Meet our Members | Michael Schulman, Locke Lord LLP

Michael Schulman is Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group. He has substantial experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel and issuer’s counsel in a wide range of public finance transactions involving bonds issued by state agencies and municipalities, as well as schulman_mike_hisignificant experience in conduit bond issues. Mike also represents trustees, credit enhancers, and borrowers in a variety of taxable and tax-exempt bond issues. He currently serves on the Board of the North Texas Commission and has served on the Board of North Central Texas INTERLINK, Inc. and as Chair of the “Underwriter’s Counsel” panel of the Bond Attorneys Workshop sponsored by the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL). In his leisure time, Mike rides his mountain bike off-road and rides horses in Wyoming and on organized tours of foreign countries. He also enjoys reading and movies. (more…)

Meet our Members | Kathy Wilkins, Alliance Operating Systems

With a 26 year background in logistics and global supply-chain design engineering, Ms. Wilkins, a licensed Customs broker and Vice President of Alliance Operating Services (AOS), has worked in both the import and export arenas. Ms. Wilkins has an extensive background in supply-chain engineering including infrastructure development, procurement, systems integration, manufacturing and process implementation. The past 15 years have been dedicated to the economic development of the United States’ competitive advantages through manufacturing and distribution through the use of the Foreign Trade Zones program.kwilkins_010

Ms. Wilkins has a BA from UNT, a Masters in Global Management and Supply Chain Solutions, and a Masters in Finance.

As senior counselor of the North Texas Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Chairman of the Logistics Committee and current Board member for the North Texas Commission, Ms. Wilkins is focused and dedicated to the aspect of cooperation between the Trade and legal entities which govern such. (more…)

Meet our Members | Ed Dolanski, Aviall, a Boeing Company

  • Ed Dolanski was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviall in July 2013. Aviall, a $3.4B wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, is the world’s largest provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services. Ed joined Aviall in 2007 as Senior Vice President Operations and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2010. Prior to joining Boeing, Ed served at the Raytheon company as; Vice President Mission Support of the Network Centric Systems business (NCS), Vice President Aftermarket Businesses and Customer Support of the Raytheon Aircraft Company (Hawker & Beechcraft) and Chief Information Officer of the Aircraft Integration Systems business (AIS).

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    Ed Dolanski, Aviall, a Boeing Company

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Meet our Members | Benjamin Rand, Tarrant County College District

  • This week for Meet our Members Monday, we introduce you to Benjamin Rand, Associate Vice Chancellor at Tarrant County College District and a new North Texan. Read more below to find out what has impressed him about his new home region, where you’ll find him while on vacation and what, as a recent transplant, he sees as an opportunity for growth in our region.

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Meet our Members: Kellie Fischer, Texas Rangers Baseball Club

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Kellie Fischer, Chief Financial Officer, Texas Rangers

The “boys of summer” are a year-round priority for Kellie Fischer, chief financial officer for the Texas Rangers. Take a moment to meet our Board Member and active community partner in this week’s Meet our Members.

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Meet our Members: Mayor Doug Athas

Mayor Douglas Athas, City of Garland

Douglas Athas was elected Mayor of Garland in May 2013 and is serving his first term. He previously served three terms as a Council Member representing District 1 from 2006-2012. During his term on the City Council, he served as Mayor Pro Tem and as the Council’s representative to the Dallas Regional Mobility Council. Prior to serving on the City Council, Mayor Athas served on the Garland Plan Commission for eight years. Mayor Athas has lived in Garland since 1992. As a tenured resident, Mayor Athas has served the Garland community in many capacities.
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Meet our Members: Jim Cline, Denton County Transportation Authority

Jim Cline, President, Denton County Transportation Authority

Jim Cline is a registered Professional Engineer and previously worked for Kimley Horn and Associates, and has over 20 years of municipal Public Works/Transportation experience at the Cities of Beaumont, TX and Irving, TX. Jim retired from the Texas Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of military service. He completed a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010/2011, and his military assignments ranged from Engineer Platoon Leader through command of the 386th Engineer Battalion. His military awards include the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit medals. Please take a moment to meet our Board Member, Jim Cline.
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Meet our Members: Bob Drenka, Emirates

Bob Drenka, Emirates

DFW International Airport and North Texas continues to be a top global destination with new airlines launching rapidly. One of those recent launches is Emirates, which connects North Texas to the vibrant and growing United Arab Emirates. Please take a moment to meet Bob Drenka of Emirates. (more…)

Meet Our Members: Jeff Williams

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Mayor Jeff Williams, City of Arlington

Jeff Williams II, the newly-elected Mayor of Arlington and new member of the North Texas Commission Board of Directors, has been a longtime volunteer for his community and North Texas. With a 34-year career as a civil engineer, Mayor Williams as serves as President of Graham Associates.

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NTX Magazine Vol. 4 Features BNSF

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Photo credit: BNSF

When you think of railroads, the first thing that pops into your mind isn’t often modern times. Maybe you think of cattle being hauled across country. Perhaps it’s that scene in Back to the Future III when Marty and Doc hopped off a speeding train and into the DeLorean. But when BNSF, a Fort Worth-based corporation, comes to mind, do you think of the gas in your car, the clothes on your back and the food on your table?

You should. That’s what BNSF provides, and since their inception in the late 1800’s, BNSF has been revolutionizing the railroad industry and now carries more than 40 percent of U.S. freight by volume.

Today, BNSF invests billions of dollars in capital into the economy, and is a leader in the implementation of positive train control, or “PTC,” which leads to fewer accidents on railways. They hold 17 percent of their workforce in veterans, have networks in 28 states, and during America’s busiest shipping time, the holiday season, they have 50 million packages arrive on time. While other companies struggled in a recovering economy, BNSF saw demand for a more cost effective alternative with higher volume shipping, and the company has flourished as the country recovers its buying power.

To read more about BNSF in our feature article, check out NTX Magazine Volume 4.