Speakers Bureau

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Speakers Bureau

You are invited to schedule a city representative to speak to your service or civic club, neighborhood association, business, apartment, school or PTA group, professional association or other community meeting. Select a topic below or meet the speakers then call City Hall to make arrangements. There is no cost to schedule a city speaker.

Does your group have a special interest? City speakers are also available to address special interests such as public safety, community development and city services. Call 972-466-3593 to discuss the needs of your group.

Select from these ‘hot topics’ for your organization’s next meeting:


  • DART Trains are Coming:  Light Rail passenger service will be here in 2010. Learn about the city's plans for bringing new retail, business and housing developments to the areas around the DART stations and what this means for the entire community. This includes transformation of the Downtown Carrollton area at Belt Line and IH-35 into a major transit hub and a vibrant neighborhood.


  • Carrollton’s Future as an ‘Inner Ring’ Community: the City is in transition from a ‘suburban’ to an ‘urban’ community. What does this mean for residents and businesses? We’re embracing innovative programs including 'Density by Design' to ensure community sustainability.


  • Neighborhood Action Zones : $200 million in capital improvement projects (streets, drainage channels, sewers, parks, alleys, sidewalks, sports fields and traffic improvements) are revitalizing our community…one neighborhood at a time.


  • Connecting Everyone to Leisure Opportunities: get the latest news on master plans for neighborhood parks, leisure facilities, sports fields, and the hike and bike trail system.


  • Economic Development Drives our Community’s Vitality: Carrollton’s dynamic ‘pro-business’ economic development programs capitalize on market conditions, sustainability issues and transit-oriented development opportunities to positively impact the local economy.


  • Managed Competition and Community Sustainability: cost-effective business practices in city department operations help ensure adequate financing for current and future city projects and services.


  • Community Services: maintains a quality living environment in the City by taking an active role through Code Enforcement and Community Development Block Grant programs.




  • Crime Prevention: the Carrollton Police Department Crime Prevention Unit offers many types of services designed to reduce crime and increase safety and quality of life for our citizens. Through raising awareness and safety and crime prevention education, the Crime Prevention Unit helps citizens take an active role in making Carrollton a safe place to live, work and play.



Meet the Speakers

Peter Braster, Transit-Oriented Development Manager
Responsible for the development and re-development around Carrollton’s three planned DART light rail passenger stations, Braster joined the city of Carrollton in 2006. As TOD Manager, he represents the public interest in land acquisitions, manages the use of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, and facilitates public/private partnerships related to planned mixed-use developments that will feature office, residential, retail and civic uses and support the public’s investment in light rail service. Braster was previously the administrative manager of the Los Angeles to Pasadena Metro Gold Line Construction Authority in California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Marc Guy, Assistant City Manager
As Assistant City Manager, Marc Guy is responsible for development services and public safety. This includes Engineering, Public Works, Economic Development, Urban Development, Building Inspection, Environmental Services, Police and Fire. He oversees more than half of the city workforce and millions of dollars in capital improvements. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Texas, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M. Mr. Guy previously served as City Planner in Grapevine, Senior Planner in Grand Prairie, and Senior Planner and later Planning Director in Carrollton. He served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. He was on the North Central Texas Council of Governments Information Infrastructure Task Force and currently serves on their Government Applications Review Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District.

Scott Whitaker, Director of Parks & Recreation
Scott Whitaker joined the city as Director of Parks and Recreation in 1999. The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation recognized Carrollton as City of the Year in both 2003 and 2004 and in 2001 Sports Turf Magazine recognized the city as having the Softball Field of the Year. Mr. Whitaker is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Texas Recreation and Parks Society and the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. He oversees the recreation centers, nature preserve, athletic programs, sports fields, tennis center, A.W. Perry Homestead Museum and millions of dollars in park improvements. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and has over sixteen years experience in parks and recreation. While Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Leawood in Kansas, he was recognized nationally for his work in junior golf and received the Outstanding Young Professional award from the State of Kansas.

Thomas Latchem, Director of Economic Development
Thomas Latchem monitors the city’s business climate, works with developers to bring business to Carrollton and assists local businesses in finding markets for their products. As a result, Carrollton provides one of the most innovative and comprehensive economic development programs in the North Texas area.

Tom Guilfoy, Director of Competition/Strategic Planning
To help transform the city organization into a competitive business model, Tom Guilfoy has served as an in-house management consultant to department directors and employee teams since 2002. He has thirty years of private sector experience in the areas of service-oriented business marketing and development, strategic planning, project management and technology. He previously served as Business Development Director for Ahead Communications Systems, Inc., Marketing Director and a Global Account Director for Motorola, Inc., Vice President/Director for International Business Development at SBC Communications, Inc. and Strategic and Financial Planning Manager with Pacific Bell. Tom holds a Masters degree in both Telecommunications Management and in Business Administration.

Bob Scott, Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer
Robert B. (Bob) Scott has served as Chief Financial Officer/Assistant City Manager for the past twelve years during which the City has won various awards for financial management. In 2001, he served as Interim City Manager for a five-month period during the recruitment of the current city manager. He has a Masters degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University. Mr. Scott, a CPA, began his career in public accounting ultimately serving as an audit manager with responsibility for a large number of governmental clients. While in public accounting, he was designated by his firm as a specialist in state and local government and served a two-year practice fellowship with the Governmental Accounting Standards Boards. Mr. Scott is an active lecturer for the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, the American Institute of CPA's and the Southwest School of Governmental Finance and has also co-authored several professional journal articles. He is an active member of the GFOA, AICPA and various other professional organizations.

Brian Passwaters, Community Services Manager

Brian Passwaters joined the Environmental Services Department with the city in 1991 as a Code Enforcement officer. During his 18 years of service, Brian has worked on revising and modifying various City codes that affect the safety, health, welfare and visual aspect of our community. Currently, he oversees the staff for the Neighborhood Integrity Program, the Multi-Family & Single-Family Rental Programs, and Community Development Block Grant Program. Brian has a Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Texas Tech University. He began his career with the federal government by working with the Centers for Disease Control. He worked tracking disease morbidity with municipal health departments in south Florida, and in Houston before coming to Carrollton. He is a member of the American Association for Code Enforcement and the Texas Environmental Health Association.