Category Archive: AEC In The News

Jan 25

Distinguished Lecture Series Luncheon: Friday, March 7th

2014 Distinguished Lecture Series Luncheon:


Friday, March 7th

The Austin Economic Club Presents:

His Excellency Ambassador

Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America

Keystone & Beyond: Canada’s Role in North American Energy Security


12 Noon Luncheon

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Host Reception

The Austin Club

110 E. 9th Street Austin, Texas

As our top trading partner, Canada plays an integral role in U.S. job creation. It is also our largest supplier of oil, providing nearly 3 million barrels per day, or more than 30% of U.S. imports.

Ambassador Doer will discuss Canada’s position as a stable, secure and environmentally responsible energy supplier to North America and the world. The Keystone XL pipeline is one part of a greater energy security agenda.

In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 23rd representative to the United States of America. Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy.

Nov 08

BNSF CEO calls Berkshire deal ‘great opportunity’


Published 11/08/2009

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. need no longer worry about hedge funds or other “activist investors” that attempt hostile takeovers, said Matthew K. Rose, CEO of the rail company.

That’s what happened two years ago to CSX Corp., which serves the eastern United States, he said. “You get those kind of things when you are a publicly traded company.”

If BNSF shareholders approve the purchase by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which they are expected to do, the company will reside safely under the wing of Warren Buffett.

“If there is one thing this does, it shields us from that kind of short-term distraction,” Rose said. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Want to foster economic development in Austin? Join the club

Published on 03/25/2005

Austin Business Journal Staff: Mary Alice Kaspar, John Egan, Giselle Greenwood and Colin Pope
There’s a new club in town for business and community leaders.
Called the Austin Economic Club, the nonprofit and nonpartisan 40-member group just held its first luncheon in mid-March featuring a talk by former U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-Oklahoma).
“Austin is a center of political and economic activity in Texas. We founded this organization to inform the Central Texas community about a range of issues impacting business and public policy, at the highest level possible,” says James Cardle, the president of AEC and TexasInsider. “It was time for this type of forum in Austin, and we look forward to an exciting first year.”
This year’s board of advisors includes quite a few well-known names, such as: Ben Bentzin, the new CEO of WCIT 2006 Inc.; former House Speaker Billy Clayton; and Glenn West, former president and CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. West is currently senior vice president of market development with Guaranty Bank in Austin.
Invited speakers for upcoming events throughout 2005 include: Attorney General Greg Abbott; John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems; and Donald Evans, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
AEC plans to meet monthly or bimonthly throughout the year. Political and business-minded folks can find more information at


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