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Wearables: Innovation in Motion Texans for Economic Progress Monday, October 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) San Antonio, TX

Start-ups create jobs and grow the economy. One of the most exciting categories in emerging tech is wearables, which is at the intersection of mobile, big data, IoT (Internet of Things), medtech, hardware... The future for wearables is wide open, which spells job growth, investment and economic growth for Texas.  So given this tremendous opportunity, what do these innovators need to succeed? 

Join us on October 6th for Wearables: Innovation in Motion and discuss the impact start-ups have in Texas and the US and see how pro-business policies can contribute to their success and stimulate growth. The conversation will focus on what start-ups need to succeed -- robust tech infrastructure; a predictable regulatory environment; and smart tax policies that encourage investment.  

  • RSVP early as limited spaces are available
  • No cost to attend



The Honorable José Menéndez, (Tx-District 124)

Luis Felipe Rincon, Co-Founder,

Gerald "Jerry" J. Wilmink, Founder/CEO, WiseWear

Sam Rines, Economist and Equity Analyst, Chilton Capital Management

Chelsea McCullough, Executive Director, Texans for Economic Progress (TEP)



6:30                      Registration

6:45 – 6:50           Welcome & Introductions,  Chelsea McCullough, Texans for Economic Progress

6:50 – 7:00           Economic Data Presentation, Sam Rines, Chilton Capital Management

7:00 – 7:15           Representative José Menéndez

7:15 – 7:45           Wearables Panel: Luis Felipe Rincon, / Jerry Wilmink, WiseWear

7:45 - 8:00            Conclusion & Networking 


About Representative José Menéndez

A native of San Antonio, José Menéndez was first elected State Representative for House District 124 in the year 2000. He is currently serving his seventh term in the Texas House and is the Chairman of the Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, and continues to serve on the powerful Committee on State Affairs. 

Representative Menéndez graduated from Central Catholic High School and went on to receive degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. José currently serves as a Vice President for Stewart Title Guaranty.

He was first elected to represent San Antonio City Council in 1997. Then, with an 84.5% share of the district’s total vote, he celebrated his re-election to a second City Council in 1999. During his tenure, José served as Chair of the International Relations Committee and was a member of the Small Business Strategy Committee.

During his first legislative session he was appointed to the Committee on Financial Institutions and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee. He has also served several sessions on Appropriations, Urban Affairs and Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committees

Representative Menéndez is focused on many important issues involving Veteran’s health, education, and employment benefits. He is actively addressing the concerns of the tens of thousands active military and their families who are stationed in Texas. He remains very committed to improving the state’s public education system, utilities and energy infrastructure, housing and economic development issues, health and human services matters and the state’s operating budget.

Representative Menéndez has been married to Cehlia Newman-Menéndez since 1995. In his spare time, José enjoys spending time with his three young children, Dominic, Victoria, and Austin.


About Luis Rincon

Luis Rincon is the Co-Founder and CEO of, the authoritative site for all things wearable tech. Luis has years of experience in technology, specifically in consumer internet e-commerce, with a background ranging from product management, online marketing, and corporate development. Luis earned a BS in International Business from Pepperdine University, and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law. During his time at the latter he was a principal with the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs. Luis also volunteers as a facilitator and mentor for the non-profit 3 Day Startup, and was recently named to the 2015 SXSW Wearable Technology Accelerator Advisory Board


About Gerald "Jerry" J. Wilmink

Jerry is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WiseWear. He is a high octane phd-turned-entrepreneur who gets things done and never gives up. Fueled by inspiration, workouts, and daily shots of espresso he is dedicated to empowering people with the tools that they need to live a happy, healthy & productive life. Jerry has 15 years of experience as a thought leader, inventor, start-up business consultant for venture capital firms, and program manager for the DOD SBIR program. Jerry has several patents pending worldwide, has published 55 manuscripts, book chapters, invited review articles, and has delivered 70 keynote presentations.  He earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt U., and his MBA from McCombs School of Business, U. of Texas at Austin.


About Samuel “Sam” Rines

Mr. Rines is an analyst for the firm's Growth Equity and Growth & Income strategies as well as serving as the in-house economist and commentator. Through Chilton Currents, his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, and other media outlets. Chilton Currents is a monthly publication addressing relevant contemporary economic topics.

His sector coverage includes social media, consumer, and industrials. Mr. Rines joined Chilton in 2011. Mr. Rines has a BA in Economics from Georgetown College, and an MA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. He also served as student fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research where he received the Roy Anderson Faulke Award.

Mr. Rines is a member of The Houston Economics Club, and he is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.