Priority Midland appoints Executive Committee

Six member administrative leadership body elected by Steering Committee

MIDLAND, Texas, May 3, 2019 – Priority Midland has announced the appointment of its executive committee, representing the community’s public, private and nonprofit sectors. The six members also serve on the steering committee and were elected by the 16-person body.

Effective immediately, the following members of the Midland community now serve on the Priority Midland executive committee: Grant A. Billingsley, executive director, Scharbauer Foundation; Bobby Burns, president and CEO, Midland Chamber of Commerce; Brent Hilliard, chairman, Board of Directors, Midland Development Corporation; Larissa A. Minjarez, president, Recurso Hispano (Hispanic Resources); and Susan Spratlen, vice president, Permian Affairs, Pioneer Natural Resources.

Priority Midland is a forum for the community to work together to better meet the needs of the rapidly growing city. The establishment of the initiative’s leadership committees will help bring to fruition the grassroots efforts already underway within the five focus areas – education, health and wellness, housing, infrastructure, quality of place.

The executive committee serves as Priority Midland’s administrative leadership body and brings recommendations for action to the initiative’s steering committee for vote and approval.

The full steering committee provides governance and strategic guidance to the initiative, convenes stakeholders to collaborate and act on Midland’s overarching challenges, identifies local projects for Priority Midland investment and support, and provides input in the development of an economic development strategic plan.


Grant A. Billingsley Executive Director, Scharbauer Foundation:

“I commend the Mayor and Council for putting this opportunity before us, and I believe Priority Midland offers a path for us to address our challenges and take advantage of this incredible economic expansion. With commitment, compromise and urgency, we can succeed – without that and more, we will likely fall short. We have to try.”

Bobby Burns President and CEO, Midland Chamber of Commerce:

“Priority Midland stands alone as the best opportunity to move us from the planning, discussion and debate stage to the implementing and executing stage. Now we have to anticipate the future and take action. Priority Midland is more important than ever before.”

Brent Hilliard Chairman, Board of Directors, Midland Development Corporation:

“Midland – in the heart of the world’s highest-producing oil field – is also the fastest-growing city in the United States. Now is the time for Midland to seize this transformational opportunity. The collaborative action of Priority Midland is crucial to our community’s ability to thrive amidst unprecedented growth and challenges.”

Larissa A. Minjarez President, Recurso Hispano (Hispanic Resources):

“Priority Midland stands true to its name, putting first things first. We are connecting taxing entities, leadership, and community through conversations creating a greater collaborative understanding. It was important to be part of this movement to represent small business, minorities and our Spanish-speaking community. Seeing and participating in these meetings is already a win, and we have yet to reach the ‘finish’ line.”

Susan Spratlen Vice President, Permian Affairs, Pioneer Natural Resources:

“The broad community participation in launching Priority Midland is so inspiring. By coming together to collaborate, share data, and truly put Midland first, the community is stronger and smarter. We need that common strength and wisdom as our community embraces growth, tackles challenges and leverages opportunities.”

STEERING COMMITTEE (* = also serves on Executive Committee):

  • Tracee Bentley – CEO, Permian Strategic Partnership
  • *Grant A. Billingsley – Executive Director, Scharbauer Foundation
  • *Bobby Burns – President and CEO, Midland Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Davis – President, Board of Trustees, Midland ISD
  • Ariel Elliott – Superintendent, Greenwood ISD
  • Rosalind Redfern Grover – Chair, Board of Governors, Midland Memorial Foundation
  • *Brent Hilliard – Chairman, Board of Directors, Midland Development Corporation
  • Hon. Terry Johnson – County Judge, Midland County
  • *Larissa A. Minjarez – President, Recurso Hispano (Hispanic Resources)
  • Hon. Jerry Morales – Mayor, City of Midland
  • Jessica Rule – President, SHK – The Advertising Firm
  • *Susan Spratlen – Vice President, Permian Affairs, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Steve Thomas – President, Midland College
  • Autumn Vest – Executive Director, Midland Shared Spaces (MSS)
  • Dr. Shelton Viney – Chairman, Midland County Utility District

About Priority Midland: Priority Midland is an initiative designed to bring together Midland-area taxing entities and other stakeholders into a collaborative forum to provide input in the development of an economic development strategic plan for the community. The initiative will provide a framework and blueprint to help guide Midland’s future growth and development. For more information about Priority Midland, please visit, and follow and connect with Midland Development Corporation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

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