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
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Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College District
BAC Co-Chair
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Woody Hunt
Woody L. Hunt
Senior Chairman of Board of Directors, Hunt Companies, Inc.
BAC Co-Chair
Bio
Tamara Atkinson
Tamara Atkinson
CEO, Workforce Solutions - Capital Area
Economic & Workforce Leader
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Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
CEO & President, Texas Association of Manufacturers
Business & Industry Leader
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Sonja Clark
Sonja Clark
Amarillo Site Leader, Bell Helicopter
Business & Industry Leader
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Escamilla
Mark Escamilla, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Del Mar College
College Leader
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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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Michael Jacobson
Michael Jacobson
Chair, Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce
Economic & Workforce Leader
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Mark Leitner
Mark Leitner
CEO, UT Health Carthage & Henderson
Business & Industry Leader
Bio
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Joe May, Ed.D.
Chancellor, Dallas College
College Leader
Bio
Anne Motsenboker
Anne Motsenbocker
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase
Business & Industry Leader
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Bill Priefert
Bill Priefert
CEO, Priefert Manufacturing
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
Dr. Serrata
William Serrata, Ph.D.
President, El Paso Community College
College Leader
Bio
Dr. Valek
Millicent Valek, Ph.D.
President, Brazosport College
College Leader
Bio
Michael VanDerSnick
Michael VanDerSnick
Senior Vice President, Americas Manufacturing at LyondellBasell
Business & Industry Leader
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Massey Villarreal
Massey Villarreal
CEO & President, Precision Task Group, Inc.
Business & Industry 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
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Todd Williams
Todd Williams
Chairman & CEO, Commit Partnership
Business & Industry Leader
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Justin Yancy
Justin Yancy
President, Texas Business Leadership Council
Economic & Workforce Leader
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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
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Andres Alcantar
Andres Alcantar
Public Policy Consultant
Ex-Officio Member
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