Via: D Magazine

By: Kelsey Vanderschoot

The region welcomed many new business leaders who will help guide the future of North Texas as one of the largest and most impactful business hubs in the nation.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Lorie Logan, President and Chief Executive Officer

Lorie Logan

Lorie Logan took over as leader of the Dallas Fed in August, where she oversees 1200 employees and represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee. She succeeds former leader Rob Kaplan, who served as president and CEO for six years before announcing plans to retire in 2021. Logan came to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from its sister organization in New York, where she served as EVP. She was also the manager of the Federal Reserve System’s open market account, overseeing a $9 trillion securities portfolio and implementing monetary policy. She originally joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1999 as a financial analyst.

EDUCATION: Columbia University (MPA), Davidson College (B.A.)

Match Group

Bernard KimChief Executive Officer

Bernard Kim

Former president of video game development company Zynga, Bernard Kim, succeeded Shar Dubey as CEO at Match beginning in May. Kim had led Zynga since 2016, guiding it to record annual performance in 2021. During the past six years, he helped the company quadruple its market cap, which led to an acquisition by New York-based video game holding company Take-Two for $12.7 billion. Prior to Zynga, Kim served as senior vice president of mobile publishing for Electronic Arts.

EDUCATION: Boston College (B.A.)

Hilti North America

Mike McGowan, Region Head and Chief Executive Officer

Mike McGowan

Mike McGowan was promoted from senior vice president and general manager of the Hilti North America East Market Organization, took over leadership of the power tools giant, after longtime leader Martina McIsaac resigned. McGowan also serves on the Hilti Group Executive Management Team. McGowan joined Hilti in 1988 as a store sales associate and was regularly promoted to positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing before taking the top spot for Hilti’s eastern United States business in 2002.

EDUCATION: University fo Maryland (MBA), Towson University (B.S.)

Texas Women’s Foundation

Michelynn “Miki” Woodard, President and Chief Executive Officer

Miki Woodard

Michelynn “Miki” Woodard succeeded Rosyln Dawson Thompson as leader of one of the largest women’s funds in the world in February. Woodard previously served as president of social impact, diversity, inclusion and culture for Los Angeles-based film company Bad Robot Productions and senior advisor of the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation. She has also previously led the Dr. Phil Foundation and was vice president of philanthropy at J.C. Penney for nearly two years.

Education: Hampton University (B.A.)

Bank of Texas

Mark Wade, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Wade

Mark Wade took the lead of Bank of Texas at the start of 2022. Previous CEO Norm Bagwell guided the bank for more than 15 years and transitioned into a new, part-time role. Wade joined Bank of Texas in 2001, most recently serving as executive director for the company’s commercial banking division. In his new role, he leads the company’s growth and strategy and is responsible for commercial banking, commercial finance, and equipment leasing. Before joining Bank of Texas, he worked for Chase Bank and Bank of America.

EDUCATION: The University of Texas at Austin (BBA)

AMN Healthcare

Cary Grace, President and Chief Executive Officer

Cary Grace

Cary Grace is the former CEO of global retirement, investment and human capital at Aon, a $2 billion annual revenue business that provides risk management, retirement, health and human capital consulting services with more than 10,000 employees, serving 10,000 clients. In addition, she led Aon’s enterprise client management and oversaw the integration of all acquisitions for the company. She succeeds Susan Salka, who announced her retirement from massive healthcare staffing firm AMN earlier in 2022.

EDUCATION: Northwestern University (MBA), Georgetown University (B.A.)


Michele Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer

Michele Wheeler

Real estate development company Jackson-Shaw promoted Michele Wheeler from president and COO to CEO. Wheeler joined the company in 2005 and has held previous roles in finance, development, and management at Jackson-Shaw. She has also taken an active role in industry leadership, serving in the past as president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals and chair of North-Texas based The Real Estate Council—the first woman to ever hold the title. This year marks Jackson-Shaw’s 50th year in business.

EDUCATION: Stephen F. Austin University (BBA)

JPS Health Network

Karen Duncan, President and Chief Executive Officer

Karen Duncan

Karen Duncan took the helm of Fort Worth public health system JPS Network at the start of 2022 following former leader Robert Earley’s retirement. Duncan previously served as COO and has worked with JPS for more than five years. Prior to her work at JPS, Duncan was interim chief operating officer, hospital based services for Cook County Hospital Systems.

EDUCATION: Emory University (M.D.), Georgia State University (EMBA), Smith College (B.A.)

Dallas College

Justin Lonon, Chancellor

Justin Lonon

Justin Lonon was named the eighth chancellor of Dallas College, where he previously led efforts to re-name the system’s seven community college campuses across Dallas County under one, Dallas College, moniker. Lonon has previously served as executive vice chancellor, interim president, vice chancellor, and several more leadership roles with Dallas College prior to his promotion. As chancellor, he leads 125,000 students and oversees $204 million in economic impact.

EDUCATION: University of Maryland Global Campus (PhD), University of North Texas (MPA), Missouri State University (B.S.)

AT&T Performing Arts Center

Warren Tranquada, President and CEO

Warren Tranquada

Warren Tranquada succeeded Debbie Storey as leader of Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center in July. He previously served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where he had worked since 2009. There, he played a critical role in finance, ticketing, strategic planning, real estate development, new business development, fundraising, arts education planning, organizational governance, and more.

EDUCATION: Harvard University (MBA), McGill University (B.Comm)

Greyhound Lines

Kadir “Kai” Boysan, Chief Executive Officer

Kai Boysan

After acquiring Dallas-based Greyhound in 2021, Flix North America named Kadir “Kai” Boysan CEO of the transportation company after 15-year Greyhound leader Dave Leach announced his retirement in June. Leach is serving as a strategic adviser until the close of 2022. Boysan has worked with Flix since the company acquired Kamil Koç in 2019, bringing experience from leading the brand’s operations in Türkiye.

EDUCATION: Yale University (M.A.), Imperial College London (MBA), London School of Economicas and Political Science (MSc), Middle East Technical University (BSc)


Nathan LofticeChief Executive Officer

Nathan Loftice

EarthX founder and real estate leader Trammell Crow has promoted Nathan Loftice from executive vice president of sustainability events and services to lead the nonprofit environmental organization as CEO. Prior to formally joining EarthX in February, Loftice had long served as an advisory and volunteer to the organization. He previously worked as director of business sustainability, planning, and permitting with Berkshire Hathaway’s BNSF for seven years. Prior to that, he served as worldwide leader of environmental affairs and sustainability and senior manager of global supply chains for FedEx, guiding the company’s sustainable supply chains and advising on sustainable business operations strategy. He took the helm at EarthX in September.

EDUCATION: The University of Texas at Austin (B.S.)

Lennox International

Alok Maskara, Chief Executive Officer

Succeeding Todd Bluedorn, Alok Maskara took the helm of HVAC company Lennox in May. Maskara was previously CEO of Luxfer Holdings, an advanced materials company. He spearheaded the profit growth. Prior to Luxfer, Maskara served as president of several global business units at Pentair, a water treatment company. He has also held leadership roles at General Electric Corp. and McKinsey & Co.

EDUCATION: University of New Mexico (M.S.), Indian Institute of Technology (B.Tech)