosme, Community Director, WeWork.