The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership is proud to present the
officers of its 2017 Board of Directors. They will lead the new board in
implementing the goals and objectives of BAHEP’s 2017-2021 Strategic
Plan, fostering an environment that is balanced — business friendly
while also supporting an exceptional quality of life.
Greg Smith, Ph.D., ChairmanDr. Greg Smith became
the Clear Creek Independent School District superintendent of schools in
January 2008. He was named the Superintendent of the Year by the Texas
Association of School Boards in 2012, named the top administrator by the
Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Superintendent of the Year for
the Texas PTA, and named the Galveston County Daily News Community
Champion in 2013.
Dr. Smith has led the Clear
Creek Independent School District and its 5,000 employees on a journey
to transform education in the 21st Century. Under his superintendence,
student performance has increased in all state indicators as well on
college entrance exams. Today, the Clear Creek Independent School
District is considered one of the largest high performing school
districts in Texas.
Dr. Smith is Co-Chair of
the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, State Board Member of
Texas PTA, a member of the Space Center Rotary Club and the Bay Area
Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).
Clear Creek ISD was a finalist for the HEB Excellence in Education
Award and TASA Honor Board Award. In 2013, Clear Creek ISD voters
overwhelmingly approved a $367 million school construction bond that led
to the 1:1 tablet initiative known as Latitude 2 Learn.
Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oakland
University, master’s degree in Education Administration from the
University of Houston-Clear Lake, and his doctorate in Education
Administration from Texas A&M University. Dr. Smith and his wife,
Kathy, are the parents of two daughters and one granddaughter.
Jayant Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., Vice Chairman
Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., is the chief operating officer (COO) of Bastion
Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas. He leads Bastion in
operations, business development, and implementation of strategic
Dr. Ramakrishnan serves on the board of Houston Technology
Center and on the National AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control
Technical Committee. In addition, he serves on other boards and was
recently honored as a distinguished alumni of the Missouri University of
Science and Technology (MST).
He has over 25 papers in conferences,
journals, and refereed texts and has served as a reviewer for technical
journals and international conferences. Dr. Ramakrishnan earned his
doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri at
Rolla (now MST). Locally, he is active with the Texas Multiple Sclerosis
(MS) Society (Bike Ride Marshal on MS 150 rides) and several charitable
Richard D. (Rich) Jackson, Secretary
Richard D. (Rich)
Jackson is NASA Strategic Account Executive for Leidos. His
responsibilities include defining corporate strategy in support of
NASA, identifying synergies and collaboration across Leidos, and
identification, evaluation, and pursuit of new business opportunities.
Jackson began his career at NASA where he supported the Space
Shuttle Program as a flight director for 15 space shuttle flights.
Jackson graduated from Texas A&M University earning a Bachelor of
Science in mechanical engineering and is also a member of the Manned
Space Flight Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.
attained certifications as a private pilot, Advanced SCUBA diver, D
licensed skydiver, and jumpmaster.
Jennifer Bowers, Treasurer
Bowers is a partner with the law firm of Bowers & Sadler, LLP. The
firm specializes in a variety of legal services aimed at assisting
closely-held businesses and their owners with their tax planning,
business organization matters, estate planning, and probate matters.
Bowers is board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal