Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council (BAC) provides strategic guidance in three key areas:

Changes in the economy and job market.

  • Provide insight into the areas of future job growth and the skills most critical to business and industry.

Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE).

  • Provide support, strategic guidance, and advocacy in establishing and advancing the components of the TRUE Initiative.

Legislative priorities and strategies.

  • Provide strategic guidance in advancing the components of the TACC legislative priorities in support of a stronger Texas economy.

 

The Business Advisory Council will advise on actions necessary to build effective employer aligned, demand-driven, education, training, and reskilling opportunities so Texans can obtain the skills necessary to succeed in jobs in the pandemic and post-pandemic economy.

Distinguished business leaders with a record of accomplishments comprise the BAC membership. These leaders represent a wide spectrum of business and industry sectors across Texas. 

The BAC serves in an advisory capacity to TACC.

Business & Industry Leaders
Woody Hunt
Woody L. Hunt
Senior Chairman of Board of Directors, Hunt Companies, Inc.
BAC Co-Chair
Bio
W. Serrata
William Serrata, Ph.D.
President, El Paso Community College
BAC Co-Chair
Bio
Tamara Atkinson
Tamara Atkinson
CEO, Workforce Solutions - Capital Area
Economic & Workforce Leader
Bio
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
CEO & President, Texas Association of Manufacturers
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Sonja Clark
Sonja Clark
Amarillo Site Leader, Bell
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Mark Escamilla, Ph.D.
Mark Escamilla, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Del Mar College
College Leader
Bio
Teresa Grant
Teresa Grant
Workforce Development & Education Lead, Tesla
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Jon Gustafson
Jon Gustafson
Director Workforce Partnerships and Incentives, Lockheed Martin
Business & Industry Leader
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Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College District
Bio
Michael Jacobson
Michael Jacobson
Chair, Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce
Economic & Workforce Leader
Bio
Dr. Brenda Kays
Brenda Kays, Ph.D.
President, Kilgore College
College Leader
Bio
Mark Leitner
Mark Leitner
CEO, UT Health Carthage & Henderson
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Jeremy McMillen, Ph.D.
Jeremey McMillen, Ed.D.
President, Grayson College
College Leader
Anne Motsenboker
Anne Motsenbocker
Former Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Richard Rhodes
Richard Rhodes, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Austin Community College
College Leader
Bio
Hector Rivero
Hector Rivero
CEO & President, Texas Chemical Council
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Carlton Schwab
Carlton Schwab
CEO, Texas Economic Development Council
Economic & Workforce Leader
Bio
Michael Simon
Michael Simon, Ed.D.
President, Angelina College
College Leader
Bio
Michael VanDerSnick
Michael VanDerSnick
Senior Vice President, Americas Manufacturing at LyondellBasell
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Massey Villarreal
Massey Villarreal
CEO & President, Precision Task Group, Inc.
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
B. Wallace
Brent Wallace, Ph.D.
Chancellor, North Central Texas College
College Leader
Bio
Courtney Wardlaw
Courtney Wardlaw
Public and Government Affairs Advisor, XTO Energy/ExxonMobil
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Josh Weatherly
Josh Weatherly
Director of Vertical Sales and Global Programs, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Ben Weinheimer
Ben Weinheimer
Vice President, Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Business & Industry Leader
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Greg Williams, Ed.D.
President, Odessa College
College Leader
Bio
Todd Williams
Todd Williams
Chairman & CEO, Commit Partnership
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
Justin Yancy
Justin Yancy
President, Texas Business Leadership Council
Economic & Workforce Leader
Bio
Ex-officio Members
J. Fraire
Jacob Fraire
President & CEO, Texas Association of Community Colleges
Ex-Officio Member
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Cynthia Ferrell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Texas Success Center
Ex-Officio Member
Bio
Andres Alcantar
Andres Alcantar
Public Policy Consultant
Ex-Officio Member
Bio
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