|Amber Gustafson||Chair||Amber’s Designs|
|Luke Gustafson||Vice Chair||Brookshire Brothers|
|Kathryn Sharp||Treasurer||Stage Stores|
|Jason Cooper||Immediate Past Chair||Brookshire Grocery Company|
|Jay Bueche||Texas Federation of Drug Stores Rep||H.E.B.|
|Susan Sessions||Member at Large||Academy Sports & Outdoors|
|Theresa Flores||Member at Large/TRAPAC Chair||Mary Kay|
|Chuck Bell||Small Retailer Rep.||Bracken Textiles/Clothes Mentor|
|Kathy Sweidel-Caton||Texas Food Council Chair||Lewis Food Town|
George Kelemen joined TRA as President and CEO in November of 2015. He returned to Texas after 11 years in Washington, DC, working in senior leadership positions for several of the largest and most influential associations in America. Most recently, George served as the Senior VP of Government and Political Affairs at Airports Council International — North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial airports in the U.S. and Canada. He served as ACI-NA’s chief lobbyist and led the development strategies to influence congressional and legislative actions affecting airports and the aviation industry, particularly ACI-NA’s work with Congress’ leadership.
Prior to joining ACI-NA, George served as the Senior Director for External Affairs at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Cancer Society’s lobbying arm in Washington, DC. George cultivated, developed and maintained corporate relationships, as well as coordinated outreach to members of Congress, specifically Congressional Republicans. He also spent 10 years at AARP in various government relations and advocacy leadership capacities at federal and state level.
Originally from Houston, George began his career working in Texas, in various political and government affairs roles, as well as in state government, in the gubernatorial administration of George W. Bush. He has a comprehensive understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes and landscapes at both the federal and state levels, as well as a network of bipartisan contacts and relationships in Austin, Washington, and across the US.
George has a proven ability to effectively communicate with internal and external audiences alike, as well as with decision and policy makers, in addition to native fluency in Spanish. George earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Houston. He lives in Austin with his wife and two children.