Addison Business Association

ABA Speakers

James Falk & Patrick Murray

Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 11:45 AM

James Falk & Patrick Murray
Bent Tree Country Club

We are pleased to have James Falk, President and CEO World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth and Patrick Murray, Chairman of Dresser, Inc. as our guests speakers for March.

Jim Falk

James N. Falk

President and CEO

World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth

Since August 2001, Jim Falk has been the President of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to creating a more informed citizenry on matters of national and international significance and to enhancing the Metroplex as an international region. In 2003, the World Affairs Council founded Dallas Protocol, a partnership with the City of Dallas, which is responsible for coordinating the city's international outreach, including relations with the Diplomatic Corps and supporting the Mayor and City Council.

In 1977, Jim earned a BA degree in Political Science from Washington and Lee University; in 1983, he received a MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in international law and organization and Middle Eastern studies. He has a French Baccalaureate from the Academy of Grenoble in France. He is fluent in French and has studied Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

From 1992 to 1999, Jim was Director/Southern Region of the Institute of International Education in Houston. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, he was Vice President of Development at the National Center for Policy Analysis. Early in his career, he was Director of Education and Media Outreach at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and worked for ten years as a commercial banker in Houston, TX (First City Texas).

He serves on the executive committee of the World Affairs Councils of America and serves on the board of the Dallas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); advisory director of the Asia Society and the University of North Texas' International Advisory Board. He is a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. Jim is also adjunct professor of International Relations at the University of North Texas.

Jim is married to Terrell Falk, who is president of the Old Red Museum. They have two children, Todd and Ashleigh. He and his Vizsla compete regularly in dog agility and obedience trials.

Pat Murray

Patrick M. Murray


Dresser, Inc.

Pat Murray retired in 2007 as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dresser, Inc. and previously served as President and CEO of Dresser, Inc., President of Halliburton's Dresser Equipment Group and Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of Dresser Industries, Inc. Mr. Murray also served as VP, Operations for Dresser's Drilling and Productions Operations and as President, Sperry-Sun Drilling Services. He joined NL Industries in 1973 as a Systems Application Consultant and served as Vice President and Controller of Sperry-Sun, Group Controller, Director of Management Information Systems and Controller of NL Industries, Inc. Mr. Murray holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Seton Hall University. He served for two years in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and now serves on the boards of Harvest Natural Resources, Inc., Precision Drilling Corporation, the Maguire Energy Institute, Valve Manufacturers Association, Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University. He is on the Board of Governors of The Houston Forum and is a member of the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.