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Joel Allison

Joel T. Allison, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Baylor Health Care System

Joel Allison is president and chief executive officer of Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in Dallas. Allison’s career includes almost three decades in health care management. Allison received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and religion at Baylor University in 1970 and attended Trinity University's health care administration program where he earned a master's degree in 1973. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and in 2004 he received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dallas Baptist University.


Dr Gary Cook

Dr Gary Cook
Dallas Baptist University

Dr. Gary Cook has been President of Dallas Baptist University since April 1988. The university has grown from 1,859 students in 1988 to 5,400 in 2009. The campus has expanded from 200 acres to 292 acres.

Dr. Cook formerly served on the administrative staff of Baylor University in Waco for ten years. He has also served as a member of the Waco City Council and Mayor Pro Tem of Waco.


Todd Furniss

Todd Furniss
Managing Partner
glendonTodd Capital LLC

Todd Furniss, currently Managing Partner of glendonTodd Capital LLC, formerly served as Managing Director and co-founder of PlumTree Partners. Prior to PlumTree, Todd served as President and COO of Everest Group from 2001 to 2008. From 1989 to 2001 Todd served as the Director of Corporate Business Development and Managing Director. And before that, Todd held a variety of operations, business development and legal roles within EDS. Todd is a member of World Presidents Organization, Founders Forum, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and Legacy. He serves on the board of Enterra Solutions, Chemical Information Services, HFS, WPO, Founders Forum, and Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. Todd received a B.A. in Political Science in 1981 from Old Dominion University and in 1987 attained his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law.


David Watson

David Watson
Co-Founder and Managing Principal
Direct Development

David is the co-founder and managing principal at Direct Development. Direct Development is a regional commercial real estate development and management firm that is active in the shopping center business. David is a deacon at Park Cities Baptist Church. He is also a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. He has served as president of the Board of Directors of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

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