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.
In addition to the study, a ongoing Business Sentiment Survey has been developed to sample the real-world anticipations of the local economy and business climate. Results will be released on this website.
La Torretta Lake Resort & Conference Center
600 La Tourretta Blvd.
Montgomery Texas 77356
Study results will be presented at the conference and made available here afterward.
County Judge Craig Doyal
Moderated by Meredith Brown, General Manger, Community Impact Newspaper
Keynote Presentation - Steve Spillette Community Development Strategies
Lake Conroe Area Regional Forecast results
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.
Meredith Beyer Brown currently serves as the General Manager of the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Community Impact Newspaper is Texas’ fastest-growing news organization and the most widely distributed news source for relevant and useful information at the community level. The company now reaches over 1.7 million mailboxes monthly in more than 34 cities and communities with 22 hyper-local newspapers in Texas.
Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce and was a 2016 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County, where she is now an active member of the alumni association.
Prior to her role with Community Impact, Brown served as Events & Marketing Manager for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and was an active member of several community committees and volunteer groups dedicated to government affairs and economic development. Additionally, she is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Houston.
Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with double minors in Public Relations and Public & Interpersonal Communication from North Carolina State University in 1996. She is a former candidate for the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners and served as the mayoral appointed Chairman of the Wake Forest Human Relations Council for 3 years.
She is a native of Spring, TX, where she now resides with her three sons and has a passion for gourmet cooking, reading and DIY home projects.
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.
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.
Jordan Anderson is the manager of MCHD’s Department of Clinical Services. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M. Jordan has served at MCHD since 2007, first as a Paramedic Attendant, quickly promoting to In-Charge before making the transition into administration as the Materials Management Manager. He has been in his current role for nearly three years, and recently furthered his education and completed his Critical Care Paramedic certification. As the manager of the Department of Clinical Services, Jordan oversees quality assurance, education, and research; he is also still actively working in the field whenever he is able.
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.
Tim Welbes has spent most of his career in building family communities. A native of Burke, South Dakota, Mr. Welbes graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Accounting. As a CPA, he began his career with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. From 1977 to 1985, he worked for private and public home builders.
Welbes joined The Woodlands Corporation (now known as The Woodlands® Development Company) in 1985 as vice president of sales and marketing in the residential division. He now serves as co-president of The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation®.
He is a member of professional associations as well as a number of local civic organizations and charities.
Tim and his wife Peg live in The Woodlands and are parents to four grown children and eight grandchildren.
Michael R. Ogorchock
Michael graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Upon graduating, he joined his father working at Tricon Precast, Ltd where he became the Vice President of Operations.
After the sale of the family’s assets in the company in 2013, Michael, his father Mike, and his brother Kris partnered up and formed Summit Universal LP and have actively been building the business. They have keyed on developing Montgomery Summit Business Park, located on FM 1097 in Montgomery.
MSBP Is a 96 Acre, Master-Planned business park that, when complete, will include over 1 Million Square Feet of retail, office, office/warehouse flex space, and crane-ready buildings. The business park offers many options for tenants to build-to-suit, lease, or purchase. Currently, the park is about 75% built out on phase 1 and is currently under design for phase 2.
Michael is also an active member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Montgomery County A&M Club, Montgomery and Conroe Chamber of Commerce, and various other local groups in the community. In 2006, He married his wife Amanda and they now have 3 beautiful children who attend schools in MISD and the community.
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.
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the civil engineering field. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University.
He has spent the majority of time in municipal engineering with 17 years of experience in the City of Wichita Falls beginning as a project manager in Engineering and progressing to Director of Public Works.
He spent two years at North Texas Water Municipal District as their Water Conveyance Program Manager. He and his staff oversaw the largest construction project to date for NTMWD, a 283 million dollar construction project to pipe water from Lake Texoma to the NTMWD Wylie Water Treatment Plant.
Since October 2013, he is the Director of Public Works for the City of Conroe. The City of Conroe is experiencing rapid growth and has overseen numerous water and wastewater system upgrades. He is a licensed engineer in the State of Texas.
Mr. Shackelford joined Jones and Carter in 2003 and serves as Operations Manager for the Woodlands Office since January 2005. Additionally, Mr. Shackelford is a Senior Vice President. Mr. Shackelford serves as District Engineer for two political subdivisions and as the City Engineer for one municipality.
BS in Civil Engineering Texas A&M University, 1978
Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas No. 55284
John Tarver has supported Entergy Texas, Inc.’s economic development activities for more than 25 years and currently serves as senior manager of business development. His efforts have led to the location and expansion of numerous businesses, bringing new jobs and investment to communities throughout Southeast Texas.
Tarver’s experience has resulted in his teaching courses for both the Texas Economic Development Council and the Community Development Institute. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at numerous economic development events in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Tarver earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Lamar University. He is a Certified Economic Developer and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute.