IRVING, TEXAS ––Make-A-Wish® North Texas is pleased to announce that Jamil N. Alibhai and Calvin Carter will be joining the Board of Directors. The Board provides leadership for carrying out the mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses across the 161 North Texas counties served.
“Both Jamil and Calvin bring a wealth of experience in corporate and community leadership and will undoubtedly provide invaluable strategic guidance,” said Scotty Landry, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish North Texas. “We are very excited to welcome them to our Board of Directors.”
New Board Member: Jamil N. Alibhai – Chair, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Jamil N. Alibhai is a member of Munck Wilson Mandala’s executive committee and chairs the complex litigation/dispute resolution group. As a college student, Alibhai was a skilled debater and represented his alma mater (NYU) at the National, North American and World Parliamentary Debate Championships. In 2015, Alibhai was honored as one of National Law Journal’s winning litigators for his work on a patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation case that was tried to a jury. That year, Munck Wilson was also among the firms recognized by NLJ as America’s Elite Trial Lawyers. Alibhai continues to take on challenging cases that result in remarkable wins for his clients. His litigation team represents clients in intellectual property disputes, complex commercial litigation cases and appeals in state and federal courts nationwide.
Alibhai has an immense and successful history of representation, along with numerous publications and media accolades and awards. Alibhai is a member of the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association.
“Make-A-Wish changes the lives of young children—and their families. I’m excited to be part of such an impactful organization,” Alibhai said.
New Board Member: Calvin Carter – CEO and Founder, Bottle Rocket
Calvin Carter built Bottle Rocket on the belief that exceptionally innovative technology redefines our lives.
In March 2008, the day after Steve Jobs announced the iPhone was open to third-party developers and months before the App Store opened, Calvin launched Bottle Rocket. His visionary and entrepreneurial spirit would earn him the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2013. Carter has pushed Bottle Rocket to become a renowned mobile and connected device specialist that connects future-focused brands and their customers through sophisticated, yet simple, mobile experiences. With more than 350 iOS, Android, streaming device, wearable, AR/VR, voice, and TV experiences designed and developed to date, Bottle Rocket continues to win awards and set new standards in connecting people to what they want.
Before becoming a leader in mobile user experience with a team of more than 200 Rocketeers, Carter ran a private equity and business development company.
Carter has founded and co-founded several other businesses, including i.con interactive, an Internet software development and professional services company. This company eventually merged with seven other Internet firms to form Luminant Worldwide, a publicly-traded company with $160 million in revenue, and more than 1,000 professionals. Outside of Bottle Rocket, Carter serves on numerous corporate advisory boards and has served as president of the Dallas Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization, an international membership organization of more than 5,500 business owners worldwide. He later served on the President’s Council of EO and as its North American Regional Director.
Carter holds degrees in Accounting and Organizational Behavior and Business Policy from Southern Methodist University, and is a graduate of the Stagen Integral Leadership Program and Transformational Leadership Program. Carter and his wife Kelly have twin daughters, Caden and Kellan, and are proud to call Dallas home.
“I’m thrilled to officially be a part of such a wonderful organization that brings joy to children around the world,” Carter said. “My company has had the privilege of fulfilling a wish for an 11-year old from Connecticut and I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The work this organization is doing matters and I’m excited to become even more involved as a member of this prestigious board alongside many other local leaders.”
Kathy Leonard, President of Freeman+Leonard, will serve as Chair of the 2018 Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish North Texas.
Other Board of Directors continuing their service are Robert Lloyd – Chair Elect, Jannah Hodges – Secretary, Randol Justice – Treasurer, Dan Berner, Dr. Kendall Brown, Steve Dumaine, Derrick Evers, Leslie Starr Keating, Shari Krueger, John Martillo, Josh Paine, David Solomon, Rachel Stephens, Jim Sturm, Darrin Weber, Howard Westerman and Thomas Wheat.