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Presented by the The Business Journals of Texas and sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company and Independent Financial, this series features in-depth conversations with Texas business leaders each week. We rotate through Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to deliver insight from across the state.


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Presented by the The Business Journals of Texas and sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company and Independent Financial, this series features in-depth conversations with Texas business leaders each week. We rotate through Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to deliver insight from across the state.






San Antonio: Community House Sparks Growth and Innovation at VelocityTX Campus

Texas Research & Technology Foundation CEO Randy Harig joins SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold to share how TRTF is funding growth of its VelocityTX campus with acquisitions through subsidiary TRTF Community House. The arrangement also benefits closely-held businesses looking to transition ownership.


Houston: Curate Capital's Carrie Colbert and Her Unique Influencer Investing Model

Curate Capital has created a community of CEOs who actively engage together, bringing ideas and support to the table from women who understand the ins and outs of scaling a business. In this episode, HBJ's Jonathan Adams welcomes Founder and Managing Partner Carrie Colbert to share why she started the investment fund, and what separates it from others.


Austin: Exploring the City's Future Skyline and Sustainability with Kirksey's David Dalton

After a decade of exponential growth, it's time to take a breather and reflect on the past, present and future of the Austin skyline with Kirksey Architecture's EVP and Director of Central Texas David Dalton. In this download, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson profiles Dalton, who offers his outlook and shares why sustainable architecture and development is so critical to our future energy needs.


Houston: Agility Bank's Lauren Sparks on Navigating and Growing In Challenging Times

She founded Agility Bank during the pandemic, then came a looming recession and banking crisis at regional institutions. So why is CEO Lauren Sparks so optimistic? In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams invites Sparks to share what sets Agility Bank apart, and why now is a time of opportunity for most institutions.


San Antonio: A Growing City, Yet Still a Connected Community With Opportunities for All

South Texas is proud of its heritage, going back over two centuries for some families. That sense of community is strong- even as San Antonio experiences significant growth like the rest of the state. In this impactful download, SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold connects with Patricia Mejia, VP of Community Engagement and Impact at the San Antonio Area Foundation. Patricia shares how she and her team, thanks to foundation supporters, are working to provide opportunities for all families across the area.


Dallas: "There Is No Balance" - The Marketing Arm CEO Trina Roffino Shares Her Very Personal Story

She never imagined that one day she'd be a CEO, but that's exactly the role Trina Roffino was destined for at powerhouse Dallas-based creative agency The Marketing Arm. DBJ Reporter Alexa Reed invites Roffino to share her journey, explain why there's no work-life "balance", and how she's using a very personal tragedy to help others.


Austin: MaieB Hospitality's Recipe for Success with CEO Ben Fordham

The restaurant scene in Austin is on the national radar. Three-time James Beard Award finalist Michael Fojtasek is taking his MaieB Hospitality to the next level with the hiring of experienced restaurateur and cookbook author Ben Fordham. In this episode, ABJ Reporter Sahar Chmais sits down with Fordham to learn how his British-Texas background will set this group apart in a competitive business.


Dallas: How Autistic Tech Consultants are Delivering a Different Approach in the Workplace

The shortage of talent is well documented, yet only 22% of autistic adults find meaningful employment that aligns with their educational skills. In this episode, DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed invites auticon CEO David Aspinall to share how his company is successfully implementing neurodiversity in the workplace, delivering a fresh approach for companies seeking talent.


San Antonio: Rebecca Viagran's 200 Year Legacy in The Alamo City Leads Business Growth

At a critical time, when San Antonio business leaders are looking for a driving force to unite and grow the city's profile, Rebecca Viagran is ready for the challenge. In this episode, SABJ Editor Ed Arnold invites the native San Antonian to share her passion and vision in her role as President & CEO of the South Texas Business Partnership.


Austin: Kim on a Whim - Hospitality & Events Expert Kim Hanks Shares Her Passion for People

Everything's bigger in Texas and that includes weddings and special events. As a wedding planner, Kim Hanks was forced to coordinate with a variety of vendors to deliver a unique experience. Sensing an opportunity, she and husband Whit founded Whim (Whit + Kim) Hospitality, Whim Rentals, Whim Florals and Camp Lucy and hired the best in the business to deliver unique experiences. ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes Kim to share how she achieved success.


Houston: The Pandemic's Impact on Reading and the Effort to Empower Students

The statistics are shocking, but the reality is that the pandemic had a massive, negative impact on learning across Texas. In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams takes an in-depth look at the issue with Jacque Daughtry, CEO of Literacy Now.


Dallas: Exploring Arlington's Explosive Growth with the City Leader Driving the Effort

Texas is all about business. Arlington is taking it to another level as the state's entertainment capital: Two pro sports teams... Two Six Flags Theme Parks, plus Texas Live! In this download, DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed welcomes City of Arlington Director of Planning & Development Gincy Thoppil, who's driving the growth.


San Antonio: The Inspirational Story of Educational and Community Leader Dr. Lawrence Scott

Our 2018 40 Under 40 Man of the Year is back with us, this time as the keynote speaker for this year's March 23rd event. In this download, SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold welcomes back Scott, who's infectious energy and passion for service has impacted thousands- in our community, and around the world.


Houston: Behind the Scenes at Lone Star Sports and Entertainment with GM David Fletcher

March Madness is just days away, and Houston will be the epicenter for college basketball's main event, The Final Four in early April. In this episode, HBJ Money & Sports Reporter Chandler France gets an inside look at Lone Star Sports and Entertainment's operation, as GM David Fletcher and his team prepare for yet another major event in the Bayou City.


Austin: Diana Skellenger and Her Team Are Breaking Barriers in Construction

A degree in PR led to real estate industry opportunities, and that's where Diana Skellenger found her true passion: Renovation projects focused on teamwork, communication and integrity. She founded Skelly Build in 2017, and joins ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson to share how she's turned her dream into a successful reality.


Dallas: The Rock Leads An Experienced Executive Team in the Texas-Focused XFL Reboot

With the Super Bowl in the rear view mirror, football fans are turning their attention to the much anticipated reboot of the XFL. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson led a group of investors bailing the league out of bankruptcy. All the pieces are in place now for what should be a successful season. In this download, DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed invites former NFL veteran executive and XFL President Russ Brandon to preview the season and share why this edition of the league will be different.


San Antonio: The Emerging Irish-Texan Technology Player Doing Deals That Pencil

There's venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and then... a void. That's where Paul Lynch and his team enter, looking for and acquiring companies that are under the radar, but trending upward. In this episode, SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold invites Import.io CEO Paul Lynch to share his strategy and opportunities in San Antonio and beyond.


Austin: Mike Nefkens' Big Bet to Save Drought Stricken Texas and the West

From Lake Travis to Lake Powell, and across the intermountain west, the epic drought is impacting literally all aspects of our lives. Texas native and former HP executive Mike Nefkens is going all-in on ionization technology to supercharge cloud moisture. In this download, ABJ Assistant Managing Editor Paul Thompson explores the technology and Nefkens' game plan to make a positive impact with negative ions.


Houston: While Layoffs Grab Headlines, Talented Execs and Leaders Remain In Demand

While tech companies slash their headcounts, other sectors are seeking talent to fill key roles. In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams invites executive search veteran Jen Sudduth to share what she's seeing in the sectors she recruits. Plus, Sudduth shares how she built her business, and the key role entrepreneurs play in the growth of businesses.


San Antonio: South Texas Native Marina Gonzales Moves the Needle for Hispanic Small Businesses

She's uniquely qualified to lead the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) and Marina Gonzales' energy is contagious. In this episode, SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold invites Gonzales to share her vision for Hispanic small business leaders to access more opportunities and grown their businesses.