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Frisco Chamber and Bank of America Round Table

March 15, 2018 09:02 AM

Contact: Karen Kim

Director of Marketing & Communications

Office: (972) 335-9522 | Cell: (972) 900-9651


Roundtable: Frisco: A Discussion on Responsible Growth

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will host a roundtable discussion with top leaders in front of an invitation-only audience on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM. Frisco dignitaries and business leaders will share insights on how Frisco can grow responsibly, be more competitive, and be more sustainable.

The discussion, moderated by Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, will explore how Frisco can foster innovation and harness the power of the public and private sectors to attract talent and safeguard quality.

Topics include infrastructure, technology, workforce, quality of life, public-private partnerships, sustainability, and public safety.

Panelists include:

Mayor Jeff Cheney, City of Frisco

Joseph P. Quinlan, Managing Director and Head of Market & Thematic Strategy Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America Corporation

Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent of Schools, Frisco ISD Henry Hill, Deputy City Manager, City of Frisco

Ron Patterson, Interim President, Frisco Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Jennifer Blalock, Vice President, Collin College Workforce and Economic Development Russell Laughlin, Executive Vice President, Hillwood Properties

Arthur Filip, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HCL America, Inc. Trevor Castaneda, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Frisco

Todd Reimer, Vice President of Sales, CornerStone Staffing


In May 2017, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce created a Trustee Partner membership. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of six businesses at this level. “Unlike other membership levels at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee-level membership has a major focus on giving back to the business community through involvement in the Chamber’s committees and community efforts,” said Tony Felker. “Each Trustee Partner chooses an initiative and we are pleased that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has chosen ‘smart cities’ as their area of focus.”

A city that is “smart” can be defined as an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operations and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental, cultural aspects.

“We’re pleased to join the Frisco Chamber of Commerce as a ‘smart cities’ Trustee,” said Rick Bridwell, Business Banking Market Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “This initiative is a natural fit for us – both of our organizations are invested in helping Frisco foster innovation and responsible growth for the long-term success of our community.”

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About the Frisco Chamber of Commerce

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is a 4-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce that consists of approximately 1,300 member businesses who provide goods and services to the growing, bustling economy in Frisco and the surrounding area.

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