Texas State Council

GERARDO INTERIANO, HEAD OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, SOUTHWEST U.S.
GOOGLE, INC. 

GLEN JONES, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
TEXAS FARM BUREAU

JOHN P. LARUE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AUTHORITY

G. GRANGER MACDONALD, CHAIRMAN AND CEO
MACDONALD COMPANIES

DR. MOLLY BETH MALCOLM, VICE PRESIDENT EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

CAPPY MCGARR, PRESIDENT
MCM INTERESTS

MUSTAFA TAMEEZ, ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN
SOUTH ASIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

WOLFGANG NIEDERT, PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGING CONSULTANT

BRIAN OTTIS, PH.D., GLOBAL SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT LEAD, 
RICETEC, INC

DICK OTTIS
TEXAS RICE BELT WAREHOUSE, INC

JOE OUTLAW, PROFESSOR & EXTENSION ECONOMIST, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

SANJAY RAMABHADRAN, MANAGING PARTNER
VERSA GROUP

LG & LINDA RAUN, RICE FARMERS
TEXAS RICE PRODUCERS LEGISLATIVE GROUP/USA RICE

JENNIFER RANSOM RICE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST

jenifer Sarver, Principal
Sarver Strategies

DAVE SHAW, PRESIDENT
TEXAS LYCEUM

WALT SMITH, PRINCIPAL
THE MALLARD GROUP, LLC

ERIK STROMBERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR ADVANCES IN PORT MANAGEMENT
LAMAR UNIVERSITY

ZANE J. VAUGHN, GENERAL COUNSEL
ARMTECH INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. 

MICHAEL YOUNG, VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
DELL INC. 

PAT YOUNGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GULF PORTS ASSOCIATION OF THE AMERICAS

Dean Corgey, Commissioner
Port of Houston Authority

Chris Wallace, President
Texas Association of Business

Aimee Sanborn, Senior Associate, Director of Sustainability
Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.

Jerry Merriman, President
Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.

Michael Skalicky, Treasurer
Texas Rice Producers Legislative Group

Jagdip S Ahluwalia, Founding Secretary/Executive Director
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston

Carlton Anderson, CEO and Co-Founder
Mercurio Biotec

Tony Bennett, President/CEO
Texas Association of Manufacturers

Daniel Berglund
Texas Rice Farmer

Ric Bonnell, MD, Director of Global Health
Dell Children's Medical Center

Theldon R. Branch, III, Commissioner
Port of Houston Authority

John Sibley Butler, The J. Marion West Chair in Constructive Capitalism
The University of Texas at Austin

Herb Butrum, Asst. Vice President, Government Relations
Baylor College of Medicine

BOBBY BRIGNAC, PE
BRAEDEN ENGINEERING

J Allen Carnes, Farmer
Carnes Farms, Inc.

Felix Chevalier, Partner
The Chevalier Law Firm, PLLC

Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE, Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering; Director, Mariner, Safety Research Initiative
Lamar University

Randy Cubriel, Attorney and Counselor at Law
Law Office of Randy Cubriel

Dr. Bill Cunningham, James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise
The University of Texas

Erika de la Garza, Program Director, Latin America Initiative
Rice University’s Baker Institute

Lex Denherder, Vice President Government and Industry Affairs
Universal Weather and Aviation

Jason Roth Fuller, Government Affairs Consultant

The Honorable Antonio Garza, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.), Counsel
White & Case, Mexico City

Keith Gray, Director
Riviana Foods

Bill Hammond, CEO
Bill Hammond & Associates 

ANDY ICKEN, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
CITY OF HOUSTON

BOB INMAN, CHAIRMAN
LIMESTONE CAPITAL ADVISORS

Josh Bryan, Operations Manager
Braeden Engineering

 Steve Van, President & CEO
 Prism Hotels & Resorts

Robert Brignac, PE, Director of Engineering
Braeden Engineering


Texas and Cuba in the News

Press Release: Cuba Advocacy Group Launches Engage Cuba Texas State Council

Houston Chronicle: Opinion: Texas will benefit from better U.S.-Cuba relations

Texas Tribune: Starbucks in Havana? Close, But No Cigar

Houston Chronicle: Texas Leaders Join Coalition to Lift Cuba Embargo

Austin Business Chronicle: Texas coalition wants to boost trade with Cuba

Texas Tribune: Texans Enlisting with Pro-Cuba Trade Group

Austin Business Journal: Engage Cuba Wants to Boost Texas' Trade with Cuba

WBAP: Texas Group Tries to Build Relations with Cuba

Houston Chronicle: Cuba and the U.S. need to End Entrenched Positions that No Longer Make Sense. 

KUT: For Texans, Building Business Ties With Cuba Isn't a Sprint – It's a Decades-Long Marathon

Fox News Latino: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott heads delegation to Cuba, explores $57M trade deal 

Houston Chronicle: Texas Ready to Feed Cuba's Tourists

Houston Chronicles: Texas could benefit from Houston-to-Cuba air service

Houston Public Media: Texas Eyes Expanded Export Ties With Cuba 

KXAN: Abbott on Cuba: laying foundation despite trade embargo 

The Houston Chronicle: Gov. Abbott in Cuba refuses to back end of U.S. trade embargo 

The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Abbott: Abundance of economic opportunities in Cuba

Dallas Morning News: Texas Business Leaders Push to Open Cuba for More Trade and Travel

Dallas Morning News: Texas Sees Business Potential in Trade with Cuba

Reuters: Texas governor seeks business opportunities in Cuba

The Texas Tribune: Texas Ag Industry Seeks Swifter Action on Cuban Thaw

Houston Chronicle: Abbott's trip to Cuba good for Texas business  

The Dallas Morning News: Editorial: Abbott’s Cuba trip challenges conservatives to rethink embargo 

Texas Tribune: Abbott's Trip Shows New Politics of U.S.-Cuba Relations 

My Statesman: Gov. Greg Abbott to lead Texas trade delegation to Cuba 

The Texas Tribune: Abbott Leading State Trip to Cuba Next Week  

The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Greg Abbott heading to Cuba 

The Texas Tribune: Abbott: Texas ready to deal if Cuba embargo lifted

CBS Local: Abbott Wants More Cuban Trade 

Jacksonville Progress: Businesses see green in prospects for Cuban trade

My Statesman: Greg Abbott: Cuba dedicated to expanding private sector 

texas' Champions

Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX-11)

Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX-11)

Representative Randy Weber (R-TX-14)

Representative Randy Weber (R-TX-14)

Representative Roger Williams (R-TX-25)

Representative Roger Williams (R-TX-25)

Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)

Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)

Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18)

Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18)

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30)

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30)

Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)

Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)

Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)

Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)

Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35)

Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35)