Former Texas A&M student and NFL player Floyd Raven has returned to Texas A&M—this time as a coffee magnate. Raven’s company, Last Shot Xpresso, opened at the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Raven, a business graduate, launched his coffee company in 2017. Last Shot Xpresso offers rich and unique coffee blends with athletically inspired names. Its blends are available in every bar and restaurant in the hotel and conference center, as well as through the conference center’s catering.

South by Southwest (SXSW) returned live this year! The 35-year-old festival infuses on average $16-plus million of consumer spending into the Austin music scene over the course of nine days. The festival returned in March after its cancellation in 2020 and virtual show in 2021. Both the cancellation and virtual show were prompted by health and safety concerns due to the pandemic. 

 

Located smack dab in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth, less than a three-hour flight from either the West or East Coasts, is the city of Irving.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.