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Bill Hammond

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Bill Hammond is currently the Founder and CEO of Bill Hammond and Associates. He is a recognized business and political leader with a proven record of accomplishment in legislative advocacy at the state and federal levels, as CEO of the state’s most influential business and chamber organization, a Texas State Representative, Chairman of a major state agency, and a small business owner

Through a well-established network of professional relationships with business and political leaders across the political spectrum throughout Texas and nationwide, he is able to advocate effectively. He also is a successful spokesperson with an earned reputation for building effective advocacy campaigns that fully utilize traditional and online media, including social media. At a moment’s notice, he can pontificate on a variety of subjects.

 

Joseph Kopser

Chairman & Co-Founder

To date, Joseph’s career has spanned multiple sectors to include a 20 years in the Army, starting and selling a technology company to Mercedes, writing, publishing, teaching 5 years at West Point and UT-Austin, co-founding two non-profits and then launching a consulting company, Grayline.

At Grayline, Joseph works to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Before co-founding Grayline, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, a Texas-based technology company that enabled seamless multimodal experiences and connected transit commerce to app users worldwide. In 2014, RideScout was acquired by Mercedes.

Joseph took RideScout from two people to over 50 employees and then RideScout acquired GlobeSherpa, a market leader in mobile ticketing for public transit. The combined company, Moovel, grew to nearly 120 employees before Joseph left and co-founded 60x30 Works. Prior to leading RideScout, Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. Joseph is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, Joseph was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In his free time, he works closely with The Bunker Austin, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In addition, he volunteers as Chairman of NSTXL working to improve U.S. Energy Security policy. In 2017, he joined the Texas Lyceum, the Truman National Security Project, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Association of Business. He lives in Austin with his wife and three daughters (with two of them in college).