LNT University Class 1 Kicks Off!

The inaugural class of LNT University kicked off December 2, with a rousing morning full of informative sessions about the growing region that is North Texas.

LNT University, the North Texas Commission’s newest program and a branch of the successful graduate-level, regional Leadership North Texas (LNT), targeting millennial age professionals from across the Metroplex. The first class of participants includes employees from DFW International Airport, The North Central Texas Council of Governments, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Huitt-Zollars among many others.


Kimberly Walton leads LNTU Class 1 in the Regional Map activity.

Wednesday morning began with an elevator pitch activity, lead by NTC Marketing Events Manager Britton Cunningham, where participants were able to meet each other. This was followed by a regional map activity led by NTC Vice President of Communications and LNT director, Kimberly Walton.

LNT University Class 1 members were then able to hear about the many assets of North Texas from NTC President and CEO, Mabrie Jackson. Texas State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter discussed the changing demographics of Texas as a whole, in addition to North Texas as a region.

Lastly, Honorable Vicki Truitt, former Texas State Representative, informed participants on the increasing issue of voter apathy, as this is a challenge that hits home with the LNT University demographic – less than 1% of millennials vote in local elections.

LNT University Class 1 members have two more days of leadership development, networking and regional exploration before their graduation on Friday afternoon – stay tuned to see what’s next for our latest batch of regional leaders!

Thank You NTC Members | November 2015

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

Renewing members:

City of Allen

City of Coppell

City of Lancaster

City of North Richland Hills

Sewell Automotive

Texas Instruments Inc.

Town of Highland Park

Trinity River Authority of Texas

Weaver & Tidwell

Thank you for your continued support!

NTX Trends October Recap


The North Texas Commission ended the fiscal year with a bang celebrating 44 years of regional service with Mark Cuban at our Annual Members’ Luncheon, we welcomed our newest class of Leadship North Texas (LNT) and debuted the fifth volume of NTX Magazine. With the new year kicking off, we hit the ground running launching our newest leadership program for young professionals in the workplace, LNT Univeristy, opening advertising for the next issue of NTX Magazine and so much more.

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


We celebrated 44 years with keynote Mark Cuban where we discussed the power of innovation in business and North Texas as a haven for startups. Get the full recap HERE.




Representing North Texas, Rep. Sam Johnson was appointed to a big post in the House, and Ex-Im Bank makes it through the house budget unscathed. Learn more about this week in Washington HERE.





We are kicking off the 2016 fiscal year with our newly appointed Executive Committee and Board including new Chairman Robert Hastings, of Bell Helicopter Textron. Get to know the board HERE.




NTX Vol. 5, North Texas: A Knowledge Destination, is on the shelves and features innovative programs across the region that drive the masses to our region for knowledge and training. Read our newest issue cover to cover HERE.




Leadership North Texas University is a three day intensive leadership summit, aimed to prepare millenials with the knowledge they need on issues and assets our region holds as well as development of key leadership skills. Learn more about LNTU and register for the program HERE.



Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick joined us for the latest luncheon in our To The Point series presented by Fidelity Investments. Get the full recap on Commissioner Craddick’s discussion 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 destination for businesses and people alike.Take advantage of this opportunity and advertise in NTX HERE.




The NTC’s “Millennial-in-Residence,” Britton Cunningham, offers insights into the phenomenon of voter apathy in our latest Topic: North Texas webinar, presented by Verizon. Watch the full recording and view the slides HERE.




Leadership North Texas welcomes 32 leaders  from around the region to LNT Class 7! The class was selected and announced in July. Meet the newest class of regional stewards HERE.




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




Have Something to Add?

We’re here to support North Texas and our members. If there’s a story you would like to add to NTX Trends, please email Kim Walton at Kimberly@ntc-dfw.org.

Thank You NTC Members | October 2015

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

New Members:

Colliers International
City of Forney
WGU Texas

Renewing members:

City of Arlington
Cooksey Communications
DFW Airport Marriott
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Fort Worth Transportation Authority
City of Grapevine
City of Haltom City
City of Highland Village
City of Irving
City of Keller
City of Lewisville
City of McKinney
City of Rowlett
Sawko & Burroughs, PC
Texas A&M University–Commerce
UT Southwestern Medical Center
City of Wylie

Thank you for your continued support!

North Texas Commission Appoints 2016 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. Robert Hastings, executive vice president for Bell Helicopter Textron will serve as the 2016 chairman of the North Texas Commission. Stephen Tolerico, chief marketing officer, Sewell Automotive Companies, will serve as vice chairman. Kevin Ward, general manager, Trinity Water Authority, will become secretary and Gray Mayes, director, government relations, Texas Instruments, moves into the immediate past chairman role. Dan Johnson, city manager, City of Richardson, will continue his role as treasurer, and Hal Thorne, OnePrime, will serve as general counsel.

Newly appointed to the North Texas Commission Executive Committee are: Mayor Doug Athas, City of Garland (Suburban); Cameron Curtis, Turner Construction Company (At-Large); Andrew Johnsen, BNSF Railway (Fort Worth); Mayor Maher Maso, City of Frisco (Suburban); Dr. Joe May, Dallas County Community College (Dallas); Scott Orr, Fidelity Investments (At-Large); and Michelle Riddell, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (Suburban).

The following directors will remain on the Executive Committee for 2016: Chris Felan, Atmos Energy (At-Large); Bob Pence, Freese and Nichols (At-Large); Holly Reed, AT&T (At-Large); David Tesmer, Texas Health Resources (At-Large).

Newly appointed board members are: Baker Ashiwaya, AECOM; Anne Glasscock, Kaufman Chamber of Commerce; Brad Gorrondona, Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.; Karen Green, Ebby Halliday Realtors; Jamee Jolly, Plano Chamber of Commerce; Rob Lewin, FlowServe Corp.; Mindy Manson, City of Wylie; Grace McDermott, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce; Benjamin Rand, Tarrant County College District; Chancellor Veronica Stidvent, WGU Texas; Cliff Wall, Huitt-Zollars; and Shelley Whiddon, Alliance Data.

Maura Gast, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, joined as an Ex-Officio Board member.

To view all the great men and women that serve of the North Texas Commission Board of Directors, Click HERE.

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.


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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