In My Opinion...

A high-speed rail from Dallas to Houston would be a big game changer for the Texas transportation system. It is estimated that the drive from Dallas to Houston, which now takes about four hours, could take six hours by 2035. Experts say the average speed on I-45 between the two cities will drop from 60 mph to 40 mph over that same time.


John’s Story

Raised in East Dallas, John Carona is the grandson of Italian immigrants who came to America for a better life. His parents were part of the generation who survived the Depression and rebuilt America with hard work and perseverance, values they instilled in John.

As a father who wanted stronger neighborhoods for our families, John founded Associa, one of the first community association management companies in North Texas. Under John’s hands-on leadership, Associa has grown to become the largest residential realty management firm in North America, with more than 9,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In 2014, John won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region.

John was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 1990 and served six terms in the Texas Senate, representing District 16 in Dallas County. Senator Carona distinguished himself in the Legislature as an effective leader in addressing issues such as education, health care, economic development, transportation, and homeland security – authoring or serving as chief sponsor of over 700 bills that have become law.

While the issues of the day may come and go, what must always remain constant are the values and principles that serve as the foundation for our leaders – and we can always trust John to work hard and fight for what’s right. John is married to Helen, and is a proud father of five children and grandfather to five – so far!



A respected and recognized business leader and statesman, John Carona has received over 250 public service and leadership awards from groups ranging from business associations and child advocates to teacher groups and law enforcement. He has been named a “Hero” three times by Texas teachers, “Crime Fighter of the Year” by the North Texas Crime Commission and is the recipient of the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region award. John is also very active in the community, having served on the board or as a member of groups like the YMCA, American Diabetes Association and City of Dallas Planning Commission.

To learn more about John’s awards, accolades and community involvement, click here.

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