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Special Event – Invite Only Happy Hour | Amazon HQ2: Austin’s Strategy and Our Chances of Winning

November 29, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Austin and Amazon HQ2 - TeXchange Happy HourJoin us for a special pre-holiday happy hour at Native! In addition to great conversation and tasty libations, we’ll hear from several area experts on Austin’s chances at becoming the new home of Amazon HQ2.

$5 billion in new investment. 50,000 new high paying jobs. 8 million square feet of office space. These are just a few estimated impacts of Amazon’s HQ2. Hear from an expert panel with intimate knowledge of Austin’s approach to the HQ2 bid and insight into Amazon’s decision process. The panel will also cover the other expected impacts of HQ2 and assess Austin’s chances of landing it.

We have limited space available. If you’d like to join us for this special event, please email us.


AgendaNative Experiential Hostel

  • 4:30 to 5:00 – Networking
  • 5:00 to 6:00 – Panel and Q&A
  • 6:00 to 6:30 – Small Group Discussions and Networking


Mark HarrisMark Harris, Senior Associate, Avison Young (Moderator)

Mark Harris of Avison Young, the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, started his career in Atlanta, GA working with the likes of athenahealth, Siemens, Turner Broadcasting, and Cousins Properties. When Mark made the move to Austin, he transitioned from technology sales into commercial real estate. This transition has allowed him to use his past experience to help companies make sound real estate decisions in a fast moving technology focused market. Since coming to Austin, Mark has worked with Comcast, Conde Nast’s Digital Innovation Center, Drilling Info, Logic Monitor, and Fathom. His experience with these type of companies gives him unique insight into the decision making processes of both hyper growth technology start-ups as well as large technology companies that are working to establish a footprint in Austin. Mark also has extensive knowledge of two of the top contenders for HQ2- Atlanta and Austin – having worked in both markets for a combined 15 years.


Ryan BohlsRyan Bohls, Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Ryan Bohls serves as a managing director for Newmark Knight Frank’s Austin office. An expert in the lease acquisition, disposition and construction implementation phases of the corporate facilities process, Bohls focuses on helping high-growth technology companies, from small startups with cash flow sensitivities to larger companies, to maximize flexibility while minimizing lease obligations. Bohls has negotiated more than 200 commercial real estate agreements totaling more than 2 million square feet and worth more than $250 million. Having represented Amazon in their original Austin headquarters acquisition of 80,000 SF, Bohls brings a unique insight into what the HQ2 selection process likely looks like inside of Amazon.


Dan GrahamDan Graham, Executive Chairman, BuildASign & Co-Founder of Notley

Dan Graham co-founded in 2005 and transitioned from Chief Executive Officer to Executive Chairman in early 2017. Dan also co-founded Notley in 2015 with his wife, Lisa. He is a recipient of various awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Central Texas Award, Austin Business Journal’s 2012 Best CEO Award, and Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year. Dan was also named a winner in the Business and Entrepreneurship category in 2012. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin (2003), and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2005).


Tina CannonTina Cannon, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Austin Chamber of Commerce

Tina Grider-Cannon is currently the Senior Director of Government Affairs with the Austin Chamber of Commerce after recently serving as a Senior Policy Analyst for Austin City Council. Prior to her work in politics, Ms. Cannon has been a seasoned entrepreneur serving as a Partner with Napkin Venture. She was the CEO and co-founder of, the leading online pet health resource acquired in 2011 and several other startup ventures. Ms. Cannon served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Texas State University and has been a guest blogger Cannon graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors degree in Accounting.


Brent WistromBrent Wistrom, Staff Writer, Austin Inno

Brent Wistrom is the staff writer at Austin Inno, an online publication that covers tech, startups and all things innovative in Austin. He is also co-author of The Beat, a daily tech and startup newsletter in Austin. Prior to diving into the Austin tech scene, Brent covered state politics, city government and crime for The Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star. An ambitious storyteller with a versatile writing voice, superior speed and pinpoint accuracy, Mr. Wistrom has extensive journalistic experience with daily newspapers, digital media and social media.



November 29, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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