August 2018 Print

President's Report

I hope you are having an enjoyable and safe summer. We had two outstanding events in July:

  • On July 10, we had an excellent panel discussion on “Emerging Trends in Payments Technologies” hosted by our Emerald sponsor BBVA. Panelists included thought-leaders from BBVA, Deloitte, First Data and the FBI.

  • On July 26, we sold out our first Career Management event. The topic was “Networking for Introverts and Extroverts” presented by Barbara Stewart of Accelus Partners.

Our upcoming events in August and September include:

  • The August 15 breakfast, sponsored by our Platinum sponsor Bank of America, will feature a discussion of “Emerging Trends in Enterprise Innovation and Ways the Changing FinTech Landscape Maybe Impacting Firms Locally in Houston”. Panelists will include:
    • Kapil Chhibber, Senior Vice President Technology Partnership Development, Bank of America.
    • Christopher A. King, Senior Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America
    • Aziz Gilani, Managing Director at Mercury

  • On August 8, we will have the first in a series of FEI Women’s Roundtable events at Masraff’s restaurant. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in their individual The Fascination Advantage™ Leadership Assessment courtesy of our Platinum sponsor The Siegfried Group.

  • Our first chapter dinner meeting of the year will be September 18.
    • Our professional development topic will be presented by Phil Willingham from Platinum sponsor Robert Half. The topic will be “The Houston Labor Market Overview and Turning Corporate Culture into a Competitive Advantage”. Given the tightening labor market and highly competitive environment for attracting and retaining top talent, this is a not to-be-missed topic.
    • Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cunningham will be our dinner speaker. In addition to being a pioneer in space, Mr. Cunningham has also been a fighter pilotphysicistentrepreneurventure capitalist, and author. Mr. Cunningham’s topic will be: "Human Caused Global Warming Hoax".
  • On September 25, we will have our second Career Management luncheon event titled “Managing Your Executive Brand”, presented by Cecilia Rose, Executive Coach and Career Strategist. Be sure to register in advance. This event will be held at Eddie V’s on Kirby.

  • On September 26, we will have our first Networking Happy Hour of the year. It will be at Barcelona Lounge.

At all of our events we encourage you to bring a colleague who will enjoy expanding their executive network.

More details and registration for all these and additional events this fall are included below and at To schedule your calendar for all events during our upcoming chapter year follow this link to Calendar.

On behalf of your chapter leadership team, we thank you for your support and participation in our chapter during the upcoming year. If you have any suggestions or want to participate in a committee don’t hesitate to contact me at

Best Wishes and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming chapter event.

Rob Schmitz
FEI Houston Chapter President 2018-19

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