Complete Intelligence

News Articles

Economic Outlook Conference 2020 in The Woodlands Highlights Local Economy

THE WOODLANDS, TX – “Innovative Solutions in a Diverse Community,” was the theme of the 2020 Economic Outlook Conference. The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the event annually to provide community members with insight as to how the economy is expected to perform each year.

Congressman Kevin Brady started the morning with a national update. He discussed tax reform, job growth in the United States, record low unemployment rates, the need for our country to win the innovation race, as well as factors that are halting our growth.

“The biggest obstacle of growth in America is our workforce,” he said. “Not having the workers we need is already slowing growth right now in America. It is slowing corporate growth, it is slowing small business growth … Nine of ten companies that hire blue-collar workers can’t find the workers they need. We’ve got to solve this problem if we want stronger growth over the next decade for the United States,” he said.

Gil P. Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership continued the day with a community/regional update. He announced that healthcare is now the largest employment sector in our service area; growing from 24 percent in 2019 to 26 percent in 2020. The second largest employment sector is energy at 22.4 percent, and the third is education at 17.8 percent. Healthcare represents 40 percent of the Top Major Employers, with 10,027 jobs.

The Top Ten Major Employers (Non-Retail) in order are as follows: Conroe Independent School District, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, ExxonMobil, Occidental, CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Alight Solutions, Lone Star College – Montgomery, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, and Huntsman Corporation.

Senior Economist at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Jesse Thompson, provided an economy update. His main conclusion: Houston’s economy in 2020 is predicted to be, “positive, modest, but certainly not booming”.

Following Thompson’s presentation, an innovation panel, compiled of four executives, discussed how the latest trends in innovation help businesses solve economic issues. Innovation panelists included: Clint Brinkley, CEO of Your Business Solutions; Ashok Gowda, president and CEO, of Biotex, Inc.; Deanea LeFlore, senior director of corporate and community engagement for The Ion; and Tony Nash, founder and CEO of Complete Intelligence.

The afternoon concluded with a luncheon where keynote speaker, Dr. Renu Khator inspired the audience with her life story. Dr. Khator is Chancellor of University of Houston System and President of University of Houston. Within three years, she was able to establish UofH as a Tier One university.

Between intelligent speakers, and numerous networking opportunities, the Economic Outlook Conference 2020 provided an enlightening and productive experience for all involved.


This press release first appeared in Woodlands Online here:

News Articles

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Economic Outlook Conference February 21

THE WOODLANDS, TX — The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Greater Houston, will host the 34th Annual Economic Outlook Conference on Friday, February 21, 2020, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.


This year’s conference, themed “Innovative Solutions in a Diverse Community,” will feature a community, national and economy update, a CEO panel focused on technology and innovation, and keynotes highlighting the projected growth of the economy in Montgomery County and beyond.


Tickets are on sale now at for $199 and Chamber members receive a discounted price of $169.


“The Chamber’s Economic Outlook Conference not only features economic experts who share valuable information for business leaders about current events and the future of the economy, it also offers a business expo that provides sponsors and attendees the opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with more than 700 professionals,” Margo McZeal, director of governmental affairs for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, said.


Renu Khator, the University of Houston System Chancellor and the University of Houston President, will give a keynote presentation.


A highlight of the 2020 event includes an Innovation Panel where four CEOs will discuss how the latest trends in innovation are helping to solve economic issues. Panelists include Clint Brinkley, Your Business Solutions CEO; Ashok Gowda, Biotex, Inc. president and CEO; Tony Nash, Complete Intelligence founder and CEO; and Gabriella ‘Gaby’ Rowe, The Ion executive director will discuss how the latest trends in innovation are helping businesses to solve economic issues.


Read the rest of the press release at Woodlands Online.