Marcus Hiles has been a major real estate developer and innovator for the past thirty years. As a dynamic personality, the CEO and Founder of Western Rim Property Services singlehandedly shifted the Texas real estate market by creating upscale communities throughout suburban Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. As the real estate industry represents the largest contributor to the total GDP of the U.S., its ongoing growth is paramount for the economic wellbeing of the United States. Hiles believes that continued economic progress at both the state and national levels requires policy that will foster private sector expansion along with public education excellence; improving job markets, spurring financial growth and, in turn, fueling a demand for housing. A commitment towards readying students with 21st-century skills ensures that the workforce of America’s next generation remains a competitive power on the world stage, he notes.