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
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.
Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore
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!
Ivan has brought experience from his career in Human Resources, from living in other cities and countries, and from serving in a number of civic and private volunteer roles to Addison’s City Council.
Ivan’s career in Human Resources began with Texas Instruments which he joined after completing master’s degrees in Labor & Industrial Relations and German at Michigan State University. Over the course of his career, Ivan worked for a number of companies including Sterling Software and CenturyLink where Ivan was the Senior Human Resources Officer. Ivan’s career allowed him to live in a number of countries including France, Germany, and the UK.
Prior to be being elected to City Council, Ivan served Addison as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, as Board Chair of the Addison Legacy Commission, and as Treasurer for the Addison 2012 Bond Campaign PAC. Other local community service included Board membership on the Oaks North HOA and Chairmanship of his church’s Finance Committee. Ivan is a graduate of Addison’s Citizens Academy and the Metrocrest Leadership Program and is proud to have been selected as a Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Rising Star.
Ivan considers himself a Texan even though he was born in Pennsylvania. He and his wife came to the Metroplex over 38 years ago and have viewed it as home ever since. Their two children were born in Dallas and live with their families in Houston and Oklahoma City. Ivan is a regular at the Addison Athletic Center and enjoys music, languages, and family time. He’s a loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts and the Shriners. He and his wife are foodies – and with Addison’s 180+ restaurants, he says there is no better place for foodies to live than Addison. Ivan likes to comment that he and his wife would not have known to appreciate Addison as they do if they had not lived in other cities.
Ivan was re-elected to Addison’s City Council in May 2017 and currently serves as Addison’s Mayor Pro Tempore and on the Council’s Finance Committee. Additionally, Ivan is a Council liaison to the Addison Legacy Foundation, the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and the World Affairs Council.
A resident of Addison since 1987, Guillermo Quintanilla is one of those Texans who “got here as soon as I could.” The Chicago native moved to Texas to complete his studies in mechanical engineering environmental technology at the University of Houston before moving to Addison.
GQ has 25 years of experience designing and managing the installation of piping systems for gas, chemical distribution, waste, and water collection systems. He has been a small business owner since 1994, where he has developed problem solving skills as a leader and a manager. GQ recognizes that Addison is more than 60 years old and fully understands the infrastructure challenges it faces. His experiences in this field will be invaluable to the Town as a member of the city council.
GQ and his wife Denise, a human resources executive, live in Midway Meadows. A self-described workaholic, he also makes time for gardening and cheering for the Texas Rangers.
Lori enjoys reading, movies and spending time with friends and her Pomapoo, Rally.
Marlin Willesen has been an Addison resident since 1998 when he celebrated his birthday by purchasing a home in the Townhomes of Addison. Over the past two decades he has become increasingly active with the Townhomes of Addison community, serving on its board of directors, website and social media team, and architectural committee.
His interest in community service goes well beyond the boundaries of his neighborhood. Marlin is a graduate of Addison’s Citizen Academy and Leadership Metrocrest. He serves as a Town of Addison liaison on the Finance Committee, Community Partners Bureau, Cavanaugh Flight Museum and is active in the Addison Addvocates Adopt-a-Park program. He sat on the board of the Addison Legacy Foundation and is currently the captain of the course guides for the foundation’s annual Run the Lights 5K and Fun Run.
Marlin’s nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry has prepared him to serve the community well as a member of the Addison City Council. He is a skilled negotiator with team building, sales expertise and a can-do mindset. As President of 2W Communications over the last two decades, Marlin has proven he is a strong business development professional who is also dedicated to making Addison a great place to live, work, and play.
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