Lately, many of Perry’s business ventures are focused on consulting primarily in the healthcare industry. Over the years he has owned and operated several small businesses focused on bringing entrepreneurship and diversity to the community. He has received extensive training in sales and marketing throughout his career. Prior to his current role, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development for Qinteraction’s Offshore Call Center (Philippines division) and Vice President of Business Development for Teleservice Resources, a division of American Airlines.
Perry is a Graduate of Ashland College with a BA in Communications and Marketing. Currently he is serving as President on the DeSoto Economic Development Board but has served on the board for the past eight years. Like the DEDC’s goal, he strives to seek prosperity for the citizens of DeSoto in all areas by encouraging entrepreneurship opportunities, creating more retail diversity, and increasing employment with livable and professional wages.
In addition to leading the ministry of Faith Bible Church, he has been involved in a variety of ways in serving the city of DeSoto. He has been a DISD PTA member and president, an elected official for nine years on the DISD Board of Trustees, served the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Board as a Director and a member of the Executive Committee, led the DeSoto Ministerial Alliance and currently participates with DPAC (DeSoto Police & Clergy), serves on the DeSoto Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and is a past member of the DeSoto Rotary Club. He is also involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and serves on the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee.
Curt has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary. Curt and his wife, Lana, a DISD teacher, have two sons that are both graduates of DeSoto ISD and who went on to receive degrees from Baylor University and Texas A&M. “We have a wonderful city with passionate, qualified leadership. My one desire is to be able to give back to this city of DeSoto that has given so much to my family.”
Since joining AT&T in 2006 she’s held a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility in the areas of Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Customer Service, Corporate Communications, Sales, and Executive Training and Development. Prior to joining AT&T, she owned and operated several businesses including small business consulting, youth leadership development consulting, real estate investing, a barber and beauty salon and a retail storefront.
Michelle has been a proud citizen of the Desoto community since 2012. She is passionate about bringing an outsider perspective and being a difference maker in the community. A native of Saginaw, MI, Michelle holds a B. S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL as well as an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She is a member of Southwest Suburban Dallas Chapter of Jack & Jill, Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Bishop Dunne Catholic School Ambassadors’ Council, Concord Church and United Way Women of Tocqueville.
Michelle was appointed to the Desoto Economic Development Board of Directors in 2018 where she currently serves as Treasurer. She and her husband of 19 years, Jeff have two debonair sons, Mylan (15) and McKinley (14). She’s an avid reader and enjoys golfing, traveling and mentoring small business owners.
Bobby Waddle – Director – As a lifetime resident of DeSoto, Texas Bobby G. Waddle has spent his entire adult life in service to his country and community. He was elected to City Council in 2001; Waddle was then selected as mayor pro tem in 2002 and served five years in this position. In 2007 the city of DeSoto elected mayor Waddle as mayor.
Waddle is the city council liaison to the DeSoto Independent School District and a member of the DeSoto Planning and Zoning Commission, Tri-City Regional Animal Shelter Board, DeSoto Finance Committee, and Dalworth Soil and Water Conservation District. He also has served as president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
In 2005 the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce created the Bobby Waddle Citizen of the Year Award.
He served as commander of the 40th Cadet Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Waddle was chief of Air Force Academy Activities Group at the Pentagon. He received two Legion of Merit Awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals. Waddle retired as a United States Air Force colonel in 1985.
He graduated from Texas Tech in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He earned a master’s degree in urban sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Delva J. King – Director – Dr. Delva King has been an entrepreneur in the Dallas area for over 30 years. Currently, she and her husband are in partnerships with The Pappas’ Restaurants and TGI Friday’s at DFW International Airport. where they have ownership in 2 Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen, 2 Pappasito’s and 4 TGI Friday’s. She was owner of one of the largest African American Advertising agencies in the Southwest, The King Group, Inc. for 20 years producing radio and TV commercials for major corporations, public relations and community relations. In addition, Dr. King is owner of Ethnic Focus Research, a consumer marketing research firm that concentrates on qualitative research and analysis of ethnic consumers and diversity training. The King Group, Inc. was listed in Black Enterprises Magazine – “Top 20 Black-Owned Advertising Agency of the Year” for many years.
Prior to her successful business career, Dr. King worked in the mental health field where she served as Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Dallas County Mental Health and Mental Retardation She was responsible for programmatic development, management of comprehensive mental health services for the children and youth of Dallas County and the supervision of 150 psychologists and psychiatrics. A full –service mental health hospital was under her responsibilities along with the budgetary management, hiring, supervision, and Board responsibilities. She also was employed as a School Psychologist for Dallas Independent School District providing psychological assessments, crisis intervention and student “at-risk” services.
Dr. King earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from North Texas State University (currently University of North Texas) in 1971 and a Master’s of Arts in Psychology from Texas Southern University in 1976. She received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in 1986. Dr. King and her husband, Johnnie, have lived in the DeSoto community since 1985. They have supported city leaders and provided contributions and consultation to various city programs. They continue to support the DeSoto High School football team and have served as mentors in guiding many DeSoto students into college. They have one son that graduated from DeSoto High School along with four of their grandchildren. Dr. King and her family love the city of DeSoto and are committed to its progress and development.