About the Economic Alliance Board of Directors

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region is managed by a seven-member Executive Board whose members are drawn from a mix of the public, private, and education sectors.  Executive Board members serve staggered three-year terms with the option to renew.  One must be an investor in the Economic Alliance at the Partner Level and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the organization in order to be selected for Executive Board membership. The Executive Board is responsible for approval of the fiduciary operations of the Economic Alliance as well as major mission or administrative policy directives.

In addition to the Executive Board, the Economic Alliance hosts a member-based, non-voting Elected Board that consists of members invested at the Corporate Level or higher who demonstrate commitment to the mission of the organization through Task Force involvement and other areas.  The Executive Board has between 30 and 35 members each year, and members serve in staggered three-year terms.

Executive Board

Jim Griffin
Jim GriffinChairman
James entered the petrochemical industry in 1981, as an associate engineer for The BF Goodrich chemical division, following his master’s degree studies at the University of Wisconsin.

Since that time he has held positions in engineering, technology, plant management and corporate leadership. In 2005 James left the PolyOne organization (formally BF Goodrich) and accepted the Site Manager position for Dianal America; a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical. James is past chairman of The East Harris County Manufacturing Association and serves on various boards in the greater Houston area.

Karen Gregory, Centerpoint Energy
Karen Gregory, Centerpoint EnergyImmediate Past Chairman
Karen is a Regional Manager of Economic Development for CenterPoint Energy where she has served in that role since 2007. She manages economic development efforts in the north and eastern parts of the service territory, focusing on the attraction of manufacturing and petrochemical industries into the area. Karen is active on the boards of numerous regional economic development organizations, which includes serving as in coming Chairman of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. She also serves on the Greater Houston Manufacturer Association board and is active on the Texas Economic Development Council board where she served as the 2013 chairman of the state’s Community Economic Development Awards program.
Roger Blackburn, The Infinity Group
Roger Blackburn, The Infinity GroupTreasurer
Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College
Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto CollegeVice Chair
Dr. Brenda Hellyer is San Jacinto College’s fifth chancellor and the first woman to hold that office. She began her career at the College as an inaugural director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. In 2000, she was appointed Executive Vice President for Resource Development and in 2003 Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs. She served as chief financial officer for five years and then served as Executive Vice Chancellor. Prior to joining SJC, Hellyer worked in the corporate world as an accountant in both the private and public arena.
Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates
Steve Cote, Brady, Chapman, Holland & AssociatesVice Chair
Currently, Mr. Cote is a Vice President at Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the U.S. With over ten years of industry experience, Mr. Cote is an active member and PAC Trustee for the Associated Builders & Contractors of Houston and an active member in the Texas Truckers Association of Houston. For the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, Mr. Cote is an Executive Board Member and Chairman of the Business Growth Committee.
Glenn Royal, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch
Glenn Royal, The Royal Group at Merrill LynchVice Chair
Mayor Royal is a problem solver who works to better the quality of life for residents of Seabrook. The centerpiece of his agenda is the rebuild of State Highway 146 along with encouraging quality business development that enhances Seabrook as wonderful community to live, work, and play. He was elected to the office of Mayor for the City of Seabrook in May, 2011 and ran unopposed for a second, and final, three-year term in 2014.

Glenn is active in the community having served as past-president of Seabrook Rotary Club, past-president of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area advisory board, and former executive board member of Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran). He currently represents Seabrook as a member of Seabrook Economic Development Corporation, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Executive Board member of the Economic Alliance of the Houston Port Region where he also serves on the regional Transportation Task Force, and Harris County Small Cities alternate representative on the Transportation Planning Council of the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Barry Klein, Shell Deer Park
Barry Klein, Shell Deer ParkVice Chair
Barry Klein assumed the role of General Manager, Shell Deer Park, in January 2013, bringing to his new position 26 years of Shell experience with an emphasis on the Shell Chemicals business. Previously, Barry was General Manager of the Scotford Manufacturing site. While in that position for 18 months, he helped advance the site’s culture of teamwork and family and left the Scotford facility better positioned to achieve its vision.
Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland
Mayor Tom Reid, City of PearlandAdvisory
Mayor Tom Reid is a native Texas, born in Houston and acquired his conservative philosophy growing up in Central Texas. He has a history of regional participation representing Pearland on the Boards of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, H-GAC Transportation Policy Council, Bay Area Transportation Partnership, Gulf Coast Water Authority, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, and Texas Association of Regional Council.

Elected Board

Private Industry

Janet Gonzales, Amegy Bank

Beth Williams, TechTrans International

Kristi Claypool, Meador Staffing Services

Roger Gossett, JV Driver Group

Javier Infante, Raba Kistner Consultants Inc.

Mike Flanagan, AT&T

Buddy Tucker, Hunter Buildings

Connie Tilton, ExxonMobil

Lisa Bell-Miller, SGS Galson 

John Moon Jr., Qualified Properties, Inc.

Gabriel Allen, Gulf Winds International, Inc.

Leigh Iguess, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates

Darrell Morrison, HTS, Inc.

Randy Boeding, SETECH

Charles Montgomery, South Atlantic Gulf Coast District ILA

Stuart Robles, BGE

Wayne Webb, Community Bank of Texas

Dr. Dennis Brown, Lee College

Kenny Barhanovich, Comerica Bank

Dennis Winkler, Winkler Public Relations

Brent Cockerham, Moody National Bank

Darcie Durham, Boeing

Brandon Rowan, Bay Group Media

Christopher Witte, BASF

John Grimes, LBC Tank Terminals

Tim Buscha, IDS Engineering

Natalie Picha, The Royal Group at Merrill Lynch

John Collins, Iprocess Data

Stephen Toups, Turner Industries

Tom Brosig, BBVA Compass

Captain Robert Schearon, Houston Pilots

Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College North

Ben Westcott, Andrews Myers, PC

Barbara Walling, Barbara Walling

Randy Drake, The Drake Companies

Thomas Brinsko, BIC Alliance

Chris Cain, LyondellBasell La Porte Plant

Jay Bice, H+M Industrial EPC

Eric Evans, East Houston Regional Medical Center

Barry McMahan, Green Bank

Cities, Chambers & Elected/Appointed Officials

Commissioner Jack Morman, Harris County – Precinct 2

Commissioner Roy Mease, Port of Houston Authority

Mayor Stephen Don Carlos, City of Baytown

Mayor Jerry Mouton, City of Deer Park

Mayor Esmeralda Moya, City of Galena Park

Matthew Shailer, City of Houston

Mayor Ana Diaz, City of Jacinto City

Mayor Louis R. Rigby, City of La Porte

Mayor Michel Bechtel, City of Morgan’s Point

Paul Davis, City of Pasadena

Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland

Mayor Thom Kolupski, City of Seabrook

Mayor Kimberly Sanford, City of Shoreacres

Mayor Joe Soto, City of South Houston

Tracey Wheeler , Baytown Chamber of Commerce

Tim Culp , Deer Park Chamber of Commerce

Jim Wadzinski, Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce

Frances Castaneda Dyess, Houston East End Chamber of Commerce

Colleen Hicks, La Porte/Bayshore Chamber of Commerce,

Margie Buentello, North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce

Cristina Womack, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Carol Artz-Bucek, Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce

Kay Barbour, South Belt – Ellington Chamber of Commerce

Paul Chavez, Seabrook Economic Development Corporation