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.


Recap | 44th Annual Members’ Luncheon

We hosted our 44th Annual Members’ Luncheon on Thursday, September 24th at the Irving Convention Center at Los Colinas, with over 700 North Texas leaders in attendance.

The luncheon kicked off with our final board meeting for the fiscal year, presided over by Board Chairman Gray Mayes of Texas Instruments. Points of order included the release of the latest issue of NTX Magazine, a discussion on Leadership North Texas University and a presentation by Ed Dolanski, President and CEO of Aviall, Dallas-based aviation company, on Export-Import Bank.


Photo credit to Barbara Berry.

Following the board meeting, members were welcomed into the ballroom, which was themed around the word of the day: innovation. Along with our attendee gift bags, the tables were set with LuminAID lanterns, lighting up the room and creating conversation the moment guests sat down.

The luncheon opened with a warm welcome from North Texas Commission President and CEO Mabrie Jackson and a few words from DD Hayes, Chaplain at the DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy. Mabrie recognized members of the North Texas Commission board, past and current elected officials, and looking to the future of North Texas, the 13 DECA members in attendance as part of the essay contest hosted earlier this month.

Mabrie also discussed the contents of our North Texas Commission branded bag at each seat, and the Mark Cuban Companies in attendance, some of whom were exhibiting outside the ballroom. To read more about those, click here. Board Chairman Gray Mayes thanked the sponsors of the event, as seen below:


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Mavs ManiAACs. Photo credit to Tim Sharp.

As a company on the forefront of innovation, it was fitting that Audi was our presenting sponsor for this event.

Audi Senior Account Executive Allison Piper spoke on how Audi has grown and sought innovation over the years, just as our keynote speaker, Mark Cuban. But before Mark took the stage, we had a surprise for our guests.

The North Texas Commission pumped up attendees with a performance from the popular Mavs ManiAACs (pictured right), who were the perfect transition into keynote speaker Mark Cuban.

At last, it was the moment attendees had been waiting for. Mark Cuban, world-renowned entrepreneur and Shark Tank‘s most dangerous shark, gave a rousing keynote on innovation in North Texas and his viewpoints as a businessman.


Mark Cuban during his keynote speech. Photo credit to Tim Sharp.

Mark discussed how true innovation is about knowing your audience and your product. “At the Mavericks, we don’t sell basketball,” Cuban said, “We sell special moments.” If you attend a Mavs game, you don’t reminisce every jump shot a player scores; you remember the time spent with people important to you, whoever they may be.

Cuban also took a few moments after his keynote to answer questions, one of which was how he felt North Texas ranked among other metropolitan areas in entrepreneurial potential.

“North Texas is easily one of the best places for entrepreneurs to start,” Cuban boasted. And, he’s not wrong. With supporters like Cuban and other innovative groups such as Launch DFW, the Dallas Entrepreneur Center and the Arts Incubator of Richardson backing thinkers and creators along the way, North Texas is a well of potential waiting to be tapped into.

Following Cuban’s keynote, North Texas Commission Vice Chairman Robert Hastings, enthusiastic about his upcoming term as Board Chairman, closed out the luncheon.

This event was one for the books for anyone in attendance. It was a rare chance to see Shark Mark Cuban speak about business and to see so many of the companies he has invested in showcased under one roof. Check out the gallery below for more pictures of our 44th Annual Members’ Luncheon!

44th Annual Members' Luncheon: Focus. Prepare. Change the Game.

Thank You NTC Members | September 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our new and renewing members from the month of September.

Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

Colliers International

City of Euless

City of Mesquite

Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation

The Payton Group

Tom Thumb Food and Pharmacy

City of Balch Springs

Dallas Cowboys Football Club

Hyatt-Regency DFW

City of Colleyville

Earth Day Dallas

Jones Lang LaSalle

Thank you for your continued support!

LNTU Opens Doors for Young Professionals

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The North Texas Commission has launched Leadership North Texas University, our newest program under successful parent Leadership North Texas.

Leadership North Texas University, or LNT U, targets young professionals in the workforce looking to learn more about North Texas as a region.

“Today’s young professionals are citizens of the region,” said Mabrie Jackson, president and CEO of the North Texas Commission. “They see all the opportunities North Texas has to offer, but it’s important that we ensure they are well-educated on the challenges as well. LNT U will give them that platform of regional leadership with the tools they need to succeed in the workforce or working world.”

LNT U is ideal for any young professional passionate about North Texas and looking to learn more about their region, whether they’re a DFW native or new to the area. The three-day program, held from December 2-4, 2015 at the American Airlines Training Center, will address topics such as the changing demographics and economy in North Texas, and issues we face as a region. There will also be opportunities for professional development, with a focus on etiquette and networking.

Parent program Leadership North Texas, currently in Class 7, now holds an impressive base of over 200 alumni from across the region, including state representatives, executives at Fortune 500 companies and other regional leaders now making a meaningful impact on North Texas.

More information on LNTU and program applications, due October 31st, can be found on the LNTU website here.

Recap | To The Point: Energy


Photo2The North Texas Commission’s latest To The Point event featured Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, speaking on the oil and gas trade industry and how it effects North Texas.

Among other topics, Commissioner Craddick discussed the work of the railroad commission and the nearly 130,000 inspections of oil and gas wells each year. They work with drillers across the state to teach best practices for creating oil and gas wells.

Funding for Texas’ infamous rainy day fund comes from oil and gas taxes, and recently, this funding has been tapped into for water and irrigation projects. In the near future, over $6 billion of the rainy day fund will be used for transportation projects.

In addition, Craddick spoke on the recent legislation Governor Abbott signed calling for a new program with the University of Texas at Austin to create new stations across the state detecting earthquake activity.

Don’t miss our next event, To The Point: Open Carry. For more information, click here.

To see photos from the event, check out the album below:

To The Point: Energy


Thank you to the sponsors of this event:


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Thank You NTC Members | August 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our new and renewing members from the month of August.

City of Kaufman

Schindler Elevator Corporation

City of Farmers Branch

City of Richardson

Tarrant County College

University of Texas Dallas

Carrington Coleman

City of Sachse

The Rios Group

Union Pacific Railroad

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Thank you for your continued support!

Marcy Sherman Honored at ASAE Conference


Last week at the American Society of Association Executives Annual Conference in Detroit, North Texas Commission Executive Vice President Marcy Sherman was honored as a Certified Association Executive (CAE). This esteemed designation is given to executives with more than five years of association leadership experience and who pass an arduous examination. Marcy was one of 150 honored at the conference for successfully completing her CAE requirements.

The CAE designation accompanies Marcy’s previous Certified Fund Raising Executive designation (CFRE). Marcy is one of only 26 non-profit executives worldwide with both a CAE and CFRE.

Please join us in congratulating Marcy in this incredible achievement!

NTX Trends July Recap


July brought warm temperatures, booming real estate, Leadership North Texas Class 7 and a new WNBA team, “The Shock.” Here’s a recap of July and what’s coming through September at the NTC.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.




Welcome to the newest members of Leadership North Texas! Class 7 was selected and announced in July. Learn more about the newest class of regional stewards HERE.





In order to compete in the current business environment, research shows that executives must have a strong brand. As one of only 20 Master Brand Strategists worldwide, Valerie shares Best Practices from real-world experiences. Watch the recap of our webinar HERE.




North Texas ranked #5 on the list of hottest real estate markets in the U.S. Learn more about the housing boom in NTX HERE.





Social entrepreneurs take ideas, either new or existing, and come up with innovative, creative ways leverage them to make an impact on social issues. Watch the recap of our webinar with Social Impact Architects’ Suzanne Smith HERE.

Catch up on all of our webinars HERE.



There are 13 airports throughout North Texas that keep our region’s reputation as a business-friendly, logistics and manufacturing hub soaring above other U.S. metro areas. Read more about our local airports HERE.




North Texas will gain a WNBA team in the 2016 season when Tulsa’s “The Shock” makes Arlington their new home. Read more about the move HERE.




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for your support of the North Texas Commission. View the list of new and renewing members in July HERE.






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2015 Transportation and Water Summit


Did you know that the current U.S. interstate highway system was designed in the 1950s? Back then, the population of North Texas was close to 885,000. Today, North Texas has grown to over 6.8 million people, the fourth largest region in the U.S. The needs and issues we had in the 1950s and the needs and issues we have today are very different, which is why the North Texas Commission is proud to sponsor the City of Irving’s 2015 Transportation and Water Summit, taking place August 18-19 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

While recently North Texas received lots of rain, there are times when water levels are low and temperatures are high. This precious natural resource can be scarce at times, and planning to ensure that North Texas has enough safe, clean water is just one of the topics to be discussed at the Transportation and Water Summit.

This summit, also sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation, will open the floor for discussion, allow for collaboration and sharing of information among local organizations and governments, and showcase new ideas and technologies to help meet the needs of an evolving North Texas.

Anyone who would like to attend is welcome, and registration information can be found HERE.

Thank You NTC Members | July 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our new and renewing members from the month of July.

Bear Transportation Services

Berger Engineering

Cedar Hill Economic Development

Citadel Partners

City of Lake Worth

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Ebby Halliday

Gorrondona and Associates, Inc.

Paragon Relocation

Rangers Baseball, LLC


Southern Methodist University

Tarrant Regional Water District


Thank you for your continued support!