Wednesday Breakfast  Keynote 

DR. STEVE HEAD, Chancellor

Dr. Steve Head was appointed as the fourth chancellor of the Lone Star College System after a thirty-year history of high-level positions at LSCS including President of Lone Star College-North Harris,  Executive Vice Chancellor, acting Chief Executive Officer, interim President at Montgomery College and President of Kingwood College.  His focus is on student access, equality, success and completion; academic quality; workforce programs in alignment with community needs; and collaborative agreements with educational, business and local civic organizations. His values include operating the college on a sound, fiscally conservative model based on data, efficiencies, accountability and common sense. 

Dr. Head received his Ph.D. in History from Texas Tech University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. In addition, he is a lecturer in the higher education doctoral program at Sam Houston University and teaches classes in community college leadership and higher education finance, and he has taught a number of History undergraduate and graduate classes for LSCS and university partners. 

Dr. Head has served on the board of five area chambers of commerce and three economic development districts or councils.  He has also held significant community positions such as chairman of the board for the Humble Area of Chamber of Commerce, board chair for Kingwood Medical Hospital for five years, and chair for the Economic Outlook Conference for South Montgomery County Chamber (The Woodlands)—one of the largest and most prestigious conferences of its kind.   He was a founding member of the North Houston Economic Development Council (Greenspoint area) and on the original board of the East Montgomery County Improvement District and the EMCID Foundation Board. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Greenspoint Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, Greenspoint Management District, Greenspoint Bayou Coalition, and is chairman of the North Harris Education Alliance. 

In addition to his work, Dr. Head has been recognized as a Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Outstanding Leadership award winner; and Citizen of the Year by both the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce and the Acres Home Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday Lunch Keynote

GRANT ALMOND, SVP, Strategy & Innovation

Grant Almond is the Sr. Vice President of Technology and Product Development in the Rig Systems & Aftermarket divisions at National Oilwell Varco where he is responsible for Product Development, Technology Application, and System Control Software.  He also serves on the corporate governing committee of NOV University and on the Achieve Learning Management System Steering group.

Grant studied Engineering at Brigham Young University and started his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980 working as a Field Engineer in the Rocky Mountain region for what is now the IMO division.  Grant later transferred to California where he continued to expand his experience in offshore and international assignments.  He transferred to Texas in 1990 and progressed through various management responsibilities ranging from Field Engineering, Marketing, New Product Development, Engineering, Director of Technical Support and Services and Vice President of Education Services, all in support of NOV’s employees, customers and suppliers.  Grant also worked on the development team of the V-ICIS and Amphion control systems.  In 2005 with the merger of National Oilwell and Varco (NOV) Grant took on a new challenge to integrate Training operations and to create the NOV Competency Management System.  In 2007 the new NOV Technical College Program was created under his leadership and first classes began in January of 2008.  Grant is active in various industry organizations such as IADC/SPE and works with various College and University Councils to identify and establish education programs to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry.  

When Grant is not busy with work he is involved in community governance and active in supporting church and Scouting projects. For relaxation you can find him on the golf course in the summer, the ski slopes in the winter, and especially enjoying his new role as a grandfather (x2).  He shares all of this (minus the skiing) with Debbie, his wife and best friend for over 35 years and his son and two daughters and their families.

Thursday Lunch Panel

ROY ALLICE, Director of Training & Technical Services

Roy Allice a native Houstonian and graduate from Southern Illinois University. In 1992 after 24 years of service with the U.S. Navy Roy retired with the rank of Command Master Chief.  He has been with Stewart & Stevenson for 21 years. Presently holds the position of Director of Training & Technical Services. 

Responsible for customer, dealer and employee training, employee development, operations,  and fiscal management for  5 Training Centers; Bogotá, Columbia, Denver Colorado, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Tampa, Florida, Houston, Texas, and Piscataway, New Jersey. Training Centers average 475 classes a year for 3,500-4,000 students with a $4.8 million annual operating budget. A staff of 23 employees provides technical documentation, curriculum development, training and training assessments for the company’s business partners, dealers, and customers.

LILLIA CORREA, Regional Manager USA

Lilia is graduated on Human Resources; her main area of expertise is Corporate Education where she has a solid academic and professional background. She has been working in Tenaris´s Global Corporate University since 2005. 

Starting her career she was in charge of designing, implementing and managing online training programs and implementing the Tenaris´s Learning Management System worldwide. On 2010, she deployed the TenarisUniversity start up in South East Asia.

From May 2010 until March 2014 Lilia was in charge of TenarisUniversity Communication and Learning Methodologies team, having overall responsibility for online learning content design, school academic coordination, global communications related to training and research of new learning methodologies and their implementation. 

Among other projects, Lilia´s worked on the Global Adoption Program of Tenaris Social Enterprise, and lead TenarisX project supervising and advising specific pedagogical aspects of the conceptualization, development, delivery of corporate MOOCs in edX platform. 

Since March 2014 Lilia was appointed as TenarisUniversity Regional Manager for the US. She is in charge of the training for both hourly and salaried employees of the 11 mills that Tenaris has in United States. 

Lilia enjoys working in teams where multidisciplinary and cultural diversity is present. She is always looking to work on innovative projects that allow her to continuously learn, create, add value and be challenged.

TOM STANDLEY, Program manager School of Applied Technology

Tom has worked for FMC Technologies – 40 years and held an interim position with Baker Hughes for approximately 2 years in their Liner & Packer field operations. 

Positions with FMC: 
7 Years Field Tech – Alaska, California, Mid Con., Rocky Mountains
10 Years Area Operations / Sales Manager – Alaska/California, Mid Con, Rocky Mountains
21 Years Aftermarket Training Manager – Surface / Subsea
2 Years – Program Manager – School of Applied Technology

Education: - West Texas A&M – BGS Degree – (Business & Human Development)

Tom was the original author of FMC’s Field Competency Process and led the Development of  FMC’s Global Competencies for Field Service Personnel. He is an avid cyclist and supports the Houston to Austin MS 150 charity yearly.

Thursday Dinner Keynote


Mr. Froeschle currently serves as the Director of the Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) department of the Texas Workforce Commission. He previously served as the Director of the Career Development Resources (CDR) department of the Texas Workforce Commission, a position he held between May 1990 and September 2003. He also served as a labor market economist with the Texas State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (SOICC) and the Texas Department of Community Affairs. Prior to his work with Texas State government, Mr. Froeschle conducted in-service training with the National Labor Market Information Training Institute at the University of North Texas in the areas of strategic planning and regional economic analysis for CETA and JTPA employment and training programs.
Mr. Froeschle has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters degree in Manpower and Industrial Relations from the University of North Texas, where he also taught microeconomics, regional labor market analysis and strategic planning for three years. His writings include four books, Where the Jobs Are, Connecting the Dots, Working Texas Style, and An Atmosphere of Enterprise, a dozen monographs including Targeting Your Labor Market, Getting Down to Business, and The Texas Economy: An Age of Global Economic Opportunity, and many related essays and briefs all focused on the application of labor market and career information in education policy, workforce planning and economic development. Mr. Froeschle has made presentations at over 400 conference events over the past decade on a variety of labor market topics. His professional specialties and interests are in the fields of regional economic analysis, labor market dynamics, job analysis and the development and interpretation of labor market information; all of which have occupied his career for the past 34 years.