As the Lake Conroe Area continues to develop over the coming decade, there will be a need for annual updated information on progress and growth trends for the business community. We commissioned a Regional Economic Development Forecast Study for the Lake Conroe Communities and the interlocking unincorporated areas of northern Montgomery County that will be released for attendees on an annual basis. Keynote speakers will present the reports as well as annually reflect and build upon previous reports.
The target audience for the Lake Conroe Summit includes industry leaders and businesses owners around the Lake Conroe Area as well as the Greater Houston Area looking to move north. 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.
La Torretta Lake Resort & Conference Center
600 La Torretta Blvd.
Montgomery Texas 77356
Study results will be presented at the conference and made available here afterward.
County Judge Craig Doyal
US Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX8)
Moderated by Jason Culpepper, Publisher, Community Impact Newspaper, Houston Metro Area
Regional Forecast Update – Steve Spillette CDS
Keynote – Jesse Thompson, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
Craig Doyal began his first term as County Judge for Montgomery County January 1, 2015. Prior to becoming county judge, he served as Precinct 2 County Commissioner from August 29, 2001 until December 31, 2014.
As county judge, Judge Doyal presides over Commissioners Court Meetings, and oversees the administrative functions for Montgomery County. Judge Doyal works with the county’s four commissioners to manage the budget, services and functions of a rapidly growing county ensuring the county meets the needs of its 560,000 plus residents. He directly oversees thirteen county departments.
Judge Doyal is particularly focused on the county’s mobility issues and works closely with the Texas department of Transportation and other county and state officials to make sure the county is keeping pace with our fast growth.
Judge Doyal has represented Montgomery County on multiple local transportation committees. Additionally, Craig represents Montgomery County on the Gulf Coast Rail District and on the Council of Urban Counties. He also has served as past Chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area and past Chairman of the 1420 Committee exploring funding options of the Grand Parkway.
Judge Doyal has served as a Montgomery ISD Board Trustee and a board member of the Montgomery County Committee on the Aging – better known as “The Friendship Center”. He was a “Meals on Wheels” volunteer for nine years, president of the Magnolia Parks Council and is a member of numerous Chambers of Commerce. Judge Doyal is also a member of the Woodlands Rotary Club, Conroe Noon Lions Club and a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Fair Association. Additionally, he is a longtime financial supporter of several local area Republican groups.
Judge Doyal is a native Texan, 4th generation Montgomery County resident, and a graduate of Conroe High School and Texas A & M University. He is married to Amy and has three children and two granddaughters.
U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, whose jurisdiction includes taxes, international trade, health care, Medicare, Social Security, and welfare. As Chairman, Brady led the historic effort in 2017 to deliver the first comprehensive overhaul of America’s tax system in more than 30 years. Brady previously chaired the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the bicameral Joint Economic Committee. Until 2013, he chaired the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee where he played a key role in passing new sales agreements with Panama, South Korea, and Colombia, as well as the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement. Prior to his election to Congress, Brady worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives. He is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Dakota, and lives in Montgomery County, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
Steve Spillette is an urban development strategist providing real estate and urban planning guidance to both public and private sector clients. He evaluates the options available for obtaining desired market-supported results to create better developments, districts, towns and cities.
Mr. Spillette has engaged in a wide range of services and products for his clients, including market analysis, economic development agreements, special district planning, and public development and planning policy. He holds economics, city planning and business administration degrees from Stanford University, UC Berkeley and Texas A&M.
His 26 years of work experience includes positions with the national research and analysis firm Economics Research Associates, the Uptown Houston Improvement District, and the Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University.
He headed his own firm for 12 years and in 2013 merged with CDS Market Research, a Houston firm with nearly 40 years experience in real estate market research and urban development economics.
Jesse Thompson serves as 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 Houston Economic Indicators report and contributes to 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.
Jason Culpepper is the publisher of Community Impact Newspaper for the Houston Metro area. Jason has spent 15+ years in the newspaper and publishing industry, working for such companies as the Houston Chronicle and New Home Guide magazines. In 2009, Jason decided he wanted to serve the community in a greater capacity so he joined longtime friend and founder of Community Impact Newspaper, John Garrett, in bringing a successful newspaper from the Austin area to Houston. Starting with the Cy-Fair edition, the Houston footprint has grown to 9 different newspaper editions around Houston with over 830,000 in mailed distribution. Community Impact Newspaper is Texas’ fastest growing news organization providing relevant, hyperlocal news to the communities it serves. With more than 1.8 million in distribution, Community Impact Newspaper is in more homes than any other publication in Texas.
Jason is a 34-year Houston resident and received his BFA in Radio & Television from Sam Houston State University. Jason serves as board member for the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, the governing board for Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital and as a trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Dr. Rebecca L. Riley is the President of Lone Star College – Montgomery. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in fine arts from Texas Tech University. Dr. Riley earned her doctoral degree from Sam Houston State University in Higher Education Leadership. Her research interests include intercultural competence and communication. Dr. Riley’s exhibition record includes more than 200 regional, national and international shows in drawing, printmaking, and painting.
During her 22+year career at Lone Star, Dr. Riley has held numerous positions. Beginning as an adjunct instructor of art, she became professor of art and program coordinator, dean, interim vice president of student success, vice president of instruction at LSC-Kingwood, and finally president at LSC-Montgomery. She serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, including chambers of commerce, economic development, health care organizations, and non-profits.
Dr. Pat Guseman is President of Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), a demographic firm located in College Station, TX. Formerly, Dr. Guseman taught demographic courses – and worked at the Texas Transportation Institute – both at Texas A&M University.
PASA is the largest demographic firm in the State, preparing projections primarily for high growth school districts. These forecasts are based on estimating the number of homes added annually to each active subdivision, and on forecasting locations of new apartments, as well as estimating future residential growth for as-yet-undeveloped parcels. The firm also prepares leading indicators of employment for local areas to supplement the housing projections.
Karen Harwell began her career with KPMG, LLP of Houston and also worked for the Houston Texans for three years before becoming the Accounting & Finance Director with Allergy & Asthma Associates of Houston.
In 2012 she was hired as the Director of Finance for Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC). Since 2012, Karen has helped guide LSFHC through rapid growth and expansion, adding over 100 employees and opening three satellite clinics in Montgomery County. After a Board of Directors decision to redefine the organization’s leadership roles in 2016, Karen was tasked with filling the position of Interim Chief Business Officer and, along with an Interim Chief Medical officer, guiding LSFHC’s business operations and employees into a new three-year strategic plan with a stronger focus on the mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. In February 2017, she was officially appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Karen is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University. She is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs, a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2015 and of the NFL Stanford Executive Education program, and won the “Spirit of the Bull” award from the Houston Texans in 2006 for being a top employee.
Karen lives, works and plays in Montgomery County with her husband and two children. She is an active member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church and has volunteered with the MCUW Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and Junior Achievement.
Rip Reynolds is Vice President, Leasing and Commercial Land for The Woodlands® Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation®. He is responsible for commercial leasing and land at The Woodlands and Bridgeland master planned communities.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Reynolds was Vice President with CBRE where he specialized in retail tenant and landlord representation as well as land and building disposition services for local and national clients including the representation of The Woodlands Development Company. He also worked for Staubach/SRS Real Estate Partners and the former Trammel Crow Company, now CBRE. In 2011, he was ranked as a CoStar Top Retail Power Broker.
Mr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Sports Administration from the University of Houston and is a resident of The Woodlands. He serves as a board member for various community organizations including the Commercial Real Estate Association Montgomery County, Bridgeland Commercial Association, Creekside Village Center Owners Association, Stewart Title of Montgomery County and Montgomery County Youth Services. He also serves on the Memorial Hermann Advisory Council and is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers and Urban Land Institute.
Heath Melton joined The Woodlands® Development Company, a division of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (HHC), in 2015 as Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential and is responsible for residential development for the award-winning master planned communities of The Woodlands, Bridgeland and the new development, currently underway north of The Woodlands near the I-45 and SH 830 interchange.
Heath came to HHC with a diverse and impressive resume. Heath is a West Point Graduate and served in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer for five years. During his time in service, Heath deployed to Kosovo and was part of the leading force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Heath’s notable awards and decorations include a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and Air Assault Qualification to name a few. Heath’s real estate career began with KB Home Houston where he held positions as Land Development Project Manager, Sr. Budget Analyst, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Design Center Manager. After KB, Heath accepted a position with Sueba USA as a Development manager overseeing the single-family residential business and assisting the multi-family side of the business. Following Sueba, Heath accepted an opportunity with Taylor Morrison Austin as the Director of Land Development serving in the roll of General Manager of their new master planned community, Travisso.
During his tenure at HHC, Heath has identified areas of improvement within the communities and implemented strategic actions plan to enhance development. He has also overseen the beginning of the new company-owned area north of The Woodlands, working with builders, planners and engineers to deliver the premier quality and standards of master planned communities that The Woodlands Development Company and The Howard Hughes Corporation delivers.
Wade Nelson, President and Owner of The Nelson Company, leads the company’s efforts in brokerage of investment properties, land brokerage of commercial development sites, income producing properties and end user sites.
Nelson is recognized for his knowledge, work ethic, integrity and ability to provide excellent service to his clients. He has played a key role in brokering the sale or development of numerous commercial development sites throughout the region. Additionally he has represented many nationally and regionally recognized tenants in Texas, including Spirit of Texas Bank, Service First, Walgreens, CVS, Valero, Stripes, Timewise, Popeyes and Shipleys. Other brokered transactions include that of Santikos Theaters, ShowBiz Cinemas, Pulte Homes, Friendswood Development, Integrated Realty among many others.
Nelson holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree with emphasis in real estate from Texas A&M University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Immediately after college he was employed by Enron Corp. as a Real Estate Manager where he oversaw real estate assets throughout the U.S.
Before starting his own real estate firm in 2008, Nelson also gained valuable experience as Director of Real Estate at MetroNational, a real estate development company in Houston.
I am honored to serve as Commissioner of Precinct 1 and I pledge the same level of professionalism for the remainder of my years as your commissioner.
Mr. Roznovsky joined Jones and Carter in 2013 and currently serves as Department Manager of Municipal and District Services in their office located in The Woodlands. Chris has spent his career with Jones and Carter serving municipal and special purpose district clients throughout southeast Texas with a variety of engineering needs. Chris currently serves as District Engineer for two political subdivisions and as the City Engineer for the City of Montgomery.
Through his work with the City of Montgomery, Chris works closely with City Staff to address development needs, update and implement ordinances, oversee the direction of the utility systems, prepare capital improvement project planning, identify and apply for funding; and determine the impact of new development on existing infrastructure.
Mr. Roznovsky is an active member of the following organizations:
Mr. Roznovsky earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is also a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Degreed Electrical Engineer from Mississippi State University with over thirty years of experience in the electric utility industry.
Have served Entergy in three of the four states it provides electrical service, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas. Currently the Director of Customer Service for the western region of Entergy Texas.
Personal fact, I am one of four generations of electrical engineers, grandfather, father, myself, and my son.