Individual seats: $25. Table of eight: $200.
Established in 1967, the Lubbock Economics Council is an association of people in business, education, and public service who are interested in promoting a better understanding of economic matters. The mission of the Council is to provide a regular forum for education, discussion, and debate of economic issues from the local to international level.
John Montford is currently President & CEO of JTM Consulting, LLC. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, he served as Senior Advisor for Global Public Policy for General Motors Company from January 1, 2010 to January 2012. At GM he was responsible for GM public policy for federal, state, and international, as well as the GM Foundation. He was a member of the GM Executive Committee from January 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011.
Prior to joining GM, Montford served as the Senior Vice President of State Legislative Affairs for AT&T. Following the 2005 merger of SBC and AT&T, he served as president of the Western Region for AT&T, responsible for 23 states west of the Mississippi. From 2002 to 2005, he was president of External Affairs for Southwestern Bell. He joined SBC, now AT&T, in September 2001.
Montford was the 2005 Chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, a catalyst for economic development in San Antonio with over 2,000 members. From 2007-2010, Montford was President of the Board of the National Western Art Foundation, for which he personally secured the lead gift to create the Dolph and Janey Briscoe National Western Art Museum in San Antonio. He was also Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He served as Chairman of the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has also served as an independent director of Southwest Airlines since 2002, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Aviation from 2012 to 2016. While at GM he also served as Chairman of the GM Foundation Board.
Before joining SBC, Montford was Texas Tech University's first chancellor, the chief executive officer of the University system. In 2001, he was named Chancellor Emeritus of the Texas Tech University System.
Montford served as a member of the Texas Senate for 14 years. During his tenure in the Senate he served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee. Texas Monthly named Senator Montford among the Top 10 Best Legislators for five legislative sessions.
Montford was an active duty officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971. After his military service, he served as an elected district attorney. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and a Juris Doctordegree from The University of Texas at Austin.
His most recent publication, “Board Games…Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance” with co-author Joe McCool, (Praeger-ABC-CLIO, 2016), is a comprehensive work about the many aspects, responsibilities and challenges of serving as a member of board of directors for “for-profit” publically listed companies.
He and his wife Debbie are the proud parents of three children and five grandchildren.