2024 Executive Leadership Team
The Côtes du Coeur Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is made up of top-level business executives and community leaders. Through the coordination of focused business leaders in the Dallas community, we will be able to grow the support of Côtes du Coeur by connecting corporations and individuals as they join together to raise funds for the Nation’s number one killer – heart disease.
Rick & Trisha Allen
Co-Founder, Paragon Healthcare
2024 Côtes du Coeur Chairs
Anne is a transformative business leader whose trailblazing corporate career spans over three decades in the technology and business sectors. As the first woman of color CEO in AT&T’s 140+ year history, she led AT&T Business, a $35B global operating unit comprised of 35,000 people. Anne is currently Lead Director on the Board of Directors of FranklinCovey, a company dedicated to organizational transformation through leadership, execution, and culture. She was also recently appointed Adjunct Professor of Executive Education at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Anne has been widely recognized for her role model inclusive leadership, driving success at the intersection of people, culture, and technology. She has been named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business twice, Forbes inaugural CEO Next List of Leaders set to revolutionize American business, and Light Reading’s Most Inspiring Woman in Communications. Anne is one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Gender Equity and was recently honored with the 2022 Legends in Leadership Award by Linkage, Inc., and 2022 Luminary Award by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance. She is the best-selling co-author of The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams, and her work has been featured in Fortune, Chief Executive Magazine, The Huffington Post, MarketWatch, and USA Today. She holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA with Distinction from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music.
Executive Director, Winstead PC
Wine Advisory Chair
Howard Mudrick serves as Winstead’s Executive Director. Howard has more than 35 years of experience assisting law firms and professional service organizations in all areas of management, strategic vision, finance and growth.
Throughout his career, Howard has combined his accounting background with his business management and financial planning skills to bring effective strategies to law firm management and operations. Howard is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at legal and professional services events.
Howard is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management; a member of the American Heart Association Côtes du Coeur Executive Leadership Team Board; and serves as Winery Chair for Côtes du Coeur.
Patti & Joe Brayton
Co-Founder, Paragon Healthcare
Joe Brayton served as Paragon’s Chief Financial Officer until July 2015. He has spent over 35 years as a Senior Executive in various industries. Prior to starting Paragon in 2002, Brayton served as Chief Operating Officer for Rx-Pro.com, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer for Park Pharmacy Corporation from 1999 through September 2002. From 1995 to 1999, Brayton served as Senior Vice President of technology for jASCorp, a pharmacy software company. From 1982 to 1995, Brayton was founder and CEO of Flagship Technology, Inc., a technology and consulting company which developed and supported software for various industries. Brayton holds a BBA in accounting and computer science from the University of Texas ‐ Dallas. Brayton has also earned accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Brayton is active in the community and has served on several non-profit Boards.
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Vice President & General Manager –
Majors & Markets at Ciena / Women at Ciena – Global Chair
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Senior Vice President Global Business
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John Levis is a senior partner in Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice with a focus on developing growth and innovation strategies for our clients.
John advises businesses on how to transform innovation from an intangible, aspirational concept into a meaningful business strategy that can drive greater productivity and lead to a competitive advantage in the marketplace. John also works to promote an innovative culture at clients and facilitates the sharing of innovative best practices and new ideas across their ecosystems. He has been a frequent writer and speaker at external forums and academic institutions on the changing nature of innovation in business today.
Prior to these roles, John served as the global Chief Innovation Officer for Deloitte driving a culture and strategy for innovation to more than 200,000 Deloitte professionals in over 100 countries world-wide. He was also the Regional Managing Director for Deloitte’s businesses throughout North and South America – the largest and fastest growing of Deloitte’s three global regions. Prior to that, John served in progressive leadership positions throughout the Deloitte U.S. firm, including Managing Director of Americas Region from 2009 to 2011; National Managing Principal, Strategy, Research & Innovation from 2007 to 2009; and Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte U.S. Firms from 2006 to 2009. Admitted into the Deloitte partnership in June 1997, John has served many of Deloitte’s largest TMT clients.
John received a Bachelor of mathematics degree in applied mathematics and engineering from the University of Waterloo and was a charter member of the Duke Innovation Working Group at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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Senior Vice President,
Global Retail Sales &
Eric is a builder of businesses and high-performance leadership teams. Eric has an exceptional track record of leadership and execution on a global stage connecting market and technology transitions to business models and go-to-market strategies spanning hardware to software and “as-a-service” across diverse segments of customers and routes to market.
Eric joined NCR Corporation in November 2016 where he leads the North American Retail Solutions Division. Prior to NCR, Eric held various Business Unit (BU) leadership roles at Cisco Systems over eight years. Most recently Eric was the Vice President of Product Management and Go-To-Market for the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) BU. Prior to moving into the SDN space, Eric was the Vice President and General Manager of the Hosted Collaboration Business Unit where he successfully launched the Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) that enables the delivery of Unified Communications and Collaboration as a Service (UCCaaS).
Prior to joining Cisco, Eric was the Vice President Americas sales at Polycom where he was charged with transforming the Go-To-Market model. Before Polycom, Eric spent over eleven years at Nortel Networks where he held numerous executive leadership positions across sales, channels, marketing, business development, and product management. He was recruited to Nortel via the Finance Leadership Development Program where he was rapidly exposed to a wide range of functional and organizational experiences over 36 months. Eric began his career journey at DSC Communications with roles in Corporate Strategy, Sales, and Marketing Operations. He holds a MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and studied at the London Business School as part of Leadership Edge; an executive leadership development program focusing on innovation and perspective, resources and processes, leadership skills and change, in high tech companies.
Eric is married with two children and lives in McKinney Texas. In his free time Eric supports his children’s many academic and extracurricular activities and events. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys early morning “Work-Outs of the Day”, and playing golf. He participates in his community through his church and serving on the American Heart Association executive board in Dallas Texas.
Global Service Provider
World Wide Technology
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