Austin, TX | Board Chair
President, Lilliput Management Co.
Chief Marketing Officer, American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC)
Jason Wills is the owner and president of Lilliput Management, a real estate company that specializes in the portfolio management of affordable housing communities in Texas.
As chief marketing officer for ACC, Jason is responsible for the marketing and communication strategies at American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), ensuring the alignment between the brand and the customer experience is always at the forefront. To date, Jason has spearheaded more than 60 ACC developments in more than 20 states, totaling more than 50,000 beds, just shy of 18 million square feet, and valued at more than $3.5 billion in development.
Jason is a frequent speaker on the planning and development of all types of student communities at national conferences like NACUBO, NACAS, NASPA, ACPA, APPA and ACUHO-I. In 2004, Wills was a member of the senior management team that took the company public, making ACC the first REIT focused solely on student housing. Jason has been a board member of Ballet Austin since 2014.
Houston, TX | Treasurer and Executive Committee
Senior Proposal Manager, Baker Hughes
Philip Gould is a native Texan who has worked for one of the largest corporations in the US, General Electric (GE), for over 10 years and had the opportunity to live and work in locations across the globe like Tokyo, Belfast, Montreal and Dubai. He has held roles in both corporate finance and commercial operations focus on driving efficiency and corporate strategy.
One of the exciting initiatives he and his commercial team are currently focused is on building awareness within Oil & Gas to the benefits of the electrification of the frac industry. The turbine technology they offer has the potential to substantially reduce fuel costs as well as the emissions, noise pollution and number of vehicles associated with that industry. It makes sense both economically and environmentally.
He is an advance certified scuba diver and a self-described amateur gardener. Several years ago, he ran the Houston Marathon and while extensively training for the event he discovered the local beauty of the extensive parks that run along Houston’s many bayous. These parks provided not only a route for him to train but also a green space that nearby residents could enjoy despite living in the heart of the 4th largest city in the US. Now as a father, he works to foster the same love of the outdoors in his children. He believes it is critical to provide that opportunity to others which is why the mission of Scenic Texas to enhance the visual environment for all Texans, and not just those living in our immediate neighborhoods, speaks so strongly to him.
Philip earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Southern Methodist University.
Houston, TX | Secretary
Allan has served as Secretary/Treasurer of Scenic Texas and Finance Chair of Scenic Houston for nearly 20 years. He was a director of Billboards Limited, the predecessor organization, nearly 40 years ago when Houston adopted its first sign regulation, which prohibited the construction of new billboards and required the gradual removal of those then in place. Allan is a retired lawyer, and most recently was general counsel of Amegy Bank. A native Houstonian and graduate of Yale University and University of Texas School of Law, Allan and his wife, Peggy, live in the Memorial area.
San Antonio | Executive Committee
USAA | Accounting and Finance Professional
John is a native of the San Antonio area, currently working in the banking industry at USAA. As a lifelong resident of South Texas, he has had many opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country as well as other areas of the state. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with experience in banking, insurance, investments, and the oil & gas industry. John is also a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) with experience in financial planning. Along with accounting and finance experience, he has experience in project management, third-party contract negotiations, and compliance/regulatory oversight.
In addition to his corporate accounting and finance experience, he was an adjunct professor at University of the Incarnate Word, teaching managerial and international accounting. Volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
John earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin, along with a Master in Finance from Our Lady of the Lake (San Antonio), and a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from University of the Incarnate Word.
Margaret has served as Chair or Vice Chair of Scenic Texas for ten years and served as the part-time Executive Director for seven years before that. Margaret served on the Board of Directors for Scenic America and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Scenic Houston. Margaret and her husband, Bob Randolph, are retired attorneys and live with their rescue dog Zia.
Houston, TX | Scenic Houston Board
Lawyer with Parker & Sanchez
Equally comfortable in federal court in Houston and South Texas, Cooke Kelsey focuses his practice on civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. His experience spans issues as varied as financial fraud, international contract disputes, civil forfeiture, cross-border white collar criminal defense, real estate disputes, federal civil rights class actions, wrongful termination, FLSA, legal malpractice defense. Whatever the issue, Cooke works hard to achieve great results without ego or fanfare.
Austin, TX | Scenic Austin Board
Girard Kinney, AIA, is a lifelong Austinite, graduate of the UT Austin School of Architecture and owner of Kinney & Associates (K&A), an urban design and architectural firm, founded in 1978 as the partnership of Billington Kinney Stone. He is a past president of the Austin AIA, co-founded its Committee on the Environment and currently serves on the Government Affairs/Urban Design Committee. He is a founding member of the local chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism and is founding Chair of the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association. Mr. Kinney was the Project Architect for the Pfluger Bridge, the pedestrian and bicycle bridge across Lady Bird Lake, adjacent historic Lamar Bridge in downtown Austin, and in a JV with Sinclair Black, he co-produced the Great Streets Master Plan for downtown Austin.
Mr. Kinney’s involvement with Mueller, the redevelopment of Austin’s original municipal airport dates from 1983 where he helped organize CARE (Citizens for Airport Relocation) and the “Move it!” campaign, and then remained involved as the planning for Mueller was undertaken, culminating in his Chairmanship of the TF that produced the 1986 Report to the City Council that established the Vision and Goals for the redevelopment. Throughout he has been involved both as a neighborhood representative and a professional architect and planner, the most recent example being the successful completion of the E51st Street Vision, a joint project with McCann Adams Sudio, which borders Mueller on the north, dividing it, but potentially connecting it with, Windsor Park, the neighborhood to the north.
Austin, TX | Coleman & Associates
|Marissa moved from Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 to join Coleman & Associates. Though she is a Nevada native, Marissa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. Marissa’s work experience in Phoenix was varied which allows her to be prepared for the breadth of work that C&A performs. Marissa currently serves as Texas Secretary and has served as the Central Texas Section Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary/Treasurer for the American Society of Landscape Architects. She currently sits on the Leadership Development Committee for the Real Estate Council of Austin and is involved in their Policy Committee as well. She has worked a variety of projects including Master Planned Communities, Environmental Graphics, Higher Education, Commercial Office Building Renovation, and Multifamily projects as well as helping to nurture, grow and build the relationships that C&A has fostered with clients.|
Austin, Texas | Technologist/Investor
Adam Morgan, is a longtime Austin resident and serial entrepreneur, who co-founded Landmark Global, acquired by bPost (Belgian Post Office) in 2013. His grandmother served as his mentor and inspiration in becoming an experienced tech professional and entrepreneur, by watching her pioneer technology and computers in the era prior to mainstream cell phones. He has been the founder of multiple local businesses, including Austin-based Little Lucy’s Mini-Donuts and Latchkey, on East 6th St. Recently, Adam became an executive producer on the forthcoming Terrance Malick film “A Hidden Life” that was featured at the internationally acclaimed Cannes Film Festival. His musical interests have taken him on national tours although he claims to only pretend to be a local musician in his free time.
As he now moves into work that is meaningful for him in professional investments and philanthropic interests, Scenic Texas has sparked his notice. His strong belief in sustainable development and ecological balance aligns with the mission of the Scenic Texas organization to preserve and enhance the visual environment. He is currently helping with the website redesign, communications targeted to adults ages 30-50, branding, and creating statewide marketing campaigns that build the membership, scenic chapters, and the state board.
Morgan attended Westmont College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business.
Williamson County, Texas
For over 20 years, CEO Casey Sledge has successfully delivered over 100 under schedule/under budget capital projects to Texas cities and schools. Since 2004, Sledge Engineering, LLC (TX Engineering Registration # F-7769) has provided project management and construction consulting services that have resulted in projects that schools and cities are proud to call their own.
The Sledge process enables Superintendents and top executives to comply with all laws and regulations and negotiate a fair price from the best qualified providers. His success is due to his unique project delivery methods, risk management strategies, and negotiation tools that any school can implement. The result is a reduction of inefficiencies that save taxpayer money and avoid the school potential embarrassment.
Mr. Sledge is married and the father of four children. The family spends time together camping and boating. Mr. Sledge has been a volunteer youth sports coach for many years.
Houston, TX | Midway
Taylor Steen serves as Vice President, Investment & Capital Markets at Midway. Taylor is the Asset Manager, and main point of contact, for Midway’s hotel and multifamily portfolios. He is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies for the stabilized assets within those portfolios. Taylor also manages the relationships with Midway’s third party hotel and multifamily operating partners. He reports to the Executive Vice President of Investment and Capital Markets as well as Midway’s Investment Committee. Taylor works with our strategic partners to oversee operations and financial performance of the stabilized hotel and multifamily assets to provide the highest level of fiduciary care to Midway’s Investors and Lenders.