Derek Blount, Co-Chair currently serves as Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors and has served as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Council since its inception. He joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006. Since joining, Derek has served two terms as Board Treasurer, one term as Board Vice President, four terms as Board President and one term as Board Chairman.
Derek is a writer whose works include family-oriented books (“The Three Christmases of William Spencer”) as well as thriller novels (“Hostile Takeover” and “Second Son”). Derek has been published in various periodicals including MENSA Magazine. Derek also serves as President of Happy Prince Media, LLC, a media and consulting firm with a focus on creativity and innovation.
Derek’s earlier professional experience was centered in the financial industry including corporate lending roles with JPMorganChase and international banking syndicate Credit Agricole. Derek also helped establish the Dallas commercial banking division for CapitalOne Bank and served as Area President for Sovereign Bank.
A Texas native, Derek received both his B.B.A. in Finance and his M.S. in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler and an avid runner. He and his wife, Bethany, have two vivacious boys. Learn more about Derek’s books at derekblount.com
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:
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Membership Sponsorship Fee: $500 per year.
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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, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Rose Colarossi, Owner, The Egg and I Restaurant
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.
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001