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Steve Stephens

CEO, AMEGY BANK

HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Ct. Houston, TX 77056

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Join Steve in a conversation about "The role of civility, politics, and trust in banking and all circles of American life.”

Some sub topics are

1) How the civility of Jesse Jones saved Houston banking during the Great Depression
2) The role of Amegy and Walter Johnson in the Houston banking recovery from the 80’s economic collapse
3) The difference between wealth and capitalism.
4) How social media has threatened the balance between civility and politics.
5) Why George Washington would  love the Rotary Club if he was still around.

A founding executive of Amegy Bank, Steve Stephens serves as CEO of Amegy Bank. Amegy has grown to nearly $13 billion in assets and more than 75 locations since Steve joined Walter Johnson (Southwest Bank of Texas) in 1990 as executive vice president.

Steve began his banking career in 1980 at Texas Commerce Bank (Chase) where he joined the lending officer development program. Over a 10-year period of commercial banking experiences, Steve became executive vice president in commercial lending for Texas Commerce - Reagan.

During his tenure at Amegy, Steve has led the bank’s commercial banking, retail, and private banking activities. He has been engaged in all aspects of the bank, enjoying the bank’s entrepreneurial spirit and association with quality bankers and clients. In 2005, Amegy merged with Zions Bancorporation—a $63 billion regional bank headquartered in Salt Lake City. As part of Zions Bancorporation, Steve serves as executive vice president and a member of the Executive Management Committee.

In addition to his Amegy leadership role, Steve is committed to serving the Houston community in a variety of ways. Currently, he serves as board chair and member of Boys & Girls Country, United Way Board, Greater Houston Partnership Board, and Hobby Center Foundation Board. He supports Houston Methodist as chairperson of the President’s Leadership Council and as a member of the Society for Leading Medicine. He is Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Previously, he served on the 2016 advisory committee for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).

Steve attended Texas Christian University and received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston. He contributes to his alma mater as chair of the University of Houston’s Board of Visitors and Bauer College Board.

Steve is married to Anne-Laure Stephens and has four children. He enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities, as well as his farm in New Ulm, Texas.

THE BORDER CRISIS

The topic is hot, and the conversation will be even hotter with Houston Chronicle’s Chris Tomlinson who has written about the topic and immigration expert, Charles Foster, moderator of the presentation. Add questions from our audience and let's see what happens.

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HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Ct.
Houston, TX 77056
 
Chris Tomlinson and Charles Foster
 
 

Chris Tomlinson

Houston Chronicle Business Columnist

Chris Tomlinson is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, focusing on business, economics and policy. He is also the author of a New York Times bestseller, Tomlinson Hill, and produced the award-winning documentary film of the same name, which examines the history of racism in Texas.
 
Previously he was the supervisory correspondent for The Associated Press in Austin, responsible for state government and political reporting. He also worked as an investigative reporter in Iraq and Washington DC. 
 
Tomlinson served as the AP’s East Africa bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya and was responsible for coverage of 14 countries. Before that he was AP’s Central Africa correspondent based in Rwanda. He has written extensively on Africa’s economic development and food crises. 
 
Shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks, the AP assigned Tomlinson to cover the war in Afghanistan. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Tomlinson was the AP’s lead embedded reporter and spent two years in country. He is also a veteran, assigned to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command for seven years during the 1980s. 
 
Tomlinson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with special honours in humanities.

 

Charles Foster

Partner, Foster LLP

 

CHARLES WILL MODERATE THIS PRESENTATION

Charles C. Foster is Chairman of Foster LLP, and has thirty plus years of experience representing and advising multi-national companies on U.S. immigration law.

Long recognized as a national expert in U.S. immigration law, Mr. Foster has served as senior policy advisor to both Presidents Bush and Obama during their Presidential campaigns and has testified before both the U.S. House and Senate Subcommittees on

Immigration on a variety of occasions. Mr. Foster has led for a decade the Greater Houston Partnership Task Force on Immigration Reform. He is the founding Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section. He also serves as Honorary Consul General for the Kingdom of Thailand, and has received several high Royal Decorations from His Majesty, King Bhumibol. Additional service activities include: Chairman of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Advisory Board; Chairman of U.S.-China Partnerships; KIND Houston Advisory Board and Chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform. Executive Committee Member of the Greater Houston Partnership; Member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Society Texas Center; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Houston Ballet, the Hobby Center for Public Policy, Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading and Invest in the USA (IIUSA).

Mr. Foster, as Chairman for 24 years, initiated and led the effort to build a permanent home for the Asia Society in the Houston Museum District. He also initiated and co-chaired the George Bush Presidential Monument, the James A. Baker Monument, the Robert Mosbacher Memorial Bridge, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Monument.

Mr. Foster received his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Texas, and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He lectures frequently before legal, academic, and professional organizations in Texas and throughout the United States, and has authored numerous articles on U.S. immigration law. Mr. Foster served for five years as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is fluent in Spanish and has received numerous awards, including the 1997 Houston International Service Award by the Houston Jaycees and Consular Corps, the 2000 Friend of China Award, the ADL’s 2006 Milton H. Popkin Award for Distinguished Community Service, the 2013 Houston Bar Association Leon Jaworski Award for community service and 1998 American Immigration Law Foundation Honorary Fellow. He has also received annual recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, Texas Lawyer’stop “Go To Immigration Lawyer” for the State of Texas and one of the nation’s “20 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” in immigration by Human Resource Executive. His role as an immigration lawyer was featured in the 2010 film Mao’s Last Dancer.

Mr. Foster previously served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Immigration, the GHP’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and World Trade Division, the American Bar Association’s Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law, the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality and is past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Houston Forum and the Houston Club and Board member of Ripley / Baker.

 

Ethical Issues Surrounding the $40 Billion Texas Education Fund

Susan Carroll and Buck Wood

HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Ct., Houston, TX 77056

Gather at 11:30 a.m. for conversation. Meeting will start at noon and end at 1:15 p.m.

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Susan Carroll

Houston Chronicle award winning journalist

Susan Carroll is an investigative/projects reporter with the Houston Chronicle. Carroll has investigated a wide range of immigration issues while at the Chronicle, documenting abuses and substandard conditions at immigration detention centers.

She previously covered the U.S.-Mexico border for the Arizona Republic and the Tucson Citizen, twice earning the highest honor for print journalists in Arizona, the Arizona Press Club's Virg Hill Journalist of the Year. In 2012, Carroll was named Print Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club. 

Buck Wood

Austin-based attorney, leading legal voice in election and ethics in government issues

A founding partner of Ray & Wood, Randall Buck Wood is a nationally recognized expert on school finance, ethics, and election law. Buck has tried dozens of cases before the Texas Supreme Court, and since 1992, has served as co-counsel for the 125 Plaintiff-Intervenor school districts in the on-going Edgewood school finance lawsuit. Buck also serves as the General Counsel to the Equity Center, an association of over 500 below-average-wealth school districts committed to ongoing improvements in Texas public school funding as well as special counsel to the Texas Association of School Boards on the state’s ethics and lobby disclosure statutes.  Prior to founding the firm, Buck served as Director of the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State from 1969 to 1972 where he was in charge of enforcement of the State’s election laws. In this capacity, he oversaw all general and special elections and assisted local government bodies with their elections. After leaving the Secretary of State’s Office, Mr. Wood became the Executive Director of Common Cause, a public interest lobby group chartered to maintain fairness in the governmental process. While serving Common Cause, Mr. Wood drafted and helped pass much of the legislation dealing with open meetings, open records and numerous election laws that govern the operation of public entities today.

Mr. Wood is acknowledged nationally as one of the foremost authorities on public law including election law. As such, he represents many elected officials including House and Senate members and several prominent state judges. In addition, Mr. Wood served in various top level positions in the State Comptroller’s Office, including Deputy Comptroller and Chief Clerk. Mr. Wood has practiced extensively in the property tax area for more than thirty years, representing numerous taxing units on delinquent collection issues and numerous appraisal districts on valuation and related issues. Mr. Wood is a past member of the board of directors of the Travis Central Appraisal District. 

Buck is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory based upon confidential surveys of the Bar and the Judiciary.  He received the “very high to preeminent” rating for legal ability and the “very high” rating for ethical standards, the highest rating possible in each category.  Click here for more information about Randall Buck Wood

Robert M. (Bob) Eury
President of Central Houston, Inc
 
HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Ct., Houston, TX 77056
 
 
Since 1983, Robert M. (Bob) Eury has served as President of Central Houston, Inc., a private, non-profit membership association, formed to lead the planning and implementation of the redevelopment of Houston’s central city area—principally downtown.  Mr. Eury is also the President/CEO of the Houston Downtown Management District, a special assessment district within downtown Houston and President of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, administrator of City of Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3.

Mr. Eury was Vice President and Director of Research Development for Rice Center prior to starting Central Houston in 1983. During his nine years with Rice Center, his research focused on environmental design,  land use/transportation joint development, urban services delivery anddevelopment regulation.  Prior to joining Rice Center in 1974, Mr. Eury served as Director of Community Planning studies for the Urban Studies Center, University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Eury is currently Member Emeritus of Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board, Ex-officio Board Member and former founding President of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Chairman of Convention & Cultural Services Corporation, Inc., Ex-officio Board Member of Discovery Green Conservancy, Trustee and past Acting Chairman of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Board and Executive Committee Member of Theater District Houston,  Member of the Bond Oversight Committee of Houston Independent School District, Vice Chairman/Board Member of Main Street Coalition, Inc., Member of the Transportation Advisory Committee of Houston- Galveston Area Council and Member of the Advisory Committee of Urban Land Institute Houston. Past leadership includes Chairman of the Board of Stewards of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Blueprint Houston, Texas Downtown Association and the International Downtown Association.

Mr. Eury holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Eury is married to Gayle P. Eury and together they have two adult children, Christopher and Rebecca andfour grandchildren. His hobbies include distance running (52 marathons), photography and collecting Lionel trains.

OUR FIRST ALTERNATIVE MEETING EVENT

Our new non regular lunches event bring us out to the community. For this event we will go beyond the doors of one of the most historic buildings in Houston, and meet with Dr. Siddiqi who is providing a box lunch for participants. 


Dr. Muddassir Siddiqi

President of Houston Community College - Central College

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Meeting Location:

1300 Holman

Houston, TX 77004

San Jacinto Memorial Building

Parking is available in our garage entrance is off LaBranch and Winbern.  Please park second level and above and avoid “Reserved” parking spaces.  The garage will be the nearest parking area to the Learning Hub Science Building (LHSB-100)

Dr. Siddiqi will welcome us to the historic neo-classical and Art Deco masterwork on the campus of Houston Community College's Central College - on the National Register of historic Places.

Dr. Muddassir Siddiqi is the president of Houston Community College Central. He began at HCC February 1, 2017, after serving in the capacity of interim college president, provost and the vice president of academics and student development at Morton College, a comprehensive community college in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. Prior to Morton College, Dr. Siddiqi served five years at City Colleges of Chicago as the Executive Director of Manufacturing and Skills Programs. Dr. Siddiqi’s tenure in higher education is marked by successful workforce development programs, enrollment growth specifically for the minority student populations, innovative academic and non-academic student support services, and sustainable partnerships with government agencies, K-12, peer institutions, and community-based organizations. 

Dr. Siddiqi has a blended work experience encompassing Fortune 500 companies to the institutions of higher education. Dr. Siddiqi worked in manufacturing sector for almost 12 years. During his tenure, Dr. Siddiqi assumed multiple organizational roles and successfully oversaw the completion of multimillion-dollar projects in multiple countries around the globe.

Dr. Siddiqi received his Ed.D. in Adult Education and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University; a Master of Business Administration from Northern Alabama University; and a Master in Industrial Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University, Executive Leadership Program at Cornell, and Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at the League for Innovation in the Community College.

In addition to his expansive career experience, Siddiqi is a member of many professional associations, including: American Council on Education, Association for Institutional Research, League of Innovation in the Community College, Project Management Institute, American Society for Quality, National Association of Student Affairs in Higher Education, and recently served as the college representative for the Fulbright Scholar Program. Dr. Siddiqi is serving on the board of directors at Career and Recovery Resources, Association of Talent Development (ATD) Houston Chapter, Bridging the Digital Divide, and South Main Alliance. He is also a committee member of The Hermann Park Rotary Club, Every Student Mentoring Program, Commission on Global Learning, and Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative. 

Dr. Siddiqi identifies himself as an educator. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Siddiqi has taught a variety of courses at graduate and undergraduate level at premium universities and presented at several national and international conferences. 

Susan Dio 

Chairman and President of BP America

HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Ct., Houston, TX 77056

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Susan Dio is chairman and president of BP America, providing leadership and oversight to BP's U.S. businesses, which employ around 14,000 people. These businesses include oil and gas exploration and production, refining, petrochemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, retail, and alternative energy.

Susan also serves as chairman of the BP America Board of Directors.


Since joining the company in 1984, she has held key operational and executive positions in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Before assuming her current role, Susan served as CEO of BP Shipping, where she managed the fleet of BP-operated and chartered vessels that move more than 200 million tons of products across the globe each year. 

She also previously served as head of audit for BP's Refining and Marketing segment, as business unit leader of the Bulwer Island Refinery, and as plant manager of Texas City Chemicals.

Beyond BP, Susan is a member of the American Petroleum Institute Board and Executive Committee, the Greater Houston Partnership Executive Committee, and the Ford's Theatre Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

John W. Diamond
Director, Center for Public Finance
Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance
Rice University's Baker Institute

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HESS Club

5430 Westheimer Ct.

Houston, TX 77056

 

John W. Diamond, Ph.D., is the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance and director of the Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, and the construction and simulation of computable general equilibrium models. His current research focuses on the economic effects of corporate tax reform, the economic and distributional effects of fundamental tax reform, taxation and housing values, public sector pensions, and various other tax and expenditure policy issues.

Diamond is co-editor of "Pathways to Fiscal Reform in the United States" (The MIT Press, 2015) and “Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices and Implications” (The MIT Press, 2008). He has testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. House Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Joint Economic Committee and other federal and state committees on issues related to tax policy and the U.S. economy. Diamond served as forum editor for the National Tax Journal (2009-2017) and on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress (2000-2004). He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank on the efficacy of structural adjustment programs.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 2000.

Joe Gamaldi 

Houston Police Officers’ Union FOP Lodge 110 President

Hess Club 

5430 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77056

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Houston Police Officers’ Union, FOP Lodge 110 President Joe Gamaldi was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Following high school he attended the University of Hartford, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in Political Science and Sociology. After graduation, Officer Gamaldi was hired by the NYPD in 2005 where he worked as an officer for approx. 3 years. He then transferred to the Houston Police Department in 2008 and graduated from Class #197. 

Shortly after graduation from the academy, he completed his Masters Degree from Long Island University in Homeland Security Management. Officer Gamaldi then went on to serve as a Board Members of the HPOU, before being elected the Second Vice President from 2012-2017 and was elected President of the Houston Police Officer’s Union in January 2018. Officer Gamaldi is the chair of the Labor Relations Committee, the Ways and Means committee, has served on the bargaining team for several contract negotiations, and served as lead negotiator for the most recent negotiations. He also coordinates the Safe Ride Home program, founded the Houston Officers Peer Assistance (HOPA) a stand alone non-profit dedicated to providing per assistance to police officers, assisted in the creation of the HPOU mobile app and runs all the social media platforms for the HPOU. 

The Rotary Club of Houston is a group of business leaders working together collaboratively to impact positive change in our community and around the world, operating consistently with Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. Some of our service projects include:
 

  • Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to someone in Houston who exhibits high ideals, leadership and philanthropy. The funds raised support the club’s on-going service activities.

 

  • Camp Enterprise is an annual activity that introduces business and business ethics to 75 high school juniors.  The funds for this event are raised with an annual golf tournament.

 

  • Burnett Bayland Outreach has delivered personal support and mentoring to at-risk children at the county run resident.


The club also works actively in many other areas including mentoring elementary school youth, giving assistance to ex-offenders, and international projects, including Polio Plus.

 

 

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

 

  • FIRST - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; 
  • SECOND - High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AND AS THE ROTARY CLUB OF HOUSTON SAYS

5. Will it be FUN!

 
 

RSVP by noon Tuesday.7/1/19: on line reservation is $40 and walk in price is $45 for all who do not have a meal plan or punch card.

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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Ct.
(REGISTRATION DESK OPENS AT 11:30)
Houston, TX  77056
United States of America

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