State of Plano Business | Speaker Biographies
Mayor John B. Muns
Mayor John B. Muns became Plano’s 40th Mayor on May 10, 2021. Prior to becoming mayor, he served the Plano community
in many capacities, including a variety of leadership roles. His most recent position was Chair of the Planning and Zoning
Commission. Prior to that, he served on the Economic Development Board.
Mayor Muns has an extensive background focusing on educating Plano’s children. He served on the Plano Independent
School District Board as a Trustee for sixteen years with three of those years as President. One of his core beliefs is if you
want to live in a vibrant community, you should give back to your community through service.
As Mayor, John is committed to listening to Plano’s citizens and providing transparency in services by leveraging resources
to share the many ways our City is accessible. The idea is to improve by working in partnership with our citizens in a collaborative way.
Economic development will continue to be a high priority as we look to remain an employment center for the region, and a
destination locations for businesses large and small who want to be in a business-friendly community who offers world-class
amenities and a great place for their employees to live, work and play.
Mayor Muns is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities. Mayor Muns’ commitment to our youth and their families is
unwavering. The Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program continues to offer our high school students a life-changing experience in our premiere companies through an eight week
internship. Nourishing Hope and Plano Families First will provide our underserved families with additional resources in the way of
health screenings, jobs, activities in our city and so much more. Mayor Muns was born in Dallas and moved to Plano in 1970 with his family. He graduated from Plano Senior High School
in 1978 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Abilene Christian University. He is currently a General Partner with Muns Enterprises and previously
served as Vice President with Wyatt Cafeterias. His life in Plano has always included community service. He has served on many boards including Children’s Medical
Center, YMCA, Plano Sports Authority, Journey of Hope, and City House among others. Mayor Muns is proud of his more than 50 years living in Plano. He and his wife, Joa, have raised four children here and now enjoy watching their own children raise their families in Plano.
Doug McDonald leads the City of Plano’s Economic Development Department with over 15 years of municipal government experience. McDonald has
worked for the City of Plano for over five years, and he began his new role as Director of EconomicDevelopment on September 26, 2022. Prior to his
current role, McDonald led the City of Plano’s Comprehensive Planning Division, which included long range planning, historic preservation, and
demographics/research. McDonald is a native North Texan and has spent his career working with regional partners on shared business efforts to support the growth and development of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. His experience includes working with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) on transit-oriented development and collaborating with the University of Texas at Dallas to support the region’s ecosystem for startups and small businesses.
McDonald received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master
of Public Administration, both from the University of Texas at Arlington. McDonald is a graduate of Plano’s Management Preparation Program Class
2017 and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
McDonald is active in the community and with professional organizations. He is a Certified Planner with the American Planning Association
(APA) and served as the Texas Chapter President from 2017-2019. McDonald was recognized by the APA in 2016, and again in 2020, with the “Texas Service Award” for his contributions to student mentorship, diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also serves on the Citylab High School Foundation Board in Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington Urban Planning Accreditation Board.
Mike Lawson is Senior Manager of Boeing Global Engagement (BGE), managing Boeing’s corporate giving and charitable donation programs for Texas and Louisiana. He is the 2023 Board Chair for the Plano Chamber of Commerce. Mike has been with The Boeing Company since 2004. Prior to joining BGE, Mike served as the Senior Manager of Contracts for Government Satellite Systems located in El Segundo, CA. While in CA, Mike served on the board of Boeing’s Employee Community Fund of Southern California, an employee-owned and managed fund benefitting local non-profits.
Terri Von Lehmden
Since joining Toyota in 2004, Terri Von Lehmden, vice president of human resources at Toyota North America, has been passionate about driving connections and harnessing the power of purpose, culture and career. Her goal has always been to make Toyota a place where team members can dream, do and grow.
Throughout her career at Toyota, Ms. Von Lehmden has held responsibilities across multiple functions, including organizational management, strategic planning, and diversity and inclusion management. She has also led compensation and benefits, as well as talent acquisition, training and development.
In her current role, Ms. Von Lehmden leads a team of strategic advisors who are tasked with driving transformative change that supports Toyota’s evolving business needs. Through this business-led approach, Ms. Von Lehmden and her team focus on cultivating talent and transforming the team member experience to help power Toyota’s vision of Mobility for All. This includes a commitment to building the next generation of leaders – particularly women – through mentoring, sponsorship and other initiatives.
As a key member of the company’s Planning Management Office, Ms. Von Lehmden helped lead Toyota’s consolidation of its U.S. affiliate operations and the relocation of its offices to a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Plano, TX — one of the most significant corporate transformations in U.S. history. In her role, she helped in the effort to establish a new collaborative and unified One Toyota culture. Specifically, Ms. Von Lehmden oversaw the unprecedented hiring of 1,000 new team members to fill job positions at Toyota’s new headquarters, while continuing to fulfill regular hiring needs.
An Ohio native, Ms. Von Lehmden received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Small Business Management from the University of Findlay, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources® leader and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management. Ms. Von Lehmden also serves on the board for the Toyota USA Foundation. In 2019, Automotive News selected her as one of its “Rising Stars.”