North Texas Commission Appoints 2018 Executive Committee and Board of Directors


The North Texas Commission announced the election and appointment of its new officers, Executive Committee and Directors to its Board. Chuck Allen, managing director of government relations, American Airlines, will serve as the 2018 chairman of the North Texas Commission. Stephen Tolerico, chief information officer, Sewell Automotive Companies, moves into the immediate past chairman role. Scott Orr, vice president public affairs for Fidelity Investments, was elected as vice chairman. Kevin Ward, general manager, Trinity River Authority, continues his role as secretary, Dan Johnson, city manager, City of Richardson, will continue his role as treasurer, and Hal Thorne, OnePrime, will serve as general counsel. Karen Hunt, market president for Coppell for Frost Bank and Mayor of Coppell, and Rosa Navejar, president, The Rios Group, were elected to the Executive Committee.

The following directors will remain on the Executive Committee for 2018:

Mayor Douglas Athas, City of Garland
Liz Beauchamp, vice president, governmental and public affairs, Atmos Energy
Councilman Rick Callahan, City of Dallas
Andrew Johnsen, vice president, BNSF Railway Company
Dr. Joe May, chancellor, Dallas County Community College District

Gray Mayes, director, government relations, Texas Instruments
Bob Pence, chairman of the board, Freese and Nichols
Holly Reed, managing director external affairs, Texas Central
David Tesmer, senior vice president, community engagement and advocacy, Texas Health Resources.

Newly appointed board members are:

Dave Brown, American Airlines Center
Beth Bowman, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Charles Carpenter, Denton Chamber of Commerce
Randy Canivel, Midwestern State University
Mayor Jeff Cheney, City of Frisco
Chris Coffman, City of Granbury
Dr. Laura DeFina, The Cooper Institute
Mayor Kevin Falconer, City of Carrollton
Judy Gaman, Executive Medicine of Texas
Dr. Walter Gaman, Healthcare Associates of Texas
Eugene Giovanni, Tarrant County College
David Gu, Sharp Business Systems
Mayor Bob Golden, Leadership North Texas Alumni
Mayor Tom Hayden, Town of Flower Mound
Lisa Hermes, McKinney Chamber of Commerce

Michael Jacobson, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Ken Malcolmson, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Robert McCarrick, Capital One
Aimee Novak, Verizon
Dale Petroskey, Dallas Regional Chamber
Fred Slabach, Texas Wesleyan University
Walter Skipwith, Halff Associates
Mayor William Tate, City of Grapevine
Robbie Tawil, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
Laura Terhune, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce
Bill Thornton, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Carlton Tidwell, Terrell Chamber of Commerce
Janet Weil, WorldVentures
Hon. Rita Wright Oujesky, City of North Richland Hills

Additionally, the North Texas Commission Board of Directors approved adding representatives from the region’s minority chambers as ex-officio Board members. Those chambers include:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was also added as an ex-officio Board member.

LNT University Class 3 Applications Now Open


The North Texas Commission opened applications for the third class of Leadership North Texas University (LNT U), a regional leadership program targeted at millennials in the North Texas workforce. Applications will remain open until December 1, 2017.

Leadership North Texas University gives all participants the knowledge and resources they need to plan for the exponential growth of North Texas. Throughout the program, these young professionals will sit down with regional executives and elected officials to discuss the future of our region and the issues we are currently facing. Don’t miss the opportunity to become an ambassador for your peers and an informed leader in the workplace.




Leadership North Texas University (LNT U) is a four-month leadership program for young professionals aimed at recruiting, educating and developing the future leaders of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Because of the regional nature of North Texas, it is imperative to have local leaders who are committed to civic engagement and collaboration, and are educated on our region’s complexities.

Participants will learn best practices in regional stewardship and challenges relevant to the region as well as participate in the development of appropriate strategies for Millennial involvement in the North Texas community.


LNT U is for eligible Millennials in the workforce under the age of 35 who demonstrate a passion for North Texas.


LNT U is a four-month program launching with an overnight retreat January 18, 2018, program days February 16 and March 22, and graduating April 20, 2018. Applications are open and accepted through December 1, 2017.

The LNT U opening retreat and program days will be held across North Texas. Locations and program details will be shared with attendees.


LNT U creates a hub of Millennial ambassadors who share their new knowledge with peers and give a voice to their generation when discussing North Texas issues.

The program days are focused on key areas impacting the future and vitality of North Texas: leadership, education and infrastructure. Each day provides a mix of professional development with a deep dive into regional topics such as demographics, infrastructure and sustainability.

All participants will walk away with invaluable information on our region’s future along with a new network of young leaders. They will build a strong bond and work as a team to engage their generation in today’s regional issues.


The cost for each student to go through the program is $1,500. The tuition covers all costs associated with the student’s participation. A limited number of scholarships will be available to students that request financial aid.


After all applications have been submitted (click here to apply), a selection committee will choose the group of participants they believe best fit the program. The selection committee will also decide which students are awarded scholarships based on financial assistance requests.

To apply for LNT U Class 3, click here.

For more information regarding LNT U or any other NTC programs, please contact Kimberly Walton at

New and Renewing Members September 2017

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Welcome new NTC partners!

Capital One

Thank you to the following for renewing your partnership with the North Texas Commission!


Alliance Operating Services
Dallas Cowboys Football Club

Sawko & Burroughs, PC
West & Associates

For more information on becoming a partner of the North Texas Commission or questions about your current membership level, please contact Amber Zuckerman.

New and Renewing Members August 2017

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Welcome new NTC partners!

Pacheco Koch
Town of Flower Mound

Thank you to the following for renewing your partnership with the North Texas Commission!


Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Carrington Coleman
Cedar Hill Economic Development
City of Coppell
City of Euless
City of Irving
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Fidelity Investments
Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle
Sachse Economic Development Corporation
Tarrant County College
The Rios Group
University of Texas Dallas
Weaver & Tidwell

For more information on becoming a partner of the North Texas Commission or questions about your current membership level, please contact Amber Zuckerman.

Meet Leadership North Texas Class 9

This August, the North Texas Commission welcomes the 9th class of Leadership North Texas, a graduate-level leadership program aimed at recruiting, developing and supporting leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement, to learning, to collaboration, and to the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The 9th class of Leadership North Texas (LNT) will consist of 33 regional leaders from across North Texas, learn best practices in regional stewardship from regions that have successfully addressed regional issues and challenges relevant to the region; and participate in the development of appropriate strategies for North Texas.

Meet LNT Class 9 below:


Judith Allen, President and CEO, Communities In Schools, Dallas Region

Geoff Bailey, Director of Communications, Oncor Electric Delivery

Harper Bateman, Associate Principal, Corgan

Kristina Brevard, VP, Strategic Planning & Development, Denton County Transportation Authority

Jeri Chambers, Junior League of Collin County

Drew Dietrich, Economic Development Manager, Town of Addison

Matt Foster, Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T

Klint Guerry, General Manager, Sewell Automotive Companies

Deborah Helton, Emergency Management Administrator, DFW International Airport

RaDonna Hessel, CEO, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce

JoAnn Jensen, Agent, New York Life

Tammy Korns, Development & Outreach Manager, Plano Public Library

Mike Land, City Manager, City of Coppell

Valerie Landry, General Manager, The Sanford House Inn & Spa

Martin Lujan, Director, Government Relations, UT Arlington

Sean Madison, President, Trinity River Campus, Tarrant County College

Steve Mason, President, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Cedar Hill, MAS-TEK

Wendle Medford, Assistant City Manager, City of Forney

Cory Montfort, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, The Montfort Group

John Mulcahey, Director, State Farm Insurance Companies

Erica Mulder, Vice President, Governmental Relations & Communications, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

Archie Nettles, Jr., Veteran Liaison, The University of Texas at Dallas

Ajith Pai, Professional & Support Services Officer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman

Andrea Russell, VP, Reliant Retail, NRG/Reliant

Jeff Schnick, Editor-in-Chief, Dallas Business Journal

Sushma Sharma, Director, DFW Hospital Council Foundation

Shelli Siemer, Assistant City Manager, City of Allen

Tom Siems, AVP and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Mike Smiddy, Vice President, United Building Maintenance

Charmaine Solomon, Founder & Chairman of the Board, My Possibilities

Steve Stoler, Director of Media Relations, City of Plano

Rona Stringfellow, Assistant City Manager, City of Lancaster

Cordelia Tullous, Managing Director, Step Up


Learn more about Leadership North Texas here. Questions about the program? Email

New and Renewing Members July 2017

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Welcome new NTC partners!

Executive Medicine of Texas
Healthcare Associates of Texas
Midwestern State University

Thank you to the following for renewing your partnership with the North Texas Commission!


American Airlines
City of Farmers Branch
Courtyard & Town Place Suites
Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation
Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
Prosper Economic Development Corp
Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy
University of Texas at Arlington

For more information on becoming a partner of the North Texas Commission or questions about your current membership level, please contact Amber Zuckerman.

New and Renewing Members Update

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Welcome new NTC partners!

Dallas Wings
Guidepost Solutions
North Texas Community Foundation
Sharp Business Systems
Texas Wesleyan University

Thank you to the following for renewing your partnership with the North Texas Commission!

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Atmos Energy Corporation
Bank of America
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
City of Colleyville
City of Grapevine
City of Kaufman
Cooksey Communications
DFW Airport
Four Seasons Resort and Club
Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Greenville Economic Development
Hyatt-Regency DFW
Reliant Energy
Southern Methodist University
Sundance Square
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Texas Christian University
Texas Health Resources
The Beck Group
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
Town of Westlake
Turner Construction Company
Union Pacific Railroad
WGU Texas
Woodbine Development
For more information on becoming a partner of the North Texas Commission or questions about your current membership level, please contact Amber Zuckerman.

2017 Best Places to Work Member Honorees

This week, the Dallas Business Journal recognized the top 101 places to work in North Texas in their annual ranking of the best business to work for. From more than 500 applications, the DBJ narrowed their selections down to this list.

Of the 101 North Texas companies, six North Texas Commission members made it on the list. We’re excited to share this news with our members and supporters, and celebrate the success of our NTC members in their recognition.

Pegasus Logistics Group


The Beck Group

Hyatt Regency DFW



Congratulations to these NTC members on building a better North Texas!

NTX Trends November & December Recap


The North Texas Commission has been moving and shaking throughout November and December. We kicked off our newest program, Leadership North Texas University, an emerging leaders summit for young professionals across the region. NTX Magazine became an award-winning publication, and the production of the next issue is underway with advertising slots filling up quickly. The region also celebrated some big wins with Ex-Im Bank passing in Congress and the thriving regional economy pushing us up the global ladder.

We hope all of you have a safe and relaxing holiday. Thank you to our members’ continued support. Stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.


We know North Texas is an economic force to be reckoned with, and our latest data compilations illustrate how powerful our economy has become. Learn how we stack up against other states and countries HERE. Or, check out our highly read article from the Dallas Business Journal HERE.



Your work has paid off. The Ex-Im Bank was reauthorized on Dec. 4 with a strong bipartisan vote in the House and Senate. American companies once again have crucial tools to compete overseas. Get more information on this approval HERE.




Leadership North Texas University celebrated the program completion of its inaugural class. Nearly three dozen young professionals came together to develop leadership skills and learn about the inner-workings of our region. Meet the class and learn about their three-day LNT U journey HERE.




NTX Vol. 4 received an Award of Honor at the Dallas PRSA Awards. Thank you to EVP Marcy Sherman and VP of Comm. Kim Walton for all their hard work! Get the details HERE.





It seems like North Texas is the place to be, and with one person moving here every five minutes, it’s hard to argue with the masses. NTX Vol. 6 will showcase North Texas as a relocation hub for businesses and people alike. Take advantage of this opportunity and advertise in NTX HERE.



thank you


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




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Thank You NTC Members | December 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our renewing members from the month of December.

Renewing members:

City of Denton

DFW International Airport

Pegasus Logistics Group

Thank you for your continued support!