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Thank You for Your Service

May 13, 2013 04:27PM ● By tina

Jeff Wang and Al Zito have dedicated countless volunteer hours to the city of Southlake.

City View by John Terrell, Mayor of Southlake

In April, the city celebrated its volunteers with a gathering at the Hilton Hotel. This special group of people volunteered more than 38,200 hours of service to city departments, saving the city more than $846,000! This month, I would like to focus on two volunteers concluding their service on the city council in a few weeks. 

Jeff Wang, a longtime friend who previously graced the cover of Southlake Style, has volunteered for the City of Southlake since 2002, when he first got involved with the Southlake 2025 plan, the predecessor to the Southlake 2030 plan. Through the years, Jeff has offered thoughtful insights while serving on the Joint Utilization Committee (2003–04), the Southlake Program for Involvement of Neighborhoods Standing Committee (2001–06), the Planning and Zoning Commission (2006­–10) and on the city council. Besides Jeff’s service on city boards and commissions, he has also been busy as the President of Southlake Sister Cities, a member of Southlake Citizens on Patrol, the Community Emergency Response Team, and he’s a founding member of the Southlake DPS Citizens Association. The list is long and impressive, but it shouldn’t be surprising since Jeff holds two Master of Science degrees and is the founder of his own company, Argosy Technology. I have known Jeff for more than 10 years, and I am always amazed at the breadth and depth of his knowledge on important issues here at home and around the world. His global perspective has benefitted Southlake in so many different ways, and while he is stepping away from the council, I know that we can still count on him to stay involved as our great city grows and evolves. 

Al Zito has lived in Southlake since 2004 and has served on the Southlake City Council since 2010. When he’s not busy running his own business, he’s contributing to the Arts Committee (2010–13), the Audit Committee (2010–13), Metroport Teen Court (2011–13), Southlake 2030 Plan Committee (2010–13), the Southlake Parks Development Corporation (2010–13) and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 (2010–13). It’s quite a list for a man who is also a devoted husband and father. During his time on the city council, Al has been involved in numerous important council decisions and has dedicated countless hours in the pursuit of bettering the city. Al has a great passion for Southlake and its citizens. That passion was evident in every meeting, event and hearing in which he was involved. As Al can tell you, volunteering as a City of Southlake council member is very time-consuming, but seeing children and families enjoy the benefits of a new park or one of our special events makes it worth it. 

I’m not sure exactly how many of the 38,000-plus volunteer hours Jeff and Al contributed, but I am grateful that their time counts as part of the total. Both men have given back to this community in ways that can’t be measured, and I would like to personally and publically thank them for their service. I know that we have not heard the last from them, and I look forward to working with them in the future. 

On May 14, council member Brandon Bledsoe will be sworn in for his second term as the place three representative. Also being sworn in that day is returning council member-elect Laura Hill (place five) and council member-elect Randy Williamson (place four). I look forward to working with the new team.

See you in Southlake.

John Terrell Mayor of Southlake

John Terrell, vice president of commercial development for DFW Airport, has spent countless volunteer hours in service to the City of Southlake.  He served two terms on the city council prior to becoming elected Southlake's Mayor in 2009 and again in 2012.  Married to wife Joanne and father to two Dragons, the 2012 Southlake Citizen of the Year has called Southlake home for more than 15 years.