West Houston Outlook 2021


Overview:  Time for the West Houston Economy to Prepare for Slower Growth

The last few years have seen strong growth for the West Houston economy as national economic trends and the results of the energy industry have been in high growth mode.  That may be beginning to change.  While West Houston continues to be one of the most powerful areas of Greater Houston, we will also be affected by the coming headwinds.

To help you prepare for the environment ahead, The Houston West Chamber of Commerce produces the West Houston Outlook 2020 at the beginning of the year.  It is designed to help large and small business owners prepare for the coming year.  With a combination of insight from one 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 2020.

The target audience for the West Houston Outlook 2021 Conference and Business Expo includes industry leaders and business owners from Greenway Plaza to the Energy Corridor. Other industries interested in this information are encouraged to participate as well including but not limited to financial institutions, investors, engineering firms, developers, brokers, independent business owners, and site selectors.

The Conference will kick-off with continental breakfast, business marketplace/business expo (with up to 20 exhibits), followed by a series of business forums that discuss the most pressing and cutting-edge issues in business today.  The day will end with luncheon, keynote speaker and panel of industry experts closing out the Conference.


Business Marketplace | Business Forums

Healthcare | Technology | Finance | Marketing


This luncheon features a keynote address by Jesse Thompson followed by a panel of experts.

The panelists are:

  • Banking & Finance - Elgin Weaver, VP Commercial Real Estate Team Leader, Amerant Bank
  • Commercial Real Estate – Philip Schneidau, President, Woodbranch Management. Inc
  • Retail Sector – Eric H. Lestin, Managing Director - Retail Lead, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Healthcare – Kent Postma, Vice President of Ambulatory Operations, MD Anderson Cancer Center



“This Won’t Hurt at all”  

Hosted by: Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Coordinator / Moderator: Patricia Moore, Verde Wealth Group, LLC & Richard Nevins, Higginbotham

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.

Forum Panelists:

  1. Bob Morrow, President Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  2. Jared Hamilton, Human Resources Director, Calvetti Ferguson
  3. Ivett Shah, Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Woodlands


Winning the Cybersecurity War

Hosted by: OPEN - Would you like to Host this forum? Email Kari Werener @ kari@hwcoc.org to inquire!

Moderator / Coordinators: Pierluigi Stella, Chief Technology Officer and Sheela Goh, VP of Marketing and PR, Network Box USA, LLC

When you're online, don't forget the world is watching you too. Join us for sessions on how to improve Cybersecurity in your organization. Prepare against future threats with practical insights and actual first-hand user accounts of real life situations.

Forum Panelists:

  1. Michael Farnum, Founder/President of HouSecCON/Influencer/Podcaster/Director of Solution Architectureat Set Solutions
  2. Tom Winn, Program Director of the Master of Security Management at the University of Houston-Downtown
  3. Nany Pavlas, Senior VP/IT/Operations Manager at Central Bank, FIS Advisory Board Member, Chairperson

of FIS Horizon Regional Group


Now It’s Personal!

Hosted by: - OPEN - Would you like to Host this forum? Email Kari Werener @ kari@hwcoc.org to inquire!

Moderator: Misty Starks, 3B Resources Group Public Relations

A slowing economy is a possibility in 2020 and beyond. In today’s forum we will explore marketing tools that every business can use to reach more people with their message in a cost-effective manner. We will explore trends and discuss how to develop a strategy for success, get started with implementation, and measure results.

Forum Panelists:

  1. Trent Salch, Tell Your Tale Marketing
  2. Tristen Sutton of Tristen Sutton Consulting
  3. Tiffany Williams of Twice Media Productions


Cash is King!!!”

Hosted by: Amerant Bank

Coordinator /Moderator: Francisco Rivero, EVP Texas Regional Manager and Lance Schielack SVP Commercial Banking Manager

Cash Management Services and Solutions to help Businesses thrive in daily operations.

Forum Panelists:

  1. Beau Lezar, VP Commercial Relationship Manager (Amerant Bank)
  2. Jeff Criswell, VP Branch Sales & Service Manager (Amerant Bank)
  3. Ashley Smith Frick, Treasury Management Sales (Amerant Bank)
  4. Juliana Cuervo, VP Senior Investment Consultant (Amerant Investments)
  5. Chad Horal, Merchant Services Representative (Metropolitan Business Payment Solutions)
  6. Shane Beardslee, Director of Sales – Commercial Card Division (First Bankcard)

Interested in sponsorship opportunities?

TBD 2021

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Norris Conference Center
816 Town and Country Blvd. Houston, TX 77024

Individual: $89 Members | $119 Non-Members
Table: $1000
Exhibitor: $1500

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson serves as senior business economist at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Thompson, who joined the Bank in 2010, performs research and analysis on issues affecting the Houston and Gulf Coast economy. In particular, he studies issues surrounding area hydrocarbon industries. He also collects information for the Dallas Fed’s Beige Book summary of current economic conditions. He is author of the monthly Energy Indicators, the Houston Economic Indicators, and contributes to the quarterly publication Southwest Economy. Thompson earned an MA in economics, with emphasis on empirical microeconomics, and BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Houston.