IITI Announces New Executive Director
Invest in Texas Initiative Names Richard May as New Executive Director
News Release: August 22, 2018
Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) introduces Richard May as their new executive director. May will manage the state association and help guide their mission to promote the Texas Investment landscape internationally.
“We’re excited to bring Richard on board. After an exhaustive search, we believe he is the perfect fit for the organization to reach its fullest potential,” remarks Dandan Zou, IITI Chair and co-founder of Mainstay Global.
“IITI’s membership reflects so many different players in the international investment community, we needed someone with broad trade association experience to represent our many members and the players we interface with from the financial industry to elected officials.”
May began his political career as one of the youngest city commissioners appointed in Austin. He then went to work at the State Capitol as the Texas House Appropriations Committee clerk advising state representatives on state agency budgets. His public relations career began as the publicist for the national TV series, Austin City Limits.
He combined this expertise becoming a trade association executive for the next two decades representing a national retail industry before Congress, the media and Wall Street. His achievements in protecting and promoting a type of retail financial transaction became a college textbook chapter for business students to study the power associations have in shaping policy and industry practices.
“It is a great honor to serve the Invest in Texas Initiative members and board of directors. I look forward to working closely with all parties in taking IITI to the next level of serving the membership and bringing international investors to the great state of Texas.”