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The Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC) staff is committed to helping you and your business thrive. Through our unique marketing approach, TxEDC has boosted the state’s economic development initiative and created global awareness of Texas’ business friendly climate. The great state of Texas thrives when its business owners and residents do, and we want to ensure that you have all the resources necessary to achieve success. Please don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can help you Go Big in Texas.
Robert Allen is President and CEO of Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC). Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Greg Abbott, during which time he worked closely with the Director of the Economic Development and Tourism Division to further Governor Abbott's mission to position Texas as a global leader in economic development and as the best state for business innovation, job creation and continuing economic expansion. Prior to his role at the Office of the Governor, Allen served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the Attorney General, where he assisted with the administration of the more than 4,000-employee agency. A native Texan, Robert earned a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Scott Buchholtz is the Director of Operations for the Texas Economic Development Corporation with oversight of the Corporation’s Human Resource, Accounting, Payroll, Benefits, Insurance, Bookkeeping, IT and general business operations. Prior to working for TxEDC, Buchholtz served in various leadership positions as the Vice President of Human Resources for Citizens Inc. (NYSE:CIA), the Director of Human Resources for the Texas Railroad Commission and 123 Home Care. Prior to Buchholtz’ Human Resources career, he founded two small businesses here in Texas. Buchholtz holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from Trinity University. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and daughter.
Michael Chrobak is responsible for spearheading strategic marketing activities for Go Big in Texas, a program to market Texas as an ideal business destination including market awareness, events management, location marketing, business relations and industry development for the state. Chrobak served in prior leadership positions as Chief Financial Officer for the Economic Development & Tourism Division within the Office of Governor Rick Perry, Director of the Texas Economic Development Bank, Senior Director of Dell Ventures, a strategic business development initiative for Dell Computers, Director of Corporate Development, computer products and Internet services for Compaq Computer, and Manager, Product Development and International Business Development, education and calculator products for Texas Instruments. Chrobak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Economics from Southern Methodist University. He was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect.
Before joining TxEDC, Christin served as National Fundraising Director for a Presidential Campaign where she managed a multi-million-dollar fundraising operation. She began her fundraising career with the Republican Party of Texas. Christin's previous experience blends political strategy with execution of deliverables in public affairs and messaging. Directing the day-to-day operations for a national media firm she worked closely with political clients at all levels managing deadlines and strategic deliverables. She began her career in Texas, where she worked as a governmental affairs associate for a top Austin consulting firm and handled accounts at a public affairs company for a variety of corporate and political clients. Christin is a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She enjoys traveling and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Sydney Loyed is charged with coordinating the logistics for a robust program of national and international investment attraction missions, industry events and other signature initiatives that not only help to market Texas on the world stage as a premiere destination for doing business, but also connect our partners with one another to create a collaborative environment to discuss the current and future economic status of various regions. Sydney previously worked with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, allowing her to manage everything from small executive retreats to community-wide events hosting more than 30,000 people, transforming each event into a messaging platform. Most recently, Sydney worked for the Special Events team at the University of Texas at Austin under the President’s Office and the VP of Central Development, facilitating high-profile events recognizing academic and financial contributions to the institution. During this position, she was awarded the President’s Award for Exemplary Service. Sydney graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Originally from Colorado, Sydney quickly made her way to Austin and has a passion for philanthropic causes as well as traveling, running and cooking.
Lisa Trow is Director of Marketing and Communications for the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC), responsible for development and implementation of communications and marketing strategy for the Corporation through use of digital and print channels. Prior to working for TxEDC, Trow served in various capacities on marketing and communications teams for state and quasi-state agencies, private companies and public non-profits. Her work included issues management, strategic communications, media relations, digital marketing and marketing campaigns, publications and project management. Before transitioning into marketing and communications, Trow served as a journalist on metro-, medium- and small-market daily newspapers in Texas as managing editor, section editor and reporter. As a journalist, she has covered business and economic development, local government and Texas courts and criminal justice. Trow has a bachelor’s degree in French and English from Sam Houston State University and a master’s in English from Oklahoma State University.