April, 2004The Texas Think Tank has been commissioned to advise TXNP concerning its web-based communications strategies
The Texas Think Tank currently has 12 distinguished members selected from diverse vocational backgrounds in government, public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They will meet bi-annually to discuss topics related to the leveraging of resources and information to improve nonprofit capabilities to benefit Texans. Other issues include facilitating the grant search process for nonprofits, methods for encouraging corporate philanthropy, expanding the reach of Foundations giving in Texas, and fostering multiple levels of collaboration.
We will take pleasure in introducing you to our fine members over the weeks to come.
Justin Schmitt - Allstate Insurance Company - Dallas
Justin Schmitt is corporate relations manager for Allstate Insurance Company, overseeing communication for the company’s Texas Region. His responsibilities span media relations, public relations, crisis management, community partnerships and internal communication. Prior to Allstate, he was a news editor/reporter and college journalism instructor. Schmitt received his master of journalism degree from the University of North Texas and his undergraduate degree in communication from Tarleton State University. He is a board member of the American Red Cross in Dallas and the Southwestern Insurance Information Service. He resides in Grapevine with his wife, Dana, and son, Connor.
Benjamin E. Rodriguez – Management and Business Advisors – San Antonio
The strategic planner for the Texasnonprofit Advisory Board is Benjamin E. Rodriguez is originally from Harlingen. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and Mathematics From the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a BBA in Industrial Engineering and International Marketing from UT Austin.
His educational career continued when he received his MBA from the Harvard Business School with an emphasis on Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning/Business Policy.
During his career Rodriguez has assisted in developing strategic plans for those in the private sector companies that have resulted in the creation of over $4 billion in value for hi many small business clients. Rodriguez has advised Media, Service, Food, Manufacturing and Professional Service industry clients.
In the public sector he has served as a strategic planner to develop strategies for numerous public sector clients including cities, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, and state and national trade groups.
Nonprofits he has served include numerous chambers, arts, scouting and educational organizations.
He has served the following appointments and advisory boards: UT Austin
School of Business Foundation Advisory Council, UT Austin Student Union
Advisory Council-Past Chairman, Governor's Hispanic Business Task Force,
Governor's Texas/Mexico Authority, Leadership San Antonio (LSA), LSA Steering
Committees-1987 & 1988, San Antonio Business Journal Advisory Board, Bank
One Community Advisory Board-SA, UTSA Business School Advisory Council,
OLLU Business Advisory Council, San Antonio Light-Editorial Board, and the
San Antonio Commercial Recorder-Editorial Board. He is a member of the Harvard
Business School Club of SA San Antonio Hispanic Chamber-Past Chair, TAMACC-Economic
Development Chair Venture Capital Network of Texas, Economic Development
Coordinating Council of San Antonio, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,
and The Texas Capital Network,
Arts Council of San Antonio-Vice Chair, the San Antonio Symphony Board, Boy Scouts of America Alamo Council Executive Board-VP, and the United Way of San Antonio.
Rodriguez was recognized by the San Antonio Light daily newspaper as: One of the10 Most Significant Business Leaders in the Decade of the Eighties, and one of the 10 Most Likely Business Leaders in the Decade of the Nineties. He was Distinguished Alumnus- UT Austin School of Business, COGME Fellowship-Harvard Business School, and Outstanding Student-UT Austin.
He is married to Jacqueline Beretta and has three children.
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