"Join us for a lively discussion with corporate and academic leaders, including Craig Cordola, CEO of Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center; Greg Peters, CEO of Zilliant; and W. Keith Maxwell, CEO of Spark Energy"
When: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019
Parking: Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch. Requires pass, which will be issued after registration.
What: Experts from the most active industries in Texas share their insights on the economy from a C-suite point of view. The focus will be on manufacturing, retail, and commercial development. The event is moderated by Jay Hartze, professor of finance at McCombs School of Business.
What you will learn:
- Will the federal debt load continue to drop?
- Will the GDP move beyond the two percent range into real recovery?
- Will unemployment drop below 7 percent?
- Can the Fed hold down inflation so businesses can access low cost capital for growth?
Craig Cordola became CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center following his successful and widely respected seven-year tenure as Assistant Vice President and then CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Cordola is also the Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs and Community Partnerships at The University of Texas Medical School - Houston.
Cordola joined Memorial Hermann in 2003 as assistant vice president of operations for the Children's Hospital. Previously, he worked as a Director of Operations for Texas Children's Pediatric Associates and Texas Children's Hospital after serving in management capacities for other healthcare organizations.
Cordola has served as an adjunct faculty member of The University of Houston Clear Lake Healthcare Administration Program and a board member of the university's alumni association. He holds master's degrees in business and healthcare administration from The University of Houston at Clear Lake and a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Greg Peters is chairman, president, and CEO of Zilliant, where he oversees all of Zilliant's operations, including its strategic direction, product planning and development, as well as its financial management. Under Peters' leadership, Zilliant has grown into one of the leading providers in predictive B2B sales guidance and has pioneered new approaches for companies to harness the power of Big Data.
Prior to Zilliant, Peters served as president and CEO of Vignette, the leading content management company and one of the most successful initial public offerings in 1999. He also served as president and CEO of Logic Works, Inc. and controller and CRO for Micrografx, Inc. Peters sits on the board of directors at Planview and LiquidFrameworks, and is an accomplished speaker who has appeared at numerous leading industry events.
W. Keith Maxwell is the founder of CEO of Spark Energy. Founded in 1999, Spark Energy grew from a small regional retail gas company to a large nationally recognized electricity and gas retail operation. Prior to Spark Energy, Maxwell was a founding partner in Wickford Energy, a large oil and gas producer services company, in 1994. Wickford was sold to Black Hills Utilities in 1997.
Prior to Wickford Energy, Maxwell was a partner in Polaris Pipeline, formed in 1998, a medium size natural gas producer services and midstream company sold to TECO Pipeline in 1994. Maxwell has a long history of organic value creation in the energy industry. A native of Houston, Texas, Maxwell earned a bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987.
Maxwell has an ability to identify opportunities and build businesses from the ground up, capitalizing on those opportunities. This ability was formally recognized in 2010 when he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Energy, Chemicals, and Mining category.
Pat Niekamp is the founder and publisher of Texas CEO Magazine. Niekamp's background includes two decades of senior management, sales, and marketing in the media industry. Prior to launching the magazine in 2010, Niekamp was General Manager of the NBC affiliate television stations in Ohio and Minnesota.
Niekamp moved to Austin in 1999, where she worked on the legal magazine, Texas Bar Journal, and for the LIN Television stations KXAN, KNVA, and KBVO.
Her inspiration for launching Texas CEO Magazine came from her travels across the state dealing with the Texas business community. The publication's mission is to connect Texas businesses in person, through the pages of the magazine, website, e-newsletter, and events, in order to do business together and grow the Texas economy.