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10/13/16 San Antonio | In Conversation with John Montford

October 13, 2016
San Antonio, TX



Local NACD directors and guests joined for an enjoyable evening with John Montford.  Following a cocktail reception and seated dinner, guests enjoyed listening to a fireside chat with Mr. Montford as he discussed insights from his recent book release, Board Games, Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance.  


Book Excerpt:  Succeeding in today's corporate and not-for-profit boardrooms is tougher than ever before, with new and established board directors facing myriad new and rapidly globalizing governance challenges. Directors and aspiring board candidates need a survival guide to beat the odds and avoid crises―the best credentials and the best of intentions aren't enough. This book is that guide.


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Location and Time


Westin Riverwalk
420 W Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

6:30pm – 7:15pm | Check-in, Networking and Cocktail Reception

7:15pm – 8:15pm | Seated Dinner

8:15pm – 9:15pm | Program Key Note and Audience Q&A

9:15pm – 9:30pm | Final Announcements and Closing

Speaker Spotlight


John Montford

President and CEO, JTM Consulting, LLC Director, Southwest Airlines, Atlantic Aviation

John Montford is currently President & CEO of JTM Consulting, LLC. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, he served as Senior Advisor for Global Public Policy for General Motors Company from January 1, 2010 to January 2012. At GM he was responsible for GM public policy for federal, state, and international, as well as the GM Foundation. He was a member of the GM Executive Committee from January 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011.

Prior to joining GM, Montford served as the Senior Vice President of State Legislative Affairs for AT&T. Following the 2005 merger of SBC and AT&T, he served as president of the Western Region for AT&T, responsible for 23 states west of the Mississippi. From 2002 to 2005, he was president of External Affairs for Southwestern Bell. He joined SBC, now AT&T, in September 2001. Montford was the 2005 Chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, a catalyst for economic development in San Antonio with over 2,000 members. From 2007-2010, Montford was President of the Board of the National Western Art Foundation, for which he personally secured the lead gift to create the Dolph and Janey Briscoe National Western Art Museum in San Antonio. He was also Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He served as Chairman of the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and President of the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation from 2008-2010. He has served as an independent director of Southwest Airlines since 2002, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Aviation since 2012.

Before joining SBC, Montford was Texas Tech University's first chancellor, the chief executive officer of the University system. In 2001, he was named Chancellor Emeritus of the Texas Tech University System.

Montford served as a member of the Texas Senate for 14 years. During his tenure in the Senate he served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee. Texas Monthly named Senator Montford among the Top 10 Best Legislators for five legislative sessions. Montford was an active duty officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971. After his military service, he served as an elected district attorney. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

He and his wife Debbie are the proud parents of three children and four grandchildren.

Alan Crain Moderator

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Baker Hughes Incorporated

Director, Accend, Inc., World Affairs Council of Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, American Arbitration Association, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, NACD Texas

Alan Crain has advised Fortune 500 companies on legal and business matters throughout the world for over 35 years. He is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Governance Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated, a technology and services company supporting the international oil and gas industry with revenues over $20 billion and operations in 80 countries. At Baker Hughes, Alan has global responsibility for all legal affairs, government relations, risk management and security. He is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership team and provides counsel to the Chairman of the Board and other members of the Board of Directors.

Alan is the Chairman of the Board of Accend, Inc., a private software company. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Mariner Energy, Inc. a multibillion dollar NYSE listed exploration and production company, prior to its sale to Apache Corporation. Alan is a National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) Board Fellow. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of corporate governance matters and other challenges facing boards of directors, including speaking at programs for the NACD, Stanford University, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Rice University and the University of Texas. He is the founder of the Director to Director Exchange at Rice University.

Alan also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors Texas TriCities Chapter, the World Affairs Council of Houston, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association, and the Asia Society Texas Center. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Alan has over 30 years of experience serving as an arbitrator in a broad range of cases, involving both domestic and international commercial issues under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, The International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and various public securities arbitral forums. He has also served as a sole arbitrator under the UNCITRAL Rules.

Alan was an adjunct Professor of Law at the Law Center of University of Houston for 10 years, teaching courses in international business law. In addition to his law degree, Alan earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering and a M.B.A.



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