Understanding the Bigger Energy Picture

With average gasoline prices in the United States passing $5 per gallon this month for the first time ever, energy has really captured the headlines showcasing the very real impact on many people’s pocketbooks and way of life. This has reenergized the dialogue and debate over oil’s usage, the primary feedstock for gasoline, and politically the need to switch more quickly to wind and solar.

Unfortunately, our modern information world of cable news, twitter, and other forms of media showcases unbalanced snippets.  Having spent my career in the energy industry, over the years I have found it rather appalling at the naivete and lack of depth of understanding for such a complex energy/environmental system that fundamentally powers our standard of living.

In my blog of October 25, 2021, on Understanding the Energy Quagmire, the focus was on climate change highlighting the issues around renewable energy and fossil fuels.  My overall conclusion was we needed a more thoughtful balance of the risks and rewards of different courses.

Then in my blog of March 4, 2022, we looked at the concept of energy security being made up of economic security, national security, and environmental security. In other words, energy security plays a major role in the other three primary securities which are central to daily living. Today, we are seeing the impact on economic security which doesn’t receive much attention until energy prices rise significantly.  In the blog, I referenced a presentation that I had given in August of 2021 before Russians invasion of Ukraine.  I made the point in that presentation that we were underplaying the role of energy security in terms of its potential impact on national security, in other words, a lack of balance and foresight.  The Russia/Ukraine war has brought this reality to the forefront.

Today, I received an e-mail from Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology & State Geologist of Texas who is a Professor at the University of Texas.  I met Scott through my role at the University of Houston’s Global Energy Management Institute at the Bauer College, and my leadership role in the GHP’s Energy Collaborative.  He is incredibly knowledgeable and insightful on the energy/environment complexities and recently produced a YouTube video entitled TEDx-The Dual Challenge: Energy and Environment. 

Scott really addresses the bigger energy picture in a balanced way. He has requested us to share this 17-minute video with friends, colleagues, and social networks.  It will give you much greater insight into the big picture reality of energy beyond simple snapshots through the media.  Please listen to his insight:

BBB-CEO Roundtable

In partnership with the Better Business Bureau serving the Greater Houston and South Texas region, Silver Fox Advisors is proud to announce the formation of its newest CEO Roundtable in the Houston area.

This Roundtable is specifically offered to the CEOs of accredited BBB companies. The program enables Owners and CEOs of privately held companies the ability to interact with and receive valuable input from their peers in the business community.

The meetings are held once a month, in person, for two hours at the BBB office in the Galleria areas. Meetings are facilitated by experienced Silver Fox Advisors Rich Hall and Ralph D’Onofrio. There is no cost to participate in the program other than being a current member in good standing with the BBB.

Pictured are Rich Hall – Silver Fox Advisors and Roundtable Facilitator, Joseph Tung – VP of Silver Fox Advisors, Sanjay Agnihotri – CEO of Loaninghub.com, Dwayne Clinton – CEO of 3C Roofing, Sonya (Rojas) Brazeal – CEO of Amazing Window Cleaners, Greater Houston BBB President Dan Parson, Cheryl McClure – CEO of You’re First Care, Christopher Schoen – CEO of Velocity Promotions, Ken Barnes –  CEO of Predator Restoration, and Juan Llanas – CEO of JN Ornamental Design.

If you are a member of the Houston BBB and would like more information about the CEO Roundtable program, please visit the Silver Fox Advisors website for information www.silverfox.org/bbb

Silver Fox Advisors

Our association of proven business leaders serves the needs of small business owners, CEOs, and entrepreneurs in the Greater Houston area. We help leaders establish, grow, and prosper their business by sharing our collective wisdom through robust service offerings.

Silver Fox Advisors consists of former and current CEOs, Board members, entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives of public and private companies with proven records of performance and growth. We are business leaders who have a passion for seeing others thrive and prosper.

Our premiere offering is the CEO Roundtable. If you would like to learn more about Silver Fox Advisors, visit our website at www.silverfox.org or email marketing@silverfox.org.

Highlighting Rich Hall

Silver Fox Advisors is proud of our members and would like for you to get to know them better.

Rich Hall has been a valued member of Silver Fox Advisors since 2020. He currently serves as a Board member, Chair of the Membership Committee, and Facilitator of two CEO Roundtables (The Woodlands area and in partnership with Houston’s Better Business Bureau).

As the founder of Rich Hall Group, he works with small business owners and leaders to help them achieve their vision of success for themselves and their company. He has extensive experience with family-owned businesses looking to grow, transition to the next generation, or prepare for a successful exit.

In addition to his advisory and coaching services, Rich is the proud father of 3 boys, Jeremy, Mark, and Daniel, and husband to his beautiful wife, Jamie. They’re active members of The Woodlands Methodist Church, and parents to pandemic puppies, Bucky and Riley.

If you would like to learn more about Mr. Hall, or Silver Fox Advisors, see our website at www.silverfox.org/directory

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

Featuring Mary L. Kole

Silver Fox Advisors is proud of our members and would like for you to get to know them better.

Mary Kole is the founder of ML Kole, LLC, a consulting practice focused on assisting leaders of public and private companies with the development and implementation of strategies to achieve company or organization objectives. Mary is a professional Business Leadership Mentor, former Chairman, President, and Vice President of Silver Fox Advisors.

According to Silver Fox Advisors founder, Monte Pendleton, “Mary is the most capable person I have mentored in 30 years. She can do anything and do it well”.

If you would like to learn more about Ms. Kole or joining Silver Fox Advisors, visit our website.

Dr. Ken Wells

Featuring Dr. Ken Wells

Silver Fox Advisors is proud of our members and would like for you to get to know them better.

Dr. Ken Wells is one of our newest members. He is a seasoned executive with extensive corporate health experience spanning clinical medicine, health benefits, public health, and pharmacy. He is an Army reservist, flight surgeon, and pilot.

Ken serves as Vice-Chair of our CEO Roundtable Committee and an active participant in several of our programs including our recent Lunch & Learn on April 7th when we returned to an in-person gathering at the Houston Racquet Club. Ken joined a panel of other Silver Fox Advisors and updated those in attendance with information about “Hot Topics Facing Business Today.”

If you would like to learn more about Ken or join Silver Fox Advisors, visit our website.

Featuring Member Ibrahim Saleh

Silver Fox Advisors is proud of our members and would like for you to get to know them better.

Ibrahim Saleh is the owner of TaQtics Consulting Group. He works with small to mid-sized businesses with revenues from $1MM to $50MM. Ibrahim has a strong background as a consultant, entrepreneur, and CFO from a 25-year career of leading finance and operational teams.

Ibrahim is Vice-Chair of our Membership Committee and an active participant in the evaluation and onboarding of new members.

If you would like to learn more about Ibrahim or join Silver Fox Advisors, visit our website.

Ibrahim Saleh, Business Advisor

Silver Fox Advisors Award Winner

On Thursday, December 9th, Silver Fox Advisors awarded its second annual A. “Butch” Madrazo Award which is given to a Silver Fox that best demonstrates the attributes Butch demonstrated every day.

Butch Madrazo was a Silver Fox Advisor from the mid-1990s until his death in August 2020.  Butch was always welcoming and counseled new members. He brought a certain light-heartedness to any room he was in.  The attitude he projected when providing support made everyone feel resilient and always put a smile on our faces.  The inscription on the award reads “Awarded in recognition of fellowship among, engagement with, and commitment to fellow members.” Butch was a true friend and outstanding colleague.

The first award was issued to Joseph Tung in December of 2020.  This year the award went to Rich Hall for his outstanding service to the Silver Fox Advisors. Rich is the founder and owner of the Rich Hall Group. He also serves as Chairman of the Membership Committee for Silver Fox Advisors.   Congratulations to Rich Hall!

Pictured: Doug Thorpe, President, Rich Hall, Award Winner, and Donnie Roberts, Chairman

Silver Fox Advisors Elect New Officers

For immediate release – Houston, TX – December 2. 2021

The Silver Fox Advisors held its annual Business and Board meeting to elect new officers and announce its slate of committee chairs for 2022.

The new Board Chairman is Donnie Roberts of the Woodlands. Previously, Mr. Roberts served as President. Joining him is Doug Thorpe, elected as the new President. Mr. Thorpe of Richmond, Tx formerly served as the organization’s Vice President and Chairman of the Marketing Committee. He will retain that committee seat.

Joseph Tung, an attorney with Grable Martin Fulton PLLC is the Vice President. Mr. Tung served as the Chairman of the Education Committee and will retain that role too. The Education Committee organizes and hosts special events, workshops, panel presentations, and the Lunch & Learn programs, bringing keynote speakers.

David Neuberger will remain as Treasurer while Jim Griffing serves as Secretary.

Other committee chairs appointed at this meeting are:

Rich Hall of Spring. Mr. Hall chairs the Membership Committee. His Vice-Chair will be Ibrahim Saleh. This committee manages the selection and on-boarding of new members wishing to join the Silver Fox Advisors.

Herb Kalman will Chair the Outreach Committee. This committee is responsible for the organization’s efforts to coordinate with other area business entities like the BBB, United Way, and Rice University Business Competition.

Lane Sloan is the new Chair for the Business Engagement Committee, the team that oversees the CEO Roundtable programming as well as other program and service offerings. His Vice-Chair will be Dr. Ken Wells.

Don Baird will be the Vice-Chair of Marketing with Mr. Thorpe. The Education Committee Vice-Chair is Henry Florsheim.

Mr. Jim Iden of Houston will fill the member-at-large seat on the Board.

The Silver Fox Advisors is Houston’s premier organization of proven business leaders serving the needs of small business owners, CEOs, and entrepreneurs in the Greater Houston area. We help leaders establish, grow, and prosper their businesses by sharing our collective wisdom through robust service offerings. Visit us on the web at SilverFox.org.

Houston BBB Presents Awards of Excellence

On Tuesday, October 12, the Houston Better Business Bureau hosted its awards gala, honoring recipients of the 2021 Awards of Excellence.

Annually the BBB sponsors the contest to highlight the great work being done by the small business community in the Greater Houston area.

Judging for this contest is done by members of Silver Fox Advisors. Our advisors spend hundreds of man-hours reviewing the packages submitted by business owners, selecting winners in each of the various categories.

In the cover photo, are Silver Fox Advisor members (from L to R), Donnie Roberts, President, George Connally, Herb Kalman, Mark Miller (judging chairman), and Rich Hall. Not picked is Joseph Tung who co-chaired the judging team with Mark.

Congratualtions to all the winners. You can see more details on BBB’s website.

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