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January Branch Meeting Main Speaker

Texas Central New High-Speed Train

Mr. Michael Moore - Regional Vice President for External Affairs for Texas Central Partners, LLC

Texas Central is developing a new high-speed train that will connect Houston, the Brazos Valley and North Texas, using proven, world-class technology. The 90-minute trip will provide a safe, reliable and productive transportation alternative. The company’s market-led approach is backed by investors, not government grants, a new business model for infrastructure advances. Texas Central and its affiliated entities will be responsible for the system’s design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance.

Michael Moore is the Regional Vice President for External Affairs for Texas Central Partners, LLC. Michael leads the Houston region’s outreach all the Bullet Train project, including government relations and communications activities.

December Branch Meeting Main Speaker

Mr. Michael Moore - Vice Chairman of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Michael Moore, a native Houstonian, has served Houston and the youth of Texas through donating his time for over 21 years to the largest rodeo in the world, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a 501C3 charity. Michael is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo currently serving as a Vice Chairman and has worked in many of the leadership positions including Assistant Captain, Captain, Coordinator, Trainer, Team Leader and earned several awards for outstanding leadership and performance.

Michael and his wife Linda currently live in Northwest Houston have a blended family with 3 boys, (2 still in school) and 2 grandsons. An avid motorcycle rider, golfer and volunteer Michael is employed in the Information Technology sector and has been with DataSpan (formerly Media Recovery) for 21 years. Michael has received several performance awards and was the lead project manager participating with the GAO (Government Accountability Office) in information protection and the secure data destruction.

Early years included petrochemical and electro-mechanical design achievements with teams from TRW, Ingersoll-Rand, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer, Software Channels and Medical Digital Imaging companies.

Throughout the years as a volunteer on the Speakers Committee Michael has emceed numerous events with 100’s of people and has a history donating time resources to charity events.

Today we welcome Michael Moore and the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo.

November Branch Meeting Main Speaker

Ms. Carrin F. Patman - Houston Metro Chair

Carrin F. Patman serves as chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). She is the agency’s first woman chair, appointed in 2016 by Mayor Sylvester Turner. She previously served on the board from 2010 to 2013 and chaired the Government & Public Affairs Committee.

In her professional career, Carrin was a partner of Bracewell where for three decades she worked as a trial lawyer representing diverse clients in major litigation involving commercial disputes, securities matters, antitrust and competition issues, and regulatory compliance. She was the first woman elected to the firm’s seven-member Management Committee and is the only woman to have been twice elected to serve on that committee. Carrin retired from Bracewell in December, 2016.

Carrin graduated from Duke University (with honors) and from the University of Texas School of Law (Texas Law Review).

In 2014, Carrin completed a year-long Advanced Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University. One area of focus during Carrin’s Fellowship concerned transportation (including urban transit) and infrastructure. She also spent a year in the American Leadership Forum (ALF) program and is now an ALF Senior Fellow (Class XXIX).

Carrin’s extensive civic involvement reflects her passion for community service. Currently, she serves as a senior trustee on the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Development Board. She is a founding board member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, which is dedicated to improving the status of women in the legal profession.

Some of her prior activities on behalf of non-profits include, serving as a board or executive committee member of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Legacy Community HealthServices Endowment, Texas Appleseed, Girls Inc. of Greater Houston and Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Carrin was vice chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, and former president of the University of Texas Law Alumni Association and University of Texas Law Review Association.

Carrin has also chaired or co-chaired many fundraising events for worthy causes, including for Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, American Leadership Forum, the Texas Defender Service, the Houston Area Women’s Center, Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Houston School for Deaf Children (now the Center for Hearing and Speech). She most recently served on the National Finance Committee for the ‘Hillary Clinton for President’ campaign.

Carrin has received several awards that recognize her professional achievements and community service. In 2001, Carrin became the first woman to receive the Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, given each year by the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region to "an outstanding member of the legal community who exhibits a commitment to equality, justice, fairness, and community service." In 2000, she was selected as a Woman on the Move by the Houston Chronicle, Channel 11 and Texas Executive Women. In 2012, she was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, and in 2013, received the Pacesetter Award from the Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation of Houston.

 

October Joint Engineering Societies Meeting Main Speaker

Ms. Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E. - Acting Director, City of Houston, Department of Public Works and Engineering

Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., was appointed as the Acting Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Houston on July 12, 2017. The Director of Public Works and Engineering is responsible for overseeing the Department’s services to Houston citizens through the planning, operation, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City's public infrastructure. The Department’s responsibilities include operation and maintenance of the City’s streets and drainage, production and distribution of water, collection and treatment of wastewater, and permitting and regulation of public and private construction. The Department is staffed with a trained work force of over 3,900 employees and operates with an annual budget of $2.1 billion.

Carol has an extensive background managing capital engineering projects and programs and is the co-author of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan Process Manual for Infrastructure Programs which sets guidelines, criteria and a transparent process to identify and prioritize infrastructure needs throughout the city.

Carol has worked for the City of Houston for twelve years. Prior to joining the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Carol was a Project Manager for the Harris County Flood Control District where she led efforts to implement Project Brays, a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC. and a Project Manager with Klotz Associates, Inc., a Houston consulting firm.

Carol serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Directors. She has previously served on ASCE’s Environment and Water Resources Institute Governing Board.

Carol is a licensed Professional Engineer, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University and has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Houston.

September Branch Meeting Main Speakers

Updates on the New Ship Channel Bridge Project

Mr. John C. Tyler, P.E. - Deputy Director of Engineering, Harris County Toll Road Authority

Mr. Mike Perez, P.E. - Senior Staff Engineer, Harris County Toll Road Authority

John C. Tyler, P.E., is the Deputy Director of Engineering for the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Mr. Tyler joined HCTRA in 2005. As Deputy Director of Engineering, John’s responsibilities include overseeing the development of projects that will expand the existing toll road system.

Mr. Tyler has 29 years of engineering experience. Prior to joining the Toll Road Authority, he spent almost 17 years working on civil engineering projects encompassing roadways, bridges, buildings and airport parking garages.

As a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, John received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Mike Perez, P.E., is a Senior Staff Engineer for the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Mr. Perez joined HCTRA in 2005. As Senior Staff Engineer, Mike’s responsibilities include project management of consultants preparing plans, specifications, and estimates of toll road projects. He currently serves as Project Manager for the Ship Channel Bridge replacement project.

Mr. Perez has 34 years of engineering experience both with private firms and public agencies. Prior to joining the Toll Road Authority, he spent 23 years working on transportation engineering projects, with an emphasis on bridge and retaining wall design.

As a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Mike received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.

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