About the Economic Alliance Board of Directors

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region is managed by a seven-member Executive Board whose members are drawn from a mix of the public, private, and education sectors.  Executive Board members serve staggered three-year terms with the option to renew.  One must be an investor in the Economic Alliance at the Partner Level and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the organization in order to be selected for Executive Board membership. The Executive Board is responsible for approval of the fiduciary operations of the Economic Alliance as well as major mission or administrative policy directives.

In addition to the Executive Board, the Economic Alliance hosts a member-based, non-voting Elected Board that consists of members invested at the Corporate Level or higher who demonstrate commitment to the mission of the organization through Task Force involvement and other areas.  The Executive Board has between 30 and 35 members each year, and members serve in staggered three-year terms.

Executive Board

Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates
Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & AssociatesChairman
Currently, Mr. Cote is a Vice President at Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the U.S. With over ten years of industry experience, Mr. Cote is an active member and PAC Trustee for the Associated Builders & Contractors of Houston and an active member in the Texas Truckers Association of Houston. For the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, Mr. Cote is an Executive Board Member and a member of the Business Growth Committee.
Karen Gregory, Centerpoint Energy
Karen Gregory, Centerpoint EnergyTreasurer
Karen is a Regional Manager of Economic Development for CenterPoint Energy where she has served in that role since 2007. She manages economic development efforts in the north and eastern parts of the service territory, focusing on the attraction of manufacturing and petrochemical industries into the area. Karen is active on the boards of numerous regional economic development organizations, which includes serving as in coming Chairman of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. She also serves on the Greater Houston Manufacturer Association board and is active on the Texas Economic Development Council board where she served as the 2013 chairman of the state’s Community Economic Development Awards program.
Roger Blackburn, Wood Group USA, Inc.
Roger Blackburn, Wood Group USA, Inc. Secretary
For 40 (+) years he has been part of the Contracting Industry that serves the Petrochemical Business. In 2010, he was privileged to serve as TOCAS Chairperson for Dow Chemical and the Contractors within the Freeport, Texas area.

He has filled many roles and eventually became President of a General Mechanical company. For the past seven years, he has worked for Wood Group USA, Inc. – Downstream & Chemicals (formerly Infinity Construction Services LP) as an Executive Account Manager.

Glenn Royal, Royal Harbor Partners
Glenn Royal, Royal Harbor Partners Vice Chair
Glenn Royal is a problem solver who works to better the quality of life for residents of Seabrook. The centerpiece of his agenda is the rebuild of State Highway 146 along with encouraging quality business development that enhances Seabrook as wonderful community to live, work, and play. He was elected to the office of Mayor for the City of Seabrook in May, 2011 and ran unopposed for a second, and final, three-year term in 2014.

Glenn is active in the community having served as past-president of Seabrook Rotary Club, past-president of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area advisory board, and former executive board member of Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran). He currently represents Seabrook as a member of Seabrook Economic Development Corporation, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Executive Board member of the Economic Alliance of the Houston Port Region where he also serves on the regional Transportation Task Force, and Harris County Small Cities alternate representative on the Transportation Planning Council of the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College
Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto CollegeVice Chair
Dr. Brenda Hellyer is San Jacinto College’s fifth chancellor and the first woman to hold that office. She began her career at the College as an inaugural director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. In 2000, she was appointed Executive Vice President for Resource Development and in 2003 Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs. She served as chief financial officer for five years and then served as Executive Vice Chancellor. Prior to joining SJC, Hellyer worked in the corporate world as an accountant in both the private and public arena.
Bob Bradshaw, INEOS
Bob Bradshaw, INEOSVice Chair
Rob Bacon, ExxonMobil
Rob Bacon, ExxonMobilVice Chair
Rob earned a Bachelor of Science in
Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M
University in 1991 and an MBA from the
University of Houston Clear Lake in
1995. Rob joined Exxon Chemical in
1991 at the Baytown Chemical Plant as
a unit contact engineer.
Throughout his career, he has had a variety of roles in Operations,
P lanning, and Technology. Some of
these roles include Global Manufacturing Planner (2003 05), North
American Olefins Business T eam L eader (2006 08), Operations
Department H ead (2008 11), Global Benchmarking M anager (2012 16),
and Technology Operations Manager (2016 18). Rob has also worked
at multiple sites Baytown Chemical Plant (twice), Rotterdam
Aromatics Plant, Baton Rouge Chemical Plant, Chemicals
Headquarters, and the Baytown Technology Center.
Rob has been married to Amy for 28 years and they have one daughter
Ellie who is a student at Texas A&M. Rob enjoys Aggie sports, golf,
boating, fishing, travel, church activities, and working in the backyard.

Elected Board

Private Industry

Jim Griffin, San Jacinto College – Center for Petrochemical, Energy & Technology

Leonard A. Bedell, Mobil Steel International, Inc.

Katie Yount, McDonough Engineering

Jeffrey Kuhn, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Chip Schweiger, PKF Texas

Chris Talley, Structure Tone

Robert Armstrong, Kuraray America, Inc.

Liz Fazio Hale, Gulf Coast Authority

Janet Gonzales, Bank of Texas

Kristi Claypool, Meador Staffing Services

Crystal Cedro, Hunter Buildings

Tony Krause, Covestro

Buddy Tucker, Ohmstede Industrial Services Inc. Connie Tilton, ExxonMobil

Nathanael Ince, PinnacleART

Matthew Blunck, Enterprise Holdings

Marshall Deluca, Orion Group Holdings, Inc.

Randy Boeding, R.Boeding Group, LLC

Charles Montgomery, International Longshoremens Association

Marcelo Moacyr, BGE

Wayne Webb, Community Bank of Texas

Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Lee College

Dennis Winkler, Winkler Public Relations

Brent Cockerham, Moody National Bank

John Grimes, LBC Tank Terminals

Doug Mansfield, Mansfield Marketing

Jim Smith, Doggett Industries

Prem Vuthandam, Shell Deer Park

Natalie Picha, Royal Harbor Partners, LLC

John Golashesky, Turner Industries

Randy Gartz, BBVA

Captain Robert Thompson, Houston Pilots

Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College

Thomas Brinsko, BIC Alliance

Chris Cain, LyondellBasell La Porte Plant

Jay Bice, H+M Industrial EPC

Luis Aguilar, Houston Area Safety Council

John Hutcherson, Flint Hills Resources

Kirk Kveton, Action Supply

Stephanie King, BakerRipley

Angelique Bartholomew, MPact Strategic Consulting

Roger Gossett, Tricon Holdings

Cities, Chambers & Elected/Appointed Officials

Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Harris County – Precinct 2

Commissioner Roy Mease, Port of Houston Authority

Mayor Brandon Capetillo, City of Baytown

Mayor Jerry Mouton, City of Deer Park

Mayor Esmeralda Moya, City of Galena Park

Gwen Tillitson, City of Houston

Mayor Ana Diaz, City of Jacinto City

Mayor Louis R. Rigby, City of La Porte

Mayor Michel Bechtel, City of Morgan’s Point

Mayor Jeff Wagner, City of Pasadena

Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland

Mayor Thom Kolupski, City of Seabrook

Mayor David Jennings, City of Shoreacres

Mayor Joe Soto, City of South Houston

Tracey Wheeler , Baytown Chamber of Commerce

Tim Culp , Deer Park Chamber of Commerce

Jim Wadzinski, Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce

Frances Castaneda Dyess, Houston East End Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Martin, La Porte/Bayshore Chamber of Commerce,

Margie Buentello, North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce

Cristina Womack, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Carol Artz-Bucek, Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce

Kay Barbour, South Belt – Ellington Chamber of Commerce

Paul Chavez, Seabrook Economic Development Corporation