Texas has been made great by the hard work and dedication of employees and employers alike, who risk their capital and dedicate long hours of their lives to making a better life for themselves and their families. Their innovative spirit and “can do” philosophy means almost nothing is impossible in the Lone Star State. Several of them made the trip to Austin to be recognized for their accomplishments. Their stories are the stories of Texas.
Lisa Pounds CEO and founder, Green Plate Kitchen Inc. Lisa Pounds is Chief Executive Officer of Green Plate Kitchen and Green Plate Kids (GPK). She founded GPK in January 2010 and has acted as CEO since its inception. Lisa is a mom who is passionate about good food and nutrition education. Green Plate Kids was born from the idea that there must be other busy parents who don’t have the time to prepare meals for their families, but still want to provide them with healthy, fresh, and nutritious meals.
GPK offers home delivery and pick-up services for prepared meals for children and families, offers catering services for both kids and adults, and sells meals and healthy snacks at Texas Children’s Hospital, Rice Epicurean, select My Fit Foods, and starting in February, at select HEB locations in Houston.
Prior to Green Plate Kids, Lisa worked in insurance brokerage and risk management consulting, focused on the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for 13 years in New York and Houston. She was responsible for sales, marketing and client management, and held several management positions. She received a degree in speech communication from the University of Texas at Austin. Lisa is a Top 25 National Foodie Mom for her blog, “Lisa’s Green Plate Blog”. She is a board member of the Bellaire Young Mom’s Club, a member of Houston Culinary Guild, a regular speaker on the importance of healthy eating, and an advocate for women and entrepreneurs in business.
Kevin Quinn Vice President of Operations and Engineering, Pactiv Corp. Kevin Quinn is of vice president of Operations and Engineering at Pactiv Corp., a $3.5 billion dollar company that provides packaging to the foodservice and food packaging industries. He oversees 55 facilities throughout North America and Europe.
Kevin joined Pactiv in 1999 following stints at Tenneco Corp., Mobil Oil (chemical division), and in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University in 1992. He spent six years at sea serving on destroyers with deployments to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, and retired in 1997 as a commander from the Naval Reserve. He is married with four children.
Jeff Greason CEO, XCOR Jeff Greason has nearly 20 years of experience managing innovative technical project teams at XCOR Aerospace, Rotary Rocket Company, and Intel Corp. He is president and a co-founder of XCOR, leading an engineering team that has developed 11 different long life, highly reusable, liquid-fueled rocket engines. Under Jeff’s leadership the company has also developed low cost liquid propellant piston pumps, and two generations of piloted reusable rocket aircraft. Jeff is also the co-inventor of XCOR’s Nonburnite technology, which combines aerospace fabrication practices with materials common in the semiconductor industry.
Jeff has led XCOR’s rocket engine projects by employing the management techniques he developed at Intel that focus on increasing the design-build-test cycle as a means of speeding research and development. At Intel, he developed leading edge techniques to prepare new generations of Intel computer chip designs for mass production, dramatically shortening the design and production period. Intel management presented Jeff with a coveted Intel Achievement Award for his work on BiCMOS technology, which later became the basis for the Pentium processor. Prior to co-founding XCOR, he hired and managed the propulsion team at Rotary Rocket Co., where he led technical development of the company’s rocket engines.
In 2002 Time magazine named Jeff as one of their “Inventors of the Year” for his team’s work on the EZ-Rocket. He holds 18 U.S. patents and graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Higher Education Leadership John Sharp – Chancellor, Texas A&M University System Dominic Dottavio – President, Tarleton State University Emily Cutrer – President, Texas A&M University – Texarkana Maria Ferrier – President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio Dan Jones – President, Texas A&M University – Commerce Ray Keck – President, Texas A&M International University Denver McClendon – Trustee, Alamo Colleges Francisco Cigarroa – Chancellor, The University of Texas System Juliet Garcia – President, The University of Texas at Brownsville James Spaniolo – President, The University of Texas at Arlington David Watts – President, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Erma C. Johnson Hadley – Chancellor, Tarrant County College Brian May – President, Angelo State University Brian McCall – Chancellor, Texas State University System Ricardo Maestas – President, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College Hector Gonzales – President-Elect, Southwest Texas Junior College Renu Khator – Chancellor, University of Houston System Phil Castille – President, University of Houston – Victoria Bill Flores – President, University of Houston – Downtown Bill Staples – President, University of Houston – Clear Lake