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Texas Travel Summit 2015 - Keynote Speakers



Keynote Speakers
Peter Yesawich, Vice Chairman of MMGY Global
Peter C. Yesawich is vice chairman of MMGY Global, America’s leading marketing, advertising and public relations agency serving travel, leisure and lifestyle clients. The agency represents clients in every category of the travel industry through offices across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Peter is a frequent commentator on travel trends in such publications as The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Business Week. He is also featured on the CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and BBC World television networks and National Public Radio. He serves as a featured columnist in several industry trade publications and has authored numerous articles on marketing and advertising strategy in professional journals. He is a coauthor of Marketing Leadership in Hospitality published by Prentice Hall.

Peter received three degrees from Cornell, including a doctorate in applied psychology, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Yale.

Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow, Thought Leader, Author

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike.

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

Mike’s best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York.

Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc.

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland.  The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.   
Maryland governor Larry Hogan recently appointed Anirban Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee and economic advisor to the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.

Anirban currently lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy. He has taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. He earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School Of Law.

Greg Lindsay, Journalist, Urbanist, Futurist, and Speaker

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative — a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. 

Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at Microsoft Research, McKinsey, the U.S. State Department, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2012.  

His writing has appeared in
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures, among many other publications. He has advised Intel, Audi, Ericsson, Samsung, André Balazs Properties, and Chrysler, among other organizations. 

Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

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