John King – Board Chair
John King is the Account Executive at SparkCognition, the world’s first Cognitive Security Analytics company.
Prior to joining SparkCognition, John served as the Director of Clean Energy and Power Technology at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. John led collaborative efforts with the City of Austin, Austin Energy, UT Austin’s Clean Energy Incubator, The Pecan Street Research Institute, CleanTX, The State of Texas, and other Austin clean energy industry stakeholders in building Austin’s clean energy economy.
Before joining the Chamber, John was the Executive Director of CleanTX, the clean technology industry group for Central Texas. As Executive Director, John led the reorganization and rebranding of CleanTX, transitioning the organization from local event production to an internationally recognized cluster development group focused on strategic partnerships, community development, thought leadership, education, and information dissemination.
A third generation Austinite, John has been recognized for his work in the community by the Austin Business Journal’s 2013 “Who’s Who in Energy” List, and by the Young Men’s Business League and Young Woman’s Alliance as the 2013 Austin Under 40 Awardee for Science and Technology. John has served as a Board Director for the Pecan Street Research Institute, is currently the Chair of The Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC), and Vice Chair of CleanTX. John has also served as an Advisory Board Member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Showcase, as a Senior Advisory Fellow for the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics IUCRC, as a Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy Steering Committee Member, and is a Truman National Security Project Political Partner and a Next Generation Project Texas Fellow. John holds a BA in Religious Studies from Rhodes College and is currently a candidate for a Masters of Energy and Earth Resources at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.
Andy Cates – Board Vice Chair, Public Policy Chair, Imagine Committee Liason
Andrew Cates serves as General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for the Texas Nurses Association, where he oversees all legal and lobby operations for the largest association for registered nurses in Texas.
Prior to joining TNA, Andrew was lead legislative and regulatory attorney at the Texas Association of REALTORS® as well as lead attorney for the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Since 2012, he has quickly become an expert in campaign finance and ethics law. He is currently working on a legal annotation of the Texas Ethics Commission rules, with an expected first edition publication this Spring.
Andrew spent three years at the Texas Capitol working for various state representatives and clerking the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence before leaving to lobby for solar energy clients in 2010.
Andrew received his B.A. in International Politics from Trinity University and his J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law in 2007. He currently lives in South Austin with his wife, Nicole, and they are expecting their first child in March 2015.
Adam Flagg – Secretary
Adam Flagg is a Private Wealth Manager and Branch Director for Upstream Investment Partners. Upstream Investment Partners is a Financial Services firm that works with Individuals and Small Businesses on their finances across the United States. Adam’s financial practice began in 2007 with Edward Jones Investments and he became an independent advisor with Upstream in 2012. In 2014, he was promoted to Branch Director to seek out and recruit other financial advisors in the Austin, Texas area that also have the dream of running their own financial practice in an independent setting. Prior to becoming a financial advisor, Adam founded Illini Staffing in Central Illinois. Illini Staffing was a human resources/staffing company that at one point had over 1200 employees working at various contract sites.
Adam is a graduate of The University of Iowa and is proud to call himself a Hawkeye. In 2014, he achieved the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation through a rigorous testing process while completing coursework through The University of Texas and the College for Financial Planning. He also holds the Series 7 & 66 securities licenses, as well as a Group 1 Insurance License. He also holds the AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designation to help clients understand what it means to be a fiduciary and how implement successful investment practices and procedures to follow them. In 2014, he was 1 of 5 finalists for the Austin Under 40 Awards in the Financial Services category recognizing his professional and community achievements.
Adam’s involvement with the Austin Young Chamber began in 2009 on Day One as a Charter Member of the organization. He co-founded the Economic Development Committee in 2013 and now co-chairs the Economic Development Committee. Adam is married to Brooke and has 2 children at home, Oliver and Scarlett, and they enjoy hiking the trails near their home in Steiner Ranch
Emmy Hill – Treasurer, State of AYC Committee Chair
Emmy Hill is the Business Products and Services Manager for University Federal Credit Union, Austin’s largest locally-owned financial institution. Emmy is responsible for developing financial business products to help build strong local businesses in the greater Austin region. She is also on several internal committees to help make UFCU one of the best places to work in Austin.
A transplant from El Paso, Texas, Emmy graduated from New Mexico State University in 2002 and moved to Austin in 2009 to take advantage of the opportunity to assist with the Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger. Her jobs as a Wells Fargo branch manager and merger buddy allowed Emmy’s talents to shine. Through her work with local organizations, she became more involved in the Austin community. She then landed a job at University Federal Credit Union as a branch manager for their downtown office, where building relationships and supporting local members is of utmost importance. As a branch manager, Emmy coached and mentored her team members. Her goal was to empower and grow a talented staff to reach the next level of leadership within UFCU.
Emmy serves as the chair for the Austin Young Chamber annual meeting, recognizing AYC’s past successes and future goals. Emmy is an alumna of Hispanic Austin Leadership, an organization of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is also on the YWCA Woman of the Year Committee and volunteers for various non-profits around Austin including the AIDS Walk of Austin and the American Lung Association Climb for Clean Air.
John Fleckenstein – Leadership Service Committee Chair
John Fleckenstein II is Vice President Portfolio Manager for Sunbelt Securities. Using his degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, John helps individual clients, businesses, trusts and nonprofit groups implement financial investment strategies for growth and sustainability.
Prior to joining Sunbelt Securities, John worked for the Wells Fargo Trust Department in the Managed Disciplined Strategies Group in south Austin. As in investment manager, he became an international specialist, a member of the international fixed income strategy team, a member of the municipal income national strategy team, and lead internal account representative. In 2012, John helped service over 30,000+ accounts, implementing over 1,000+ strategies with over $17 billion in investment assets.
As a youth, John joined Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouts where he learned the importance of supporting your community in various capacities without expecting any reward in return. As the first Eagle Scout of the new millennium, John feels that it’s important to lead by example. In doing so, over the past 5 years he has volunteered with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, coaching YMCA youth sports, Volunteer Tax Assistance Programs, Deputy Voter Registrar, Zavala Elementary and Barrington Elementary after school programs, Bastrop Fire Relief, Leadership Kerr County, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor, Assistant Scout Master, Austin Partners in Education, Capital Area Food Bank, It’s My Park Day, Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center, Austin Pets Alive, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Easter Seals, The Austin LiveStrong Challenge, Pub Crawl for Pups, CASA of Travis County, AYC’s KidStrong, Lights of Love, AYC’s Non Profit Fair, Meals on Wheels, Trash Run, WannaBe Mentor, Colorado River Alliance, Students for Liberty, and various others.
John joined AYC in 2010 where he soon connected to the Leadership Service Committee – the philanthropic arm of AYC – to assimilate with other Austinites who want to help their community by taking an active role in hands-on volunteering events. Empowered by the caring hearts and willing hands of other committee members, John continues on his course to help other people in Central Texas.
Lauren Galea is an Austin native who discovered her passion for marketing and advertising during her two years at GSD&M. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Marketing, from Texas State University. While earning her degree Lauren competed as a member of Texas State’s nationally acclaimed fencing team. After graduation she worked in business to business sales for a cloud computing company before beginning her career at Facebook where she works as an Account Manager within the Global Sales Organization. As an Account Manager she partners with global eCommerce brands to drive direct response sales and ultimately grow her clients’ businesses through marketing on Facebook.
Lauren has a passion for helping people and enjoys providing pro bono business marketing consulting to local businesses and non-profit organizations. Lauren is a strong advocate for Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Rainforest Partnership, and the Austin Lyric Opera and has worked with over 25 local businesses and non-profits in the past year. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling, meeting and connecting with people and exploring new experiences.
Andrew Martin – Ambassador Chair
Andrew Martin came to Austin by way of Indiana where he earned a degree in Finance at Ball State University. He has been involved with the AYC Ambassador Committee since 2012 and currently chairs the committee. He currently works for Amiti Advising where he serves as a Financial Planner for young professionals.
Andrew enjoys staying active in the community through sports, especially basketball. He has coached basketball since 2009 and officiated since 2008. He currently officiates high school and college basketball in Austin and the surrounding areas.
A natural fit within the Ambassador Committee, Andrew enjoys building his network and connecting people. He has been very involved with AYC since he joined in 2012 and, as a Board Member, looks forward to serving AYC and its members for years to come.
Kelly Mosser – FAVE Committee Chair
Kelly Mosser is a Texas native hailing from the Lubbock area. After graduating from high school, Kelly left the land of Red Raiders for a more suitable home in Austin, where he attended the University of Texas. There he earned a B.A. Degree in Mathematics in May of 2006, the same year the Longhorns won the National Championship. What a great year that was!
Kelly has always been most passionate about bringing people together and creating unique experiences. Following graduation from UT, this passion led Kelly to Boulder, Colorado for an internship with Madison House Publicity. During the internship, he was invited to dance on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater during a Flaming Lips concert, and at that moment, Kelly knew he had found his home in the music industry. Following the internship, Kelly joined the festival production team (for his first paid industry gig!) at Madison House Presents as Sponsorship Coordinator for ROTHBURY Music Festival in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 Kelly returned to Austin to pursue a career in Business Development at Austin City Limits Live. Through his current position at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Kelly manages sponsorship and premium seating for the venue. Kelly and his team also serve as sponsorship sales consultants for various music festivals throughout the country, including Electric Forest, Neon Desert, Pachanga and FunFunFun Fest.
In early 2012, Kelly joined the AYC family and served on the FAVE Awards Committee, where he continued to serve through the end of 2013 as Vice Chair. In 2014, Kelly joined the AYC Board of Directors and serves as Chair for the FAVE Awards. Kelly currently lives in the heart of Austin in Travis Heights, enjoys traveling, fantasy football, and spending as much time on Lake Austin as his friends’ boats will allow. One day, he’ll make the best and worst decision of his life – to buy a boat.
Diana Nogueira is the Social Media Manager for the Hilton Austin, the largest hotel in Austin. Diana joined the hotel in March 2011 as their Social Media Manager and Business Travel Sales Manager. An avid F1 fan, Diana also handled all of the hotel’s group bookings for the Formula One race in Austin until May 2014, where she worked on securing accommodations for the racing series top teams and sponsors. Diana currently oversees the online reputation and digital presence for the Hilton Austin and its two restaurants, Finn & Porter and Liberty Tavern.
Diana graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Hospitality Management and Minor Concentration in Business Administration. Prior to moving to Austin in March 2011 for her job at the Hilton Austin, Diana lived in Dallas and worked as an Interactive Marketing Manager and Social Media Manager for two top digital marketing agencies—Worldwide Revenue Solutions and Standing Dog Interactive. One of the highlights of her career was serving as Social Media Manager for Australia’s top movie theatre company.
Diana officially joined the Austin Young Chamber in July 2011 and served as Ambassador from July 2011- December 2013. She joined the Annual Meeting Committee in July 2013 and currently serves on that Committee. In her spare time, Diana enjoys traveling, working out, checking out new restaurants and watching movies. Next on her bucket list are England and Italy.
James Nortey - Historian
James is an Associate at Andrews Kurth LLP. His practice includes commercial litigation, administrative law, and energy matters.
In his commercial litigation practice, James assists in the representation of large companies in matters involving tort and contract claims. In his public law practice, James represents private firms seeking certification in small business programs, historically underutilized business (HUB) programs and minority-owned/women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) programs. He also represents local governments on a variety of matters including public procurement programs and bid protests. In his administrative practice, James regularly assists in the representation of energy consumers in contested matters before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
In addition to Austin Young Chamber, James is actively involved with the Austin Young Lawyers Association, Austin Partners in Education, Leadership Austin, Travis County Democratic Party, and he also serves as a member of the City of Austin’s Planning Commission.
James is the son of two immigrants from Ghana. He was born in Dallas, raised in El Paso, attended Baylor University in Waco, and after attending law school in Massachusetts, he is proud to call Austin his home.
Ashland Viscosi was born and, partially, raised right here in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Political Science and quickly returned for her MA, also in Political Science. After serving in the Peace Corps Honduras she promptly returned to Austin, the city she loves best.
Ashland is the Membership and Promotions Specialist at the Austin Film Society (AFS) where she manages the membership program, secures corporate sponsorships, and builds and strengthens relationships with members of the community. She created and manages the INDIEpendents, a committee for emerging leaders that supports the AFS Travel Grant and its artistic programs.
In addition to her work with the Austin Young Chamber and its Imagine Committee, Ashland serves as a Festival Liaison for the ATX Television Festival, serves on the board of the Austin chapter of Emerging Arts Leaders (EAL), is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Austin Emerge class.
Her greatest passion is the arts, with a special emphasis on film and filmmaking. Ashland produced several short films, including RAT PACK RAT, winner of a special jury prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Tommy Belton – Past Board Chair
Tommy Belton is the Lodging Director for Hotels for Hope. Hotels for Hope eases the operational burden on clients by handling all aspects of booking hotel rooms for large events. At no cost to our clients, $2 from every actualized room night is donated to charities that seek to improve the lives of children worldwide. In 2013 Hotels for Hope donated over $107,000 to our partner charities. Tommy’s role is to oversee and manage all of the hotel room blocks for the races and special events that take place at Circuit of the Americas, including Moto GP, X Games, United Sports Car, Vintage Race Series, and Formula One. He has experienced great success in his position booking over 30,000 room nights in a single year.
Tommy graduated from Austin High School and attended Texas State University before relocating for a business opportunity in 2005. Tommy earned a BBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, and is currently attending graduate school working toward his MBA.
Tommy joined AYC in 2010 to form the FAVE Awards Committee. Tommy has chaired the FAVE Awards committee for the past 3 years, an awards gala that recognizes local businesses who cater to young professionals in the local Austin community.