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(Above) PGA of America COO Darrell Crall accpeting the 2019 YTexas Gamechanger Award

By Ed Curtis, CEO – YTexas
October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019 (DALLAS) – The Ritz-Carlton Dallas convened some of the top business leaders in Texas to recognize the hundreds of companies relocating headquarters into the Lone Star State.

Attendees included:

  • Paul Gold-Williams, CEO – CPS Energy (San Antonio)
  • Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer – SXSW (Austin)
  • Jim Lites, CEO – Dallas Stars (Dallas)
  • Donnie Nelson, President & GM – Dallas Mavericks (Dallas)
  • Maher Maso, Principal – Ryan
  • Dale Petroskey, CEO – Dallas Regional Chamber (Dallas)
  • Beth Garvey, CEO – BG Staffing (Plano)
  • Craig Kessler, COO – Topgolf (Dallas)
  • Greg Almond, CEO – Furniture Marketing Group (Plano)
  • along with numerous executives from Ryan, Kubota, City of Hutto, U.S. Concrete, Firefly Aerospace and more

Each year the RēLO AWARDS bestows one individual award as well as three corporate awards to exceptional companies that have relocated their headquarters to Texas and are certain to have an impact in their new communities:

  • 2019 GameChanger Award – PGA of Americas.  The PGA of America is relocating their HQ from Boca Raton, FL to Frisco.  PGA COO Darrell Crall addressed the crowd with an invigorating presentation, which included local leaders who helped bring the PGA to Texas.  “Our leaders leaned into the vision, and together we can’t wait to build our dream on 680 acres in beautiful North Frisco!”, said Crall.  Darrell and his team look forward to creating and innovating what they think will be the modern home of American golf.
  • 2019 Texas-All In Award – Perfect Game.  Perfect Game is relocating its HQ from Cedar Rapids, IA to Hutto.  Hall of Fame relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman and co-owner Ben Ford accepted the award with follow-up comments from Hutto City Manager Odis Jones.  Perfect Game is a premier provider of amateur baseball events and scouting programs across the US.  Odis and a group of his city councilmen made the trip to Dallas.  “The Perfect Game project is estimated to bring over $200m in direct spend to Hutto, tripling its economy which stands at roughly $40 million per year,” said Jones. This is the single largest economic development deal the city has ever seen.
  • 2019 Innovator of the Year Award: RapidDeploy.  RapidDeploy relocated their HQ to Austin from Capetown, South Africa.  Co-founders Brett Meyerowitz and CEO Steven Raucher are a volunteer paramedic and a volunteer sea rescuer respectively. The company recognized an an opportunity to improve an antiquated 911 system in Africa and in the USA. The award was accepted by RapidDeploy COO Reinhard Ekl.
  • 2019 Ambassador of the Year Award: Milli Brown, CEO – Brown Books Publishing Group.  Based in Dallas,  Milli is transforming the publishing industry worldwide by giving authors more control over their life’s passion to write and publish life changing books.  Milli’s commitment to helping others in Texas tell their stories, such as friends of YTexas – Col. Allen West, Seth Gordon, Darien George and Michael Gorton.  These reasons made her this year’s recipient for the esteemed award.

Looking forward, we are excited to announce that the 7th Annual iteration of the gala will be moving to a new venue. The 2020 YTexas RēLO Awards will be hosted on Sept 25, 2020 at the Omni Frisco Hotel at the Star.

To learn more about the event, visit

View the complete list of corporate HQ relocations to Texas