Panhandle Economic Series

Panhandle Economics Series Kick-off, Chapter 1 
September 15, 2011
Dr. M. Ray Perryman, one of the world’s most influential and innovative economists, accepted the invitation of Smith Ellis, FBSW Chairman, President & CEO, to speak to the Panhandle community and business leaders on September 15. Dr. Perryman has authored several books, including Survive and Conquer, an account of the Texas economy during the turbulent 1980’s, and The Measurement of Monetary Policy, a treatise on Federal Reserve activity. A popular speaker, he addresses hundreds of audiences throughout the world every year. Dr. Perryman also writes a weekly syndicated column, The Economist, and hosts a daily syndicated radio commentary on economic affairs, “The Perryman Report.”  Cited by major media as a "world-class scholar" and "the most quoted man in Texas," Perryman is an active participant in the state, national and world economic scenes. In this session, Dr. Perryman addresses economics in the Panhandle, touching on major economic impact areas.

Series Kick-off, Chapter 2. Local Area Economics
Presented by Dr. M. Ray Perryman, on September 15, 2011

Series Kick-off, Chapter 3. Panhandle and Amarillo Area Focus, followed by and Audience Q&A
Presented by Dr. M. Ray Perryman, on September 15, 2011

Water, Chapter 1
Presented November 15, 2011
Jarrett Atkinson serves as the City Manager for the City of Amarillo, a position he has held since November, 2010. Jarrett began his service with Amarillo as the Assistant City Manager in 2004 and was appointed as the Deputy City Manager upon the creation of that position in 2009. As the Assistant and Deputy, his duties included water resource oversight, water policy oversight, legislative efforts and special projects administration in addition to the supervision of several City departments.

Water, Chapter 2
Presented by Jarrett Atkinson, Amarillo City Manager

Water, Chapter 3. Closing followed by Audience Q&A
Presented by Jarrett Atkinson, Amarillo City Manager

Wind, Full Program
Presented January 19, 2012
Moderator: AJ Swope, former Executive Director of Class 4 Winds & Renewables, a non -profit renewable energy trade coalition based in Amarillo, Texas. Class 4 Winds works to facilitate partnerships between local contractors, suppliers and manufacturers and wind farm developers. The organization hosts a variety of conferences meant to educate landowners, business owners and public officials about the growing renewable energy industry within the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and Eastern New Mexico. Prior to his work with Class 4 Winds, AJ spent a few years in broadcast television, working for KVII-T in Amarillo as a reporter, anchor, producer, and finally assistant news director.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Sadler, Executive Director of The Wind Coalition
The Wind Coalition is a non-profit association designed to promote the responsible development of wind energy as a clean, reliable, affordable and infinite resource at the regulatory and legislative levels within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) grid systems which combined cover all or part of eight unique states: Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana and Nebraska.

Alissa Oppenheimer, Managing Director, Chamisa Energy LLC
Alissa has been at her current position since 2009 and is focused on building bulk electric storage. She has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. As a Technology Manager and Account Executive at Gas Research Institute in Chicago, IL, she managed multimillion dollar public and private research, development and commercialization projects related to the use of natural gas in existing and emerging end-use technologies. Ms. Oppenheimer spent eight years doing resource planning, economic analysis and modeling for Xcel Energy. She worked on both the electric and gas sides of Xcel's business.
Sherry Kunka, Community and Regulatory Affairs Director, Sharyland Utilities 
Sherry directs community outreach and stakeholder relationships in Sharyland's CREZ transmission line project in the Panhandle and South Plains. Prior to joining Sharyland Utilities, Sherry worked for Xcel Energy, where she directed numerous electric transmission line projects in Texas and New Mexico through the regulatory approval process. She is immediate past chair of Class 4 Winds and Renewables, a member of the Amarillo College Renewable Energy Program Advisory Committee and the Amarillo College Utility Power Worker Advisory Committee. In 2010, Sherry was named one of five Women of Distinction by the Panhandle/Oklahoma Plains Girl Scouts.

Riley Hill President & CEO of Southwestern Public Service, an Xcel Energy Company
Riley joined Xcel Energy in 2004 as the director of Denver Metro West after serving 24 years at Westar Energy in Kansas. Most recently, Riley served as vice president and chief operating officer of SPS. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in 1989. Hill is active in the community and has served as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Directors for United Way of Amarillo and Canyon, the West Texas A&M University Advisory Board and the Community Advisory Board for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Honorable Don Allred, Oldham County Judge
The Honorable Don R. Allred has served as the Oldham County Judge for the past 22 years and is an avid supporter of Wind Power as an energy source for America and an economic development tool for rural counties. Judge Allred is Chair-elect of the Class 4 Winds Board of Directors. Prior to taking office, Judge Allred served 15 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the last 4 years as Texas State Compliance Supervisor. He attended South Plains College on a baseball scholarship and later attended West Texas A&M University. In 1996, he was the first recipient of the Oldham County Man of the Year Award and in 1998 was selected as the Lay Person of the year by the Texas Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International for his spiritual and community leadership.

Wind, Chapter 1. Keynote Presentation by Paul Sadler
Introduction by AJ Swope, Executive Director, Class 4 Winds & Renewables. Keynote from Paul Sadler, Executive Director of the Wind Coalition.

Wind, Chapter 2. Chamisa Energy Wind Storage Presentation by Alissa Oppenheimer
Alissa Oppenheimer, Managing Director, Chamisa Energy LLC

Wind, Chapter 3. Sharyland Utilities Perspectives by Sherry Kunka
Sherry Kunka, Manager of Community and Regulatory Affairs for Sharyland Utilities

Wind, Chapter 4. Xcel Energy Company Perspectives by Riley Hill
Riley Hill, President and CEO, Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy Company

Wind, Chapter 5. Panel Q&A Segment and Closing Remarks
Wind, Chapter 5. Panel Q&A Segment and Closing Remarks

Agriculture, Full Program
Presented April 16, 2012
Cattle, Dairy, Weather, Crops and an Ag Economic Overview followed by Audience Q&A
Ross Wilson presents the Cattle Industry. Ross is the President and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Association, headquartered in Amarillo since 2006. On staff since 1985, he previously served as Vice President and Government Affairs Director. Wilson is responsible for day-to-day operations, including supervising a staff of 18, implementing policy at the state, federal legislative and regulatory levels, and providing service programs to the association's membership in TX, OK and NM. Active in industry-related and civic organizations, Wilson has served as Co-Chairman of the Texas Natural Resources Committee to the American Bar Association and the Council on Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching for Texas A&M University.

Mike Schouten presents the Dairy Industry. Mike and his wife Zeba are the owners of Mission Dairy in Hereford, Texas. They have dairied in Hereford for 10 years and have been in the dairy business for over 30. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lone Star Milk Producers and also provides weekly insight on KGNC-AM talk radio, as an Agribusiness News Contributor.

John Harris presents a weather outlook and its impacts. John is a meteorologist at KAMR NBC 4 and KCIT FOX 14, with the AMS seal of approval for television weathercasting. He is a native Texan, born in Amarillo in 1962. John's family moved and he lived in Enid, Oklahoma for 24 years. As you can imagine, with Enid being in the heart of tornado alley, this is where John began his love affair with severe weather. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and B.S. in Meteorology. He has practiced meteorology in the Texas Panhandle for over 17 years.

Dr. Steve Amosson presents the impact of crops, along with an overview of agriculture in the Panhandle. Dr. Amosson is a Regents Fellow, Professor and Economist with Texas Cooperative Extension. He holds a B.S. and Masters degree from Iowa State University and his doctorate in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. He has been with Texas A&M since 1977 and joined the Extension in 1985. Dr. Amosson has primary responsibility for the Education/Applied research program in Agricultural Economics by Extension in the top 22 counties in Texas. He has served as co-director of the national award winning Master Marketer Program and project leader of Texas A&M's High Plains Water Planning Team. Steve maintains an active applied research program in Water, Air Quality, Biofuels and Wind Energy. He has been recognized 25 times for his contributions in the areas of marketing, farm management and policy from professional and clientele groups, including the Southern Agricultural Economics Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and the U.S. Dept of Agriculture's Honor Award of Excellence.

Agriculture, Chapter 1. Introduction and Cattle Industry Presentation by Ross Wilson
Introductions by Smith Ellis, Chairman, President & CEO of FirstBank Southwest Ross Wilson, President and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Agriculture, Chapter 2. Dairy Industry 
Presented by Mike Schouten, Owner, Mission Dairy

Agriculture, Title 3. Weather 
Presented by John Harris, Meteorologist at KAMR NBC 4 and KCIT FOX 14, with the AMS Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting

Agriculture, Title 4. Economic Overview, Q&A Segment & Closing Remarks
Presented by Dr. Steve Amosson, Regents Fellow, Professor and Economist with Texas Cooperative Extension, provides an overview of the Panhandle's agriculture industry. His presentation is followed by a question and answer segment.

Oil and Gas, Full Program  
Presented July 19, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Wayne Hughes, Executive Vice President, Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association
Wayne Hughes is a 1967 graduate of WTAMU with a degree in journalism and communication. He was commander of a combat motion picture team in Vietnam. He was regional editor and chief photographer for KGNC TV and later taught journalism and radio TV production at WTAMU. He organized the first photo diagnostic unit for the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Amarillo plant. Later, he worked for the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission where he was involved in the early development of the 9-1-1 system for the Panhandle Region. Wayne joined the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association in 1991. His responsibilities at the Association include representing the membership before the Texas Legislature. Over the pas 21 years, he has also been responsible for telling the Association's story before Congress and various state-wide organizations. During his tenure, the Association has grown to almost 700 members, the third largest independent oil & gas advocacy organization in Texas.

Todd Lovett, Reservoir Engineer, Mewbourne Oil Co.
Todd is a native of Amarillo. He graduated from Palo Duro High School and then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University. He has 30 years experience as a petroleum engineer and has worked as a drilling engineer, production engineer and reservoir engineer. His major experience has been in the mid-continent area but he has also worked the Green River Basin of Utah and Wyoming and worked in Saudi Arabia for ARAMCO. He is currently employed by Mewbourne Oil Co. as a reservoir engineer working in the Texas Panhandle. Here, he presents Natural Gas and its impacts on the Panhandle's economy.

Jason Herrick, President, Pantera Energy Company
Jason Herrick graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. He began his career working for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Dallas, TX where he specialized in procurement and materials management. In 2000, he helped start a small niche consulting firm in Amsterdam, with offices in Amsterdam and London while working with large banking clients ING and BBL on procurement management systems. In late 2001, Jason joined Pantera Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration company in Amarillo, as Vice President focused on Acquisitions and Divestments. The primary focus of the company is to lower risk trends throughout the mid-continent region. He became President of the organization in 2005, and has successfully tripled the asset base of the company through a combination of reliable operations, the purchase of economically sound producing properties and development of the reserve base through drilling and stimulation.

Oil and Gas Introduction and Keynote Address
Presented by Wayne Hughes, Executive Vice President of the Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association

Oil and Gas, Chapter 2. Natural Gas
Presented by Todd Lovett, Reservoir Engineer, Mewbourne Oil Company

Oil and Gas, Chapter 3. Oil Impacts
Presented by Jason Herrick, President, Pantera Energy Company

Healthcare, Full Program
Presented April 9, 2013
Marvin Franz, Harrington Regional Medical Center President and Executive Director
Mr. Franz served on the Board of Directors for 4 years and was the treasurer on the executive committee before being named the President and Executive Director of Harrington Regional Medical Center in September of 2012. Formerly, Mr. Franz was the Texas Panhandle Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. He and his family have resided in Amarillo for the past 9 years. He serves as a member of the Government Affairs Council of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Governing Board for United Way of Amarillo and Canyon, and a board member for the YMCA.

Bob Williams, BSA President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Williams has spent his entire life in the Texas Panhandle. Bob was raised in Perryton, Texas and graduated from West Texas A&M University (formerly West Texas State University). He spent several years working in the Amarillo Independent School District before starting his healthcare career in 1980 at High Plains Baptist Hospital. in 1996, at the time of the merger which formed Baptist St. Anthony's Health System, he was the Chief Financial Officer at High Plains. Following the merger with St. Anthony's, he served as Chief Operating Officer at BSA until 2009, when he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Bob continues to serve as President and CEO of BSA Health System. Bob is active in the community, having served on the boards of the Amarillo College Foundation, the Amarillo Country Club, the Harrington Cancer Center and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation.

Mark W. Crawford, FACHE, Northwest Texas Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Crawford joined the Northwest Texas Healthcare System in January of 2013 and is the former CEO of Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada. He has 24 years of healthcare experience and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Charter Oak State College in New Britain, Connecticut. Furthermore, Mark proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dr. Rodney Young, MD, FAAFP. Representing Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dr. Young is Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Amarillo. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Abilene Christian University, and a top 20 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, where he also served as Chief Resident. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society, a recipient of numerous teaching and practice awards, and received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Texas Tech School of Medicine. He is passionate about improving our healthcare system, and has worked extensively on physician distribution, workforce issues and medical education for the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

Brad Howard, Attorney with Brown and Fortunato, P.C.
Mr. Howard is an attorney with Brown and Fortunato, P.C. specializing in Employment Law, Health Law and Litigation. He grew up in Amarillo and is a 1988 graduate of Texas Tech University and a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Brad advises companies on employment and compliance matters and frequently represents them in proceedings before the EEOC, DOL, OIG, most federal and state agencies, and in court proceedings throughout Texas and New Mexico. Brad is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Brad frequently speaks to local and state organizations on employment and compliance matters.

Healthcare, Chapter 1. Presenter Introductions and Harrington Regional Medical Center Company Overview
Healthcare, Chapter 1. Presenter Introductions and Harrington Regional Medical Center Company Overview

Healthcare, Chapter 2. Company Overviews
Healthcare, Chapter 2. Company Overviews

Healthcare, Chapter 3. ACA Preparation Tips for Employers
Presented by Brad Howard, Attorney at Law with Brown and Fortunato, P.C.  Here, Brad provides insight for employers gearing up for Affordable Care Act changes.

Healthcare, Chapter 4. Panel Q&A and Closing Remarks
Healthcare, Chapter 4. Panel Q&A and Closing Remarks