Texas Secretary of State to lead UNT talk on cross border trade, transportation challenges

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 14:56

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos will lead a discussion on cross border trade with Mexico and today's transportation challenges at the University of North Texas Center for Logistics Education and Research annual scholarship breakfast. The event, hosted by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, will take place Oct. 23 (Friday) at the Southwest Airlines corporate headquarters, located at 2702 Love Field Dr. in Dallas. Breakfast and networking will begin at 7 a.m., and the program will start at 8 a.m.

Register online by Oct. 21 (Wednesday). Registration costs $99 for an individual seat, with table purchases available for $699. For information, call 940-369-8442 or email Julie.Willems-Espinoza@unt.edu.

Following Cascos' keynote address, several industry veterans will continue the discussion. The panelists are:

  • John Birt, vice president of transportation at Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company, a global workwear outfitter.
  • Steve Boecking, vice president at Hillwood Properties, developer of the AllianceTexas intermodal community in Fort Worth.
  • Diana Hill, general director of marketing support at BNSF Railway, operator of one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America.
  • Tom Sanderson, chief executive officer at Transplace, a leading provider of transportation solutions.


About Carlos H. Cascos

Carlos H. Cascos was named the 110th Texas Secretary of State as Gov. Greg Abbott's first appointment as governor. A public service veteran of more than 10 years, Cascos has served as a judge and county commissioner for Cameron County, chairman of the Texas Border Security Council, vicechair of the Panama Canal Stakeholder Workshop and vicechair of the state's Freight Advising Committee. He has also served on the Texas Public Safety Commission.

In addition, Cascos has served on the board of several civic organizations, including United Way, Sunrise Rotary Club, Leadership Brownsville and the Brownsville Economic Development Council. A certified public accountant, Cascos is currently a partner in the Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP, regional accounting firm. He is also a member of the American Institute, Texas Society and Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Certified Public Accountants.

Born in Mexico, Cascos became a U.S. citizen as an adolescent. He attended public schools in Brownsville and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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