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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.

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