Written by Staff
DFW AIRPORT – After a comprehensive search process, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors approved the designation of Sean Donohue as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Airport during its regularly scheduled board meeting July 4. Mr. Donohue currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Australia, headquartered in Brisbane. The appointment is subject to execution of a definitive employment contract. Mr. Donohue will succeed Jeffrey P. Fegan, who announced his retirement this past January after 29 years of service, the last 19 as CEO.
"I am honored that the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth have entrusted me with the leadership of their Airport, which is in large measure responsible for the economic vitality of the region and the state," Mr. Donohue said following the board's decision. "The board, the management team, and the employees of DFW have built an inclusive culture and a record of accomplishment that creates the platform for continued innovation and success. I look forward to joining the DFW team and working with our stakeholders to assure the highest levels of customer satisfaction, operational excellence, cost competitiveness and employee engagement, which will enable the Airport to deliver on its mission for many years to come."
"The DFW Board faces one of the most important decisions in its history in choosing a successor to Jeff Fegan," said Robert Hsueh, Chairman of the DFW Airport Board of Directors. "In selecting Sean Donohue, the Board realized that he embodies the visionary qualities and leadership we value in the chief executive role for the Airport. I am grateful to our Mayors and my Board colleagues from the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, who spent countless hours on the search process and who came together on the decision to select Sean."
“Sean Donohue will be a great asset to the Dallas/Fort Worth community because he is a proven leader in the aviation industry who will enable us to accelerate our growth strategies,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “He has an important international perspective and breadth of operational experience that is essential for leadership of a global hub airport. His experience and reputation will be critical to partnering with our tier one airlines.”
“Mr. Donohue is a proven executive with a deep understanding of the aviation business, and he has earned the respect of many leaders in the airline and airport industry over the years.” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “He inherits a team that is recognized as one of the best in the world in terms of creating a positive experience for the traveling public, and his leadership style and personality will be a good fit for the organization.”
“I’ve spent 29 fantastic years at DFW Airport, and it has been my privilege to lead DFW for the past 19 years. Now is a great time to pass the baton,” said Jeff Fegan. “The Board’s successful recruitment of Sean as the new CEO is evidence of the strength of the DFW team, and a validation of our strategic direction. I sincerely wish him the best as he takes the reins.”
Mr. Fegan will continue his responsibilities in the interim, and will assist as requested by the Board in transition activities.
Mr. Donohue is presently responsible for Virgin Australia’s Operations Division encompassing Engineering Operations, Ground Operations, Flight Operations, Cabin Crew Operations, Group Flight Standards, Operations Planning, Catering Services, and Safety Systems. He is also responsible for Corporate Facilities and Property. In addition, he is responsible for the operations of Virgin Australia New Zealand. Mr. Donohue brings more than 25 years of airline and operational experience to his role with DFW. He has held many senior roles at United Airlines including Senior Vice President Operations; Vice President, United Express low cost operation and World-wide Operational Performance; Vice President North American Sales; and Managing Director New York.
It is anticipated Mr. Donohue will assume his responsibilities in October.
Source: DFW International Airport
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:11
Written by Jan Brick
Sounds of Sousa filled the streets as the Coppell High School Band participated in the Spirit of Coppell parade on Independence Day. With more than 200 band members marching, the patriotic tunes were a highlight of the parade.
“We feel it is so important to be a part of the city of Coppell’s celebration on each 4th of July,” said Scott Mason, CISD Director of Instrumental Music. “This is the 15th year the band has marched in the July 4th parade.”
While many of the students were returning 10th through 12th graders with plenty of marching experience, a sizable amount of the marchers were freshmen. All of the students voluntarily gave up hours of their summer break to participate in the parade.
“Six hours of practice go into preparation for the parade – not including summer sectionals working on music for the parade,” Mason said.
The band resumes marching practice in August as they get ready for the 2013-2014 marching season. At that time, they will practice twice a day for more than three weeks polishing their competition program and preparing for football season.
For more information on the award-winning CHS band, go to the band website at www.chsbandboosters.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:10
Written by Staff
DALLAS - The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
“We are counting on generous volunteer blood donors to step up and give now,” said Steve Nagle, CEO for the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.””
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.
June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.
The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
Blood may be needed for patients like Beth who received blood and blood products to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML.) She says, “With the long treatment for AML, I received blood, packed cells and platelets many times. These blood donations kept me alive through treatment, remission and finally to a cure. I think individuals who donate blood are my Angels on Earth.””
Below is a sampling of upcoming blood drive opportunities. Log onto redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to find a drive nearest your location:
July 17 from 10 a.m. - 3 PM at Healthcare Associates, Boardwalk Medical Office Building, 1110 Cottonwood Ln Ste. L100, Irving, TX 75038.
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at GracePoint Church, 590 S. Denton Tap in Coppell, TX
July 18 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Valley Ranch Master Association, 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 101, Irving, TX 75063.
July 19 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Roadrunner Transportation Services, 1415 S Loop 12, Irving, TX 75061.
July 20 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Valley Ranch Master Association, 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 101, Irving, TX 75063.
July 29 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Aviation Institute of Maintenance Schools, 400 E Airport, Irving, TX 75061.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Source: American Red Cross
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:09
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
TARRANT COUNTY - July 10 at approximately 9:06 p.m. Tarrant County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 7200 block of Retta-Mansfield Road. When they arrived they found Brandon Spencer, an off duty Irving police officer, had been shot. He was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer had been going through a divorce. According to witnesses’ statements, Mr. Spencer was working on a lawnmower when he was approached by Mrs. Spencer, who had a handgun. He began running, and she began firing. He was hit twice. He ran to a neighbor’s house, and the neighbor called 911. Mrs. Spencer was gone prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Shortly thereafter, another call came in from Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies reporting that a pickup truck had been found occupied by a female who was unresponsive. Tarrant County Sherriff’s Deputies were dispatched to that location in the 6100 block of County Road 608. When they arrived, they were able to verify that the occupant was Mrs. Spencer and that she was deceased as the result of what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Officer Brandon Spencer has worked for the Irving Police Department for 18 years and is currently assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau.
Some information provided by Tarrant County Sheriff's Department and Irving Police Department.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:07
Written by Phil Cerroni
The George W Bush Institute hosted a naturalization ceremony on July 10 during which President George W. Bush personally welcomed 20 new America citizens.
In his speech, President Bush said all forms of immigration must be grounded in both America’s laws and traditions.
“We're a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition –which has strengthened our country in so many ways,” he said. “We're also a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.
“We can uphold our traditions of assimilating immigrants and honoring our heritage as a nation built on the rule of law. But we have a problem. The laws governing the immigration system are broken. The system is broken.”
After the ceremony, the Institute hosted three panels about the benefits immigration presents to the United States. The first panel focused on how immigration, especially in Texas, fuels state economies.
“We’re in Texas, home to 4.2 million immigrants. Texas is also a state that has achieved four percent growth in recent years, and we don’t’ think that’s a coincidence. Americans often forget the contributions that immigrants make to the economy,” said Ambassador James Glassman, Founding Executing Director of the George W. Bush Institute.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:06
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