The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

For Youth Development ®
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility

10th Annual Key Leaders Event


Rounding out a busy two weeks, the Dallas Y held the 10th Annual YMCA Key Leaders Lunch on November 14th. More than four hundred community and YMCA leaders from around the area were in attendance. 

Gray Mayes, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors welcomed the group and served as the afternoon’s host. The event encouraged key area business leaders to become more involved in the community by highlighting the YMCA’s future strategies for strengthening the foundation of our community by nurturing youth development, energizing healthy living and inspiring social responsibility.

Mark Fenton, is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant served as the key note speaker. Fenton spoke about building a world where people can comfortably; conveniently and enjoyably get physical activity in their lives. He spoke how City officials and planners must look at the city’s environment including site design standard to create more mixed uses sites designed to welcome pedestrians, cyclist and transit riders and development of trails and greenway network. He challenged us as individuals instead of “carving out time to exercise” we must build physical activity in our everyday lives. 

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the lunch who included: The Beck Group as the Healthy Living Sponsor and Table Sponsors Bank of America, Garrett Boone, Children’s Medical Center, Comerica, Haynes and Boone, Mary Kay, Microsoft, MHBT, Oncor, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Texas Instruments, State Representative Scott Turner, Tyler
Technologies and Jackson walker. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday season. With your continued support, we are able to nurture the potential of kids, improve our community’s health and wellbeing and give back and support our neighbors.



Gordon Echtenkamp, President/CEO


Todd Whitthorne, Gordon Echtenkamp, Margaret Keliher, Mark Fenton and Crayton Webb