Thursday, August 16, 2012

DART adds one to board, names general counsel

Dallas businessman James Adams is the newest member of the Board of Directors of Dallas Area Rapid Transit. He was appointed by the Dallas City Council.

Adams, president of Innisfree Investments of Dallas, is on the board of directors of the city of Dallas Skillman Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, Texas Methodist Foundation and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, where he served as chairman.

He previously served on the Dallas Citizens Council, city of Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission and the Richardson Independent School District budget advisory team. He also chaired the Highland Park United Methodist Church Council.

Dallas attorney Scott Carlson is the new general counsel for Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Carlson, a former member of the DART Board of Directors, was selected by the board to succeed Hyattye Simmons as the agency's top attorney. Simmons retired earlier this year.

Carlson was named to the DART Board in 2003 by the Dallas City Council. He served on a number of board committees and chaired the planning committee during his tenure. He was also a board officer. He joins the transit agency from the law firm of Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham, where he served as senior counsel.

Previously, Carlson oversaw regulatory matters at Nortel Networks and supported various business initiatives. He has also been an assistant city attorney for the city of Dallas. Before beginning his legal career he was a civil engineer in the oil and gas industry.

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