The TCC concept arose after a series of high level meetings, focusing on how the community can more fully utilize the technological capabilities in the greater Houston region. A shared interest among our communities is in the development of more efficient interdisciplinary approaches to real world problems, with the goal of bringing those solutions into practice and to the market.
And, while the initial focus on planning for the collaboration center was on building more partnerships within the Space, Medicine and Energy communities in the Houston area, the mission of the TCC was expanded to provide support for any technology and industry, involving organizations from any location.
In 2015, the TCC began operations as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, launching two programs, a Technology Workshop series and the Collaboration Concierge Service. From 2015 through 2017, the TCC has hosted 10 workshops.
Through the Collaboration Concierge Service, the TCC helps organizations find potential collaboration partners, to help in solving difficult technology problems.
As an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, the TCC was established to be a member-driven organizations, with member representatives serving on the TCC's Board of Directors and Advisory Council, ensuring the TCC's strategy aligns with the needs of members and the community.
Bob participated on the Steering Committee that formed the TCC and has been the founding Executive Director, responsible for the operations of the center.
He previously served as the Director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund's Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC), the longest serving RCIC Director from 2005 to the end of the program in 2015, with an office at the NASA Johnson Space Center since 2011.
As RCIC Director, Bob advised hundreds of startup companies and worked with an active community of hundreds of volunteers participating on the RCIC's Board and Review Committees, reviewing applications and providing advice to emerging technology startup companies. Bob also served as an advisor to startup companies with the Austin Technology Incubator, Houston Technology Center and Rice Alliance.
Bob has served as an executive in energy and IT technology companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500. In 2001, he was recognized by COMPUTERWORLD as a Premier 100 IT Leader. In 2013, he was honored by Governor Rick Perry for service to the State of Texas.
Board of Directors
The TCC's Board of Directors is composed of representatives nominated by TCC members. The Board is the center's governing board, with overall responsibility for the center. The Board annually elects a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and has two standing committees. The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Board between Board meetings. The Membership Committee has responsibility for implementing the Membership program and approving new memberships on behalf of the Board. The Board authorizes the Executive Director to manage the operations of the center, implementing the plans approved by the Board.
The Advisory Council is composed of representatives from TCC member organizations, who will be consulted periodically on the TCC's programs and will meet at least annually to provide advice to the TCC's Board of Directors on the TCC's strategy and programs.
While TCC programs are open to any organization or individual, the TCC is structured to be a member-driven organization, with members directing the strategy of the center and receiving preferred access to the TCC's programs. Members make annual contributions to support the TCC's programs.