Luncheon Meeting (Members and Guests)
Topic: Santa, Grinch and Baby Jesus: Making Sense of the Crazy Christmas Season
Father Bob Wismer has been the Chaplain at St. Francis Episcopal School for the past 15 years. He grew up on a farm in Canada, where he went to a one room school house. He has worked in the Anglican Communion in Canada, England and the United States.
Father Bob has two graduate Masters degrees (MDiv – University of British Columbia; MA – McGill University).
He has been the personal assistant to one of the chaplains to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL
Kiwanis Club of Houston
January 11, 2018
Speaker: Matthew Zeve, Director of Operations, Harris County Flood Control District
Matthew Zeve, P.E., is the Director of Operations for the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston, Texas. Under his direction, the District carries out its mission to devise countywide flood damage reduction plans, implement those plans, and maintain the infrastructure. That mission is executed in the third most populated county in the United States, with a population in excess of 4.5 million, which includes the City of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. The District has jurisdiction over the primary stormwater facilities in the county, which consist of about 1,500 channels, totaling 2,500 miles in length, as well as more than 60 regional stormwater detention basins and a 2.5-square mile wetlands mitigation bank.
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Matt successfully practiced engineering as a consultant in the private industry before joining the Harris County Flood Control District in September 2015. Matt has spent his entire professional career working on drainage projects primarily in the Houston Metropolitan area.
Speaker: Paul Connor
Topic: 2018 Houston Real Estate Forecast
Graduating from The University of Texas (B.S. Finance) and University of Houston Law Center (Doctorate of Jurisprudence), Paul is responsible for capital raising, sourcing properties, and evaluating the investment potential. Additionally, he will oversee the due diligence and enhancement of all investments.
Prior to joining McAlister Investment Real Estate, Paul was Vice President of Acquisitions for Senterra Real Estate Group. Senterra is the successor company to Century Development, which developed Greenway Plaza and Allen Center in Houston. During his 11 year tenure, Senterra and its affiliates developed such projects as Villas Del Mar in Cabo, Mexico next to the Palmilla resort, and multiple commercial projects, including Park Place Motorcars dealerships. He oversaw the firm’s real estate investment, financial structuring, and merger and acquisition activities throughout the United States
Licensed attorney in the State of Texas
Specialties: Residential Development, Commercial and Mixed Use Real Estate Development, Legal Advisory, Financial and Tax Structuring, Mergers and Acquisitions
Speaker: Colonel Len Waterworth,
Executive Professor, Maritime Administration;Special Assistant to the CEO, Leadership Development;Associate Director, Outreach, Center for Texas Beaches and ShoresTexas A&M University at Galveston
Topic: Ike Dike
Colonel Len Waterworth joined Texas A&M University at Galveston as executive professor in the Department of Maritime Administration in 2014. Col. Waterworth is also the special assistant to the CEO for Leadership Development and Associate Director for Outreach in the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores. Colonel Waterworth holds a master of strategic studies from US Army War College and a master of engineering administration from George Washington University.
His duties include working to coordinate Ike Dike hurricane surge protection research activities with Texas A&M Galveston faculty and research partners at Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university; the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston and the Homeland Center of Excellence at Jackson State University in Mississippi, the Sspeed Center at Rice University, as well as public outreach efforts with businesses, municipalities and non-governmental organizations in the Houston/Galveston region.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL
Home: Keith Solomon's Home
Speaker: Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney
Vince Ryan was elected to a four-year term as the Harris County Attorney on November 4, 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He is no stranger to the office, having served as an Assistant Harris County Attorney and First Assistant for former County Attorney Mike Driscoll from 1981 to 1987.
In 1987, Vince, with the support and help of many grassroots activists, scored an upset to win a seat on the Houston City Council for District C. He was reelected to two more terms.
Vince was appointed by the President, and later unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the Board of the Panama Canal Commission. This bi-national board oversaw the Canal and its historic transition to Panama on December 31, 1999.
Following his service on the Panama Canal Commission, Vince was associated with several prominent Houston law firms and continued his community involvement. In the last decade, he has served on various boards and is a founding board member of the Houston Tampico Sister City Association and the Houston Democratic Lawyers Association.
Born in Houston, Vince was raised by loving parents who instilled within him and his three siblings a sense of service to others.
As the Vietnam war raged, a 19-year-old Vince joined ROTC at the University of Houston and upon graduation became an active duty officer in the United States Army, first serving in Europe and then volunteering for service in Vietnam. He was returned to active duty for Operation Just Cause, which ousted the dictator of Panama, in 1990.
After his service in Vietnam, Vince left active duty and attended the University of Houston Law School. Soon he became active in the Neartown Association. While practicing law, Vince attended Rice University and received a Master's Degree.
February 15, 2018
Speaker: Patrick Jankowski
Topic: Greater Houston Partnership – 2018 Economic Outlook
Patrick Jankowski is a regional economist and vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. He oversees the research department which provides information gathering, data analysis, database management, economic forecasting and mapping functions for the Partnership's four divisions.
Prior to working as an economist, Jankowski worked as a business writer for Houston Magazine, Houston City Magazine, Houston Engineer and Houston Business Journal. The fact that three of those four publications are no longer in business is not a reflection on his ability as a writer.
Mr. Jankowski is a frequent speaker on business and economic issues and has served as an expert witness in cases regarding local business trends. The fact that three of the four clients he worked for in the past five years are no longer in business is not a reflection on his ability as an economist.
Jankowski is a member of the Texas Economic and Demographic Association, the National Association for the Business Economics, and the Commercial Real Estate Research Forum. Currently, he is president of The Houston Economics Club and is a past board member of the Washington-based Council for Community and Economic Research. The fact that he’s a member of so many research organizations indicates he’s a nerd.
Jankowski received his economics degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which makes for interesting family gatherings. His son and eldest daughter graduated from Texas A&M. “I always remind my children, ‘They may get their education from Texas A&M, but it’s paid for by my UT degree.’ His youngest daughter wisely decided to attend Texas State University in San Marcos.
Jankowski has worked for the Greater Houston Partnership, and its predecessor, the Houston Chamber of Commerce, for nearly 30 years. That would be a record for most employees. He’s also been married to Olga Jankowski for 30 years, which is a record for most marriages. Both have been wonderful experiences.
Speaker: Jackson Gillette
Topic: Bitcoin & Block Chain Technology
Annual Golf Outing - -Benefitting Texas Children's Hospital
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL
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9950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024
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