SPARK Luncheon

Member Price: $35 Nonmember Price: $45 Date: Location: The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center Address: 300 N. Fifth St., Garland, TX 75040 Categories: Chamber Events, Luncheons


Event Details

Strong Partnerships and Relevant Knowledge (SPARK) is a quarterly luncheon that will host a variety of high-profile speakers to engage business and community leaders on current business issues. The event allows professionals from a diverse business community to interact in a relaxed environment and learn more about better business practices or issues facing the Garland community.

Garland ISD Education Foundation

Speaker: Art George, The George Development Group
Topic: How to Create an Environment to Exponentially Increase Innovation

Date: May 21, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center

Sponsor: Garland ISD Education Foundation
Catered by: Go Gourmet

About the Topic

In Art's presentation, you'll walk away with insights on the following:
  • How to create a culture in your group/organization that produces higher levels of innovation
  • Examples from companies that have been widely respected as innovators in their industry
  • The philosophies that create innovative cultures
  • Suggestions for leaders and managers on team engagement that produces more prolific innovators

About the Speaker

Art George along with his wife, Gwen George, formed The George Development Group (TGDG) in 2014 after his retirement from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). The GDG provides one on one career coaching and life mentoring to professionals and aspiring professionals in the corporate and business world. Also providing presentations and motivational speeches to groups/organizations.

Prior to his retirement Art spent 30 years at TI. Art’s last position was senior vice president and manager over Texas Instruments’ (TI’s) Analog Engineering Operations (AEO). Prior to the AEO role, Art was the P&L manager for TI’s High-Performance Analog (HPA) business unit, which is a billion dollar+ revenue division of TI. Art led the acquisition of several companies for TI.

He is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1983. In 2007, he received the university’s Outstanding Alumni Engineering Achievement Merit Award at the school’s 50th anniversary. He also earned a master’s degree in engineering management in 1990 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Art has been honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference twice as one of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology. He has also received the Career Achievement in Industry Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.

Art currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Nordson Corporation (NDSN) and Axcelis Corporation (ACLS), and Chair of the SMU Lyle School of Engineering Executive Board.

Meet & Greet

Want a little extra time to connect with local professionals on Luncheon day? Show up early for an informal opportunity to network with this month's sponsor and other luncheon guests. 

Time: 11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Atrium Lobby


Member Price: $35
Non-Member Price: $45

Group Discount
Active Chamber Members in good standing are eligible to receive a group discount when two or more representatives of the member company register to attend a Chamber Luncheon. The first representative will pay the member pre-registration price of $35 and each additional representative added will receive an additional $5 discount. Registrations must be completed in a single online transaction to receive the group discount.

Cancellation Policy
Because of facility requirements, we must charge the full registration amount for reservations not canceled two business days prior to the event. See our fee policy for additional details.