For more than 20 years, the Border Energy Forum has worked to increase regional development of clean energy projects, promote cross-border energy trade, and advance technologies and innovative solutions for sustainable resource management. We offer a rare opportunity to interact with the highest level players in the energy industry from both sides of the border in a professional but intimate setting.
Past speakers have included:
George Prescott Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston on April 24, 1976. He was elected Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014, earning more votes than any other statewide candidate on the ballot. Commissioner Bush took office on Jan. 2, 2015. As Texas Land Commissioner, he works to ensure Texas veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education and manages state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy independent. Commissioner Bush also watches over the Alamo and preserves historic archives at the General Land Office that date back to the Spanish Empire.
Commissioner Bush has dedicated his life to public service, working as a public school teacher in Miami after graduating from Rice University and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Commissioner Bush is a successful businessman. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas School of Law. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses.
Commissioner Bush is also committed to helping fellow Texans in his private life. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and served as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He was the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education — a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner-city public schools. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Commissioner Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their sons, Prescott and Jack.
Vicente Fox served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. The first candidate from an opposition party to be elected president since 1920, he garnered 42 percent of the vote, marking the first time that the then-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party had lost a presidential election. Under his leadership, the country experienced a stretch of fundamental economic strength and stability.
Although in 1991 Mr. Fox did not officially win his first run for Governor of his home state of Guanajuato, in 1995 he was elected by an overwhelming majority of two votes to one. Under Fox’s leadership from 1995 to 1999, Guanajuato became the fifth most important Mexican state economy and, in certain productive sectors, even surpassed the national average.
Mr. Fox studied Business Administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He then received a Top Management Diploma at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. He rose in the Coca-Cola Company from a route supervisor to the president of the company for Mexico and Latin America.
President Fox’s upbringing on a ranch in Guanajuato taught him to value the loyalty of everyday people, and to appreciate Mexico’s enormous potential to become one of the world’s leading nations. He said, I fully understand the value of opportunities. I grew up on an ejido with peasant children and the only difference between myself and my childhood friends lies in the opportunities I received.
Since leaving office, Vicente Fox has been involved in public speaking and in the development of Centro Fox, a center for the advancement and study of democracy that encourages a sense of commitment and solidarity among the Mexican population for the underprivileged and for those who have not enjoyed the benefits of development.
In his book, released in October 2007, Revolution of Hope, The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President Fox outlines a new vision of hope for the future of the Americas.