President’s letter What Moves Us in North Texas I n the past, regions built on a cornerstone of logistics and distribution relied heavily on water; either an ocean or a large, navigable river. In North Texas, the air is our sea, and the vast network of our highways is our rivers. It is because of this and a diverse and well-educated workforce that North Texas has risen to become one of the top inland ports in the United States. Our logistics infrastructure is anchored by DFW International Airport. This airport is routinely ranked as one of the world’s best in terms of operations and customer service. And, with our center-of-the-U.S. geographic location, destinations on both coasts and internationally are easily accessible. We succeed in logistics because of our highway network. As the crossroads of I-35, I-45 and I-20, along with several robust Texas highways, North Texas enables trucks to easily move goods from east to south, and north to west. Our logistics success also lies in the miles of Class I train tracks traversing the region. With BNSF Railway headquartered in Fort Worth along with a strong presence of Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern throughout the region, commerce moves through the heart of North Texas. Let’s not forget that for some people, logistics is more than the movement of goods; it’s the movement of life-saving organs. There is no more precious cargo than a grandfather’s heart. And, of course, we don’t just move the goods; we make them, too. Innovation is key in North Texas through groups such as Dallas Makerspace and Tarrant Makers in Fort Worth. In this issue of NTX Magazine, our goal is to share with you what moves us in North Texas. From saving lives to making children smile, logistics is an important part of what moves our region forward. Ensuring your success is what moves North Texas. “The strength of North Texas’s innovation lies within our people.” Mabrie Jackson President and CEO A PROFILE OF THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH REGION President and CEO Writer Mabrie Jackson Rachel Hedstrom Executive Vice President, Development Copyeditor Marcellette Sherman, CFRE Christina Weeks Vice President, Communications Editorial Board Kimberly Walton Creative Manager Dennard, Lacey & Associates Director of Personnel & Accounting Dawn Miller Marketing Events Manager Britton Cunningham Program Manager Chelsea Davis 2 www.ntc-dfw.org Winter/Spring 2015 Chairman, Stephen Tolerico, Sewell Automotive Companies Beth Dattomo, City of Garland Craig Kelly, City of Wylie Rob Lewin, Flowserve Richard Maxwell, Fort Worth Transportation Authority Jason Meyer, Cooksey Communications Darcy Schroer, Frisco Economic Development Corporation Dennis Stanley, Pegasus Logistics Group Robert Sturns, City of Fort Worth Kathy Wilkins, Alliance Operating Services Marianne Wilson, Mach 1 Global NTX Magazine is published in the U.S. by the following: North Texas Commission P.O. Box 610246 DFW Airport, TX 75261 972-621-0400 www.ntc-dfw.org © 2015 North Texas Commission. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher.