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Keynote | Jamey Rootes, President, Houston Texans
Keynote | Jamey Rootes, President, Houston Texans




 

Jamey Rootes serves as president of the Houston Texans and is responsible for all business functions of the club. Rootes was selected as Houston Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year in 2016 after serving as the Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, deputy chairman for two public boards for the Super Bowl Host Committee and elevating Houston’s visibility on an international scale. He was instrumental in bringing one of the largest soccer tournaments, Copa America, to Houston as well as bringing Monday Night Football to Mexico for the first time in NFL history, when the Houston Texans played the Oakland Raiders on November 21.

 

Under Rootes’ leadership, the Texans have earned many distinctions, including numerous “Crystal Awards” for marketing excellence. J.D. Power & Associates recognized the team for providing the best fan experience in the NFL and even featured the Texans as a service success story in their book entitled “Satisfaction.” The Texans were also recognized with Sports Business Journal’s PRISM Award, which is given annually to the top major professional sports team based on business excellence criteria. In 2017, the Texans extended their sell-out streak to 163 consecutive home games, a Houston NFL record and a testament to the quality of service and entertainment provided by the organization on game day. As a result, the Texans have consistently been recognized as one of the most valuable professional sports franchises both in the NFL and globally, as measured by a variety of business publications. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Texans were recognized by the Houston Chronicle as one of “Houston’s Top Workplaces”.

 

Rootes was selected twice by SportsBusiness Journal as a member of its distinguished “Forty Under 40” list of leading sports executives. In 2014, Rootes was named a finalist for Executive of the Year by the Stadium Business Awards. Rootes maintains an active role in the community by serving on a number of boards, including the Greater Houston Partnership and the United Way. He also oversees the activities of the Houston Texans Foundation, which donated over $1.6 million in 2017 to benefit youth and families in the Houston area. Since inception, the Texans have helped raise well over $27 million through annual fundraising events, disaster response programs, the team’s United Way campaign and partnerships with nonprofit organizations on game day.

 

Prior to joining the Texans, Rootes helped to launch Major League Soccer as president and general manager of the Columbus Crew. During his tenure, the Crew was consistently among the league’s strongest teams both on and off the field, and Rootes was recognized as Executive of the Year in 1996 and Marketing Executive of the Year in 1999. Rootes helped lead the construction of Crew Stadium in 1999, which was the first stadium of its type in the United States. This facility earned distinction as America’s Foremost Sports Facility of the Year and led to the development of numerous soccer-specific stadiums across the United States over the past decade, including BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

 

Rootes also serves as President of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE), a sports management agency associated with the Texans.  LSSE has been a catalyst for some of Houston’s most significant sporting events. LSSE created and now manages the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Houston’s annual college football bowl game.  Over the past decade, the Texas Bowl has become the best attended bowl game outside of the College Football Playoff.  The Bowl’s charity partner, DePelchin Children’s Centers, has received over $1 million to support their important work with the youth and families of the Houston Area.  In 2015, the Texas Bowl shattered the record for the largest bowl game crowd as a sold out NRG Stadium audience saw the LSU Tigers defeat the Texas Red Raiders 56-27. LSSE also created and manages an annual Labor Day college football game, the AdvoCare Texas Kick-Off, which holds the record for the largest college football crowd in NRG Stadium history.  The projected annual economic impact of these two games is $100 mm with approximately 100K out of town visitors. 

 

Outside of football, LSSE has been a leader in soccer beginning with the 2003 U.S. vs. Mexico soccer match which set a soccer attendance record for Texas and caused U.S. Soccer to recognize NRG Stadium with the Best Soccer Crowd in America award. LSSE has also hosted large crowds for Interliga 2004-2006, Gold Cup in 2005 and Barcelona on Tour in 2006.  This success led to the establishment of Houston’s Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, the Houston Dynamo in 2006, which is now the two-time champion of MLS and playing in the newly constructed BBVA Compass Stadium. More recently, LSSE hosted large crowds for Gold Cup 2007, 2009 and 2011, a capacity crowd of over 70,000 for U.S. vs. Mexico in February 2008, Houston’s first-ever World Cup qualifier with Mexico and Belize and the 2010 MLS All-Star game featuring Manchester United which set a new NRG Stadium soccer attendance record of 70,728.  In June of 2016, LSSE hosted Copa America Centenario at NRG Stadium.  Copa America is the largest and most prestigious soccer tournament to be held in the United States since World Cup USA 94.  In total, LSSE has hosted the Mexican National Team fifteen (15) times with an average attendance of over 60,000 passionate fans, establishing NRG Stadium as United States’ home for “El Tri.” In 2017, LSSE partnered with Relevant to produce the Manchester Derby featuring Manchester United and Manchester City. This was the first time that the Manchester Derby was played outside the U.K. LSSE has also hosted consistently record crowds for the Battle of the Pineywoods college football rivalry game, as well as major concerts featuring Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Tim McGraw and other artists.

 

A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Rootes graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College.  While attending Clemson, Rootes was a member of the Tigers’ soccer team that captured two NCAA titles and he served as Student Body President. While earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors at Indiana University, he served as an assistant soccer coach for the Hoosiers. Rootes previously held positions at IBM and Procter & Gamble before entering sports. He lives in West University with his wife, Melissa, and their children, Chris and Caroline.

 

 


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Matt Lazzari, JP Morgan
Matt Lazzari, JP Morgan


Matt Lazzari is an Executive Director and is J.P. Morgan’s Syndicated Finance Group Head for the South. Previously, he was on J.P. Morgan’s Debt Capital Markets team in New York City working with large-cap, mid-cap, and middle market companies structuring and executing bank loans, institutional loans, and high yield bonds. Matt has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University at Albany.

He currently resides in Houston with his wife Courtney, 3-year old son Spencer, and 18-month old daughter Julianna.

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Francesco Tonin, Bloomberg
Francesco Tonin, Bloomberg
Bloomberg-Francesco Tonin

Francesco Tonin is an FX and Economics market specialist at Bloomberg L.P base in New York.  Most recently, he was the North American head of FX Structuring at Citigroup.  He was initially recruited at Morgan Stanley for a sales position in interest rate derivatives.  He then worked at Deutsche Bank in FX exotic derivatives trading, and at Credit Suisse he held and FX structuring role.

Francesco has co-authored the Nassim Taleb-endorsed 650 page book Foreign Exchange Options and Risk Management published by Risk Books.  He has written a couple of hundred articles on financial matters, with contribution to Bloomberg Markets magazine and Bloomberg Briefs. 

He has presented extensively around the country, together with corporate speakers such as General Motors, Fluor Corporation Dell Computers, Knowles Corporation, at the national Association for Financial Professionals conference, Windy City Summit, Minnesota AFP, New York Cash Exchange, the IMF, Princeton University and Columbia University.

Francesco held a tenured research position in mathematics at the University of Padua.  He has a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Padua, a Ph. D. from the University of Turin and an M.B.A from Columbia University.  His mathematical research activity focused on the Cauchy problem for partial differential equations with holomorphic coefficients, and for those efforts he received research grants from the European Union, the French Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres, the University of Padua and the University of Pisa, in addition to the Italian National Research Council and a Fulbright scholarship offer.

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Preston Ash, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Preston Ash, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Preston Ash


Preston Ash is an economic outreach specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, working in the Bank’s industry outreach function.  In this capacity, he oversees the Dallas Fed's Banking Conditions Survey and collects data from financial institutions CEO's within the Eleventh Federal Reserve District for use in monetary policy deliberations.  Ash has written numerous articles on topics related to community banking and speaks often on developments in financial technology (FinTech). His work has been cited several times in Congressional testimony and also in leading news and intelligence platforms such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, SNL Financial, and JD Supra. Ash also currently serves as a member of United Way’s Financial Technology Advisory Committee.



 

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Mary Murray, Amegy
Mary Murray, Amegy



Mary I. Murray joined Amegy Bank of Texas in 2007, and has over 40 years of experience in banking.  As Group Executive Vice President, Mary is responsible for managing Treasury Management sales and operations throughout Amegy’s footprint.  She is also responsible for Zions Bancorporation’s Enterprise Foreign Exchange group, Enterprise Retirement Solutions, Correspondent Banking and Corporate Investments. 

At Amegy, Mary serves on the Executive Council, Management Committee, Risk Committee, and Women’s Initiative Committee.  She has served as a mentor in the Bank’s mentoring program for six years.  

Prior to joining Amegy Bank, she held various leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase for over 25 years, including leading the company’s nationwide treasury management middle market and small business sales teams.  She is a frequent speaker on treasury management topics across the country.  She is on the KPMG Risk Council and served as a Contributor on Fraud Prevention to Texas Business Radio.  Mary received her degree in Finance from the University of Houston and is a Certified Treasury Professional.

Mary served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston 2013-2014 and remains a board member.  She serves on the Executive Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.  Mary is a Big Sister and a Mentor in BBBS’ Mentor2.0 program.    Mary is on the United Way’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee and serves on the United Way’s Education Council.  She is on the Board of Directors for Souper Bowl of Caring and is a graduate of Leadership Houston’s Class XXXII.

 



 

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Teresa Yancey, Amegy
Teresa Yancey, Amegy


Yancey Amegy


Teresa has 30+ years of financial and banking experience. She joined the Zions Bancorporation in January 2018 as manager of the Corporate Investment Services team. Her main responsibility is to expand the corporate investment business with Amegy and other Zions affiliates, working with all areas of the Bank including Treasury Management and Commercial/Corporate Lenders.

Teresa started her banking career at Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio in Fixed Income Institutional Sales before relocating to Texas and joining Wells Fargo in 2004. While at Wells Fargo she was the Regional Sales Manager for Fixed Income Sales for Houston, Dallas and Denver, focusing on investment needs of high net-worth individuals, corporations, non-profit and public entity clients.

After leaving Wells Fargo in 2014, she worked as Financial Administrator at Harris County assisting with their $3 billion investment portfolio and then as Regional Sales Director at Promontory Interfinancial Network helping Texas regional and community banks with fully FDIC Insured deposit products.

Teresa has NASD Series 7, 63, and 24 securities licenses. She holds a BSBA in Finance from The Ohio State University and a JD from Capital University Law School.

Teresa enjoys serving her community through her involvement in the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Leadership Forum as a Class XXX Senior Fellow and as a member of the Humble-Kingwood Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.

 

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Kevin Brown, BNY Mellon
Kevin Brown, Bank of New York


Kevin Brown is in his 22nd year at Dreyfus/BNY Mellon Fixed Income, which distributes both the Dreyfus money market funds and short duration institutional separate accounts managed by Standish, another asset management boutique owned by parent BNY Mellon. Kevin works with banks, broker/dealers, trust companies, corporations, and public entities of all sizes in NC, GA, TX, CA, and HI.

 

Kevin is responsible for sourcing, structuring, & managing all aspects of BNY Mellon Fixed Income/Dreyfus’s relationships with institutional clients. Within national and regional banks and trust companies, his clients include Wealth & Asset Management, Institutional Trust, Retirement Services, Capital Markets, Treasury Services & Liquidity, and Corporate Trust. Broker Dealers use Dreyfus for sweeps as well as directed trades. Within corporations and public entities, his clients are typically Treasury staff. Kevin’s clients have access to domestic and offshore money market funds under the Dreyfus and BNY Mellon brands, and short-duration separate accounts managed by Standish.

 

Kevin maintains his “Certified Investment Management Analyst” (CIMA) designation issued by the Investment Management Consulting Association (IMCA). He also has NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

 

He graduated in 1990 from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and has served on the Board of Directors of the State YMCA of Georgia.

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Ashley Cuevas, Protiviti
Ashley Cuevas, Protiviti


  • Ashley Cuevas is a Director at Protiviti and leads Protiviti’s Houston IT Audit practice. Ashley partners with clients to add value to IT and business operations through a risk-based and collaborative approach to IT internal auditing. Over the past 13 years, she has delivered a wide variety of outsourced and co-sourced internal audit services, as well as IT consulting services, covering the areas of IT governance, cybersecurity, enterprise applications, and IT operations. Ashley currently leads several large-scale IT internal audit and SOX engagements. Her industry experience, while concentrated in Energy, also includes Manufacturing and Retail. Ashley is a leader in Protiviti’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, specifically supporting the growth and retention of women. She has a BS in Information Systems and Decision Sciences and completed the Internal Audit program at Louisiana State University.

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Jordan Hackney, Protiviti
Jordan Hackney, Protiviti


  • Jordan Hackney is a Senior Manager within the Internal Audit and Financial Advisory practice at Protiviti, specializing in information technology risk consulting and internal audit engagements.  Jordan focuses on risks stemming from cybersecurity and privacy concerns, as well as IT operational audits and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance. A graduate of Texas A&M’s Professional Program in Accounting, he has a BBA in Accounting and a MS in Management Information Systems. Jordan has focused his career on partnering with organizations in assessing and remediating risk exposure and aligning with cybersecurity and privacy best practices. Jordan has also managed projects that review operational aspects of client IT environments as well as detailed, technical assessments of client IT infrastructure and systems.

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Everette Glass, Bank of America
Everette Glass, Bank of America




Everette has been with Bank of America for 20 years working in the global payments industry.  He has become a disbursement and payments expert and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars across the country on the state of the Global Payments Industry including topics such as alias-based payment solutions (B2C), real-time payments, same-day ACH and blockchain.  His experience at Bank of America has positioned him as a subject matter expert on file-based and online payment solutions.  In his current role at Bank of America, Everette provides national sales coverage for innovative payment technology solutions.