Ron Kirk had better make room for another accolade in his CV and a place in his trophy collection. On Friday, October 12, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will present him with the H. Neil Mallon Award at the organization’s 35th Annual H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner at the Hilton Anatole.
Named after the late Dresser Industries chairman who founded today’s World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the award is presented “to individuals who have excelled at promoting the international focus and increasing the international impact of North Texas.”
And Ron fits the bill to a T. In addition to his serving as the mayor of Dallas (1995 to 2002), he was also Texas Secretary of State (1994 to 1995) and U.S. Trade Representative (2009-2013).
According to the Council’s Board of Directors Chair Marjorie Adams, “The importance of Ron Kirk’s contributions locally and nationally cannot be overstated. His dedication to ensuring that Dallas continues to flourish as a world-class city, while expanding its global presence, is just one example of why he embodies the spirit of the Mallon award. The World Affairs Council is extremely proud to honor such a deserving recipient and inspirational leader as Ambassador Kirk.”
In addition to “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley chatting with Ron onstage, the evening’s keynote speaker will be Ambassador Michael Punke, who served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative under Ron.
Serving as honorary co-chairs will be former President Barack Obama, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
According the Mike, “Ron Kirk was an international ambassador for Dallas long before President Barack Obama named him U.S. Trade Representative. He is a bridge builder who shows the world the very best of Dallas and our region. And he also happens to be one of the best men I have ever known.”
Presenting sponsors are the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Washington D.C., Hillwood and The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated.
The funds raised from this event will support the programs and educational initiatives of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Tickets and sponsorships are available here.