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Personnel Moves

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Welcomes New Leader

Plus: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity CEO to retire and Cotton Patch Café and Gig Wage hire chief growth officers.
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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Lorie Logan, President and Chief Executive Officer

Lorie Logan

After a nine-month search, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has found a successor for former leader Rob Kaplan, who served as president and CEO for six years before announcing plans to retire last year. Lorie Logan comes to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from its sister organization in New York, where she serves as EVP. She is also the manager of the Federal Reserve System’s open market account, overseeing a $9 trillion securities portfolio and implementing monetary policy. She originally joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1999 as a financial analyst. In August, she will take over as leader in Dallas, where she will oversee 1200 employees and represent the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee.

Education: Columbia University (MPA), Davidson College (B.A.)

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Dave Crawford, Retiring

Dave Crawford

Dave Crawford has announced plans to retire from his post leading Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, once the nonprofit’s board names a successor. Crawford joined the organization in 2018 after a 40-year career in industries including HVAC, home repair, and business consulting. Most recently, he served as managing director at Direct Consulting Services. During his tenure at Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, he led the organization’s effort to build 127 affordable homes in Dallas under 80 percent of area median income and 162 homes with 80–120 percent area median income. His team also raised $31 million in donor revenue. Finally, he reinstated zero-interest mortgage rates for Habitat families and launched Habitat’s mobile app and virtual education program.

Gig Wage

Ben Virdee-Chapman, Chief Growth Officer

Ben Virdee-Chapman

At payroll fintech company Gig Wage, Ben Virdee-Chapman will build the company’s growth strategy and implement revenue-generating programs. He spent the past decade as a startup executive running B2B marketing, product, and design teams focused on venture fundraising, M&A, and user growth. He also founded London-based creative agency, The Sprezz, eventually exiting to facilitate emigration to the U.S. in 2014.

Education: University for the Creative Arts (B.A.)

Cotton Patch Café

Scott Hudler, Chief Growth Officer

Scott Hudler

In his new role, Scott Hudler will oversee marketing and development for the Dallas-based restaurant chain’s 49 locations, which serve scratch-made Southern fare across Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Hudler comes to Cotton Patch after serving as chief marketing officer of Torchy’s Tacos for three years.Prior to that, he was senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Dick’s Sporting Goods and rose through the ranks at Dunkin’ Brands, Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company, where he worked for more than ten years, culminating with a post as senior vice president and chief digital officer.

Education: Valdosta State University (BFA)

Valor Mineral Management

Adam Powell, Chief Accounting Officer

Adam Powell

Adam Powell has been promoted from his previous post as director of accounting and risk management. He will now oversee and direct the company’s accounting, financial, and risk management departments. He is the first in this newly created role for the company, following Valor’s rapid growth during the past year, when it doubled in size and revenue. Prior to joining Valor in 2019, he was an accounting manager at Fort Worth-based ad tech firm Koddi.

Education: Oklahoma State University (B.A.), University of Central Oklahoma (B.A.)


Katrina Engelman, Chief Marketing Officer

Katrina Engelman

Prior to joining Dallas-based market growth advisory firm SBI, Katrina Engelman was chief marketing officer for New York-based start-up market research firm Suzy. She has also held previous posts as VP and global head of brand for Gerson Lehrman Group in New York. She was also Gerson Lehrman Group’s first Asian and Pacific Island network leader. In her new role, she will create and implement the company’s marketing strategy and drive brand awareness.

Education: The University of Auckland

Westmount Realty

Lucas Altoe, Director of Asset Management

Lucas Altoe

Lucas Altoe will be responsible for leading strategic direction and setting financial and operational goals for Westmount’s growing multifamily business unit. Prior to joining Westmount, Altoe worked as the vice president of asset management for Hudson Advisors, where executed asset business plans to maximize investor returns. He also drove investment strategy and value creation, overseeing property operations, leasing activity, and revenue management, and capital deployment. As vice president, Altoe managed two Class A multifamily projects and two mixed-use developments comprised of 1,326 multifamily units and 34,552 square feet of retail.

Education: Southern Methodist University (MBA), The University of Texas at Arlington (B.A.)


Kris Field, Financial Advisor in the Private Client Group

Kris Field

Kris Field joined HilltopSecurities in February and is now a member of the private client group. Prior to joining the company, he spent 15 years at Field Wealth Management Group, where he served as president. There, he developed financial plans and advised on the purchase of various securities, stock and bond allocations, and office, multifamily, residential, industrial, timber, and self-storage assets. Most recently, Field held positions at PNC Investments and BBVA Investment Services.

Education: University of California, San Diego (B.A.)


DFW Alliance of Technology and Women

Aries Webb-Williams, Board President

Aries Webb-Williams

Aries Webb-Williams is a software portfolio advisor for the North Texas office of Swiss company SoftwareONE, where she has worked for more than two years and specializes in the intersection of program management, technology, and DEI. Prior to that, she held posts at companies including AT&T, Cisco, and more. She previously served as vice president on the board for DFW*ATW and has been a member of the board since 2017.

Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (MBA),California State University-East Bay (B.A.)

Valerie Davis, Board Vice President

Valerie Davis

Valerie Davis serves as patent counsel for Texas Instruments, where she has worked for more than two years. Prior to that, she was a partner at Houston-based Nolte IP Group for two years. She joined DFW*ATW in 2021 as board treasurer and will now replace Webb-Williams as board VP.

Education: Northwestern University (J.D.), The University of Wisconsin (B.S.)

Kavitha Ramesh, Board Secretary

Kavintha Ramesh

Kavitha Ramesh served as director of technology for the board of DFW*ATW last year. She has been AVP of product management for Mr. Cooper Group for the past seven years, and before that, she served as a senior consultant for ICONMA and Deloitte.

Education: Velammal Engineering College (B.E.)

Additional board members appointed include to DFW*ATW’s board include: Suba Ramasubramaniam, director of technology; Gail Bruenning, director of marketing; Tamara Bassam, director of programs; Marla Ravkind, director of partnerships; Shoba Krishnamurthy, director of GREATMINDS; Anamika Gupta, director of employee resource groups; and Lorie Medina, director of advocacy. Board members continuing their terms include Lisa Jordan, director of membership; Mani Jonnalagadda, director of recognition; and Juliet Odima, director of professional development. 

Humane Society of North Texas

Frank Iannelli, Board Member

Frank Iannelli

Strategic consulting manager director at Whitely Penn Frank Iannelli leads the accounting firm’s Strategic Consulting Services group, a division focused on helping companies, investors, boards, and management teams improve operating and financial performance. His career spans more than 30 years, and prior to Whitley Penn, his most recent post was partner at K3 Advisors, a fractional CFO/COO group, where he advised companies on operational, financial, and strategic issues.

Education: The University of Texas at Austin (MBA, BBA)


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