About Us

Texas CEO Magazine was established in 2010 to inform and educate business leaders across Texas. In 2020, the magazine was acquired by American CEO, LLC and relaunched with a renewed focus on being the trusted business resource to which Texas CEOs and other leaders turn for information and education when it comes to improving their business strategy and acumen.  

In the pages of the print publication and here on TexasCEOMagazine.com, you’ll find articles on leadership, business insights and trends, entrepreneurship and startups, Texas business news, and more. We want to become a part of our readers’ personal CEO or leadership journey.

Texas CEO Magazine strives to be your most trusted media resource for Texas business leadership insight. Whether you are the CEO, president, founder, executive—any leader in the Lone Star State—we can help you grow your business and master your role.  

Join the Texas CEO Magazine community by subscribing to our print edition, visiting our website and social media pages, or attending one of our events.

Our Team

Joel Trammell


Joel Trammell is a successful founder of four companies and has led seven companies as CEO ranging from start-ups to a billion-dollar public company. As an author and educator, he has taught CEO master classes and Managerial Excellence courses for many years. He is the founder of the Texas CEO Magazine and the owner of the Texas CEO Ranch in Texas. He has developed software to help CEOs align goals across their organization and measure performance. Joel is on a mission to teach new and current CEOs what almost no one else is teaching: how to successfully perform the CEO job.

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Rebecca French Smith


Rebecca French Smith may be a Texas transplant, but she’s always wanted to live somewhere that oozed attitude and warm weather. She hit the jackpot when she came to Texas, and we did too! She’s a University of Missouri J-School Tiger and brings with her more than two decades of publishing, editorial, and marketing experience in the business, travel, lifestyle, and agriculture industries, most recently as the editor-in-chief at Missouri Life magazine. She loves a good story and is passionate about connecting stories to audiences, brands to consumers, and companies to clients.

Lezlie Mahan is a sales executive and events director at Texas CEO Magazine in Austin, Texas.

Lezlie Mahan

Sales Executive & Events Director

Grace Daleki is the Marketing & Operations Manager at Texas CEO Magazine.

Grace Daleki

Marketing & Operations Manager