Photo Courtesy: Patrick Michels / Texas Observer

Photo Courtesy: Patrick Michels / Texas Observer

Andrew Scott DeJesse, Cultural Affairs

Andrew is a contemporary artist and currently serves as a Cultural Affairs Officer with the U.S. Army. His overseas experience includes Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew has concentrated on creating awareness of how cultural heritage acts as an active agent to affect the major stability sectors of stable governance, rule of law, sustainable economy, social well being, and safe and secure environments. His research focuses on the deconstruction of illicit trafficking, analysis of the inter-relations between global instability and the illicit market, cultural heritage metrics frameworks to measure the progress of communities suffering from conflict and instability, and the development of business models which support artists working in instability environments.

 
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Mark Nair, Economic Development

Mark Nair has developed music and book promotional stations, digital signage displays, and massively scalable content management systems for retailers such as Walmart. Mark has his Master's degree from Texas A&M University and law school at the University of Texas. He has 15 technology patents. He is an elected council member in Amarillo, Texas where he currently lives with his wife and three children. He speaks German, French, and Mandarin.

 
Photo Courtesy: Ash Marie

Photo Courtesy: Ash Marie

Jacob Breeden, Artist Liaison/Curator

Jacob is a working sculptor, gallerist, and entrepreneur. He has over 17 years of experience in the world of fine art and holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of North Texas. He is currently acting CEO of Process Art House as well as Modern Creator. Both businesses are built on the principle that all working artists are capable of making a living off their work. As a business man Jacob has won several awards including the Top Twenty Under Forty Award for Business Excellence and the $100,000 EnterPrize Challenge Grant. As an artist, he has sold well over 200 works to collectors all across the world, been commissioned to do work for hospitals, banks, and children's centers and is currently developing large scale projects for the Burning Man Festival, the Glastonbury Festival, the City of Amarillo, and numerous clients in the Texas region.