Speaker Date Topic
Doug Renfro, Renfro Foods Nov 21, 2019


President, Renfro Foods, Inc.

“As a third generation Renfro, I believe it’s family pride that makes each jar taste so good.”

As president of Renfro Foods, Doug works closely with his cousins Becky and James to run the company. In particular, Doug focuses on R&D, private label and contract packing, quality assurance, sales and marketing, legal, IT, and a dozen other areas (hey, it’s a small family business). He has personally developed many of the Mrs. Renfro’s flavors, including Mango Habanero and Craft Beer.

The son of second-generation owner John “Jack” Renfro, Doug learned the family business from the bottom up, starting on the factory floor as a teenager and weighing spices through college. After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, Doug proved his salt outside the company, working seven years for Electronic Data Systems (later purchased by General Motors), where he was promoted to divisional finance manager. At the same time, he earned his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and qualified for his Certified Management Accountant designation. Doug returned to Renfro Foods in 1992.

Doug also makes time to serve his community, currently serving as regional chair for the seven-state Western Gold Region of YPO, as well as supporting the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors, the Chile Pepper Institute’s Advisory Council and TCU’s Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He previously served on the board for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas for 12 years, as chairman of the board for Casa Mañana and as chapter chair of YPO Gold Fort Worth, as well as president of the Tarrant Area Food Bank, the Texas Food Processors Association and the North Texas Food Sales Association.

Saucy Fact

Doug played saxophone, piano and marching xylophone (seriously) in junior high and high school, advancing to state competition on multiple instruments. Currently, he can only play the kazoo.


NO MEETING! Nov 28, 2019
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Dr. Adrian Parr Jan 16, 2020
Design and Public Interest
Design and Public Interest

Dr. Adrian Parr is the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington. Parr is the UNESCO Chair on Water and Human Settlements. She joined UTA after serving as the Director of the Taft Research Center for Humanities and Chair of Taft Faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where she was also a tenured Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Prior to her appointment at the University of Cincinnati she was a faculty member at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Parr is a trans-disciplinary scholar working at the intersection of architecture criticism, aesthetics, political theory, and environmental studies. She has published eight books, the most recent being a trilogy on environmental politics and sustainability culture: Birth of A New Earth (Columbia University Press, 2017), The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics(Columbia UP, 2012), and Hijacking Sustainability (MIT Press, 2009). She has been interviewed by the New York Times for her views on climate change and has published articles on culture and politics for the LA Review of Books, The World Financial Review, and The European Magazine.

Parr is the producer, writer, and director (with Sean Hughes) of the award-winning documentary The Intimate Realities of Water. The film chronicles the complex relationship between water, development, poverty, gender, and public interest design in the slums of Nairobi. It was shortlisted for Best Documentary at the Paris Art Movie Awards and then went on to win twelve awards including Best Cultural Feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Best Picture and Best Woman Film Maker at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, among others. The film was featured at the 50th Anniversary of Water at UNESCO celebrations in Paris and the UN Paris Climate Talks (COP21).

Parr received her Ph.D. in visual culture and philosophy from Monash University in Australia. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from Deakin University in Australia.