September 23, 2014

John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” That statement echoes the efforts of the Dallas Regional Chamber's Leadership Dallas.

Mark Buskuhl, HKS associate principal and director for commercial architecture, was named part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s 40th class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the region.

“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2015 has been selected based on their commitment to the Dallas community as well as their high potential for leadership,” said Dale Petroskey, president and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “Leadership Dallas is a real commitment, and these individuals will spend many hours gaining a deeper understanding of what makes the Dallas region a great place to live, work and play. When their year is completed, each one of them will better appreciate this community, be in a better position to play a leadership role in helping make the Dallas region even better than it already is, and gain some lifelong friends and colleagues.”

Leadership Dallas, founded in 1975, prepares diverse leaders to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas region. The program is not a starting point, but rather a professional development opportunity for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders.

This 10-month educational program enables participants to develop their leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and current community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects and other leadership development activities, the participants receive in-depth exposure to the critical issues facing the community and are challenged to apply their talents toward these issues for years to come.

Buskuhl has been responsible for serving as principal-in-charge on some the largest and most prestigious projects in Texas including the FedEx Regional Headquarters Building in Plano; Raytheon Regional Headquarters in Richardson, 311 Bowie Street in Austin; Brazos Electric Corporate Headquarters in Waco and Quarry Oaks Campus in Austin.

He established HKS’ presence in the United Kingdom by opening the London office. He also has been responsible for several international projects in Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, India and the United Kingdom for commercial, mixed-use, residential and healthcare clients.

For more than 14 years, Buskuhl has led design teams for the delivery of office buildings, corporate relocations, consolidations and the repositioning of assets. He has a holistic approach to projects, beginning with the implementation of a workplace strategy reflective of a client’s business objective, and ending with a project’s measure of success. He believes a well-executed project is measured by how well it performs for his clients functionally, aesthetically and financially.

 "Leadership Dallas participants dive deep into the history and current affairs of the Dallas region, focusing on the challenges we are facing as a community. Through this extensive exploration, they often find passion for issues previously unknown to them,” said Kari Nelson, Director of Leadership for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that each Leadership Dallas graduate is able to use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to influence positive change for the future of the Dallas region as experienced and dedicated community leaders.”

In 39 years, Leadership Dallas has graduated more than 1,900 men and women who continue to provide leadership in the region. Among them, nearly 250 alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current organization, 32 have founded their own business, two are former police chiefs, two are former U.S. Ambassadors, one is a former U.S. Attorney and 10 are currently serving as elected officials at the city, state or national level.

The Dallas Regional Chamber is the area’s leading membership-driven business organization committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. The Chamber works to ensure the Dallas region will become the most economically prosperous region – and the most desirable place to live and work – in the United States. The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses that represent all facets of the North Texas business community. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,498 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at

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