Speaker Date Topic
Steve Aldrich, County Commissioner Sep 19, 2018
Brazos County Commissioner Pct #1

Steve was born in Roswell New Mexico in 1954 to Richard and Rella Aldrich as their second son.  He grew up in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas.  Steve moved from Midland to Corpus Christi and then to New Orleans LA to finish High School.   He started his college education at the University of Arizona and then transferred to Texas A&M in 1976 to finish his degree in Geography / Urban Planning and Environmental Studies.

While attending Texas A&M Steve developed a deep appreciation for the great life in Brazos County and returned to Aggieland in 1979 to settle down, grow deep roots, raise a family with his wife Lisa and eventually raise two boys.  Since 1980 Steve has developed his professional career as a Registered Representative and Registered Principal in the investment securities, investment management and financial consulting business.

As an Eagle Scout, Steve’s love for the tenant in the Scout Oath “to help other people at all times” led him to be active in our community as a volunteer and elected official.  He served for 12 years as a College Station ISD Trustee, 3 years as a City of College Station Councilmember and currently serves as Brazos County Commissioner Pct 1. 

Dr. David Flint, Author, Professor, Entrepreneur Sep 26, 2018
The V-REEL® Framework for Strategy Development
For more than 20 years, Dr. David Flint has been teaching business 
strategy and consulting with businesses of all sizes, across a broad 
ranges of industries. Through the years of working to help individuals 
and organizations form sound strategy, he noticed a problem. Many of the 
people, particularly young people, he was working with had a hard time 
wading through all the information available to them, organizing their 
thoughts, and thinking clearly toward sound strategy. They often did not 
know where to begin to actually build a strategy or present a plan. 
Strategic thinking alluded them. To help his students and clients ask 
the right questions and move from information overload to clear, 
well-reasoned strategy recommendations, Dr. Flint created the V-REEL® 
Framework for strategy development. In 2018, he released his book, 
"Think Beyond Value: Building Strategy to Win," introducing the framework 
to the world at large. He also launched a podcast, "Thinking Beyond: 
Conversations with Strategic Thinkers," all toward the end of 
encouraging good strategic thinking in business and in life.

David currently serves as a Clinical Professor at Mays Business School 
at Texas A&M University where he teaches strategic management and entrepreneurship, 
and leads students on study abroad programs. He is 
also a consultant, public speaker, and author. David has been engaged in entrepreneurial 
activities since the early 1980s across multiple industries and is 
presently involved in board or leadership positions across business 
endeavors in software applications, real estate, and insurance. David 
serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations with both 
domestic and international activities and is deeply committed to about helping 
businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals succeed. Toward that goal, 
David developed the V-REEL® Framework to help organizations and 
individuals think beyond value and create sound strategy for business 
and for life.

 

Jim Kite Oct 03, 2018
Update on the Children of the Dump
Andrew Natsios Oct 10, 2018
Texas at Risk: Are We Doing Enough to Protect Texans against the Next Hurricane?
Larry Napper Oct 17, 2018
Stabilizing U.S.-Russian Relations: Mission Impossible?
Erin Snider Oct 24, 2018
Rethinking U.S.-Egyptian Relations
William Brown Oct 31, 2018
The Brazos Valley Initiative of the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy
Jason Jennings Nov 28, 2018
President, Baylor Scott & White Update

Jason D. Jennings, FACHE is currently the president for Baylor Scott & White Health – College Station Region. Jennings is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. He also holds master’s degrees in physical therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and in business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. Jennings received the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus award from Texas A&M University, College of Biomedical Science. Jennings is a native Texan and grew up in Arlington, Texas. Jason and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Reagan and Taylor.

Andrew P. Morriss ‘18 Jan 23, 2019
Introduction to the Texas A&M School of Innovation

Andrew P. Morriss ‘18
Dean, Texas A&M University School of Innovation
Vice President, Office of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Prior to serving as Dean of Texas A&M University’s School of Innovation and Vice President of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Andrew served as Dean of the Texas A&M University School of Law and the Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chairholder. Andrew was the D. Paul Jones & Charlene A. Jones Chairholder in Law at The University of Alabama, was the Workman Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, and the Roush Chair at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has taught in Greece, Guatemala and Hong Kong, and lectured in Cambodia, the Cayman Islands, China, Myanmar and Nepal.

Morriss earned his A.B. from Princeton, his J.D. and Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. In 2018, he earned an Aggie Ring and completed a Master’s in Educational Technology at Texas A&M University.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Montana; Chair of the Editorial Board of the Cayman Financial Review; a Research Scholar at the Regulatory Studies Center, George Washington University; a Research Fellow of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law; and a Senior Fellow of the Reason Foundation.

Dean Morriss is married to Dr. Carol Akers ’87 who received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. They have two daughters, Kathleen and Julia.