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September 27, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith
Houston, TX 77006
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Burnishing Houston’s Tech Creds

Championing and growing the Houston region’s technology and innovation ecosystem into a world-class hub. That’s the charge Russ Capper took on when he was named the executive director of Houston Exponential (HX) in April 2018.

HX was created by combining three separate Houston-based initiatives that had been evolving over the past few years: the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Round Table, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task Force, and the Houston Technology Center. The main goals for HX are to make Houston a “Top 10” U.S. innovation ecosystem, generate $2 billion in venture capital annually and create 10,000 new technology jobs a year by 2022.

Following a national search, Capper was tapped to lead the organization because of his experience as an entrepreneur as well as his passion and commitment to driving technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Houston. He has successfully led multiple technology companies in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer spaces. A one-time IBM executive, Capper became CEO of document copying company, Document Services Inc., in 1993, transitioned it to a digital business model and expanded to six cities before selling the business to IKON in 1995. In 1998, he launched residential real estate brokerage firm eRealty.com, which used web-based technology to streamline and lower the cost of the homebuying process and later expanded nationwide with Prudential Real Estate. In 2005, he founded HighDrive.TV, a digital video network featuring in-person interviews with innovators, entrepreneurs and strategists. Over the years, HighDrive.TV has produced more than 2,000 interviews with local and national newsmakers from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to FedEx CEO Fred Smith.

As the September 2018 IABC Houston luncheon speaker, Capper will provide an overview on HX efforts currently underway. This includes thetransformation of the former Sears site in Midtown into an anchor for Houston’s Innovation District. Capper also plans to highlight the impact Houston communicators can have in shaping the region’s global reputation as a leading innovation ecosystem.

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$45.00 Member Ticket
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