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Former Austin Mayor,
Retired Airline Pilot
Lee Leffingwell is a native Austinite and grew up in the Bouldin neighborhood. His father was an Austin firefighter and later a Travis County Deputy Sheriff; his mother worked as an admissions clerk at the University of Texas. Lee attended Austin public schools and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering.
After college, Lee became an officer and pilot in the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War. After leaving active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves and retired at the rank of Commander. He was a pilot with Delta Air Lines for more than 31 years, culminating his career as an international B‐767 and MD‐11 Captain.
After retiring from Delta, Lee volunteered in Austin, working on environmental issues. He was appointed to the Environmental Board by the Austin City Council in 1999, and subsequently elected Chair by his colleagues. In 2005, Lee ran for and won the Place 1 seat on the Austin City Council; he was re‐elected to that seat in 2008 with 68% of the vote. In 2009, Lee ran successfully for mayor, and was re‐elected in 2012.
During his time in the mayor’s office, Lee focused on economic development, transportation infrastructure, and veteran’s issues, in addition to helping create ride-sharing and short-term rental regulations that were viewed as national best practice models.
Lee is married to Julie Byers, a registered nurse. Lee and Julie are the parents of three, and the grand‐parents of six.
Tourism Marketing Master
Bob Lander was the President and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau for 15 years until July of 2016. Prior to coming to Austin, Bob served as the Executive Vice President for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and spent more than 15 years in the hotel industry with experience as Vice President Sales and Marketing, General Manager, and other related positions for companies such as Ramada Hotels, Stouffer Hotels and Resorts and Renaissance Hotels.
Bob is active in several industry related organizations. He was a board member of the Austin Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He served on the Board of Directors of the United States Travel Association and their Policy Council. Lander is the immediate past Chairman of the Destination Marketing Association where he served on the board for several years. Last year he was recognized with the Spirit of Hospitality Award by the Austin hospitality community for his efforts in advancing Austin into worldwide prominence as a destination.
Bob has worked closely over the years with federal, state and local governments in recognizing and developing the cultural and economic benefits of tourism.
Bob continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Destination Marketing Association International, is an Executive Consultant with Searchwide, Inc., the most prominent executive search firm in the hospitality industry, and also with MDS London, a creative marketing agency specializing in travel and entertainment brands. Lander is also excited to continue his work in helping to develop the relationships with new economy companies, communities and stakeholders with the Smart City Policy Group.
Bob splits his time between Austin and Traverse City, Michigan. He holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. He is originally from Waco, Texas and is married with two grown sons.
Mark Littlefield is an Austin, TX based political and public affairs consultant.
Mark has managed and consulted for nearly two hundred political candidates including former Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Mark’s public affairs clients vary from Fortune 500 companies to local Austin companies to candidates for elected office. Recent clients have included Republic Services, Inc., Stratus Properties, the Real Estate Council of Austin, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Board of Realtors, HomeAway, Southwest Strategies Group, and Austin Studios.
Mark helped make national news in May 2016 when his local campaign was outspent $9.1 million to $250,000, but still beat Uber and Lyft over local regulations in Austin.
Mark is married to a native Austinite, Jennifer Littlefield. Jennifer is an attorney. They have two children and live in southwest Austin.
Mark serves on the board of the SW YMCA and the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).
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