Robert Franco Jr.

Chair, SVP at Texas Capital Bank
A resident of Austin for over 35 years Robert Franco is a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Banking Group at Texas Capital Bank, Austin. From 2000 to 2008 he taught at Concordia University as an Adjunct Professor of Business Management with a primary focus on Strategic Planning and Principles of Management.

Yoly Davila

Vice Chair, Community Relations Executive, SVP Texas Region at BBVA Compass
Yoly currently serves as the Community Relations Executive in the central and Texas Region for BBVA Compass. She supports the bank’s corporate responsibility objectives for community outreach, reputation building, and business development. She holds a master degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College.

Kathy Duncan Burrell

Treasurer, Vice President at Wells Fargo
of America Merrill Lynch, Kathy served as Senior Vice President and Credit Products Officer, Vice President and Client Manager, and Vice President and Government Lending Product Specialist. Kathy also managed teams at J.P. Morgan Chase and Guaranty Bank, both based in Dallas. Kathy attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia for her undergraduate degree as well as her Masters of Business Administration with a finance concentration.

Donna C. Normandin

Secretary, SVP, and CRA Officer at Frost Bank
Donna C. Normandin is currently Senior Vice President and CRA Officer for Frost Bank, a corporate position she has held for the past 18 years, working at Frost for over 30 years. In this position, she is a responsible for the banks Community Reinvestment Act and community development portfolios for regulatory examination purposes for the corporation and keeps a pulse on national issues as they affect CRA such as the recent Dodd-Frank. She is also the conduit between the bank and local centers of influence such as the City of San Antonio, County Commissioners, state & national officials and many other agencies

She is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word where she earned her MBA and BBA. Donna is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio XXVI, co-sponsored by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was co-chair for LSA XXVIII.

Irvin Ashford, Jr.

Past Chair, SVP Texas Market at Comerica Bank
Irvin Ashford Jr. is Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs and Director of Community Development and External Affairs for Comerica Bank. A graduate of Oberlin College, Irvin also earned dual master’s degrees – public affairs from the University of Texas and business administration from the University of Dallas.

Tanya Makany- Rivera

External Affairs Manager, City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity
Tanya Makany-Rivera is a native Houstonian, daughter of immigrants, and experienced public service professional who has spent her career in public service. Tanya currently serves as the External Affairs Manager of the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity where she works to educate business owners on the benefits of doing business with the City of Houston and promotes the department’s various programs that support small business. Tanya graduated from the DeBakey High School for Health Professions in HISD, and went on to earn both her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Tanya began her career in public service as an afterschool instructor with the City of Bellaire at Pin Oak Elementary. While studying at the University of Houston, she became the Program Coordinator of United Minds, a Harris County TRIAD Community Youth Development Program housed under the City of Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. It was during this time that Tanya – working alongside Houston Police Officers, Social Workers, Apartment Complex Managers and Case Managers – was able to develop innovative ways to engage at-risk youth from Houston’s Gulfton community. Tanya went on to work at City Hall for Council Members Adrian Garcia and Ed Gonzalez, where she worked her way up from intern to Chief of Staff. Tanya also served as Assistant Director of Public Policy for CHILDREN AT RISK, a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education, and influencing public policy. She was the lead author and researcher on Juvenile Mental Health Courts, where she interviewed Judges, staff clinicians, probation officers, court managers, service providers, and youth interacting with the juvenile justice system throughout the State of Texas.

Jeffrey L. Boney

CEO at Texas Business Alliance
Jeffrey L. Boney is the founder and chief executive officer of the Texas Business Alliance, a nonprofit organization with a mission to equip minority- and women-owned businesses to be qualified suppliers, ready to compete for public, private and international opportunities through progressive development and specialized training. In this position, he focuses on the unique needs of small businesses, helping them to operate and grow more efficiently through education, financing and business development strategies, and creates an environment for contracting opportunities with public/private

Nina Nelms

Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Nina Nelms is a proven Senior Executive with 28 years of success across finance, entertainment, education, technology, and engineering. Leveraging extensive experience in financial operations and process improvement, she is a valuable asset for higher education, entertainment, or organizations looking for strategic insights, growth, cash flow, and mergers and acquisitions. Her broad areas of expertise include change management, high performance team building and development, cost-reduction strategy, supplier negotiations, purchasing and procurement, supplier diversity, Six Sigma, supply chain management, supplier sustainability and new technology implementation, including robotics.
Throughout her executive career, Nina has held leadership positions at Bank of America, Dell and The Coca-Cola Company. She has been responsible for creating enterprise-wide strategies for environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG), robotics process automation (RPA), offshoring and supplier diversity for Bank of America, generating $20M in first year cost-savings at Dell using global sourcing initiatives, leading a category management team with $8B of spend, about 20% of third-party spend for the entire global banking enterprise, driving 8 LOB category strategies to hit business objectives and delivering a supplier rationalization analysis reducing Dell’s supply base >90% with $11M savings.
Nina earned a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix and is Certified Six Sigma. She also proudly serves as Lead Faculty Area Chair since 2012 and an Adjunct Professor since 2010 with University of Phoenix, School of Business, teaching graduate courses in Management, Supply Chain, Critical Thinking and Organizational Behavior and Development. She coaches and mentor’s faculty and students in other official university roles.
Nina currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is active with the Austin Community Volunteers, Junior Achievement, and National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow. She mentors others via Bank of America’s CFO Mentoring Program and LEAD. Nina is a member of the Order of Eastern Stars (OES), the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and is on the Advisory Board of Huston–Tillotson University’s School of Business and Technology.

Eric M. Bustos

Government Relations & Compliance, Capital Metro Transportation Authority
Eric Bustos is a Diversity Specialist for Capital Metro serving as Capital Metro’s DBE Officer, overseeing the DBE and Small Business program, ensuring equal opportunity in transportation contracting by addressing the effects of discrimination. As the Capital Metro’s lead liaison to the Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF) board Eric helps Capital Metro and the Fund to remove barriers to self-sufficiency by increasing access to transportation for education, employment, healthcare and social services. Eric graduated from St. Edwards University with a B.A. in Political Science. Since it was founded in 2012, Eric has be a part of Capital Metro’s signature community service initiative ‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive.

James Nortey, II

Associate Attorney, Morgan Lewis
James Nortey II is currently an Associate Attorney at Morgan Lewis. His practice includes commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and administrative law. James graduated from Baylor with BA in Philosophy in 2008. He then attended Harvard Law School, and after his graduation in 2011, received his MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas in 2015. Since 2013, he has served as Treasurer for the Austin African-American Cultural Heritage District.

Larry Conley

Senior Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase
Larry is Senior Vice President and National Specialty Finance Manager of JPMorgan Chase Bank, where he has been employed for 27 years. He has been in banking for 38 years and SBA lending for 17 years. He has experience in most all forms of lending, Equipment leasing, Real Estate Appraisal, loan work out and Community Development.

He obtained a BBA from TCU and MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a MAI, SRA Designated Real Estate Appraiser, and a licensed Real Estate Broker.

Larry is Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Appraisal Institute, the Board of the Southern Dallas Development Corporation, Dallas Non Profit Loan Center, Texas Charter Schools Financial Foundation Loan Committee, City of Arlington Revolving Loan Committee, and as Senior Warden for Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.

He resides in Fort Worth, Texas

Veronica Briseño Lara

Director of Small & Minority Business Resources at City of Austin
Veronica Briseño Lara is currently the Assistant Director for the City of Austin’s Department of Small and Minority Owned Business Resources (DSMBR) in Austin, Texas. Veronica is responsible for overseeing the certification of minority and women-owned businesses, outreach efforts for minority and women-owned businesses, as well as the administration and finance of the department.

Mike Perrine

Central Texas Market President at Capital One Bank
Mike Perrine is the Central Texas Market President for Capital One Bank and has over 25 years of banking and corporate finance experience in numerous leadership capacities.

As Market President, Mike is responsible for leading the bank’s community focus and philanthropic commitment to meet the unique needs of the communities that Capital One Bank serves in the Central Texas area. His commercial lending responsibilities include structuring middle market and corporate debt transactions for public, private and municipal/not for profit clients in a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Capital One Bank, Mike spent over 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded multi-state retail organization.

In his role as CFO, Mike had primary responsibility for the IPO, along with all banking, accounting, SEC reporting and financial operations. Mike is a 1986 graduate of the University of Texas, Austin with a BBA degree in Finance and has completed formal credit training and assignments in operational efficiency/process management.

Brian A. Hall

Attorney, Traverse Legal PLC
Brian A. Hall is a member of Traverse Legal, PLC and the managing partner of its Austin, Texas office, doing business as Hall Law. He has represented enterprise Internet and technology companies, startups and brand owners throughout the world with their Intellectual Property, Internet Law, including such areas as digital and social media, advertising and promotions, privacy and data matters, and Business Law issues. Brian regularly advises clients on the acquisition of, enforcement of, licensing and monetization of intellectual property, and he has extensive experience with countless multi-million dollar corporate transactions involving an entity's business-critical IP. Brian has served as outside general counsel, as well as in-house counsel in a secondment role, to private, venture backed companies, public companies and venture capital funds. Brian has also litigated cases across the United States involving trademark, domain name, copyright, software trade secret, online defamation and privacy/personal rights issues.

He is a regular author and speaker on legal topics of particular interest to technology companies given his background as an IT Consultant with the global IT firm Accenture. Brian has provided trademark legal commentary on Fox 7 News (Austin), authored Coach’s Corner for foundingAUSTIN and the Founders’ Friday blog series, and presented CLE on a variety of topics.

Brian has been chosen by his peers as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property, as rated by SuperLawyers, for the years 2010-2017. Brian is also a limited partner in StartupRunner, a seed stage venture capital fund, an angel investor with the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) and regularly mentors and advises entities at all stages of the startup ecosystem. He is an active member of EO Austin and also is a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Entrepreneurial Bar Association. He has served as President of the Michigan State University College of Law AA Board of Directors and on the United Way Board.

Sonia Troche

Community Development Relationship Manager at Woodforest
Sonia Troche is the Community Development Relationship Manager (“CDRM”) for the Austin-Round Rock and East Texas MSAs. Troche is responsible for identifying community development needs for the low- and moderate-income (“LMI”) in assigned assessment area and building relationships with community partners and other resource providers involved in meeting those needs. With over 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she puts her deep knowledge of the LMI communities and their needs to work by developing and executing lending, investment and service opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the community.
Prior to joining Woodforest National Bank, Troche was the Texas Regional Director at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Her responsibilities included overseeing NCLR’s regional strategy in the state of Texas and managing operations for the NCLR Texas Regional Office. Additionally, she facilitated numerous collaborations among local, regional and national partners to support, complement, and advance Affiliates’ work on the ground to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans in areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education and workforce, the economy, health and housing.
She also worked with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Nextar Technologies, Inc., and the Northeastern Ohio Apartment Association. Troche earned her MBA from Tiffin University and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Myers University.

Daniel Hodges

City President of Regions Bank, Austin and San Antonio
Daniel M. Hodges is the City President of Regions Bank-Austin / San Antonio since October 2006 with 10 branches in Austin and a Loan Production Office in San Antonio. He has been with Regions for 14 years.

Dan moved to Austin in October 2006 from Houston where he served as Executive Vice President of Regions Commercial and Corporate Banking Groups including Energy and Health Care. He has 40 years of financial experience in the Dallas, Houston, and Central Texas metro markets and his expertise includes capital markets, leasing, and large corporate and middle market business lending.

He is involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations in Texas activities including: Austin Chamber of Commerce Board member, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce Board member, Advisory Board Member of the Greater Asian Austin Chamber of Commerce, Past Treasurer of the Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association, Past director of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, Past board member of Williamson County YMCA, and past Executive Advisory Board Member of the Austin Business Journal. Dan has his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Eugene Sepulveda

Board Chair Emeritus, CEO at Entrepreneurs Foundation
Eugene Sepulveda is CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director for Capital Factory and a senior advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He served as the President & CEO of Marfa Public Radio and it's affiliate, KXWT in Midland-Odessa. Eugene brings 30 years experience from banking, high tech startups and higher education to his role at the Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Eugene is the current vice chair for federal relations at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, on the boards of the KDK-Harman Foundation, Bazaarvoice Foundation, the Entrepreneurs Foundation, Marfa Public Radio, the McDonald Observatory's (board of visitors) and chairman emeritus for PeopleFund. Eugene previously taught social entrepreneurship & global business at UT's McCombs School of Business, served as CFO for an Austin-based semiconductor startup, and was senior vice president lending and international business for two major Austin banks.

Mr. Sepulveda held earlier volunteer leadership roles included serving as President Obama's LGBT Leadership Council co-chair, as co-chair of the DNC's LGBT Council, as treasurer and finance co-chair for Mayor Steve Adler's Election Campaign as well as on the boards of the Austin Community Foundation, Leadership Austin (chair), the Austin-Travis County HIV Commission (chair), Austin Museum of Art (acting Exec. Dir. & treasurer), and LiveableCity (founding board member). He has been recognized as the Best Austin Booster (Austin Chronicle), Best Professor (Alpha Kappa Psi), as a nominee for Outstanding Elective Professor (UT MBA), the Human Rights Campaign’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the HRC Bettie Naylor Visibility Award, honoree by the Mex Net Alliance, an Austin Under Forty award winner, the Austin Business Journal Heavy Hitter in Finance and honored by the Austin City Council by the declaration of a Eugene Sepulveda Day in 1994 and Eugene Sepulveda & Steven Tomlinson Day in February 2015. He and his husband, Dr. Steven Robert Tomlinson, are members of St. James Episcopal Church, support several community initiatives and the arts through their fund, ABPorter, and most enjoy spending time with their 6 nieces & nephews, parents & 11 godchildren.