Men of Influence 19

Meet Five Local Men who are Working to Better our Community

Ryan Schroer

Senior Vice President, American National Bank & Trust in Flower Mound

Chairman, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce

As senior vice president of American National Bank & Trust in Flower Mound, Ryan Schroer focuses on commercial lending, helping local businesses flourish. Ryan also is an active member of the community. He is chairman of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce; vice chairman of the Crossroads Bible Church deacon board; and chairman-elect of Pediplace, a not-for-profit clinic that provides health care to children with limited access to primary care. 

What do you love most about living and working in our community?

Our town is an exceptional place to raise a family and boasts a thriving business community to boot. The combination of access to employment centers, quality education and recreation creates a wonderful sense of place. We are blessed to be a part of a community that serves and promotes the success of one another.

What is your best piece of advice for someone wanting to become more involved in the community? Enroll in Leadership Flower Mound. Leadership Flower Mound is a program through the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce that allows participants to survey many ways to get involved in our community. Highlighting service opportunities in government, education and nonprofit sectors, the Leadership program allows participants to gain perspective on how civic functions integrate to provide the quality of life we enjoy.

 Steve Dixon

Mayor, Flower Mound

Mayor Steve Dixon is a native North Texan who has lived in Flower Mound with his wife, Amanda, since 2000. The couple has two daughters, Amber and Lauren, who both attend the University of Arkansas. Steve also is a mortgage loan officer with American National Bank & Trust in Flower Mound.

What do you love most about living and working in our community?

Flower Mound is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We enjoy the close community feel and the diversity of things to do and places to go. Flower Mound is uniquely located in DFW, and once you arrive in town, you know it’s something special.

What is your best piece of advice for someone wanting to become more involved in the community?

For someone who wants to get involved in the community, there are many opportunities. My advice would be to introduce yourself and express your willingness and desire to help. Past this first-step introduction, be consistent and show up to help and meet others who also want to help and be involved. People can quickly see someone who really wants to be involved and help. Once these few steps are taken, the opportunities to get more involved will be very evident.

Dennis Jenkins

Owner and President, ABC Home and Commercial Services of DFW

Dennis and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in the area for more than 25 years. The couple has two children, Marsha and Russell. Dennis owns ABC Home and Commercial Services of DFW and also is an active member of the community. In 2000, he and Jennifer began the Anteater Advocates program, offering pest control services to charitable organizations free of charge. His staff also participates in monthly volunteer opportunities, including CCA in Lewisville. The couple’s donations to various charitable organizations throughout the Metroplex totals $300,000 per year.

“As our business grows, so does that number,” Dennis says.

What do you love most about living and working in our community?

The community has been our home for a long time. We have raised our kids here and will retire here. There is not another community in the DFW area that suits us better, and I have seen virtually all of them in my line of work. I am blessed to work with a fantastic staff of people who bless our customers every day with good service and smiles and warm personalities. Providing them a place to work where they can also give back pays more dividends than I can measure.

What is your best piece of advice for someone wanting to become more involved in the community?

My advice to someone wanting to get involved in our community is simple: just do it! Whether your impact is in the way of running for office or public service or coaching youth or working to support behind the scenes, I promise you will never go wrong by serving. I feel that God has blessed my family, and it is our hope to be a blessing to others.

Drew Libby

Boys Athletic Coordinator, Downing Middle School

During his 15-year tenure at Downing Middle School, Drew Libby’s seventh and eighth grade teams have won 10 basketball championships and 15 football district championships. He has become a role model to all of his students. In addition to coaching, he teaches physical education. Drew and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters, Taya and Lana, who both attend Bridlewood Elementary. In his spare time, Drew helps coach his daughter’s softball, basketball and soccer teams. He and Jamie also serve and teach Sunday school at Bridgeway church.

What do you love most about living and working in our community?

Downing was my first job out of college, and I instantly fell in love with the kids and families from this area. The kids that I coach and teach have always been very hardworking and respectful, which is a testament to their upbringing. I love how the community comes together when a family deals with a tragedy or is struggling. The community works together very well to help each other out, which makes it a very tight-knit community. I also love how we get to benefit from a top-notch public school system in our community. I get to see it firsthand every day at work, and it excites me that my girls get the opportunity to go through a system like this.

What is your best piece of advice for someone wanting to become more involved in the community?

I think volunteering to help coach a youth sports team is a great way to get involved. We have great programs in our community that offer different sports for our youth. I have seen the impact some of these volunteer coaches have had on my daughters, and I am grateful for that. I know as a coach myself how big of a role we can play in helping our youth mature and grow in the right ways. I also think volunteering and serving at your church is another great way to get involved in our community. Church has so many opportunities and ways for you to get involved and help, and I think by doing these things, you will help others, and it will also reward you and your family.

Jason Walter

Executive Director, Cross Timbers Family YMCA

Jason Walter is the executive director of the Cross Timbers Family YMCA. He has lived in the Flower Mound area since 1987. He recently was named the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year in recognition of his work in the community. He serves as the president of the Flower Mound Rotary Club and is a board member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. Jason and his wife, Jill, have two children, Avery and Blake. Jason coaches his son’s basketball team and assists with his baseball team. He and his family attend Valley Creek Church.

What do you love most about living and working in our community?

This is where I grew up, and my own family is able to participate and volunteer at my Y and other community events. Also, in my role at the YMCA, I have the opportunity to work with many community leaders. Their support of the YMCA’s mission and passion for our area is second to none. We are truly blessed to call the “Flower Plex” home. The people and businesses in and around Flower Mound can’t be beat, and I am proud to be a part of this community.

What is your best piece of advice for someone wanting to become more involved in the community?

A good place to start is getting involved with local nonprofit groups like the YMCA. Get plugged into your church and school. Check out the local Chamber of Commerce. Both the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce are great resources for our local businesses and the residents. There is something for everyone in our community, and there is not a reason to not get involved. Serving locally is not only good for the community but is also good for you.