2015 H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner

The H. Neil Mallon Award honors its recipient for dedication to international relationships - business and personal - that enhance the standing of North Texas around the world.

2015 Honoree

The Honorable Richard W. Fisher

President and Chief Executive Officer (2005-2015), Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

A first-generation American, the Honorable Richard W. Fisher assumed the office of president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on April 4, 2005. In this role, Fisher serves as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve's principal monetary policymaking group.

Fisher is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Fisher began his career in 1975 at the private bank of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he specialized in fixed income and foreign exchange markets. He became assistant to the secretary of the Treasury during the Carter administration, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978-79. He then returned to Brown Brothers to found their Texas operations in Dallas.

In 1987, Fisher created Fisher Capital Management and a separate funds-management firm, Fisher Ewing Partners. Fisher Ewing's sole fund, Value Partners, earned a compound rate of return of 24 percent per annum during his period as managing partner. He sold his controlling interests in both firms when he rejoined the government in 1997.

From 1997 to 2001, Fisher was deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador. He oversaw the implementation of NAFTA and various agreements with Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chile and Singapore. He was a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China's and Taiwan's accession to the World Trade Organization.

Throughout his career, Fisher has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He has also maintained his academic interests, teaching graduate courses and serving on several university boards. Fisher serves on Harvard University's Board of Overseers, one of the university's two governing boards, where he chairs the board's committee on finance, administration and management and sits on the Inspection (Audit) Committee. He was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard in 2001, is an honorary fellow of Hertford College at Oxford University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In October 2006, Fisher received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. In April 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame. In September 2014, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

Fisher is on the Board of Directors at Pepsi Co and AT&T. In June, he joined Barclays as a Senior Advisor.



The Honorable George P. Shultz

60th Secretary of State

George Pratt Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, in academia and in the world of business. He is one of only two individuals in American history to hold four different federal cabinet posts; he taught at three of the nation's great universities (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago and Stanford); and, for 8 years, was president and director of Bechtel Group, the major engineering, construction and project management company.


Conversation Moderator

Evan Thomas

Former Editor-at-Large, Newsweek, and best-selling author

Evan Thomas has written books about historical figures ranging from Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones to Robert Kennedy and President Richard Nixon.

He’s also a writer honored for his ability to cover current affairs. Thomas’ “50,000 word narrative” of the 2004 election in Newsweek resulted in his second National Magazine Award.

Thomas’ magazine career includes working as a writer and editor at TIME Magazine from 1977 to 1986 when he began his career with Newsweek, serving as its Washington bureau chief until 1996. He was assistant managing editor from 1991 to 2006 and served as Newsweek’s Editor-at-Large beginning in 2006.

His books include Sea of Thunder, about World War II in the Pacific; the biography John Paul Jones; Robert Kennedy: His Life and several other historical volumes. His latest book, published in June, is Nixon: A Man Divided.

Friday, October 16, 2015 • Hilton Anatole
6:30 PM Patrons'* & General Receptions
7:30 PM Dinner & Award Presentation

Recipients of the H. Neil Mallon Awards have been selected by the Council for their notable achievements in promoting the international focus of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Presented anually, this award is named for H. Neil Mallon, the late chairman of Dresser Industries, who founded the World Affairs Council in Dallas in 1951.

Past Recipients