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Marty Wieder

Marty Wieder Personal Testimony - July 25, 2018

Marty Wieder is Director of Economic Development with the City of Grand Prairie. Prior to joining Grand Prairie in May 2016, he served as Director, Economic Development with the City of Colleyville for almost 7 years. Marty also previously worked with GSBS Architects’ Texas Office (where he earned his American Institute of Certified Planners credentials) as Director of Marketing, Planning & Project Development, as well as in economic development-related positions with the City of North Richland Hills (NRH), the Northeast Tarrant and Arlington Chambers of Commerce and at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

Marty grew up in Arlington, Texas—where he observed the work (and very early in his career got the opportunity to work with) historic Mayor, Congressman and County Judge Tom Vandergriff. Marty attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (1983) and later a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs (1988).

Marty is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the American Planning Association and its Economic Development Division, the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers and its P3 Retail Program Advisory Committee. He is a Director on the North Texas Commission Board and is a Class 4 (2012-13) graduate of the Commission’s Leadership North Texas program. He is also presently serving as the first Chairman of the North Central Texas Economic Development District (NCTEDD).

Fort Worth Business selected Marty to its first “Top 40 under 40” List in 1994. The Texas Career and Technology Council & Vocational-Technical Education Foundation of Texas recognized him and other NRH officials in 1999 as “Best in Texas” for supporting the Birdville Independent School District. The Northeast Tarrant Chamber granted him Chairman’s Awards in 1994 and 2001 for fostering economic development programs (which the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives recognized in 2001 as “Best in the State”) and its Gertrude Tarpley Director of the Year Award in 2003. The University of Texas at Arlington selected him to be among the Recognized Alumni of the School of Urban & Public Affairs in 2013 and the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce granted him their Leadership Award in 2015.

Marty and his wife Bonnie have four children—Casey (who’s married to Tracie Calhoun Wieder), Carleigh (who’s married Scott Long), Collin and Christian—and one granddaughter, McKenzie Brett Wieder.


Tim Veler

Tim Veler Personal Testimony - June 27, 2018

Timothy Veler has worked at Transwestern and specializes in Industrial and Office Real Estate for national and local clients, including acquisition / disposition, investment sales, agency leasing and tenant representation.

Timothy began his career as a Police officer in Raleigh North Carolina and transitioned into commercial real estate in 1995 as an owner / partner of a real estate investment business focusing on commercial real estate investments, responsible for the acquisition, disposition and management of small multi-family investment properties.

Timothy takes a service oriented approach to real estate brokerage and focuses on his clients’ goals, objectives and needs within client-driven timelines, to assure efficient and professional handling of their transactions. Leasing/ownership services transactions include Prologis Inc. (local partner to global tradeTM) and Colony Northstar.


Austin Wheeler

Austin Wheeler Personal Testimony - May 23, 2018

Partner at Practice Real Estate Group and DREM Board member


Melanie Hughes

Melanie Hughes Personal Testimony - April 25, 2018

Melanie Hughes has spent her entire career in commercial real estate;
and has served as a senior Vice President with Bradford Companies for the last 15 years.
She is married with three adult children. With two married daughters and a son who is engaged, she
considers herself a grandmother-in-waiting.

Melanie gave her testimony at the DREM Luncheon in 2014.
But a lot has happened since then. Melanie will share the story of
her spiritual journey over the last ten years and how
she has discovered through a series of trials;
that the only thing greater than knowing God,
is knowing God better.


Marie Quintana

Marie Quintana Personal Testimony - March 28, 2018

Ms. Quintana has over 30 years of corporate experience and has held executive positions for the past 22 years. As CEO of The Quintana Group, Ms. Quintana is focused on transformational business strategies to engage consumers and maximize sales results. She is an advisor to several companies focused on digital marketplace, new product launch and consumer demand.

In a previous role, Ms. Quintana spent 14 years with PepsiCo, most recently as the SVP of PepsiCo Multicultural Sales and Marketing. She led PepsiCo’s strategy for PepsiCo’s multicultural markets, pioneering an integrated approach to align the company’s brands, retail activation programs and community initiatives. Ms. Quintana became the one voice of PepsiCo to the Hispanic community. Her role extended to PR and community relations as keynote speaker at multiple National Hispanic Organizations. Ms. Quintana also served as PepsiCo Vice President of Technology and Vice President of Global IT Strategy where she directed the PepsiCo Technology organization and instrumental in creating the first PepsiCo Shared Services. Previous to PepsiCo, Ms. Quintana held management positions at Perot Systems and at IBM.

A native of Cuba, Ms. Quintana was named one of the Top 50 Hispanic Women in Business by Hispanic Business Magazine and one of the Top 50 Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer.  Ms. Quintana has served on the Board of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), chaired the Corporate Advisory Board for Latina Style, and was a member of the Advisory Board for the National Council of La Raza.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Dallas and on the Board of Gifting Brands. Ms. Quintana is a contributing author to the book “WIN, The Hispanic Market” and is a sought-after national speaker on Latina and women on business issues.  She holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University and Master’s degree from Tulane University.


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