The Lake Conroe Region Outlook courts and acquires some of the most qualified local 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 2020.

Justin Silhavy, PASA
Steve Pilgrim, Entergy Texas
Tom Faust, Margaritaville

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Speaker Bios


Justin Silhavy, Director of Demographic Projections for Population and Survey Analysts, is primarily responsible for developing housing projections and forecasting population growth. 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. Since initially joining the firm in 2003, he has contributed in many facets of PASA’s projects, ultimately increasing the body of knowledge and accuracy of school district enrollment projections. Along with his historical understanding of the built environment and economic development practices, Mr. Silhavy approaches every project by interviewing elected officials, municipal planning departments, home builders, land developers, and other local organizations involved in housing and economic development.

Silhavy has provided valuable support in demographic studies, including:

Developing housing projections for student enrollment forecasts.

Analyzing platting information and assessing future land use for developable parcels.

Identifying and mapping areas which, due to zoning restrictions, location in the flood plain, or other factors, are not suited for future development.

Managing the collection and maintenance of GIS data.


Steve Pilgrim is the director of business and economic development for Entergy Texas, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. A 34-year Entergy employee, Pilgrim brings a wealth of skill and knowledge to his current role in which he oversees Entergy Texas’ major and industrial account portfolio. He is responsible for the retention and growth of existing businesses as well as recruiting new businesses and industries to the area.

Pilgrim previously oversaw strategic planning for Entergy Corp.’s fleet of fossil-fuel generating plants. He has also served as director of business services for fossil operations and director of Louisiana’s customer service support and new business development. Prior to that, he served key roles at the corporation’s system level, impacting communities with quality customer service strategies and business development. He is currently serving as Board Chairman, Conroe Economic Development Council. He is also serving on the board of directors for the Conroe Chamber, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, and the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Entergy Texas delivers electricity to more than 450,000 customers in 27 counties across southeast Texas.


A recognized hotel industry veteran, Tom Faust, now the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lakes Conroe-Houston, joined BENCHMARK, a Global Hospitality Company, as Vice President Sales on February 29, 2016. Previously Tom was with Omni Hotels & Resorts for nine years as vice president, sales. In his leadership role, Faust was responsible for creating and directing revenue generating strategies across for the entire luxury hotel brand. Prior to joining Omni, Faust spent eight years at the Anatole in Dallas under both the Wyndham and Hilton flags. Prior to that he also spent 18 years with Sheraton and Starwood Hotels, in a variety of operations, marketing and sales roles at both the corporate and field level.

Faust also has served on the MPI Foundation Board, Executive Board of Governors of the University of North Texas Hospitality School, The Board of Directors of the ATT Cotton Bowl.

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