December 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Hilton Galleria
2001 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
Russ Boullion

Cocktail hour starts at 11:00am and lunch starts at noon.

Our esteemed speakers will be Harris County Judge Ed Emmett AND Harris County Fire Chief Samuel Peña.

Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.

A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.

Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.

County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation’s third largest county. He also is director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.

Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.

Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.

Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 42 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.

Harris County Fire Chief Samuel Peña

Samuel Peña was sworn into office on December 19, 2016.

Chief Peña has been a member of the American Fire Service for 22 years. He was chosen as Fire Chief for his wide experience in both medical and firefighting fields. He began his career as a firefighter with the El Paso Fire Department in 1994 and rose through the ranks serving as a paramedic, media spokesperson, advanced medical coordinator, a member of the Combined Search and Rescue Team, Hazardous Materials & Special Rescue Task Force, as well as the Training Chief for the El Paso Fire Academy.

Chief Peña has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso and also served four years as an air-control specialist with the U.S. Air Force.

Prior to Pena’s appointment, Assistant Fire Chief Rodney West was acting Interim Fire Chief following Chief Terry Garrison who accepted another position in his home town of Glendale, Arizona in October of 2015.