IC&S is where technology, modern business, and creativity converge. This conference brings together innovative minds with speakers who think outside the box, and an exhibition with high tech startups. Connect with a diverse group of entrepreneurs, technologists, business leaders, industry executives, investors, and innovation experts.
welcome & luncheon
mayor sylvester turner
The Honorable Sylvester Turner was elected Mayor of Houston on December 12, 2015, to serve a four year term beginning January 4, 2016.
Sylvester Turner was born and raised in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston. His parents moved to Acres Homes in 1954, the year Sylvester was born.
Sylvester’s mother worked as a maid in the old Rice Hotel in Houston. His father worked as a painter for Continental Ensco and cut yards with his sons on the weekends to make extra money. The Turners raised nine children in their modest two-bedroom home in Acres Homes. Sylvester lost his father to cancer when he was 13 years old. Afterward, his mother took over the Turner household. Although she never finished high school or learned to drive, she ensured her children got an education and inspired them to achieve.
Sylvester attended neighborhood public schools until forced integration came to Houston and he was bused to Klein High School. After a predictably rocky start, the student body adapted to its new enrollees – and Sylvester was later elected president of the student body and graduated as valedictorian.
Sylvester graduated from the University of Houston and Harvard Law School before joining the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. He later founded the Houston law firm of Barnes & Turner in 1983.
In 1988, Sylvester was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to serve the people of House District 139 in Northwest Houston. He served until his election as mayor, working on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and serving as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms. He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state’s budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.
R. Scott Ziegler
R. Scott Ziegler is a thought leader on the subject of urbanism, as well as frequent guest speaker at Rice University, Urban Land Institute, Texas Society of Architects, Multifamily Executive Conferences and, most recently, Architectural Record’s Local Leaders Multi-Unit Panel Discussion.
As Principal-in-Charge of the Urban Residential Studio, Scott plays an active role in shaping the urban landscape through his published writings in professional journals on the subjects of Sustainable Urban Growth Strategies and High Density Mixed-Use Developments. Scott’s Urban Residential experience is tempered by industry leaders including Hines, Gables Residential Trust, General Investment and Development, The Hanover Companies, Camden REIT, Trammell Crow Residential, Dinerstein Companies and Forest City for the design of low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise developments.
With projects totaling over 23 million square feet and $4 billion in construction value, Scott is adept in providing design direction to his clients and insight into future design trends. Scott’s experience and knowledge of the profession have led his firm to design numerous award-winning projects that have garnered regional and national recognition. Scott’s design experience reflects his belief that beautiful architecture enriches people’s lives and expresses the spirit of our time through art, craft and technology.
Ram Shenoy is CEO of the RBR Group, a technology product and service commercialization company working with Fortune Global 500 clients, with offices in Silicon Valley, Houston and Dubai. He is also Technical Director and Chair of the Technical Committee of the Project Production Institute, whose mission is to radically improve the execution of large capital projects across a variety of industries including oil & gas, renewable energy infrastructure, civilian construction and mining, through the application of operations science.
Shenoy spent 20 years with Schlumberger, starting as a research scientist, holding a variety of roles of increasing responsibility across the spectrum of research, development, commercialization and operations support, across the world. His last position with Schllumberger was as Vice-President of Research, leading Schlumberger’s global corporate research laboratories.
He subsequently became Chief Technology Officer of ConocoPhillips, a position he head for 4 years. He currently advises venture capital and private equity companies on matters of technology and business strategy and due diligence in the energy sector. He serves on a couple of boards of startup companies, and a number of advisory boards. From 2013-2017, he served on the U. S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, as the sole representative from the oil & gas industry.
He has a B.A, and M. A. from the University of Cambridge UK, a Ph..D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University NY, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
John W. Gibson Jr. spent three years in the U.S. Army before attending Auburn University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He says his military experience as a non-commissioned officer was “the best leadership training” he ever had. Later, while raising a family and working full-time, he spent six years – nights and weekends – earning his master’s degree in geology from UH.
He spent the first decade of his energy career working for Gulf/Chevron. Gibson’s professional background supports his focus on minimizing environmental impacts associated with energy development and digital innovation. He has served in numerous leadership roles – including President and CEO – at public and private companies (including Landmark Graphics, Paradigm Geophysical, Tervita and Halliburton). He has also served in numerous positions assisting universities and charities. He was a Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics for an energy industry professional society and recently completed the manuscript for a book on ethical leadership based on his faith and personal experience.
John is Senior Advisor at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. In addition he currently serves as a director and audit chair of Orocobre Limited, a director of I-Pulse Inc., as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Houston Baptist University, on the University of Houston’s Energy Advisory Board, the visiting committee of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, advisor to Cottonwood Venture Partners, and the USC Global Energy Network Advisory Board.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). Scheduled March 9-18, 2018 in Austin, this event brings together more than 50,000 industry creatives from across the United States and around the world. These creatives are inspired by nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.
Forrest was named “Austinite of the Year” in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young.
In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity, as well as a trustee for the Austin Awesome Foundation.
Forrest majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small alternative publication called The Austin Challenger and wrote for several other local newspapers and publications.