Keynote Speakers

Paige Velasquez Budde

Chief Executive Officer & Partner of Zilker Media


Rusty Shelton

Founder & Chairman of Zilker Media

Paige Velasquez Budde is Partner and CEO at Zilker Media, an Austin-based agency building people-driven brands. During her tenure as CEO, Zilker Media has been named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Austin and Best Places to Work two years in a row by Austin Business Journal and has been listed on Austin Inno’s Coolest Companies.

She has been featured as a speaker on people-driven marketing and led workshops for organizations such as Ernst & Young, TEDx, Harvard Medical School, The University of Texas athletics, Camp Gladiator, IBPA and Women Presidents Organization. Her approach to people-driven marketing has been featured in many media outlets including Inc., Thrive Global, KevinMD, Texas CEO Magazine, Authority Magazine, Business News Daily and

Paige is a member of EO Austin, Women Presidents Organization, Renegade Global and C12. Learn more at  or

  Rusty Shelton is a dynamic speaker who uses humor and targeted examples to challenge assumptions about personal branding, showing audiences how to build authentic thought leadership focused on impact, not ego. His keynotes are highly reviewed for a mix of story-telling, candor and practical, put-it-into-action-next-week guidance – showing leaders how to make an impact and build trust in an increasingly skeptical world - and have a lot of fun along the way.

He and Paige are partners at Zilker Media, an award-winning marketing & PR agency based in Austin, TX. He is a successful entrepreneur, bestselling author with three acclaimed books under his belt, including his most recent, The Authority Advantage: Building Thought Leadership Focused on Impact, Not Ego, which is endorsed by Verne Harnish, Steve Forbes, Alan Mulally and many others.

He is a proud member & frequent board member at EO Austin. Learn more at  or

Christopher L. Williston

President and CEO of IBAT

Christopher Williston is the President and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the largest state association dedicated exclusively to community bank advocacy. Prior to leading IBAT, Williston served the association for nine years in numerous roles, including Chief Operations Officer, and held the position of Director of Communications at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Texas.

In addition to his job responsibilities at IBAT, Williston has been recognized for his service to the association industry. He is a Past Chairman of the Texas Society of Association Executives, an organization that also honored him with its Young Professional Leadership Award and Chairman’s Award. He has been recognized with the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

Williston is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School at TCU. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Cedar Park and have six children.