September 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Del Mixon

Delano (Del) Mixon is an Assistant Account Executive for Pierpont Communications, a public relations, marketing, and public affairs agency headquartered in Houston, Texas. Hesupports a number of clients in the energy, health care, legal, and technology industries. Previously he worked on Capitol Hill for the House Committee on Science Space and Technology and Representative Ken Calvert (CA-42). Del is a graduate from the University of Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Journalism.






August 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Troy Minaldi

Troy has spent that last 25 years developing marketing and advertising programs for a variety of companies in the DFW area.  Most recently, he served as Senior Director of Brand and Marketing Communications for Rent-A-Center.  There he was responsible for the strategic integrated promotional planning for the company and stewarding the $90MM advertising budget across all channels including national broadcast, FSI, direct mail, digital, social, and in-store and sales support.

Prior to his 8 years with Rent-A-Center, Troy spent time with several multi-unit retail and franchise companies including Brook Mays Music Group, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Palm Beach Tan, and Snelling Personnel Services managing the national marketing efforts and developing programs that could be implemented easily at the local level while remaining true to brand standards.

His career started in a very traditional sales role with The Ralston Purina Company but he quickly moved into true marketing with The Walt Disney Company working for the Disney Channel in the early 90s.

Troy, his wife Joan, and daughter Kendall live in Frisco, TX where they also co-own a scrapbook retreat called The Sisters’ Hideaway.

When not dreaming up new marketing programs, Troy plays in a classic rock cover band called Group Therapy and is an avid guitar player, collector and builder.



July 2017 Volunteer of the Month – Monica Nicholas

Monica is a results-driven marketing communications professional who has worked in a host of industries including real estate, automotive, architecture, technology and non-profit.  She strives for excellence in all she does and is thankful that she is able to do what she loves every day. She currently works as a Marketing Manager for the American Heart Association, and is dedicated to providing quality professional education to aid in the mission of leading healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Outside of her work, Monica enjoys time with her husband and their 2-year old son.




2016 – 2017 Volunteer of the Year – Nicholas Benoit

Video game-loving former philosophy major. Aspiring hip-hop music producer. Theater school graduate. Internet Ninja. Nick has taken a rather circuitous route to his current position at Benoit Design, but that’s sometimes the best route to take.  When Nick is not busy developing award-winning websites, coding some code or delving into the mysteries of Javascript, he jumps in on new business development and client management. Nick graduated cum laude with a BA in Arts and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has been with Benoit Design since 1995.