Southlake Mayor Laura Hill is a woman of many talents. In addition to being Southlake’s first female mayor, she is a business owner and a philanthropic force who has demonstrated real dedication to enriching the community and its residents. Now, Mayor Laura Hill has been named a Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Awards Honoree for 2015, and we couldn’t be more proud.
The Dallas Business Journal just published a feature on Mayor Laura Hill, including a video interview where the Mayor discusses her career in business, what it’s like to be the city’s first female mayor, and her plans for creating a vibrant and prosperous Southlake.
Mayor Hill is co-owner of Downey Publishing, a directory company started by her father in 1987 that publishes telephone directories throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Through Downey Publishing, Mayor Hill founded the Downey Art for Education Trust, which has awarded over $700,000 to rural schools throughout the three states it serves. Mayor Hill is also Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Directory Publishers, and has worked hard to ensure the continued success of independent publishers across the US.
Mayor Laura Hill has also done a great deal of philanthropic work in Southlake since she moved to community in 1998. Mayor Hill founded S.P.A.R.K. (Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids), an organization that provides education, information and support for Southlake parents and students. She also co-founded S.A.S.O. (Scholars and Athletes Serving Others), which coordinates opportunities for Southlake mothers and their teenage children to participate in philanthropy and community service.
The Mayor has been a big supporter of The Garden District, and hosted her first event as Mayor at our Sales Center back in June. We are extremely proud of her recent distinction as a Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Awards Honoree, and look forward to her continued work improving the City of Southlake.