Selicia Sanchez – Adame
Selicia Sanchez-Adame is both a life-long resident of Round Rock and alumni of RRISD. She is a proud graduate of Austin Community College, with an AS in Business Administration, and also Texas State University in San Marcos earning a BBA in Finance. She is CEO of Think Group Austin- a full service marketing research facility in Austin that provides services to variety of companies, from Fortune 500 to small independently owned businesses. Through the administration of consumer and business-to-business opinion surveys, Think Group Austin is able to give information back to its clients that helps direct and guide their marketing efforts, leading to new and improved products and services. Think Group Austin opened in the fall of 2007, and is currently in the process of expanding.
Selicia presently serves as a Member of Ascend Round Rock, Commissioner for the City of Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission, Board Representative for the City of Round Rock for the Williamson County Cities Health District, Board Member of the Williamson Museum, President of the Women’s Scholarship Organization (formerly known as the Amistad Women’s Organization), Initial Board Member of the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, Member of the Round Rock Sunrise Rotary Club and Member of the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee. She formerly served as a Member of Leadership Round Rock, the Leadership Round Rock ISD, the Bond Committee for the City of Round Rock, Chair of the Community Development Advisory Committee for the City of Round Rock and the Charter Committee for the City of Round Rock.
As a business owner and civic leader, Selicia is consistently seeking creative ways to foster dynamic learning environments for the community and the youth to promote improvement for future generations.
Rick Akins has practiced law in Williamson County since 1983 and over the past 30 years has lived in Round Rock, Georgetown, and now Salado. He is a partner with the law firm of Akins, Nowlin, and Prewitt, L.L.P., in Round Rock. He has been board certified in estate planning and probate law since 1991 and commercial real estate law since 1995. Rick is a native Texan and graduated from Ballinger High School in 1971. He received his undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University in 1975 and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1978. Rick is currently a member of the Williamson County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. Rick previously served on the Board of Directors of both the Round Rock United Way and the Central Texas United Way in Bell County, as well as on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Howard Payne University. He currently serves on the board of the Round Rock Christian Academy and the Round Rock Community Foundation.
Sam Bakir, is a Certified Financial Planner, has been president of TNT Financial Services, Inc., located at 105 East Main Street in Round Rock, Texas 78664, since 1989.
He graduated from The University of Texas, with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. In 1974 he traveled to the Middle East to work with a Houston based company who were consultants to the Oil Consortium where he worked on the design of petrochemical plants. Later while working for a Dutch company, also consultants for the Oil Consortium, he became a specialist in cathodic protection. In 1978 Sam managed the Middle East operations for international companies based in the UK and Switzerland. Sam returned to Texas in 1987 where he made a career shift to the financial industry. In 1992 he earned his CFPÒ designation (Certified Financial Planner) after completing required courses from the College of Financial Planning.
Sam co-founded The Austin Associate Society of The Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP) and served as president for three years. He helped with the local merger of the ICFP and the IAFP to become, what is today, the FPA (Financial Planners Association) of Greater Austin and served as chair. He has been a member of the Round Rock Momentum Club for over 10 years. Sam is currently on the board of Goodwill Central Texas and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. He is active in Rotary where he is president of the Rotary Club of Austin University Area. Sam has a black belt in taekwondo, and is a history buff as well as a world traveler. He has been married to his wife, Beverly for over 40 years and has two sons who were raised in Round Rock.
Bruce Bessner received a BS in Agribusiness from Texas State University in 1984. He has been in the Financial Services industry since that time and is now the President of Chisholm Trail Financial Group and the Managing Associate for New England Financial. Bruce has been married to his wife Helen for 31 years and they have 4 children. He has worked in Round Rock since 1989 and made the city his home in 1994. He is a member of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, St. John Vianney Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He has also served on the Board of the Round Rock Serving Center, the National Association of Insurance & Financial Service Professionals, the General Agents & Managers Association and the SERRA Club. Bruce is a founding member of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
I wanted to be involved with the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation to help increase the awareness of the principles of stewardship. This Foundation will create opportunities for education and guidance in legacy planning. It will also better enable organizations to improve the community in more efficient ways.” Bruce Bessner
Ashley Blake graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with a Bachelor’s in Journalism. She moved to Round Rock in 1995 shortly after her employer, Dell, Inc., relocated its headquarters there. Ashley helped create and manage the company’s charitable foundation before moving over to the Corporate Public Affairs team in 1997. She now helps manage Dell’s community affairs activities in Central Texas. Ashley is married to Cody Blake, a high school basketball and football coach, and they have three children: Austin, Cameron and Reagan. In addition to her involvement as a founding member of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation Board, Ashley is a volunteer at Round Rock ISD’s Fern Bluff Elementary School and her church, Central Baptist. She is also a former member of the United Way of Greater Williamson County Board of Directors.
“I believe in the fundamental purpose of community foundations. They are mechanisms for long-term social sustainability in a community. Round Rock is a great place to live, work, and raise a family and I’d like it to stay that way. The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation will create scholarship funds, support education initiatives, invest in important health and human service organizations and support the arts. We will provide an avenue for families and individuals to donate and direct their charitable resources and provide a pipeline of givers that will benefit Round Rock in perpetuity.” Ashley Blake
Raised in East Texas, Jim Boles originally located to Round Rock in 1973 with his employer, Texas Power & Light. In 1983, Jim started Summit Commercial Industrial Properties. From the beginning, Jim based his company on integrity and professionalism. He has been involved in Williamson County’s development for more than 30 years, including chairing Round Rock’s Economic Development Committee on five separate occasions. He has personally located several major employers to Williamson County, including two Fortune 500 companies, Toppan Photomask and Farmers Insurance.
Jim was past chairman of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and a founding board member and past chairman of the Greater Williamson County YMCA and helps lead its growth and expansion today. Jim, along with others, is credited with initiating the drive that brought the first hospital to Round Rock. During the 1990’s Jim chaired the Round Rock Transportation Committee that initiated what became the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Jim is a founding member and Vice-chair of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. Jim was honored by the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce in 2001 as Round Rock Citizen of the Year and in 2012 with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Round Rock Community Foundation provides an organization that all citizens and businesses can participate in to provide endowed financial resources to families, individuals or organizations that have a special need. Some of these may not have any other available resources except what the Foundation can provide. The Board is a good steward of monies entrusted to the Foundation and at the same time individuals setting up endowed funds can donate and manage their resources.
Jerry and family moved to Round Rock in 1990 when he became the President of Texas Baptist Children’s Home. After 40 years leading nonprofit agencies, he retired in 2011 as the President/CEO of Children At Heart Ministries in Round Rock. He has worked with a number of nonprofit programs and continues to serve on Boards as well as providing professional consultation. He is active with the Chamber of Commerce, a member of First Baptist Church of Round Rock, and a strong supporter of philanthropic activity in the greater Round Rock community.
Holly E. Coe
Holly Coe received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and Paralegal Certificate from Texas State University. After more than 30 years in the legal field as both a paralegal and recruiter, she now supports small businesses as the Business Development Director of B2 Management & Consulting. Holly is married to former Round Rock City Councilman Gary Coe and together, they have enjoyed living in Round Rock since 1986 where they raised their two sons, Tyler and Mitchell. A dedicated community volunteer, Holly has served with the Round Rock Woman’s Club, Capital Idea, Seton Williamson Foundation Women’s Development Board, Boy Scouts of America and the Round Rock Chapter of Circle of Friends raising funds for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation. She is proud to be a founding member of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
“I believe the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation embodies every reason why Round Rock is such a great place to live…people helping people, people caring enough to make a positive impact on other people’s lives, people giving back to the community in a way that can make a lasting difference for good. I hope it will bring more public awareness to the concept of philanthropy and what a positive difference it can make to a community as a whole.”
Shayne joined EFG&M,L.P in January of 2012. Shayne was born and raised in Round Rock before moving to Belton, TX to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. There, Shayne earned his Bachelor’s degree, met his beautiful wife, Kaysie, and was a part of two conference championship golf teams. After graduation, Shayne started his career in insurance in Temple, TX. A year later he moved to Round Rock to follow his dreams of joining the firm his dad started nearly 28 years earlier. Shayne has a big heart for the city of Round Rock and takes pride in being involved in the community. Personally, Shayne serves as a Sunday school teacher for the youth at Grace Baptist Church in Round Rock. He also serves as a volunteer for the Austin Rodeo Youth Auction Committee. Professionally, Shayne is a member of two specialized study groups where he has the opportunity to learn from the best brokers in the country. Shayne enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing, training his bird dog, Maggie and spending time with his wife Kaysie.
Frank L. Leffingwell is a lawyer and community leader. Frank’s legal practice focuses on business, real estate, and estate and probate matters, with particular emphasis on counseling family businesses, closely-held business entities, and high net worth individuals. Frank’s knowledge and experience is unique in that it not only includes a wide range of business transactions and estate planning strategies, but also includes a great depth with regard to the legal, accounting, financial, and tax implications and consequences associated with various transactional and estate planning structures, techniques and strategies. Prior to founding Frank L. Leffingwell & Associates, P.C. (www.leffingwelllaw.com), Frank was a lawyer at Dell where he supported a procurement group focused on the transportation and logistics services necessary to support Dell’s “just-in-time” manufacturing and distribution model. Frank negotiated Dell’s first contract with UPS and Fed Ex and implemented Dell’s inbound supplier logistics hubs. After leaving Dell, Frank joined Winstead, P.C. where he served as a tax counsel in the Austin office of the firm and participated in the structure, negotiation, and implementation of numerous multi-million dollar business and real estate ventures. Frank was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1993 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Section and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section), the State Bar of Texas (Tax Section and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section), the Austin Bar Association, the Austin Tax Study Group, and the Williamson County Bar Association. Frank is a graduate of the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers and has received a preeminent (highest possible) “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Frank is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Frank strongly believes in investing in his community and currently serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Williamson County (Trustee and Treasurer), the Round Rock Rotary Club (President 2011-2012), the Round Rock Community Foundation (Trustee and Legal Counsel), Seton Williamson Foundation, and Family Eldercare. Frank is also a McBee Fellow of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) and a member of the Economic Development Partnership Advisory Committee for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. Frank and his wife, Bethany, have two children and are happy to call Round Rock, Texas and Williamson County home.
“As a Round Rock native, I want to ensure that the spirit of philanthropy and the vitality of our community charities continue for future generations. The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation provides a unique opportunity by empowering community individuals and businesses to bring resources to community needs based upon community values.”
T. Nyle Maxwell
Nyle Maxwell is a man who has worn many hats: Businessman, Community and Civic Leader, Philanthropist and devoted Dad.
Nyle’s success in the auto retailing industry goes back 32 years. Nyle acquired his first new car dealership in Taylor, Texas in 1986, and served as Platform President for the Maxwell Auto Group for many years.
From 2002 through 2008, Nyle was honored to serve two terms as the Mayor of Round Rock. During these six years, Round Rock was the second fastest growing community in the United States, increasing from 60,000 citizens to over 100,000 citizens. Nyle helped to transform Round Rock into a major retail destination by negotiating economic development packages for the building of a premium outlet mall featuring worldwide retailer IKEA. His other accomplishments as mayor include passing one of the first comprehensive non-smoking ordinances in Texas and working with the State Legislature to appropriate funds for the establishment of the first ever Higher Education Campus in Round Rock. In addition, Nyle also helped launch the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
Nyle retired from the auto industry in 2005, but in 2006, he purchased the Round Rock Pontiac GMC store from Group 1. Today, with “The Original” Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Taylor, the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Superstore in Austin, and the Fiat of Austin dealership, Nyle has formed the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships, continuing the Maxwell Family tradition. In 2012, the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships was honored to receive the Distinguished Workplace for Women Award, and in 2013 Fiat of Austin was named as one of Automotive News’ Best Dealerships to Work For. Also in 2013, Nyle was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year Award, a prestigious automotive industry accolade.
Nyle has been recognized as an outstanding citizen and humanitarian by such organizations as the American Lung Association, the Texas Department of Health, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Austin Community Foundation. In 1997, Nyle was honored as the Central Texas Philanthropist of the Year. In 2009, the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce recognized Maxwell as “Citizen of the Year,” and in 2011, Nancy and Nyle Maxwell were personally honored with the Service to Mankind award. Most recently, Round Rock Lodge #227 presented Nyle with the “Community Builder Award”.
As an involved member of the community, Nyle sits on many civic and charitable boards, some of which include: chair of the Round Rock Community Foundation, founding chair and Director of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Director of the Williamson County YMCA, and a member of AARO. Nyle and wife Nancy have four children – Trey, Marcie, Jeffrey and Grace.
“The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation will greatly benefit those who donate as well as those who receive the funds. This foundation will streamline giving and assure that funds are allocated to the vital needs of our community. It also has the potential to drastically improve the way Round Rock citizens allocate their philanthropic giving. It is an incredibly exciting undertaking that I believe will benefit our community for many years to come.” T. Nyle Maxwell, Jr.
John C. Nelson
The Nelson family’s connection to Round Rock dates back as early as the 1850′s when John’s great-grandfather, Andrew J. Nelson, emigrated from Sweden and settled in Williamson County with his family. The early Swedish settlers made significant contributions to the Round Rock community during its infancy, and current members of the Nelson family seek to continue this legacy. John graduated from the University of Texas in 1990 with a BBA in Business and Texas Tech University with a JD/MBA degree. After practicing law with the firm of Armbrust & Brown, John returned to the real estate business in 2000 to work with his father, the late Tom E. Nelson, Jr. John has worked to carry on Tom’s business, Nelson Investments, since 2005. John and his wife Kristen have four children. In addition to the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, John and Kristen are involved with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, the Seton Family of Hospitals and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Operation Game Thief.
“A community foundation provides individuals with flexible alternatives for giving back to the community. It can provide many of the same benefits of a private foundation with increased simplicity and efficiency. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help positively impact Round Rock’s future through the Foundation’s support of a broad spectrum of local charities.” John Corley Nelson
Nancy Rabb moved to Round Rock in 1965 when there were 1800 residents. The owner of WAG-A-BAG, LLC, she opened the first store with her husband, Virg Rabb, in 1964 and at that time it was the first commercial building to be built in Round Rock in 65 years. Together they raised their family in what is now The Rabb House, which they donated to the City of Round Rock to be used as a park facility. She continues to serve in various community, church and Chamber activities. Nancy is a founding member of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
“Philanthropic giving is the way we take care of the present and future needs of our community. Charitable gifts managed in a foundation can help each of us make a difference and leave a lasting legacy. It’s exciting to be a part of building the future and at the same time continuing the tradition of giving back to the community. This foundation is comprised of individuals, companies, families and charitable organizations who all have a common goal and that is to make a difference by supporting their causes.” Nancy Rabb
Tom Ramsey, founder and CEO of the Snappy Snacks Mobile Catering Corporation, is a leading pioneer in the burgeoning mobile catering industry. With over 19 years of strong operational and management experience, Tom has worked on a multitude of levels in the food service industry, from humble beginnings as a sole operator of a food truck, to the owner of one of the largest, most successful commissaries in the country. He has experienced first-hand, today’s food truck revolution and the increasing popularity of mobile catering. Customer service and quality has been the constant benchmark which has developed an ever-growing client base, now expanding across the United States. Through his superior leadership and innovative vision, Tom has established advanced systems within the company supported by data-driven analysis and strategically focused development. From onsite training and mentoring of aspiring entrepreneurs, to assistance with business development, Tom has demonstrated his commitment to the industry and in building a company that stands above the rest.
Tom has gained the respect and trust of clients ranging from local entities such as The University of Texas, The Austin Convention Center, City of Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the Texas State Legislature, to internationally-known brands such as NBC Television, King’s Hawaiian, McCormick and Budweiser. With the growing demand for more efficient and productive food trucks, Tom has custom designed mobile catering vehicles and has served as a truck standard and design consultant to the NFS and industry manufacturers such as AA and Wyss Catering. Strong relationships with city, county and state agencies have demonstrated his 100% commitment to industry regulations and procedures. With a state of the art facility, professional staff committed to excellence, and a constant drive to excel, Tom has created a business that is the model for all mobile catering companies throughout the United States.
Tom Ramsey is a native Texan, born in Dallas. He is fluent in English and Spanish, is a member of several civic and professional organizations in the Central Texas region, including the Round Rock Community Foundation, and is the founder and President of Celebration of Love, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military soldiers and their families and Central Texas families in need. He resides in Round Rock, Texas.
Jon and Becky Sloan have lived in Round Rock for 25 years. They have two wonderful daughters that are attending public school and growing up here in Round Rock. Jon has been employed with First Texas Bank of Round Rock for over 30 years and has been President of the bank since 1978. The bank has grown right along with Round Rock and been a leader in the economic growth and quality of life development of the area. Jon has served as Chairman of the Board or President of the Round Rock Medical Center, the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, the City of Round Rock’s Planning Commission and the Round Rock Rotary Club. He has also served as an officer or director of the Greater Williamson County YMCA, the Sertoma Club, the Texas Bankers Association and the Austin Area Research Organization.
“The Foundation will be able to help link Round’s emerging philanthropic community with the needs of the community services organizations of the Round Rock area. I want to help philanthropy grow in Round Rock and help meet the health, human services and quality of life needs of the citizens of this great city.” Jon Sloan
Timothy T. Timmerman of Austin is a real estate investor/ developer and owns Commerce Texas Properties, Inc. He developed the Star Ranch Community and Golf Course north of Austin. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Texas real estate broker’s license. He is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee for Citizens, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company. He serves on the board of the YMCA of Greater Williamson County and also serves as Vice Chairman on the board of St. David’s Medical Center in Round Rock. He is a member of the Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Austin. Timmerman received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority in February 2008 and reappointed him in 2013 for a term that expires in 2019. In January 2011, Governor Perry named Timmerman Chairman of the Board.
After receiving her BS from Texas Woman’s University, Shevawn Walzel worked for many years as registered nurse before moving to Round Rock with her husband, Jack, in 1989. Her husband is a general surgeon and shares her desire to serve the community. They have three grown daughters. Shevawn currently spends much of her time volunteering in the community for the Round Rock Caregivers, the Round Rock Serving Center, Round Rock Woman’s Club, and the Williamson County Medical Alliance. Shevawn is a member First United Methodist Church in Round Rock and enjoys attending Bible studies. She is a founding member and former Secretary of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. She founded the Leading Ladies Giving Circle in 2007. In 2009, Shevawn received the Hope Alliance Volunteerism Leadership Award and in 2011, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas Woman of Distinction Award.
“I am a volunteer at heart and knew that being a part of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation would allow me to help others in a special way. I feel that any time there is a group of people, such as the Foundation, which truly cares about the well being of people, then positive results will come from their efforts to help others.”
He has lived in Round Rock since 1998 and was named “Round Rock Citizen of the Year” in 2005. George has more than 22 years of experience, predominately in senior operations management positions, with Abbot Laboratories. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and earned a master’s degree from East Carolina University in 1974.
For seven years, he taught college courses in accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, and other business subjects. George is very active in the community, volunteering his time and expertise with a number of organizations. He is Past Chairman and a current member of the Board for St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. George is also a member and Past Chairman for the Board for the YMCA of Greater Williamson County.
He served on the Finance Advisory Committee for the 2007 Round Rock ISD School Bond Election and served on the Round Rock Citizen/Police Review Board. In addition, George is a member of the Round Rock Rotary Club, the nine county Rural Capital Area Work Force Development Board, Greater Round Rock Community Foundation Board, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Round Rock Post 9078.
George is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School and volunteered for duty in the Vietnam War. George has been married to his wife, Sally, for 40 years and has two children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys cattle ranching and is a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and the American Angus Association.
Will Williams is a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and has served our country for over 20 years before retiring in Round Rock in 1996. Since that time, Will has been nothing short of a miracle worker who has had a profound effect on Round Rock Sertoma, Heroes Night Out, Water to Africa, Relay for Life, Agape, Special Olympics, UT Speech and Hearing Center, Blue Santa and Brown Santa, Just Because, Play for All Abilities Park, Project Care Case, Hope Alliance, Texas School for the Deaf and Faith in Action Caregivers.