Meet our Members: Kellie Fischer, Texas Rangers Baseball Club

Kellie Fischer

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.


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.

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.

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.


NTX Magazine Vol. 4 Features BNSF


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.

Meet our Members: Michelle Miller, Verizon Wireless


Michelle Miller, President, Central Texas Region, Verizon Wireless

Michelle R. Miller is president of the Central Texas Region for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States. She is responsible for directing sales, marketing, operations and financial performance within the region. Verizon Wireless, a premier technology company, also operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. Learn more about the priorities for Verizon Wireless, why North Texas is good for her company’s business and the best advice she’s ever received.

Meet our Members: Dan Harbeke


 Dan Harbeke, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad

Dan Harbeke joins the North Texas Commission Board of Directors representing Union Pacific Railroad. Dan serves as the Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific and has direct responsibility for community relations, government affairs and philanthropic giving. Learn more about Dan through his bio below.

Meet our Members: Mayor Matthew Marchant

Mayor Marchant

Mayor Matthew Marchant, City of Carrollton

As a part of our Meet Our Members series, the North Texas Commission would like to introduce the Mayor of Carrollton, Matthew Marchant. Matthew also serves on the Board of Directors for the NTC and practices law as a partner at Strasburger & Price, LLP.


Meet our Members: Mayor Karen Hunt

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Mayor Karen Hunt, City of Coppell

The North Texas Commission is excited to welcome Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt to the Board of Directors. Karen is a graduate of Leadership North Texas Class 3 and is the Chairman of the Project North Texas Regional Asset Map Community of Practice. Read Karen’s bio below. (more…)