Building the Texas of Tomorrow | A Greater Waco Chamber Infrastructure Summit

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Building the Texas of Tomorrow: A Greater Waco Chamber Infrastructure Summit | Wednesday, Nov. 2 | Baylor Club

The rapidly growing Texas population and passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act raise important questions on the future of building a safe, reliable, modern and intelligent infrastructure system in our state. This full-day summit will bring together state leaders in the areas of energy, water, transportation, cybersecurity, broadband access and more for data-packed presentations and moderated Q&A to discuss how those dollars will be invested, growing trends in the infrastructure space and the need for Texas to future-guard our infrastructure system that will allow Texas businesses and communities to compete at the highest level for years to come. This is a must-attend event for those focused on securing a highly competitive, resilient infrastructure system in the state of Texas.

Registration Information

The public is invited to join us.

Individual Member Ticket - $150 | Table of 8 for Members - $1,200

Individual Non-Member Ticket - $200 | Table of 8 for Non-Members - $1,600

Summit Schedule & Speakers

Summit Schedule

8:30 a.m. – Doors open

9:00 a.m. – Welcome
Mayor Dillon Meek, City of Waco

9:15 a.m. – Opportunity from Federal Infrastructure Bill
Sponsored by Ascension Providence

  • Speaker – Brandye Hendrickson, Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Administration, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

9:45 a.m. – Broadband Discussion
Sponsored by AT&T

  • Speaker – Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
  • Expert Q&A Panel – Glenn Hegar; Kevin Fletcher, Director of External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T; Ron Kormos, Chief Strategy Officer at Fiberlight LLC

10:45 a.m. – Transportation (Roads, Bridges, Ports, Supply Chain, etc.) Discussion

  • Speaker – Allan Rutter, Division Head, Freight and Investment Analysis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Expert Q&A Panel – Allan Rutter; Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, TxDOT; Carlos Garcia, Director of Transportation, Bowman

11:45 a.m. – Networking Break

12:15 p.m. – Keynote Lunch Presentation – The Future of Infrastructure in Texas
Sponsored by Kelly Realtors

  • Keynote Speaker – Jeffrey DeCoux, Chairman, Autonomy Institute

1:00 p.m. – Energy Discussion

  • Speaker – Bill Flores, Vice-Chair, ERCOT Board and Former U.S. Congressman
  • Expert Q&A Panel – Bill Flores; Jason Modglin, President of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

2:00 p.m. – Cybersecurity Discussion

  • Lead Speaker – Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.), CEO, Sempre and Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

2:45 p.m. – Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – Water Discussion
Sponsored by CP&Y

  • Lead Speaker – David Collinsworth, General Manager/CEO, Brazos River Authority
  • Expert Q&A Panel – David Collinsworth; Scott Felton, McLennan County JudgeScott Wetzel, CP&Y, Inc.

4 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Matt Meadors, President & CEO, Greater Waco Chamber

Mayor Dillon Meek, City of Waco

Mayor Dillon Meek was elected Mayor of Waco on November 3, 2020. He served on the Waco City Council from 2015-2020, representing Council District IV, which includes parts of downtown and Central Waco. While on City Council, he learned the importance of listening, fostering collaboration, and building consensus. He has served on the boards of the following organizations: Downtown Waco Farmers Market, Unbound Waco, Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization, City Center Waco, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Greater Waco Sports Commission and Inspiracion.

Mayor Meek’s greatest joys in his life are his faith and his family, that includes his wife Lindsey and his two children, Mabry and Davis. He is a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, after which he has worked as an attorney and in business specializing in real estate. He currently serves as the general counsel for First Title Company in Waco.

Brandye Hendrickson, Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Administration, TxDOT

As Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Hendrickson is responsible for directing the planning and administration functions of the agency, in addition to government affairs, communications, strategy and innovation, and modal programs. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Executive Director of TxDOT in July of 2021, Brandye worked in Washington D.C. as Deputy Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials—AASHTO—and Acting Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration from 2017-2019. She served much of her career in various executive roles within the Indiana Department of Transportation, including leading the agency in a CEO capacity from 2015-2017. Brandye has served on multiple transportation boards and is a recognized leader for her contributions to the transportation industry.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

Glenn Hegar was elected as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November 2014. Glenn is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. He’s a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and earned his law degree at St. Mary’s University. Glenn has served in the Texas Legislature, where he worked on issues including public education, transportation, tax reform, government transparency, Second Amendment rights, water issues and tort reform. As comptroller, Glenn is chief finance officer for the world’s ninth-largest economy. He has emerged as a passionate advocate for conservative financial management and government transparency who has focused on creating a more efficient and customer-oriented agency. He founded the state’s Transparency Stars program, pushed for smarter ways of investing our rainy-day fund to protect it for future generations, and guided the formation of the nation’s first ever state-administered precious metals depository. His upbringing taught him the core values of hard work, honesty, and integrity — the same values he and his wife Dara work to instill in their three young children, Claire, Julia and Jonah. Hegar’s most important title throughout his years of service is the one closest to home: Dad!

Kevin Fletcher, Director of External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T

Kevin Fletcher is the Central Texas Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T. Fletcher works to develop relationships with local governments, community leaders, and area organizations in an effort to increase connectivity options for all Texans. He came to AT&T in October 2021 after a ten-year career in the Texas Senate. With the Texas Legislature’s historic investment in broadband expansion, AT&T is positioned to partner with communities across the state in an effort to close the digital divide.

Ron Kormos, Chief Strategy Officer, FiberLight

Ron is a founding member of FiberLight and transitioned from our predecessors ACSI NT and Xspedius Communications. He has held many roles within the organization – including Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Construction, President of Texas (Operations), and Chief Development Officer – before being appointed our Chief Strategy Officer in 2014. In this capacity, he draws upon 30 years of utility construction experience and 20 years of sales development experience to build and strengthen customer and partner relationships, negotiate complex commercial agreements, and advance network expansion and other large projects. When he’s not serving as a FiberLight emissary, he enjoys traveling with his family, including regular visits to Europe.

Allan Rutter - Division Head, Freight and Investment Analysis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Allan is the Freight Practice Leader for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, leveraging multimodal research for public and private sector sponsors.  Allan served as Federal Railroad Administrator under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004.  At Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Rutter led or participated in State Rail Plans in eight states, including California and Texas.  Mr. Rutter was chief executive of the North Texas Tollway Authority and worked for four different Texas Governors.

Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, TxDOT

Darran Anderson is the Director of Strategy and Innovation for TxDOT. His responsibilities include leadership and strategic direction for the innovation and continuous improvement of people and processes of the agency. He oversees the Strategic Planning, and Research and Technology Implementation divisions. He directs business process improvements, strategic research and innovation initiatives across TxDOT. He is also responsible for coordinating TxDOT's strategies and performance analytics. His experience extends across the areas of leadership, strategic planning, operations, portfolio and project management, technology programs, training, tests, experimentation, and modeling and simulation.

Carlos G. Garcia, Director of Transportation, Bowman

Mr. Garcia has over 23 years of progressive transportation engineering experience for both public and private sectors. His experience also includes over 19 years of project management experience. He has successfully managed and delivered Roadway/Highway, Bridge and Traffic Signal projects throughout the northeast region. His experience also includes, but is not limited to, roadway design, traffic impact studies, corridor/feasibility studies, traffic calming, roundabouts, traffic signal design, traffic signal inspection, signal optimization/coordination, highway occupancy permits, pedestrian and bicycle access, ADA ramp design, signing/pavement marking design, and maintenance of traffic control plans.

Jeff DeCoux, Chairman, Autonomy Institute

Jeff DeCoux is the Founder and Chairman of the Autonomy Institute. The Autonomy Institute is a 501c3 consortium of over 100 industry, government, and academia organizations. The Autonomy Institute is focused on accelerating the "Path to Commerce" for Intelligent Infrastructure and autonomous systems to foster social and economic transformation in cities. The Autonomy Institute collaborates with large infrastructure investors on the creation of $100 million Public-Private Partnership programs. The intelligent infrastructure enables the rapid and expansive deployment of rural broadband, 5G, edge computing, intelligent transportation systems, APNT, and smart grid devices. This infrastructure has substantial benefits to cities by eliminating the digital divide and preparing communities for Industry 4.0 solutions. The national deployment of this infrastructure will create millions of new jobs and generate billions in economic growth.

Mr. DeCoux has over 30 years of experience within the high-tech industries where his attention has been focused on Founding companies that enhance business productivity through automation. DeCoux also runs ATRIUS Industries, Autonomous Infrastructure enabling the Robotic Edge. Prior, DeCoux was CEO and Founder of Hangar, the world’s first robotics-as-a-system data acquisition platform. Mr. DeCoux has raised over $100 million for venture and business operations.

Bill Flores, Vice-Chair of ERCOT Board and Former U.S. Congressman

William H. “Bill” Flores is an entrepreneur, business leader, and public policy leader. He recently transitioned from public service to reengage in the private sector through board membership, as well as to invest more time with family and involvement in community activities. While serving in board governance and senior C-Level leadership positions for industrial and energy-related entities in the private sector, Bill helped create and/or save hundreds of jobs while generating billions of dollars of value for investors, including public company shareholders, private-equity investors, public sector pensions, and retirement funds. During his time in the private sector, he led the formation, financing, building, restructuring, and mergers of successful publicly traded and privately held enterprises. During his service as Representative for the 17th Congressional District of Texas during the 112th through 116th Congresses (2011 through 2021), Bill served on the following committees—House Energy & Commerce Committee, House Budget Committee, House Natural Resources Committee, and House Veterans Affairs Committee. He also chaired the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest and most impactful caucus in Congress, during 2015-2016. His work on behalf of constituents and organizations, particularly those related to Veterans and job creators, resulted in numerous recognitions for public service.

Bill currently serves as Independent Director and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). He was selected for this position in connection with the restructuring of the organization’s governance mandated by the Texas Legislature following Winter Storm Uri in 2021. He also serves as a Director of CO2 Energy Transitions LLC; a recently formed NASDAQ company focused on acquisitions in the emerging energy transitions space. Bill’s other governance roles include – Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University; Corporate Board of Directors of Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI); Texas Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC); Director Member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA); Executive Council Member of the McCombs Energy Initiative at The University of Texas; Board of Directors of Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University; and Board of Advisors of the American Council for Capital Formation. Bill is a proud ninth-generation Texan and is married to Gina, a hometown girl from Stratford. They have two adult sons, Will and John; a daughter-in-law, Aimee; a fiancé-in-law, Elise; and four wonderful grandchildren. He has a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station and an MBA from Houston Baptist University. He is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Texas and as an FAA Instrument-Rated Pilot. Gina and Bill reside in Bryan, Texas.

Jason Modglin, President, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

Jason Modglin brings a wealth of legislative and regulatory expertise to the Alliance as its new President. For the past decade, he has been at the forefront of the most pressing issues for oil and natural gas, from Austin to Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Jason served as Director of Public Affairs for Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick. Previously, he was Chief of Staff for House Energy Resources Chairman Drew Darby. Before that, he served as a policy analyst for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

A native of Houston, Jason holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He and his wife, Erin, live in Austin. They have three children and are active in scouting.

Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.), CEO, Sempre and Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

US Air Force Brigadier General (ret) Robert Spalding is the founder and CEO of SEMPRE, the only true technology company created to protect and secure our most critical resource: data. Rob is former White House National Security Council senior director for strategic planning, serving in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years. His innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally. Rob is the author of two books: STEALTH WAR: How China took over while America’s elites slept and War without Rules.

David Collinsworth, General Manager/CEO, Brazos River Authority

The Brazos River Authority Board of Directors appointed David Collinsworth to the position of General Manager/CEO effective April 1, 2018. Mr. Collinsworth is the eighth general manager since its establishment by the Texas Legislature in 1929. He is a career BRA employee, with almost 25 years of service with the organization. Before his appointment to GM/CEO, Mr. Collinsworth worked in or managed nearly all aspects of the BRA, serving as regional manager for the Central and Lower Basins, business manager for the Central Basin and earlier managing water quality projects, laboratory management, and field operations. As general manager, Mr. Collinsworth oversees more than 275 employees in multiple locations throughout the Brazos River Basin, while managing the System’s water supply, water treatment projects, and water quality initiatives under the direction of the 21-member Board of Directors.

Mr. Collinsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology and Chemistry from Southwest Texas State University. He currently serves on the Texas State University’s Advisory Council for the School of Science and Engineering and on the Texas Water Conservation Association Board of Directors. He has served on the Texas Utility Council of the American Water Works Association and the Inland Fisheries Advisory Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. David’s wife, Tara, has been an elementary school teacher for 25 years. His oldest daughter graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and will attend law school. His youngest daughter is a junior in high school and will attend Baylor University upon graduation.

Judge Scott Felton, McLennan County

Scott M. Felton is a lifelong resident of McLennan County with a background in production agriculture and banking. After 30 years in the banking industry, he retired as President of Wells Fargo. Scott has served in various capacities with numerous National, State and Local organizations. On October 1, 2012, he was appointed and began serving as the McLennan County Judge. He was then elected to a 4-year term in 2014 and again in 2018.

Scott C. Wetzel, PE, Vice President, CP&Y, Inc.

Scott has 31 years of experience in engineering planning and design of municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. Scott's expertise as a project manager and design professional allows him to assist his clients with assessing their project needs, identifying options available to them, and providing guidance on selecting the most suitable solution for their application. With considerable specialized experience in municipal utilities, Scott is adept at collaborating with team members and leading planning teams.

His water experience includes the planning, design, management of water distribution systems, pump stations, booster stations, fire protection systems and pumping facilities, pressure vaults, control vaults, elevated and ground storage tanks, and water treatment facilities. Recognizable projects in the Waco area designed by Scott include the Ritchie Road Elevated Storage Tank, Owen Lane Elevated Storage Tank, Mt. Carmel Water Treatment Plant Improvements, Landon Branch Bridge Utility and Bridge Improvements, Woodway Fairway Gravity Sewer Improvements, and the Highway 6/Loop 340 Utility Relocation Project.

Prior to joining CP&Y, Scott was vice president of BWR Corporation and H.W. Lochner. Scott received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Fort Hays State University, a Bachelor of Science degree and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University. He is a member of the Water Environment Association of Texas, Texas Public Works Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies. He and his wife, Jerie, live in Robinson, Texas.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsorships are available. Email jhogan@wacochamber.com for availability and details.