Joseph Kopser

Public Speaker | Author | Innovative Expert

Joseph Kopser is a lifelong problem solver committed to building the teams needed to take on our toughest challenges. Specifically, he is a public speaker and consultant hired by companies focusing on building teams and leading change within organizations.  He engages audiences with his wide range of experience in sectors such as entrepreneurship, transportation, smart cities, urban mobility, energy, and national security issues (from his service as an Army combat veteran). Formerly, he served as an Executive-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. In addition, he is President of Grayline where he works with people and companies both in board rooms and on stage speaking at conferences to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change.

Prior to co-founding Grayline, Joseph co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, before it was acquired by Mercedes-Benz in 2014.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School. He was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In addition, his company, RideScout, won the U.S. Department of Transportation Data Innovation Award.

In 2018, Joseph ran for Congress in a race that attracted more voters than any of the 36 districts in Texas. Losing by less than 3 points in a heavily gerrymandered district, Joseph demonstrated that voters want civility and problem solvers in Congress. In his free time, he works with The Bunker, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs.

Along with Grayline CEO, Bret Boyd, he co-authored the book, Catalyst, which serves as the foundation of his public speaking. Joseph is the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the CleanTX Foundation, an economic development and professional association for cleantech. Joseph and his wife live in Austin and they are extremely proud of their three adult daughters.


President – Grayline Group


90 Second Video on Leadership

Thirty years of leadership lessons learned boiled down into 90 seconds… It’s about people. Speaking from my experience business, the military, academia or in politics – leadership matters. People matter. Click to inquire about speaking engagements

Video Highlight: Leading Teams Through Change

Nearly 300 speeches, workshops and interviews over the last several years communicating with audiences on the importance of personal and professional leader development. In addition, I focus on helping people role model the change they want to see in their organization in order to best adapt to a rapidly changing world. With new technologies, it’s more important than ever to stay ahead. Click to inquire about speaking engagements

Keynote at the McCombs School of Business BBA Fall 2019 Commencement

 In December 2019, I delivered the Keynote address to students graduating with their BBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. I shared 30 years of life and leadership lessons. Click to inquire about speaking engagements

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