Board of Directors
- Francisco Albornoz
Francisco Albornoz manages the banking relationship and financial services team for a portfolio of commercial clients at Frost Bank, while focusing on developing new middle-market business customers in the areas surrounding the Mueller, 26 Doors, and Tarrytown financial centers. Additionally, he oversees Frost’s community involvement, volunteer efforts, and sponsorship within Mueller and the surrounding communities. Francisco volunteers with the Hill Country Conservancy and currently serves for the second year on EPIC’s leadership council. He is a member of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation’s Stewards of the Wild young professional group, Austin Young Chamber, and the Real Estate Council of Austin. A native of Austin, Francisco is a sportsman with a passion for music, food, and the outdoors. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrating in Finance and Business Law.
- *Jon Beall
Jon Beall sat on the Board of Envision Central Texas, formed in 2001 to assist in the public development and implementation of a regional vision addressing the growth of Central Texas. In addition, Jon serves as a Board Member for the Save Barton Creek Association, a non-profit formed in 1979 to protect the six watersheds that feed the Barton Springs’ Edwards Aquifer, and on the Board of the Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance. He is also a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, and the Citizens Advisory Committee for LCRA.
- *Ryan Berger (Treasurer)
Ryan Berger Properties, LLC
Mr. Berger is a Principal in The Berger Company and is the Founder of Ryan Berger Properties, an affiliate of The Berger Company based in Austin, Texas. Through the affiliated company, he seeks retail, hospitality, & parking investment and development opportunities with a geographic focus in Texas and the Southeastern United States. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member and an active member of the Real-Estate Council of Austin. Mr. Berger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Jeb Boyt
Attorney at Law
Jeb Boyt is an attorney in private practice. Previously, he has worked at the Office of the Texas Attorney General, the Texas General Land Office, and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Jeb is a Board Member of the Alliance for Public Transportation and Austin Metro Trails & Greenways. He has previously served on the City of Austin’s Parks Board, Downtown Commission, and Waller Creek Commission. A native of Liberty County, Jeb has lived in Austin since 1993.
- *Cooper Drenner
Heritage Title Company
A lifelong Austinite, Cooper Drenner holds a BBA in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from the University of Texas. Cooper joined Heritage Title in 2011 with the title of Commercial Business Development Representative. Cooper has a diverse background in commercial real estate with experience in leasing, brokerage, debt origination, and land entitlements. Active in business, civic, and charitable organizations, Cooper is involved in a wide range of organizations in Austin. He is a member of the 2010 Leadership Development Class of The Real Estate Council of Austin. He also served as committee members for RECA’s Knock Out Night, Christmas in October, and Vote Now Austin. He is an active member in the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute as well.
- Dowe D. Gullatt
Attorney at Law
For over three decades Dowe Gullatt has represented the interests of individuals and businesses dealing with governmental, business, real estate, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, sports, and entertainment issues. Dowe began his career as Assistant to the Director of Public Affairs and Staff Attorney for the University of Texas System. He has served as Director of Business Development for OZZ Research; he was a partner in, EMTEEN, L.L.C., specializing in the development of strategic partners for start-up enterprises; and an owner of Worldwide Security Consultants, marketing a portable security device. Additionally, Dowe was a sports agent representing professional athletes in addition to his other practice areas. He was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Municipal Law) in 2007. Dowe also has substantial experience with state and municipal contractual and procurement issues on behalf of business clients.
- Eric Hoffman
Norton Rose Fulbright
Eric is an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright (Fulbright & Jaworski), where he focuses exclusively on the representation of health care providers in state and federal courts. Eric grew up in Austin and received a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies at Cornell University. Eric received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University, where he served as university student body president and honor council chair.
- Gerardo Interiano
Gerardo Interiano currently serves as the Head of Google Fiber Community Affairs in Texas. Prior to joining Google, Gerardo served as Counsel to Speaker Joe Straus in the Texas House of Representatives during the 82nd Legislature. He had previously worked as Deputy Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith in Washington, D.C. Gerardo also served as an Appointments Manager in Governor Rick Perry’s Administration and as Chief Committee Clerk of the Texas House Appropriations Committee during the 80th Legislature. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 2006. Gerardo is married to the former Aynsley Fuess and they have two daughters, Isabela and Sofia.
- *Ashley Kegley-Whitehead
Buie & Co.
Among many of her public relations responsibilities, Ashley Kegley Whitehead leads the social media practice for Buie & Co. and was a key contributor to the firm’s leadership in adopting and promoting social media as a strategic communications tool. In a typical day, Ashley does anything from community involvement and messaging to web site development and media outreach. She thrives on the balance between creativity and strategy that Buie & Co. provides. Some of her current clients include the City of Dripping Springs, Williamson County’s Road Bond Program, Ferrari of North America and HDR, Inc. She graduated cum laude from Texas State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. Ashley is a Leadership Austin graduate, a former member of HCC’s Emerging Professionals in Conservation Leadership Council, a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Austin Chapter, Secretary of the City’s Off Leash Animal Advisory Committee, a member of The Trail Foundation, Real Estate Council of Austin and a volunteer with Keep Austin Beautiful.
- Laura Lane, M.A., FAAA
Austin Regional Clinic
Laura Lane grew up in Austin and obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Texas. She has spent her Audiology career in adult and pediatric diagnostics and hearing aid dispensing with Austin Regional Clinic. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, Austin Audiological Society, and is Board Certified. Laura is a proud Austin native who enjoys hiking, biking, and picnics in the Texas hill country with her husband and young son.
- Carlotta McLean
Land Advisors Organization
Carlotta is a fifth-generation Austinite who began her land brokerage career in 1994. Her background spans a range of land transactions including residential, commercial, ranch and investment properties. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to co-founding Riley-Mclean Land, she gained valuable land-brokerage and business experience working with Land Advisors Organization, Wilson & Godrick Realtors, Allen Real Estate and the Austin White Lime Company. Carlotta has represented every category or land buyer and seller through her career with her success attributable to dedication, hard work, and integrity. Carlotta is active in the community, serving as a member of the Austin Board of Realtors, Austin Commercial Real Estate Society, the Real Estate Council of Austin, Texas Alliance of Land Brokers, and as a board member of Hill Country Conservancy. Carlotta’s husband, Bill McLean, is a land-use attorney. They have two sons, William and John Henry.
- Tory Meyer, M.D.
Austin Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Tory Meyer grew up in Chappaqua, New York and received his bachelor of arts in Biology at Yale University. After taking a year to work and travel, he attended Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and received his medical degree. Dr. Meyer spent the following seven years at the University Hospital in Cincinnati where he completed a General Surgery Residency including two years of basic science research in the area of intestinal cytokine production during sepsis. He did his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship and an ECMO Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. He is board certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Meyer moved to Austin in 2000 and has been active in multiple hospital committees including the Dell Children’s Medical Center planning committees, the Peer Review committee, and the Surgery Council in which he has served as the past Department Chief of Pediatric Surgery. He is the present Vice-Chief of Staff at Dell Children’s. His surgical interests include laparoscopy and thoracoscopy and surgical oncology. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society.
- Nick Moulinet
With more than 17 years in the land development industry, Nick has worked on both the owner and consultant side of the table. Since moving to Texas in 2002, Nick has been an integral part of the development process for local, national and international clients. With his vast network, he has helped Bury and its clients realize the potential of projects across geographic lines and market sectors. Nick’s true value is realized when the needs and opportunities of clients intersect. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. He is an executive board member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and is an active member of the ULI, ICSC and NAHB.
- *Will Powers (Chair, Land Committee)
Powers Energy Consulting, LLC
Will was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. His family has been ranching in South Texas for almost 200 years, and he has spent his life developing a deep appreciation for the natural beauty and bounty of Texas. Will moved to Austin seven years ago to court a cute girl from Waco. He and Catherine now spend their days directing the energy of their two-year-old daughter, Genevieve. In his free time, he enjoys work as an independent oil and gas consultant, volunteering for HCC and Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, editing for Spearing Magazine, and the occasional freedive spearfishing adventure.
- Bob Richardson
As founding principal and CEO of RVi, Bob has more than 30 years of professional planning and design experience. Nationally recognized as a leader, he is particularly skilled at structuring consultant teams tailored to the specific needs of today’s clients. In addition to his responsibilities at RVi, Bob has served as President of the Board of Directors for Ballet Austin, Austin Natural Science Association and the Heritage Society of Austin. He has played an active role in professional and civic organizations including the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Austin Parks Foundation, the Real Estate Council of Austin, the Dripping Springs Park and Recreation Commission and the Greater Dripping Springs Community Foundation.
- Maile Roberts-Loring
The Salt Lick
Maile Roberts-Loring is a native Texan and proud Austinite with deep roots in the community. Her family started The Salt Lick Restaurant in 1967 and she founded Salt Lick Cellars in 2010. Since graduating from UT in 2012, she divides her time managing daily operations at both the Salt Lick and Salt Lick Cellars. Maile has a B.B.A in Operations Management & Psychology from Emory University and an M.B.A. from University of Texas at Austin-McCombs School of Business.
- Leland Rocchio
Jordan Foster Construction
Mr. Rocchio is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree in Construction Management. Mr. Rocchio began working in the construction industry in 1994 and has held the positions of project engineer, senior project engineer, assistant project manager, project manager, business development manager, and vice president. Mr. Rocchio is a member of the Urban Land Institute – Austin Chapter.
- Katie Ryan
Katie is Senior Manager of Sustainability for NRG Energy, a company at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. Katie specifically supports NRG Home, the business group focused on empowering its millions of customers with the ability to access and generate clean power at home or on the go. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin, class of 2011. Katie is an active EPIC member and a big fan of the Hill Country for the running, hiking, riding bikes and the sunrises it provides.
Prior to NRG, Katie spent a decade in public relations, leading communications for a renewable energy company and also working for the global PR agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Katie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Business Honors and Marketing degree and spent her first year after college driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
- Jill Shackelford
Jill Shackelford founded Industrial Asphalt, Inc. in 1995 with her brother Joe. In 2011, Jill sold Industrial Asphalt. Jill was the Partner of KBDJ LP, a limestone quarry in Buda Texas and was instrumental in permitting this Greenfield site as a quality limestone operation. Jill has knowledge in all areas of the permitting process including air quality permits, water pollution abatement plans, groundwater monitoring and emissions reductions programs, and asphalt technology from production to placement. Jill’s family includes, husband Sam, daughter Jordan, and son Ridge. Jill enjoys playing tennis, bible study, and spending time at the family ranch Papalote in Encinal Texas.
- *Rob Shands (President)
Live Oak Gottesman, LLC
Rob Shands serves as managing partner of investments for Live Oak-Gottesman where he oversees operations and execution of the organization’s investment activities, including acquisition/disposition, development, and asset management. He serves as a member of the Management Team and Investment Committee. Shands’ decade of commercial real estate experience includes finance, investments, capital markets, asset management, acquisitions, dispositions and development. Prior to Live Oak, Shands was vice president of Real Estate Lending at Frost Bank in Austin, Texas. In addition to Hill Country Conservancy, Shands serves on the boards of Real Estate Council of Austin and First Bank of Conroe. Shands is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BBA in Finance.
- Craig Smith
Office of the Travis County Attorney
Craig Smith has served on the District board of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) since 1998 as the representative of Precinct No. 5, which includes Barton Springs. He is an Assistant Travis County Attorney and a year-round daily swimmer (100 miles in 2012). He is also a Board Member of Save Barton Creek Association.
- *Taylor Steed (Secretary)
Four T Realty, LLC
Taylor Steed is responsible for sourcing, developing and underwriting commercial real estate ventures for FourT Realty. Prior to relocating to Austin, Ms. Steed was an Associate in the Debt Placement group at Eastdil Secured, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo. During her time at Eastdil Secured, Ms. Steed successfully closed over $1.5 billon of permanent and interim financings and over $500 million of secondary loan sales. Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Ms. Steed was an Associate with Capmark in New York City and an Analyst with Clark Realty Capital in Washington, D.C. Ms. Steed is a licensed salesperson in Texas and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute’s Austin chapter, Real Estate Council of Austin, and ICSC. Ms. Steed received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and graduated cum laude with distinction as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.
- Will Wheeler
Gray & Associates, Inc.
Will Wheeler is an accomplished executive with 26 years consulting experience providing senior management oversight in the formulation and implementation of land development strategies. He has acted as Principal-in-Charge on a wide variety of project types within both public and private sectors, each providing direct benefit to the surrounding economies. His expertise includes master planned communities, regional office parks, retail centers, multi-family developments, distribution centers and regional infrastructure expansion. Additionally, Mr. Wheeler has worked extensively in supporting many prominent developers through site acquisition, entitlement, and pre-development process.
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