Board Members

Tommy Belton – 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. Tommy has now taken on the role of Board Chair/President to lead the Austin Young Chamber into 2014.

John King – Board Vice Chair

John King is the Director of Clean Energy and Power Technology at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. John leads 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. The Austin Chamber has the largest membership of any other Chamber in the country and provides leadership in the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for its members.

Prior to the Chamber, John was the Executive Director of CleanTX, the energy and clean technology industry group for Central Texas. As Executive Director, John led the rebranding and reorganization 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 serves as a Board Director for the Pecan Street Research Institute and CleanTX, as Vice Chair on the Board of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC), as an Advisory Board Member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Showcase, as a Senior Advisory Fellow for the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaic IUCRC, as a Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy Steering Committee Member, and as 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 pursuing a Masters Degree of Energy and Earth Resources at the University of Texas’ Jackson School of Geosciences.

John is currently pursuing a Masters Degree of Energy and Earth Resources at the University of Texas’ Jackson School of Geosciences.


Andy Cates – Public Policy Chair & Imagine Committee Liason

Andy Cates is Associate Counsel for the Texas Association of REALTORS (TAR). Andy joined TAR in April of 2012 where he serves as the lead legal counsel for the largest political action committee in Texas, practicing in ethics, nonprofit formation and governance, and legal compliance. At TAR, he also serves as an associate attorney practicing real estate law to serve the association’s 80,000 members across the state, and is the lead legislative attorney during legislative sessions, through which he leads the bill reading team and bill writing efforts for the association.

Prior to joining TAR and in just 5 years of practicing law, Andy worked as a criminal defense attorney, a corporate/transactional attorney, he lobbied for renewable energy resources for the 2011 legislative session, and worked for two years in the capitol as Clerk in the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and as Chief of Staff and General Counsel for now-Congressman Pete Gallego.

Andy graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 2004 with BA in International Politics and Spanish and then from law school at Texas Tech University in 2007 where he earned his JD. Andy started his service on the board for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce in 2013, overseeing the Imagine and Government Relations Committees. He is also proud to serve as a member of the board for the Young Men’s Business League, and as a graduate of the Leadership Austin Emerge program. He lives in south Austin with his fiancee, and they will be married in September 2013.

Abby Alwan, Secretary & Poker Committee Co-Chair

Abby Alwan is a newer Austin resident, coming by way of Chicago two years ago. She’s a Business Development coordinator for Emma Inc, overseeing the Texas market. Abby meets with local businesses to discuss their marketing & email marketing strategies, spreading the word about Emma, and speaks in Austin and Houston on the topic of email marketing to different marketing groups.

Abby graduated from IADT in Chicago with a BA in Fashion Merchandise Management and previously worked as the National Retail Manager and Buyer for DavidBartonGym. Since calling Austin home she’s been involved with groups such as the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas & Austin’s American Marketing Association. Abby also volunteers her time with Explore Austin as a mentor to Austin’s youth looking to connect with their inner leader by way of exploring our city’s outdoors.

John Fleckenstein – Leadership Service Committee Chair

John Fleckenstein II is Vice President for Sunbelt Securities. John joined Sunbelt in May of 2012 to serve as a portfolio manager, creating diversified investment strategies for individuals, trusts, and businesses.

Prior to joining Sunbelt Securities, John worked for the Wells Fargo Trust Department in the Managed Disciplined Strategies Group. As in investment manager, he gained valuable experience as an international specialist, a member of the international fixed income and municipal income national strategy teams, and lead internal account representative. As an investment manager, John helped service over 30,000+ accounts, implementing over 1,000+ strategies with over $17 billion in investment assets across the United States and internationally.

Being the first Eagle Scout of the new millennium, John has always had a knack for public service with a smile. He has volunteered around Austin with: Habitat for Humanity, coaching YMCA youth sports, Volunteer Tax Assistance Programs, Deputy Voter Registrar, Zavala and Barrington Elementary after school programs, Bastrop Fire Relief, Leadership Kerr County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Assistant Scout Master, Austin Partners in Education, Capital Area Food Bank, It’s My Park Day, Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, as well as the 3 annual AYC community events.

Naturally, he belongs on the Leadership Service Committee where he has been highly involved since joining AYC in 2010. He now serves on the AYC board and chairs the Leadership Service Committee. John graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a degree in Economics and a minor in business and Spanish.

Emmy Hill – Annual Meeting 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.

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, 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’s passion has always been 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. 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, the best indoor theater in the country. Kelly and his team also serve as sponsorship sales consultants for various music festivals throughout the country, including Electric Forest, The Ride, 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 will join the AYC Board of Directors and serve as Chair for the FAVE Awards. Kelly currently lives in the heart of Austin in Travis Heights, enjoys traveling, wasting time playing 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.

James Nortey - Government Relations/ Energy & Emerging Technology Committees 

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.

Colin Pope – Education/Speaker Series

Colin Pope is editor of the Austin Business Journal. As editor, he steers the publication’s content and newsroom to produce world-class news that is consumed by tens of thousands of readers every day — most of which are C-level executives, civic and political leader who demand very much.

His mixture of experience as a journalist, business and public relations expert — underscored by a passion to sustain and build upon everything that makes Austin so great — has allowed him to excel in his field.

Colin has lived in Austin for more than 25 years, and that time and his fondness of the city has made him one of its greatest advocates. He has a rare and refreshing knowledge of everything that is Austin and he is often tapped by radio and television talk/news shows as a result. He is a founding member of the annual RISE event, donates time to UT’s School of Journalism, ACC and the United Way, he is a founding board member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and is a regular contributor to Fox News and YNN. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism.

Ali Putnam – Chair, Tailgate Committee

Ali Putnam currently works as Media and Community Relations Manager for Circuit of the Americas, the purpose-built Formula 1 facility in Austin, Texas. Ali manages public relations for the Circuit, works directly with the media and maintains relationships with the local community and nonprofit groups. She has been involved in the PR and political aspects of the project since its announcement in the Spring of 2010.

Prior to working for Circuit of the Americas, Ali worked for a local political consulting firm 3 Point Partners as an account executive. She gained experience working with clients ranging from local nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies to achieve their communication goals and navigate the local political climate.

Ali has enjoyed being involved in local mentoring programs, including Austin Partners in Education and Troop 1500, which led her to serve as Co-Chair of the AYC Community Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Texas.

Ashley Teykl - Poker Committee Co-Chair

Ashley Teykl is a Commercial Business Development Representative for Independence Title. Ashley strives to generate business through existing commercial clients and by cultivating new relationships. She attends various networking, charity, and corporate functions relevant to her industry in order to establish new relationships and gain as much knowledge as she can in the commercial real estate realm. Ashley is committed to being a true ambassador for Independence Title. Her extensive background allows her to be an asset to her clients in a variety of ways and has given her extensive market knowledge in Central Texas.
A Native Austinite, Ashley holds a B.S in Corporate Communication Studies with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. Before landing her dream job at Independence Title, Ashley’s passion for sports allowed her to work for the University of Texas Men’s Athletic Department and ESPN Austin. After working in the sports industry for five years, Ashley made the transition into the commercial real estate and title business. Her vast experience in marketing has provided her with a remarkable foundation for her position at Independence Title. Ashley’s dedication to customer service, as well as her unmatched level of enthusiasm, is instrumental to her success as a commercial business development representative.
In addition to serving on the board for the Austin Young Chamber, Ashley is the 2013 Poker Committee Co-Chair, 2013 Chair for the University Commercial Real Estate Women (UCREW) student scholarship program and was selected to be a member for the 2013 Leadership Development Council program by The Real Estate Council of Austin. She is an active member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Austin Women’s Chamber, CCIM, RECA and CCA Austin Chapter. Specifically, Ashley is very passionate about helping the youth of Central Texas through her involvement in the Lone Star Cattlemen Association, Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo and Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Lindsey Tyner – Past Board Chair, Marketing/Communications

Lindsey is the owner and founder of Alt Creative. Her responsibilities include client relations, business development, and lead design & development.

Lindsey has been active in the Austin web development industry for over a decade. After graduating from the University of Texas with a Radio-Television-Film degree, she found web development to be a natural outlet for her creative and technical skills. Following a successful career in marketing and development, she launched her own web development company (formerly ATX Multimedia, now known as Alt Creative), in 2005.

Lindsey is a skilled designer and experienced developer. Her background in User Interface design is responsible for her ability to create user friendly web experiences for a wide variety of industries. She has worked with a wide range of clients, including small businesses, software companies, ad agencies, musicians and artists. Some of the companies she has created web & graphic designs for include the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, BMC Software, C3 Presents, the Better Business Bureau, and various startups and sole proprietorships.

Lindsey is was awarded the Make Mine A Million award in 2011 by Count Me In (for Women’s Economic Independence) and is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the WordPress Users Association. She is also actively involved in the Austin Chamber and the Austin Young Chamber and is recently graduated in the 2013 Essential Class (Best Class Ever!) of Leadership Austin.

George Ward, Treasurer

George B. Ward is an attorney with the law firm of De Leon & Washburn, P.C. His practice focuses on business litigation, employment matters, commercial transactions, and insurance law.  George has tried cases in every federal district in Texas, and has represented clients in front of a variety of state and federal regulatory agencies.

A native Austinite, George earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Rice University in 2001, and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2004. George began his law practice in the Litigation Section of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General, he conducted numerous jury trials involving complex constitutional issues in federal and state court. In addition to gaining extensive courtroom and appellate experience, George served as the legislative liaison for his division, analyzing proposed legislation. After three years with the Attorney General’s office, he entered private practice in Austin with a large regional firm, where he handled a wide range of litigation-intensive cases relating to commercial and individual disputes, insurance matters, and construction. George joined the law firm of De Leon & Washburn, P.C., in January of 2010.

George is a member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Bar Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. He has enjoyed being involved in pro bono legal work through Volunteer Legal Services, and he is currently mentoring entrepreneurs in the Austin start-up community. George is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Edward Kargbo – Past President / 2011 AYC President

Edward (Ed) Kargbo is the General Manager of Greater Austin Transportation Company dba Yellow Cab. He is a 2002 graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A two-sport star as an undergraduate, he captained the Demon Deacon football team and also played on the basketball team. Ed represented the athletics department on the University’s Student Advisory Council and represented the University at the 2001 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in Florida. He volunteered in the local community through the Athletes Care Team (ACT), tutoring and mentoring students in local schools, while maintaining a solid standing in the class room as demonstrated by consistent appearances on the deans’ list and Atlantic Coast Conference Honor roll.

Ed pursued and was employed in professional athletics in his first few years post- graduation. He has since moved on to work in sales, politics and business management. Ed has been employed in the transportation business for the last 5 years, beginning his career in Houston and relocating in November 2006 to take his current position with Yellow Cab here in Austin. Outside of work, Ed volunteers in the community at large through various roles as a member of The Young Men’s Business League (YMBL), Habitat Young Professionals (HYP), The Wake Forest University Alumni Association and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge Program.

Ed volunteers as a coach for youth athletics and created a program which “adopted” a middle school in Houston’s Independent School District; providing tutoring, mentoring, educational equipment and exposure to the world at large to at risk youth. Ed has run the Austin-Half Marathon is an ardent supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and participates each year in the JDRF charity races. Ed is engaged to be wed and excited about starting a family in the great city of Austin.

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