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Woodlands Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 21

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Greater Houston, will host the 34th Annual Economic Outlook Conference on Friday, February 21, 2020, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

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Attendees at the 2019 Economic Outlook Conference at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Photo by Rod Prado,

This year’s conference, themed “Innovative Solutions in a Diverse Community,” will feature a community, national and economy update, a CEO panel focused on technology and innovation, and keynotes highlighting the projected growth of the economy in Montgomery County and beyond.

Tickets are on sale now at for $199 and Chamber members receive a discounted price of $169.

“The Chamber’s Economic Outlook Conference not only features economic experts who share valuable information for business leaders about current events and the future of the economy, it also offers a business expo that provides sponsors and attendees the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with more than 700 professionals,” said Margo McZeal, Director of Governmental Affairs for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.




Renu Khator, the University of Houston System Chancellor and the University of Houston President, will give a keynote presentation.

A highlight of the 2020 event includes an Innovation Panel where four CEOs will discuss how the latest trends in innovation are helping to solve economic issues. Panelists include Clint Brinkley, Your Business Solutions CEO; Ashok Gowda, Biotex, Inc. President and CEO; Tony Nash, Complete Intelligence Founder and CEO; and Gabriella “Gaby” Rowe, The Ion Executive Director will discuss how the latest trends in innovation are helping businesses to solve economic issues.

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of the 8th District of Texas will deliver a National Update sharing local and global economic priorities that we will face in 2020, while Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, will provide a regional update detailing the job growth and economic vitality of The Woodlands area. In addition, attendees will hear an Economy Update from Jesse Thompson, a senior business economist of the Houston Branch of The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.




The Economic Outlook Conference is created and produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and made successful with the help of sponsors. Sponsors include:

Presenting Underwriters: Petroleum Wholesale, LP and Stibbs & Co. P.C. Attorneys.

Keynote Sponsor: Cypressbrook Company.

VIP Reception Sponsor: The Strong Firm P.C. Attorneys.

Platinum Sponsors: Consolidated Communications, Haynie & Company, Kean Miller LLP, Lone Star College, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, Howard Hughes, and Woodforest National Bank.

Lanyard Sponsor: Ikard & Company LLC.

Gold Sponsors: Colliers International, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Goldman Sachs, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sunbelt, Johnson Development Corporation, The Woodlands Township, Office Systems of Texas, Entergy Texas, Inc., The Richmond Realty Group RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, The Woodlands Christian Academy, Lane Property Tax Advocates, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, and The J. Beard Real Estate Company.


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Silver Sponsors: Jones & Carter, Inc., The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere, Toll Brothers, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, San Jacinto River Authority, Repsol and The John Cooper School.

Bronze Sponsors: 5Point Credit Union, Aqua Auto Wash, Avion Wealth, Better Bookkeepers, Inc., Blanton Advisors, LLC, ExxonMobil, Heightened Leaders, and Prosperity Bank – The Woodlands.

Volunteer leaders are a vital aspect of the conference. The Economic Outlook Conference leadership team includes Kevin Kastor of Consolidated Communications, vice president of government affairs and board member of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce; Kyle Rojas of Goldman, Sachs and Co. and team leader for the Economic Outlook Conference; and Angela Storseth of McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions and co-team leader for the Economic Outlook Conference.




Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at, or please contact, or call 281-367-5777.

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As the largest business association in the Houston region with more than 1,500 members, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to advocating for businesses, creating marketing and networking opportunities, serving as a professional and community resource and supporting charitable causes. For more information on The Chamber’s programs and services or to become a member, please visit or call 281-367-5777.