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Future of Texas on LAT Expo agenda

Texas 2036 founder Tom Luce to deliver keynote address.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT) announced that Tom Luce, founder and chairman of Texas 2036, will be the keynote speaker at its 133rd Convention & Expo in San Antonio, Texas on April 18.

“It is a privilege to welcome Tom to LAT,” said Jimmy Pate, president of the LAT board of directors and president of Pate’s Hardware, Inc.  “We share his passion for creating enduring leadership for our state and look forward to learning how we can engage in the mission of Texas 2036.”

Luce founded Texas 2036 amid growing concern that without careful consideration, planning, and decision-making regarding the future, the tremendous opportunities Texas offers may not exist for future generations.

Founded in 2016, Texas 2036 uses data, research, and leading expertise to enable Texans to make informed decisions with the goal of ensuring Texas continues to be the best place to live and do business through its bicentennial in 2036 and beyond, according to the LAT. Texas 2036 is also an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

Tom Luce.

“Texas stands at the peak of prosperity today and you see that daily in your business,” said Luce, “We need a renewed commitment to thoughtful planning and public investment to ensure Texas remains the nation’s best place to live and to do business.  I look forward to sharing the issues facing our great state and how, together, we can promote economic growth and enhance quality of life for generations to come.”

The LAT said Luce will address the association at an exciting time in its history as it reaffirms its commitment to invest and focus on cultivating the next generation of leaders in Texas’ building materials industry.

“Since its inception, LAT members have understood the power of coming together for the greater good both for our industry and for the communities we serve,” said Mireya Zapata, executive vice president of LAT.  “We are excited about the work Tom and his team are leading as we share in the vision of Texas 2036, ensuring that Texas is the leading state in which to live and do business in 2036 and beyond.”

Luce was the founding and managing partner of the Hughes and Luce law firm. He was lead attorney on multibillion mergers and litigation and was selected at various points in his career as one of the best attorneys in Dallas, Texas. He has a distinguished record of public service both at the state and national level, including his appointment as Assistant Secretary of Education by President George W. Bush.

Founded in 1886 and based in Austin, the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT) is a non-profit trade association that represents lumber and building material dealers.

 

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