Here's a recap of last year's event:





 held it's 6th Annual Economic Summit

on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 


The 2017 GEDP Economic Development Summit included panel discussions with key industry stakeholders and regional experts, focusing on the economic impact and opportunities that lie within each of the major industry sectors.

PANEL 1: Economic Development Outlook                    Moderator: Vic Pierson, GEDP Chairman and President of Moody Bank


  • Honorable Wayne Faircloth, State Representative, District 23
  • Honorable Larry Taylor, State Senator, District 11
  • Honorable Jim Yarbrough, Mayor, City of Galveston
  • Honorable Mark Henry, Judge, Galveston County


PANEL 2: Maritime Industry & Opportunities                    Moderator: Fred Raschke, GEDP Past Chairman and President of Mills Shirley


  • John Martin, Martin Associates
  • Robert Sakowitz, Hazak Corporation
  • Peter Simons, Port of Galveston
  • Admiral Mike Rodriguez, Texas A& M University - Galveston, Maritime Academy
  • General Bill McClain, Texas A& M University - Galveston

PANEL 3: Emerging Technology                 Moderator: Rebecca Unbehagen, UTMB


  • Walter Ulrich, Turnaround & Interim CEO
  • Scott Livingston, League City EDC
  • Robert Heard, Cimarron Capital
  • Cheryl Sadro, UTMB Health

PANEL 4: Disaster Resilliency                Moderator: Vic Pierson, Moderator


  • Diane Probst, Rockport Chamber of Commerce
  • Chuck Wemple, Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Jeffrey Finkle, International Economic Development Council
  • Brian Maxwell, City of Galveston

PANEL 5: Sports Tourism                 Moderator: Johnny Smecca, Moderator


  • Kelly deSchaun, Galveston Island Park Board
  • Jerald Temple, Galveston ISD Athletics
  • Josephine Sullivan, Cristina Grillo Sullivan Foundation
  • Chuck McElroy, Retired Players Association, MLB
  • Bob Ford, Bob Ford Productions


An event of this magnitude, could not be achieved without the generous support from our sponsors.

We are very appreciative of our 2017 sponsors for both our Economic Summit and Developer Profile magazine.