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Sustainable Economic Development Round Table Bios

  • Maria Schneider is co-founder and CEO of the Dallas Unity Fund, a platform that allows area stakeholders to invest in development of their own neighborhoods alongside larger traditional investors to promote an inclusive economy through collaboration. She is a LEED accredited professional and has been a sustainability consultant for Enterprise Communities Dallas Green Team.  Maria has degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Bio-Medical Engineering and is currently CEO of a biotech startup.
  • Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Since1984 he has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities where he was born and raised. Monte is an outspoken and frequently recognized advocate for policies and practice to serve urban neighborhoods.  

In the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, he is responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room motor court hotel with restaurant and bar which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards.  Surrounding the Belmont, Monte helped develop a more complete neighborhood with a range of projects including housing, a photography studio, animal hospital, fitness center, dog park and restaurants. Also in Dallas, he repurposed Tyler Station, a blighted 1930's manufacturing plant, into a transit oriented co-working facility, reconnecting the iconic property with its adjacent neighborhoods. Both projects have been recognized with the North Texas Council of Governments' CLIDE Award. 

  • Dale Crownover holds the position of President & CEO of Texas Nameplate Company, Inc. (TNC) in Dallas, Texas.  This is a 40-person, family-owned business that makes nameplates for the identification of products and equipment to the end customer.  TNC's website is www.nameplate.com.

Dale provides visionary leadership for TNC to receive, among others: (1) the Texas Quality Award in 1996 (the smallest company to have received such an honor); (2) ISO 9001-2008, Quality Management System, Certification; (3) ISO 14001-2004, Environmental Management System, Certification; (4) the 1997 Texas Business of the Year award from the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce (TABCC); (5) the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Small Business in 1998 and 2004.  TNC was the first small business to achieve the Baldrige Award twice; and the smallest business to ever be recognized.  Texas Nameplate was also granted a patent (#8540285 B1) in 2013 for chemical etched two dimensional matrix symbols and has two other patent pending's 1) for a system and method of by-product removal from a metal substrate. 2) method and system for securing an RFID pipe tracker.

  • Honorable Curtistene Smith McCowan was elected the 21st Mayor of DeSoto on May 7, 2016 – the first woman to hold the office.  She has served on the DeSoto City Council since May, 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem from 2014 to 2016; during this same time period, she chaired the Audit and Finance Committee.  Prior to winning a seat on the City Council, she served five years on the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, where she held the positions of Internal Audit Chair, Vice President and served four years as President. 

Mayor McCowan currently serves on the Executive Boards of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Best Southwest Partnership and the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition.  In addition, she serves as Chair-Elect of the Advisory Board for Methodist Charlton Medical Center and is a member of the Planning Committee for Methodist Health System, Dallas, Texas and the Board of Directors for the African American Education Archives and History Program.  A founder of Concerned DeSoto Citizens (CDC) -- a 501 (c)(3) non-profit community service organization, McCowan has served as president and in numerous other leadership roles since the organization was chartered in 1989.  She is a past member of the City of DeSoto's Charter Review Committee, the Dallas County Grand Jury and a proud graduate of Leadership Southwest Class of 2015.