Dallas, Texas, (September 10, 2020) – A longtime champion of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and its impactful community service, Mike McKinley has been tapped to serve as the organization’s 101st president. Since 1920, the nonprofit service organization has been committed to changing the odds for children through the educational and therapeutic programs of Momentous Institute. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas is also the host organization of the AT&T Byron Nelson, its primary fundraiser for Momentous Institute. McKinley’s election culminates the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ 100th anniversary year.
“For 100 years, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas has dedicated its efforts to support critical programs for children and families in areas of our community which lack equitable opportunities,” said McKinley. “We believe that prioritizing education and social emotional health will improve the ability of children to reach their full potential. It’s my honor to lead this organization forward in that mission, alongside my fellow Club members, as we continue to be a force of genuine service.”
McKinley, a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1992, has most recently served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas, Inc. and as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Northern Texas PGA. McKinley proved instrumental in the AT&T Byron Nelson’s move to its new home at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. In 2013, McKinley served as Chairman of the AT&T Byron Nelson.
McKinley has 40 years of experience in banking, business and corporate law and is a founding partner in the law firm of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. He was named to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list, published by D Magazine, in Business Law in 2018. As an active member of University Park United Methodist Church, McKinley has also served in leadership roles in several faith-based organizations.
McKinley succeeds Pete Lodwick in the role. Lodwick has strategically navigated the organization and its fundraising efforts through the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Though the 2020 AT&T Byron Nelson tournament could not be played due to the pandemic, the Club’s support of Momentous Institute has remained unwavering, under his leadership. Through the AT&T Byron Nelson, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas has raised $167 million for Momentous Institute since 1968, making it the largest charitable fundraiser on the PGA TOUR.
“The Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s first Club president Woodall Rodgers set the tone for the Club leadership by directing us to, ‘Do good, without being stuffy about it,’” said Lodwick. “One hundred years later, we are still wholeheartedly committed to transforming children’s lives. I’ve been honored to follow in that legacy and know Mike will continue to steward our organization and incomparable charity responsibly and with the utmost integrity.”
McKinley is committed to creating an environment where everyone can serve side by side with compassion and dignity. He will serve a one-year term, alongside six members elected to the following leadership positions on the Salesmanship Club of Dallas Board of Directors:
• First vice president: W. Kelvin Walker, Dallas Citizens Council
• Second vice president: James K. McAuley, Texas Health Resources Foundation
• Secretary: Edward W. Moore Jr., Frost Brown Todd LLC
• Treasurer: Timothy P. Costello, Newstone Capital Partners, LLC
• Momentous Institute Board Chair: Bruce W. Hunt, Petro-Hunt, LLC
• Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas Board Chair: John L. Jenkins, 42 Real Estate, LLC
First vice president W. Kelvin Walker is the CEO of the Dallas Citizens Council. He has been a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 2013. During his time at the Salesmanship Club, Walker has served on numerous boards and committees including: AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Board, Momentous Institute Governance Committee, Momentous Institute Marketing Committee, and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas Strategic Planning Committee.
Additional members of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors include:
Mike Haggerty, Fields Family Office, Peter A. Lodwick, RGT Wealth Advisors, Timothy Marron Jr., BCW Food Products, Inc., W. Scott Ragland, Ragland Strother & Lafitte, Steven W. Van Amburgh, KDC Real Estate Development, William H. Vanderstraaten, Chief Partners, L.P., Walter A. Walne, Walne Family Holdings, Joseph A.I. Worsham, Worsham Properties, John M. Yeaman, Tyler Technologies, Retired, James Yoder, Velocis.
About the Salesmanship Club of Dallas
Founded in 1920, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas is a nonprofit service organization of more than 600 business leaders dedicated to education and building and repairing social emotional health through the programs of Momentous Institute. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas hosts the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament which has raised over $167 million for Momentous Institute since 1968. Each year, Momentous Institute partners with over 5,500 children and family members through innovative education and therapeutic services, as well as, invests in research and training reaching far more children than could ever be seen directly.