CC Newsmakers

Banking & Finance

Rob Bowlby is the president of BB&T’s North Texas Region. He replaces Brant Standridge, who has been named to BB&T’s executive management team. Bowlby has 23 years of commercial banking experience with BB&T, having worked in several locations throughout the bank’s footprint. He started his career in 1992 as a corporate banker in Morgantown, W.Va., and in 2003, he was promoted to regional loan administrator in Winston-Salem, N.C. In 2009, Bowlby was promoted to market president in Miami where he was responsible for the area’s commercial loan portfolio, budget and community involvement.

Standridge has more than 17 years of banking experience, which began when he joined BB&T’s Leadership Development Program. Prior to being named president of the North Texas Region in 2014, Standridge had market president, regional president and state president roles for the community bank in Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., and Atlanta, Ga.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas appointed Mary Jo A. Polidore as vice president of the communications and outreach department. Polidore will oversee the bank’s corporate communications and public outreach functions, which support economic growth and increased understanding of the economy and role of the Federal Reserve.

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Polidore’s experience in communications and marketing spans several business sectors, including aerospace and defense, industrial manufacturing and finance, and small business.

Previously, she was vice president of corporate communications for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. She also served for more than 15 years in a variety of senior management positions in communications and public affairs with four of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s major businesses, including its Fort Worth and Grand Prairie operations. In addition, she managed communications for Cooper Industries Crouse-Hinds division. She has led her teams in award-winning programs earning International Business Awards, American Business Awards and various public relations awards.

Boards & Organizations

New officers for the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas for 2016-2017 are: President Rhys Best, chairman of MRC Global and Austin Industries and board member for Cabot Oil and Gas, Commercial Metals Co. and Trinity Industries; Vice President/Vice Chairman Maribess Miller, board member for Zix Corp., Midmark Corp. and Triumph Bancorp; Treasurer Max Carrier, managing partner of KPMG’s Southwest Area audit practice; and Secretary Todd Murray, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. New board members include Lou Grabowsky, Juniper Capital Management; Craig Jimenez, Eco Centri LLC; Yon Jorden, Maxwell Technologies and Methodist Health Systems Dallas; Pat Priest, Dallas Regional Chamber; and Jim Skinner, Neiman Marcus.

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Suzanne Sears is now leading Texas Woman’s University’s libraries in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Sears, who was a key player in developing strategic plans for the University of North Texas library system, will expand the libraries’ community outreach and guide the strategic planning to meet the research and teaching needs of the university’s libraries system at all three TWU campuses. Sears brings more than 30 years of experience leading innovative projects in large library settings. She comes to TWU following nine years at the University of North Texas, where she most recently served as associate dean for public services. She also was a member of the Dean’s Council for the UNT Libraries. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Health Care

Natalie A. Wilkins joined Cook Children’s Health Care System in the newly created position of chief of staff. Wilkins comes to Cook Children’s from North Texas Specialty Physicians where she most recently served as administrative director of clinical programs. She joined the group in 2011 as director of accountable care operations before leading the funding, testing, operating and sustaining of health innovations focused on advanced illness strategies. She also previously served as director of system leadership and hospital operations at Baylor Scott & White in Dallas from 2009-2011.

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Honors & Awards

Dennis Mayhall, owner of 46 Domino’s stores in Fort Worth and surrounding areas, and co-owner of 213 Domino’s stores located throughout the U.S., was awarded the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence. This is Mayhall’s fourth Gold Franny Award.

Kevin Miles, CEO of Zoe’s Kitchen Inc., was honored with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Retail Award for the Southwest Region. The award is in recognition of his commitment to excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to the company and communities. Under his leadership, the brand has accelerated its development, growing from 20 restaurants in 2009 to more than 180 locations across 19 states.

Several Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals earned a “Mother-Friendly Worksite” designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services, meaning employees are provided the time, space and support to maintain breastfeeding after returning to work. Facilities with the designation include: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas; Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth; Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart Vascular Hospital; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Waxahachie; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Carrollton; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-McKinney; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Frisco; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Garland; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-College Station; and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-White Rock.


Trial attorney Jennifer Edgeworth joined Macdonald Devin PC as a shareholder. Her practice focuses on construction defect, employment law, environmental law, general business law, contract drafting and negotiation, premises liability, product liability, professional liability, and toxic torts. She has served as the lead Texas chairperson for Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, is a past president of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, was a barrister for the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, and currently serves on the board for the Collin County Women Lawyers Association.

Edgeworth is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Plano, Class 33, and serves on the board for the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano. She is a sustainer of Junior League of Collin County, was a longtime member of Junior League of Dallas, served on the board for Our Friends Place, and served on the alumni board for Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. Edgeworth is certified in environmental risk management by Texas State University.

Law Enforcement

McKinney Police Assistant Chief Joe Ellenburg was one of the 213 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.

Nonprofit Organizations

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star appointed Bill Chinn as its new Dallas president. Chinn spent 20 years at GameStop Corp., ascending to the position of senior vice president, retail, where he was responsible for more than 5,000 store locations. He also was instrumental in GameStop’s growth from 400 to more than 5,000 stores, and its progress from a private to a public company. Chinn became a successful entrepreneur as managing partner of Ricardian Capital and Atlanta Neighborhood Redevelopment Group. He has served as vice president for DFW Retail Executives Association and a member of its board, and as executive chairman of the Boy Scouts Board of Directors-Southlake. In 2015 Chinn was honored as Volunteer of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Huawei appoints David He as president of Enterprise US

Longtime Huawei Enterprise US executive David He has been named the new president of the company’s United States headquarters in Plano.

In his new role, He will oversee the Enterprise Business Group’s American operations, including sales, partners, marketing and service activities, and will coordinate sales and marketing campaigns with Huawei headquarters in China.

Since joining Huawei in 1998, He has served in a variety of executive roles at the company. Prior to this appointment, He served as president of marketing and solution sales for Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group, where he was responsible for the global marketing strategy and pre-sales activities. Before that, He was the president of Huawei Enterprise’s Global Solutions Sales, director of technical sales in China and Asia Pacific, and supervised the company’s global IT network solution sales.

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private global information and communications technology company fully owned by its 170,000 employees worldwide.