West Houston Outlook 2022

Overview: W.H.O. is Bringing Back West Houston

The way we do business in West Houston – and everywhere else – has definitely changed thanks to a global pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down. Throughout 2020 and 2021, we have had to learn how to adjust our business models, adapt to changes in consumer behavior and contend with labor shortages, the likes of which we haven’t seen in modern times. What does this new way of living and doing business mean for West Houston?

To help you navigate an ever-changing environment, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce presents West Houston Outlook 2022, January 21, 2022, at the Norris Conference Center. This conference is designed to help business owners prepare for the coming year in a variety of areas through networking, workshop panels and an engaging keynote address with a forecast specifically for West Houston.

Top economists and key executives from some of the most important business segments in West Houston will be on hand to discuss projects for the upcoming year in the areas of oil and gas, real estate, retail, hospitality, restaurants and more. Executives, managers and business owners of all sizes and industries are encouraged to attend to learn more about expected trends for 2022

The target audience for the West Houston Outlook 2022 Conference and Business Expo includes industry leaders and business owners from Greenway Plaza to the Energy Corridor. The Conference will kick off with continental breakfast, a business marketplace/business expo, followed by a series of forums that discuss the most pressing and cutting-edge issues in business today.  The day will end with luncheon and keynote speaker.

Finance: Amerant Bank               

Hosted by: Amerant                                 

Coordinator /Moderator: Frank Meckel, Senior Vice President, Amerant


Miguel Penaloza, AVP Commercial Relationship Manager at Amerant
Brenda Costilla, VP Business Banking Relationship Manager, Amerant
Ashley Smith, Cash Management Sales Officer, Treasury Management, Amerant
John Jenkins, AVP Residential Lending Loan Officer, Amerant


Healthcare: Does our Healthcare Need a Boost?

Hosted by:  Texas Children’s Hospital - West              

Coordinator / Moderator:    Richard Nevins, Consultant

Panelists: Mathew Timmons, Vice President, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus
                      Jared Hamilton, HR Director, Calvetti Ferguson
Mandy Breckbill,Healthcare Executive Director, Genentech

About: The Healthcare Segment is one of the largest business segments in Houston and especially West Houston. Also, healthcare insurance and alternatives are one of the most costly and important employee benefits. Come to this seminar to learn key trends in the healthcare industry and what is likely to happen with insurance.


Marketing: Marketing for a New America

Hosted by: Vertical Web

Moderator / Coordinators: Misty Starks, Founder, Misty Blue Media

Beth Guide, Owner, Vertical Web
Julie Grayum, Director of PR and Social Media, Lopez Negrete - Lopez Negrete represents clients such as Walmart, McDonalds, United Airlines, etc.
Nicole Thomas, Founder, Nicallyss Creative Group - Nicallyss Creative Group recently got a client featured in Oprah's Favorite Things
Vivienne Kwon, Founder, YK Creative
Michelle Ngome, Founder, African American Marketing Association

About: Your ideal customer or client is bombarded with thousands of advertisements every day, so how is your company going to stand out? This workshop will feature expert marketers discussing methods that actually work to help you break through the noise, get in front of your key audience and make real connections that can lead to sales.



Friday, March 4, 2022

8:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

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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