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Texas Trust SVP Named to Texas Live! Community Advisory Committee
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 6:55 AM

Texas Trust Ron Smith
Ron Smith (center) from Texas Trust CU with a few of the Texas Live! Community Advisory Committee members at the groundbreaking ceremony for the $250 million entertainment venue.

Financial veteran Ron Smith of Texas Trust Credit Union has been appointed to the Community Advisory Committee for Texas Live!, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies announced today. Texas Live! is a world-class, $250 million development featuring dining, entertainment, a hotel, and convention center. It's part of a larger $1.25 billion vision for the Arlington Stadium District that includes the new Rangers ballpark.

The 20-member committee serves as an advisory board, acting as liaisons between the Texas Live! development team and the community. The committee advises and assists with local hiring to ensure the project’s diversity goals are achieved; and it facilitates participation of local businesses involved in the construction of the project. The committee also establishes internships and scholarships for local students and awards charitable grants to support worthwhile causes. Committee members serve as local ambassadors for the Texas Live! project.

“We are very fortunate to have Ron Smith as a member of our Community Advisory Committee,” stated Luwanda Jenkins, vice president of community relations and diversity for The Cordish Companies. “In forming this committee, it was important for us to find individuals across all backgrounds. Ron’s expertise in banking will help local businesses benefit from the economic opportunities that will be created as part of the broader vision for Texas Live!”

“I am honored to be part of this wonderful new development,” said Ron Smith, senior vice president of retail operations with Texas Trust Credit Union. “Arlington has benefited greatly from the AT&T stadium and Globe Life Park, but there are days when those facilities are not in use. Texas Live! will fill in those gaps and bring an exciting year-round destination to Arlington.”

Smith added, “Arlington is Texas Trust’s home. We look forward to being involved in many projects like Texas Live! in the future.”

In his role at Texas Trust Credit Union, Smith oversees the credit union’s retail operations. He brings to the committee a keen business sense for advising the development team on the type of establishments to target for Texas Live!

About Texas Live!
Texas Live!, a partnership between The Cordish Companies and the Texas Rangers, is a dynamic $250 million world-class dining, entertainment, and hospitality district nestled between the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in the heart of Arlington. The project is part of a greater $1.25 billion vision for the Arlington stadium district that features a new Rangers ballpark. Texas Live! will feature 200,000 square feet of best-in-class restaurants, retail and entertainment venues, a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion, as well as a full-service, 300-room convention hotel and 35,000 square feet of meeting/convention space. Texas Live! will bring more than 3,000 new jobs and 3 million new visitors to Arlington upon opening in 2018. For more information, visit texas-live.com

About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust Credit Union was created in 1936 when a group of Chance Vought Aircraft Corporation employees pooled their savings so they could help each other achieve financial goals. Today, more than 84,500 members are served through checking and savings accounts; loans (personal, mortgage, auto, and small business); credit cards; insurance products; and investment services. Texas Trust Credit Union supports local students through its “Spirit Debit Rewards” program. With every swipe of an eligible SDR card, funds are donated to the school or district of the member’s choosing. To date, Texas Trust has donated more than $1.3 million since August 2011. Texas Trust serves members in Dallas, Tarrant, Henderson, Ellis, and Johnson counties through 17 locations in Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, DeSoto, Hurst, and Athens. With assets of $1 billion, Texas Trust is one of the largest credit unions in North Texas and the 17th largest in Texas. For more information, visit TexasTrustCU.org or follow us on facebook.com/texastrustcu or Twitter at @texastrustcu