Texas Central Partners Expands Leadership Team with Three Executives
DALLAS, TX Texas Central Partners, LLC has expanded its executive ranks, adding Holly Reed, a veteran executive with deep experience in public affairs, governmental and community relations at a Fortune 15 company; Doug Jones, a seasoned leader and innovator in the construction industry; and Lori Willox, a CPA and experienced financial executive.
Texas Central CEO Tim Keith announced Reed's appointment as Managing Director, External Affairs, along with the two other senior leaders - the latest moves forward for the privately funded transportation project.
Reed spent 25 years at AT&T and its predecessor companies, most recently as Regional Vice President of External Affairs. She also held leadership positions in customer service, finance operations, data center operations, marketing and advertising.
"Holly is a dynamic and seasoned executive with exceptional knowledge and vast relationships from her work in Texas. She has documented success in leading and meeting business objectives in a heavily regulated industry," Keith said. "That experience is key as we engage more deeply with community and government stakeholders."
Reed said she's eager to join a leadership team involved in such a unique and innovative project for Texas.
"Texas Central has the vision to transform travel in our state, relying on private-sector expertise and funding to keep pace with a growing population and greater transportation needs," she said. "It's an exciting project that will serve as a catalyst for economic benefits not only along the route but also throughout Texas."
Jones will serve as Managing Director, Design Build Program. Jones is a 38-year construction veteran, formerly with Balfour Beatty Construction.
During his career, he managed major projects and has held positions of increasing responsibility. Doug was most recently the CEO of the Balfour Beatty's Central Region, comprised of Texas and surrounding states, with oversight of $1.4 billion in annual revenue. He is a founding member and past chairman of the Construction Industry Outreach Advisory Council, a group that promotes diversity in the construction industry.
"Doug brings an extensive construction background, especially in guiding emerging businesses and initiatives. He will play a vital and strategic role as we progress beyond our project's design and development phase and into construction," Keith said.
Willox, a CPA with 25 years of experience in accounting and finance will serve as Chief Financial Officer.
Willox most recently served as a Senior Vice President and CFO for Balfour Beatty's Central region, responsible for strategy, accounting functions, operational and sales support, and risk management. She also has been involved in major construction industry projects, with Balfour Beatty and previously at Turner Construction.
The new positions will report directly to Keith, who said the appointments reflect the continued strength of Texas Central's operating team as it pushes ahead with its high-speed rail plans. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.
"This executives bring additional experience, relationships and credibility that is important to us as we continue to build support among local officials and other third-party groups and Texans interested in our project," he said.