top of page
TYLS Web Cover3.png

SPEAKERS

15[1].png

REPRESENTATIVE

BRISCOE
CAIN

A lifelong resident of Harris County, Briscoe’s Texas roots run deeper than most. Named Briscoe in honor of a family surname Briscoe, his lineal ancestor, Andrew Briscoe fought in the Texian Army and was a signor of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Briscoe grew up in a working-class home in Deer Park. The son of a plant operator and occupational nurse, he was taught the value of hard work and a strong commitment to his community. Briscoe worked his way through college and law school where he earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. Currently, Briscoe owns and operates the Law Office of Briscoe Cain, PLLC. Briscoe has a record of defending the unborn and religious liberty. In 2016, Briscoe’s advocacy made headline news when he released invoices exposing four Texas Medical Schools for using tax dollars to purchase aborted fetal tissue. In December 2015, Briscoe successfully defended the religious rights of Beaumont Police Officers when the City of Beaumont banned them from having a Bible study on their lunch break. As the State Representative of House District 128, Briscoe has brought those same values to Austin. He has consistently received high legislative ratings from organizations like the National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas, and other conservative groups. In the Texas House of Representatives, Briscoe currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on Elections and as a member of the House Committee on Business & Industry. Previously, Briscoe served as Chair of the Select Committee on Driver's License Issuance and Renewal. He has previously served on the Committees on International Relations, Economic Development, Defense & Veteran Affairs, and Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. Briscoe also serves as a member of the Windstorm Insurance Legislative Funding and Funding Structure Oversight Board. Briscoe also serves the State of Texas as a Captain in the Texas State Guard. A loving husband and proud father of five, Briscoe and his wife Bergundi are residents of Deer Park. The Cain family attends Faith Family Church in Baytown.

13[1].png

DAN
QUIGGLE

Dan Quiggle Inspires Optimistic Leadership. He is an author, serial entrepreneur, and leadership keynote speaker who is passionate about inspiring leaders at all levels in their practical pursuit of extraordinary leadership. For over 30 years Dan's goal in life has been focused on creating value in his multiple businesses, for his employees, his vendors, and most importantly, his family. Dan equips each individual in his audience with tangible ways to excel--both personally and professionally. He began his career in the post-Presidential office of Ronald Reagan where he had a front-row seat to history and learned leadership from one of the most gifted leaders of all time. Dan strives to emulate and refine the leadership skills he observed directly from President Reagan and is passionate about sharing his experience with a new generation of leaders. He is an acclaimed top-tier speaker for Vistage Worldwide, a CEO think tank, and Young Presidents' Organization. He is the author of Lead Like Reagan, the host of Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies Podcast, and a sought-after speaker on leadership, emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurship both nationally and internationally. Dan has over 20 years of experience motivating audiences to lead well, live with purpose, and leave a lasting legacy. 

12[1].png

GENEVIEVE
COLLINS

A 7th Generation Texan and lifelong Republican; Genevieve Collins is a next-generation leader who can bridge our past with our present and lead us into a bright and prosperous future. Hard work, determination, and grit are literally in Genevieve’s DNA. Her grandmother, Calvert Collins, was a trailblazer; the first woman elected to the Dallas City Council. Genevieve has built upon that legacy of service with her own good work. A graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business and renowned local businesswoman, Genevieve was named one of 2018’s local 20 Under 40 for her remarkable work helping to turn around low-performing school districts and change students’ lives. The Head of Corporate Strategy at Istation, a leading education technology firm that helps students and teachers reach their academic goals using personalized learning to pinpoint every student's exact reading and math ability, Genevieve has worked with school districts large and small across the country to bring world-class education to all students regardless of where they live. As a public education advocate, Genevieve’s success even brought her to Washington DC, where she proposed landmark education reforms directly to Vice President Pence. Genevieve is one of the most driven, competitive people you will ever meet. She founded the rowing team at her high school and, at the University of Tennessee, she crushed the Ivy League teams in the NCAA Championships, placing 5th in the nation - even with two dislocated ribs. Genevieve continues to fight for Texans' freedom as the State Director of Americans for Prosperity - Texas.

11[1].png

JUDGE

TRAVIS
RANSOM

Travis Ransom has served as Cass County Judge since May of 2022. He previously served as Mayor of the City of Atlanta for four years. In his time as Mayor, the city reduced the property tax rate, removed over 80 blighted structures, combined departments to save money, ensured a 6-month cash reserve, and reduced debt. As a result, the city has experienced strong economic growth in residential, commercial, and industrial segments. Travis is a fifth-generation Cass County native and is in private business as a commercial insurance agent for Offenhauser Insurance. Prior to joining Offenhauser, he served as a legislative aide in the Texas State Senate for eleven years. Travis is also a 26-year veteran of the Army Reserve and currently serves as a Brigade Command Sergeant Major. He has been mobilized and deployed multiple times in support of peacekeeping and contingency operations around the world as a counterintelligence agent. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service following his most recent deployment where his unit was among the last to depart Afghanistan in July 2021. He is a 1996 graduate of Atlanta High School, attended Texarkana College, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Texas A&m University-Texarkana. An active community leader, Travis has served in a variety of volunteer positions. Travis serves on the Executive Board for the Ark-Tex Council of Governments and is a graduate of the Red River Leadership Institute’s inaugural class. He is a former president of the board for the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC), and a member of the Atlanta Lions Club where he currently serves as District Zone Chair and previously served as President. Travis also previously served on the Christus St. Michael Hospital-Atlanta foundation board, Chaired the Atlanta Public Library Advisory Board, organized fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and served on the Executive Board of the Caddo Area Council Boy Scouts of America. Travis is an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout. Travis attends First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas with his wife Emily, and three children.

14[1].png

COUNCILMAN

JOEL
CASTRO

In 2018, after a long and hard-fought campaign, Joel Castro was elected to serve on Alvin City Council at 18 – becoming the youngest elected official in the great State of Texas. As a member of the City Council, Joel has worked tirelessly to implement commonsense conservative policies. He recently won re-election to the council, earning over 86% of the vote, in a decisive defeat over his liberal opponent. Now 24 years old, Joel serves as the Mayor Pro-Tem for the City Council, and he continuously works to serve and better the community in which he was raised and loves. In addition to his service to the citizens of Alvin, TX as a staunch conservative on the City Council, Joel also serves as a Precinct Chair for the Brazoria County GOP and Chairman of the Brazoria County Young Republicans Club. For his activism and service to his community both as an elected official and a volunteer, he has received a Congressional Recognition and was named the Rotarian of the Year by his local Rotary club.

20230425_134721_0000.png

COUNCILMAN

ROMAN
GARCIA

Roman Garcia is a fourth-generation Kervillian with a love for his home and a desire for public service.  He was born in Austin, Texas, but has lived in Kerrville since 2004.  He has been an active participant in Kerrville’s municipal government since 2016. Prior to his election to the City Council, Roman was appointed to serve on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for three consecutive terms, serving as the Chair for his last two terms.  He also participated in the development of the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan serving on the Community/Neighborhood Character/Placemaking Subcommittee.  Since his election at the age of 19, he has been recognized as one of the youngest elected officials in the State of Texas.  Now that he has successfully achieved a position in public office, he serves as a mentor for other municipal candidates and prospective leaders who are also committed to making a positive and everlasting effect on the future of the nation. In addition to his involvement in government, Roman has volunteered and worked extensively throughout the community through local youth and sports organizations, food pantries, and charitable organizations.  Some of those include Habitat for Humanity, Hill Country Youth Soccer Association, Kerrville Baseball & Softball Little League, Kerrville VA Center, Playhouse 2000 Theater, Salvation Army, and UGRA. Roman is a strong advocate for community involvement and awareness regarding city business. His constituents are always welcome to reach out to him

OTHER SPEAKERS

bottom of page