Speaker Date Topic
Four Way Test Speech Contest Mar 11, 2021

The annual Four-Way Test Speech contest is slated for Mar. 11, 2021, at the Rotary Club of Arlington.

Devan Allen, Commissioner Mar 18, 2021
Tarrant County
Tarrant County

Commissioner Devan Allen is a devoted public servant invested in the fight for our community in the areas of transportation, affordable housing, criminal justice, economic development and other critical issues. As a former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) she is dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable health care.

Devan has spent nearly her entire adult life in public service and is known for her passion, her diplomacy and keen ability to get to the root of complex problems to resolve them. She has served on a number of boards, commissions, and with a host of non-profit organizations, including: DRC Community Solutions to End Homelessness, Chair of the Arlington Community Relations Commission, inspirED Advisory Committee, New Leaders Council Advisory Board, Women Inspiring Philanthropy, and is a founding member of BRIDGE Young Professionals. In 2015, Fort Worth CEO Magazine named her one of “20 Women to Watch in Business.” Prior to launching her own bid for County Commissioner, she worked as the District Director in both the Texas Senate and House, served as Campaign Manager for State Representative Chris Turner, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and also served as a Council Aide to a Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem.

She is Founder and Principal of Allen Realty Advisors, a proud UT Arlington Maverick (2010), and resides in Arlington with her husband, Mark, a Commercial Real Estate Broker and Principal of Allen Multifamily Advisors with Colliers International.

Growing up as the youngest child of incarcerated parents and experiencing homelessness at a young age, Devan never conceived that her path would lead to becoming an entrepreneur or an advocate for others. At the heart of her success is her core belief that success is attainable if one is willing to work diligently to achieve it.

Committed to celebrating the uniquely diverse community that is Precinct 2, Devan believes that what matters most, regardless of the issue, is treating people well and valuing their priorities. That is why Devan chooses to lead in a balanced and unifying way in doing her best to serve the greatest number of people in a way that is practical, equitable and sustainable. It is her honor to serve as your County Commissioner.

Paul R. Alexander, Author Mar 25, 2021
Three Minutes For A Dog
Three Minutes For A Dog

Three Minutes For A Dog is the story of Paul's life with Polio and his personal struggle and victory over polio. It is his personal story from childhood to adulthood of his life in an iron lung, as only he can tell it. His voice is unique!

https://www.facebook.com/ThreeMinutesForADog/ 

 

Contrary to popular belief Polio is not extinct. This is the true story of an indomitable spirit afflicted with unimaginable physical and psychological challenges. Paul Alexander's life is a saga that started in 1946 and has been profoundly shaped by the Polio epidemic of the early 1950's. Survivors of the 1950's Polio Epidemic in America are rare. Polio victims, like Paul Alexander, who require the assistance of an "Iron Lung" respirator for their life's breath are even rarer. Paul Alexander has crafted his life against all odds and has a courageous and compelling story to share with us all.

Victims of Polio, their families, friends and communities are struggling to cope with this obscure but still dangerous infectious disease. This book is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit and an affirmation of the need to continue efforts to eradicate the pestilence of Polio from the planet. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53236603-three-minutes-for-a-dog) 

 

Ryan Dodson - Pres., Development & Acquisitions Apr 01, 2021
Downtown Arlington
Downtown Arlington

Ryan Dodson is President of Development & Acquisitions and managing partner of Dodson Commercial Real Estate. His roles include feasibility, entitlement, acquisitions, capitalization, and development management. Ryan began his Real estate career in the early 2000’s developing small residential subdivisions and putting together a variety of value-add investments. He has since grown Dodson into a prominent developer and investor of high quality commercial real estate throughout North Texas. Ryan graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 with a bachelor degree in Journalism & Public Relations.

Ryan is past chair of Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, and currently sits on the executive committee. He served 8 years on the City of Mansfield Planning & Zoning commission, and two years as Vice Chairman. Previously Ryan served for 10 years as a board member of Arlington Children’s Toys, Inc. Recently, Ryan was invited to join the North Texas Chapter of the Urban Land Institutes small scale development forum. Ryan lives in Fort Worth with his wife Jessica and their three children. www.linkedin.com/in/dodsonco

Alex Bryant - Pres., Brokerage Apr 01, 2021
Downtown Arlington
Downtown Arlington

Alex Bryant is President of Brokerage, and a principal at Dodson Commercial Real Estate. Prior to joining Dodson, Alex was President of Bryant Commercial Real Estate where he oversaw brokerage, development, and acquisition activities for the company. Prior to founding Bryant Commercial, Alex served as Vice President at Transwestern, where he focused on corporate user representation, structured finance transactions, and development and was consistently recognized as a “top producer”. Prior to joining Transwestern Alex was a top producer with Grubb & Ellis. He has completed in excess of $400 million in real estate transactions during his career. He is a past member of the Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association (“HOLBA”), and the Downtown Houston Alliance.He currently serves on the Board of Directors for LinkEd, and is a past recipient of the Fort Worth Business Press’s prestigious 40 under 40 award. Mr. Bryant received his BBA in Finance from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Jim Quick Apr 08, 2021
Rotary Peace Fellowships
Rotary Peace Fellowships

James Campbell (Jim) Quick holds the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy at the University of Texas at Arlington and is Professor, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, England. Jim is Director Emeritus, Science Advisory Boeard, Leadership worth following, Irving Texas Dr. Quick is a Fellow of the Lancaster Leadership Center, Lancaster University Management School, UK, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Society of Consulting Psychology (Division 13), and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Quick’s awards include 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award 2016 Professor of the Year Medallion, Beta Gamma Sigma 2013-2014 Distinguished Professional Publication Award 2013 Academy of Distinguished Scholars 2013 Lockheed Martin Aero Award 2011 Piper Professors Award from UT Arlington 2011 Distinguished Professional Publication Award 2010-2011 Faculty Development Leave 2009 University Award for Distinguished Record of Research 2008 Academy of Distinguished Teachers 2007-2008 Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award 2002 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award from APF/APA Division 13 2001 Presidential Citation from American Psychological Association The Legion of Merit from the United States Air Force The Maroon Citation from Colgate University Who's Who in the World (7 th edition) His current research is on character and leadership, the most recent reflected in his award winning article with John Goolsby titled Integrity First: Ethics for Leaders and Followers. This article is the basis for his Goolsby Ethics Seminar available to be downloaded for those interested (see tab). He teaches ethics, leadership, and preventive stress managementTM. Jim C is Vice President of the Clan Campbell Educational Foundation. He served on the DOD's Defense Health Board (2008-2011) for his expertise in prevention and psychological health and well-being. Jim and his wife, the former Sheri Grimes Schember, are members of the Presidents’ Club of Colgate University, the Ashbel Smith Circle and Chancellor's Council of The University of Texas System, the Carlisle Society and 1895 Society at UT Arlington. Jim is past president of the Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club, where he and Sheri are Paul Harris Fellows, and a Ruling Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Arlington. Colonel Quick retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2000 after 25 years of active, commissioned service.

Jeff Whitfield, Partner, Kelly Hart & Hallman Apr 08, 2021
Rotary Peace Fellow
Rotary Peace Fellow

Jeff Whitfield is a partner with Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth, Texas.  He represents individuals and entities facing a wide variety of legal and policy challenges.

Jeff is also a committed community servant.  He is the former Chair of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, which provides free legal services to veterans.  As a Rotary Peace Fellow, he speaks frequently on Rotary’s role in promoting peace here and abroad.

Before entering private practice, Jeff assisted the Prosecutor at the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal, in the Hague, Netherlands with the prosecution of those responsible for the genocide at Srebrenica.  He then served as a law clerk to a federal appeals court judge.

Jeff received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law while also working as a legislative aide to a Texas State Senator.  Before law school, he was a Fulbright Scholar and Rotary Peace Fellow in England.  He is a Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an Air Force Officer on Active Duty.

Jeff and his wife, Shelly, both grew up in the Mid-Cities, and are proud to be raising their son, Knox (seven years old), in the community they love.

Allen Tappe, Founder & Owner, The Tappe Group Apr 15, 2021
The Importance of Connection in A Disconnected World
The Importance of Connection in A Disconnected World

Allen Tappe established The Tappe Group in 1995. Since then, he has served as a professional speaker, trainer, and coach whose mission is to equip people with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve the success they choose to pursue. Tappe continues to be the vision caster and inspiration within the organization.  His style is interactive and listener friendly while his message is challenging and inspiring. Tappe has been featured as the keynote speaker for various conventions and workshops across the country.

Tappe is the creator of Purposed Performance, an operating system for personal performance, growth, and development. The anchor message of Purposed Performance that Tappe consistently teaches to all audiences is that an individual must engage the conflict necessary to move from the bondage of being a victim to the freedom of being a Purposed Performer in order to achieve any real life success. Tappe provides valuable strategy and useful tools to help individuals make that vital choice. Tappe explains the Purposed Performance operating system in his two books, “The Power of Purposed Performance” and “Filling the Void”, along with his industry-specific book, “Selling Real Estate on Purpose”.

Over the years, Tappe has worked with over 40 different industries and professions, addressing challenges ranging from cultural development and communication to sales and customer service. He has worked with a diverse client base that includes doctors and lawyers, as well as teachers and accountants. He has worked with technology specialists, along with corporate executives. His diverse background allows him to relate to people right where they live and work.

Tappe began his professional career as a collegiate tennis champion, then later became a winning collegiate coach. His background includes mortgage banking, counseling and ministry, real estate, sales training and management. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. He has been married to Barbara Tappe for almost 50 years. He is the father of three beautiful daughters and has six exceptional grandchildren.