Arlington native, Letatia Teykl, has been named executive director of Levitt Pavilion Arlington by the organization’s board of directors. She begins her new position with the concert pavilion on Nov. 18, replacing Patti Diou, who announced her retirement during the 2019 concert season.
Teykl is a Sam Houston High School graduate and a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has more than 25 years of experience in community engagement, marketing and leadership. Prior to joining the Levitt, Teykl served as director of community affairs with inspirED, the Outreach Division of Higher Education Servicing Corp. in Arlington. In her position, she served as the principal ambassador in the community, where she collaborated with five neighboring school districts for the purpose of expanding and enhancing college access and success programs.
Previous experience includes business development for Southwest Bank, sales and marketing for BBVA Compass Wealth Management Group, marketing for Citizens National Bank, and client manager for Texas Bank. Teykl also served as president of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce and marketing manager for The Parks at Arlington.
“We are experiencing exciting times at the Levitt with all the new development around us, including our hospitality suite and permanent restrooms. Once construction is complete, the Levitt experience will provide so much more to our community,” said Belinda Caylor, chair of Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Board of Directors. “Letatia will be a wonderful fit because of her ability to cultivate new relationships and strengthen ties with our community and corporate partners. Our board is confident that Letatia will lead our strategic commitment and elevate the next era of our beloved Levitt.”
Before joining the Levitt in an official capacity, Teykl has been a regular on the Levitt lawn.
“I love that the Levitt recognizes the importance of bringing a variety of musical artists for all to enjoy,” Teykl said. “There is so much value in a community that emphasizes the importance of music in all our lives. Music can truly feed the soul!”
In the community, Teykl has been a member of Commercial Real Estate Women Fort Worth, Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council and Southwest Bank Toastmasters and on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arlington, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, and the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She is active with the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, where she is a member of the Women’s Alliance and has twice chaired the Inspired Women’s Luncheon. She also serves on the chamber’s Partners in Education Committee and the Scholarship Subcommittee. Teykl is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Arlington and a 2011 graduate of Leadership Mansfield.
Most recently, Teykl was named 2016 Commercial Real Estate Women Fort Worth Member of the Year, where she also is a past president. Additional honors include SafeHaven of Tarrant County 2015 Legacy of Women honoree, recipient of the 2008 YWCA Tribute to Women in Business Award and 2007 HP Byron Nelson Championship Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
As she begins her new role with the Levitt Pavilion, Teykl plans to meet with the Levitt team and its board members, community partners and sponsors about what works and what might be improved.
“I want to review the concert line-ups from previous years and make a list of top-notch artists to bring to the Levitt stage in 2020 that gets everyone excited about coming to the new plaza area between the Levitt and City Hall that will be completed next year,” Teykl said.
Teykl lives in Mansfield with her daughter, Carson, a recent Dallas Baptist University graduate; and her two granddaughters. As a music lover herself, Teykl said she is a long-time country music and rock ‘n’ roll fan, but loves all music genres.
“Music is very important in my life,” she added. “It’s cool to see how music affects people, allowing them to escape, dream and feel. I love that music is a language that transcends all cultural boundaries.”