Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership

Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership Announces Inaugural Board of Top Executives

Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership (FWEDP), a privately funded non-profit focused on cultivating economic opportunities through business development and attraction, is proud to announce its inaugural Board of Directors.

Composed of a diverse selection of seasoned executives from national and multinational corporations based in Fort Worth, the newly assembled 11-person Board signifies a robust and resolute commitment to attracting and recruiting businesses to Fort Worth, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

The Board’s inaugural members include:

  • Elaine Agather, Managing Director, Head of J.P. Morgan Private Bank in the Central US
  • Lisa Atherton, President & CEO, Bell
  • Marianne Auld, Managing Partner, Kelly Hart
  • Dan Berce, President & CEO, GM Financial
  • Mike Berry, President, Hillwood
  • David Endicott, CEO, Alcon Laboratories
  • Katie Farmer, CEO, BNSF Railway
  • John Goff, CEO, Goff Capital
  • Robert Isom, CEO, American Airlines
  • Rusty Reid, Chairman and CEO, Higginbotham
  • Greg Ulmer, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin

FWEDP’s CEO, Robert Allen, said, “Our new Board is a testament to the depth of commitment and strategic vision that exists within Fort Worth’s corporate community. These executives bring decades of experience and intimate knowledge of the city’s infrastructure, growth trajectory, and workforce potential. Most importantly, they have direct exposure to emerging industry trends in their respective areas of expertise, bringing invaluable insight and guidance as we work to solidify Fort Worth as a premier destination for business development and relocation.”

The formation of the FWEDP in March was announced by the Executive Board of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, following a comprehensive benchmarking process of successful economic development programs around the country.

“The separation of economic development from traditional Chamber functions is a proven strategy in high growth cities like Fort Worth,” said Mike Berry, President of Hillwood, who will serve as inaugural Chairman of the FWEDP Board. “Fort Worth presents an unprecedented opportunity to attract a diverse range of businesses and high-paying jobs to Fort Worth, and this Board will be instrumental in helping us realize that potential by providing industry insight and strategic direction.”

Allen added, “The city’s potential, augmented by the collective expertise and vision of this board, positions us to usher in a new era of innovative growth. As we move forward, the collective commitment of these leaders, in collaboration with the FWEDP, creates a tremendous opportunity to further develop a thriving future for businesses and the broader Fort Worth community.”

About Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership

The Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership (FWEDP) is a privately funded non-profit dedicated to fostering economic opportunities through business development and attraction in Fort Worth and the surrounding region. By uniting business and civic leaders, FWEDP accelerates responsible and sustainable growth in the city. For more information, visit

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