Derek Blount, Co-Chair currently serves as President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors. He joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in the roles of Board Treasurer, Co-Chair of The Corporate Council, Board Vice President, and in September 2010 was elected President of the Board of Directors.
Professionally, Derek serves as Area President for Sovereign Bank, a Dallas-based financial institution and past corporate sponsor of WaterTower’s annual fundraising Gala. In his role with the bank, Derek focuses on corporate banking including commercial real estate lending, mergers & acquisitions, equipment financing and working capital loans.
A Texas native, Derek received both his BBA in Finance and his MS in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler and an avid runner. He is married to Bethany Blount and they have a son, Harrison.
Wade W. Owens, Co-Chair (Regions Bank) is the Senior Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor for Regions Financial. He has over 20 years of banking experience within the corporate, commercial and community banking sectors as well as the private wealth management business. With so much experience in both commerical and private banking, Wade has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities for both business owners and executives as well as affluent families. Having spent his career helping clients to build wealth, preserve wealth and, perhaps most important, helping people define and plan for their legacies.
Wade is active in the Dallas community and has served in leadership roles in various areas of service including education (Advisory Board for the UTD School for the Arts and Humanities), social service (Board Chairman for the Center for Non Profit Management) and the arts (Director of the Water Tower Theatre). Wade has a BA from the University of Arizona, an MBA from the University of Dallas and several advanced certifications in various specialties including graduating from SMU’s Graduate School of Banking.
WaterTower Theatre's Corporate Council Committee Members include:
Thank you to our members:
Click here to see what Addison Magazine has to say about the Corporate Council!
Membership Sponsorship Fee: $500 per year.
Other direct membership benefits Include:
In addition to supporting and sustaining the performing arts in North Texas, WaterTower Theatre corporate partnerships are a great way for corporations to be associated with the beauty, artistry and excellence of one of the country's top professional theatre companies.
We invite you to join our Corporate Council today for just $500.
For more information, please call Greg Patterson, Director of Development & Marketing, at 972-450-6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c) (3) organization as designated by the IRS and as such contributions are tax-deductible to the extent and manner allowed by law.
Corporate Council Events
Our Corporate Council members have enjoyed many well known guest speakers from the business world since the group was founded in 2009. Speakers have included:
James Keyes, Former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-Eleven Stores (pictured)
John Ackley, CEO, Ackley Financial Group
Jason George, CPA- Director of Tax and Managing Partner, Price Kubecka
Anne Motsenbocker, President, JP Morgan Chase
Ron Whitehead, Town of Addison, City Manager
The Honorable Todd Meier, The Mayor of The Town of Addison
Steve Tolin, Flim and Stage Special Effects Artist
The Corporate Council meets several times a year at events that typically include a pre-show reception, a special guest speaker from the world of business, and a dress rehearsal or performance of a play at WaterTower Theatre.
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001