Steve Provost., President, Maggiano’s Little Italy
Steve Provost is President of Maggiano’s Little Italy, a 50 restaurant, $400 million restaurant business which was recently chosen as “America’s Favorite Italian Restaurant Chain” in a national survey by Market Force International.
Steve grew up in a family of five boys in Montpelier, Vermont. His first job was as a paperboy, his second as a dishwasher at the local Holiday Inn. Steve has also been a Presidential speechwriter, book writer, marketer, franchise leader and restaurant operator. He has been a direct report to four Fortune 500 CEO’s, one private equity chief, a U.S. Senator, Governor and President of the United States.
Steve still works regular shifts in his restaurants, including washing dishes, and is known for his focus on front-line teammates and the guest. Owned and operated by Brinker International, Inc., next year Maggiano’s will celebrate 25 years as a restaurant chain.
Pam Donahoo is the Executive Director of American Mensa, the largest international chapter of the worldwide association that connects highly intelligent people.
Mensa was established in 1946 in England as an association for intelligent people to engage in discourse, discovery and social pursuits. The first meeting of American Mensa happened in 1960. The offices of American Mensa moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1995. Pam started working with Mensa shortly after in 1997.
In conjunction with the American Mensa Committee, Pam directs the management and future growth of American Mensa, including the development of new programs and services that benefit members and local groups.
Tipton Housewright, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, joined OMNIPLAN more than 30 years ago. In his role as Principal, he leads a wide variety of project types including regional retail and mixed-use projects, innovative churches and higher education projects.
Founded 59 years ago, OMNIPLAN is a Dallas-based architecture firm committed to design excellence. Their diverse portfolio includes work of all types and is based in the core commitment to enriching the built environment by creating projects that are known for planning and architecture that endures the test of time.
Tip brings to each project a commitment to client service and innovative, cost-effective solutions. His work is characterized by his passion for creating memorable spaces that connect with their communities.
Laura Hill, Co-Owner, Downey Publishing & Mayor, Southlake TX
After spending 14 years in hotel food and beverage management, Laura Hill joined the family directory business in 1995. Founded in 1987 by Wallace Downey, Downey Publishing had 12 directories with 3,000 customers. During Laura’s 20 years with her family business the company has grown to $9 million in revenues and serves over 13,000 customers in 42 directories.
In 2011 Laura was elected to the Association of Directory Publisher’s board of directors. After just two years, she was elected chairman of the board in 2013, becoming the first female chair elected in the association’s 100-year history.
And in May of this year, Laura was elected as the first female mayor in the city of Southlake’s 50-year history.