Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council provides supports, strategic guidance, and advocacy in establishing and advancing the components of the TRUE workforce initiative. The council champions the initiative, removes roadblocks, and works to secure resources for the initiative to upskill and reskill Texans.

Membership is comprised of distinguished business leaders with a record of accomplishment, and other key education, workforce and community leaders. The leadership of the council represents the different sectors of business and industry across the different regions of Texas. 

The BAC is a purely external advisory body, with no official governance authority or policy-making responsibility.

TACC Leadership
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Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College District
TACC Chair
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Mark Escamilla, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Del Mar College
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Joe May, Ed.D.
Chancellor, Dallas College
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Dr. Serrata
William Serrata, Ph.D.
President, El Paso Community College
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Richard Rhodes
Richard Rhodes, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Austin Community College
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Dr. Valek
Millicent Valek, Ph.D.
President, Brazosport College
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Greg Williams, Ed.D.
President, Odessa College
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Business & Industry Leaders
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
CEO & President, Texas Association of Manufacturers
Sonja Clark
Sonja Clark
HR Site Leader, Bell Helicopter
Nan Gibson
Nan Gibson
Executive Director, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase
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Teresa Grant
Teresa Grant
Workforce Development & Education Lead, Tesla
Mark Leitner
Mark Leitner
CEO, UT Health Carthage & Henderson
Bill Priefert
CEO, Priefert Manufacturing
Hector Rivero
Hector Rivero
CEO & President, Texas Chemical Council
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Michael VanDerSnick
Michael VanDerSnick
Senior Vice President, Americas Manufacturing at LyondellBasell
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Massey Villarreal
Massey Villarreal
CEO & President, Precision Task Group, Inc.
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Courtney Wardlaw
Courtney Wardlaw
Public and Government Affairs Advisor, XTO Energy/ExxonMobil
Josh Weatherly
Josh Weatherly
Director of Vertical Sales and Global Programs, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Ben Weinheimer
Ben Weinheimer
Vice President, Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Todd Williams
Todd Williams
Chairman & CEO, Commit Partnership
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Workforce Leaders
Tamara Atkinson
Tamara Atkinson
President, Exec. Directors Council, Texas Association of Workforce Boards Carlton Schwab, CEO, Texas Economic Development Council
Michael Jacobson
Michael Jacobson
Chair, Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce
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Carlton Schwab
Carlton Schwab
CEO, Texas Economic Development Council
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