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Retired Chairman of American Airlines and Retired Vice Chairman of Dell, Inc.

Donald J. Carty is the retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Dell, Inc., a position he assumed in January 2007.  Before joining Dell, Mr. Carty retired in 2003 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines.  He had served in that position since 1998.  Prior to that, he served as President of AMR Airline Group and American Airlines.

Between 1989 and 1995, Carty was Executive Vice President-Finance and Planning for AMR and American Airlines.           

Carty had been American's Senior Vice President and Controller before leaving the airline in March 1985 to become President and CEO of CP Air in Canada.  In March of 1987, he returned to American and was elected Senior Vice President-Airline Planning.

Carty is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.  He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University.  Mr. Carty serves on the Boards of Directors of Canadian National Railway Co., VMware, Inc. and Hawaiian Holdings.  He is a past director of Barrick Gold Corporation., Brinker International, Inc., CHC Helicopter Corporation, Dell, Inc., EMC Corporation, Gluskin Sheff & Associates, Inc., Peak Health, Inc., Placer Dome, Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation and Talisman Energy, Inc.  Mr. Carty is Chairman of Porter Airlines, Inc. and the former Chairman of Virgin America Airlines, Inc. and Research Now Group.  He is the Chairman of the Board of the Episcopal School of Dallas and a member of the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Board.  Carty was a former member of the Board of Trustees of SMU, Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.  In 1999, Board Alert named him one of the year’s Outstanding Directors.

In September of 2002, Carty was appointed by President Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council where he served until the summer of 2005.  In January 2003, he was named an officer of The Order of Canada.

Carty and his wife, Ana, live in Dallas.


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Ronald Joseph Gafford

Retired Chairman and CEO, Austin Industries, Inc.

Ron Gafford spent forty-two years in the construction industry, including seven years in commercial and residential real estate development.  The last five years he has been engaged in private investments and board membership on public, private, and non-profit boards.

Ron grew up in Sherman, Texas and attended Texas A&M, graduating in 1972 with a degree in building construction and later completing the Advanced Management Program at the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University in 1987.

After brief service in the U.S Army, Ron began his career as an estimator/project manager at the Henry C. Beck Company in Dallas in 1972.  He then joined the Trammell Crow Company in Atlanta in 1981.  Ron and his family moved back to Dallas in 1987 to join Austin Industries.  Ron spent the next twenty-seven years with Austin, first as Executive Vice- President of Austin Commercial and eventually as Chairman, CEO and President of Austin Industries, which included Austin Commercial, Austin Bridge and Road, Austin Industrial (Houston) and British American, a captive insurance company.  Austin became an Employee Owned company (ESOP) in 1986 and 100% ESOP in 2000.

Ron became a consultant to the CEO and Board of Directors of Austin Industries in 2012 and retired from Austin in 2014.  Ron continues as an active board member and volunteer for a variety of companies (Arcosa -formerly Trinity Industries, Daseke, and Rees Associates), educational institutions, and organizations, previously serving as chair and continuing as board member of Interfaith Family Services,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Trust for Public Land and Dallas Regional Chamber.   An active member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Ron also serves on the board of Thanksgiving Square and Presbyterian Communities and Services (Pickens Hospice Center).

Ron has been married to Rebecca Moseley for 46 years and they have two children: David Gafford and his wife Giselle, of Dallas, and Jennifer Gafford Daugherty and her husband Don, of Denver.  Ron and Rebecca also have four grandsons: Dean, Eirik and Finn Gafford and Owen Daugherty.



Michael L. Meadows

Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor Westwood Wealth Management

Michael Meadows is Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor for Westwood Wealth Management, a subsidiary of Westwood Holdings Group, a publicly traded global asset management firm that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He currently leads Westwood’s Foundation and Philanthropic Advisory Services and is responsible for business development and relationship management.

Prior to joining Westwood in 2014, Meadows had a successful three-decade career in non-profit and foundation management, including 14 years as the President/CEO of the Dallas Zoological Society where he led the effort to privatize the management of the Dallas Zoo and helped transform it into one of the nation’s top zoological parks. He also held leadership positions at Southwestern Medical Foundation, The University of Texas at Dallas, and The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his B.A. in government.

Meadows has deep experience in non-profit and foundation management and has served on several foundation boards including The Meadows Foundation, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and the Simmons Family Foundation. He has been a featured speaker at philanthropy conferences and seminars, including the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and the Community Board Institute.

As a volunteer, Meadows has served on the boards/advisory boards of three dozen non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Momentous Institute, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), and on the advisory boards of the Communities Foundation of Texas, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at The University of Texas at Austin, DataArts at Southern Methodist University, American Journey Experience, Hope Supply Co., Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, and the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary. A native Dallasite, he is an active member of the Highland Park Methodist Church, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the Dallas Citizens Council and a past president of The Dallas Assembly and the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.

He is married to Amy Meadows, who currently serves as the President of Parks for Downtown Dallas. They have two children, Matthew (22) who is senior at The University of Texas at Austin, and Makenna (14) who is in the eighth grade at Christ the King School.