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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.

Next event

Thursday, January 29, 2015
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
NOAHs of Richardson
2251 N. Greenville Ave, Richardson 75082


"The economic engine that is DFW International"

Featuring Sean Donohue, President, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport




About the Program

Since it opened in 1974 there probably has been no greater economic engine for North Texas than the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Supporting 143,000 area jobs with a payroll of $9.4 billion, the world‘s fourth largest airport pumps $31.6 billion into the region’s economy annually. Find out the latest information about the airport from facility renovations to the increase in international travel and how it will affect our community in 2015.


2015 Theme
Richardson 2015: today, tomorrow and beyond


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

April 2

May 27:  co-hosting with Growth & Mobility

June:  co-hosting with Public Policy

Sept 16:  co-hosting with Growth & Mobility
Oct 1

*Dates are subject to change

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, Vice President, Employee Benefits, Sleeper Sewell Insurance Services

Signature Steering Committee Members

Jeanne Hooker, Former Chairman of Board

Adam Keller, Atlas Wealth Advisors

Brad Lipton, Vice President, Maverick Commercial Real Estate

Greg Mechler, The Human Advantage

Ben Patterson, Patterson & Associates Insurance Company

Bonnie Perry, Richardson Local Proud

Ron Taylor, Former Chairman of Board

Sandee Treptow, Reliant an NRG company


Previous programs

Books to business: Connecting education to industry - Oct 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, 2013
Featuring Clint Bruce, founder and president, Trident and former Navy Seal 

"Living a Life of Legacy and Commitment" - Feb. 7, 2013

Featuring Chad Hennings, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt ll pilot, and Dallas Cowboy, commitment expert



"The Benefits of Corporate and Community Engagement" - Dec. 13, 2012

Featuring Rich Templeton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments, and 2012 chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas



“Banks and Businesses: Navigating 2013 Together” - Oct. 11, 2012

Featuring Richard W. Holt, market president for Bank of America in Dallas, Norman Bagwell, chief executive officer for Bank of Texas, and Gary Mulhollen, president and CEO of Vision Bank-Texas


"The Best Sports Stories You've Never Heard" - July 12, 2012

Featuring Norm Hitzges, talk show host on "The Ticket" a weekday

show on Sports Radio 1310 am


Tribute to retiring City Manager Bill Keffer - May 3, 2012

included former Mayor John Murphy, former Richardson Chief of Police Larry Zacharias, former Mayor and Judge Ray Noah, friend Tom Clifford and brother-in-law Barry Bondurant.



"Leading Through Turbulence"  Feb. 1, 2012

Featuring Dan Garton, president & CEO, American Eagle Airlines


Women In Leadership in partnership with Signature Luncheon Series - December 2011

"How Passion and Compassion have Shaped the Dallas Cowboys"
Featuring Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys VP & Chairman of Salvation Army National Advisory Board

Dallas Cowboys VP & Chairman of Salvation Army National Advisory Board Charlotte Jones Anderson used her experiences with the Dallas Cowboys and her support of the Salvation Army to explain the ways passion and leadership enriches lives.



"Tier One and Why it Matters"  Oct. 12, 2011 

Texas House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch and UT Dallas President David Daniel talk about the Tier One movement and what it means for Richardson and the North Texas area.



July 21, 2011 -  Regional Mayors Panel Discussion

Mayors panel featuring Phil Dyer, mayor of Plano; Todd Meier, mayor of Addison; Bob Townsend, mayor of Richardson with moderator Chris Luna, MetroPCS



Video  (sponsored by Visionality Versatile Videoconferencing)


May 12, 2011 John McCaa

John McCaa, WFAA News anchor for the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. He has a unique window to watch world and local events. John brought his unique perspective on the broadcast news industry and the events that affect North Texas