Meet the Candidate
Sydney and I have been married for 35 years and have four grown children and two grand daughters. Both of our sons, Dax and Zachary, serve in the United States Army. Dax is stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs and Zachary is stationed at Ft. Stewart outside Savannah, GA. Zachary is married to Paige and they have a one year old daughter, Vivianne. Ryan, our oldest daughter, lives in Houston where she practices law. Ryan is married to Carl and they have a daughter, Sophie. Our youngest daughter, Tyler, is married to Brian and they live in Frisco. They have a really big dog named Stella.
I am a 1977 graduate of Cleburne High School and I graduated from Texas A&M University in 1981 with a BBA in Accounting. Sydney graduated from CHS in 1978, UTA in 1993 and Baylor Law in 1996. She is a partner with the law firm of Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff and Miller LLP in Fort Worth.
After graduating from Texas A&M, I returned to Cleburne and began working in the banking industry, After several years in banking, I started Hewlett Computer Services, Inc in 1987. Hewlett Computer Services, Inc provided data processing services to community banks. We grew the company to provide services for 19 banks and in 1998, we sold the company to Jack Henry & Associates, one of the largest banking software companies in the U.S. I continued to work for Jack Henry where I managed the check processing operations for their outsourcing division, Outlink. I was also in charge of developing new centers as well as overseeing the disaster recovery for the entire Outlink division. I left Jack Henry in 2003 and started consulting with financial institutions on their backroom and IT operations.
In 2005, we started Hewlett Office Systems LLC, to provide sales, service and support to small businesses on their computers, networks, copiers, printers and all kinds of office equipment. Hewlett Office Systems now has nine employees and services customers all over North Central Texas. In 2012, we started Bright Beginnings Christian Learning Center, LLC to provide childcare services for infants to school-age children. Bright Beginnings currently has 122 children and 19 employees.
I served two terms on the Cleburne ISD School Board in the early 1990s and served as the Mayor of Cleburne in 2010 - 2012. I have also served two terms on the Airport Board and on the Parks and Recreation Board. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce. I am currently on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Johnson County, where I also served one term as President and one term as Campaign Chairman. I am currently on the exexcutive Board of the Marti Foundation, which provides scholarships to Johnson County students.
My parents are Jack and Elizabeth Hewlett. Jack was born and raised in Cleburne and Elizabeth was born and raised in Grandview. They owned the Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge dealership in Cleburne for 24 years. My Dad served two terms on the Cleburne City Council and one term as Commissioner of Johnson County Precinct #1.
Sydney and I have been members of the Granbury Street Church of Christ in Cleburne since 1981, where I have served as a deacon in charge of finance since 1985.