Louis Black
Co-Founder, Austin Chronicle and South By Southwest
Louis Black, Co-Founder, The Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest

Louis Black is a co-founder and editor of The Austin Chronicle and is a co-founder of the annual South by Southwest festival. He also is a founding partner in Toronto's North by Northeast music and film festival. Black was an original board member of the Austin Film Society and helped establish the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

Brian Sharples
Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway
Brian Sharples, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway

Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. He raised over $400 million in private funding to build one of the most popular vacation rental websites around the world, and Sharples is basking in the glow of success yet again on the heels of a $3.9 billion buyout by Expedia.

Jessica Honegger & Travis Wilson
Noonday Collection

Jessica Honegger & Travis Wilson, Co-CEOs, Noonday Collection

Jessica Honegger and Travis Wilson lead Noonday Collection, a socially responsible fashion brand that sells an exclusive collection of handmade jewelry and accessories made by artisans across the globe. Jessica founded Noonday Collection in 2010 as a fundraiser to support the adoption of her son from Rwanda, and it was recently recognized as the 45th fastest-growing company in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.

Caryl Stern
President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Caryl Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Caryl M. Stern is President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Since joining the U.S. Fund in 2006 after helping lead the Anti-Defamation League, Stern has made it her mission to put children first, traveling to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF's work to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Caryl has spearheaded the organization's efforts to help UNICEF aid children affected by disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 East Africa drought, and the current Ebola crisis.

Marc Seriff
CEO, Long Center for the Performing Arts and Co-Founder, America Online

Marc Seriff, CEO, Long Center for the Performing Arts and Co-Founder, America Online

In 1985, Mr. Seriff became the founding CTO of America Online (AOL) leading the engineering and operations teams. In 1994, he was named the first AOL Fellow, a position he held until his retirement. After retiring from AOL he returned to Central Texas where he has been actively involved in the non-profit community. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Long Center staff as VP, Special Projects and in March, 2016 he was named the Long Center's Chief Executive Officer.


Nav Soochs
CEO, Ketra, Inc. and Chairman, Silicon Labs
Nav Sooch, CEO, Ketra, Inc. and Chairman, Silicon Labs

Nav Sooch is the co-founder of one of Austin's most successful tech companies: Silicon Laboratories, where he has served as chairman of the board since its inception in 1996 and for a few years its CEO. He is also the CEO of Ketra Inc., a private Austin-based company that creates and supplies premium digital lighting systems. Nav is also the founder and chairman of Sooch Foundation, a privately funded charitable foundation striving to make a positive and permanent change in the lives of economically disadvantaged people in Austin through increased educational opportunities.

Allen Gilmer
Allen Gilmer, Co-Founder, Drillinginfo

Prior to co-founding Drillinginfo in 1999, Allen was an independent oilman for 7 years, co-founding three profitable E&P companies. He began his oil patch career with Marathon Oil Corporation, as a geophysicist working in Research, Seismic Acquisitions, and South American exploration. Allen is active in all aspects of Drillinginfo's new product development and is widely recognized for his industry leadership and vision. He holds several patents in the field of multi-component seismology. He received his BA in Geology from Rice University and his MS in Geology from University of Texas at El Paso.

Terry Lickona
Executive Producer
Austin City Limits
Terry Lickona, Executive Producer, Austin City Limits

Since 1978, Terry Lickona has been the producer/executive producer of Austin City Limits, and more recently he has been co-producer of the Grammy Awards Show. Celebrating its 40th anniversary on PBS, ACL is the longest-running music series on American television. Terry has produced over 1,000 programs for public television, cable, domestic and foreign syndication, home video, and DVD, with artists ranging from Ray Charles and Johnny Cash to Coldplay and Arcade Fire.

Ally & Jeff Davidson
Co-Founders and
Camp Gladiator
Ally & Jeff Davidson, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Camp Gladiator

Since founding Camp Gladiator in late 2008, the company has grown to be one of the fastest-growing in Austin and Ally Davidson was just named an Entrepreneur Of The Year winner. In addition to their leadership at Camp Gladiator, Ally and Jeff Davidson are also founders of the nonprofit youth adventure camp, CG Victory.

Bob Fabbio
Serial Entrepreneur
Bob Fabbio, Serial Entrepreneur

Widely known as a visionary, Bob Fabbio is a successful serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has founded and built multiple industry-changing companies, including Tivoli Systems, DAZEL Corporation and WhiteGlove Health, by identifying large emerging markets, gaining intimate knowledge of market needs, challenging conventional wisdom, and bringing targeted, innovative solutions to market. His transformational impact on the software, systems technology and healthcare industries has resulted in the creation of over $1.5 billion of shareholder value at time of exit. His latest brainchild — eRelevance Corp. — changes the economics and response time of traditional marketing companies and offloads the work marketing automation tools put on small- to medium-sized businesses.

Michael Rypka
Torchy's Tacos

Michael Rypka, Founder, Torchy's Tacos

Mike has been devoted to the culinary industry for the last 27 years. From his introductory gig at Popeye's Chicken to his current task of restaurant founder and owner, he's a man with a passion for damn good food. He's been the executive chef for the World Bank, Enron, Disney, MTV Studios, and more. In 2006 he ditched the executive affairs and started Torchy's Taocs, which now operates over 40 locations throughout Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

Jeff Turnas
365 by Whole Foods Market

Jeff Turnas, President, 365 by Whole Foods Market

Jeff Turnas, the new president of 365 by Whole Foods Market, was appointed to lead the new retail store brand in June 2015 after working his way up the Whole Foods corporate ladder since 1998. The stores, which aim to turn the grocery industry on its head, began opening this year and offer convenience and quality with everyday low prices on natural and organic products that meet Whole Foods Market's industry-leading quality standards.

Maria Rodale
CEO and Chairman
Rodale, Inc.

Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman, Rodale, Inc.

Maria Rodale  is the CEO and Chairman of Rodale, Inc., the world's largest independent publisher of health, wellness, and environmental content and the largest independent book publisher in the United States. She is the third generation of the Rodale family to lead the company, which was founded by her grandfather J.I. Rodale in 1930 and later led by both her father, Robert Rodale, and mother, Ardath Rodale.