Signature Event Series




This quarterly luncheon series features prominent corporate leaders from around the Metroplex who bring their stories of success in business to the membership.

2015 Theme
Richardson 2015: today, tomorrow and beyond


January 29 - Sean Donohue, CEO, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

April 2: Panel with Mabrie Jackson, CEO, North Texas Commission; Bill Guthrey, SVP, KDC Real Estate Development; Bill Sproull, CEO, Richardson Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Richardson Mayor, Laura Maczka

July 23: Bob Young, Managing Director, Brokerage, The Weitzman Group; Kirk Hemansen, Founder/Principal, Hermansen Land Development

Oct 1: Ask the 'C' Suite

*Dates are subject to change

Next event

Date: Thursday, July 23
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
NOAHs of Richardson
2251 N. Greenville Ave, Richardson 75082

"Richardson's retail evolution: The inside story"

Bob Young, Managing Director, Brokerage, The Weitzman Group
   Richardson project: owner of Dal-Rich Towne Square (SE corner of Coit / W. Belt Line)

Kirk Hemansen, Founder/Principal, Hermansen Land Development
Richardson project: developer of Richardson Restaurant Park, the former Continental Inn (S. Central Expressway)

David Sacher, Founding partner, Shop Companies Inc.
  Richardson projects: purchase and redevelopment of the former Luby's and Canyon Creek Shopping Center on W. Campbell, leases Eastside

Jason Claunch, Founder / Principal, Catalyst Commercial
  Retail consultant working with the REDP on the redevelopment corridors, primarily SCX, Belt Line/Plano Rd. Coit Rd Corridor, Campbell Rd Corridor, and on specific retail development projects.

About the program

The extraordinary growth in the retail and restaurant business that Richardson is experiencing is a result of many years of work by the Richardson Economic Development Partnership in conjunction with property owners and local developers. Discover why these owner/developers chose Richardson, the opportunities and challenges involved in local retail development and see projects that are currently underway in this panel discussion by representatives of the companies who are making the commitment to the future of Richardson’s retail and restaurant sector.   



Signature Committee

Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month, 8-9 am, Richardson Chamber of Commerce Office, 411 Belle Grove Dr. 75080

2015 Signature Steering Committee Tri-Chairs 
Charles Hoffman, President, Insperity
Chris Cantrell, Vice President Branch Sales Manager, Regions Bank
Elizabeth Purdy-Bergin, AMBTX Insurance

Signature Steering Committee Members

Ron Barker, Focal Point Coaching
Jeanne Hooker, Former Chairman of Board
Adam Keller, Atlas Wealth Advisors
Brad Lipton, Vice President, Maverick Commercial Real Estate
Bonnie Perry, Richardson Local Proud
Ron Taylor, Former Chairman of Board
Jeff Thomas, Richardson YMCA
Ginger Tonne, Richardson's Dine Smart
Sandee Treptow, Reliant an NRG company


Previous programs

Theme: 2015: Today, tomorrow and beyond

"The regional impact of local development" - April 2
Panelist: Moderated by Richardson Mayor, Laura Maczka, Bill Guthrey, Senior Vice President, KDC Real Estate Development, Mabrie Jackson, CEO-President, North Texas Commission and Bill Sproull, CEO-President, Richardson Chamber of Commerce

"The economic engine that is DFW international"- January 29
Featuring: Sean Donohue, President, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

"Retail and Restaurants: Making the commitment to Richardson's future"- July 23


Theme: Economic outlook for 2014 and beyond 

Books to business: Connecting education to industry - October 9
Richard Matkin, Plano ISD superintendent, Kay Waggoner, Richardson ISD superintendent, and moderator Chris Coxon, Chief programs officer with Educate Texas


How the future of energy will affect the future of Texas - July 10
Greg Fasullo, EnTouch Controls; Elizabeth Killinger, Reliant; Rusty Speed, Axium Solar and moderated by Dennis McCuistion, TV host


Protect yourself, your business and your family from wrongdoing in a tough world? - May 1
Featuring, Dave Lieber, columnist, Dallas Morning News


Economic Outlook - February 6
Featuring Rober Dye, chief economist for Comerica Bank


Mayors Forum: A New Perspective on Key Issues - October 24
Featuring Mayor Douglas Athas, City of Garland, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, City of Plano and Mayor Laura Maczka, City of Richardson.


The exclusive story behind the George W. Bush Library - July 25
Featuring Alan C. Lowe, Executive director


 "What Would You Ask a Navy Seal?" - May 23
Featuring Clint Bruce, founder and president, Trident and former Navy Seal 


"Living a Life of Legacy and Commitment" - Feb. 7
Featuring Chad Hennings, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt ll pilot, and Dallas Cowboy, commitment expert


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