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Derek Blount, Co-Chair currently serves as Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors and has served as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Council since its inception.  He joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006. Since joining, Derek has served two terms as Board Treasurer, one term as Board Vice President, four terms as Board President and one term as Board Chairman.

Derek is a writer whose works include family-oriented books (“The Three Christmases of William Spencer”) as well as thriller novels (“Hostile Takeover” and “Second Son”). Derek has been published in various periodicals including MENSA Magazine. Derek also serves as President of Happy Prince Media, LLC, a media and consulting firm with a focus on creativity and innovation.

Derek’s earlier professional experience was centered in the financial industry including corporate lending roles with JPMorganChase and international banking syndicate Credit Agricole. Derek also helped establish the Dallas commercial banking division for CapitalOne Bank and served as Area President for Sovereign Bank. 

A Texas native, Derek received both his B.B.A. in Finance and his M.S. in Marketing from Texas A&M University.  Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler and an avid runner. He and his wife, Bethany, have two vivacious boys. Learn more about Derek’s books at

Grace Daniels, Co-Chair is an Area Manager at Oncor Electric Delivery, the largest transmission and distribution utility company in Texas.  She represents Oncor in local government, civic, and community initiatives with a main focus on fostering relationships and providing support in regards to energy delivery and/or related concerns of city management.  Ms. Daniels has also been involved in several community volunteer programs including the Junior League of Dallas. She enjoys singing and working with the youth at House of Prayer Church in Oak Cliff.

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:
Derek Blount, Co-Chair
Grace Daniels, Co-Chair
Wade W. Owens, Co-Chair
Blake Clemens
Sharla DeFrancisco
Neil Resnik


Thank you to our members:

Addison Airport
Addison Magazine
Allied Affiliated Funding
Atmos Energy
Barbara Elliot Interiors
BKM Sowan Horan
Commerce Street Capital

Edward Baumann Clothiers
The Egg and I
FAST SIGNS, Carrollton
Fogo de Chao
Frost Bank

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Liberty Capital Bank
Mary Kay, Inc.
Methodist Hospital for Surgery
Post Properties
The Raymond James Foundation
Rosa Floors & Carpet Cleaning
Eileen and Neil Resnik

Signature Floors & Interiors
Stockmans Bank
Table 13
Town of Addison
United Surgical Partners
Whole Foods Market
Wildcat Lending

Click here to see what Addison Magazine has to say about the Corporate Council!

Membership Benefits:

  • Four events (one per quarter) where members may enjoy a VIP reception and a dress rehearsal to a WTT performance or other “inside-look” events at WaterTower
  • All Corporate Council events are open to you and up to 7 employees from your Company who want to benefit from the networking and entertainment potential
  • A pair of opening night tickets to two WaterTower Theatre productions. This includes a members' only pre-show reception and an invitation to the post-show “meet-the-cast” opening night party
  • An opportunity to host one of WTT’s opening night VIP pre-show receptions during one of our performances. This includes four complimentary tickets to the show
  • Prominent recognition of your support in all major WTT promotional materials, including the show programs, website and lobby signage
  • WaterTower hosts more than 30,000 patrons on an annual basis
  • A portion of the membership fee is tax-deductible

Membership Sponsorship Fee: $500 per year.

Other direct membership benefits Include:

  • Brand Awareness: Let the public discover you - we offer a number of name recognition opportunities as part of our Corporate Council program.
  • Entertainment: A great way to thank those loyal clients and hardworking employees. Your membership includes discounts on tickets and the opportunity to host an evening at WaterTower Theatre.
  • Networking: Corporate Council events provide access to a virtual Who's Who of the business communities of Addison and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

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, Managing Director, at

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:

Rose Colarossi, Owner, The Egg and I Restaurant

John Duca, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank, Texas

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.

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