Garrett Boone - TreeHouse, Chairman; Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Container Store
After visiting a home improvement show with two architect friends from Dallas, Garrett and his new business partners were inspired to open the first ever Container Store on July 1, 1978. Since then, FORTUNE magazine has named The Container Store a top 100 company to work for 16 years in a row. For his efforts, Garrett was inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame and continues to oversee operations as Chairman Emeritus. In 2006, he co-founded Texas Business for Clean Air and has since sat on boards for The Trinity Trust, The Boone Family Foundation, and Principal Solar, among others. Garrett is now Chairman of the Board of TreeHouse, an Austin-based green home products retail store.
Drew Byrd - Cities & Urban Infrastructure Program Director, Schneider Electric
Drew focuses his time and efforts on energy infrastructure development - he has been deeply involved in this space throughout his career. At Schneider Electric, a global energy management and infrastructure provider, Drew leads the company’s Urban Infrastructure and Smart, Sustainable Cities program. In this role his objective is to develop resilient, sustainable infrastructure to allow accelerated economic growth and business performance. Drew collaborates with cities, developers, business and industry partners to address short and long term challenges and opportunities impacting our communities.
Patrick Caron - Director General in charge of Research and Strategy, CIRAD
Patrick Caron holds doctorates in veterinary science and geography. He has worked overseas in Brazil and Botswana. He specializes in family farming, agrarian and animal production systems, and territorial development. He has coordinated numerous scientific projects. He has been Director of Research of CIRAD's Territories, Environment and People Department and Scientific Director of its Environment and Societies Department. The Office of the Director General in charge of Research and Strategy (DGD-RS) works alongside CIRAD's President Managing Director to implement the strategy adopted by its Board of Trustees. In particular, its sets its research, partnership and skill building priorities; it guarantees the quality of their implementation; and it identifies the changes required in terms of scientific and technical skills.The Office of the Director General in charge of Research and Strategy (DGD-RS) works alongside CIRAD's President Managing Director to implement the strategy adopted by its Board of Trustees. In particular, its sets its research, partnership and skill building priorities; it guarantees the quality of their implementation; and it identifies the changes required in terms of scientific and technical skills.
Trammell S. Crow - Founder of Earth Day Texas
Founder of Earth Day Texas, Mr. Crow is also the President of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as well as the Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden. Mr. Crow is the son of Trammell Crow, founder of the Trammell Crow Company, and his wife, Margaret. After graduating from Yale University, Mr. Crow began his career as a warehouse leasing agent in Denver and then transferred to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and, subsequently, to lease retail space. He returned to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, and later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than 2 million square feet. By 1985, he developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow International. Trammell S. Crow is a member of the Board of Directors of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and is actively involved in Thanksgiving Square, a multi-denominational center for the promotion of gratitude and religious tolerance. Mr. Crow is also a founder of Texas Business for Clean Air, an organization of prominent business leaders throughout Texas who are committed to matters that affect air quality in the state. Past and ongoing involvements include: Republicans for Environmental Protection, Dallas County Community District Foundation, University of Texas at Dallas, Museum of African-American Life and Culture, Dallas Children’s Theater, Trinity River Association, The Friends of the Katy Trail, Asia Society, Population Connection, Deep Ellum Film Festival, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and Mayor’s Recycling Task Force – Dallas.
Dr. Eva Csaky - Director of the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity and Research Professor, SMU Lyle School of Engineering
Originally from Hungary, Eva works closely with partners in academia, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations to develop projects and initiatives that benefit disadvantaged communities around the world. Prior to joining SMU, Eva worked for the World Bank Group for 18 years with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems. She has an MS in Finance from the George Washington University, an MA and a PhD in Public Policy from Duke University with specializations in globalization and development.
Lee Cullum - Host of CEO, KERA-TV (PBS-Dallas)
A journalist, commentator and political analyst, Lee Cullum is host of CEO, a long-running television series on KERA-TV (Ch. 13-PBS) in Dallas-Fort Worth. She is seen and heard regularly on the PBS News Hour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She was editor of the editorial page of the Dallas Times Herald and edited D Magazine, which during her tenure was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. She attended Sweet Briar College and graduated from SMU.
Jill Jordan, P.E. - Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas
Jill began her longtime tenure with the City of Dallas serving as Storm Water Manager in 1982. As the current Assistant City Manager, Jill oversees the Office of Environmental Quality, Public Works & Transportation, Street Services, and Equipment and Building Services. Jill quite literally keeps Dallas moving. She is a past Vice President of the Dallas Chapter of TSPE, a past President of the Dallas Branch of ASCE—the first woman to serve in that capacity—and now sits on the Advisory Board for the Environmental Science program at UT Arlington.
Chris Kelley - Communications Director, Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity
A longtime journalist, Chris works with Stephanie & Hunter Hunt on a variety of initiatives and programs focused on refugees, poverty alleviation, education and economic opportunity for under-resourced communities. For 28 years, Chris was a newspaper reporter, editor and news executive for The Dallas Morning News. Since 2006, he has used multimedia story-telling skills to assist non-profits and for-profit businesses to directly reach their audiences.
Russell Laughlin - Senior Vice President, Hillwood Properties
Russell brings 33 years of land and real estate development experience to his role as SVP of Hillwood Properties in DFW. He oversees the management, operation, land and infrastructure planning, and entitlements of AllianceTexas, an 18,000-acre mixed-use, master-planned community. Russell is a recipient of the prestigious TXDOT Road Hand award. He currently serves as President of the Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board, Secretary of the Region C Water Planning Board, and is a member of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition Executive Committee.
Dr. Bruce McCarl - Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University
As a University Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M, Bruce studies the economic implications of global climate change and how society can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and optimize water allocation. On top of being a lead author of the IPCC 2007 Agricultural Mitigation chapter and a participant in the IPCC 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Bruce is a proven and prolific author, with 258 journal articles, 8 books, 58 book chapters, and 68 reports to his name. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the SAEA, and the WAEA.
Janette Monear - President and CEO, Texas Trees Foundation
Janette’s efforts to plant trees and maintain forests around North Texas have earned her the unofficial title of “Pioneer in Urban Forestry.” As President and CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation, her various initiatives, including a 16-county regional proposal to plant 3 million trees in ten years, have been met with overwhelming support from the public and city leaders. Her reports, models, and educational programs have transformed the way Texans approach urban forest conservation.
Hon. Mike Rawlings - Mayor, City of Dallas
Elected Mayor in June 2011, Mike Rawlings came to Dallas in 1976, with $200 in his pocket, and through hard work and determination, has proven that Dallas truly is The City of Opportunity. From an entry-level position, he worked his way up to become CEO of Tracy-Locke, which at the time was the largest advertising agency in the South. Later, he took the helm of the world’s largest pizza company, Pizza Hut. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman of CIC Partners, where provided business counsel and capital, helping to grow small and mid-sized businesses in Dallas, and across the U.S. As Mayor, he has launched a major economic growth plan and an arts initiative, helped recruit new leadership at Dallas ISD, elevated Dallas nationally and internationally with leadership on the U.S. Conference of Mayors and New Cities Summit, and he shepherded Dallas through the Ebola crisis.
Sujiro Seam - Consul General of France in Houston
Sujiro Seam joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998. He started his diplomatic career as a member of the legal directorate, representing the French Government before the European court of justice and providing legal advice on European and international economic law. At the same time, he was appointed legal adviser of the French Delegation to the intergovernmental Commission for the Channel Tunnel. In 2001, he moved to Brussels, working as a national expert in the World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement Unit of the Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission.In 2004, he joined the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, as Counsellor in charge of fisheries, regional policy, outermost regions, overseas countries and territories and maritime affairs. In this capacity he chaired the working parties on these matters under the French Presidency of the European Union in 2008. In 2009, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for food security and economic development. In this capacity, he chaired the meetings on food security under the French Presidency of the G8/G20 in 2011. He was promoted Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Public Goods in 2011 and then for Development and Global Public Goods in 2013. During these years in the Headquarters, he was in charge of the preparation of the Ministerial Conference of the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in 2012 and led the French Delegation to the Development Working Group of the G20. Sujiro Seam was appointed Consul General of France in Houston on 17 June 2013. He holds a diploma from the Paris Graduate School of Management (École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, class of 1993), and also studied in the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 1993/1994) and in the National School of Administration (École Nationale d'administration, class of 1998). He is fluent in English, has a certificate of Russian from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1992) and started to learn Mandarin in 2011. He served as Second Lieutenant in the Administration Corps of the Army (Commissariat de l'Armée de Terre) during his militaire service, ranking first of his class in 1995. Sujiro Seam is married with two sons.