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Derek Blount, Co-Chair currently serves as President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  He joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in the roles of Board Treasurer, Co-Chair of The Corporate Council, Board Vice President, and in September 2010 was elected President of the Board of Directors.

Professionally, Derek serves as Area President for Sovereign Bank, a Dallas-based financial institution and past corporate sponsor of WaterTower’s annual fundraising Gala. In his role with the bank, Derek focuses on corporate banking including commercial real estate lending, mergers & acquisitions, equipment financing and working capital loans.

A Texas native, Derek received both his BBA in Finance and his MS in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler and an avid runner.  He is married to Bethany Blount and they have a son, Harrison.

Wade W. Owens, Co-Chair (Regions Bank) is the Senior Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor for Regions Financial. He has over 20 years of banking experience within the corporate, commercial and community banking sectors as well as the private wealth management business. With so much experience in both commerical and private banking, Wade has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities for both business owners and executives as well as affluent families. Having spent his career helping clients to build wealth, preserve wealth and, perhaps most important, helping people define and plan for their legacies.

Wade is active in the Dallas community and has served in leadership roles in various areas of service including education (Advisory Board for the UTD School for the Arts and Humanities), social service (Board Chairman for the Center for Non Profit Management) and the arts (Director of the Water Tower Theatre).  Wade has a BA from the University of Arizona, an MBA from the University of Dallas and several advanced certifications in various specialties including graduating from SMU’s Graduate School of Banking.


WaterTower Theatre's Corporate Council Committee Members include:
Neil Resnik, Creative Financial Professionals
Stacey Griggs, Post Properties
Sharla D’Francisco, Addison Magazine
Debbie Staggs, Million Air Dallas
Jeff Laceky, Frost Bank


Thank you to our members:

Addison Airport
Addison Magazine
Allied Affiliated Funding
American Bank of Commerce
Barbara Elliot Interiors
BKM Sowan Horan
CPWR, LLP Certified Public Accountants 

Dallas Business Journal
Edward Baumann Clothiers
Fast Signs
Fogo de Chao
Frost Bank
Guaranty Bank & Trust

Hallett & Perrin, P.C.
Hand and Stone
Happy State Bank
Hudson Peters Commercial
Kamco Property Company
Liberty Capital Bank
Mary Kay
Methodist Hospital for Surgery
Million Air Dallas
Neil & Eileen Resnik
Phil Griggs LPL Financial Addison
PlainsCapital Bank
Post Properties
Rainmaker Advertising
Reagor Dykes Direct Auto
Regions Bank
Relax the Back

Signature Floors & Interiors
Slalom Consulting
Sooner Management
Sovereign Bank
Stockmans Bank
Union Park
United Surgical Partners International
Whole Foods Market
Wildcat Lending

Click here to see what Addison Magazine has to say about the Corporate Council!

Membership Benefits:

  • Four events (one per quarter) where members may enjoy a VIP reception and a dress rehearsal to a WTT performance or other “inside-look” events at WaterTower
  • All Corporate Council events are open to you and up to 7 employees from your Company who want to benefit from the networking and entertainment potential
  • A pair of opening night tickets to two WaterTower Theatre productions. This includes a members' only pre-show reception and an invitation to the post-show “meet-the-cast” opening night party
  • An opportunity to host one of WTT’s opening night VIP pre-show receptions during one of our performances. This includes four complimentary tickets to the show
  • Prominent recognition of your support in all major WTT promotional materials, including the show programs, website and lobby signage
  • WaterTower hosts more than 30,000 patrons on an annual basis
  • A portion of the membership fee is tax-deductible

Membership Sponsorship Fee: $500 per year.

Other direct membership benefits Include:

  • Brand Awareness: Let the public discover you - we offer a number of name recognition opportunities as part of our Corporate Council program.
  • Entertainment: A great way to thank those loyal clients and hardworking employees. Your membership includes discounts on tickets and the opportunity to host an evening at WaterTower Theatre.
  • Networking: Corporate Council events provide access to a virtual Who's Who of the business communities of Addison and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

In addition to supporting and sustaining the performing arts in North Texas, WaterTower Theatre corporate partnerships are a great way for corporations to be associated with the beauty, artistry and excellence of one of the country's top professional theatre companies.

We invite you to join our Corporate Council today for just $500.


For more information, please call Greg Patterson, Director of Development & Marketing, at 972-450-6227 or email

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c) (3) organization as designated by the IRS and as such contributions are tax-deductible to the extent and manner allowed by law. 

Corporate Council Events

Our Corporate Council members have enjoyed many well known guest speakers from the business world since the group was founded in 2009.  Speakers have included:

John Duca, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank, Texas

James Keyes, Former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-Eleven Stores (pictured)

John Ackley, CEO, Ackley Financial Group

Jason George, CPA- Director of Tax and Managing Partner, Price Kubecka

Anne Motsenbocker, President, JP Morgan Chase

Ron Whitehead, Town of Addison, City Manager

The Honorable Todd Meier, The Mayor of The Town of Addison

Steve Tolin, Flim and Stage Special Effects Artist

The Corporate Council meets several times a year at events that typically include a pre-show reception, a special guest speaker from the world of business, and a dress rehearsal or performance of a play at WaterTower Theatre.

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Addison, Texas 75001
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