TD Smyers joined United Way of Tarrant County November 30 in a new combined role of Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer and Chief Development Officer after serving four years as regional CEO for the American Red Cross North Texas region. This position will directly contribute to the strategic direction for United Way activities, which provide local program support to the impact areas in Education, Health, and Financial Stability plus financial support to over 40 local partner agencies. In addition, this position will be responsible for expanding the fund raising capability of United Way in order to increase local program support and to maximize the community impact.
“This is a new strategic role at United Way that will increase effectiveness and efficiency across different departments, as well as connecting operations with resource development fundraising,” said United Way of Tarrant County President and CEO Tim McKinney. “It is an added benefit that TD comes with a real world perspective from one of United Way’s partner agencies and I’m very excited to have TD join us.”
During his term as the CEO of the North Texas region of the American Red Cross, TD forged a new community presence by optimizing the efficiencies of a national enterprise while building a culture of collaboration across a dispersed workforce and increasing the revenue base for this important local partner agency. He has consistently been successful by leveraging his fundamental leadership philosophy and its five essential elements: transparency, integrity, innovation, risk tolerance, and embracing continuous change.
“I’m very excited to join United Way both personally and professionally,” said TD. “This is a strategic role that integrates the different aspects of United Way into one comprehensive and collaborative unit. It connects the mission side with the fundraising side so that we have a comprehensive message about what it takes to support the community.”
“We’d like to offer our congratulations to United Way of Tarrant County for bringing TD Smyers onboard,” said Tiffany Cason, Fort Worth Chair for the American Red Cross Serving DFW. “Under his leadership, we successfully navigated from a community chapter model to a regional enterprise model that brought together 12 Red Cross chapters under one leadership structure. TD understood the unique characteristics of such a change, and what would be needed to ensure the Red Cross culture stayed healthy throughout the transition. We’re honored that he served our mission, and we’re looking forward to working with him as he helps shape the future of United Way of Tarrant County.”
TD’s executive non-profit background began after a successful career in the US Navy. He retired in 2011 following his tour as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base where he aligned strategic planning for five branches of the military. Prior to taking command of NAS Fort Worth JRB, he served, consecutively, as Director of Congressional Affairs/Legislative Liaison, then as Director of Collaborative Warfare for Navy Aviation at the Pentagon.
A 2014 graduate of Leadership North Texas (LNT), TD now serves as president of the LNT Alumni Association. He also holds board positions with the North Texas Commission (NTC), North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD) and Tarrant County College Criminal Justice Training Center. He sits on the Executive Council of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and Fort Worth Executive Roundtable. From 2012 through 2014, TD led the City of Fort Worth in the commissioning of USS Fort Worth as Chairman of the Commissioning Committee, and then transitioned that body into an enduring support organization, serving as its first President.
TD holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The United States Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He grew up in North Texas. TD and his lovely wife Barbara and family live in Fort Worth. “Tarrant County is my home and my family and I are happy to be working back in this community,” he said.