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Gov. Perry Appoints 13 to Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee

Wednesday, October 19, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 13 members, and named Terry Hazell of Georgetown chair of the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee. The committee recommends proposals eligible for funding through the Emerging Technology Fund to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. At the first committee meeting, members will draw lots to determine which members will serve one-year terms and which will serve two-year terms.

Hazell is director of RampCorp at Texas State University. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for Springboard Enterprises and a charter member of the Startup America Partnership's Women's Entrepreneurship Working Group. She is also a past member of the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization Selection Committee. Hazell received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in biotechnology management from the University of Maryland-University College.

Susan "Sue" Georgen-Saad of Austin is a certified public accountant and chief financial officer of Cenoplex. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs. Georgen-Saad received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Thomas Halbouty of Southlake is corporate vice president, chief information officer and chief technology officer at Pioneer Natural Resources. He is a CPA and certified management accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is a board member and past vice president of Energistics, an advisor for the Council on Competitiveness Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability Initiative, U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative, and Joint U.S.-China Cooperation on Clean Energy. He is also a member of the Spotfire Advisory Board, an industry representative and past co-chair of the Texas Nanoelectronics Taskforce, and a mentor for Menttium 100. Halbouty received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

Judy Hawley of Portland is a retired business developer for Advanced Acoustic Concepts and a former member of the Texas House of Representatives. She is a commissioner of the Port of Corpus Christi, chair of the I-69 Corridor Advisory Board, and a member of the 2030 Transportation Committee. She is also chair of the Texas State Aquarium Board, a member of the Texas Transportation Institute Advisory Board, a board member and past chair of the Corpus Christi and San Patricio Regional Economic Development corporations, and a past member of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Hawley received a bachelor's degree from Knox College.

Randal "Randy" Hill of Baird is a NASCAR team owner and president and CEO of Randy Hill Racing. He is past president and CEO of APT Advanced Trailer and Equipment, a member of the Abilene, Lubbock and Vernon chambers of Commerce and a board member of Christian Homes of Abilene and Disability Resources. He is also a member of the American Peanut Shellers Association, National Peanut Buying Points Association and Georgia Agribusiness Council. Hill received a bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University.

David L. Miller of Lubbock is COO of Flat Wireless, and former vice chancellor of Research and Commercialization for the Texas Tech University System. He is vice president of Omega Mission International, and past board chair of the National Institute for Renewable Energy and Living Abundantly Ministries. Miller received a bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University, and a law degree and Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

Ofer Molad of Bellaire is president and CEO of Persys Medical. He is credited with innovating modern military medical technology by commercializing products such as the "Israeli Bandage," used during operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Molad received a bachelor's degree from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, a master's degree in counseling from the University of North Texas, and was a doctoral fellow of education and management at Clark University.

Richard Schoephoerster of El Paso is dean of the University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association and American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is also secretary/treasurer of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board, and a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and American and Texas societies of Professional Engineers. Schoephoerster received a bachelor's degree, master's degree and Doctorate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

John Schrock of McAllen is president and CEO of Lifetime Investments. He is a member and past chairman of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, and a board member of the University of Texas Pan American Foundation and Institute of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He is also past chairman of McAllen Affordable Housing and McAllen Medical Center Foundation, a past member of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Public Utility Board and McAllen City Commission, and secretary of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and National Museum of the Pacific War. Schrock served in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

Wesley Terrell of Richardson is an attorney for AT&T. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas World Affairs Council, National Black MBA Association, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of Greater Dallas, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Alumni Chapter. He is director/treasurer of the JL Turner Legal Association and Foundation, past director of Opera in the Heights, and a past board member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights Texas Advisory Board and City of Pearland Zoning Board of Adjustments. Terrell received a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a law degree from Columbia Law School, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Jaye Thompson of The Woodlands is senior vice president of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs for Opexa Therapeutics. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and BioHouston Associate Advisory Board, and a board member of Repros Therapeutics, MD Anderson Technology Review Committee and Class Act Productions. She is also a past member of the American Statistical Association and the Society for Clinical Trials. Thompson received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and a master's degree and Doctorate of Biostatistics from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health.

Richard Williams of Richardson is director of strategy and mergers and acquisitions for Energy Future Holdings. Williams received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

Robert "Bob" Wright II of Dallas is an attorney and consultant for Executives in Action. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Association of Corporate Counsel and National Association of Corporate Directors, and a past member of the Dallas Bar Association. He is founder and chair emeritus of Dallas Social Venture Partners, a founding board member and president emeritus of Social Venture Partners International, and a member of the OneStar Foundation. Wright received a bachelor's degree from Allegheny College, and a law degree and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

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