Gov. Rick Perry on Friday announced the appointment of eight members of the advisory committee for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.
Three are from the Austin area.
Appointee Richard Battle of Lakeway is a published author and vice president of sales for KeyTrak Inc., a software company based in College Station.
Appointee Deborah Dalebout-Feo of Austin is co-founder and executive vice president of Optimization Alternatives Limited Inc. and Healthcare Control Systems Inc., both based in Austin.
Appointee Susan “Sue” Georgen-Saad of Austin is a certified public accountant and private investment consultant. She was re-appointed to the state tech fund committee.
Other appointments announced Friday included: Davis Miller of Abernathy, a former chief commercialization officer at Texas Tech University, as committee chairman; Randal “Randy” Hill of Baird, a NASCAR team owner and president and CEO of Randy Hill Racing; Munir Lalani of Wichita Falls, president and CEO of Lalani Lodging; Wesley Terrell of Dallas, an attorney for AT&T; and Richard Williams of Dallas, director of strategy and mergers and acquisitions for Energy Future Holdings, an electric utility holding company.
Georgen-Saad, Hill, Terrell and Williams were re-appointed for another term.
The advisory committee recommends proposals eligible for funding through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
The Legislature created the Texas Emerging Technology Fund in 2005 to encourage commercialization of university research.