Leadership North Texas Graduates Inaugural Class

June 2, 2010

Graduate-Level Leadership Program Aims to Build Regional Stewards

The North Texas Commission announces the graduation of the inaugural Leadership North Texas class.

The class of 27 leaders from throughout the region spent the past nine months learning best practices in regional stewardship and discussing key issues our region faces, including education and workforce, the North Texas economy, sustainable development, healthcare and transportation.

The graduating inaugural class of Leadership North Texas includes:

  • Teresa Adrian, Management Operations Director, City of Irving
  • Kimberly Burks Agoro, CEO, Akiba Holdings, LLC
  • Richard Ashton, CFO, One Prime LP
  • Jodi Beard, General Manager, Fort Worth Marriott Hotels, Texas Western Hospitality
  • Joel Burns, City Councilman, City of Fort Worth
  • Sherry Tucker David, community volunteer in McKinney
  • Fran Eichorst, Vice President, Public Affairs/Regional Site Leader, Fidelity Investments
  • Charlie Florsheim, Associate Attorney, Cantey Hanger
  • Jon Fortune, Assistant City Manager, City of Denton
  • Lura Hammond, Owner, Leadership on the Move
  • Mayor John Harper, City of Rowlett
  • Thomas Haster, Group Manager, Freese & Nichols, Inc.
  • Greg Hirsch, former Mayor Pro Tempore, Town of Addison
  • Scott Jessen, Executive Vice President, Colliers International
  • Lucille Johnson, Assistant to the Executive Director, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Sue Matkin, Assistant Vice President Community Development, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Brett McClung, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
  • David Morgan, Assistant City Manager, City of Richardson
  • Pritesh Patel, President, Pearl Real Estate
  • Terry Preuninger, Director of Economic Development, Oncor Electric Delivery
  • Terri Ricketts, Public Affairs Manager Texas Region, IESI
  • Amy Schultz, Associate Vice President, Communications and Community Relations, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Support Services and Corporate Compliance Officer, Methodist Richardson Medical Center
  • Lissa Smith, City Councilmember, City of Plano
  • Harold Strong, Discovery Park, University of North Texas
  • John Terrell, Vice President, Commercial Development for DFW International Airport and Mayor, City of Southlake
  • Julie Wilson, Vice President, Urban Development, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

"Through Leadership North Texas, we strive to demonstrate how several key issues are more than local or community issues, but regional issues," said Dan S. Petty. "Leadership North Texas is about what can be achieved if everyone is working together to develop solutions."

The program was supported by Chesapeake Energy for its inaugural year.

Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a regional non-profit consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas Region. The Commission is the one and only public-private regional organization committed to enhancing the overall economic vitality and quality of life of North Texas. NTC improves the economy, infrastructure and lifestyle of North Texas by leading and directing regionally cooperative initiatives to accomplish objectives in four primary areas: transportation, aviation, environment and long-range strategies.