West Houston Outlook 2021

Overview: West Houston Economy: Recovery or Recession?

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has had a strong effect on the Houston economy. Like other major cities throughout the country and around the world, Houston has taken a major blow to many of its major industries, including oil and gas, restaurants, hospitality, real estate, and retail, among others. West Houston has enjoyed a robust economy for several years, but now businesses in the area will have to reassess and look at new strategies for navigating this tough terrain.

To help you prepare for the environment ahead, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce produces the West Houston Outlook 2021 at the beginning of the year. It is designed to help large and small business owners prepare for the coming year. With a combination of insight from one of the top economists in the area and a panel of key executives from the most important business segments, owners, managers, and executives will be up to date on economic trends affecting 2021.

The target audience for the West Houston Outlook 2021 Conference and Business Expo includes industry leaders and business owners from Greenway Plaza to the Energy Corridor. Other industries interested in this information are encouraged to participate as well, including but not limited to financial institutions, investors, engineering firms, developers, brokers, independent business owners, and site selectors.

The Conference will kick off with continental breakfast, a business marketplace/business expo (with up to 20 exhibits), followed by a series of forums that discuss the most pressing and cutting-edge issues in business today. The day will end with luncheon, keynote speaker, and a panel of industry experts.

Business Forums


Hosted by: Texas Children’s Hospital - West
Coordinator / Moderator: Richard Nevins, Consultant
Panelists: Catherine Graves, VP of Business Development, Evolution Healthcare | Leslie Weisburg, MD, MBA 1- Market Chief Medical Officer, Southwest Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas | Ivett Shah, Texas Children’s Healthcare – West Campus | Jared Hamilton, Human Resource Director for Calvetti Ferguson


Hosted by:
Moderator / Coordinators: Pierluigi Stella, CTO, Network Box USA
Panelists: : (tbc) (Umesh Verma, CEO Blue Lance & Founder of Houston Cyber Summit | Erin Abdelnour, IT Tactical Change Management Strategist | Dr Melissa N Gonzalez, President of HCC)
About: To say that COVID-19 has had a vast impact upon cybersecurity would not be an overstatement as the pandemic has triggered many additional loopholes for hackers to attack. Today’s work culture must be ready to pivot and adapt security habits accordingly or be exposed to breaches that will almost certainly cripple a company. This conversation, with its line-up of diverse panelists, aims to share learnings and empower attendees in forging ahead towards growth and profitability, all within a robust cybersecurity environment.


Hosted by: Amerant Bank
Moderator: Beau Lezar, VP - Commercial Team Lead at Amerant
Panelists: Colin Davis (Commercial RM), Spencer Cron (Branch Manager) | John Jenkins (Mortgage Loan Officer) will all be part of the Finance Forum that will be focused on Small Business Deposit & Loan Products, HELOC/HELOANs, and Mortgages

View the Agenda, Sessions, Speakers, and more by clicking  HERE!


Friday, January 22nd, 2021

8:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


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Keynote Speaker: Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson serves as a senior business economist at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Thompson, who joined the Bank in 2010, performs research and analysis on issues affecting the Houston and Gulf Coast economy. In particular, he studies issues surrounding area hydrocarbon industries. He also collects information for the Dallas Fed’s Beige Book summary of current economic conditions. He is the author of the monthly Energy Indicators, the Houston Economic Indicators, and contributes to the quarterly publication Southwest Economy. Thompson earned an MA in economics, with emphasis on empirical microeconomics, and a BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Houston.

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