Mayor and City Council
Mayor Joe Chow moved from Taiwan to the United States in 1979 and completed his Master of Administrative Studies degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in1980.
Mayor Joe Chow was elected as Mayor of Addison in May of 2005 and was first elected to the City Council in May of 2002 and served as Mayor Pro Tempore in 2004. He was recently re-elected as Mayor on May 6, 2017. After working for several businesses in the restaurant industry, Chow opened his own restaurant, May Dragon, in 1986. He is an insurance agent and also holds a real estate license.
Mayor Chow enjoys his free time playing various sports and spending time with his seven children, 4 grandchildren and wife, Chi Chi.
· Founder and Owner of May Dragon Restaurant in Addison for 30 Years
· Realtor and Insurance Agent
ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICE
· Mayor of Addison(2005-2011)
· Mayor Pro-Temp of Addison (2004)
· City Council of Addison (2002-2005)
· MAS, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1980
· BA, National Chung Hsing University, Taipei 1977
CIVIC LEADERSHIP MEMBERSHIP
· Addison Business Association
· Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce
· Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce
FORMER BOARD DIRECTOR
· Texas Medical Radiologic Technology-Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott
· Boy Scouts of America
· Contact Crisis Line
· North Texas Commission
· Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
· Dallas Assembly
· North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
· Texas Association of Business
Mayor Pro Tempore
Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore
Jim Duffy has been active in the Addison community for more than thirty years, both as a community leader and former Council Member, but also as a general contractor and construction executive for develelopers who helped shape the current Addison landscape. A past chair of both the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, Jim also served as a Council Member from 1986 – 1991. He was the founding chairman of the North Texas Film Commission and a member of the Addison DART election steering committee.
A charter member of the Addison Midday Rotary Club, Jim is also past president of the Addison Rotary Club. He received the District 5810 “Service Above Self” award in 2013, was named “Rotarian of the Year” in 2014 and received the “Service to New Generations” award in 2015. Jim’s Rotary passion is Camp RYLA where he is a member of the District 5810 Camp RYLA Committee and Camp Operations Director. He has been involved in RYLA since he entered Rotary in 1991.
Jim is retired after a career in the construction and development business. His broad professional experience includes managing complex construction projects from development through to construction. He has overseen multiple projects on a national scale and small local projects, including new construction, expansions, renovations, and infrastructure projects in the public and private commercial and multifamily markets.
Jim is married to Donna and they have two grown daughters, Shelleigh Rorie and Deena Martin, and one granddaughter, Laney Grace Martin.
Tom Braun and his wife Anita have lived in their home on Lexus Avenue since 1992. Having lived in Addison for more than 25 years, Tom and Anita have developed a deep sense of pride in our Town. They are grateful for the quality of life that Addison offers and they have remained here all these years because they love the sense of a small town community within a big city.
Tom has a degree in Construction Management and Engineering from Kansas State University. In 2004 Tom founded VertiCon Construction to serve the growing North Texas region. VertiCon is a commercial general contractor specializing in offices, restaurants, retail & medical facilities. In 2006, Tom also founded VertiCon Residential which specializes in custom residential projects.
Tom has had the honor & privilege of previously serving the citizens on City Council from 2004 until 2010. In addition to past service on City Council, Tom’s community involvement includes:
· Planning & Zoning Commissioner
· 2016 Inwood Road Study Committee
· Addison “2030” Vision Project
· Addison Charter Review Commission
· Addison Citizen’s Academy graduate
· Metrocrest Social Services-Addison Council Liaison
· Special Care & Career Services-Addison Council Liaison
· WaterTower Theatre- Addison Council Liaison
· DISD George HW Bush Elementary School- Addison Council Liaison
Tom & Anita enjoy traveling, scuba diving, theater, and art collecting. Anita was a past board member of the WaterTower Theatre. They have a yellow Labrador, Sonny, who loves people and other dogs, and needs lots of exercise……so if you are in the neighborhood, Tom says please stop by and visit!
Paul Walden is a lifelong resident of the North Dallas area and has lived in Addison since 2008. He attended Thomas Jefferson High school and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He served in multiple positions in law enforcement following graduation for more than eight years before changing careers. For most of the past 25 years, Paul has worked in the corporate insurance industry. He currently is the Business Developer Specialist at Great American Insurance.
Always active in his community, Paul served on the Farmers Branch City Council for six years before relocating to Addison. Prior to running for Addison City Council in May 2016, Paul was Vice Chairman of Addison’s Bond Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2012 and served as President of the Addison Timbers Homeowners Association from 2011-2014.
Paul is married with two daughters and two step sons. His hobbies include golf, water gardening and traveling and he is a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch.
Lori Ward is a Texas transplant and resident of Addison Circle. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, with a BA degree in Spanish, earning the Phi Beta Kappa designation. She taught Spanish for several semesters at OU while working toward a graduate degree, in preparation for her transition into the corporate world. For most of the past 22 years, Lori has worked in Commercial Business Development and Management. Lori currently oversees the Addison, TX office for a web-based GPS tracking firm and handles business transactions across the United States and Latin America.
Always passionate about service to her community, Lori became involved in the Addison Midday Rotary Club shortly after relocating to Texas. She currently serves as Program Chairperson and participates in their many service projects that demonstrate Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.
Lori enjoys reading, movies and dining out with friends in Addison.
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