The Lake Conroe Region Outlook courts and acquires some of the most qualified panelists for our event each year. Whether its in demographics, energy, residential and commercial construction or beyond, we are grateful for the meeting of the minds we have assembled for this event.

Rob Kaplan
Dallas Federal Reserve
Dave McCorquodale
Montgomery Asst City Admin
Dir. Planning / Development
Heath Melton
Executive VP, MPC Residential
Howard Hughes Corporation
Justin Silhavy
PASA Demographics
Danielle Scheiner
Executive Director
Conroe EDC
Dr. Mark Dotzour
Real Estate Economist

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Speaker Bios

Robert Kaplan – Dallas Federal Reserve

Robert Steven Kaplan has served as the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 8, 2015. He represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Fed.

Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School.

He is the author of several books, including What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an OwnerWhat You’re Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential; and What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential.

Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm’s Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. He became a partner in 1990 and served as co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee. He was also a member of the Management Committee.   

Following his 23-year career at Goldman Sachs, Kaplan became a senior director of the firm.

He serves as chairman of Project A.L.S. and co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm that invests in developing non-profit enterprises dedicated to addressing social issues. He is also a board member of Harvard Medical School.

Kaplan previously served on the boards of State Street Corporation, Harvard Management Company, Bed Bath & Beyond and Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. He was also a trustee of the Ford Foundation, co-founding board chair of the TEAK Fellowship, co-founder and chairman of Indaba Capital Management, LP and chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee at Google, Inc.

Kaplan was appointed by the Governor of Kansas as a member of the Kansas Health Policy Authority Board. Born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Kaplan received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Justin Silhavy – PASA Demographics

Justin Silhavy is Director of Demographic Projections for Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), a demographic firm that projects student enrollment for school districts across Texas.  Mr. Silhavy fuses his experience in urban planning, land development, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to accurately forecast housing growth and its impact on school district enrollment. He approaches every project by interviewing elected officials, municipal planning departments, home builders, land developers, and other local organizations involved in housing and economic development.  Along with historical knowledge of the built environment and economic development practices, Mr. Silhavy also studies local demographic trends such as growth in non-student populations (baby-boomers, millennials, etc.) and shifts in employment by sector and other economic trends to build a full understanding of the enrollment growth potential of each school district.

Dr. Mark Dotzour – Real Estate Economist

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour is a real estate economist who served for 18 years as Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. He has given more than 1,600 presentations to more than 295,000 people and has written over 90 articles for magazines and journals. His research findings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine and Business Week.

His clients include banks, private equity firms, real estate investments trusts, construction firms, engineering companies, wealth managers, private foundations, and commercial and residential brokerage firms. He has also made presentations to local and national trade associations all over America. He makes complex economic issues easily understandable. Mark’s goal is to provide his audience with a “tool kit” of useful information that will help them make good business decisions for their families, their clients and their company.

In 2015, Dotzour stepped down from his position at the Real Estate Center to focus all of his time and effort on analyzing current economic conditions and communicating his analysis to others. He combines academic training in economics, real estate, finance and history to make sense of current economic trends.

After earning his PhD in finance and real estate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987, Dotzour was a tenured professor of real estate and finance at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas for 10 years. Prior to his academic career, he was President of Gleneagles Development, Inc., which was a residential land development firm in Wichita. During this time, he also served as President of Dotzour Inc., Realtors, which was a residential brokerage firm in Wichita.

Mark and his wife LuAnn have been married for over 45 years, and have two children and two grandchildren. His father was a professional golfer. He and LuAnn spend a lot of time on the road, and they enjoy playing golf, exploring antique stores and old book stores.

Danielle Scheiner – Conroe EDC

As Executive Director of the Conroe Economic Development Council, Danielle is responsible for marketing Conroe to new and expanding businesses. She received a B.S. from Texas A&M University and is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). Danielle is a graduate of both Community Development Institute (CDI) and OU Economic Development Institute (EDI). She was recently named a Top 50 Economic Developer in North America by Consultant Connect (a nomination made by industry peers).

Danielle’s professional memberships include the International Economic Development Council, the Texas Economic Development Council (where she serves on the Board of Directors), Team Texas (where she serves on the Advisory Council), the Texas Economic Development Corporation and a host of other commercial real estate organizations (NAIOP, CoreNet, and the Commercial Real Estate Association of Montgomery County).  She was also recently appointed to the Houston Galveston Area Council Gulf Coast Workforce Board and to the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Board.

Danielle was recently honored with the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural ATHENA Award, honoring professional excellence, community service and active mentorship of women. She was also recently named a 2018 Trailblazer by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Danielle has been honored with a Woman of Distinction Award twice by the Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations – once for her work with Leadership Montgomery County and once for her work with the Executive Women’s Alliance.

Locally, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Conroe Regional Medical Center and is the Board representative to the HCA Gulf Coast Advisory Board. As the parent of a special needs child, Danielle is also especially proud of her current involvement on the Board of Directors for New Danville, serving special needs adults.  She recently joined the Board of Directors for Montgomery County Food Bank and is looking forward to serving the food insecure in the community.  She also serves as an ex-officio director for the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce and as a member of Executive Women’s Alliance.

She has previously served as a Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County United Way, Executive Women’s Alliance and Leadership Montgomery County (where she is an active alumni association member).  She and her husband Stacy live in the Conroe area with their two boys and a menagerie of pets.

Dave McCorquodale – Montgomery Asst City Admin, Dir. Planning and Development

Dave is a Registered Landscape Architect and US Army veteran with a passion for local community.  He spent 14 years serving on various Boards and Commissions for the City, including 5 years on City Council.  Dave joined City staff in October 2018 and currently serves as Assistant City Administrator and Director of Planning & Development. 

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