Lunch & Learn March 2016

Lunch & Learn March 2016

February 24, 2016

HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 24, 2016) - Silver Fox Advisors announced today the March 2016 Lunch & Learn Program, scheduled for Thursday March 24, 2016, will feature Judge Robert A. Eckels, President, Texas Central Railway, a private enterprise seeking to build a high speed rail system linking the major metropolitan areas of Texas with true high speed rail service.

Mr. Eckels is the founding chairman of the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation, a coalition of local governments, educational institutions and the private sector working to bring high speed rail to Texas. Robert left that organization in December of 2010 to accept his current position.

Judge Robert Eckels built a decades-long career in public service and leadership of the nation's third largest county. Robert is recognized as a national leader in issues of transportation, public finance/public private partnerships, homeland security, the environment and health care.

As County Judge of Harris County, he served as chair of the Harris County Toll Road Authority, a 500 lane mile toll road system that is the only county owned toll road system in the nation. He built partnerships with Houston METRO for the Westpark Toll Road which exceeded demand projections within weeks of completion and the Texas Department of Transportation with the Katy Freeway Managed Lanes Project which allowed years to be taken off the freeway construction schedule. With TxDoT and local jurisdictions, he built the Houston Transtar Transportation and Emergency Operations Center into a global model of interagency partnerships for transportation operations and sustained training and planning for disaster mitigation, response and recovery.

Judge Eckels received international recognition when Harris County responded to Hurricane Katrina and the floods, wind and storm surge that led to massive destruction and loss of life in New Orleans and the US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama. The Harris County Astrodome and Reliant Park became the largest shelter operation in US history as over 250,000 residents of storm ravaged areas fled to the Houston region.

Judge Eckels, who was first elected as a state representative in his 20's, served six terms before being elected county judge - a role with executive, legislative and judicial functions for Harris County, which is home to nearly 4 million resident.

Mary L. Kole, Chairman of the Silver Fox Advisors, stated, “A high speed rail system connecting the major metropolitan areas of Texas would be a great economic boost to the State and provide Texans with a new exciting way to travel.”

The Silver Fox Advisors’ Lunch and Learn events are held at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77024. To learn more about the Silver Fox Advisors’ Lunch and Learn Sessions and to register for this Thursday March 24, 2016 event, visit our Website at (www.silverfox.org). Seating is limited, and due to the nature of this very informative session it will fill up fast, so make your reservation today. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and the Program will begin at 12:00 noon.

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