MEET ATX. Austin’s Top Executives – 2019 Speaker Series

Join us for Meet ATX, a monthly happy hour / speaker series with Austin’s top executives. Each happy hour features a distinguished Austin-based entrepreneur, executive, or panel. Speakers will discuss their journeys in business and leadership. Spaces fill up fast, reserve your seat now!

Austin business professionals are invited to join us for networking, cocktails, and insight into the minds of some of Austin’s most innovative and accomplished leaders. In addition, we will be hosting a mini-Q&A for inquiries regarding the Invited MBA and why it might be the program for you.

2019 Event Schedule 

October 1st, 2019

MEET ATX: How I Became CEO of WP Engine with Heather Brunner

Tues, Oct 1st, 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W 5th St. #1100

Schedule

6:30-7:00 pm Networking
7:00-8:00 pm Fireside chat / Q&A
8:00-8:30 pm Mix & Mingle

Speaker Bio

Heather Brunner, as chairwoman and CEO, has steered WP Engine to hyper-growth and global expansion, with offices in Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, London, Limerick, and Brisbane serving 90,000 customers in more than 135 countries. A 27-year technology veteran, Ms. Brunner helped create billions in value, driven customer success, and led business strategy for both privately funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Brunner received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Central Texas award for technology. This year, Fortune has given WP Engine three awards for Best Place To Work for Millennials, as a top Mid-sized Business and as a top workplace in Technology. She serves on the board of directors for Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT).

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November 4th, 2019

MEET ATX: How We Created SXSW Interactive with Hugh Forrest

Tues, Nov 5th 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W 5th St. #1100

Schedule

6:30-7:00 pm Networking
7:00-8:00 pm Fireside chat / Q&A
8:00-8:30 pm Mix & Mingle

Speaker Bio

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). Scheduled March 13-22, 2020 in Austin, this event brings together more than 70,000 industry creatives from across the United States and around the world. These creatives are inspired by nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.

Forrest was named Austinite of the Year in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kenyon College, his alma matter.

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January 7th, 2020

MEET ATX: Free Networking Happy Hour

Tues, Jan 7th, 2020
Industrious Austin
201 W 5th St. #1100

We invite our MEET ATX community to join us for a FREE networking happy hour. Bring yourself, bring a friend, and network with some of Austin's best and brightest as we kick off the year! As always, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided.

February 4th, 2020

MEET ATX: How I Built Big Ass Fans

Tues, Feb 4th, 2020
Industrious Austin
201 W 5th St #1100

Schedule

6:30-7:00 pm Networking
7:00-8:00 pm Fireside chat / Q&A
8:00-8:30 pm Mix & Mingle

Speaker Bio

A career entrepreneur, Carey Smith founded Big Ass Fans in 1999 and served as its CEO, or Chief Big Ass as he preferred, for 18 years. While other companies made and lost their fortunes, Carey’s contrarian business practices and relentless pursuit of new markets and high-quality products led to sustained, rapid growth.

By 2017, Carey had grown the fan and light manufacturer to more than $250 million in annual revenue and around a thousand employees. And he’d done it without any outside investors. Ready for a new challenge, he sold Big Ass Fans for $500 million. The company’s stock appreciation rights program paid out $50 million to more than 100 loyal employees who shared Carey’s work ethic with 15 becoming instant millionaires.

Carey is now focused on his latest business — Austin-based Unorthodox Ventures. He modeled this twist on the classic business incubator after a group at Big Ass Fans that explored new technologies outside the company's core efforts. And when the staff of Unorthodox Ventures succeeds, they’ll profit, too, as they have stakes in both the company and the businesses they build.

Past Events

January 29th, 2019

Alissa Bayer, Founder and Owner, milk + honey spa

January 29th
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bio: After completing her MBA at The University of Texas at Austin, Alissa decided to forgo a traditional post-MBA job and instead launched milk + honey spa. Today, it encompasses a thriving collection of five spas in Austin and Houston — with two new Dallas/Fort Worth locations underway.

February 19th, 2019

Mason Arnold, Founder & Veggie Nerd, Cece's Veggie Co.

February 19th
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bio: Mason is a serial entrepreneur with fresh food, organics, and sustainability always at the core. His current venture, Cece’s® Veggie Co., was founded in 2015 and is a pioneer brand in making high-quality, fresh pasta out of vegetables. Cece’s innovative veggie products have been recognized with awards from the leading trade associations in the produce industry.

March 5th, 2019

Cindy Y. Lo, Founder and Owner, Red Velvet Events

March 5th
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bio: When Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP started Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner (RVE) 16 years ago, she did so with the mission to Outplan, Outplay and Outparty! RVE is a full-service creative events agency and Austin DMC. Cindy is a recent author of Behind the Red Velvet Curtain. Connect with RVE on all the major social media channels (@RedVelvetEvents) to see behind the scenes of what event life is like at RVE. Cindy calls Austin, Texas home with her husband of 14 years and their 2 children.

April 2nd, 2019

MEET ATX: How I Started uShip and LIFT Aircraft with Matt Chasen

April 2nd
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bio: Matt Chasen is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor focusing on technology, transportation, and aerospace. Matt founded uShip and served as its CEO for 14 years – during which time he built the company to be the largest and most successful online marketplace for shipping and transportation services, achieving 1 million deliveries and $1B in gross sales across 19 countries since 2004. Matt was named an ABJ Best CEO (2012), has earned Austin Under 40 and Texas “Rising Star” honors (2011), and was an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (2010). He holds his MBA and BS degree (Mechanical Engineering) from University of Texas at Austin.

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May 7th, 2019

MEET ATX Panel: How I Leveraged My Ex-pat Assignment to Boost My Career

Tue, May 7, 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bios:
Angeline Tucker is a VP at Dell and supports the Global CFO org with 8000 team members. She spent two years with Dell in Shanghai, as VP of HR for Greater China. She holds a B.S Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Annette Alexander is the Chief People Officer at WP Engine. During her career, she has lived in 5 countries cultivating an impressive track record of successfully building and leading global HR teams. Prior to coming to Austin, she held senior leadership positions in Europe with companies such as PayPal, eBay, Danaher, Barclays and Dell, where she was instrumental in launching the company’s office in Scotland. Annette graduated from Purdue with a Masters in HR. Annette moved to Austin from Paris, France in 2013.

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Jun 4th, 2019

MEET ATX: How I Built and Sold a $300M Company in Austin with Vinay Bhagat

Tue, Jun 4, 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bio:
Vinay Bhagat – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Vinay is an entrepreneur passionate about tackling big problems. Vinay conceived TrustRadius after experiencing challenges when buying enterprise solutions at his last company. In 1999, Vinay founded Convio, the leading SaaS platform for nonprofits. In April 2010, Convio became a public company, and was acquired in May 2012 for $325 million. Prior to Convio, Vinay was a Director at Trilogy Software and a Consultant at Bain & Company in London, Hong Kong and Kiev. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, an MS Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a MA Engineering Information Sciences from Cambridge University with First Class Honors. When he’s not working, Vinay loves playing with his kids, swimming and the occasional squash game.

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Jul 2nd, 2019

MEET ATX: How a Liberal Arts Degree Landed Me in the C-Suite with Mark Hammer, CEO of Bloomfire

Tue, Jul 2, 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W.5th Street #1100

Schedule

6:30 - 7:00 pm Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm Fireside Chat / Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 pm Mix and Mingle

Speaker Bio:
Mark has over three decades of product, management, and strategy experience at software, education, and energy companies. While Mark started out leveraging his liberal arts degree directly in advertising and marketing, his responsibilities eventually included senior management positions at SmartBear Software, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and CompassLearning, among others.

At Bloomfire, Mark has driven unprecedented growth for the company’s knowledge and insights sharing platform, with customers that include Southwest Airlines, Capital One, and FedEx. Bloomfire has consistently been rated one of Austin’s Best Places to Work.

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August 6th, 2019

MEET ATX: Free Networking Happy Hour

Tues, Aug 6th, 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W 5th St. #1100

We invite our MEET ATX community to join us for a FREE networking happy hour. Bring yourself, bring a friend, and network with some of the accepted members of the Invited MBA Fall 2019 class. As always, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided.

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September 3rd, 2019

MEET ATX: How To Create Successful Marketing Campaigns with Christa Tuttle, Founder of Launch Marketing

Tues, Sep 3rd, 2019
Industrious Austin
201 W 5th St. #1100

Schedule

6:30-7:00 pm Networking
7:00-8:00 pm Fireside chat / Q&A
8:00-8:30 pm Mix & Mingle

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