2018 FATHER OF THE YEAR HONOREES

 
 
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Jason Downing

Managing Partner, North Texas & Central Region, Deloitte
Charity: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas


Jason Downing is a Consulting principal serving as the Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP in North Texas and the Central Region Marketplace Leader. Additionally, Jason serves as Lead Client Service Partner (LCSP) for Rent-A-Center and Mary Kay and Advisory Partner (AP) to Vistra Energy, Southwest Airlines and Fossil.

Jason has over 25 years of experience in professional services. He joined Deloitte’s Audit practice in 1992 where he earned his CPA license and served in that function for approximately five years. In the mid-1990s, Jason pursued an opportunity to help grow the firm’s Finance Transformation consulting practice. He has served a variety of clients – from Fortune 50 to mid-market, high growth companies.

Jason holds a BBA in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University with an emphasis on Information Technology. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs. He is an active community leader, serving on the boards of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Citizens Council and SMU Cox School of Business. He resides in Dallas with his wife, Laura, and their three children.


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William C. Duvall

President, Lincoln Property Company
Charity: Camp John Marc


Bill Duvall married the love of his life, Rusty in 1971.  Bill quickly began his lifelong real estate career.  Together, they have five (5) children: Clay, Casey, Molly, Erin and Patrick.  Bill’s passion has always been the family.  From coaching all of their kid’s sports for 20 years to now being the proud grandfather to 16 grandchildren.  He is called Coach by all the grandkids.  The Duvall family is together for all the holiday week-ends and most of the summer.  They spend time together hiking, four-wheeling, fishing, boating and golfing.  Rusty and Bill just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.

His favorite charities are Project Shelter for battered women, the Rise School for disadvantaged children and Mercy Street for children of West Dallas. For years and years he has co-chaired an event for Project Shelter and a different event for Rise School.   Bill has selected Camp John Marc as a favored charity as a beneficiary of the 43rd annual Father of the Year Award luncheon.

Bill is President of Lincoln Property Company Commercial for over 40 years   Lincoln has over 40 offices in the United States and Europe.  They manage and lease over 350 million square feet and develop and acquire office, retail and industrial buildings in each one of our offices thru out the United States and Europe.   


Dr. Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D.

President Emeritus, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Charity: Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern

Dr. Kern Wildenthall worked for 43 years at UT Southwestern Medical Center, including 10 years as Dean and 22 years as President, before retiring and being named President Emeritus.  Subsequently, he served 3 years as President of Children’s Medical Center Foundation and Executive Vice-President of Children’s Health System of Texas. He remains a consultant at Children’s, as well as for several academic, biotech, philanthropic and business organizations.

During his administrative tenure at UT Southwestern, the institution more than quintupled in size and emerged as one of the leading medical institutions in the world.  Endowments rose from $40 million to over $1.3 billion; building projects totaling 6 million square feet were added to the campus; the quality of the institution’s research enterprise rose in global rankings to among the top 10 biomedical research institutions internationally (including more Nobel Prize winners than any other medical school in the world).

A native Texan, Dr. Wildenthal earned a B.A. from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX, an M.D. from UT Southwestern, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England.  He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

 

In Dallas, Dr. Wildenthal has served on numerous non-profit boards and received many civic honors.  A former Chairman of the Board for the Dallas Opera, he is serving pro bono as its interim General Director and CEO. Upon his retirement from UT Southwestern, community leaders, faculty and staff donated more than $20 million in his honor to establish the “Kern Wildenthal Endowment Fund,” along with an endowed Distinguished Chair and two professorships in his name.

 

In 2014, the UT Board of Regents honored him by naming the newest research science building as the “Kern Wildenthal Research Building.” In 2016, Dallas’ Faith Presbyterian Hospice recognized his and his wife’s community and professional service by naming one of the two buildings on its new site in their honor.  He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees by SMU and Austin College. In 2008, Dr. Wildenthal was elected to the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the first leader of a non-profit organization to be so honored.

 

Kern and his wife, Marnie, are proud parents of two daughters and enjoy their time with their grandchildren.