Addison Business Association

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Addison Mayoral / City Council Candidates

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 11:30 AM

Addison Mayoral / City Council Candidates
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Fan Benno-Caris

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Ted Bernstein

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Joe Chow

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Blake Clemens

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Don Daseke

Don Daseke

A Certified Public Accountant by education, Don was the founder and CEO of a Real Estate Investment Trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange until it was sold in 2000. As an entrepreneur and businessman, he has also founded and served as Chairman of a number of other technology and service companies. Don has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the WaterTower Theatre in Addison; a Trustee of DePauw University; the past Chairman of the Dallas Chapter of the World Presidents Organization; the past Vice-Chairman of the Town of Addison Planning and Zoning Commission; a member of the international Chief Executives Organization; a member of the Addison Business Association and served on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.

Don graduated from the Town of Addison Citizens Academy in 1998 and is in the Leadership Metrocrest 2008-2009 class.

Mr. Daseke received his B.A. from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Don and his wife, Barbara, have three children and four grandchildren. They have lived in Addison since 1997.

Kimberly Lay

Kimberly Lay

Kimberly Lay has lived in North Texas since 1997 and has worked in various areas of training and recruiting in the direct sales industry. Kimberly joined Conrow Commercial Real Estate in 2002 to focus on tenant representation and land development. As Executive VP of Brokerage Services, much of her professional time is spent on site selection and property acquisition for various retailers and office users.

As an Addison City Councilmember, Kimberly is a graduate of the Town of Addison Citizen Academy and of Leadership Metrocrest. She facilitated Addison's Business Development Committee and served as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner. Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and is the Immediate Past President for CONTACT Crisis Line. She is also a charter member of Women of WaterTower Theatre and Young Benefactors. Kimberly was named one of 25 "Top Female Business Executives" by Addison Magazine in 2006.

Kimberly finds great value in enjoying time with her "Little Sister" through Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas.

She and her husband, Joshua, have one daughter, Olivia. Kimberly is a pianist, bass fisherman, and rock climber.

Todd Meier

Todd Meier

Longtime Addison home and business owner Todd Meier served on the Addison Town Council from May 2007 to this February, when he resigned from the Council to run for Mayor of Addison. The former president of the Rodger Meier Cadillac, Meier Infiniti and Meier Oldsmobile dealerships on LBJ Freeway, Meier has owned and operated a private investment management business in Addison since 1998. He started his career in law, serving as an Assistant District Attorney and chief prosecutor for Dallas County.

Active in Addison civic affairs, Meier was vice chairman of the Addison Planning and Zoning Commission and serves as a board member of Metrocrest Social Services, where he is on the finance committee and volunteers in the food pantry. A graduate of the Town of Addison Citizen Academy and Leadership Metrocrest, he also has served as president of the Towne Lake of Addison Homeowner’s Association, a volunteer at Anne Frank Elementary School and as a member of the board of trustees of Greenhill School, where he currently is on the investment committee. His community involvement throughout the Metroplex includes service as tournament chairman of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, which benefits youth and family services in Dallas County, and as a board member of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau and State Fair of Texas. He has helped lead numerous local municipal and school bond campaigns.

Todd has two children. His son is a volunteer teacher in the Teach for America program and his daughter is a college student.

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Bianca Noble

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Tamara Whitman

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