Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Randle Jan 22, 2019
Lamar CISD Superintendent

Dr. Thomas Randle became Lamar CISD’s Superintendent of Schools in 2001. Under his leadership, Lamar CISD is known around the state for academic excellence. During his tenure, the District has twice been recognized by Texas School Business magazine for its best practices. Lamar CISD has earned the HEB Excellence in Education Award for Best Large District and three campuses were named National Blue Ribbon Schools. Student success is also commonplace in Lamar CISD with multiple state championships in athletics and fine arts—among countless other honors and awards. Since Dr. Randle’s arrival in Lamar CISD, the District has added over a dozen facilities—with plans for another dozen on the way. Student enrollment has increased from about 16,000 to 32,000 and the staff has gone from 2,200 to 4,700—making Lamar CISD the second-largest employer in Fort Bend County. Dr. Randle also has a strong record of industry leadership, including service with the Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund, the UIL Legislative Committee, the Texas FFA Association, the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Academic Decathlon, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators and the Texas Business and Education Coalition. He’s a Past President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and a Past President of the Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He served on the Texas Education Commissioner’s Cabinet of Superintendents, the Policy Committee on Public Education Information and as an advisor for the Texas Education Agency’s Recommended High School Plan. In 2008, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives appointed Dr. Randle to the Select Committee on Public School Accountability. He’s twice been named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year (2001 & 2017) and also a finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year. Other honors include the 2004 Texas Educational Support Staff Administrator of the Year and Texas A&M’s 2012 John R. Hoyle Award for Educational Leadership. In 2017, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators recognized Dr. Randle by naming a statewide award in his honor. He received an Oklahoma Regent of Higher Education Fellowship and served on a focus group for the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington D.C. Dr. Randle earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. At A&M, Dr. Randle was a Distinguished Student, and was named an Outstanding Graduate and a Notable Graduate nominee. Dr. Randle began his education career as an agriculture teacher in Sweeny, then worked his way up the administrative ladder in Conroe ISD, as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent for secondary education. He also served as superintendent in LaMarque ISD for six years prior to arriving in Lamar CISD. Ultimately, Dr. Randle is still a teacher at heart. He has served as an adjunct professor at UH Clear Lake, Lamar University and Texas A&M University.

Robert Bingham Feb 05, 2019
Houston Live Stock and Rodeo
Houston Live Stock and Rodeo

ROBERT BINGHAM

 

Born in Dallas, Texas, I have lived in the Houston area for 38 years.  I am blessed with a lovely wife, Bobbie, son, Brian, daughter, Brittany and granddaughter, Leslie Juliana.  I am a member of and hold a leadership position with First United Methodist Church Missouri City.

 

As one of the 34,000 volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 12 years, I have served on several of the committees, Corral Club, Ticket Sales and Speakers Committee for five years.  The opportunity to serve the Houston community for the benefit of Texas youth, as well as the needs of our state, country and world is a passion.

 

I love most all types of music and especially live performances.  I am a fan of all the Houston professional sports teams and a season ticked holder of the Houston Texas.  I enjoy golf, the mountains and the ocean. 

 

Most of my professional career has been in leadership positions in the information technology industry providing services to all size of businesses.  My current role as a Senior Director of Sales with DataCanopy, provides me the opportunity to help businesses significantly improve the management of their technology needs.  We do this through dramatic cost savings, day to day operational efficiencies using data center management, cloud and network solutions.

 

Mike Toy Mar 26, 2019
"Why we get ticked"
"Why we get ticked"

Mike Toy was born and raised in San Francisco. He has been working as a comedy magician for the last 10 years. In 2015, he was named “San Francisco Entertainer of the Year”. Mike has been featured on ABC, NBC, NBC, and FOX. One of his highlights happened last year when The White House flew him into Washington DC to speak. He will present his talk “Why We Get Tricked”.