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 consisted of 4 Business Forums, Business Marketplace Expo and Economic Outlook Luncheon Program.
►►► LUNCHEON PROGRAM ◄◄◄
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, a comprehensive update regarding economic trends affecting 2019 was provided.
⇨ 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
⇨ 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
⇨ 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"
⇨ 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"
⇨ 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.