Texas economic development is driven by external relocation and internal organic growth. From YTexas to our Award Finalist Gearbox Entertainment in Frisco, enjoy our program exploring how Texas is achieving its true potential.

Companies relocating to Texas are exciting, make headlines, and tend to garner the most attention from traditional economic development officials.  We think it’s important to note that for every company that moves to Texas, there are many more Texas businesses already here building wealth, creating jobs and methodically making our world a better place every day.  This breakfast is a discussion of the role for each, and how we may all be stronger working together.

Enjoy our discussion with moderator Robert Gardner and our featured panelists:

Ed Curtis Jr, CEO of YTexas
 – In 2012, Ed traveled the world with Governor Rick Perry and his Office of Economic Development, assisting in the recruitment of companies interested in relocating or expanding their businesses into Texas.  In 2013, Ed founded and trademarked YTexas, an elite business network that helps support, promote and connect companies that are relocating and expanding into the Lone Star State. YTexas has become a turnkey, go-to resource for the most current insider information about Texas’ community, commerce and culture.  Ed is the author of Why Texas: How Business Discovered the Lone Star State, co-hosts the CEO Insider Podcast and is a frequent guest and contributor to the Fox Business Channel, CNN Money and several Texas business publications.

David Najjab, Director of Institutional Partnerships at Gearbox Entertainment – Gearbox is one of our Texas Consilium Business Excellence Award Finalists for 2020-21 and is based in Frisco, TX. Our media partner Dallas Business Journal reported on February 3rd that Gearbox “is getting acquired in a deal that could be worth up to $1.3 billion.”  David handles governmental and institutional relations both within the U.S. and internationally to facilitate Gearbox’s rapid growth and involvement in various collaborative projects. David’s long involvement in the game industry began by way of academia when he started some of the first and highest ranked video game programs in the United States, including the University of Texas at Dallas program and the Guildhall at SMU, currently ranked #1 by Princeton Review.  And by the way, according to MarketWatch the videogame industry in 2020 became a bigger moneymaker than the global movie and North American sports industries combined.

View this event video by clicking on the video image with link above.  See more about Gearbox Entertainment and all of our Texas Consilium Business Excellence Award Finalists for 2020-21 HERE.



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