Please pardon the delay in the newsletter, but none of us anticipated how much last week’s ice storm would impact our workflow.
Happy New Year to you and your families. It is an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of the NLF Board of Directors for 2023.
I pray that your holidays were filled with family, friends, joy, and laughter. We are excited to kick off another year of collaborative leadership and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working together to positively impact the communities of Northeast Tarrant County.
2022 was a banner year for NLF and I would like to congratulate and thank my predecessor and friend, Shelby Brun, for his leadership as Chairman. I’d also like to thank Executive Committee members Shannon Watt as Treasurer and RaDonna Hessel as Secretary, as well as Committee Chairs Kathryn Rotter, Craig Hulse, John Fletcher, and Randy Clinton for their leadership. We are grateful to Mary Frazier and the team at HEB Chamber of Commerce for their hard work and dedication to support the NLF mission. Thank you to all leaders of Northeast Tarrant County who make a difference through our Board, membership, sponsorships, and collaboration.
Looking forward to the coming year, we have an exciting slate of speakers and events planned as well as a number of targeted initiatives to promote and develop collaborative leadership at all levels and across all sectors of Northeast Tarrant County. Please mark your calendars and join us.
Our theme for the year is: Engagement.
We want to engage with our membership and community to share vision, gain your ideas, and work together in new and meaningful ways in 2023.
This is a season of great optimism and opportunity in Tarrant County, and the positive energy is palpable and contagious. Our population is growing rapidly and new leaders are emerging in business, government, education, and non-profits. Newcomers to the region are seeking opportunities to get plugged in. Younger leaders have a desire to get involved and make a difference. Established leaders are working hard to address the needs of our communities as we grow and evolve. This rich and diverse pool of talent and vision is the future of our County.
In order to harness this momentum, the NLF is looking forward to providing avenues for continued dialogue and engagement to build strong relationships among leaders.
I have appointed three AD HOC Committees to engage our members in 2023 to take stock in our history and explore new ways to grow, engage, and add value.
Membership and Engagement: Co-chairs Chelsea Rose and Craig Hulse
Digital Footprint and Storytelling: Co-chairs Trasa Coburn and Eli Mercer
Financial Sustainability and Growth: Co-chairs Randy McCauley and Shelby Brun
Each of these groups will be reaching out to members and partners in 2023 to gain your insights and ideas on how we can continue to innovate, collaborate, and grow. If you would like to take part in these efforts, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and set a time to share your ideas and explore ways to get involved.
The NLF consists of difference-makers in our community, from local and regional government, business, education, and non-profits. We make a difference in our community by providing a dynamic forum for chambers of commerce, business owners, school superintendents, mayors, economic development directors, and nonprofit directors to build relationships, share ideas, and collaborate.
Through our quarterly breakfast speakers, RaDonna Hessel, our chair-elect, will engage and introduce us to speakers who grow our awareness and impact in areas vital to the success of Northeast Tarrant County and beyond. Our quarterly breakfast theme for the year is Transportation: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The first speaker for the February 14th NLF breakfast is Rich Andreski, CEO of Trinity Metro.
Please mark your calendar now because we have confirmed renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and CEO Aslam Khan (owner of Falcon Holdings in Southlake) to keynote the Annual Award Luncheon on Thursday, March 30th.
Scholarships and leadership development remain top priorities for NLF in 2023. We look forward to partnering with the Hamm Foundation to celebrate, encourage, and support another group of outstanding graduating seniors in Northeast Tarrant County. We award scholarship to students bound for college as well as technical and trade schools to pursue education and training. We are grateful to Carolyn Sims and the NLF Foundation for the leadership, time, and mentorship their board and volunteers invest in these young leaders through the selection and awards process.
We are committed to working together to serve the communities of Northeast Tarrant County and we are dedicated to being a valuable resource for one another and the community. You can count on me to support anything that grows the impact of NLF and of our members. Please do not hesitate to contact me with ideas or avenues for collaboration at: email@example.com.
With tremendous gratitude,
-Dr. Eli D. Mercer, Chairman of the Board of NLF