Issam (Sam) Bakir
Sam Bakir, is a Certified Financial Planner, has been president of TNT Financial Services, Inc., located at 105 East Main Street in Round Rock, Texas 78664, since 1989.
He graduated from The University of Texas, with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. In 1974 he traveled to the Middle East to work with a Houston based company who were consultants to the Oil Consortium where he worked on the design of petrochemical plants. Later while working for a Dutch company, also consultants for the Oil Consortium, he became a specialist in cathodic protection. In 1978 Sam managed the Middle East operations for international companies based in the UK and Switzerland. Sam returned to Texas in 1987 where he made a career shift to the financial industry. In 1992 he earned his CFPÒ designation (Certified Financial Planner) after completing required courses from the College of Financial Planning.
Sam co-founded The Austin Associate Society of The Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP) and served as president for three years. He helped with the local merger of the ICFP and the IAFP to become, what is today, the FPA (Financial Planners Association) of Greater Austin and served as chair. He has been a member of the Round Rock Momentum Club for over 10 years. Sam is currently on the board of Goodwill Central Texas and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. He is active in Rotary where he is president of the Rotary Club of Austin University Area. Sam has a black belt in taekwondo and is a history buff as well as a world traveler. He has been married to his wife, Beverly for over 40 years and has two sons who were raised in Round Rock.
Bruce Bessner received a BS in Agribusiness from Texas State University in 1984. He has been in the Financial Services industry since that time and is now the President of Chisholm Trail Financial Group. He is a Certified Financial Planner™. Bruce has been married to his wife Helen for 35 years and they have 4 children. He has worked in Round Rock since 1989 and made the city his home in 1994. He is a member of Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and Hutto Chambers of Commerce, St. John Vianney Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He has also served on the Board of the Round Rock Serving Center, the National Association of Insurance & Financial Service Professionals, the General Agents & Managers Association, The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, The Society of Financial Service Professionals, and the SERRA Club. Bruce is a founding member of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
“I wanted to be involved with the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation to help increase the awareness of the principles of stewardship. This foundation will create opportunities for education and guidance in legacy planning. It will also better enable organizations to improve the community in more efficient ways.” Bruce Bessner
Raised in East Texas, Jim Boles originally located to Round Rock in 1973 with his employer, Texas Power & Light. In 1983, Jim started Summit Commercial Industrial Properties. From the beginning, Jim based his company on integrity and professionalism. He has been involved in Williamson County’s development for more than 30 years, including chairing Round Rock’s Economic Development Committee on five separate occasions. He has personally located several major employers to Williamson County, including two Fortune 500 companies, Toppan Photomask, and Farmers Insurance.
Jim was past chairman of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and a founding board member and past chairman of the Greater Williamson County YMCA and helps lead its growth and expansion today. Jim, along with others, is credited with initiating the drive that brought the first hospital to Round Rock. During the 1990’s Jim chaired the Round Rock Transportation Committee that initiated what became the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Jim is a founding member and Vice-chair of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. Jim was honored by the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce in 2001 as Round Rock Citizen of the Year and in 2012 with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Round Rock Community Foundation provides an organization that all citizens and businesses can participate in to provide endowed financial resources to families, individuals or organizations that have a special need. Some of these may not have any other available resources except what the Foundation can provide. The Board is a good steward of monies entrusted to the Foundation and at the same time, individuals setting up endowed funds can donate and manage their resources.
Luke Cochran is an attorney, primarily representing home rule and general law cities, economic development corporations, and other local governmental entities across the state of Texas. In 2016 he received the Merit Certification in Municipal Law from the Texas City Attorneys Association. Luke is a RRISD graduate and received a BBA in Financial Management from Abilene Christian University before receiving his JD from Baylor Law School.
Luke is passionate about philanthropy and the ways in which it positively impacts not only the community but also those who give. Luke is a deacon at Round Rock Church of Christ, volunteers with the S.T.A.R.S Mentor Program through RRISD, and is serving a three-year term on the RRISD Bond Oversight Committee. Luke and his wife Haley have two wonderful children, Claire and Sam, and are glad to call Round Rock and Williamson County home.
Holly Coe received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and Paralegal Certificate from Texas State University. After more than 30 years in the legal field as both a paralegal and recruiter, she now supports small law firms as the Business Development Director of B2 Management & Consulting. Holly is married to former Round Rock City Councilman Gary Coe and is the proud Mom of two sons, Tyler and Mitchell. A dedicated community volunteer, Holly has served with the Round Rock Woman’s Club, Capital Idea, Seton Williamson Foundation Women’s Development Board, Boy Scouts of America and the Round Rock Chapter of Circle of Friends raising funds for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas Foundation. She is proud to be a founding member of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
“I believe the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation embodies every reason why Round Rock is such a great place to live…people helping people, people caring enough to make a positive impact on other people’s lives, people giving back to the community in a way that can make a lasting difference for good. I hope it will bring more public awareness to the concept of philanthropy and what a positive difference it can make to a community as a whole.”
Shayne joined EFG&M, L.P in January of 2012. Shayne was born and raised in Round Rock before moving to Belton, TX to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. There, Shayne earned his Bachelor’s degree, met his beautiful wife, Kaysie, and was a part of two conference championship golf teams. After graduation, Shayne started his career in insurance in Temple, TX. A year later he moved to Round Rock to follow his dreams of joining the firm his dad started nearly 28 years earlier. Shayne has a big heart for the city of Round Rock and takes pride in being involved in the community. Personally, Shayne serves as a Sunday school teacher for the youth at Grace Baptist Church in Round Rock. He also serves as a volunteer for the Austin Rodeo Youth Auction Committee. Professionally, Shayne is a member of two specialized study groups where he has the opportunity to learn from the best brokers in the country. Shayne enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing, training his bird dog, Maggie and spending time with his wife Kaysie.
Frank L. Leffingwell is a tax attorney and respected community leader. Frank’s legal practice focuses on business transactions, tax, and estate planning, with particular emphasis on counseling family and closely-held businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Frank’s knowledge and experience is unique in that it not only includes a wide range of business transactions and estate planning strategies, but also includes a great depth with regard to the legal, accounting, financial, and tax implications and consequences associated with various transactional and estate planning structures, techniques and strategies. Frank was a lawyer at Dell where he supported a procurement group focused on the transportation and logistics services necessary to support Dell’s “just-in-time” manufacturing and distribution model. Frank negotiated Dell’s first contract with UPS and Fed Ex and implemented Dell’s inbound supplier logistics hubs.
After leaving Dell, Frank joined Winstead, P.C. where he served as a tax counsel in the Austin office of the firm and participated in the structure, negotiation, and implementation of numerous multi-million dollar business and real estate ventures. Frank was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1993 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Section and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section), the State Bar of Texas (Tax Section and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section), the Austin Bar Association, the Austin Tax Study Group, and the Williamson County Bar Association. Frank is a 1993 graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law and a 2019 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. with an LL.M. in Taxation. He has received a preeminent (highest possible) “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Frank is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Frank strongly believes in investing in his community. He is a former council member for the City of Round Rock, past Chair of the Capital Area Economic Development District, and has served on numerous boards including the YMCA of Greater Williamson County, Round Rock Rotary Club (president), Round Rock Community Foundation (Trustee and Legal Counsel), Baylor Scott & White, Seton Williamson Foundation, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and Family Eldercare (president). He is currently serving an appointment to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Board of Directors and is a past president of the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) Board of Directors. Frank chairs the McBee Fellowship Program of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) to mentor and develop future leaders and serves on the Executive Committee at AARO to explore solutions for regional issues in Central Texas. His firm was awarded 2013 Big Boy Hester Small Business of the Year from the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. Frank and his wife, Bethany, have two children and are happy to call Round Rock, Texas home.
“As a Round Rock native, I want to ensure that the spirit of philanthropy and the vitality of our community charities continue for future generations. The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation provides a unique opportunity by empowering community individuals and businesses to bring resources to community needs based upon community values.”
T. Nyle Maxwell
Nyle Maxwell is a man who has worn many hats: Businessman, Community and Civic Leader, Philanthropist and devoted Dad.
Nyle’s success in the auto retailing industry goes back 32 years. Nyle acquired his first new car dealership in Taylor, Texas in 1986, and served as Platform President for the Maxwell Auto Group for many years.
From 2002 through 2008, Nyle was honored to serve two terms as the Mayor of Round Rock. During these six years, Round Rock was the second fastest growing community in the United States, increasing from 60,000 citizens to over 100,000 citizens. Nyle helped to transform Round Rock into a major retail destination by negotiating economic development packages for the building of a premium outlet mall featuring worldwide retailer IKEA. His other accomplishments as mayor include passing one of the first comprehensive non-smoking ordinances in Texas and working with the State Legislature to appropriate funds for the establishment of the first-ever Higher Education Campus in Round Rock. In addition, Nyle also helped launch the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.
Nyle retired from the auto industry in 2005, but in 2006, he purchased the Round Rock Pontiac GMC store from Group 1. Today, with “The Original” Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Taylor, the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Superstore in Austin, and the Fiat of Austin dealership, Nyle has formed the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships, continuing the Maxwell Family tradition. In 2012, the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships was honored to receive the Distinguished Workplace for Women Award, and in 2013 Fiat of Austin was named as one of Automotive News’ Best Dealerships to Work For. Also in 2013, Nyle was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year Award, a prestigious automotive industry accolade.
Nyle has been recognized as an outstanding citizen and humanitarian by such organizations as the American Lung Association, the Texas Department of Health, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Austin Community Foundation. In 1997, Nyle was honored as the Central Texas Philanthropist of the Year. In 2009, the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce recognized Maxwell as “Citizen of the Year,” and in 2011, Nancy and Nyle Maxwell were personally honored with the Service to Mankind award. Most recently, Round Rock Lodge #227 presented Nyle with the “Community Builder Award”.
As an involved member of the community, Nyle sits on many civic and charitable boards, some of which include: chair of the Round Rock Community Foundation, founding chair and Director of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Director of the Williamson County YMCA, and a member of AARO. Nyle and wife Nancy have four children – Trey, Marcie, Jeffrey, and Grace.
“The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation will greatly benefit those who donate as well as those who receive the funds. This foundation will streamline giving and assure that funds are allocated to the vital needs of our community. It also has the potential to drastically improve the way Round Rock citizens allocate their philanthropic giving. It is an incredibly exciting undertaking that I believe will benefit our community for many years to come.” T. Nyle Maxwell, Jr.
Thomas G. Menke
Tom Menke was born and raised in the Midwestern part of the United States, and moved a considerable number of times across the Country for his career but he and his wife along with their daughter have called Central Texas home for almost 25 years.
Tom recently retired after a 24 year career at Dell Technologies where he most recently served as Vice President, Global Corporate Real-estate, for Dell. In this role, he was responsible for Global Shared Services, including but not limited to site strategy, occupancy planning, program management, engineering and critical systems, real estate transactions and communications and change management.
Prior to his most current role Tom Menke served as Vice President, Global Facilities, for Dell. In this role, he was responsible for North America and Latin America facilities operations, global site selection and implementation of Dell’s business centers, manufacturing plants, and design and data centers.
During Tom’s 24 year career at Dell he had played critical roles throughout Global Corporate Real-estate, Dell International Services, Consumer, Medium and Small Business, and Public and Large Enterprise business units.
Prior to joining Dell in 1996, Tom spent his career with National Computer Systems, based in Minneapolis MN, and with Olivetti USA, based in Somerville NJ, where he held various leadership positions.
Tom has been active in community in which he lives and works. Most recently Tom served as Vice President of GEDCO, Georgetown Economic Development Corporation, for the City of Georgetown, Texas. Tom has served as a Board Member on the Economic Development Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce for the City of Round Rock, Texas. He was also a Committee Member on the Round Rock Momentum Investors Committee. He holds a Liberal Arts Degree.
Outside of working Tom enjoys traveling and everything to do with the outdoors, including boating, camping, hiking, snorkeling and is a huge fan of motor sports. He and his wife also now have their first granddaughter to keep them very busy.
” My purpose for taking early retirement was to have the time in my life to get more involved in my community and church and to give back for the many blessings I have in my life. The RR Community Foundation is the perfect organization to fulfill that purpose for me. With the incredible work the Foundation does to make a difference it is both a honor and a privilege to be able to serve”
John C. Nelson
The Nelson family’s connection to Round Rock dates back as early as the 1850′s when John’s great-grandfather, Andrew J. Nelson, emigrated from Sweden and settled in Williamson County with his family. The early Swedish settlers made significant contributions to the Round Rock community during its infancy, and current members of the Nelson family seek to continue this legacy. John graduated from the University of Texas in 1990 with a BBA in Business and Texas Tech University with a JD/MBA degree. After practicing law with the firm of Armbrust & Brown, John returned to the real estate business in 2000 to work with his father, the late Tom E. Nelson, Jr. John has worked to carry on Tom’s business, Nelson Investments, since 2005. John and his wife Kristen have four children. In addition to the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, John and Kristen are involved with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, the Seton Family of Hospitals and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Operation Game Thief.
“A community foundation provides individuals with flexible alternatives for giving back to the community. It can provide many of the same benefits of a private foundation with increased simplicity and efficiency. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help positively impact Round Rock’s future through the Foundation’s support of a broad spectrum of local charities.” John Corley Nelson
Cary Rabb grew up in Round Rock and graduated from Round Rock High School, Class of 1986. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Southwest Texas State University. Cary is the President of WAG-A-BAG LLC and is the 2018-2019 Chairman of the Texas Food and Fuel Association. He is the current director of the Play for All Abilities Park; Board member of the Round Rock Community Foundation; a member of Round Rock Rotary; Director and Executive Director of Petroleum Marketers Association of America; Director, Williamson County YMCA; Chairman of the Williamson County YMCA Strategic Planning Committee; Former Chairman of 2007 Texas Grocery and Convenience Association. Cary lives in Georgetown and has a son, Spencer, and daughter, Arabella. He enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, boating, University of Texas sports, and spending time on the Texas coast.
Tom Ramsey, founder, and CEO of the Snappy Snacks Mobile Catering Corporation is a leading pioneer in the burgeoning mobile catering industry. With over 19 years of strong operational and management experience, Tom has worked on a multitude of levels in the food service industry, from humble beginnings as a sole operator of a food truck, to the owner of one of the largest, most successful commissaries in the country. He has experienced first-hand, today’s food truck revolution and the increasing popularity of mobile catering. Customer service and quality have been the constant benchmark which has developed an ever-growing client base, now expanding across the United States. Through his superior leadership and innovative vision, Tom has established advanced systems within the company supported by data-driven analysis and strategically focused development. From onsite training and mentoring of aspiring entrepreneurs to assist with business development, Tom has demonstrated his commitment to the industry and in building a company that stands above the rest.
Tom has gained the respect and trust of clients ranging from local entities such as The University of Texas, The Austin Convention Center, City of Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the Texas State Legislature, to internationally-known brands such as NBC Television, King’s Hawaiian, McCormick, and Budweiser. With the growing demand for more efficient and productive food trucks, Tom has custom designed mobile catering vehicles and has served as a truck standard and design consultant to the NFS and industry manufacturers such as AA and Wyss Catering. Strong relationships with city, county, and state agencies have demonstrated his 100% commitment to industry regulations and procedures. With a state of the art facility, professional staff committed to excellence, and a constant drive to excel, Tom has created a business that is the model for all mobile catering companies throughout the United States.
Tom Ramsey is a native Texan, born in Dallas. He is fluent in English and Spanish, is a member of several civic and professional organizations in the Central Texas region, including the Round Rock Community Foundation, and is the founder and President of Celebration of Love, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military soldiers and their families and Central Texas families in need. He resides in Round Rock, Texas.
Selicia Sanchez-Adame is both a life-long resident of Round Rock and alumni of RRISD. She is a proud graduate of Austin Community College, with an AS in Business Administration, and also Texas State University in San Marcos earning a BBA in Finance. She is CEO of Think Group Austin- a full-service marketing research facility in Austin that provides services to a variety of companies, from Fortune 500 to small independently owned businesses. Through the administration of consumer and business-to-business opinion surveys, Think Group Austin is able to give information back to its clients that helps direct and guide their marketing efforts, leading to new and improved products and services. Think Group Austin opened in the fall of 2007 and is currently in the process of expanding.
Selicia presently serves as a Member of Ascend Round Rock, Commissioner for the City of Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission, Board Representative for the City of Round Rock for the Williamson County Cities Health District, Board Member of the Williamson Museum, President of the Women’s Scholarship Organization (formerly known as the Amistad Women’s Organization), Initial Board Member of the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, Member of the Round Rock Sunrise Rotary Club and Member of the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee. She formerly served as a Member of Leadership Round Rock, the Leadership Round Rock ISD, the Bond Committee for the City of Round Rock, Chair of the Community Development Advisory Committee for the City of Round Rock and the Charter Committee for the City of Round Rock.
As a business owner and civic leader, Selicia is consistently seeking creative ways to foster dynamic learning environments for the community and the youth to promote improvement for future generations.
Jon and Becky Sloan have lived in Round Rock for 25 years. They have two wonderful daughters that live in Round Rock. Jon has been employed with First Texas Bank of Round Rock for over 30 years and has been President of the bank since 1978. The bank has grown right along with Round Rock and been a leader in the economic growth and quality of life development of the area. Jon has served as Chairman of the Board or President of the Round Rock Medical Center, the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, the City of Round Rock’s Planning Commission and the Round Rock Rotary Club. He has also served as an officer or director of the Greater Williamson County YMCA, the Sertoma Club, the Texas Bankers Association and the Austin Area Research Organization.
“The Foundation will be able to help link Round’s emerging philanthropic community with the needs of the community services organizations of the Round Rock area. I want to help philanthropy grow in Round Rock and help meet the health, human services and quality of life needs of the citizens of this great city.” Jon Sloan
Timothy T. Timmerman of Austin is a real estate investor/ developer and owns Commerce Texas Properties, Inc. He developed the Star Ranch Community and Golf Course north of Austin. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Texas real estate broker’s license. He serves on the board of directors of International Bank of Commerce – Austin, the YMCA of Greater Williamson County and also serves as Vice Chairman of the board of St. David’s Medical Center in Round Rock. Timmerman is also a founder and President of the Colorado River Land Trust. He is a member of the Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Austin. Timmerman received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority in February 2008 and reappointed him in 2013 for a term that expires in 2019. In January 2011, Governor Perry named Timmerman Chairman of the Board.
After receiving her BS from Texas Woman’s University, Shevawn Walzel worked for many years as a registered nurse before moving to Round Rock with her husband, Jack, in 1989. Her husband is a general surgeon and shares her desire to serve the community. They have three grown daughters. Shevawn currently spends much of her time volunteering in the community for the Round Rock Caregivers, the Round Rock Serving Center, Round Rock Woman’s Club, and the Williamson County Medical Alliance. Shevawn is a member of First United Methodist Church in Round Rock and enjoys attending Bible studies. She is a founding member and former Secretary of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation. She founded the Leading Ladies Giving Circle in 2007. In 2009, Shevawn received the Hope Alliance Volunteerism Leadership Award and in 2011, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas Woman of Distinction Award.
“I am a volunteer at heart and knew that being a part of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation would allow me to help others in a special way. I feel that any time there is a group of people, such as the Foundation, which truly cares about the well being of people, then positive results will come from their efforts to help others.”
Dinesh retired from IBM as Senior Program Manager in 2005 after 28 years of service. After that he worked for HP, Dell and other IT companies in management capacity. Dinesh started the Austin Center of Chinmaya Mission and served as its first President for 30+ years. He has been a pillar of support for HC4A since 2011 and has served in multiple leadership roles.
“It has been a life satisfying experience serving the community where you live. More you give, the more you get.”
He has lived in Round Rock since 1998 and was named “Round Rock Citizen of the Year” in 2005. George has more than 22 years of experience, predominately in senior operations management positions, with Abbot Laboratories. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and earned a master’s degree from East Carolina University in 1974.
For seven years, he taught college courses in accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, and other business subjects. George is very active in the community, volunteering his time and expertise with a number of organizations. He is Past Chairman and a current member of the Board for St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. George is also a member and Past Chairman for the Board for the YMCA of Greater Williamson County.
He served on the Finance Advisory Committee for the 2007 Round Rock ISD School Bond Election and served on the Round Rock Citizen/Police Review Board. In addition, George is a member of the Round Rock Rotary Club, the nine-county Rural Capital Area Work Force Development Board, Greater Round Rock Community Foundation Board, Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Round Rock Post 9078.
George is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Field Artillery Officer Candidate School and volunteered for duty in the Vietnam War. George has been married to his wife, Sally, for 40 years and has two children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys cattle ranching and is a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and the American Angus Association.
As a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Will Williams served our country for over 24 years before retiring in Round Rock in 1996. Since that time, Will has been nothing short of a miracle worker who has had a profound effect on numerous civic and non-profit missions to include Round Rock Sertoma, Heroes Night Out, Water to Africa, Relay for Life, Agape, Special Olympics, UT Speech and Hearing Center, Blue Santa and Brown Santa, Just Because, Play for All Abilities Park, Project Care Case, Hope Alliance, Texas School for the Deaf, Faith in Action. Lion Club and his own non-profit: Share the Will which supports veterans in need. The wellbeing of veterans is extremely important to Will and his personal ministry. We are honored to have him on our Board.