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George P. Bush

Political Activist, Entrepreneur & Public Servant
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Biography

George Prescott Bush is the eldest of three children of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; the nephew of 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush; and the grandson of 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush.

Bush co-founded Pennybacker Capital, which invests in and operates middle market multifamily, retail, office, and industrial assets in sustainable growth markets with a primary focus on the four major Texas markets. Pennybacker Capital targets discounted properties and debt instruments that are complex, off market, and/or undervalued. Most recently, Bush founded St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses.

In 2006, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserves through the prestigious Direct Commission Officer program. In 2010, he began an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under the Special Operations Command. Among other service decorations, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his meritorious service.

He has been involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations, ranging from leading a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas to serving as chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading, which raises $1 million annually for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Bush is currently spearheading an effort to expand upon the presence of a highly successful Dallas-based charter school, Uplift Education, in Tarrant County.

Bush's political activities commenced with the numerous campaigns of his grandfather, President George H.W. Bush, at the national level. He was also involved with three gubernatorial races in Florida in support of his father, Governor Jeb Bush, and served as a surrogate speaker for his uncle, President George W. Bush, in connection with both of his campaigns for president. Bush maintains his passion for politics through his current positions as chairman of MAVPAC, a political action committee focused on engaging younger Americans in the political process, and chairman and co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas, the first Texas-based political action committee that identifies, recruits, and comprehensively supports Hispanic candidates for Texas state political offices.

In his keynotes, George P. Bush shares the lessons he's learned from a long family history of public service as well as his unique experience as a bi-racial individual working to increase Hispanic Americans' involvement in politics.

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The Emerging Hispanic Growth Story

As the son of a Mexican mother and a recognized leader in the Hispanic community, George P. Bush understands the fact that the dynamics of race in America are changing dramatically. Over the next few decades, our nation will shift to a minority-driven society. Credited with encouraging a historic number of people in the Latino community to vote in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Bush provides a personal perspective on how these shifts create challenges and opportunities for everyone in this highly informative presentation.

Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather: The Importance of Public Service

What does public service mean to us as Americans in the present day? In this riveting, thought-provoking speech, George P. Bush shares his personal story of how he came to embrace a life of public service. He draws on the example given to him by his grandfather, the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, whom he calls the finest example of public service he has ever known. Bush takes audiences on a journey from the World War II generation - which pursued service without question - through the 9/11 generation - which has involved itself voluntarily in military service, is applying to "three letter agencies" at record highs, and is actively involved in such service pursuits as Teach for America and the Peace Corps.

The Challenges Facing the Post-9/11 Generation

Election 2012 & the Changing Political Landscape

Education Reform

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