Lunch & Learn June 23 Featuring the BBB

At our next Lunch & Learn series event, the BBB will be featured. This year marks the Centennial Celebration for the BBB. To join in the celebration, we will host a panel of three prior Pinnacle Award winners from the BBB.

The Silver fox Advisors are proud of our working relationship with the BBB, serving as the judges for the Circle of Excellence awards each year. BBB member companies submit their stories for inclusion in the annual contest. Winners are then selected in various product and service classes.

At the June 23 Lunch & Learn, you will hear from three of the prior winners. Listen as they describe their journey as small business owners, growing and shaping their brands.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit SilverFox.org/reservations to buy your tickets.

When – June 23, 11:00-1:00

Where – Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive | Houston, TX 77024

Lead by Example-Where Passion Finds Purpose – May 27 Lunch & Learn

The Silver Fox Advisors announce their guest speaker for the May 27th Lunch and Learn Webinar. This month we are honored to have Mr. Tyson Voelkel, President and CEO of the Texas A&M Foundation.

A 1996 graduate of Texas A&M University, Tyson Voelkel has served as president and CEO of the Texas A&M Foundation since 2016. In his role, he provides direction for the management of the Foundation’s $2 billion in net assets, serves as principal liaison with the university, and leads university-wide fundraising activities. He also successfully oversaw the Lead by Example campaign, the largest higher education fundraising effort in Texas history, which exceeded its goal to raise $4 billion for Texas A&M students, faculty, colleges and programs within a nine-year period.

Born and raised in Brenham, Texas, Tyson holds an undergraduate degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M, a master’s degree in international relations and national security from the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and an MBA from Rice University.

Prior to working at the Foundation, Tyson led a Houston-based consultancy focused on building, managing and advising ultra-high net worth family offices. A U.S. Army Infantry Officer for more than 12 years, he twice served as a Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division in combat operations in Iraq, earning two Bronze Stars. He also taught leadership and ethics at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Today, Tyson still serves as Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

How Rebel Athletic Challenged the Industry Giant

Silver Fox Advisors Lunch & Learn

Thursday, April 22 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

Every entrepreneur hopes that one day, their business will take off, get the exposure they want, and create an industry impacting success. The word for this is ‘disruptive.’

Disruptive means that the giants who command big market share are caused to rethink their approach.

This month at our regular Lunch & Learn program, we are honored to have such an entrepreneur speak to us.

Karen Noseff Aldridge is the Founder and President of Rebel Athletic, which she started in 2013. Rebel is focused on designing and selling custom couture Cheerleading Uniforms in the Allstar Competitive Cheer industry.

The company has grown to include a School Cheer Division, a Dance Costume Division, a Retail division selling athletic wear, uniforms, warm-ups, practice wear, shoes, bags, cosmetics, and accessories to girls and women who love to sparkle.

Rebel also manages and operates its own vertically integrated production facility by controlling all aspects of its production and distribution channels.

Rebel Athletic apparel was featured in the Netflix mega-hit documentary Cheer. The show chronicles Corsicana’s Navarro College Bulldogs squad as they prepare for the National Cheerleading Championships.

More than 70 percent of Rebel’s employees and executive team are women. Clients include some of the world’s biggest squads, such as Canada’s 1,200-member Cheer Sport Sharks, as well as professional teams like the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

This will be a live, virtual event. There is no charge to attend, but you must register in advance.

March 25th Lunch & Learn

On March 25th, the Silver Fox Advisors will be holding our monthly Lunch & Learn program. This month we are honored to have Mr. Brian Greene, President & CEO of the Houston Food Bank. Mr. Greene will be speaking about “Understanding How Nonprofit Organizations Are Different So You Can Be More Helpful to Them.”

Thursday, March 25th, 12:00PM CST – Seats will be limited.

Lunch & Learn on October 22

The Silver Fox Advisors monthly program Lunch & Learn will feature Dr. Peter Pisters, President of MD Anderson. This month’s event is the last of the 2020 series.​

Dr. Peter Pisters

If you have ever wanted to know more about the world-renown cancer research and treatment organization, this is your chance. Dr. Pisters will be speaking about organizational resiliency, an especially significant topic in the face of today’s challenging world.​

Thursday, October 22

12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM​

If you registered already, you’re all set. You should be getting a countdown reminder.

If you have not yet registered, there are still a few seats available. The webinar is FREE, but you must register.

Mr. James Olson

Lunch & Learn July 23

Please join us Thursday, July 23, 2020 for our monthly Lunch & Learn program featuring Mr. James Olson, former Chief of CIA Counterintelligence.

Mr. James Olson
Mr. James Olson

Mr. Olson will take the audience into the world of espionage as he lived it during his 31-year under cover career. The theme of his presentation will be “Traitors I Have Known,” a discussion of his personal experiences with American spies who betrayed our country for money, ego, or sex. He will describe why these traitors did what they did, how they operated, and how they got caught. Mr. Olson will leave time at the end for questions about his career, the CIA in general, current events, or anything else on the audience’s mind. He will also provide an overview of his new book, “To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence.”

When the Soviet Union dissolved in December of 1991 many academics, media commentators, and even senior government officials declared that the Cold War was over and that we were in a new era of Pax Americana. Jim Olson was not one of those who was deluded by the changing currents of international affairs.

From his post as Chief of Counterintelligence for the CIA to his professorship at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, Jim has studied, analyzed, and tracked the intelligence activities of hostile intelligence services as the international community evolved. He has warned of the continuing focus of the intelligence services of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Cuba on the United States. These hostile services are not only penetrating our government and its military and intelligence services, but are also focusing on economic and cyber-attacks.

Professor Olson in his new book, “To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence”, demonstrates the devastating success of hostile Intelligence services against all elements of the U.S. government. He has also shown the evolution of U.S. counterintelligence activities and the positive nature of these changes while acknowledging the difficulties of effective counterintelligence in democratic societies.

“This program promises to be an interesting dive into a world few of us know anything about. It will be informative and entertaining. Mr. Olson has previously presented at one of our events and the audience response was very positive.” says Bill Herman, President, Silver Fox Advisors.

Mr. Olson is our featured speaker on July 23 as part of the monthly Silver Fox Advisors Lunch & Learn. The program will be in webinar format. Please register in advance.

Shellye Arnold

What’s Happening at Memorial Park?

Houston’s Memorial Park is one of the crown jewels of Houston’s unique culture. Join us on June 25th as we hear from Shellye Arnold, the President & CEO of the Memorial Park Conservancy. The mission of the Memorial Park Conservancy is to preserve, restore, and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow. Memorial Park Conservancy is a private, nonprofit organization that operates and maintains 1,100 of the Park’s 1,500 acres.

Shellye joined Memorial Park Conservancy in 2013. Since then, Shellye and the Conservancy leadership team have grown the organization from 3 employees to over 30 and from a $500,000 annual budget to over $30 million in operating and capital expenses. Working closely with partners, Shellye and the Conservancy developed a long-range Master Plan for Memorial Park in 2015; initiated capital improvements and transitioned management and operations of 1,100 acres of Memorial Park to the Conservancy in 2016; and in 2018 secured approval for a plan to deliver over $200 million of capital improvements in Memorial Park by 2028.

Fundraising is underway for this Ten-Year Plan for the Park, with catalyst funding from the Kinder Foundation. This is one of the largest urban park restoration efforts underway in the U.S.  Project Partners in this public-private partnership include the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Memorial Park Conservancy, Kinder Foundation, and Uptown Development Authority.

The team is focused on:

  • Restoring the Park’s ecological systems and creating greater resiliency
  • Reconnecting the Park’s land, waterways, trails, and people
  • Consolidating compatible uses together in appropriate areas
  • Tending to the land and the Park’s cultural history, maintaining balance through responsible management
  • And enhancing the overall Park experience and amenities

Shellye brings a background in executive leadership and change management from her nearly 20 years at Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Having studied public policy,

Early Career

Shellye spent the first part of her career with the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She previously worked as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru delivering public health programs and speaks Spanish fluently.

Shellye holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. As a native Houstonian, Shellye cares deeply about Houston’s parks, bayous, green spaces and the wildlife that inhabit them.  Shellye volunteers in animal rescue and from 2011 – 2019 served as a leader for Girl Scout Troop 21, the nation’s only Girl Scout troop composed of women with differing learning abilities.

From the President of Silver Fox Advisors

Silver Fox Advisors’ President Bill Herman stated, “Memorial Park is actually larger than Central Park in New York City and is a Houston gem that is going thru a significant enhancement.  Come and learn about Memorial Park’s long-term vision.”

This special presentation will be held via webinar rather than the Silver Fox Advisors normal meeting format at the Houston Racquet Club. You must register for event by clicking here.

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