More than 400 retirees, guests, volunteers, and exhibitors attended this year’s TI Retiree Luncheon on November 3, at the Mesquite Convention Center.
TI Alumni Association President, Gary Stopani, welcomed attendees, introduced special guests from TI and recognized the Legend Sponsors of the recent TIAA Annual Charity Golf Tournament. He thanked the Texans Credit Union and TI for their role as Underwriters for the tournament for the past 17 years. He also thanked all the volunteers, both those from TI and from the TIAA for their work in preparing for the luncheon.
In his comments, Gary pointed out that Membership Brochures had been placed on the tables, and he emphasized the importance of signing up and keeping our memberships current to take advantage of all the benefits. He encouraged attendees to take the brochures and pass them on to TI Retirees and Former TIers, who are eligible for membership. Gary pointed out that magnets had been placed on the tables, giving details of the program by the TI Foundation to pay for volunteer hours for eligible non-profits. Greg Boydston gave the Invocation for the luncheon, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by Gary.
Following lunch, Gary introduced Tiffany Chrisnall, Chief Operating Officer of the Texans Credit Union, who thanked the retirees and former TIers for their patience and support over the past few years as the credit union worked off debts and non-preforming commercial loans. She announced that the Texans Credit Union had now been returned to its stockholders and continues to make progress, because of the loyalty of its owners and the focus on customer service by the credit union staff.
Ellen Barker, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for TI, was the featured speaker. In her presentation, “Celebrating TI Contributions to the Information Age”, she highlighted the key TI innovations which have helped fuel the advance in information technology. For the future, she pointed out that 46% of TI revenues are now made up of automotive and industrial applications, and that over the next 10 to 20 years, these are expected to be the fastest growing markets for semiconductors. After a brief update on TI’s recent financial results, Ellen gave a series of “Then” and “Now” illustrations to show how information has changed at TI over the years, ranging from the ability to work remotely, the evolution of the desk and computers at TI, and today’s conference rooms.
She concluded with a hard-hitting emphasis on cybersecurity at TI and even some tips for retirees on protecting their information on computers. Click here to view her complete presentation.
The entertainment this year was provided by the New Horizons Dixie Swing Band. True to their name, the 8-piece band delivered toe-tapping tunes, with an occasional blues rendition, much to the enjoyment of the audience.
Click here to view a photo slideshow of the TI Retiree Luncheon.