March 25, 2021 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

The Tesla Effect

Presenting Sponsor

2021 YTexas VIrtual

The Tesla Effect

Join YTexas for our 2021 virtual event series. A fast-moving, interactive event including short stories and live chat discussing why executives see a bright future for the Lone Star State.

At this event, learn about Tesla’s growth plans in Texas and hear from local executives doing business in the burgeoning electric and autonomous vehicle industry.





G. Brint Ryan

Chairman & CEO, Ryan LLC

G. Brint Ryan is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an eight-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 2,800 professionals and associates serves over 16,000 clients in more than 50 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies.

Aaron Demerson

Commissioner, Texas Workforce Commission

Aaron Demerson currently serves as the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission. Governor Greg Abbott appointed him to the three-member Commission on August 20, 2019. In his role, Commissioner Demerson serves as an advocate for over 565,000 Texas employers and over 2.6 million small businesses.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Demerson served as the Director of the Office of Employer Initiatives at the Texas Workforce Commission.

Prior to employment at the Texas Workforce Commission he served as a Senior Advisor to Governor Rick Perry and Executive Director of the Economic Development & Tourism Division in the Governor’s Office leading a team that marketed the State of Texas as a premier destination for both business and travel.

Commissioner Demerson has a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He also received a general banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking, and is a ‘91-‘92 graduate of Leadership Austin.

Brad Hunstable

Founder & CEO, Linear Labs

Brad served as CEO of Ustream, now an IBM Company. Under his leadership, Ustream grew to serve tens of millions of users globally and generated $40M in revenue. In 2016, Ustream was acquired by IBM for $150M and was turned into the basis of what is now IBM’s core Cloud Video division.

The San Francisco Business Times honored him as an influential young leader in their 40 Under 40 list, he was ranked among the 50 Digital Power Players by the Hollywood Reporter, and honored as Variety’s Producers Guild of America’s Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers. In 2017, he received The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Entrepreneur and Innovation Alumni Award. In 2019, Brad was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

Brad is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Eddie Reeves

Partner, Vianovo

Eddie Reeves advises clients on strategic corporate communications, branding and marketing, crisis communications, issues management, employee engagement, and community relations.

Prior to joining Vianovo, he was principal at Reeves Strategy Group, a strategic communications consultancy that helped corporations, mid-sized growth companies and large not-for-profits execute successful sophisticated communications, marketing, lead generation, social media, public affairs, and crisis communications campaigns.

Prior to establishing his independent practice, Eddie co-led the media relations practice of Public Strategies Inc., and has served as corporate VP of marketing and communications for a FORTUNE 1000 global technology services concern. Earlier, he served as press secretary for former U.S. Congressman J.J. ”Jake” Pickle, as press secretary to former Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, and as an award-winning columnist for the Austin American-Statesman.

Active in the community, Eddie currently sits on the board of the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport and chaired the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Eddie also served on the boards of the Parkland Health and Hospital System, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Yana Kolmakova

Marketing Director, YTexas




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