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November 12 Luncheon - Virtual Meeting

  • 12 Nov 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


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Speaker: Brett A. Perlman, Center for Houston's Future

Brett Perlman’s 25-year career has spanned senior positions in business, government as well as corporate board work and service to his community.

He is currently CEO and President of the Center for Houston’s Future, a well-established non-profit that focuses on developing consensus-based solutions to important social issues for the entire Houston region and on mobilizing leaders in the Houston community to implement those solutions.

Before his appointment, he was a Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), an innovative program composed of 50 experienced global leaders focused on developing new approaches to solving the world’s most pressing social issues. He is a Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.

Prior to his recent focus on community service, Brett has been recognized as a national leader for his roles as a business person, corporate director and public official in the energy and telecommunications industries.  

Public Service:Brett served for four years as a Commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  While in public service, he led the successful restructuring of Texas’ $37 billion electric utility industry and $4 billion telecommunications industry as these markets opened to competition. As a result of Perlman’s efforts, Texas has been widely recognized as an international model for successful electric market restructuring.

Business: Following his government service, he founded Vector Advisors, an entrepreneurial management consulting firm that serves telecommunications and energy clients. His consulting practice specialized in advising senior corporate executives on strategy, business development, marketing, policy and regulatory issues and mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company (1993-1999) and has practiced law with major firms in Houston and Washington, D.C. 

Corporate Director:Brett has served as a corporate director and strategic advisor to several public and private-equity funded companies. He is an independent Director of Just Energy Group, a NYSE and TSX-listed gas and electricity retailer and serves on the Audit, Risk and Compensation committees.  In addition, he has previously served as an independent Director to several early stage and private-equity backed companies. He also has been a co-founder and Board member of two technology incubator and accelerators.

He holds advanced degrees in public policy from Harvard University and in law from the University of Texas, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.

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