Deputy Policy Director, Office of Governor Greg Abbott
Specializes in the areas of transportation, energy, natural resources and homeland security policy.
Previously served eight years as Chief of Staff in the Texas Senate for Senator Robert Nichols, as well as Policy Director for the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation.
Previously served as a legislative director in the Texas House of Representatives, focusing on natural resources and finance-related policy.
Has more than 15 years of experience in the legislative and executive branches of Texas Government, including 20 regular and special legislative sessions.
Former Senior Advisor, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) (Retired)
Former President, TTARA Research Foundation
Advised TTARA and oversees its research foundation for businesses and individuals working to ensure fiscal responsibility in Texas state government through the development and advocacy of sound tax and budget policies.
Served as President and principal spokesman for TTARA for 24 years prior to stepping into the position of Senior Advisor.
Formerly served as director of revenue estimating for the Comptroller of Public Accounts and on the economics staff of the Texas Water Development Board.
Texas Strategic Economic Policy Commission
Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness
State Job Training Coordinating Council
The Commission of 125 at the University of Texas at Austin
Texas Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Provides executive direction over the $3.2 billion annual federal-aid apportionment to Texas, one of the largest and most complex federal-aid programs in the nation.
Leads a multidisciplinary staff of 50 professionals to provide guidance to state and local funding recipients unified in the primary objective of remaining a relevant partner in Texas, while advancing national transportation goals.
Former Deputy Division Administrator, FHWA Texas Division Office
Has served FHWA in multiple capacities in several field offices as well as the Washington, D.C. headquarters for over 24 years.
San Antonio, Texas
President and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit
Leads this agency, which provides transportation services to the fast growing city of San Antonio, identified as the 7th largest city in the U.S and previously served as Deputy CEO/Chief of Business Support Services.
Experienced in transit service and capital facility development; training and safety; financial management and planning; labor relations; special event transit/traffic management; and transit operations.
Former Senior Vice President of Operations, Houston METRO
Former Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
American Public Transportation Association Bus Safety Committee
Board of Directors, Centro San Antonio
Texas Diversity Council
South West Transit Association
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
College Station, Texas
Department Head, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Leads the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, which is ranked 8th (undergraduate) and 9th (graduate) among all civil engineering programs at public institutions and is the largest civil engineering program in the country.
Oversees 60 faculty, nearly 1,000 undergraduate students, and over 400 graduate students.
Has a joint appointment the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.
Joined Texas A&M in 1986 as an assistant professor and has served in numerous positions, including senior associate dean for academic affairs.
Association of Environmental Engineering
Science Professors Foundation Board
Fort Worth, Texas
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, McDonald Transit Associates, Inc./RATP DEV
Oversees operation of the company in management and operation of transit systems in more than 30 locations nationwide and internationally.
General Manager, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T) (1977-2003)
Operated fixed route bus service, paratransit service and rideshare programs in four cities; instrumental in planning, design and operation of Trinity Railway Express, a commuter rail line linking the Fort Worth and Dallas business communities.
Texas Transit Association and South West Transit Association (president)
American Public Transportation Association (former chair)
Transit Cooperative Research Program, TOPS Committee
Director, National Transportation Programs, Michael Baker Corporation
Provides advice and guidance on project delivery methods for clients and participates in national transportation initiatives on behalf of the company.
Former Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation (2001-2007)
Managed TxDOT programs, policies and operating strategies, and represented the agency before the Texas Legislature.
Began his career with TxDOT in 1971; formerly served as District Engineer in the Yoakum District and as Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations.
Transportation Research Board Executive Committee
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (past president)
Fort Worth, Texas
Vice President, Capacity Planning and Operations Research, BNSF Railway
Determines priorities for investment in expansion of line and terminal capacity. Leads operations research and advanced analytics teams.
General Manager, Southern Pacific Railroad (1965-1994)
Served 29 years in management positions in San Antonio, Ennis and Houston, including vice president of the Mexico business unit.
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Barriger National Transportation Library
Port Terminal Railroad Association of Houston
President, David Cain Consulting
Conducts governmental affairs and relations consulting for numerous clients.
Member, Texas Senate, (1995-2003)
Elected chairman of the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Senate Committee on Administration, and twice elected chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference Transportation Committee.
Member, Texas House of Representatives (1977-1995)
Served as chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and wrote the legislation that created the Texas Department of Transportation.
Capitol Preservation Board
Council of Governments (governing board)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Regional President, Frost Bank
Serves as Regional President of Frost Bank, overseeing Corpus Christi area locations.
Previously served as Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi.
Has two degrees in civil engineering and formerly worked at M.W. Kellogg in Houston; Urban Engineering in Corpus Christi; and Exxon in Corpus Christi.
He earned his MBA degree from Corpus Christi State University in 1981 and entered the banking profession in 1983.
Coastal Bend Community Foundation
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay (past president)
United Way of the Coastal Bend (past president)
Driscoll Children’s Hospital Governing Board
Corpus Christi Mustangs
College Station, Texas
Director Emeritus, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Served as TTI agency director for 10 years and at TTI for 45 years in a multitude of leadership roles.
Instrumental in increasing TTI research expenditures by 60 percent, the growing TTI’s total operating budget by 52 percent, and expanding TTI facilities from 216,000 square feet to more than 324,000 square feet during his time as agency director.
Initiated new research programs in transportation finance, policy, environment and technology.
Conducted extensive research in traffic operations, transportation planning, and transit planning and is an international expert in developing and implementing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
ITS America Policy and Business Council
International Institute of Transportation Engineers (former president)
Council of University Transportation Centers (former president)
American Road and Transportation Builders Association Research and Education Division (former president)
College Station, Texas
Founder and Principal, The Ellison Firm, Attorneys at Law
Serves clients in areas of business, real estate, banking, municipal law, estate planning and probate.
A&M Political Action Committee (founding trustee and chair)
Brazos Valley Community Foundation (founding trustee and past chair)
United Way of the Brazos Valley (former campaign chair)
Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (past chair)
Texas A&M Corps Development Council
Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Century Council (executive committee)
Bush School of Government and Public Service Development Council
CHI St. Joseph Health Board of Trustees
Hospice Brazos Valley Ethics Committee
Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority
Named Executive Director in January 2014 and has 26 years of experience at the Port of Houston Authority.
Former Deputy Executive Director of Operations for the Port Authority
Was responsible for all container and breakbulk cargo operations, management and construction of capital development projects, facility and asset maintenance, and real estate interests.
Also has served in various capacities related to facilities management, including master planning of the Bayport Container Terminal, redevelopment of the existing Barbours Cut Terminal, and procurement of all container handling cranes and equipment over the last two decades.
Previously served as an engineer with Emscor, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia
Port Authority Advisory Committee
Texas Department of Transportation
Executive Director, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Leads the implementation of innovative, multi-modal transportation solutions that reduce congestion and create transportation choices that enhance quality of life and economic vitality in the Central Texas region.
Former County Commissioner, Williamson County (1989-2003)
Led the development of environmental and public infrastructure projects.
Former City Councilman, Round Rock (1980-1987)
Helped supervise more than $500 million in capital improvement projects.
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
Envision Central Texas
National Association of Counties Air and Water Quality Subcommittees (past chair)
Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council (past vice chair)
Texas Technology Task Force
Carma Advisory Board
President and CEO, Jones Engineering Solutions, LLC
Former President, CEO and Founding Partner, Jones & Carter, Inc.
Managed this 350-person, Texas-owned, civil engineering company with primary emphasis on municipal, land development and transportation infrastructure. Provided guidance on master planning; political coordination; finance and cost evaluation; program development and management; and regulatory assistance. Worked with local, state and national entities to enhance transportation and transportation funding.
Texas Council of Engineering Companies (president-elect)
North Houston Association
West Houston Association
Texas Building and Procurement Commission (former commissioner)
Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (former director)
Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council
Texas A&M University Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Council (emeritus member)
Fort Worth, Texas
City Councilman, Fort Worth, Texas
First elected to the Council in June 2005, representing District 6 and was re-elected to his sixth term in May 2015.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam, Germany and the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.
Formerly served as development officer at Texas Christian University and later in management positions in marketing and financial advising.
National League of Cities
North Texas Commission
Texas Municipal League (past president)
North Central Texas Clean Air Steering Committee (vice chair)
North Central Texas Regional Transportation Council (former chair)
Passenger Rail Working Group (chair)
Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition (chair)
San Antonio, Texas
Assistant Vice President, P&C Innovation, United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
Leads the Innovation team for USAA’s P&C insurance company, which is charged with finding new and better ways to enhance safety and create value for USAA’s 11 million members by leveraging new and emerging technologies, creating strategic partnerships, and thinking outside the box.
Active in the startup community, teaming with technology firms, and leveraging key industry partnerships.
Has nearly 20 years of financial services industry experience ranging from actuarial, underwriting, product development, finance, and emerging analytics.
President and CEO, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)
Oversees the management and operations of transit services for the nation’s fourth largest city.
Previously served as Executive Vice President, as well as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief of Police during his 36 years with the agency.
Former Senior Police Officer with the Austin Police Department
American Public Transportation Association
Transportation Policy Council, Houston-Galveston Area Council
U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Advisory Council (former member)
Intelligent Transportation Society of America Board of Directors (former chairman)
Transportation Security Administration Peer Advisory Group (former chairman)
Houston TranStar Leadership Team (former chairman)
Attorney, business and financial law
Provides consulting services in transportation planning, construction, finance and state legislative matters.
Experience also includes litigation management and planning; mediation; and strategic and organizational planning.
Former Managing Partner, Jenkins & Gilchrist, P.C.
Texas Transportation Commission (former chair)
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (former chair)
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Texas Turnpike Authority (former member)
Finance Commission of Texas (former member)
Stanford University Board of Trustees (audit chair)
Matador Resources Co.
LBJ Express (chair)
North Tarrant Express
Freight Shuttle International
Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Vice President, Hillwood Properties
Oversees the management, operation, land and infrastructure planning, and entitlements of AllianceTexas, a 17,000-acre mixed-use, master-planned community encompassing an international trade and logistics complex, 265 corporate residents, 30,000 employees and 7,600 single-family homes.
Instrumental in the development of AllianceTexas and in leading long-term regional planning initiatives for North Fort Worth and Tarrant County during 25 years with the company.
Formerly served as director of Hillwood’s National Transportation Authority, with primary responsibility for privatized road development projects.
Promoted transportation projects for this coalition of five counties and 26 cities.
Interim Executive Director, North Texas Tollway Authority (1997-1998)
Reorganized the organization from a state agency to a local government operation.
Assistant City Manager and Chief of Police, City of Plano
Viewpoint Bank (chair)
Texas Credit Union Coalition Board of Directors
Texas Police Chiefs Association (past president)
Drayton McLane Jr.
Chairman, McLane Group
The McLane Group is a parent company consisting of family owned companies operating throughout the world, including McLane Advanced Technologies, which pursues technology advancements for the commercial, government, and defense industries.
Former Chairman and CEO, Houston Astros Baseball Club for 19 seasons
Former CEO, McLane Company
Operated the family wholesale grocery business for 30 years. The $19 billion company achieved an average growth rate of 30 percent per year. Following the McLane Company’s merger with Wal-Mart, Inc., in 1990, also became vice-chairman of Wal-Mart., which until November of 2011 included the Houston Astros where he served as Chairman and CEO.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
Vice President at Large, Boy Scouts of America National Board
Member, National Board of Governors, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
Board Director, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Board of Visitors
President, Trinity Highway Products, LLC
Operates the only full-line manufacturer of highway guardrail and crash cushions in the United States, with product lines featuring several proprietary products, including end terminals, crash cushions and a cable barrier guardrail system.
Oversees Energy Absorption Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Trinity Highway Products.
President, Trinity Logistics Group, Inc.
Led all national logistics within Trinity Industries, including trucking, rail and barge efforts and transformed the group into a market leader that operates in 47 states and internationally.
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Glazer’s Family of Companies
Vice President, Gap International Logistics
North American Corridor Coalition Board
Cotes du Coeur (American Heart Association) Fundraising Committee
Owner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Williams Brothers Construction Company
Operates one of the largest highway/heavy contractors in the nation.
Helped form the company in 1955 and has been a prominent leader in the transportation industry for more than 40 years.
Appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve on the National Transportation Policy Study Committee.
Appointed by Texas Governor Preston Smith to serve on the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and was elected chair.
Inducted into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor and the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association Hall of Fame.
Named one of the Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Construction Professionals of the 20th Century by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) (past president)
Texas Highway Branch of AGC (past president)
Texas Deep Water Port Authority
Houston Chamber of Commerce Highway Transportation Committee (past chair)
Founder and Owner, Pathfinder
Specializes in government relations, economic development and community outreach in the Rio Grande Valley.
Chief of Staff for State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa
Was responsible for research and staff support to help secure critical funding, primarily in transportation and infrastructure, economic development, health care, and higher education.
Hidalgo County Judge
Worked with local, state and international leaders to improve the transportation network, to improve the local infrastructure to mitigate flooding, and to upgrade the emergency management system.
Edinburg City Council
Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
McAllen Medical Board of Governors
Hidalgo County Housing Authority
Red Sands Ground Water Conservation District
College Station, Texas
Director Emeritus, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Led the agency for 13 years.
Chancellor, The Texas A&M University System (1991-1993)
Developed a comprehensive long-range vision for the System and was instrumental in significantly increasing legislative appropriations.
Served seven years as Dean and Vice Chancellor of Engineering, Texas A&M University; and 27 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
National Academy of Engineering (council member)
National Research Council (governing board)
Transportation Research Board (past chair)
Chief Operating Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Oversees the programs, staff and operations of the Institute, which provides high quality, nonpartisan and objective policy research and development to improve mental health services in Texas.
Former Executive Vice President, Government and Stakeholder Affairs, DFW International Airport
Directed public policy and oversaw the airport’s industry and association leadership, media relations, community relations and other public affairs functions.
Former Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Texas Instruments, Inc.
Directed the company’s public affairs initiatives, including government relations, philanthropy and community affairs (2001–2009).
Chairman, Development Board, University of Texas at Dallas
Board of Governors, Dallas Symphony Association
Former Campaign Chair and Chairman of the Board for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (former board member)
North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Council (former board member)
President and CEO, CapitalSoft, Inc.
Manages one of the leading providers of enterprise software for efficiently managing capital programs for public and private sector construction markets.
City of Richardson, Texas: Council Member (1987-2011); Mayor Pro Tem (1989-1991); Mayor (1991-2007; 2009-2011)
Previous Leadership Experience
Previous leadership experience in technology development and management with Texas Instruments and General Electric.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Metroplex Mayors Association (past president)
North Central Texas Council of Governments (past president)
Responsible for the City’s multimodal transportation portfolio, including rail planning, traffic engineering and operations, parking enterprise, right-of-way permitting, and special events management.
Has developed numerous regional partnerships to improve the transportation system conditions not just in Austin, but in Central Texas through projects such as completion of the Ben White/Loop 1 interchange, improvements to the Oak Hill “Y,” and revamping of parking operations.
Former Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Director of Traffic Management, City of Seattle
Fort Worth, Texas
President and CEO, Eco Flaps, LLC
Leads Eco Flaps, a company that produces and sells aerodynamic splash guards that replace mud flaps on tractor-trailers. The product is designed to increase fuel savings and road safety; reduce road spray and the carbon footprint for the trucking industry; and be more durable than a conventional mud flap.
Previously served as President and CEO of Frozen Food Express Industries (FFE) in Dallas (2008-2014). FFE was a publicly held transporter of perishable truckload and LTL freight operating over 2,000 power units in the contiguous 48 states, Canada and Mexico. The company was sold to an investor and taken private in 2014.
Over 30 years’ experience in the trucking industry, holding various operations and sales responsibilities at FFE from 1986-2006 before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2006 and President in 2008.
Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) Austin, TX (Chairman of the Board 2006-2007)
Truckload Carriers Association- Alexandria, VA (Chairman 2016-2017)
American Trucking Associations-Washington, D.C. (Executive Committee 2010-2014)
Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Council
North Richland Hills, Texas
President and Owner, O. Trevino Construction
Manages this construction company with a strong background in heavy/highway contracts and an emphasis on concrete paving.
National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee (past chair)
Partners in Mobility, North Central Texas County of Governments (past president)
Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce
Texas A&M University Civil Engineering Advisory Council
Executive Director, Harris County Toll Road Authority
Leads the improvement of mobility in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area through excellence in the operation of urban toll highway systems, while upholding a commitment to leadership, public service, and quality of life.
Former Vice President for Dannenbaum Engineering Company for five years
Former Houston District Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation
Spent 40 years with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), serving the last 13 years as the Houston District Engineer, managing projects comprising six counties and a $1 billion budget, including one of the largest freeway traffic management systems in the U.S.—Houston TransStar.
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
National Society of Professional Engineers
International Business Consultant
U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar (2004-2007)
Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan
Director of Presidential Personnel and Director of the Voice of America under President George H.W. Bush
Member, Texas House of Representatives (1977-1981)
In addition to serving in all levels of government, he has held positions in journalism, academia and business.
U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors (former chairman)