Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced that Michael Dardick, José (Pepe) Guevara, Thomas A. Montgomery, and Connie O’Neill have been appointed as new members of the board of trustees.
CFT trustees are selected for their wide-ranging knowledge of community needs, record of charitable service and fiscal responsibility. They serve as stewards of more than $1 billion in assets across 1,000 charitable funds. These trustees oversee the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. CFT ranks in the top 20 nationally for assets managed, gifts received and grants paid. Since its founding in 1953, CFT has awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants.
“With their vast business experience and knowledge of the community, Michael, Tom, Pepe and Connie will help guide CFT in our work to amplify philanthropic impact, making tomorrow better throughout North Texas and beyond,” said Jim Bass, chair of CFT’s board of trustees.
Dave Scullin, president and CEO of CFT echoed, “The growing needs in our region require CFT to expand our impact, and we’re confident these four leaders will help us towards our vision of thriving communities for all.”
NEW TRUSTEE: MICHAEL DARDICK – BUSINESS LEADER
Michael Dardick serves as founding partner and chief executive officer of Granite Properties. Since 1991, Granite Properties has acquired or developed more than 25 million square feet in commercial real estate.
Michael serves on the Children’s Health SystemTo Whom It May Concern: of Texas board as the inaugural chair of the Plano governing board of the Children’s Medical Center Legacy Campus. He was also a past board member of the Vogel Alcove and chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Collin County Walk. He is a member of the Dallas Citizen’s Council, chairman of the Dallas Urban Land Institute Industrial and Office Council, a member of the Young President’s Organization and past chairman of The Real Estate Council.
Michael graduated with a finance degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. He and his wife, Jill, live in Plano and have two children.
NEW TRUSTEE: THOMAS A. MONTGOMERY – FINANCIAL LEADER
New trustee Tom Montgomery brings a wealth of business and financial experience to the board. He is a founding partner of Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP and owner of Montgomery Capital Advisors, LLC. His disciplines include advanced tax planning, transactional services and strategic and operational planning for large and medium-sized businesses. Prior to founding the firm, Tom was responsible for starting and growing Beal Capital Markets, Inc., an investment subsidiary of Beal Bank specializing in both public and private corporate finance products.
Tom serves as Chairman of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and on the board of directors of Children’s Health System of Texas. He is a Southwestern Medical Center board member.
Tom graduated from Texas Tech University with a master’s degree in accounting and taxation. He is also a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Beth, live in Dallas and have three children.
NEW TRUSTEE: JOSE ‘PEPE’ GUEVARA – BUSINESS LEADER
New trustee Pepe Guevara brings strong strategic and operational experience in the world of private equity investments. Pepe recently founded Millstone Assets focusing on cross-generational wealth preservation strategies. Prior to founding Millstone Assets, Pepe had a 20-year career and served as a partner at Boston Consulting Group. His work focused on value creation through strategic acquisitions across a range of industries; serving both corporations as well as private equity funds.
His interests in education and entrepreneurship led him to serve on the board of directors at KIPP:DFW and Endeavor.org.
Pepe lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
NEW TRUSTEE: CONNIE O’NEILL – COMMUNITY AND CIVIC LEADER
New trustee Connie O’Neill is an active community volunteer who has served on numerous philanthropic boards. She has extensive board experience through her chairmanships for Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Highland Park Education Foundation. She also serves on the boards of Southern Methodist University, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, Momentous Institute, The Senior Source, the executive board of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at SMU and on the board of Children’s Health System of Texas. Connie is a former president of the Junior League of Dallas and chaired Crystal Charity Ball from 2010-2011.
Connie was previously a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young and currently a member of the Texas Society of CPAs. Connie graduated summa cum laude with a BBA from Southern Methodist University. Connie and her husband, Chris, live in Dallas and have three daughters and one son.
CFT SALUTES 10-YEAR TRUSTEES
CFT also announced that Judith W. Gibbs, John McStay, Karen Shuford and Frank Risch are retiring as trustees after ten years each of dedicated service. Trustees continuing their service include Jim Bass, Richie Butler, Kenneth Hersh, Chris Kleinert, Sarah Losinger, Bobby B. Lyle, Alfreda Norman, Carlos Gonzalez Peña, The Honorable Florence Shapiro, Nicole G. Small and G. Stacy Smith.