Evan Smith is CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including nine national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and six awards from the Online News Association. Previously, Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief.
Gen. Russell Honoré
As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, Gen. Honoré became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. A decorated 37-year Army veteran and global authority on leadership and emergency preparedness, Gen. Honoré now shares his no-nonsense approach to getting the job done by showing organizations how to successfully lead and execute a mission. Drawing on his in-the-trenches experience managing conflicts of both the natural and man-made variety, his disciplined leadership takeaways inspire audiences.
Dr. Mark G. Dotzour is a real estate economist who served for 18 years as Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. He combines academic training in economics, real estate, finance and history to make sense of current economic trends. He has given more than 1,450 presentations to more than 250,000 people and has written over 90 articles for magazines and journals. He makes complex economic issues easily understandable, and his research findings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine and Business Week. In 2015, Dotzour stepped down from his position at the Real Estate Center to focus all his time and effort on analyzing current economic conditions and communicating his analysis to others.
Daniel D. Mennenoh began his career in the title insurance industry in 1982 when he joined the H. B. Wilkinson Title Company, a privately held title agency established in 1883 in Morrison, Illinois. He was named President of the company in 1996 upon the retirement of his father, John Mennenoh. In addition to being a member of the ALTA Board of Governors and the association's president-elect, Mennenoh serves on several committees, is the Board Representative to the Membership and Organization Committee and is a member of the Title Action Network. He currently serves as the Title Industry Assurance Company’s President and Board Chairman, and has served as Director and as President of the Illinois Land Title Association.