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    • December 03, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Rainbow Lodge | 2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
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    • December 11, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 89
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    Annual Holiday Luncheon
    Featuring the "Legends" of Mortgage Banking

    Come and toast the holidays with your peers and visit with some legends of the industry.  




    • January 15, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 198
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    Ted C. Jones, Ph.D.
    Chief Economist, Stewart Title 

    Ted C. Jones is the Chief Economist – Senior Vice President for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Previously, he served as the first director of investor relations for Stewart Information Services Corporation NYSE-STC for 17 years, ending March 2014. Currently, Ted addresses the information needs of internal and external customers, conducts on-going research and supports economic and financial analysis for the company and its customers. Jones earned a PhD in finance with a minor in statistics and a master’s degree in land economics and real estate from Texas A&M University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University.

    Prior to joining Stewart he served as chief economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center, the nation’s largest publicly funded real estate research group. Before that, he authored and taught the valuation and appraisal section of the Bachelor of Commerce in Valuation and Property Management at Lincoln College, University of Canterbury near Christchurch, New Zealand. An internationally recognized real estate expert, Ted has completed appraisals and property analysis in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Ted C. Jones’ recognized specialty is applied real estate research. Ted has completed numerous mass-appraisal assignments, including more than $3 billion of income producing property owned by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, retail properties, hotels, motels, offices, commercial land, multifamily housing, residences and numerous other special use properties. He completed a study on the impact of the Resolution Trust Corporation on real estate values and testified before the Oversight Board. Expert witness testimony has included analysis and evaluation of a solid rocket missile and carbon fiber plant, hydro, gas and coal-fired electric utilities and co-generation plants, an internal pipe coating plant in Scotland servicing the North Sea oil and gas production, and arguments on the treatment of deferred income taxes in the valuation of regulated public utilities. He has consulted The Boeing Company on property valuation issues relating to ad valorem property taxes at Boeing’s diverse aerospace and aircraft manufacturing plants in Washington.

    An accomplished speaker, he typically gives more than 150 presentations on real estate and the economic outlook each year. Representative real estate groups addressed include the National Association of REALTORS®, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, Fannie Mae®, the American Land Title Association®, The Housing Round Table, Association of University Real Estate Officials, New Zealand Property Management Institute, Employees Relocation Council, GMAC Real Estate, Prudential Real Estate Associates, the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, the American Bar Association®, the Association of Real Estate Law Licensing Officials and the National Conference on Unit Value Standards.

    He is a past member of the board of directors of the National, Texas and Houston Association of REALTORS® and served as chairman of the board of the Houston Association in 2004.




    • February 13, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 198
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    Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale
    Entrepenuer, Philanthropist
    Gallery Furniture 


    HARD WORK, GREAT AMBITION

    Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale has always believed in God, country, family, and hard work. A tireless powerhouse, Mack is usually found standing at the front desk of the original Gallery Furniture store on North Freeway, greeting every customer and overseeing the sales activities of the store, seven days a week. Mack is the hardest working person you will ever meet! He never stops moving and trying to get better, and his energy is infectious to all who come in contact with this Houston icon.

    With only $5,000 and a dream to build the world's greatest furniture store, Mack started Gallery Furniture under tents on the side of the freeway, over 30 years ago. To Mack, life is about lessons to be learned and opportunities to be seized. With his life’s motto "Grateful for everything, Entitled to nothing" directing his life, Mack has seen his dream grow and become a multi-million dollar enterprise, employing over 400 great American workers and helping to create countless others through his commitment to selling Made in America furniture.

    INFLUENCING AMERICAN INDUSTRY

    Gallery Furniture is also responsible for growing America's furniture manufacturing industry. Mack has long felt that an emphasis on high-quality, solid wood furniture was missing from the furniture industry. Too much furniture sold in America today is made overseas, using pressed, composite materials, full of dangerous chemicals, and built using cheap construction techniques that produce furniture that won't last more than a few years, at most, while leaching dangerous chemicals into the soil and groundwater when it ends up in landfills.

    TODAY's best furniture comes from American craftsman who use solid hardwoods and traditional, time-honored craftsmanship, producing beautiful furniture that can be handed down for generations to come and where value is measured in quality, not quantity. Mack is the country's strongest proponent of Made in America furniture. As Mack puts it, "by selling Made in America furniture, we're selling the best furniture made and creating good jobs for Americans." It's a win-win situation.

    "It's only a start," says Mack, "but we're in this for the long haul. After 30-plus years selling furniture, we know our customers want long-lasting furniture at a fair price. And they prefer American-made quality."

    HOUSTON'S PHILANTHROPIST

    While Mack's promotions are well-known, his philanthropy is legendary. "We believe in 'Capitalism with a Cause,'" explains Mack, when asked why he gives so much to the community, schools, universities and more. "Why work so hard if you can't do something positive with what you earn?"

    In fact, his philanthropy is as contagious as his passion for furniture. His work on special projects helped to build the first Mobile Stroke Unit in the USA, for patients in Houston, as well as raise millions for the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund. When there's a great charitable need, Mack and Gallery Furniture are usually the first to respond, if not spearhead the effort.

    RETAILING INNOVATOR

    For years now, Gallery Furniture has been at the top of the industry in terms of size and earnings per square foot. As the largest independent furniture retailer in Texas — and bigger than most in other states — Mattress Mack knows continual innovation is needed to remain on top. TODAY, Gallery Furniture is enjoying tremendous growth with online marketing and sales, while employing cutting-edge technology on the sales floor, so sales consultants can provide a more personalized experience for customers, demonstrating value and expertise.

    A RESPECTED HOUSTONIAN & GREAT AMERICAN

    Anyone who's ever worked with Mack knows that he builds his business and performs his acts of charity, not for recognition, but to benefit the community at large. Mack has a huge heart and is focused on helping Houston become the greatest city in America. Mack is one of Houston's most recognized citizens and has touched the lives of countless Houstonians in a positive way.







    • April 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 200
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    Jesse Thompson
    Senior Business Economist
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
     


    Jesse Thompson serves as senior business economist at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Thompson, who joined the Bank in 2010, performs research and analysis on issues affecting the Houston and Gulf Coast economy. In particular, he studies issues surrounding area hydrocarbon industries. He also collects information for the Dallas Fed’s Beige Book summary of current economic conditions. He is author of the monthly Energy Indicators, the Houston Economic Indicators, and contributes to the quarterly publication Southwest Economy.

    Thompson earned an MA in economics, with emphasis on empirical microeconomics, and BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Houston.





    • June 10, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 79
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    Jim Clapp
    2020-2021 President,  TMBA
    President and CFO, Certainty Home Loans

    As Certainty Home Loans President, Jim is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and oversees the executive leadership team. As CFO, Jim is responsible for the management of all financial and accounting functions for the company. Prior to joining Certainty Home Loans, Jim had more than 17 years of experience in commercial banking with a focus on mortgage financing. Jim is a Director on the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Board of Directors, and also a member of the MBA’s Independent Mortgage Bankers Executive Council. Jim holds a B.A. in Finance and an MBA with a finance concentration from Texas Christian University.





    • July 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 79
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    Speaker TBD. Stay tuned! 






    • August 12, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 80
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    Speaker TBD. Stay tuned! 






    • September 09, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Maggiano's | 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
    • 80
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    Speaker TBD. Stay tuned! 






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