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DRC Young Professionals & Leadership Dallas Alumni Name New Board Members & Chair/Chair-elects for 2017
DALLAS – (Apr. 20, 2017) – The Dallas Regional Chamber’s (DRC) leadership development programs, Young Professionals (YP) and Leadership Dallas Alumni Association (LDAA) named new board members for 2017.
The DRC’s Young Professionals is a group for emerging, motivated leaders looking to get involved in the Dallas community, interact with regional leaders and give back in a meaningful way. Julio Perez, Access Services Director at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, will serve as the 2017 Chair of the YP Board. The Young Professionals Board has named Ben Halliday, Associate, Middle Market Banking, Chase, as the 2017 Chair-Elect.
YP also welcomes five new Board Members:
• Arielle Andres, Digital Personalization Analyst, Hilton Worldwide
• Audra Cozart, Development Officer, Children’s Health System of Texas
• Brandon Lewis, Partner, Reid, Collins, Tsai LLP
• Megan Webb, Art Director/Designer, Megan Goad Designs
• Rema Thyagarajan, System Clinical Director or Pharmacy, Baylor Scott & White Health
“The experience and passion that the new 2017 Board Members bring to YP is invaluable. Each new member has demonstrated excellence in leadership in various roles within YP prior to joining the Board, and I look forward to working with each of them” said LaDondra Wilson, Manager of Leadership Programs at the DRC.
The mission of LDAA is to educate the alumni of the Leadership Dallas program about issues facing the greater Dallas community and to encourage them to become active leaders. Vickie Yakunin ’13, Director of Government & Community Affairs at Charter Communications will lead the LDAA Board as the 2017 Chair.
Four new leaders are joining the LDAA Board in 2017:
• Cynthia Mickens-Ross ’99, Director of Community Relations & External Affairs, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
• Forrest Gregg ’13, Real Estate Agent, Allie Beth Allman
• Jennifer Bartkowski ’16, CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
• Sara Chelette ’13, Partner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
For more information on the DRC’s Leadership Programs, visit dallaschamber.org/leadership.
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DALLAS (August 11, 2016) – The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 42nd class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares diverse leaders to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas Region. The program is not a starting point, but rather a professional development opportunity for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders. The individuals selected for Leadership Dallas have already demonstrated a commitment to the serving the community.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 has been selected based on their commitment to the Dallas community as well as their high potential for leadership,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We are proud to welcome these talented, committed individuals into the program, and look forward to working with them so they can contribute even more to helping make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.”
Throughout the ten-month educational program, participants develop their leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and current community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects, and other leadership development activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the community and are challenged to apply their talents towards addressing these issues in the future.
“Leadership Dallas participants are immersed in the history and current affairs of the Dallas Region to identify the challenges we face as a community,” said Kari Nelson, Managing Director of Leadership Programs for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that each Leadership Dallas graduate is able to use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to influence positive change for the Dallas Region.”
Leadership Dallas has graduated more than 1,900 men and women who continue to provide leadership in the region. Many alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current organizations, founded their own businesses, or gone on to a career in public service. Leadership Dallas alumni include former police chiefs, former U.S. Ambassadors, and elected officials at the city, state, and national levels.
The members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 are:
Patty Arellano, Texas Instruments
Blake Barfield, HollyFrontier Corporation
Keith Berry, Hazel’s Hot Shot
Eric Boon, Tenet Healthcare
Stacy Bowers, BBVA Compass Bank
Kelly Chen, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Nate Christensen, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Justin Coppedge, Dallas ISD
Grace Daniels, Oncor Electric Delivery
Travis Dent, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Sagar Desai, The Commit! Partnership
Deborah Diercks, UT Southwestern
Lacy Durham, Deloitte
Allison Eidson, ORIX USA
Isaac Faz, Dallas County Community College District
Jessica Filante, AT&T
Brannon Fitch, BB&T
Dean Galvin, Turner Construction
James Garner, BKD, LLP
Rhonda Green, JPMorgan Chase
Risa Gross, Leland Fikes Foundation
Maureen Gutierrez, Dallas Comprehensive Medical Care
Christina Hanger, Dallas Afterschool
Emily Hargrove, Tacky Box, LLC
Ron Harrison, Wells Fargo
Jeremy Hawpe, Littler Mendelson
McKay Heim, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Lenny Hughes, Halff Associates Inc.
Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, The Trinity Trust Foundation
Doug Lawson, Baylor University Medical Center
Stephanie Lucero, Dallas Can Academies
Marney MacKenna, EY
Tim Maiden, Frost Bank
Shara McClure, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Lori McMahon, Office of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
Jodi McShan, McShan Florist, Inc.
Wendy Messmann, U.S. Trust
Javier Montemayor, Children’s Health
Cassy Nack, Grant Thornton LLP
Brad Nitschke, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Nkem Okafor, Methodist Health System
Stefanie Olson, Axxess
John Pelletier, ESmith Realty
Zachary Porter, Royal Blue Grocery & Viceroy Realty Advisors
Daniel Roby, Austin Street Center
Jason Rodriguez, Dallas ISD Police Department
Albert Rota, Jones Day
Damian Sanders, Department of the Navy
Scot Sanders, JACOBS
Katy Slade, Gables Residential
Liji Thomas, Southwest Airlines
Jennifer Tobin, The Junior League of Dallas, Inc. and Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C.
Jacob Walter, Hillwood Urban
Laura Weis, AECOM
For more Leadership Dallas information visit: www.dallaschamber.org/leadership
About the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 1,200 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.
For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
DALLAS – (June 16, 2016) – The 2016 class of Leadership Dallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership-development program, marked the culmination of its class project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the dedication of the newly renovated Pregnant & Parenting Women with Children (PPWC) program building at Nexus Recovery Center.
The project included a complete refresh of all common living spaces in the PPWC dormitory, built in 1964, including freshly painted walls, new flooring, all-new furniture and appliances, a renovated reception area and artwork throughout. The refresh also included a new children’s playroom, complete with brand-new toys, and a quiet room for nursing and pregnant women.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2016 is honored to support the clients and staff of Nexus Recovery Center by renovating and refreshing this facility,” said Amanda Hartman, 2016 Leadership Dallas graduate and project committee co-chair. “Watching these brave women and their beautiful children walk into the renovated space wide-eyed, pronounce it “home” and settle down, to relax and play as a family, was an incredible experience. We are inspired by them and our community, which embraced this project by providing nearly $175,000 in funds and in-kind donations. As we dedicate this new space today, we are reminded that, with sincere purpose and strength of community, we can truly make a difference in the lives of others.”
Nexus is the only drug-treatment facility in North Texas that provides residential treatment to pregnant and parenting women who need to bring their children into treatment with them. The PPWC program serves women in all stages of pregnancy and allows women ages 18 and older to bring up to three children with them into treatment. Nexus has successfully met the specific needs of women for more than 20 years through addressing a uniquely female problem, providing childcare and prenatal care while pregnant and parenting while simultaneously receiving quality, residential drug treatment.
“These renovations meet a tremendous need and give our clients and – even more importantly ¬– their children a nice, clean, comfortable space that will help them feel good about themselves and the changes they are making to better their lives,” said Becca Crowell, executive director, Nexus Recover Center. “ Leadership Dallas’ selection of and investment in Nexus underscores our important mission to inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female clients, and their families, coping with addition.”
Each year, up to 55 professionals are selected to participate in Leadership Dallas, a 10-month program that promotes positive change for quality of life in the Dallas region. As part of the program, every Leadership Dallas class completes a class project, benefitting the local community.
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ABOUT THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 2,000 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. Connect with us at www.dallaschamber.org.
Nexus Recovery Center is one of the few programs nationally that invites women to bring their children into treatment and the only provider in Texas that accepts newly parenting teen girls and their children into recovery.
The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.
The purpose of Nexus Recovery Center is to empower women and families to break the cycle of addiction. Nexus’ goal is to provide women struggling to overcome addiction with the tools necessary to help them succeed at a new way of life. Nexus has been treating female addicts and alcoholics in the Dallas area for forty-five years.
Nexus programs have evolved over time but have always been designed with the gender-specific needs of recovering females in mind. Nexus has overcome many of the barriers that traditionally excluded women from accessing services. We allow pregnant women and adolescents to enter our programs at any stage of their pregnancy, arrange prenatal care and delivery, allow infants and children to live on campus with their moms, have programs for women of all ages, and offer several levels of care. www.nexusrecovery.org
DALLAS – (May 18, 2016) – Central Japan Railway Co. (JRC) announced Wednesday that it will establish a fully owned subsidiary in Dallas, Texas, to support the high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston.
The firm will station about 20 technical and operations experts in Dallas to work with Texas Central Partners, a Texas company backed by private investors that will build and manage the high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston. Texas Central will purchase the rolling stock and systems from a consortium of equipment manufacturers and JRC will serve as Texas Central’s technology advisors during the completion of the high-speed rail project. According to Texas Central, this project is projected to create 40,000 jobs for Texans during construction. Once operational, this new industry is estimated to employ approximately 1,000 people.
Texas Central Partners plans to begin construction on the rail in late 2017 and will work closely with JRC to localize the firm’s Shinkansen bullet train technology. The project is scheduled for completion in 2021 with the first full year of operations in 2022.
“The Dallas Regional Chamber is thrilled that the Central Japan Railway Co. subsidiary will open its U.S. office in Dallas to provide technical support and critical knowledge transfer on transportation issues as Texas Central Partners continues to work on this important project,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC). “This new train service will drive continued economic growth across Texas, relieve congestion along Interstate 45, and connect our business community with the Houston market in a highly efficient manner.”
“The Shinkansen High-Speed Rail operated by Central Japan Railway (JRC) has five decades of experience and a perfect safety record, which is a major reason JRC was chosen as the technology partner by Texas Central,” said Tim Keith, CEO of Texas Central Partners. “Having this office in Dallas will help ensure that the project will meet all milestones, partnering with Texans in a transformational project for our nation, our state and the region.”
The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that nearly 50,000 Texans travel between the Dallas Region and Houston more than once per week. The high-speed train would connect the state’s two largest metro areas, which have a combined population of 14 million, in less than 90 minutes with a mid-way stop serving the Brazos Valley. The project also creates a new, transformational, and innovative industry in Texas, and this is the first of many expected announcements related to new technology and systems that will be the first of its kind in the United States.
In addition to providing expertise on technical and operational issues relating to the project, having the office located in the United States will help to ensure the project’s timely completion and also support efforts to finalize the project’s regulatory efforts related to technology and safety.
In announcing the establishment of the subsidiary, High-Speed-Railway Technology Consulting Corporation (HTeC), Central Japan Railway President Koei Tsuge remarked, “By establishing the subsidiary company, JRC believes we will be able to support the Texas high-speed rail project by providing as much technical support as possible in a timely manner.”
The announcement by JRC builds upon other recent announcements of Japanese-based companies, such as Toyota and Kubota, selecting the Dallas Region as home to its U.S.-based operations.
“The DRC was pleased to provide support to Central Japan Railway and Texas Central in consideration of a Dallas location. As we build on our recent successes in economic development, we will focus on ways to raise our international profile even further and to create new business opportunities that will benefit the entire Dallas regional economy for generations to come,” said Mr. Petroskey.
In April 2016, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hideaki Ohmura, governor of the Aichi prefecture in Japan, which expressed the shared desire improve ties between Texas and Aichi and to cooperate in areas such as economic exchange, culture, academic endeavors and workforce development.
In the spirit of that MOU, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will lead a business mission trip to Japan in November that will include the Mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth and members from the DRC, the Fort Worth Chamber, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.
ABOUT THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic growth and development in the Dallas Region. Our mission is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. We work with 1,200 member companies to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policy, improving our educational system, attracting the best and brightest workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all in the Dallas Region. The DRC is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, which represent all facets of the Dallas Regional business community. For more information, please contact the DRC at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
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Date: April 12, 2016
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Leadership Dallas Applications Open for the Class of 2017
DALLAS – (April 12, 2016) – The Dallas Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership development program, Leadership Dallas, is now accepting applications for the class of 2017 and offering an information session to prospective applicants.
Since 1975, Leadership Dallas has identified and cultivated diverse leaders who are committed to serving as catalysts for positive change in the Dallas Region. Individuals who are invited to join Leadership Dallas are already influential members of the community. Each year, up to 55 professionals are selected to participate in this 10-month program, which includes a two-day retreat, nine day-long sessions, a community service project, and opportunities to network and explore the region with fellow class members. To learn more about the program, visit www.dallaschamber.org/ld.
“Leadership Dallas plays a key role in developing our future leaders and provides a valuable outlook on the challenges and opportunities that face our community,” said Kari Nelson, Director of the Leadership Dallas program. “I am impressed every year by the motivated and diverse professionals who step up to the plate and apply for this program. Our alumni continue to positively impact the region, and I am confident the Class of 2017 will be another strong group of emerging leaders.”
An optional information session is offered for prospective applicants to ask questions, hear specific requirements for the program, and learn how to apply.
“If you are interested in Leadership Dallas, the best way to learn more about the program is to attend the upcoming information session where alumni will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice on the application process,” said Monica Egert Smith, the 2016 Leadership Dallas Alumni Association Chair.
Register to attend the information session at www.dallaschamber.org/events.
April 26, 2016
5:00 – 6:30 PM at Axxess
Applications for the Class of 2017 are due by 5:00 PM on May 13, 2016.
To learn more about the Leadership Dallas application process, visit us at www.dallaschamber.org/leadershipdallas/apply.
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ABOUT THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 2,000 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. Connect with us at www.dallaschamber.org
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