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PRSA Dallas NuPros Tour of Toyota Experience Center


September 12, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Toyota HQ
6565 Headquarters Dr
Plano, TX 75024

PRSA Dallas NuPros Tour of Toyota Experience Center

Walkups will be accepted for a fee of $10 (nonrefundable). Cash or card at the door.

Join PRSA Dallas NuPros on September 12 for a panel discussion with Toyota team members followed by a mixer inside Toyota’s brand-new Experience Center!

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to step foot on a state-of-the-art campus that brings together more than 4,000 employees. Hear from different Toyota team members about their experience working for a Fortune 100 company.

• Nancy (Nan) Banks - Change Management
• Ryan Hines - Social Innovation Communications
• Mariana Zayas - Culture & Engagement
• Brian R. Lyons - Advanced Technology Communications

Forward this event information to a NuPro (PR professional with 0 – 5 years of experience) who may benefit from this insight... or, better yet, invite them personally to attend this event with you. Event is open to everyone.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Panel discussion: 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Experience Center mixer: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Toyota North America Headquarters (map)
6565 Headquarters Drive
Plano, TX 75024

Free parking for all guests is available at Gate 2 entrance on Headquarters Drive. Proceed to the main lobby where you’ll sign-in and be shown to the meeting room. Please email David Wolpert, [email protected], for assistance or questions prior to September 12.

Cost: (ticket is reimbursed to attendees after event)
$10 PRSA Dallas members
$10 guests
$10 students
Walkups will be accepted as capacity allows. Cash or card, $10, nonrefundable.

Deadline to register: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at midnight

About the Toyota Team

Nancy (Nan) Banks
is responsible for Toyota Motor North America’s Center for Communication and the Toyota Experience Center. In this role, she helps drive Toyota’s transition from an automotive company to a mobility company, with a focus on cultivating the art of communication as a competitive advantage.

Nan oversees the communication training and development for Toyota’s corporate communication function as well as communication skills development for subject matter experts and executives. During her 15 years with the company, she’s worked in media relations, internal communications, human resources and strategic development. Prior to her career with Toyota, she was the Director of Public Relations for Michelin North America, Inc. and worked as a television journalist and news producer.

Nan is involved in the community both within and outside of Toyota. She serves as member of the Southern Methodists University Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Advisory Board and as a member of the El Centro College Marketing & Entrepreneurship Industry Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club.

Nan holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

Ryan Hines
Ryan Hines is a senior analyst in communications within Corporate Social Responsibility at Toyota. He joined the company in 2016 while based in Torrance, California. Ryan has been responsible for the development and implementation of multi-faceted communications initiatives, focusing on telling the good-news stories behind the people and brand at Toyota, both internally and externally.

Supporting community engagement efforts, Ryan has worked on partnerships that include Junior Achievement, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of America, as well as LGBTQ-focused organizations such as the Los Angeles LGBT Center, The Trevor Project, and The Ally Coalition.

Since 2016, Ryan has led Toyota’s partnership with AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile charity bike ride. He has coordinated loaning 50-70 vehicles to the event every year, and managed on-site logistics and consumer engagement. In 2018, Ryan served as Team Captain for Toyota’s first-ever team for AIDS/LifeCycle, and then expanded the involvement to include Vehicle Marketing and Olympic Marketing when Toyota-sponsored Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy rode in 2019. Toyota’s AIDS/LifeCycle program won a PRSA Dallas Pegasus Award for Best Community Program in 2018.

Prior to Toyota, Ryan worked at Chapman University, Celebrity Cruises, and Quiksilver. He holds his bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has been a member of PRSA since 2011 and has held leadership roles at the Orange County chapter of PRSA in California, and now at the PRSA Dallas chapter as co-chair on the UnSummit conference committee.

Mariana Zayas
Mariana Zayas works at Toyota Motor North America as a Senior Analyst, Culture & Engagement. She is responsible for enhancing the employee experience across Toyota’s locations in North America. In this role, she manages the employee engagement survey and empowers leaders to create an ever-better place to work. She is the steward of Toyota’s exemplary culture and is passionate about sharing it with others. Mariana serves as the Networking Chair for Toyota’s Young Professionals employee resource group.

Prior to Toyota, Mariana began her career in human resources at Omni Hotels & Resorts. Rising from HR Coordinator at the Omni Dallas Hotel to Corporate Human Resources Manager at the Omni Corporate Office, she has extensive experience in all disciplines within human resources. Her passion lies in developing talent and ensuring employees love coming to work every day.

Mariana is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX.

Brian Lyons
Brian R. Lyons is senior manager, Advanced Technology Communications for Toyota Motor North America in Plano, Texas.

Lyons is responsible for developing, delivering and strategic management of technology communications for Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States. Technology communications includes, automated and autonomous driving, advanced driver support systems, advanced powertrains (BEV, FCV, HV, etc.), crash testing, telematics and connectivity, and safety communications. Prior to assuming his current duties, he was the Senior Manager for Lexus International Strategic Communications.

Since joining Toyota in 1986, Lyons has held a variety of positions, including Safety and Quality Communications manager, Technical Support manager, Powertrain Quality Assurance manager, Body and Paint Quality Assurance manager, Convertible and Accessory Quality Assurance manager, Convertible Project manager, Supplier Quality Assurance manager, Accessory Development engineer, and Inspection supervisor.

Lyons was also assigned to Toyota Motor Corporation from July 2013 to January 2016 as the Group Manager of Global Communications.

Prior to his career with Toyota, Lyons held engineering positions in the aerospace industry and was a rescue swimmer and helicopter crew chief in the United States Navy.

Lyons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. 


$10.00 PRSA Dallas Member

$10.00 Non-member Price

$10.00 Student Price