Fast and Furious - Growth and Development in Fort Worth

March 19, 2015
11:30 AM CDT - 1:30 PM CDT

Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #3900
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The City of Fort Worth has seen tremendous growth, doubling its population since 1980; and is on pace to reach 1,000,000 in population by 2025. This growth is the catalyst for some amazing projects in and around the city.

Join us as we learn and discuss what’s in store for our community in the not-too-far off future.


 Mayor Pro Tem Sal Espino

Sal Espino | City of Fort Worth

Mayor Pro-Tempore

Council member Sal Espino is serving his fifth term as the City Council District 2 representative, and began serving as the Fort Worth City Council's mayor pro tem Oct. 1, 2014.

District 2 stretches north from downtown through LaGrave Field (home of the Fort Worth Cats), the Rose Marine Theatre, the Stockyards National Historic District, Meacham International Airport, and historic neighborhoods in North Side, Far Greater Northside, La Loma, North Beverly Hills and Diamond Hill to communities north of Loop 820 along the Marine Creek corridor and Blue Mound Road to U.S. 287.

Espino and the City Council are committed to responding to citizen concerns on streets, transportation, public safety, code compliance, and quality affordable accessible housing.

Espino has lived in North Fort Worth most of his life. He attended Circle Park Elementary (now Manuel Jara Elementary), J.P. Elder Middle School and the High School for Finance Professions at Polytechnic, where he was valedictorian of his class. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and graduated magna cum laude. He went on to receive a law degree from Southern Methodist University and currently is a licensed attorney. Espino holds several professional memberships, including the State Bar of Texas.



 Rosa Navejar

Rosa Navejar | The Rios Group, Inc.


In 2001, Ms. Navejar made history when after 25 successful years in the banking industry she was named as the first female to lead the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership the FHWCC set procurement policies for utilization of M/WBE businesses. The FWHCC has taken lead on various economic development projects throughout Tarrant County. MusicArte, a scholarship fundraiser, was created seven years ago and has awarded over $1 million dollars to high school graduating seniors in Tarrant County.

In 2012, after 11 years as President of the chamber, Ms. Navejar founded The Rios Group, Inc. (TRG). TRG is a Texas Engineering firm specializing in Subsurface Utility Engineering and Utility Coordination. TRG provides its services across various markets, including transportation, aviation, rail, water and electric transmission, and site development.

Ms. Navejar continues to be active in her civic and professional community, having been appointed by Secretary LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation, to serve on the National Freight Advisory Committee and serves as an executive board member of American Public Transportation Association. Locally Ms. Navejar serves on the boards of North Texas LEAD, Multi-Cultural Alliance (MCA), and the Safe City Commission.


Speakers and Panelists

Kyle McGregor

Dr. Kyle W. McGregor | Tarleton State University

Vice President for Advancement and External Relations

Dr. Kyle McGregor was named Tarleton State University’s Vice President for Advancement and External Relations in 2014. Dr. McGregor provides leadership for all fundraising, advancement, external/community relations, marketing, communications and legislative affairs functions at the university. Additionally, the division provides oversight for the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural Center in Granbury and the W.K. Gordon Museum for Industrial History of Texas in Thurber.

Before his appointment as Vice President, Dr. McGregor was named Chief of Staff to the Office of the President at Tarleton State University in 2011. He began his service to Tarleton in 2002 as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences. As a faculty member, Kyle gathered more than $1 million in external funding, led multiple research and outreach projects for state and national agencies and received eleven different commendations for excellence in teaching.

Since 2009, Kyle has served on the Board of Directors for the National Farm Life Insurance and American Farm Life Insurance Companies in Fort Worth, Texas. He is proud to be a part of such a notable company with a long and successful history in Fort Worth.

Dr. McGregor began his relationship with Tarleton State University as an undergraduate studying agricultural education. He went on to study and complete a masters and doctoral degree at Texas Tech University. His wife, Jennifer, is also a Tarleton faculty member and they have two daughters, Maggie and Meg.


JD Granger

JD Granger | Trinity River Vision Authority

Executive Director

J.D. Granger, a long-time supporter and volunteer of the Trinity River Vision Master Plan was hired in 2006 to manage the TRV Project. JD worked previously as an Assistant District Attorney for Tarrant County. He has served on the Trinity River Vision steering committee since 2000, chaired the Trinity Uptown segment of the Trinity River Vision Master Plan and is the chair of the Trinity Uptown Design Standards Citizen’s Advisory Board. In addition, he has served on the Board of Streams and Valleys, Inc. since 1999, Downtown Design Review Board and the Cabela’s and Downtown TIF boards. He also has worked on the City of Fort Worth’s Downtown Strategic Action Plan on Housing, Access and Circulation Committee and Open Spaces/Public Art Committee.


Bob Jameson

Bob Jameson | Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bob Jameson began his career in the hospitality field in 1977, as a tram driver at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel. He progressed to Front Office Manager at Marriott’s Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Ranch Mirage, California and on to Resident Manager at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona for Marriott International.

In 1985, Jameson joined The Americana Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, as Resident Manager and a member of the management team responsible for that hotel’s transition from Americana Hotel Company management to the independently operated Worthington Hotel. He was named President and General Manager of the Worthington Operating Company in 1987. In 1999, The Worthington was purchased by Marriott International and was renamed The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. Jameson re-joined Marriott International.

In 2013, Jameson was selected to become President & CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jameson is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Cliburn Foundation, The University of North Texas School of Hospitality and Merchandising, The
Arts Council of Fort Worth, The Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, The Multi-Cultural Alliance, and the Recovery Resource Council.

Jameson was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Garden Grove, California. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1976, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While he was working at the Camelback Inn, he met Anne Milder of Iowa. They were married in November, 1985. They are the parents of four children, Bradley, Simone, Mackenzie, and Andrea Jameson.


Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson, PE | Walton Development and Management

General Manager

Matt Robinson is the General Manager of Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) for Walton Development and Management (USA), Inc. (WDM). Matt’s responsibilities include due diligence associated with the research and  acquisition of land. In addition, Matt manages a team of third-party consultants to facilitate the entitlement and development process. He also provides support for various departments within the company by writing update materials and giving presentations to various internal and external audiences. Further, Matt assists in the compilation and completion of detailed development pro formas, which assist WDM with the development process.

Prior to his career with WDM, Matt was Vice President of Development for Greater Texas Land Resources, L.P. in Frisco, Texas. Previous to that, he was Vice President of Land Development for Pulte Homes, Inc. in Coppell, Texas. Prior to Pulte Homes, Inc., Matt was an Associate at Carter & Burgess.

Matt attended Texas Tech University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

He is professionally liscensed to practice engineering in the State of Texas (Liscense #87880). He is currently serving on the Board of Directors and Chair's HomePAC for the Dallas Builders Association and is a member of the Urban Land Institue (ULI), Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Builders Association, Dallas Regional Chamber, and a Past President and Board of Director for the Prosper Developers Council.

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