Newsmakers: Worthington adds to board of directors


Worthington National Bank appointed F. Howard Walsh III, president of Walsh & Walsh Inc., and Nick Wanzor, a certified public accountant and managing partner of Hartman Wanzor LLP, to its board of directors.

Walsh graduated from Yale University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He returned to Fort Worth in 1999 to work with Walsh family interests. He also presides over Walsh Oil Interests, which has drilled and developed oil and gas properties in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, the Mid-Continent region and Galveston Bay, among others. He is an officer and trustee of The Walsh Foundation, serves on Texas Christian University’s board of trustees and is involved in the Walsh development.

Wanzor began his professional career with KPMG International, but later moved to a regional CPA firm before establishing his own company in 2014 with longtime Fort Worth CPA Frank Hartman. Hartman Wanzor LLP is a Fort Worth-based boutique accounting and consulting firm.

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The National League of Cities (NLC) has created a national task force to address how communities can better respond to the growing challenge of housing availability, affordability, investment and quality. Texas members of the committee are Arlington city Councilmember Lana Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

The housing task force is being created under the leadership of NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, and will be chaired by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser.


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Professor Lisa T. Alexander of the Texas A&M University School of Law is among 21 recipients of the second annual Presidential Impact Fellows award. The award is given to faculty members in the Texas A&M system who embrace challenges, commit to core values and embody the “can-do” spirit of Texas Aggies in service through education. Each award recipient is selected by his/her dean and confirmed by academic leadership.

Alexander is a legal expert in housing and urban community development, business and social entrepreneurship, local government and property law. She plans to use the award to complete law review articles and her first book.

She has a joint appointment with Texas A&M University’s department of landscape architecture and urban planning, and she is the co-founder and co-director of the law school’s real estate and community development law program.

She has been invited by the Citizen Homeless Commission of Dallas and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers to present her current research on tiny homes to ameliorate homelessness.

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Alexander is an affiliate of Texas A&M University’s Center on Housing and Urban Development and the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty.

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Dabney Bassel to the Second Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on Dec. 31. Bassel is an attorney in private practice and is board-certified in civil appellate law. He is member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar College, American Inns of Court and the Federalist Society and life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member and past president of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court and a member and past vice president of the Tarrant County Bar Association. Bassel received a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity University and a law degree from Baylor University School of Law.

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