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2018 Eberly Luncheon Panelists

Meet Monte Akers

Monte Akers is a practicing attorney in Austin, Texas. He is the
author of Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation
of a Texas Community (University of Texas Press, 1999 & 2011); Tales
for the Telling: Six Short Stories of the Civil War on CD (Cold Creek
Productions: 2005), The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure
(Texas Tech University Press, 2010); Year of Glory: The Life and Campaigns
of Jeb Stuart, June, 1862 to June 1863 (Casemate Publishing, 2012); and
Year of Desperate Struggle: Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry from Gettysburg
to Yellow Tavern, 1863-1864 (Casemate Publishing, 2014); and
Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Active Shooter on Campus
(co-authored with his son, Nathan Akers, and Dr. Roger Friedman)
( John M. Hardy Publishing, 2016)

 

Meet Luci Baines Johnson

Luci Baines Johnson's career incorporates a wide
range of business and philanthropic commitments.
 
Previously she served as Chairman of the Board of
the LBJ Holding Company, which included radio, real
estate, timber and ranch assets. Following the 2003
sale of the radio properties, she and her husband Ian
Turpin founded LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, a multi-
family office, which manages and helps transition
family wealth from one generation to another. Ms.
Johnson was also a co-founder of BusinesSuites, one
of the nation's top 10 executive suite operators until
its sale in 2015.
 
Ms. Johnson has had a lifetime commitment to social
justice, health care and the environment. A graduate
of St. Edward's University with numerous honors, Ms.
Johnson currently serves on the boards of the
Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, The Lady Bird
Johnson Wildflower Center and the Board of Visitors
of MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a Trustee
Emeritus of Boston University and a lifetime board
member of the Seton Fund, Dell Children's Hospital
and the SAFE Alliance, dedicated to ending sexual
exploitation and domestic violence.
 
Ms. Johnson's most precious career is her family.
She has four grown children; Lyndon, Nicole, Rebek-
ah and Claudia; one stepson, Stuart; and 14 treas-
ured grandchildren.

 

Meet Julian Read

Julian Read is recognized as a legendary public
relations/public affairs counselor in Texas business,
political, and media circles. Now retired chairman
of Austin-based Cohn & Wolfe Read-Poland, the
state’s oldest communications consulting firm, he
has been associated with prominent business leaders,
public officials, and major projects for more than five
decades. Read became intimately involved in John B.
Connally’s successful campaign for governor of Texas
in 1962, and remained his counselor and confidant
for more than thirty years until Connally’s death in
1993. Read served as Connally’s representative to the
national media for Kennedy’s fateful visit to Texas in
November 1963.