Hillwood Receives FBI Dallas 2020 Director’s Community Leadership Award

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Ross Perot, Jr. (R) is presented with the 2020 Director’s Community Leadership Award by FBI Dallas SAC Matthew DeSarno | Photo from https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/dallas/ (Photo/Hillwood)

A local company and its owner receive well-deserved recognition for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.

FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno announced the selection of Hillwood, a Perot Company, as the Dallas Division’s recipient of the 2020 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). DeSarno recognized Ross Perot, Jr. on Aug. 19.

“Mr. Perot and the entire Hillwood team exemplify leadership through service in the North Texas Region and beyond,” said SAC DeSarno. “Hillwood’s commitment to supporting law enforcement and their partnership with the FBI makes them the Dallas recipient of the 2020 Director’s Community Leadership Award.”

Hillwood is a global real estate development company founded by Perot in 1988. Since 2019, Hillwood has been a member of the Dallas Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), enabling public and private sector members to share intelligence regarding threats that may impact U.S. businesses and national security issues.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hillwood directly supported the FBI Dallas Division’s mission by providing infrastructure and real-time support to host the first virtual Dallas DSAC meeting.

According to the Dallas FBI, the virtual meeting increased awareness of the rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape as DSAC companies, and their subsidiaries moved to telework environments.

The virtual session also allowed the FBI to describe the cyber division’s role in thwarting criminal and nation-state actors. Hillwood’s continual support has created strong liaison partnerships throughout DSAC and with other law enforcement professionals.

DCLA recipients are recognized for service “above and beyond the call of duty” to keep America and its residents safe. Winners are selected based on nominations from the 56 FBI field offices.

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