Event Details

Kickin' COVID-19: Reopening Texas Summit

Supercharge your organization’s ability to do business safely during the COVID-19 and other pandemic health care emergencies by joining other business, community and government leaders online at the Kickin' COVID-19: Reopening Texas Summit, a free virtual event scheduled on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central Daylight Time.

A leading biomedical engineering expert providing real world pandemic virus, biowarfare and other infectious disease prevention and management for the CDC, DOD, hospitals, food production and others and business, community and government leaders will share experiences and explore science and resources for safely operating during the ongoing COVID-19 and other pandemic outbreaks.

Virtual participation in the Summit via Facebook Live is available without charge to all interested business, government, community and other leaders by timely registering here.

Participants will:

Leadership Panel

A panel of business, community and government leaders will share how the COVID-19 health care emergency is affecting their operations, their experiences and strategies reopening in response to these challenges, and their perceptions about the other tools and actions that their organizations for their operations and Texas to reopen and operate safely during the COVID-19 or other pandemic outbreaks. The confirmed panelists include:

James K Burgess III

President, American Biomedical Group, Inc.

James K. Burgess III is the founder and President of American Biomedical Group, Inc (ABGI). Mr. Burgess is a bio-chemistry graduate of West Virginia University with degrees in biomedical engineering technology and electronics engineering technology from Forest Park College in Saint Louis, MO. He has over 40 years experience in the Healthcare industry including his work with ABGI as a Department of Defense contractor maintaining the centers for biological and chemical defense over the past twenty-seven years. Mr. Burgess received a Congressional Award by the Department of Energy for the best energy managed hospital in the US, along with the Healthcare Forum/3M Innovator Award for Best Cost Saving for Healthcare Management.

Mr. Burgess has also founded ABG Tag and Traq, a research and development venture dedicated exclusively to radio-frequency location and tracking systems built on ultra wideband technologies, used for tracking high-value assets for healthcare, military and commercial organizations.

Susan Fletcher

Collin County Commissioner, Precinct 1
Gubernatorial Appointee TCDRS

Susan Fletcher serves as Collin County Commissioner for Precinct 1, representing West Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina and Northwest McKinney on the Collin County Commissioners Court and as a member of the 9 member board appointed by the Governor responsible for overseeing the Texas County and District Retirement System that manages and administers the retirement funds of county and district employees across Texas.

In her professional life prior to public office, Susan has worked for Sunbelt Savings / Bank of America as a Commercial Interior Space Planner, and later worked freelance as an independent contractor in the commercial construction industry.

Outside of her professional career, Susan is an outspoken grassroots activist, who is not only committed to serving the people of Collin County, but passionate about volunteering her time and talents to help the community, local arts and emerging leaders.  In 2018-19, Susan served on the UNT Master Planning Committee for the new Frisco campus.  She has served as the International Travel Coordinator for All the Difference Radio, chaired a fundraising event with benefiting Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, located outside of Tel Aviv, to convert their underground parking facility into a wartime emergency room. In her free time, Susan enjoys expressing her creativity through art, photography and writing. She is also an avid travel enthusiast and Master SCUBA diver. She has been featured in Season 9, 10 and 11 of the Fireball Run Adventurally Series which airs on Amazon Prime, featuring an 8-day road rally challenge covering over 2,000 miles, raising awareness and helping to find America's Missing Children. 

Married since 1993 to her husband, Brian, they moved to Collin County (Frisco) in 1996 and have one adult son, Patrick.

George C. Fuller

Owner George C. Fuller Contracting, The Guitar Center and The Sanctuary Music & Events Center
Mayor of McKinney, Texas

A second generation builder and developer, George C. Fuller has developed community infrastructures, retail shopping centers, condominiums, business centers and some of the most award winning and decorated homes in North Texas. Mr Fuller has been honored for his work through the George C. Fuller Contracting with the Builder of the Year Award six years in a row by renowned “D Magazine” while also receiving honors from the National Home Builder Association Awards, including “Best Craftsmanship,” “Best Overall Home,” “Best Floor Plan,” and multiple "People’s Choice" awards. Currently, Mr. Fuller is the managing construction partner for Adriatica, a 46 acre, high density, mixed-use development located in McKinney, Texas.

Mr. Fuller also owns The Guitar Sanctuary, a high end guitar and music equipment boutique recently named one of the Top 20 Coolest Guitar Shops in the country by Premier Guitar magazine, along with The Sanctuary Music and Event Center and the Sanctuary Performance Academy.

Mr. Fuller served as Chairman of the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC), a 4B sales tax corporation whose purpose is to enhance McKinney's aesthetic, cultural and leisure amenities. The MCDC was created in 1996, by the McKinney City Council and residents who recognized the need to set aside money for this important public service. The MCDC is responsible for promoting and funding community facilities and related projects throughout the city. Mr. Fuller is President of the Stonebridge Ranch Commercial Association and a member of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a Board Director for Meals on Wheels. In May of 2017, Mr. Fuller was elected Mayor of McKinney, Texas. He is currently serving his first 4 year term.

Mr. Fuller is married to Maylee Thomas-Fuller, a singer, mother of four and co-founder of the Love Life Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1992. The Love Life Foundation is dedicated to bringing awareness of the many tragedies inflicted upon our children and identifying and supporting those agencies and groups that bring relief and comfort to these young victims and their families. Maylee was voted McKinney Citizen of the Year in 2014 in great part due to her humanitarian efforts and initiatives in our community. Maylee and George also support the humanitarian and educational needs of St. Yared orphanage in Axum, Ethiopia where they were introduced to one of their four children in 2007.

Traci Mayer

Executive Director, Hotel Association of North Texas

As Executive Director of the Hotel Association of North Texas, Traci Mayer oversees the activities and operations of this over 90-year-old not-for-profit organization which advocates for the best interests of the hospitality industry and supports educational programming, professional development and workforce initiatives that strengthen the industry.

Ms. Mayer brings 30 years of experience in management, administration, sales, marketing and public relations. She has spent the past 22 years in association management, 15 of those in the hospitality community as the Executive Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Tourism Council and its' sister organization and non-profit arm, the Tourism Alliance of North Texas. During which time, she oversaw the Certified Tourism Ambassador program for North Texas which trained over 3000 people as CTA's.

In her previous position, she was Executive Director of the Texas Central Hemophilia Association working on behalf of Texans affected by bleeding disorders and started off her association career as Executive Director for the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

She currently serves on the board for the VisitDallas, the Advisory Board for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism for UNT, Conrad High School NAF Advisory Board, and serves on the CitySquare Hospitality Board.  Ms. Mayer is a Dallas native and a graduate of Texas A&M University.  She is married with two children and enjoys helping connect people with opportunities.

Pam Minick

Executive Vice President of Marketing, Billy Bob’s Texas

Pam Minick is one of the most recognized women in the livestock and equine world and is the Executive Vice President of marketing for Billy Bob's Texas where she and husband Billy  are part-owners.  Pam has led the marketing team since 1989.   During the past 3 decades of marketing the 100,000 square foot entertainment center in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Billy Bob’s has been named the Country Music Club of the year 12 times.  With a capacity of more than 6000 fans, Pam has promoted concerts from Garth Brooks to Ringo Starr.

Pam is a former Miss Rodeo America and world champion roper.  She has been inducted into the National Cowgirl and National Cowboy Halls of Fame.  A groundbreaker for women in sports broadcasting, Pam has hosted more than 1000 television shows on ESPN, TNN, NBC, and CBS.  She currently produces and hosts programs on RFD TV and The Cowboy Channel.  

Pam was named "Great Woman of Texas" in 2006, received the "Dateline Award" from the American Advertising Federation in 2015 and was named “Western Horseman of the Year” in 2016.

Pam and Billy live on a small ranch in Argyle, Texas where they enjoy team roping.

Michael Simmons, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC

Managing Director - Technology, Chief Information Security Officer, Southwest Airlines

Michael Simmons currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Southwest Airlines. In this role, Michael is accountable for all aspects of cybersecurity across Southwest’s facilities, airports, and aircraft, comprising of security engineering, security operations, incident response, threat intelligence, risk and compliance, and security software development. Michael joined Southwest in 2016 and has since been involved with driving forward Southwest’s cybersecurity capabilities and securely enabling Southwest’s business initiatives.

Michael currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC), an organization focused on cybersecurity information sharing and analysis across the global aviation sector.

Prior to joining Southwest, Michael spent 19 years at Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies that owns and operates Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy. Michael began his journey as a bartender and food server for Chili’s Grill & Bar before joining Brinker International’s I.T. help desk as a restaurant technology support analyst. Michael previously had leadership accountability for cybersecurity, I.T. strategy and enterprise architecture, I.T. maintenance and support, and I.T. service management where he helped lead a multi-year department-wide transformation initiative to better align information technology with the business to deliver strategic initiatives.

Michael is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). Michael is professionally affiliated with the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

Michael is married to his wife, Sonia, and they are avid golfers who enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally.

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, Esq.

Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C.
Executive Director PROJECT COPE Coalition on Patient Empowerment

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer has helped life sciences, health care and other business, government and community organizations and leaders to prepare for, respond to and mitigate pandemic and other infectious disease and other health and safety, workforce, economic, enforcement and other emergencies and disruptions arising in the course of their operations for more than 30 years.

A Martindale-Hubble AV-Preeminent (highest/top 1%) practicing management and regulatory affairs attorney, speaker and author, Ms. Stamer is sought out nationally and internationally by business, government and community leaders for her extensive and highly pragmatic health care and life sciences, workforce, insurance and other legal and operational work guiding domestic and international business and government organizations and leaders to manage their people, performance and risk in their operations on an on demand, strategic and ongoing basis. Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel Fellow, recognized as a "Top Woman Lawyer," "Top Rated Lawyer," and "LEGAL LEADERTM" in Health Care Law and Labor and Employment Law; among the "Best Lawyers In Dallas" in "Labor & Employment," "Tax: ERISA & Employee Benefits," "Health Care" and "Business and Commercial Law," her extensive work throughout her adult life with public and private hospitals, public health and other health care, life sciences, education, hospitality, and other clients and other professional and civic involvements involved her throughout her career in counseling, training and supporting health care and life sciences, manufacturing, retail, technology, transportation, education, insurance and financial services, hospitality, food service and other business, government, and community organizations and their leaders with risk assessment, planning, preparation, and response to Ebola, H1N1, COVID-19, tuberculosis, measles, and other pandemic and public health emergencies; workplace and natural disasters; bankruptcies and other economic exigencies, data and other security breaches and a host of other crisis events and management challenges.

Along with her legal work, Ms. Stamer also is recognized for her ongoing leadership, advocacy, and scholarship on domestic and international infectious disease and other health care, workforce, safety, migration, and other public policy and regulatory concerns. Current Vice-Chair of both the ABA International Section Life Sciences and Health Committee and TIPS Medicine and Law Committee; former Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group Chair and Health Care Task Force Member; founder and Executive of Project COPE: Coalition on Patient Empowerment; past-President of the Alliance For Health Care Excellence and founder of its Patient Empowerment Project and Ron Anderson Servant Leadership Awards; Vice-President and administrator for the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Ms. Stamer regularly organizes and serves on the faculty of a wide range of highly regarded health care, workforce and other events including the "Charting America’s Health Care Future” event in August, 2012 that garnered national and international attention as well as a series of COVID-19 specific events for the American Bar Association in recent months. A former lead consultant to the Government of Bolivia on its pension privatization project, the scribe responsible for coordination and leadership of the American Bar Association JCEB Annual Meeting with the Department of Health & Human Services, Continuously involved in federal and state legislative and regulatory advocacy on these and other critical business and infrastructure concerns. Ms. Stamer is the author of a multitude of highly regarded publications, workshops and resources on COVID-19 and other pandemic preparedness, infectious and other disease management and other crisis preparedness and response as well as a multitude of other workforce, health care and other concerns. She has spoken extensively and conducted training for the Association of State and Local Health Plans, the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County, ISSA, and many other public and private organizations.

Learn more at www.cynthiastamer.com.

Sean Terry

Chief Operations Officer, Centurion American Development Group
Mayor, Celina, Texas

Sean Terry is heavily involved in Centurion's land development and entitlement processes and works heavily with community officials through all zoning, development and partnership agreements.

He has been very active in the North Texas community since moving to Dallas-Fort Worth after graduating from Texas A&M University in 1995 where he played football.

Since 2013, Terry has served as mayor of Celina, TX and is a past president of the North Texas Mayors Association and active member of the Rotary Club.


Portable Isolation Units

Portable Isolation Units are modular negative pressure patient rooms with UVGI, air sterilization and waste containment built to help healthcare and military facilities manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

STI Group

STI Group specializes in fabrication and industrial services for general contracting, maintenance, construction, mechanical, piping and capital projects.

Anti-Viral Faceshield System Mask

A respirator style mask that kills COVID-19. The mask creates a measurable, low voltage electrical charge that actively kills the virus on contact.

TemperatureTraq Video System

The TemperatureTraq Video System combines thermographic imaging with hi-definition optical photography to provide automated temperature readings of multiple individuals entering office buildings, factories, schools, grocery or retail stores with sub degree accuracy.

AllTraq Realtime Location and Sensor Data

Remotely monitor equipment, refrigerators, vehicles, staff and more with AllTraq RFID tags. View realtime location and sensor data anywhere from any device.

Spray Experts Sanitation

Sanitation products scientifically-proven to eliminate harmful germs, bacteria, microbes, spores, and bio-films from all surfaces, including the skin.

Host Venue

The Reopening Texas Summit will be broadcast live from:

Verona Villa
6591 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034.

Speakers and business, government and community leaders selected to attend the Summit as members of its live in studio audience will enjoy a box luncheon provided by the Front Burner Restaurant Group.

Event Agenda

11:00 am ‐ 11:30 am

Registration & Exhibit Tour

11:30 am ‐ 1:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks From Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher

Pandemic Scenario

Business/Community Leader Panel Sharing Their COVID-19 Experience, Management Efforts & Continuing Challenges

James Burgess, The Practical Science of COVID-19 and Other Pandemic Spread & Management

Speakers & Live Audience Fireside Chat On COVID-19 Challenges, Questions, Next Steps

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Exhibit Tours


Verona Villa

American Biomedical Group, Inc.


Front Burner Restaurant Group