NAPW Announces Laura Wheat, Mayor of Town of Westlake and Owner of Cassie's LLC DBA Cassie’s Gourmet Popcorn, a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

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National Association of Professional of Woman is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

Our vision is to be nationally known for putting gourmet twists on traditional snack foods in ways that make people smile.

NAPW honors Laura Wheat as a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Wheat is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business and public service. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with nearly 700,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters.

“Last year, I took an active ownership role in Cassie’s Gourmet Popcorn, a business founded by our daughter Cassie Uptmore,” says Ms. Wheat, who is also the Mayor of Westlake, TX.

Since 2008, Ms. Wheat has served as Mayor of the town that is located in Northeast Tarrant County, between Fort Worth and Dallas. Along with Town staff, Ms. Wheat works tirelessly to maintain the community’s reputation as “an oasis of tranquility and natural beauty amidst an ever expanding urban landscape.”

A former practicing Attorney, Ms. Wheat has an extensive background in the nonprofit arena, serving on boards of such esteemed organizations as Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Gilda’s Club North Texas, Cancer Support Community-National and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. As Mayor of Westlake, she is President of the Board of Trustees of Westlake Academy, an IBO World School and the only municipally owned charter school in Texas.

Ms. Wheat’s latest venture is as Owner of Cassie’s Gourmet Popcorn. “Our vision is to be nationally known for putting gourmet twists on traditional snack foods in ways that make people smile,” she says. The family-run shop is well on its way to becoming a household name with its distinctive, hand-crafted popcorn creations, including Beer Cheddar, White Truffle, Sea Salt Caramel and Dark Chocolate Drizzle. In addition to a storefront in Hurst, TX, Ms. Wheat and her family are committed to growing the company’s online and corporate gifting business.

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