2017 FATHER OF THE YEAR HONOREES
Pierce M. Allman, Co-Founder, Director of Marketing, Allie Beth Allman and Associates
Graduate of Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University, 1954, B.A. in Radio/TV, Pierce attended SMU on a Dallas Morning News scholarship, carried newspaper route from junior high through college, plus holding five-part time jobs in college including a part time announcer at KIXL. Following graduation, Pierce served in the Strategic Air Command, USAF.
Returning to Dallas after service, Pierce worked as a deejay at WRR, KGKO, KBOX, and WFAA. Named Manager of Programming and Production at WFAA, youngest at clear channel station in US; he was the only on-scene broadcast of the JFK assassination from a telephone in the lobby of the Texas School Book Depository building (Secret Service later confirmed that the individual whom he asked for the telephone location was Lee Oswald leaving the building); his tape was used by several documentaries and is in National Archives; narrator for the audio tour of Sixth Floor Museum, so his name and voice have been heard by an international audience literally in the millions.
Throughout his distinguished career, Pierce has held the positions of Director of Alumni Affairs at SMU, with special focus on school’s imminent 50th anniversary; won a CLIO, Freedom Foundation Honor Medal, International Film/TV Festival medal and other awards for pioneering work for State Bar of Texas and Phillips Petroleum; was only lay member of American Bar Association Committee on Lawyer Advertising.
In 1972; helped Dallas Bar Association secure Belo mansion as new headquarters; began their newsletter; handled marketing and was member of Executive Committee of the Board of US Telephone which became Sprint; marketing for spouse’s new residential real estate firm. Transitioning full time into residential real estate in 2003.
Pierce is the father of Daughters Amy and Margaret and the grandfather to Cora, Allie Beth and Mack.
John B. Poston, President, Daymark Living
John Poston is the Founder & President of Daymark Living, residential communities for adults with intellectual and developmental delays.
John’s civic contributions include: Co-founder of the Rise School of Dallas. Member of the Salesmanship Club. Co-founder of Champs League (athletic program for children with disabilities at Moody Family YMCA); Park Cities YMCA – Volunteer of the Year in 2001; Founder of The Touchdown Club (group of businessmen that raises money annually for Rise School of Dallas); Southwestern Medical Foundation Properties board member. John is the father of three beautiful children, Blake, Michael and Margot.
Robert L. (Bob) Walker, President, CEO, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children
Robert L. (Bob) Walker joined the Hospital in 1979. He is responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction of the hospital and continuing its position as one of the top-ranked pediatric orthopedic hospitals in the nation. Bob was named president and chief executive officer in 2012 and previously served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer. Bob’s current strategic responsibilities include working with the Board of Trustees, medical and administrative staff to ensure that the highest degree of medical care is provided to our patients. In addition, he is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the hospital.
Bob serves on the board of trustees as well as the Executive Committee and Audit Committee of the Texas Hospital Association. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council, the advisory board for The Ronald McDonald House, the advisory board for Camp John Marc and the Executive Committee of the Dallas White Rock Marathon. Bob is past board chairman for the Shelton School and Evaluation Center. A native of Garland, Texas, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas University and his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been honored with the Trinity University Dean Leonard A. Duce Award for Excellence in Healthcare. Bob is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason and holds fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.