Power Breakfast All About Texas' Future!
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
April 3, 2008

As kids most all of our parents told us that our habits make us or break us. It is the existence of habits that makes my job as Commissioner so exciting. The opportunity to address transactional leadership in running a great Office as well as providing transformational leadership at the same time is the worthiest of challenges and services I believe I can render. Conquering difficulties facing us in energy, health care, jail population, transportation as well as in use of natural resources is daunting.

With the gas pump as a reminder I bring to you an opportunity to sign up for and attend a breakfast that will give you a glimpse of our prospects relative to energy. The Power Breakfast sponsored by Solar San Antonio features Joel Serface on April 8, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. He will speak on Investing in Solar Power at the Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta. This opportunity is a priceless one to learn more about what is being done to provide economic choices that portend great potential now and in the future for our community and our country.

Joel Serface is the Director of the Austin Clean Energy Incubator, the first entity of its kind focused on renewable energy technologies. With an extensive track record as an environmental engineer pioneering "cleantech" investments and shaping public policy, Serface brings to CEI a wealth of expertise and experience in generating and nurturing clean energy innovations.

Prior to joining ATI, Joel served as Partner at Eastman Ventures, leading the company's cleantech investments. Serface was a Director at Sierra Ventures where he led its first energy technology investments. He has also served as a management consultant with Ernst & Young and as a software industry analyst at AMR Research.

Serface focused his studies on environmental engineering while serving as a legislative assistant in the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee and as an environmental engineer for Dow Chemical. Joel holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on numerous industry advisory boards and non-profits including: Technology Ventures Corporation, Texas Nanotech Initiative, Environmental Entrepreneurs, California Nanosystems Institute Advisory Board, and the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology (California).

Texas has always had more sun than it has ever had oil. And that's why I believe that among other energy choices that solar has such potential here and in the Southwest. May we wisely use what we have literally been sent from above!

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