James. E. Lentz, Sun & Star Legacy Award Recipient
Former Chief Executive Officer, North American Region
Toyota Motors North America

James “Jim” Lentz served as chief executive officer of Toyota North America; president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA); and a senior managing officer of parent company Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), located in Japan, through March 2020.

In this role, Lentz oversaw all of Toyota’s North American affiliate companies, including TMA, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA), which included responsibilities for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), and oversight for Toyota Canada, Inc. (TCI).  Lentz also was chairman of the North American Executive Committee, comprising top leaders from the affiliate companies.

Prior, Lentz was president and chief executive officer of TMS and senior vice president of TMA, and served in a global advisory capacity as managing officer for TMC.  Prior to these roles, Lentz served as president and chief operating officer and executive vice president of TMS.

Lentz previously held several executive positions, including Toyota division group vice president and general manager, where he oversaw all sales, logistics and marketing activities for Toyota and Scion regional sales offices and distributors.  He also served as group vice president of marketing for the Toyota division and vice president of Scion, responsible for the initial launch of a new line of vehicles designed for the next generation of new-car buyers. He spent several years in the field as vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles region, and before that, general manager of the San Francisco region.  Prior to his role as general manager, he was vice president of marketing services for CAT in Maryland. Lentz has also held several other TMS positions, including field training manager, sales administration manager and truck sales team member.

Lentz joined Toyota in 1982 as the merchandising manager for its Portland region, where he later became the distribution manager and field operations manager.

Lentz served as chairman on the board of directors for The Global Automakers and is a member of the executive advisory board for Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU), his alma mater. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics and a M.B.A. in Finance from the school.

He was named “Marketer of the Year” by Advertising Age in 2006, an Automotive News “All Star” in 2007 and honored at “Industry Leader of the Year” in 2014 by the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International,
Bridges-to-Friendship Award Recipient
Represented by Mae Ferguson, President and CEO

Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI) is a proud member of an international network of citizen diplomats from more than 500 communities, with over 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries around the globe. Fort Worth’s continuously expanding international network now includes nine sister cities.

At FWSCI, it believes that building trust on a global scale starts by fostering culturally competent citizens and communities. That takes more than travel or education. It takes experience. Fort Worth Sister Cities International is uniquely poised to give its local residents the ability to truly experience other cultures, whether at home or abroad.

  • Modeling culturally competent practices as an engaged, volunteer-driven organization
  • Serving as an international relations resource to government, media, education, nonprofit and for-profit businesses
  • Promoting peace and understanding through personal, intercultural relationships – locally and internationally
  • Developing effective, trusted international business partnerships and lifelong friendships from our sister cities network
  • Increasing cultural awareness and competency in citizens:
  • Training emerging global leaders

The relationship with Nagaoka – the fireworks capital of Japan – represents Fort Worth’s most active program, with over 200 youth and adults exchanging each year for programs in sports, culture and education. Surrounded by hills and mountains, Nagaoka lies in the alluvial plain of the Shinano, Japan’s longest river. Nagaoka enjoys distinctive seasonal changes: cherry blossoms in the spring, rich greenery in the fall and snow in the winter. The city is renowned for superior rice production and high-quality sake, or rice wine. Nagaoka is also a transportation hub and center of commerce in the Chūetsu area, the mid-prefectural region. The Fort Worth-Nagaoka relationship provides opportunities that are as varied as they are plentiful and have included:

  • An annual two-week educational exchange made possible in part by more than $1 million in scholarship funds (sponsored by the Harashin Co., the “Safeway” of Nagaoka, for more than 25 years)
  • A spectacular fireworks gift for Fort Worth’s celebration as an All-America City
  • Fire, rescue and Red Cross training
  • Rotary and Soroptimists civic programs
  • Cowboys and culture tourism programs
  • Participation in the 100-day Sun and Star Festival Parade and the Sister Cities International celebration

Pete Delkus, Honorary Host
Chief Meteorologist, WFAA-TV ABC Channel 8

Pete Delkus is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who joined the WFAA-TV weather department in June 2005 and quickly won the respect of North Texas viewers by providing timely and accurate forecasts. When there is severe weather- tornadoes, hail, or flash flooding, viewers have come to rely on Pete’s steadfast and thorough approach to his work.

Since he arrived, Pete has won 19 Emmy Awards for weather anchoring and special show hosting. Delkus is board certified by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He attended Mississippi State University for his master’s level meteorology courses and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE).

Pete is proud of his small town, Midwest upbringing and attributes his work ethic, values and easy going personality to it and his parents. It is there he started his long history as an outstanding athlete. As an All-America pitcher, he had an all-star college career including a trip to the college world series. In fact, he still holds several records as a pitcher at SIUE. Out of college Delkus signed in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins organization. Delkus enjoyed a successful career earning several awards including the “Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Year” and the Rolaids Relief Man. His career ended prematurely due to a serious elbow injury. In all, Delkus played professional baseball for 6 years with the Twins organization.

Turning to his degree in Television/Radio communications, Pete landed a job as a meteorologist for four years at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, Florida. From 1996 to 2005, Delkus was also the chief meteorologist at WCPO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio. Delkus made his mark in Cincinnati as the “severe weather leader” by his exclusive coverage of the deadly Tornado of “99. He received many honors during this tenure including a pair of first place Associated Press (AP) Awards for best regularly scheduled weather.