Only in Houston

- OiH Board of Directors -

The Board of Directors of Only in Houston is composed of the best-looking, sophisticated and insanely intelligent, perspicacious professionals in Houston.

Chosen for their witty repartee and amazingly clever banter, you can find most Board members at some ritzy nightclub in Soho, composing their latest Opus at the Berliner Philharmoniker, or canoodling with their besties in the South of France, but only during Cannes. Sure, they may be snappy dressers and hang with Presidents, Kings and movie stars, but underneath, they’re just like you and me: fabulously wealthy, utterly beautiful, and modest to a fault.

Lynn Birdwell  

Executive Producer, Bird House Productions

Lynn Birdwell has provided award-winning film and high-definition production services to film companies, clients and ad agencies throughout the world since 1993. She is currently the founder and an executive producer of Bird House Productions, a Houston-based production company with an A-list English/Spanish-fluent crew roster, producing broadcast commercials, documentaries, photo shoots, and web-based projects. Recent production credits include a wonderful art film directed by The Office/Wedding Band star Melora Hardin. Previously the co-owner of Rio Bravo Pictures, Lynn represented and produced for a roster of NY, Texas, and Mexico City-based directors and cinematographers, and participated in special projects for director Steven Spielberg. Lynn was a broadcast producer at Houston’s Lopez-Negrete Communications, where she worked on award-winning national campaigns. She’s an active member of OIH, WIF/T, AAF-Houston, TXMPA and AICP.

Troy Burwell  

President/CEO, 4 Guys Interactive

Troy has worked in the internet arena since 1995. Having a strong background in advertising and photography, Troy knew then that electronic media would shape advertising and business in the future. Troy serves on the Board of Directors for the American Advertising Federation of Houston and Only in Houston. Troy is web-chairman for American Advertising Federation 10th District, and is very active with the Greater Houston Partnership. Troy attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he majored in Business Management with a strong emphasis on Advertising and Marketing.

Lou Congelio  

President, ACME Fish
Past Chairman, Only in Houston

For over 35 years, Lou Congelio has been involved in the creation of advertising for some of the most famous brands in America, including Coca-Cola, EXXON, Six Flags, Buc-ee’s, Lone Star Beer and Pizza Hut. He has worked as copywriter, producer and creative director for some of the finest ad agencies in Houston including McCann-Erickson, W.B. Doner, Taylor Brown & Barnhill, STANANDLOU and ACME FISH. As Chairman of HAF, Lou sought to unite the ad community by making the ad club more relevant and beneficial to its members. In 2005, Lou and members of the Houston advertising community founded Only in Houston, a division of AAF-Houston formed to celebrate and promote the creative talent that lives within our city.

Jamie Farquhar-Rizzo  

Freelance Photographer and Graphic Artist

A Native Houstonian, Jamie has been involved in the Houston advertising industry since 2002. She has over 15 years of experience in commercial photography and has worked as a designer and photographer for some of Houston's best agencies. She is an avid volunteer and event organizer for non-profit groups around Houston that promote the creative community or the preservation of vintage motorcycles. She has been nicknamed the Barracuda for her ability to make the impossible happen and always finding a creative solution for any problem. Uncommonly creative and aggressively unfancy, Jamie spends her weekends riding her 1959 BSA Super Rocket.

Joe Fournet  

President, Ideas & More

A Louisiana native with extensive experience in the advertising and marketing industry, Mr. Fournet was named Regional Manager of the Bozell Worldwide office in Houston, managing the Chrysler Dealer Advertising Associations. Afterward, he opened his own creative services firm, Ideas & MORE, and has served a variety of clients including Halliburton, Spectra Energy, Siemens, 4Guys Interactive, and Valerus. published author and presenter of creativity and marketing to various local and regional ad clubs, civic and educational groups, Mr. Fournet has presented at the American Creativity Association International Conference, the City of Houston Administrative Professionals Conference, and a special workshop hosted by the National Space and Technology Association. His talks include: “Kick Starting Creativity Without Screwing Up the Idea” and “Creativity & Technology: Learning to Play Well in the Internet Sandbox.”

Jay Hagins  

Former Executive Director, AAF-Houston

Jay Hagins is a new OiH board member who was present during the formation of the original OiH initiative. A long time member of AAF-Houston, Jay served on the board and as an officer prior to joining the association as executive director. He also spent several years in the publishing industry in Houston as a sales manager and publisher of monthly magazines and daily and weekly newspapers. He currently serves on the boards of the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston and the AAF 10th District's Foundation for Advertising Education while representing AAF-Houston as Ambassador to AAF national and to the 10th District.

Dale Harrison  

President and Founder, enGrant Scientific
Vice Chairman, Only in Houston

Entrepreneurial-oriented executive with more than 25 years of experience managing high technology businesses across diverse markets and working in international environments. Dale is currently the Founder and President of enGrant Scientific, a startup in the Life Science industry offering market intelligence data to the biotech industry. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Operon Biotechnology. Dale has been involved in all aspects of business holding senior management roles in technology & engineering, sales & marketing and industrial production. Much of his experience has focused on organizational and corporate turnaround and restructuring with a proven track record of successfully restructuring organizational infrastructure, product lines, technologies, processes, and sales & marketing strategies to maximize performance.

Jackson Lau  

Vice President, Bouncing Pixel

Jackson is a lean, mean, 3D animation machine. He founded Illusion Studio in 2002 and quickly grew it from a one-man operation to Houston's leader in full production 3D computer animation. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Animation from The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg and has since taught advanced 3D animation classes at the college level in Hong Kong. Jackson's work has received numerous Worldfest, Telly, and ADDY Awards. When Jackson is not animating he's learning about the new trends and innovations in the industry. Jackson merged Illusion Studio into Bouncing Pixel, the interactive design studio he co-founded in 2009. Ever the devoted company man, Jackson occasionally leaves his desk to eat, sleep, watch the Houston Rockets on television, or play a little basketball.

Jerald Reichstein  

President, Bouncing Pixel

Jerald was an early experimenter in the use of PCs to produce architectural designs, a move that led him into the worlds of advertising, interactive media, and the web. Throughout his career, he produced award-winning design, animation, web, and interactive projects for Fortune 500 companies and world-renowned institutions. A lifelong entrepreneur, Jerald is behind many online startups such as Playnormous, Collectica, Military Connections, and Knowquery. He’s an active volunteer in Houston's creative and start-up communities and is the founder of GroundUP Houston, a networking series for Houston’s entrepreneurs. When he’s not tied up at work or busy getting his kids out of jams, Jerald can be found riding his bike through Houston’s urban landscape or climbing on Bouncing Pixel’s rock climbing wall.

Christine Stevens  

Communications Director at Association Management, Inc.
Chairman, Only in Houston

Ross Wells  

Creative Director, Zenfilm / Zenhill Records

Ross has been creating motion pictures for 25 years, most of those right here in Houston. His credentials include national TV advertising, music videos, business media and entertainment programming, and an Emmy for his work for KHOU featuring Lyle Lovett. His mojo manifests through his unique (read: twisted) sense of humor which he has pledged to use for the good of mankind (and of course, his clients.). Ross is co-owner of Zenfilm, an award-winning boutique production and post production facility located in downtown Houston. Ross has created much of the look that Houston presents to the outside world through his collaborations with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is an ardent believer in the strength of the Houston creative community and the mission of OiH.

Bird House Productions
Bouncing Pixel | Interactive Design Studio
ACME Fish | Words is My Business
Melanie Haynes | Voice Over
Aimee Woodall