Parker County Today May 2017 - Page 10

less companies fulfill their real estate needs. Among them: Weatherford ISD, Texas Bank, Plains Capital Bank, Legacy Texas Bank, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Parker County 43 rd District Court and 415 th District Court and the Parker County Hospital District. Jim is also often chosen to assist numerous trust officers from various institutions, as well as attorneys for corporations and individual trust accounts. While business has always been brisk for Jim, he finds time and energy for things he truly believes to be important, like attending services at First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, attending functions for the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, Weatherford Noon Lions Club and Weatherford Industrial Development Corporation.  Jim is also a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  Larry Fowler Law Enforcement Hero Award With Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler as their top cop, most Parker County residents feel a little safer and tend to sleep a little better at night.  A world-class peace officer, the sheriff grew up in Parker County but graduated from Washington, D.C.’s, Federal Law Enforcement Academy in 1971 and became an inspector with the U.S. Marshal Service immediately. He was with the feds until 1995 when he became director of Parker County’s Crime Commission. He then took on the role of Chief Deputy at the Sheriff’s Office. In 1999, Fowler claimed the Assistant Warden position with CCA and in 2005, he ran for Parker County Sheriff and won. Besides being Parker County’s toughest lawman, he heads up the county’s most successful Bed & Breakfast. He’s tough, compassionate, he never backs down when there’s a desperado to apprehend or a good cause to fight for.  Zan Prince Community Leadership Award Zan Prince is well known for her business and political savvy as well as for being gracious and charitable. She chairs the Parker County Republican Party and has since 2004, is a charter member of the Bush Legacy Republican Women, served on the boards of five community banks including First National Bank of Weatherford, where she has a strong impact on the hometown feel that the bank is famous for. She has been an agent and registered representative for New York Life since 1988. Among her many civic projects, Prince has served on the boards of Texas Bankers Association, The Parker County Health Foundation, Zonta and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. She is also something of a fashion icon in Parker County and is well-known as much for her graciousness as for her wisdom, in the areas of politics and business.  8 Drew Springer Wealth Management Award As a financial planner and money manager for 40 years on the square in Weatherford, Springer has helped numerous Parker County residents reach their retirement goals, help children go to college, and achieve a higher standard of living. He has mentored other financial professionals in the community and taught high school students fundamentals of saving and invest- ing. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Springer initiated a fundraising drive in 2004 to facilitate improvements in the Weatherford Animal Shelter.His efforts saved lots of money for Parker County taxpayers, but even better, it saved the lives of countless animals. Jean Bryan Magnificent Marketer Award Jean Bryan has never forgotten what it was like to be a newcom- er in Parker County, more than 50 years ago. So she’s spent most her life since helping new residents and business owners become acclimated to Weatherford, to find the best in the city — the best restaurants, the best shops, the best doctors, and most important- ly, to forge great relationships. Eventually, she went to work in marketing for Weatherford National Bank (now First Financial).  She was a natural. Jean has always said that marketing was all about relationships. Jean has always been kind and friendly with those who were new to the community and it wasn’t really about just bringing customers to the bank, although she was never shy about asking for business. It was about happy people living better and being happy and successful.  The Ric Williamson Charitable Innovator Award Richard F. “Ric” Williamson was the chairman of the Texas Transportation Committee and a former Democrat-turned- Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. As a resident of Weatherford, he represented District 6 from 1985 to 1999. Williamson was elected to the state House as a Democrat in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992.  Williamson served on the Texas House/Senate Budget Conference Committee, Appropriations Committee (vice chair- man), and the Ways and Means (tax-writing) Committee. He was cited in 1989 and 1991 by Texas Monthly magazine as among the “Ten Best Legislators” in the state. In 1997, the Dallas Morning News named him the “Best of the 75th Legislative Session.” The Texas Chamber of Commerce gave Williamson its “Leadership Award” in 1992. In 2001, Gov. Rick Perry, Williamson’s former legisla- tive colleague and roommate, appointed Williamson to the Transportation Commission; three years later on Jan. 29, 2004, he was named chairman of the five-member panel which regu- lates transportation policies. Shelly Mowery Courageous Cowgirl Award Shelly Burmeister Mowery is truly the all-round great cowgirl. She has been seen by millions and is considered one of the top equine television broadcasters in the nation, perhaps the world. She’s been in the business for 28 years working for every major network in the U.S. and Canada. But that’s not the extent of her work with horses. She and husband Rick Mowery own one of the top-rated cutting-horse ranches in Parker County, where they raise and train extraordinary cutting horses. In 1990, she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Mary Martin Performing Arts Award  Mary Martin was a famous star of stage and screen, but around here folks think of her first as a favorite famous native of Weatherford. The daughter of an attorney and a violin teacher, Mary began taking voice lessons while still in elementary school. Her performance at a club in Los Angeles impressed a theatrical producer, and he cast her in a play in New York. That produc- tion did not open, but she managed to land a role in Cole Porter’s Leave It To Me. In that production, she be came popular on Broadway and was propelled to instant fame by singing, My Heart Belongs to Daddy.