June 13, 2017
— The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is pleased to announce the addition of 11 prestigious board members ranging from former Governor of Arizona, John Fife Symington, III, and San Antonio Spurs investor, Charles Amato, to some of Fort Worth’s most successful and influential business executives. The board will play a vital role in fundraising, engaging the community, and furthering BRIT’s efforts in becoming a national, top-tiered plant research and education organization.
“You couldn’t ask for a better 30th anniversary present,” said Ed Schneider, President and Executive Director of BRIT. “Our outstanding board has a clear sense of mission and is committed to helping BRIT achieve its educational and research goals.”
Thanks to board outreach and support, BRIT has developed partnerships with educational institutions, state government departments and NGO’s. In the next six months, BRIT will be announcing a series of new relationships enhancing both its research and education departments.
In all negotiations, board members are instrumental in helping determine relationship fit and match to mission. BRIT’s active board prides itself in its ability to make local, national, and global connections that advance BRIT’s long-term financial and operational commitments.
New board members include: D. Bradley Bourland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diesslin Group, Inc.; Marilyn Gilbert, Executive Vice President, Marketing for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Marie Holliday, owner of multiple business in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square; former Arizona Governor John Fife Symington, III; Jane Schoomaker, Managing Director at J.P Morgan; Lewis D. Wall, III shareholder at Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C.; Charles Amato, Chairman and co-founder of SWBC; James Estill, co-founder and former President of Calloway’s Nursery; and Debbie Morrison Keller, community volunteer.
In addition, Marilyn Gilbert will Chair BRIT’s Community Engagement and Marketing Committee and D. Bradley Bourland will chair BRIT’s Investment Committee.
About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a non-profit, international research and education center that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world.
BRIT’s scientists and educators work together in achieving the organization’s two-fold mission of conservation and education. Its scientists travel the globe investigating habitats, finding rare and endangered plant species, and understanding the interactions between humans and the environment. BRIT educators create new ways to turn information into knowledge through outdoor discovery, discussion, and experiential learning for both students and teachers.
BRIT’s work impacts our community and the world in a number of functional areas, including environment, by giving people a local sense of stewardship; society, by training a new generation of thinkers and problem solvers; and conservation, by offering methods for better stewardship of the land.
BRIT is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.brit.org.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Contact: Chris Chilton