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Executive Leadership Team

Brian E. Francis

Brian E. Francis

Interim Executive Director

Brian Francis is a vision-driven thought leader who understands the importance of authenticity in messaging and in actions. His strategic leadership style and accomplishments have garnered the praise of legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle, a diverse array of professional and industry stakeholders and most importantly his most valued allies - his employees.

Francis currently oversees the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation while the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation undertakes a search for a permanent executive director – a return engagement for him, as he served as executive director of TDLR from 2016 through early 2022.

After his retirement from TDLR, Francis served as the Acting Executive Director of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission during much of 2023.

Francis combines the wisdom of his real-world experience with the knowledge gained from his MBA in Public Finance from St. Edwards University. Brian gained an international perspective through his participation in the Transformative Leadership Program offered by a partnership of the University of Adelaide, South Australia and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Francis earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) with a major in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University with a concentration in Financial Management. He is also a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program and the Transformative Leadership Program at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

Steve Bruno

Steve Bruno

Deputy Executive Director

As Deputy Executive Director, Steve Bruno oversees the Licensing and Education and Examination Divisions. The Licensing Division processes and reviews applications and issues licenses to qualified individuals and businesses in accordance with statutory requirements. The Education and Examination Division oversees requirements for examinations, continuing education, and pre-licensure education as established in law and rule for the professions and industries TDLR regulates.

Bruno has a total of 11 years with TDLR. He was hired as a Government Relations Officer in 2007, holding that position until he left in 2012. After four years in the private sector, he returned to TDLR and served most recently as Legislative Director. Bruno has many years of experience working in the Texas House of Representatives as legislative director and chief committee clerk. He graduated from St. Edward's University and has a Master's in Public Affairs form the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin.

Brandy Myers

Brandy Myers

Deputy Executive Director for Administration

As the Deputy Executive Director for Administration, Brandy Myers oversees the Financial Services Division, the Office of Strategic Communications, Asset Management and the agency’s emergency response team.

Myers has been with TDLR since 2019, when she joined as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer. She previously was Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Medical Board, and has 15 years of state experience in finance, budgeting, purchasing, payroll and risk management. She has a degree in business administration and holds certifications as a Texas Contract Developer and a Texas Contract Manager.