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Our Team

  • Allison J.H. Thompson, Director of Economic Development & Tourism
  • Andy J. Buffington, Marketing Manager
  • Patty Bushart, Tourism Manager
  • Lauren McCarty, Tourism Assistant
  • Louis Castillo, Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator

Allison J. H. Thompson, CEcD, EDFP

Director of Economic Development & Tourism
972-291-5132 ext. 5
[email protected]

Allison J. H. Thompson holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University, an MA in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas of Arlington as well as professional certifications from both the International Economic Development Council and the National Development Council; CEcD and EDFP respectively.

Currently employed by the City of Cedar Hill, Texas, a thriving community in southwest Dallas County on Joe Pool Lake, she is the Director for the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation and Director of Economic Development for the City.

Her experience ranges from consulting on strategic economic development planning to managing a regional economic development organization. She has served as director of economic development in several Texas cities.

Current active memberships: IEDC, TEDC, CoreNet, IAMC, NAIOP, CREW, ICSC, SCR, NTCAR, DFW Marketing Team, Rotary, and Lions.


Andy J. Buffington, CEcD, IOM

Marketing Manager
(972) 291-5132 ext. 4
[email protected]

Andy Buffington graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Marketing and an MBA concentrated in marketing research.  He also holds professional certification from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management program (IOM), and most recently received his professional certification through the International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer program (CEcD).

Andy moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in November of 2014 to begin working for the Cedar Hill EDC.  Prior to that, he served as the VP of Marketing and Communications at the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce located in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Lauren McCarty

Tourism Assistant
(972) 291-5132 ext. 6
(972) 291-5100 ext. 2838

[email protected]

Lauren McCarty has been with the City of Cedar Hill since 2013.  She works part-time as assistant to the Tourism Department.  Her duties include helping to maintain the Visit Cedar Hill website, keeping visitors and residents up to date on events through the weekly blog, and assisting the needs of her teammates.

Lauren is also a fulltime student at the University of Texas in Arlington and is working towards a BBA in Accounting.





Louis Castillo

Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator
(972) 291-5132 ext. 1
[email protected]

Louis started with the City of Cedar Hill in 2009. Prior to joining the Economic Development department in 2012 as Executive Assistant, he worked in Municipal Court, Utility Billing and Human Resources.  Being bilingual - fluent in Spanish - Louis continues to translate throughout the city. 

In addition to Executive Assistant, he holds the titles of Special Projects Coordinator in 2015 as well Secretary for the Economic Development Corporation and the Cedar Hill Business Park Property Owners Association. 

Louis’ primary duties include managing the office needs, record retention, processes department invoices and is the liaison for the Finance department. He also helps managing the properties owned by the Economic Development Corporation.