Former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Honored by World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


Council’s Prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award Presented to Mike Rawlings

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presented its most prestigious honor, the H. Neil Mallon Award, to former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on November 1, 2019 in recognition of his public service, civic and business leadership that has advanced Dallas’ local and national reputation.

“I am honored to join the distinguished list of leaders who have received this award from the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. It was a very special night celebrating Dallas with family and friends.” said Rawlings.

“Mayor Rawlings has consistently met with international leaders, here and abroad, to promote the continued growth of this region and making Dallas among the leading U.S. cities in global stature.  We are privileged to award him our highest honor.” Council Chairman Jorge Baldor said.

Rawlings is the 36th recipient of the award. The Mallon Award is presented annually to individuals who have excelled at promoting the international focus and increasing the international impact of North Texas.  It is named for H. Neil Mallon, the late chairman of Dresser Industries, who was the founder of the Dallas Council on World Affairs, now known as the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

The thirty-five previous honorees have included global technology, transportation and energy company leaders, international and national developers, and distinguished public servants. This year, Rawlings will join President George H.W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Lucy Billingsley, Ross Perot and Ross Perot, Jr., Ray Hunt, Rex Tillerson, Trammell Crow, Sr., and Stanley Marcus as a recipient of this prestigious award.

This year’s event featured a conversation between Rawlings and Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly. Hollandsworth is an award-winning journalist and screenwriter best known for co-writing the 2011 movie “Bernie” based on his Texas Monthly article, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas” and book The Midnight Assassin.

The Mallon Dinner was Chaired by Craig and Katherine Hall.

Presenting Sponsor: Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated

Underwriting sponsors for the 2019 Mallon Award Dinner are: American Airlines Group, AT&T, Bell, Toni Brinker, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Hillwood, Texas Instruments.

Platinum Patrons: Marjorie A. Adams, Baker Botts L.L.P., Barnes & Thornburg LLP, CIC Partners, The Dallas Morning NewsDallas Business Journal, EarthX, Essilor of America, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Foley Lardner, LLP, Friends of (former) Mayor Mike, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, HALL Group, HKS, Interceramic, JPMorgan Chase Bank,  Jones Day, Kosmos Energy, KPMG LLP, Linda and Mitch Hart, Luther King Capital Management, Mercado369, Mercury One, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, M.O.B. Family Foundation/Susan and Bill Montgomery, MoneyGram International, Inc., MRR & Associates, Petro-Hunt LLC, PwC, Quin Mathews Film, Texas Capital Bank, Trans Global Technologies, Inc., Vistra Energy and Wipro

Gold Patrons: Access Healthcare Services USA, LLC, Bain & Company, Bank of America, Baylor University – HankamerSchool of Business, The Beck Group, Barbara and Bill Benac, Nafisa and Shawn Bhagat, Billingsley Company, Comerica Bank, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep School, Crow Holdings, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas Regional Chamber, Michael and Shelly Dee, Deloitte, The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, Terrell and Jim Falk, Fan Law Office, Frost Bank, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., Ginny & Steve LaSala/Susie & Jim Riley, Goodman Global Consulting, Grant Thornton LLP, Abe Haddad Smith Group Holding, Maisie L. Heiken, Hill+KnowltonStrategies, Samina Hooda, Jackson Walker, Cher and David Jacobs, Ambassador Robert W. Jordan and Kathy Donovan, Yon Y. Jorden, KERA, Dr. Charles and Mary Ku, Living Mountain Capital, Locke Lord LLP, Lottye & Bobby Lyle, MC Smith Interests / Mike and Mitzi Wadsworth, Nancy Cain Marcus, Mercado369, Patrick and Mary Ann Murray, Naveen Jindal School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas, Pegasus Bank, Pinnacle Facility Engineering, Inc., Leal and Peter Brodsky, Santander Bank, N.A., SB International, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley &  Norton, LLP, Linda and Richard Shaffer, Solender/Hall, Inc, Southern Methodist University, Sue and Jim Spaniolo, TDKrause Consulting, Texas Central, Texas Prince Properties Inc., Trinity Industries, UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation, and Weitzman.

The funds raised from this event will support the programs and educational initiatives of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.  For more than 65 years, the World Affairs Council has educated the citizens of North Texas on crucial issues of international affairs, foreign policy and international business that affect the lives and security of all Americans.

About the World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth mission is to educate and engage the community in local, national, and global affairs. Individuals interested in membership to the World Affairs Council can visit 
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Dallas Real Estate community including Craig Hall, Kathy Hall, Herb Weitzman, Jack Matthews, Lucy Billingsley, and Trammell Crow surprises Mike Rawlings with an endowed lecture in his honor with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.


Mike Rawlings receives 2019 H. Neil Mallon Award. Left to right: Lucy Billingsley, Mike Rawlings, and Jorge Baldor.


Dirk: Dirk Nowitzki attended the H. Neil Mallon Awards honoring Mike Rawlings. Left to right: Council Marketing Director Kara Schectman, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and the evening’s host Mark Schectman.