The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Advisory Council is comprised of a small group of high-level transportation professionals from across Texas and every sector of the transportation world. The council, which meets annually, offers a tremendous service to the Institute by advising on transportation issues and trends and supporting TTI’s research programs and initiatives. TTI profiles several council members in each issue of Researcher.
Texas Business Development Director
Advanced Acoustic Concepts
Corpus Christi, Texas
Judy Hawley of Corpus Christi, Texas — a commissioner and secretary of the executive committee of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority — is a strong advocate of freight movement and transportation connectivity projects in Texas. During her tenure as a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1995–2002), Hawley addressed issues that impacted rural Texas and served as chair of the Rural Caucus. She also served as vice chair of both the Transportation and Energy Resources Committees.
Currently, she is the Texas business development director for Advanced Acoustic Concepts, which develops products for military applications and is a primary contractor to the U.S. Navy. Hawley has served on numerous boards, including the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Board, Texas Transportation Commission Corridor Advisory Board and Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Attorney, Business and Financial Law
David Laney of Dallas, Texas, is a longtime member of the council. He is a business and financial law attorney providing consulting services in transportation planning, construction, finance and state legislative matters. His experience also includes litigation management and planning, mediation, and strategic and organizational planning. Formerly he was managing partner at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C.
Laney has served as chair for the Texas Transportation Commission and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), as well as a board member for the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Texas Turnpike Authority, Finance Commission of Texas, Stanford University Board of Trustees, Atlas Funds/Atlas Insurance Trust, and Matador Resources Co.
International Business Consultant
From 2004 to 2007, Chase Untermeyer served as the U.S. ambassador to the State of Qatar. He formerly served as executive assistant to Vice Pres. George H.W. Bush and as assistant secretary of the navy under Pres. Ronald Reagan. He also served as director of presidential personnel and director of the Voice of America, the overseas broadcasting arm of the U.S. government, under Pres. George H.W. Bush. He is currently an international business consultant in Houston, Texas.
In addition to being a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1977–1981), Untermeyer has held positions in journalism, academia and business. He is a member of the Texas Ethics Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is former chair of both the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors and the Texas State Board of Education, and a former member of the Houston Port Commission.