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Presented by the The Business Journals of Texas and sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, 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, 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.






Houston: United Airlines Continues Major Growth Initiative From IAH Home Base

The travel industry is showing no signs of slowing down, and United Airlines is betting big on its future, with aggressive growth plans. In this download, HBJ Reporter Sofia Gonzalez welcomes United's VP of Global Learning, People & Community Helon Hammond to share why the airline is investing so heavily in its Houston home base.


Dallas: Why Entrepreneur Cameron Johnson is Building the "Uber of Furniture" Across Texas

You can rent pretty much anything, but when it comes to furniture, it's expensive and most folks only rent a few pieces. Why not rent an entire house full of furniture, right down to the laundry hamper? That's what serial mover Cameron Johnson wondered, and why he start his company, Nickson, to address that need. In this episode DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed profiles this DFW-area entrepreneur.


San Antonio: Texas Hill Country Escape Attracts Entrepreneurs and Tech Talent

Boerne native Justin McKenzie traveled the world, returning home with a dream that's now a reality. As leader of the Boerne Kendall County Angel Network (BKCAN), he's attracting entrepreneurs to hill country. In this episode, SABJ Editor-in-Chief Ed Arnold connects with McKenzie to learn more about his vision, and Das GreenHous, a launching pad for innovation.


Austin: University of Texas System Chancellor James Milliken Charts the Future for Higher Ed

While colleges and universities across the country deal with declining enrollment and financial issues, Texas universities are grappling with growth. In this episode, Will Anderson welcomes University of Texas System Chancellor James Milliken to learn how our universities are handling demand, while transforming to serve the needs of students throughout their careers.


San Antonio: SAT Improvements Expand Options and Close the Gap with Austin

One of the things San Antonians enjoy most about our airport is convenience. But the Alamo City's growth and a desire for a transcontinental option are forcing leaders to expand and improve options without disrupting easy access. In this download, SABJ Editor-in-Chief Ed Arnold gets an update from Director of Airports Jesus Saenz.


Dallas: Why the DFW Commercial Real Estate Market is in Better Shape Than Experts Think

When Grant Pruitt was a kid, his dad made him suit up and tag along on real estate meetings. Turns out, he loved tagging along and has made a successful career for himself, founding Whitebox Commercial Real Estate. In this episode, DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed invites Grant to share his expertise on the DFW commercial real estate market- specifically, why vacancy rates aren't as bad as the headlines may indicate.


Houston: Women Who Mean Business Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Renu Khator

As University of Houston System Chancellor and University of Houston President, Renu Khator has transformed UH into a nationally recognized institution. In this episode, HBJ Reporter Sofia Gonzalez profiles Khator, the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in our 2023 Women Who Mean Business Awards.


Austin: Advertising Trailblazer Gay Gaddis on Entrepreneurship and the Future of Business

The advertising world was an old boys club until the late-1980's when Gay Gaddis struck out on her own, founding T3, which she grew into one of the largest independent woman-owned advertising agencies in the country. In this download, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes Gay, who shares her journey, tips on entrepreneurship, and the future of the workplace she helped innovate.


Houston: Rangel Renewables Grows as Wind Energy Industry Continues Expansion

Every big business stared as a small business, and Rangel Renewables is on a growth trajectory in the expanding wind energy sector. In this episode, company founder Josh Rangel connects with HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams to share what he's doing to attract and retain talent, including cookouts and creating a family-friendly atmosphere.


Dallas: Invited Invests in Cuisine, Comfort and Pickleball to Elevate the Club Experience

Many country clubs were considered dinosaurs prior to the pandemic. But in a post-covid world, families are investing in meaningful experiences closer to home. That's where Dallas-based Invited is seizing the opportunity, transforming the tired clubs of yesterday into thriving social and activity hubs across the country. In this episode, DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed welcomes Invited CEO David Pillsbury to share what he and his team are doing to transform the industry.


San Antonio: Counting Down to SA Startup Week with Geekdom CEO Charles Woodin

The Alamo City's growing tech scene is the focus in this download as SABJ Reporter Zoe Gottlieb welcomes Geekdom CEO Charles Woodin. Austin may get most of the publicity when it comes to Texas tech growth, and deservedly so, but San Antonio's tech community is growing, thanks to a grass roots effort to fund home grown startups. San Antonio Startup Week (SASW) October 16-21 is the focal point of the year.


Austin: Talking Tacos, Leadership and Growth with Torchy's Founder Mike Rypka

He started out with a food trailer, a red Vespa, and a dream of delivering delicious tacos across Austin. 17+ years later, that dream is a reality, and beyond. Founder Mike Rypka's unique menu of tacos is now available at over 100 locations in 11 states. In this download, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes Rypka to share his recipe for success, including a return as CEO.


Houston: Superheroes, Villains, Aliens, Icons and the Man Who Invited Them to Visit

John Simons founded Comicpalooza in 2008 and built it from a few tables to a major event before selling to focus on his true passion of publishing. In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams explores the world of comics, events, and publishing with Simons, who has another big event and a new book ready to share.


Dallas: Community Banking Veteran Bill Lowe on the Health of the Sector and Opportunities

Concerns this spring of another banking meltdown quickly faded as Uncle Sam stepped in and the failures were contained. But how healthy is the sector in a higher interest rate environment, with increasing regulatory oversight? In this episode, DBJ Associate Editor Alexa Reed invites respected community banking leader Bill Lowe, Chairman, President & CEO of Harmony Bank to offer his candid opinion and outlook


San Antonio: Skanska's Ryan Aalsma on Construction and Workforce Development

More people in Texas means more homes, and more homes means more of everything else to support, feed, entertain and care for our growing population. In this download, SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold invites Skanska's San Antonio leader Ryan Aalsma to offer an update on the area's construction outlook and cover the importance of workforce development.


Houston: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Patrick Duffy Leads Most Admired CEO Awards

In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams profiles two of our honorees for the 2023 Most Admired CEO Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Patrick Duffy, Colliers International Featured Most Admired CEO Award Honoree: Khori Dastoor, CEO, Houston Grand Opera


Hsu Office of Architecture: Austin's Influence on Architectural Trends Extends Beyond Texas

With more companies returning to office, at least in a hybrid work environment, foot traffic in the core of metropolitan cities is on the rise. Space planning has never been more critical, and that's where Austin's Hsu Office of Architecture comes in. ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes Principals Michael Hsu and Maija Kreishman for a conversation on Austin's architectural trends, and the influence of Austin style on other metros across Texas, and beyond.


Dallas: M Crowd Restaurant Group's Edgar Guevara on Leadership in a Challenging Time

The restaurant business was challenging enough prior to the pandemic. Now, the labor market is tighter, inflation is impacting food prices, and restaurant groups are carefully balancing consumer technology with good old fashioned customer service. In this download, DBJ Reporter Alexa Reed gets an update from Edgar Guevara, CEO of M Crowd Restaurant Group, one of the DBJ's 2023 Most Admired CEO's.


San Antonio: Representative Tony Gonzales Leads Bipartisan HIRE Act to Streamline Visas

Immigration is a hot button issue and a political standoff. So Republican Representative Tony Gonzales reached across the aisle and found consensus with Democratic colleagues on something we can all agree on: Businesses big and small face challenges with a temporary one-year visa. Gonzales and co-sponsors propose the H-2 Improvements to Relieve Employment or HIRE Act, extending that period to three years. In this episode, SABJ Editor in Chief Ed Arnold connects with Gonzales on Capitol Hill for the details.


Austin: SportClips CEO on Family Business Succession and Franchise Growth

Edward Logan took over as SportClips CEO just weeks before the pandemic shut down franchise operations in over 1800 locations at that time across the US & Canada. Since re-opening, the Georgetown-based, second generation family business has actually grown its franchise count while negotiation a successful leadership transition from father to son. In this episode, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson chats with Logan, who shares how he and his team have emerged with a winning formula.