Today the Dallas Regional Chamber hit a home run when we announced Dale Petroskey will join us as President and CEO following Amb. Oberwetter’s upcoming retirement on March 31.
His resume is impressive. You can read it here, but here’s the short version: Dale comes to us with over 30 years of leadership experience, a national network of resources and a proven track record in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. His talents have been put to work in the White House, as Assistant Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan; at National Geographic, as Senior Vice President for Mission Programs; and as President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In addition, he has served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Community Development for the Texas Rangers; and Vice President, Public Affairs, for Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
His references are equally impressive.
“I’ve known Dale for many years and worked closely with him at the Rangers. He works well with people, and I feel this is a good fit for him and for Dallas. Ruth and I look forward to Dale and Ann being back in Texas,” said former Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, who is now executive advisor with the Houston Astros.
And, local business icon Ray L. Hunt, chairman, president and CEO of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., shared his insights as well.
“I am extremely pleased with the selection of Dale Petroskey as the new President of the Dallas Regional Chamber. It will be extremely difficult for anyone to follow Jim Oberwetter, but if anyone can do it successfully, it will be Dale,” said Hunt. “I have known Dale personally for a number of years and he possesses a set of skills and experiences in the private sector, the not-for-profit community and the public sector that would be almost impossible for anyone else to duplicate. Fortunately, Dale’s set of skills and experiences is exactly what will be required for the Dallas Regional Chamber to continue to grow and expand its influence in the future.”
Needless to say, this is an exciting time for the Chamber and its members.
“Dale is eager to build on the solid foundation Amb. Oberwetter built, and will continue moving the Chamber towards achieving its strategic initiatives, driving economic prosperity and improving the quality of life throughout the region.” said Stephen L. Mansfield, Ph.D, FACHE, Dallas Regional Chamber chairman of the board, in a recent email to members.
“I am humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Dallas Regional Chamber and serve this wonderful community,” Petroskey said. “Ambassador Oberwetter has built a fantastic team and worked closely with the Board to develop and implement a strategic plan that I believe in. What an impressive job he has done over the past five years!
“There is now no more attractive place in the country for business, and I look forward to working with the Board, staff, member companies, policymakers, and regional partners to help make life here in the Dallas region even better than it already is.”
The announcement comes after a four-month national search led by former board Chairman Clint McDonnough and a team of board members, and aided by executive search firm Spencer Stuart.
“We had several highly qualified candidates, but the more we spoke with him the more obvious it became that Dale belonged at the Chamber. He is poised to take the next steps in helping the Chamber meet the growing needs of a dynamic region, and is committed to providing our members with the resources they need for their businesses to excel,” said McDonnough.
“We are confident that he is the right man to lead the Chamber going forward, and we’re excited about what the future holds,” said Dr. Mansfield.
Petroskey is relocating from Los Angeles, but thanks to his time with the Texas Rangers he is no stranger to Dallas.
“I knew Dale during his time with the Rangers, and worked with him on a United Way fundraising initiative. I have always been impressed with his leadership skills and his ability to energize a team around a common goal. I’m really looking forward to seeing him put those skills to work at the Chamber,” said McDonnough.
Petroskey will meet with members and community leaders during the months ahead, and is looking forward to returning to North Texas.
“Ann and I experienced first-hand what a welcoming and vibrant community Dallas is, and we are very excited to be coming back,” said Petroskey. “It’s alive with opportunities and a can-do spirit, and you can sense an optimism about the future more than any other place we’ve lived. We look forward to being back with our good friends, and to making many more in the business community and beyond. And, of course, we’re thrilled to be back in the same town as our daughter, Kathleen, who came to SMU in 2006 and has never left.”
Petroskey and his wife, Ann, both graduates of Michigan State University, have been married for 35 years. They have three grown children: Kathleen, an SMU graduate living in Dallas and working for Worldwide Express; Frank, a Tufts University graduate living and working in New York City; and Claire, a College of Charleston graduate living and working in Charleston, SC.