It is our mission to raise much needed funds in support of our wounded military, by conducting benefit events that also bring the community of North Texas and the Nation together for this specific common goal.

Kevin Sweeney
Chief Volunteer Officer and President

Kevin Sweeney is a retired USAF and Air National Guard pilot who attained the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross along with numerous other awards and decorations.  He is a veteran of both Viet Nam and Desert Storm.
In his professional business career he was an Executive for a Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 company.  In his younger days, Kevin was an all-conference athlete.  He holds two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree.

Kevin joined the board in April 2012 as Chief Volunteer Officer and President

Tom Dillard
Vice President

Tom Dillard has been in the technology business for the past 24 years. He has worked in various executive sales and sales management roles with several large companies as well as seeing a start-up through to a successful IPO. Tom is an avid golfer as well as a passionate supporter of our troops and their families. Tom is a founding member of the board.

Tom graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas. He and his wife Candace live in Trophy Club.

Amy Snyder

Amy has worked as an accountant for many years growing up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Moved to the Dallas area in July of 2007.  Amy and her husband joined Trophy Club in 2008 and got involved with the charity putting golf teams together and going to the galas.  Amy was lucky enough to be able to join the board in 2019 to help them with the accounting duties.

Debbie Abelson

Debbie Abelson served in the Marine Corps active duty from 1975 thru 1979, and served in the Marine Corps Reserve as a Sergeant of Marines from 1979 thru 1981. She has volunteered for many years in Marine Corps Family Readiness Programs, which help family members learn how to live and understand the military lifestyle. Over the last five years she has traveled to over 50 Marine Corps Reserve bases throughout the United States, to teach Marine Corps Reserve Program – LINKS. She has also been actively involved with Snowball Express for the last six years.

Debbie was a volunteer for the first year’s event and joined the board in spring 2012 as the Secretary. She is married to Mark, who retired as a Major serving in the Marine Corps, for 23 years. They have three sons. One son is currently on active duty in the Marine Corps.

Candace Dillard
Gala | Auction Chair

Candace Dillard has been involved with H.O.W.M. for 8 years and serves as the Auction Chairperson . She is a native of Dallas, Texas where she ran a successful estate sale business for 15 years. She also is a domestic violence counselor and was the liaison for Family Place and the Dallas Police Department, educating officers and organizations on the components surrounding abuse.

Candace moved to Trophy Club in 2010 and was Stephen Minister Leader ( Christian based counseling) at FUMC . Candace is married to Tommy Dillard and their blended family is blessed with 2 daughters, a son and 3 grandchildren.

Robert Finn
Golf Chair

Robert is an experienced public safety professional, having served 24 years with the City of Southlake, Department of Public Safety in a variety of roles during his career.  He is a certified Police Officer, Firefighter and Paramedic in the State of Texas and led the City of Southlake as both its Chief of Police and Fire Chief prior to retiring in 2011. Robert currently serves as a Senior Manager with the Matrix Consulting Group where he leads the Public Safety consulting practice. This practice focuses on providing agencies with high quality consulting services to improve agency operations through efficiencies and effectiveness.

Robert holds a BS in Public Safety Administration and an Executive MBA from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Robert has received numerous awards throughout his career for both his professional and charitable work. These awards include “Citizen of the Year” from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce and “Rotarian of the Year” from the Southlake Rotary Club. He lives in Keller, Texas with his wife Monica and two children.

Sonny Rath

Sonny Rath is the CEO of GRID365 a Cloud Computing and Services company. With a career spanning more the 20 years, in the Telecommunications and Technology space, Sonny has been in leadership roles with companies like Verizon, and Qwest. As well as being a frequent speaker at industry and government events, he engages with key political and business leaders, advising them on transformational agendas to turn major economic and societal challenges into opportunities. A serial entrepreneur, Sonny sits on the board of several domestic and international companies.

Sonny is actively involved with several Dallas area charities. He is a avid supporter of Junior Achievement and has been teaching their programs for many years.  He is also active with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County. Sonny lives in the Dallas area and has been part of of this organization since it was founded.

Lynn Bond

With 30 years of experience, Lynn Bond is a veteran of operations and supply chain functions for the consumer package goods and telecommunications industries.

He has worked in various executive and senior operations management roles with several large companies such as Custom Building Products, Nokia, Samsung and FedEx. Lynn’s achievements include two top 10 global supply chain rankings from Gartner which included being named #1 supply chain in the world in 2007 as well as leading supplier quality rankings from all of the US Telecom operators.

He is a staunch supporter of our troops and the incredibly difficult and important role in our countries freedom. Lynn enjoys barefoot golf, wine and spending time with his wife Cindy.

Robert Ulses

Rob Ulses is a 32 year, retired Brigadier General – U.S. Army aviator. A veteran of OPERATION JUST CAUSE, OPERATION SEA ANGEL, and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal along with numerous other awards and decorations . Currently a Vice President at PAE, he runs the program providing aviation and logistics support for all Customs Border Protection (CBP) aircraft.

Rob graduated from West Point with a bachelor’s degree and also holds two Master’s degrees. Rob lives in Trophy Club, TX with his wife Kathy.  He comes from a family where ‘Military Service’ is the family motto, with his father, brother, 2 sisters and 2 sons having served.

Bruce Gill

Bruce Gill has over 40 years in the automotive and powersports industries having served in a variety of management and executive rolls. Having worked for Chrysler Corp and Mitsubishi Motors, he is currently the Regional Sales Director for Kawasaki Motors Corp USA for the Central US. His career has taken him throughout the country finally landing in TX in in 2014. Bruce joined HOWM as a corporate sponsor in 2015 and became a Board Member in 2020. Bruce is a strong supporter of our military and everything that they sacrifice for our freedom. Bruce is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time at Trophy Club Country Club,

Andy Williams

Andy Williams is the head of Innovation & Business Development for Globe Life Inc. and their family of companies.  After over 27 years in management consulting with the likes of Price Waterhouse, Deloitte, KPMG, and Arthur Andersen, Andy has dedicated himself to using his experience and knowledge to the benefit of Globe Life’s customers and employees.

Aside from a passionate desire to make re-entry into civilian life a celebration of the dedication and sacrifice made by our military, Andy is a self-identified sports junkie whose favorite accomplishments include carding a hole in one, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, and co-founding the Trophy Club Barefoot Golf Team with Lynn Bond.