The Texas Exes Business Network activities are designed to unite, inform, and network all alumni of The University of Texas at Austin for the purpose of mutual success. This is one type of the many alumni-involvement programs sponsored by Texas Exes chapters in metro areas around the country. Meeting on a regular or monthly basis, these events are designed for promoting professional networking for all participants.
Exes Helping Exes: How the Network Connects Alumni
The best way to optimize the Texas Exes Business Network is to attend every event with a supply of your business cards and a goal of helping at least five other people in some way. You may be employed by, or know of, an Exes-owned or -managed organization or company which is well-respected in its industry (Landscape Design? Chiropractic Care? Public Relations/Marketing?). While attending a Texas Exes Business Network event, you might meet someone with a need for a specific product or service offered by that particular company. Connecting the Texas Ex-owned or -operated company and consumers is one of the best reasons for the Business Network’s existence because it mutually benefits both parties...it’s all about Exes Helping Exes.
If you are job searching, bring resumes or “personal” business cards to Business Network meetings—you might meet hiring managers or others with job leads. Even if you have just landed a job or are already employed, Business Network events can also be beneficial for B2B networking. Whatever the case, utilize these events by preparing a 30-second introduction of yourself to let other Exes know something about who you are and what information and contacts you may be able to offer them.
Armed with resources and a willingness to share them, every Business Network attendee can help others who are there – so that all who attend will gain something and will attend future events to make more connections.
Examples of Past Business Network Events
Atlanta: Renee Walkup, President of SalesPeak, “Making Effective Presentations to Persuade Others to Action” .
Atlanta: Tommy Nobis, Longhorn Legend/NFL Hall of Fame, currently Vice President of Corporate Development for the Atlanta Falcons & Founder of the Tommy Nobis Center.
Austin Area: John Henry McDonald, Certified Financial Planner, “Financial Planning When Anticipating Going Into Business” .
Austin Area: Dwayne Goetzel, attorney, “Intellectual Property: Copyright and Trademark Law” .
Austin Area: Gregg Knaupe, VP of Public Affairs-Texas Hospital Association, “Travis County’s New Hospital District and the Future of Healthcare in Austin” .
Dallas: Chris Taylor, Principal of CapStar Commercial Real Estate Services,“Commercial Real Estate Trends and Market Overview”.
Houston: Houston Mayoral Forum with Candidates Orlando Sanchez, Sylvester Turner, & Bill White.
Houston: Gilbert Moreno, Pres/CEO of Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), “Latino demographics and their impact on our community” .
Phoenix: Dr. Lewis Heller & Dr. George Goldberg, Strategic Transformation Associates, “Stress & Anger Management”.
Phoenix: Special Agent Adam Angst, FBI, “Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism”.