FORT WORTH, TX – Today the Fort Worth Chamber announced it will recognize Dan Berce, President and Chief Executive Officer of GM Financial, with the 2023 Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award. Berce will be recognized at the FWC’s 141st Annual Meeting on March 30, 2023 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

During his more than thirty years of executive leadership, Dan has been at the helm of a tremendous amount of progress and innovation. From stewarding the growth of one of the country’s most successful auto finance companies to overseeing the acquisition and transition to General Motors’ captive finance arm in 2010, Dan’s strong leadership and commitment to excellence were paramount to the company’s success.

The award, named after the late Susan Halsey who served as chairman of the FWC in 2013, honors leadership excellence in business in the Fort Worth metropolitan area. It recognizes presidents, principals or chief executive officers for devoting time and energy to strengthen and transform the organization they lead. The award was created to honor Susan Halsey, an attorney and transformative leader in the Fort Worth community, who passed away in December 2014. She was the managing partner of Jackson Walker LLP.
“Dan has been instrumental in leading GM Financial into a global organization with more than 9,000 team members,” said Rosa Navejar, Chair of the Fort Worth Chamber, “His strong commitment and leadership have helped grow GM Financial to over $100 billion in assets. Under Dan’s leadership, a formal Mentoring Program was implemented to advance both women and professionals of color and has demonstrated a talent retention of 92%.”

“I could think of no better recipient of the Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award than Dan Berce,” said Jay Rutherford, managing partner of Jackson Walker’s Fort Worth office. “Susan was a trailblazer in the legal profession. Having known and worked with Dan for more than 25 years, I have witnessed firsthand how he exemplifies the leadership qualities that Susan Halsey demonstrated within our firm and the greater Fort Worth community.”

Nominees must demonstrate the ability to actively support advancement, create a vision and inspire others, establish a positive image for his or her business while leading it to higher levels of success, encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees, give back to the community, and provide mentorship.

Download Dan Berce’s headshot here.

The Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award, presented by Jackson Walker LLP, is presented at the FWC’s Annual Meeting, presented by Frost Bank.


Susan Halsey, a giant in Fort Worth’s legal, real estate and civic worlds, was known as a master of negotiation and diplomacy and a leader dedicated to extensive community service. Through her expertise and elegant spirit, she graciously advanced opportunities for women. In 2013, she was the second woman in the Chamber’s history to serve as board chairman. Halsey died in December 2014. She was a revered managing partner in the real estate section of the Jackson Walker law firm where she closed many high-dollar deals.

The Fort Worth Chamber, with 1,300 member businesses, is one of the largest chambers in the North Texas region. Through its core functions of business attraction and retention, talent development, small business and entrepreneur support, and government advocacy, the Chamber’s mission is to bring the Fort Worth region together to identify issues, solve problems and help align resources resulting in a stronger business climate and greater economic prosperity for all. Contact the Fort Worth Chamber at (817) 338-2491 or visit

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