Ron Natinsky

Ron's Bio

Ron Natinsky served on the Dallas City Council from 2005 – 2011.  As Councilman, he served as Chair of the Council’s Economic Development and International Committee and as a member of the Council’s Budget, Finance and Audit; Legislative; Public Safety; and Transportation and Environment Committees.

 

A transportation advocate, Natinsky also served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition (DRMC). Natinsky also served on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities, having served on its ITC and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. He was a member of the Management Committee for Vision North Texas, the task force that developed the region’s “game book.”  Additionally, he represented Dallas on the Texas Municipal League’s Resolution Committee. 

 

Globally, he played a leading role in numerous City of Dallas trade missions, drawing from the deep relationships built and experiences leveraged during his 30-plus years of extensive business travels throughout Asia, China, Europe and South America.

As chair of the city's Economic Development Committee, Natinsky helped attract to Dallas the world headquarters of AT&T, Comerica Bank and Tenet Healthcare; played a key role in persuading more than 30 international companies to site new offices/operations in Dallas; marketed worldwide the International Inland Port of Dallas in Southeast Dallas; and led the revitalization of downtown through redevelopment of numerous historic buildings. 

 

During his tenure as a Councilmember, accomplishments included the reduction of crime in Dallas, thanks in part to the Council’s funding of additional officers and crucial equipment every year. For two consecutive years, Natinsky led the Council in adopting a “no-tax-increase” city budget. During the Wright Amendment discussions, Natinsky proposed a key inclusion that the City of Dallas completely renovate Love Field and that the renovation (later determined to be more than $600 million) be funded, not by Dallas taxpayers, but by those who use Love Field. He also helped develop the City’s 2006 Bond program. 

 

In addition to serving on the board of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB), he is a member of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Planning Council, the World Affairs Council, along with other business, civic and volunteer organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Commons Foundation and the Dallas Marinetime Museum Foundation. Natinsky has served as president of his homeowners association and as president of several business organizations.


During the 25 years prior to being elected to Council, Natinsky served the City of Dallas on a long list of boards and commissions. His leadership roles included chair of the Board of Adjustment, vice chair of the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board, and president of the Cable Access TV Board. Other appointments included the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Committee, License and Permit Appeal Board, Sign and Billboard Task Force, Planning Policy Papers Committee, and Urban Design Task Force.

 

Raised in Dallas, Natinsky’s first job was working part time at his neighborhood M.E. Moses store while attending Dallas ISD’s Hillcrest High School. He then scooped ice cream at the legendary Goff’s Hamburgers on Lovers Lane before heading to the University of North Texas (then known as North Texas State University). 

 

Driven by a strong work ethic from an early age, Natinsky launched his first business venture while in college – selling and installing four-track tape decks into cars at two Dallas locations – that kicked off several decades of “serial entrepreneurship.” Over a 37-year period, Natinsky formed a wide variety of businesses in industries ranging from retail to electronics distributor, manufacturing for the electronics and auto parts industry, plastic molding, promotional products, production of convention/trade shows and internet technology including information services, databases and website-development services. He has served as a speaker at conventions and business meetings and has published numerous articles concerning technology and business management.

 

Since leaving the Council, Natinsky has started a consulting business. He continues to be involved in the transportation and infrastructure arenas. He is involved in several international ventures along with several technology start ups. Natinsky has been married to his wife Nancy for 42 years and they have two adult sons.

 

Updated February 1, 2012