Developing an Employment Brand

October 1, 2014
Hosted by Marcia Zidle

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Have you ever thought about how to brand your organization to attract the caliber of employees you want to hire? Do you know where future employees are looking for you or what they’re finding there? Just as significant as branding your commercial product and/or services to attract your consumers, it’s become equally important to have a clearly defined Employment Brand to resonate with the Job Seekers you want to find. David Allen, President and CEO of Snelling, a Dallas based talent management firm with over 60 years of success in the people business, explores the “New Normal” of the market place that has developed in the wake of the recession. Employment is on the rise, but maybe not in the traditional sense you’d expect. Tune in as Mr. Allen explores ways to reorient our thinking about the new

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Your entrepreneurial vision has taken hold. Your business is growing. It's everything you hoped for and more. Or is it? With growth come bigger headaches: more hiring, more capital, more customers to satisfy, more employees to deal with, more plates to juggle and more demands on your time. Whether you realize it or not, you are experiencing Growing Pains!

On The Business Edge, with host Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, you will hear how to make the leap from running a stressful business that is always putting out fires to leading a successful company that operates like a finely tuned management machine. You will meet savvy, street smart entrepreneurs and business leaders who’ll share their stories of success and even missteps as well as practical solutions to the unique challenges faced by growing companies.

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Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, works with entrepreneurial ventures and small to medium size companies to build and leverage their leadership foundation to move from Start-Up to Scale-Up to Successful Enterprise. In other words, she helps them take the growing pains out of growth.

Coming from a unique entrepreneurial and corporate background, she’s both street smart and strategic as she guides CEO’s and their management teams to focus on the right priorities - the right talent - the right alignment - the right performance to get the right results that will satisfy their investors, customers and other stakeholders.

With 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience, she brings an expertise in executive and team leadership; employee engagement and performance; personal and organization change; emotional and social intelligence. Her clients range from privately owned businesses to mid-market professional firms to divisions of global companies in the following industries: healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, high-tech, hospitality as well as governments and nonprofit agencies.

Marcia's "claim to fame" is as a global citizen, living as an expatriate with her family in Scandinavia and Australia. In fact, one of her children is an "Aussie.” She’s traveled in over 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Far East and South Pacific.

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Dr. Jonathan Clarke


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Raj Daniels

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Michael Dermer


Michael is an entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and founder/author of The Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael is considered the founder of not only a company, but an industry – rewarding individuals for healthy behavior. Michael left a promising law career to start IncentOne, the first company to provide rewards for healthy behavior. After bootstrapping for a decade, his company received a large private ​equity investment in 2008. It should have been a time for celebration. Then the financial crisis hit. Ten years were gone in ten days. It would take two years of working 24 hours a day to save what took ten years to build. Today, health rewards are everywhere, he sold IncentOne to industry innovator Welltok and his company is credited with creating the health rewards industry. What resulted was not only a business success, but the discovery of a unique method on how to thrive under the pressure, chaos and burden of being the entrepreneur. View Guest page

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Steve DiGioia



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Steve’s newest challenge it to take the helm of a newly created position training 2000+ employees within our family of 6 resorts. Steve is the author of “Earn More Tips On Your Very Next Shift…Even If You’re a Bad Waiter”. His book provides real-world examples of the situations any waiter or bartender will face & gives the tools needed to create a memorable experience for your guests that can be used across all industries, resulting in better customer retention and repeat business for your company. View Guest page

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Jason Dinverno

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Walter Dobson


Walter Dobson is a seasoned business leader with a background in Information Technology. His previous role was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Senior Vice-President of Associa, the world’s largest Property Owners Association Management Company. He’s now the CEO and founder of American Bio Source, LLC., a grease recycling company based in Denton, Texas. Founded in early 2011, it has maintained a focus on bringing its oil to the biofuels market. In early 2005, he took on two personal projects that have led him to creating Denton Bio Fuels, LLC. First, he built and flew his own helicopter. To fuel the aircraft and other vehicles, he built a biofuel reactor to personally process his own biodiesel from vegetable oil. The process used to create the fuel was refined and automated to produce a certifiable quality fuel. The experience of this journey sparked a passion for Mr. Dobson and made him an expert in the process of processing biodiesel. View Guest page

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Patrick Dougher

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Helen G. Drinan

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Candia Dye

Candia Dye works internationally with both individuals and corporate groups; she holds a Masters degree in Psychology, is a Board Certified Coach in leadership and business coaching, and a certified small business advisor. She is the Director of Training with Xcellero Leadership in Chicago, is a senior faculty member at The Institute of Life Coach Training, and the owner of Strategy Partners Coaching. You can learn more about Candia at www.StrategyPartnersCoaching.com View Guest page

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Tom Englander

Tom Englander (President) of ES Interims, a company that provides key interim talent to companies seeking to achieve even better results. ES Interims was started in 2005 to provide companies alternatives for hiring the expertise they need to grow. “Adding to the payroll is not always the correct action.” Interims are a way to get results while conserving cash. View Guest page

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Pamela Eyring


Pamela Eyring is president and owner of The Protocol School of Washington® (www.psow.edu), the nation’s first and only accredited school focusing on international protocol, business etiquette and communication skills training. With more than three decades of public and private sector experience in operational protocol and educational development, Pamela has extensive knowledge of US and international practices and is a global thought leader in the etiquette and protocol industry. After acquiring the PSOW from founder Dorothea Johnson in 2005, Pamela soon expanded operations internationally with course work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Trinidad & Tobago and the Republic of Turkey. As interest in global protocol and cultural awareness grew Pamela expanded opening a Middle East and Gulf Region office in Dubai, UAE. In both the US and Dubai offices, the PSOW’s curriculum focuses on building professional relationships through cultural understanding, communication and respect. View Guest page

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Julie Faling

Julie Faling is president of a HCFS, Inc., mother of 2 boys, and widow. Her husband was the president of HCFS, Inc and they were majority shareholders. Upon his death a decision about the future of HCFS had to be made. The Board of Director voted to make Julie president going forward. That journey began on February 1, 2013. Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University and had a banking career of for ten years. View Guest page

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Dr. Anne Ferrante

Dr. Anne Ferrante is an educator, executive coach and organizational cultural expert. What stimulated Anne’s interest and experience with business culture was when she was an internal organizational development consultant for ATT and Lucent Technologies. Anne designed and implemented leadership and employee development programs to support a corporate-wide culture change initiative and worked extensively with leaders and managers. Anne gained first-hand knowledge of cultural differences while living and working abroad in Europe, the Middle East and India which sparked her curiosity in global workforce development and cross-cultural management, topics on which she teaches, consults and coaches. After her corporate career, Anne pursued her PhD and was Director of the Global Leadership Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Dallas prior to joining the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, DC where she is Director of Graduate Programs. View Guest page

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Bryan Flanagan

Bryan Flanagan’s experience as a seasoned sales professional can be put to work for you! He began his career as a delivery boy for the IBM Corporation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He then invested the next 14 years with IBM as a salesman, a “people” manager, and a sales instructor at IBM’s national training center. In 1984, Bryan joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation. He served as the Director of Corporate Training for Zig for over 20 years working with a variety of sales and marketing companies. In 2005, Bryan founded Flanagan Training Group. In this capacity, he designs and delivers training programs that improve team and individual productivity and growth. He has authored numerous training programs including his sales book “Now, Go Sell Somebody Something” and the 4-CD set “Bryan Flanagan on Sales and Motivation.” His newest book is entitled “So, You’re New to Sales.” Bryan understands the corporate marketplace and what it takes to achieve success in today’s competitive environment. View Guest page

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Dave Franzetta

Dave Franzetta is an innovative thinker and creative problem solver who developed strong leadership and leadership development capabilities over his thirty-year career with Prudential Financial. When he retired from Prudential in 2004 he began his work as an advisor with international think-tank Interchange Associates. A year later he founded Designed Outcomes, a highly specialized consulting firm that works with senior executives to resolve complex and pervasive business problems and business-growth challenges. His focus is on finding relatively inexpensive and easy to implement ways to resolve, and sometimes simply dissolve, pervasive and vexing business problems. Specialty areas include: working with senior executives to improve their effectiveness, leadership development program design and delivery, and transition and succession planning for entrepreneurs and family business owners View Guest page

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Valerie Freeman

Valerie Freeman is the founder and CEO of Dallas-based Imprimis Group, Inc., a leading supplier of staffing, recruiting, human resource and outsourcing services and one of the largest independently owned staffing services in Texas. Valerie was awarded “Outstanding Business Leader” by Northwood University. She was also inducted into the Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame for her many years of business success and contribution to the WBE community. Imprimis was named Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year by the Women’s Business Council of the Southwest and Valerie received the Athena Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and the “Real Girls, Real Women” Award from the Girl Scouts of NE Texas. Valerie was also honored as one of the 25 most influential women in business by the Dallas Business Journal. View Guest page

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Jeffrey Fritzson

Jeff is a corporate and entrepreneurial executive with over 30 years of combined experience focused on results in Sales, IT and HR. Combining these experiences has allowed Jeff to understand how to leverage technology and sales strategies internally to help turn workforces into strategic competitive advantages. While remaining people centric and results focused, Jeff created Workforce Biology which allows companies to match their talent management support structure to their employee lifecycle. In doing so he allows organizations to turn human resources, a typical cost center due to people challenges, into a profit center that provides services throughout the workforce focused on attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining the right talent required by the company to deliver superior services. He currently leads a workforce focused consulting organization. View Guest page

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Clint Fuqua



Clint Fuqua is an accomplished Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer with over two decades of experience and specialized training in all areas of health, nutrition, and exercise. He has worked with Junior High, High School, Collegiate, and Professional athletes in sports ranging from Basket Ball to MMA and many people just wanting to improve their health so they can live a long and quality filled life. Clint has published “Personal Health Care Reform”, the first in a series of books to help everyone learn how to care for their health. View Guest page

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George Garrett



George Garrett, SPHR is a founding Member of Future Focus Group, LLC. He is dedicated to helping all employers improve people, process and systems. George has managed transformation projects both inside and outside organizations throughout the US. He has written several white papers on organization, systems and culture, is a featured contributor to a European leadership magazine, and most recently co-authored a new book, entitled, “Evolved…Engaging People, Enhancing Success”. View Guest page

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Ed Gideon


Ed is a successful business owner, valued advisor to CEOs and professionals nationwide. He is an advisor to C-Suite Executives focusing on Decoding the Path to Success; Effective mentoring of your team; Successfully managing Change; Growing your business. He was a Vietnam-era Infantry Platoon Leader, advisor/ aide to General Officers in the Army. He worked on a drilling rig in the Big Bend country of Southwest Texas, lived in a ghost town, and was a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii. Ed jumped out of aircraft in the Army’s Airborne & Ranger training, kept his feet firmly planted while raising 2 boys, helping them achieve Eagle Scout. He was an all-university intramural champion in football and baseball in college and Cadet Commander of Army ROTC. He is a college lecturer and a frequent guest on the Sirius/XM (#142) radio production: A Matter Of Your Health: The 30 Minute Health Magazine. He is the author of Breakthroughs for Success: Nineteen Examples of Success Achieved by Real People. View Guest page

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Patricia Greene


Patricia G. Greene is the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College where she formerly served first as Dean of the Undergraduate School and later as Provost. Greene current assignment at Babson is to serve as the academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women programs. Dr. Greene is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group dedicated to studying women business owners and their businesses. She is a former federal appointee to the national advisory board for the SBA's Small Business Development Centers. She loves to talk about entrepreneurship, sharing her soapboxes on changing the way the world does business with anyone who will listen. View Guest page

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Deborah Gregory

Deborah Gregory worked as a Senior Attorney for the IRS’ Office of Chief Counsel for more than 12 years. Her experience as an IRS Senior Attorney has given her unique institutional knowledge of the IRS and she is able to utilize her knowledge in helping her clients. Deborah was the managing member of The Law Office of Deborah Gregory, PLLC, before welcoming husband Garrett to create Gregory Law Group, PLLC in March 2014. She personally meets with clients that visit the office for their free consultation and crafts a specific resolution for each case. Her background as a former IRS Attorney, coupled with her tax law experience, makes her uniquely qualified to help clients resolve their IRS problems. Deborah graduated with a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law, and has a Master of Law in Taxation from Boston University. Married to Garrett, together they have two boys. View Guest page

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T Scott Gross

T Scott Gross is best known as the author of the management classic Positively Outrageous Service. His latest work, Invisible, is a close-up look at survival in a digital economy run by our newest generation, the Millennials. View Guest page

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Tilde Guajardo

Tilde Guajardo is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Visionary Officer of Womanars, an organization to empower and equip women to live the life of their dreams. Her passion is to inspire and educate women and girls throughout the world, and she believes the future belongs to those of us who are true collaborators in business and in life. Since her late 20's Tilde has been a voice, advocate and leader for women through teaching, speaking, mentoring, and organizing events and fundraisers to help bring awareness to critical issues such as child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and breast cancer. As an international public speaker Tilde delivers messages of inspiration, hope and the importance of relationship building through personal authenticity. She was the Lead Organizer and Official Licensee for theTEDxTurtleCreekWomen event in Dallas, Texas in 2013 & 2015. TEDx events are independently organized. View Guest page

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Steve Hall



Steve Hall is the founder and president of driversselect - a business that disrupts the traditional way automobiles are sold by delivering higher levels of consumer empowerment, personalization, and transparency. Serving as the President of the National Automotive Finance Association he works to build a healthier and more sustainable auto finance marketplace through continuous education and more responsible lending practices. Steve is a current member of YPO and has served as advisors for Entrepreneurs of North Texas, Dallas Social Venture Partners, Dallas Entrepreneur Center, and the Entrepreneur Village project for the city of Dallas. Steve received his business degree from James Madison University but with the marketplace changing so quickly he questions how important this is to mention. View Guest page

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Darcie Harris

Darcie Harris is a champion for women. An international speaker and trainer, she founded EWF International, a company offering peer advisory groups, coaching and consulting for female entrepreneurs and executives, and the Alpha Mare Academy, an online educational resource for women. She particularly enjoys facilitating leadership skills training for women, giving them the confidence and inspiration to grow. Darcie has helped countless women think big, pursue their passions and achieve their personal best. Darcie traveled twice to Rwanda to deliver graduation keynotes and facilitate leadership skills training for students of the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women. She is a respected media resource on women’s leadership and entrepreneurship and is widely published on the internet. In 2010, the SBA honored Darcie as their Champion of Women in Business Award Winner and The Journal Record named her as one of the Fifty Making a Difference honorees. View Guest page

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Maysa Hawwash

Maysa Hawwash: National Man ager for Drake’s Talent Management Solutions Maysa is an accomplished and innovative leader with years of experience in Human Resources Management, Operations and Business Development and leadership development. Maysa has a Master’s degree in HR Management from Rutgers University, and has worked for organizations like RBC Insurance, Aviva Canada and was the VP of HR for Global Financial prior to joining drake International. Her strong consulting, organizational change and management skills, combined with her success with driving business strategy through well-defined implementation plans have significantly improved organizational capability and bottom line results. Maysa has experience driving operational effectiveness through identifying Key Performance Indicators, measurement and tracking. View Guest page

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Andre van Heerden



Andre van Heerden heads the corporate leadership programme The Power of Integrity, and is the author of three books on leadership, Leaders and Misleaders, Leading like you mean it, and An Educational Bridge for Leaders. He has unique qualifications for addressing the need for leadership and culture change in business and society at large. Since studying law at Rhodes University in South Africa, he has been a history teacher, a deputy headmaster, a soldier, a refugee, an advertising writer, a creative director, an immigrant, an account director for leading multinational brands, a marketing consultant, and a leadership educator. Andre’s interests include philosophy, psychology, history, literature, politics, and rugby. He is married with four children and four grandchildren. He and his family have lived in Auckland, New Zealand, since 1987. View Guest page

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Karen Hennings



Karen Hennings is Owner of Bonde’s Quik Mart, with two convenience stores located in Kiel and Cleveland, WI. She has been involved in the family business since 1992 and became the sole proprietor in January 2015. Karen is actively involved in both local communities where her business operates. She has also been President of the Home School Association and has directed her church choir for the past 25 years. Currently, Karen serves on the Board of Directors for the Kiel Area Association of Commerce. View Guest page

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Jim Horan

Jim Horan is Founder/President of The One Page Business Plan Company, an international consulting firm specializing in planning and performance management systems. Entrepreneurs, business owners and senior executives have been using this highly efficient and effective planning process since 1997. Over 50 universities teach this process in their undergraduate and graduate programs. Jim is a frequent speaker throughout the country and works 1:1 with many Fortune 500 executives and their management teams. Jim’s company with more than 500 consultants provides consulting, training, enterprise software and e-learning systems. The company was established in 1990 and is located in Berkeley, California. View Guest page

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Emilio Iasiello


Emilio Iasiello has more than 12 years’ experience as a strategic cyber intelligence analyst, supporting US government civilian and military intelligence organizations, as well as a private sector company providing cyber intelligence to Fortune 100 clients. He has delivered cyber threat presentations to domestic and international audiences and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. View Guest page

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Fakhria Ibrahimi

Although attending a medical school for three years, Fakhria Ibrahimi knew here real passion was for technology, filmmaking, and photography. Fakhria worked closely with several Canadian organizations allowing her the chance to produce three films featuring Afghans: Left Hand, Treasure Trove and Stars. She has also had several photographs published in magazines along with a book by Minority Rights Group International. Her company, Momtaz Host was established in 2010 as an internet service company which offers web host and domain provider, cyber security, online shopping, Google mail server provider, graphic design, social media marketing, and database design. View Guest page

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Steve Jacob


Steve Jacob is founding editor of D Healthcare Daily, a D Magazine website that covers the business of health care in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. He has written two books in the past three years: Health Care in 2020: Where Uncertain Reform, Bad Habits, Too Few Doctors and Skyrocketing Costs Are Taking Us and So Long, Marcus Welby, M.D. He is the former suburban publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and spent nearly four decades in newspaper and magazine editorial and business management. He currently is a senior marketing and public relations consultant for Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest non-profit health system in Texas. He’s an adjunct faculty at the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center where he teaches health policy and health services management; and at the University of Texas Dallas. He has master’s degrees in journalism and business administration from Indiana University. View Guest page

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Telvin Jeffries


Telvin Jeffries has been a driving organizational development and change for well known retail chains for over 20 years.As a global chief human Resources Officer,Telvin has overseen leadership and development ,talent acquisition,performance management, total rewards, and employee on boarding and exit strategy at the enterprise level. 140,000 employees at 1,000+ locations.Telvin is currently the CEO and Founder of Careergistics™ View Guest page

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Gregory Kalush

Gregory Kalush is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Interphase Corporation. He joined Interphase in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer, and shortly thereafter assumed broader responsibilities for the company's operations. In 1999, he was promoted to President and CEO. Prior to joining Interphase, Kalush was Vice President of the Transmission Data Services Division of DSC. At DSC he also held positions as Vice President of International Access Products and as Group Vice President of Finance for the Transport Systems Group. Prior to DSC, Kalush worked at IBM, as Director of Finance, Planning and Administration for the $3 billion Southwest Marketing and Service regional business unit. He also served as Division Controller for IBM's Data Systems Division, the company's leading revenue and profit generator at that time. He joined IBM in 1978 and held various positions in the areas of accounting and financial analysis. Kalush received his B.S. in Business Administration and his M.B.A. from Pace University in New York. View Guest page

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Buzz Kolbe

Buzz Kolbe, CPBA, CPVA, CPECP is an associate with Final Touch Finishing School and the President and Chief Leadership Development Coach of LeadingWIN Resources; a firm dedicated to relevant and accelerated leadership development. Buzz has 25 years of business and corporate work experience as well as 15 years as a coach and business owner. Buzz is a published columnist in the Etiquette and Lifestyle magazine and serves as an instructor and advisory board member for the Global Protocol, Etiquette and Civility Academy. Buzz lives in McKinney, Texas and travels globally to share his knowledge and expertise to clients who are ready to ”accelerate their growth to maximize their results”.He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western State Colorado University in Sociology and Psychology and focuses his expertise in communication skills, etiquette and emotional intelligence towards enhancing personal and professional civility. View Guest page

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Michael Kramer

Michael Kramer is an award-winning leadership consultant and successful entrepreneur. He founded the Breakthrough Best-Practices Movement and was awarded the "Most Innovative Program of the Year" by Chicago's Duman Center of Entrepreneurship. His latest innovation is ManageHub.com – social enterprise software that creates an organization's private online community where leaders and their teams meet to share information, develop strategies, implement projects and assess progress. You’ll hear how this powerful team-collaboration tool dramatically improves productivity, efficiency, team-communication, product/service quality, and customer satisfaction. Kramer also founded the ManageHub Accelerator which helps business owners adopt the same kinds of management practices used by the largest companies to create sustainable, scalable and saleable businesses View Guest page

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Charlene Lake

Charlene Lake is Chief Sustainability Officer & Sr., V. P. Public Affairs for A T & T. She leads A T & T’s philanthropic & volunteerism endeavors, 3rd-party advocacy program & public affairs functional support as well as coordinating signature initiatives that connect social needs with business objectives. Ms. Lake has been with A T & T since 1986 and has served in a variety of management roles. Ms. Lake serves on a number of boards and has received numerous awards for her work in journalism, advertising and civic endeavors. View Guest page

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Andrew Leigh



Andrew Leigh has written over 20 books on leadership and management, many of which have been translated around the world. He jointly founded Maynard Leigh Associates in 1989, a leading UK people development company whose mission is Inspiring Greater Impact. He runs www.ethical-leadership.co.uk a web site focused on business ethics and which offers a unique perspective on many aspect of leading organisations ethically, including compliance, and engagement. He originally trained as an economist and later became a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development View Guest page

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Suzi Lemen

With 30 years Human Resources experience, Suzi Lemen, CEO of Dynamic Corporate Solutions, offers practical and creative Human Resources solutions to businesses from Fortune 50 giants to small local enterprises. She excels in the art of HR management using a unique blend of technical, interpersonal and business skills. Suzi started DCSI on her dining room table and in 2007 purchased Idea Staffing. In 2012, her team designed the affordable HR Toolkit™ for small businesses that contains a complete collection of all the components needed for an effective, government compliant Human Resources program. Suzi earned a BA in HR & Psychology from the University of Kansas and an MS in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the University of Florida. DCSI was #108 on the INC. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list, 2005. Suzi was Jacksonville Regional Chamber’s Small Business Leader of the Year for 2008 and the 2008 SBA Champion for Women in Business. Suzi’s motto: “People are your greatest asset.” View Guest page

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Natalie Levi

With a diverse background in engineering, training, and artistic design, Natalie Levi, owner of POJJO Inc. is the key figure behind a new standard in hair storage systems for the home. Natalie launched her career with Accenture and several years later took her lessons learned and launched her own consulting firm. For six years her business and employee base grew: she lectured, she published, and she achieved. But after years of travel she once again took her lessons and switched to a career that put the focus on the product, more than the person. 5 years ago, Natalie took an idea and set on the journey to make that idea a standard in every home. Today, POJJO products are being installed by new home builder and remodelers throughout the United States. View Guest page

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Dave Lieber

Dave Lieber has been a newspaper columnist for 21 years. As The Dallas Morning News’ newest columnist, The Watchdog writes an investigative column twice a week exposing wrongdoing and right-doing. He’s written five books, started a children’s charity - Summer Santa - 18 years ago. The all-volunteer Summer Santa sends children to summer camps, provides free medical checkups, books and toys to area charities, and pays for athletic league scholarships. For this, he won the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award as the U.S. columnist who has made positive contributions to his community. Dave is also founder of WatchdogNation.com, a consumer rights movement that shows Americans how easy it is to fight back and win. View Guest page

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Mary Lippitt


Dr. Mary Lippitt is an internationally recognized leader in strategic thinking and executing change. Her book, Brilliant or Blunder: 6 Ways Leaders Navigate Uncertainty, Opportunity and Complexity, provides a toolkit for making smarter strategic decisions for sustainable results.
Mary founded Enterprise Management Limited 30 years ago with a clear purpose of providing leaders with practical and effective solutions to meet the business challenges confronting leaders today’s. She developed the award winning Leadership Spectrum Profile® to enhance business acumen and boost outcomes. It was awarded one of the Top Ten Training Products by Human Resource Management Magazine.
Currently a featured columnist with BizCatalyst, she also teaches in the MBA program at the University of South Florida. View Guest page

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Karen Logan

Karen Logan is an internationally recognized expert in business productivity. She has over 25 years of experience in both the entrepreneurial and corporate business realms across diverse industries. Karen is a sought-after consultant by leading corporations and small business owners. She provides expertise to help them get their businesses Structured for Success. She is CEO of Renaissance Works and the creator of the 9-Point System and other world-class strategies that provide breakthrough results for her clients. As part of her approach to health and happiness, she is restoring her 1938 home with her husband and running on trails in her neighborhood. View Guest page

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Izabela Lundberg



Izabela Lundberg is an International Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, and Speaker whose clients include SME's and Fortune 500 companies. Recognized as a Top Transformational and High Impact Leader in Global Business, Izabela generates tremendous value and delivers exceptional results for her clients and audience. Izabela enjoys a dynamic worldview after living in 6 countries, speaking 6 languages, traveling to over 40 countries, and working with diverse teams from over 80 countries. She is a recognized catalyst of sustainable solutions for global leaders and their most pressing challenges. Izabela earned a M.S. in Leadership and Organization with a focus on Strategic Innovation & Change and Organizational Development & Training and B.S in Business & Global Business Management. Izabela’s upcoming book, The World Messenger, (May 2015) is highly anticipated by academics, athletes and business leaders worldwide. View Guest page

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Greg Magennis

Greg Magennis is the Founder of Axiom Human Resource Development, LLC., and has over 20 years of human resource, assessment, learning and development, and performance management experience with a diverse group of leading North American organizations. His initial corporate experience began with SmithKline Beecham Consumer Brands, South Africa, and National Brands Limited, South Africa. Greg has helped to grow three private companies in Canada and the USA. Most recently, he helped the founder of Stagen, a private leadership academy based In Dallas, to grow his business by over 400% in a four year period. Greg is a graduate and contributing member of the Stagen Leadership Academy. A central focus of Greg’s leadership practice is working with TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic) to provide leaders with a positive approach to navigating their personal and professional challenges. He’s a graduate of Rhodes University in Business Administration, Economics and Commercial Law. View Guest page

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Terri Maxwell

Terri Maxwell provides game-changing insights that transform businesses, people, and industries. She is an impactful, passionate leader known for creating successful business models and inspiring those around her. In a career that spans more than 20 years, Terri has launched, owned, sold, re-branded or turned-around more than 40 businesses, and is a well-known consultant to entrepreneurs seeking to accelerate growth.Terri is President and CEO of Share on Purpose™, an investment and holding company responsible for launching dozens of meaningful ventures. In addition she is the founder and CEO of a small business growth strategy firm, GROrx, specializing in owner-led firms who seek aggressive growth. She is also founder and CEO of Succeed on Purpose, a personal and professional transformation platform for business, career and personal success. Terri is the author of The New World of Work: From the Cube to the Cloud, and Succeed on Purpose: Everything Happens for a Reason. View Guest page

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Randy Mayeux



Randy Mayeux truly is the epitome of a life-long learner. Beginning with his love of comic books, then the Hardy Boys, to Nero Wolfe, and finally to a much wider array, he keeps reading! (He may have neglected too many novels). But in multiple areas including theology, business, general nonfiction, social justice and poverty, he has always been an avid reader. Randy is unendingly curious, and his curiosity drives his life-long-learning passion. Since April, 1998, Randy has been 1/2 of the First Friday Book Synopsis team, presenting one new business book briefing each month. And Randy has presented book briefings focused on social justice and poverty at CitySquare’s Urban Engagement Book Club. His unique academic and professional background, from theology, to rhetoric, to business, has shaped his diversity and breadth in his offerings. His book briefings are especially useful to leadership teams, leading teams to genuine breakthroughs. View Guest page

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Joan Mazimhaka

Joan Mazimhaka has always been passionate about telling and sharing Rwandan and African stories and connecting different worlds through creative ways of storytelling..” Illume Creative Studio, founded by Joan and her sister Anne who was also a Peace Through Business participant, is a strategic communications agency that develops the tools and strategies to help you tell your story which offers consulting, content development, photography and video production, social media marketing, branding and re-branding. Joan is “most passionate and excited about using our unique and strong combination of skills to create a holistic approach to storytelling.” View Guest page

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R. Shawn McBride


R. Shawn McBride works with business owners that want to lay the foundation first and get their business going in the right direction or assess where they are and set the stage for a brighter future for their business. His goal is to educate his clients so that they understand the law and can make sound decisions on legal matters affecting their business. As founder and Managing Member of The R. Shawn McBride Law Office, P.L.L.C., he has guided the firm to be business focused – after all Shawn was exposed to the business world completing college degrees in Accounting and Business Administration (concentration: Finance) and passing the CPA exam prior to advising his first legal client. Shawn resides in Dallas and also spends time in Florida. His personal interests include travel, education, public speaking, reading, antique cars (particularly ‘70s-era muscle cars including his plum-crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible), museums, sports, mountains, and the beach. View Guest page

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Doug McKinley

Doug McKinley is a psychologist, author, keynote speaker and executive coach who is relentless in helping his clients find their authentic leadership voice through his consulting company, Xcellero Leadership. Doug is also coauthor of Go Positive: Lead to Engage employee engagement book and training program. He has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and holds the prestigious Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation. You can learn more about Doug at www.Xcellero.com View Guest page

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Rex Miller

My life as a Senior Partner for TAG Consulting allows me to coach leaders that face massive challenges adapting their organizations to disruptive change. As both a futurist and a certified tennis professional (USPTA) I focus on aligning performance with purpose. Rex Miller is the author of two books. The Millennium Matrix: Reclaiming the Past and Reframing the Future of the Church explains the "why" behind the major revolutions of history. The World Future Society called it “ground breaking.”The Commercial Real Estate Revolution: Nine Transforming Keys to Lowering Costs, Cutting Waste and Driving Change in a Broken Industry, published by Wiley & Sons. This work won the 2009 CoreNet Global Innovator of the Year. In 2010 I launched an initiative called case4space with thirty organizations attempting to unravel the 70% chronic level of disengagement. The game changing results will be summarized in a third book to be released in the summer of 2014. View Guest page

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Rex Miller

My life as the Principal and Through Leader for mindSHIFT allows me to coach leaders that face massive challenges adapting their organizations to disruptive change. As both a futurist and a certified tennis professional (USPTA) I focus on aligning performance with purpose. Rex Miller is the author of three books. The Millennium Matrix: Reclaiming the Past and Reframing the Future of the Church explains the "why" behind the major revolutions of history. The World Future Society called it “ground breaking.”The Commercial Real Estate Revolution: Nine Transforming Keys to Lowering Costs, Cutting Waste and Driving Change in a Broken Industry, published by Wiley & Sons. This work won the 2009 CoreNet Global Innovator of the Year. And Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workplaces Lead to Transformation and Growth,scheduled for release by Wiley in October 2014. The MindShift model for innovation has been used by more than fifty well known organizations including Google, GSA, Haworth, Balfour Beatty, Cousin’s Properties, Jacobs Engineering and many others. View Guest page

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Daniel Moore


In 2008, at the age of 23, Daniel Moore bought his first investment property, and by the age of 28 became a full time real estate investor after being inducted into Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Hall of Fame. With his involvement in the acquisition of millions of dollars in real estate, as well as the development of large new construction projects, Daniel has accumulated extensive first-hand, real world knowledge on the "how-to's" of real estate investing.
After unsuccessfully searching to find a ways to automate his real estate activities, Daniel teamed up with Nate Worcester to create a software service company that would meet the operational needs of serious real estate investors. Propelio is the result of their combined efforts - delivering access to real time comps, reducing waiting time to make offers on discounted properties, to improve lead flow of motivated sellers, to keep the phone ringing, and provide a deal management system to help investors stay organized. View Guest page

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Mike Muhney

Mike Muhney has enjoyed a varied, passionate and uniquely successful career in the high-tech industry. Born and raised in Chicago and graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance, with Honors, Mike began his career with IBM in 1975 and was professionally trained in their intensive full-time 6-month-long internal Sales School. He was ranked 6th out of his national class of 66 students, after which he sold mainframes and software solutions and achieved numerous Hundred Percent Clubs, IBM’s most successful sales fraternity. Mike's claim to fame came from his Co-inventing ACT!, and with it creating the software category known as Contact Managers, that now encompasses CRM. In 2010 Mike once again created another category known as Mobile Relationship Managers with VIPorbit, designed for users of iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apple devices, a global target of nearly a billion today. VIPorbit has won top awards, recently ranked #1 of the worlds's Top 50 Best Productivity Apps. View Guest page

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Dr. Terry Neese

Dr. Terry Neese, Founder/CEO of IEEW started her successful staffing company in 1975. In 2005, her daughter took the reins and Dr. Neese began her career in the nonprofit world working with women in small business. In 2006, she was approached by the U.S. Dept. of State about working with women business entrepreneurs in Afghanistan & Rwanda. Dr. Neese is active in politics, serves on a number of boards, and has received numerous awards for her work with women in business. View Guest page

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Doug Nohe

Doug Nohe is an advocate for the growth and sustainability of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the SCORE Association, a national nonprofit association with over 10,000 volunteers dedicated to encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide through counseling, mentoring, consulting, and education programs. Doug held executive and senior positions at Proctor & Gamble and Black & Decker before starting his entrepreneur efforts. He raised over $75 million in venture capital to build and grew three successful companies in healthcare and technology. He has also led the turnaround of a global publically traded technology company increasing the stock value by 700%. Doug has owned and operated successful small businesses and understands that small business is the engine that drives our economy. He has dedicated himself to helping build small businesses and nonprofits succeed through innovative programs. View Guest page

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Margaretta Noonan



Margaretta Noonan is the founder and CEO of noonanWorks, a firm devoted to helping companies and individuals “reach remarkableTM”. noonanWorks is proud to be a WBENC-certified woman-owned business. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Margaretta had a long career as a senior corporate executive where she helped lead a high-growth organization (Kohl’s), an acquirer of over 100 firms (Monster Worldwide), a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Best Products), a company closure (Carter Hawley Hale), and a successful public-company spin off (Hudson Global Resources). Margaretta speaks and writes regularly on topics such as generational issues, women in the workplace and corporate culture and leadership. A runner, cook and devoted “puppy mom” to Lulu, Ms. Noonan meditates regularly, scuba dives when she can and loves to read the great literary classics. View Guest page

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Lin O’Neill

Lin O’Neill has a blended corporate background in operations and human resources and is President and CEO of her own consulting firm. Her talents stem from practical experience such as that gained while Vice President of Inflight Service and Corporate Officer for Continental Airlines. Lin has a B.S. in sociology, a M.B.A. Currently an Instructor for the SBA’s e200 and GDHCC’s Executive Entrepreneur programs as well as T.W.U.’s EMBA Program. Lin is both a National Board Member and DFW Operating Committee Member for CEO Netweavers, a Board Member for the Texas Culture Change Coalition, a member of S.M.U.’s Associate Board, a past Board Member for the Alliance on Aging, Alliance of Women and Technology (ATW) and Rae’s Hope, and founder of Sakred Cow Enterprises and ENTREPRENEURS!. In 2007, Lin published the first book in The Simple Series, Managing High Maintenance Employees. Her second and third books are due out this year. View Guest page

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David Omholt

David Omholt is the Chief Executive Officer of The Entrepreneur Authority (TEA), the leading franchise brokerage firm in the country. He also heads up the Franchise Center of Excellence, a training program which educates franchise consultants on the finer points of Franchising. David is a frequent speaker at universities, seminars, conferences and talk shows on franchising, entrepreneurship and small business ownership. Members of the International Franchise Association (IFA) have called him one of the top franchise consultants in the country. Uniquely, Mr. Omholt has been both a Licensor and Licensee and offers a balanced, real-world perspective of business ownership. David graduated from Purdue's Krannert School of Management and recently was awarded the prestigious Emerging Voice Award. He also serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts. He is married with 3 daughters and his family is very active in the United Methodist Church and with international mission projects. View Guest page

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Valerie Pelan

Valerie Pelan consults with business leaders and business owners on challenges they are facing in their companies. The value based pricing is a result of working with business owners who wanted to price more competitively and wanted to measure their results against revenue targets. She was featured in Jan. 2009 Dallas Business Journal: “Two Minutes with Leadership Guru”. Her clients agree she provides a strategic perspective that positively impacts business results. Her consulting approach is client focused and aligns current actions and initiative with strategic objectives and future thinking. It is about having a plan with goals and measurements. Valerie is a leader in the community and continues to serve in leadership positions on non-profit Boards. She speaks at National and global conferences on strategic thinking, leadership, and communication. She has an MBA in Economics and is an adjunct professor. View Guest page

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Dana Phillips

Dana Phillips is a sales coach and time management specialist. She is a managing partner for Ultimate Coach University, an accredited coach training program. Dana possesses a unique blend of skills; her experience in the field, her training as a time management coach, her years as an executive and now her work training coaches from around the world position her as an expert in the field. As a lifelong learner, Dana is a certified Franklin Covey Coach, holds an ACC credential from the International Coach Federation and is a certified trainer of DiSC, the internationally known communications profile. Dana is fun, informative, and real. She will touch your heart and give you great tools to grow your business. View Guest page

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Thomas Phillips

Thomas Phillips has over twenty-five years of commercial experience structuring and negotiating business-to-business agreements with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike. As president of Effective Agreements, Mr. Phillips can take over the day-to-day process of completing agreements and their negotiation, allowing “C” level executives to remain focused on the core business. Regular assignments include sales contracts, master sales and master service agreements, Statements of Work and more complex strategic alliance documents. Although he is not an attorney.Tom spent thirteen years doing corporate business development for DSC Communications Corporation. There, he accomplished key domestic and international acquisitions and alliances that yielded several billion dollars in revenue to the company. View Guest page

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Dennis Pitocco

AS A GLOBAL consumer banking industry veteran, Dennis Pitocco serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of ConQuest Partners International – a privately held management-consulting firm. ConQuest maintains a leading-edge practice centered IMG_3476-150x150on all aspects of strategic planning, organizational development and exceptional service delivery. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies in the US, Canada and Europe. Alongside his business activities, Dennis devotes a considerable amount of time to Non-Profits, currently serving as President of Meals on Wheels of Tampa Bay and Board Trustee of Novadebt (New Jersey), and is an active Member of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team. In recent years, Dennis has methodically developed a formidable business advisory channel within the ConQuest global consulting practice – now entirely centered on the tactical leveraging of existing and emerging social media platforms. Along the way, he’s created and launched a series of professional networking Groups across Ushi (China) and Linkedin globally – now spanning all key sectors of the business marketplace. Dennis ultimately parlayed the success of these initiatives into the independent launch of BIZCATALYST360.COM, over which he now presides both as Publisher and Executive Editor while serving as a contributing Member of the “BizProphets” thought leadership Panel. View Guest page

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Dr. Rebecca Posten

Dr Rebecca Posten has always had a passion for women's health and wellness. After focusing on women's health and ObGyn in her medical training, she worked at McKinsey & Company (working with pharma, biotech and medical device companies), The Advisory Board Company (providing strategic and operational guidance to hospitals and health systems), VHA (helping hospital clinical programs) and HealthPoints (developing disease management and wellness programs). She is President of the Board of the North Texas American Diabetes Association, a mentor for healthcare startups with Health Wildcatters, and President of the Harvard Club of Dallas. She has a BA in Biology from Harvard University, MD from Yale University School of Medicine and MBA with a concentration in finance from University of Chicago Booth School of Business View Guest page

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Glen Ramsay

Glen Ramsay is the Founder of Inspire Nexus Inc. After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY Downstate) with a B.Sc. in Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Ramsay launched a ultrasound imaging company that achieved annual sales of over $4 million within five years of its founding. Mr. Ramsay is Managing Director of Seaview Medical Imaging, P.C. Glen completed his graduate level MSOL degree from Nyack College School of Business and Leadership and has served as a business mentor/coach for over 20 years. Glen is credentialed as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and currently applies his Entrepreneur Coaching and innovative strategies on the first Social-Success network for Coaches, Inspire Nexus. View Guest page

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Sonu Ratra


As Co-founder and President of Akraya Inc., a multiple award-winning solutions staffing firm, Sonu Ratra is a strong believer that with success comes with responsibility. An entrepreneur with a charitable heart and a never-say-die spirit, Ratra is passionate about giving back to the community. She has been an avid supporter for women’s empowerment and is currently spearheading an initiative called “Women Back to Work,” a workforce re-entry program. In the staffing industry, Ratra has been recognized as a highly motivated and focused thought-leader. Besides leading Akraya’s aggressive growth strategies, she serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute of Economic Empowerment for Women to support their Peace through Business program. She’s part of the Northern California Astra Women’s Business Alliance leadership group and a past winner of the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, the Woman of Influence Award, Soroptimist Ruby Award, amongst others. View Guest page

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Jim Reid

Jim Reid is currently the President and CEO of Momentum Texas Inc (MTI). MTI is a statewide nonprofit based in Dallas Texas with a mission of “Building Communities and Growing Entrepreneurs”. In 2011 Reid was chosen by SBA as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. In 2012 Reid was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development award from the International Economic Development Council. Prior to MTI Reid served as the first staff member and President of the Texas Mezzanine Fund (TMF) from April 2003 until July 2005. TMF is a source of alternative financing for businesses, affordable housing, and community facilities. From 1989 to 2003, Reid served as founder and President of the Southern Dallas Development Corporation (SDDC), a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution established to assist small and minority businesses, increase jobs, and promote economic development in Southern Dallas. View Guest page

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Patrick Rettig

America's Top Turnaround Man For over 25 years Patrick Rettig has successfully saved companies from bankruptcy. He is passionate about helping the American entrepreneur - the companies $20 million and under, which are the backbone of this country. Patrick appears regularly on TV and radio shows including Fox Business' Varney & Company. His instincts are hyper-keen. His approach is direct, honest and pragmatic. He has a talent for identifying operational problems, structuring, implementing solutions and restructuring staff. As such, he ensures maximum productivity and efficient financial management. His experience includes companies of all ages: start-ups, turnarounds and restructured environments.Patrick knows that most people have a hard time with change, but successful turnarounds require change. Survival through insolvency can be extraordinarily difficult. It's important to talk to someone who has experience. By waiting too long things will only get worse. View Guest page

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Russ Riddle

Having practiced marriage for 30 years, law for 22, fatherhood for 21, and braved adventures as juvenile probation officer, salesman and newspaper columnist, Russ Riddle is convinced that we must never stop learning and laughing. Russ’s primary goal as a speaker/corporate trainer is to help others embrace and practice those very actions. Russ has helped groups such as Hewlett Packard, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Peace Corps. His legal clients have included Barney® the dinosaur, Bob the Builder®, Thomas the Tank Engine®, the voice of Jimmy Neutron® and impersonators of John Wayne and Michael Jackson. Russ is appropriately known as the “anomaly at law,” for he’s down to earth, clearly communicates and lavishes others with levity. He is the author of a recently released book “LAWYER UP – The Smart Way.” Russ earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law, and is 2013–2014 President-Elect of the National Speakers Association, North Texas Chapter. View Guest page

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Gary De Rodriguez



Recognized as an internationally acclaimed expert in the science of human excellence and known as the People Mechanic, Gary De Rodriguez has over a 30 year career in designing and integrating the most effective models of psychology-based systems of success in leadership, human behavior, communication, and team dynamics. He is the CEO of Peopleistic USA, a Director of the Business Education Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Mind and Behavioural Sciences. CEO of the USA office of Peopleistic LLC, Gary works primarily between the USA and Asia Pacific offices. He has trained his unique trainings across the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He is a published author on the topic of Humanistic Business and is consider an expert internationally on the subject of team engagement. He has privately coached over 11,400 people worldwide and is internationally recognized as the go to person for personal and professional breakthroughs. View Guest page

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Michael Rose

A scientist by training, teacher by nature, and entrepreneur by spirit and drive, Michael Rose brings both clients and audiences his unique perspective on business organization and communication. Michael is the founder of Return on Energy® Inc. (ROETM), author of the book ROE Powers ROITM, and CEO of both Mojo Media Labs, a digital marketing agency, and Marketing Candy, a promotional agency. When Michael isn’t traveling for Return on Energy® speaking events or working in the office, he’s networking with other business leaders and spending quality time with his wife in children. Michael serves on the board of directors for the Pro Players foundation, is a long-standing member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and guest speaks at Southern Methodist University. He and his family live in Southlake, TX and his business office is located in Las Colinas, a suburb of Dallas. View Guest page

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Debbie Ruston



Debbie Ruston believes in taking an active stand for true human potential. She has been an entrepreneur and trainer since 1986, is a guest writer for many publications, host of her own podcast, blogger, and a LI author. She works with individuals, and groups within the corporate training and the educational sectors. Her passion is to wake people up to what they are truly capable of, to live into their full potential, becoming leaders in their own lives, leaving their fears and limiting beliefs in the past. View Guest page

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Rachel Sanchez

A second-generation owner, Rachel Sanchez grew up in the family business and knows how to drive growth while maintaining excellent customer service and her company’s world-class reputation. Having witnessed her parents’ tireless work ethic and having worked from the ground up, she utilizes her lifetime of experience and education in finance to deliver solutions to their diverse customer portfolio. With broad knowledge of the intricacies of the industry, she has grown PMUSA into one of the largest woman-owned, family-owned, custodial and facilities maintenance companies nationally. She graduated from Collin College and completed the Graduate Finance Program at Southern Methodist University. She’s an International Sanitary Supply Association CIMS Certification Expert. She serves on the board for the Women’s Business Council Southwest; received the 2013 Women Working Together Award, 2014 WBE of the Year, 2015 WBENC Star Award; the Dallas Business Journal’s 2015 Women in Business Award View Guest page

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Jaynie Schultz

In 1986 Jaynie Schultz joined her mother in creating Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center. She is very involved in her local community as well as the national Jewish community, ranging from education to Israel. She serves on four national and several local non-profit boards. Her current interest is developing board governance training programs for young adults. Jaynie is a passionate traveler, and is raising five children with her husband, Ron Romaner. They live in Dallas, Texas View Guest page

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Allen Selis



Dr. Selis holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College, cum laude. In 2010 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Development by the University of Maryland. While he’s not teaching or brushing up on his Python skills, Allen spends time biking, hiking and kayaking. View Guest page

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Tal Shnall


As a hotel brand and customer service manager, Tal Shnall acts as a catalyst, trainer and coach to develop a culture of excellence for several hotel brands. Tal is a Customer Experience (CX) mentor, with more than 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry. He has worked for the top hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotel Group, to develop Customer Service Training and mentoring front line employees and managers to achieve a culture of excellence. View Guest page

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David F. Shutler



David F. Shutler is President & CEO of Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2), an energy savings company with $12M annual revenue in retrofit construction projects. US2 is a federally certified Small Disadvantaged Business (8(a)/SDB) as well as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). He holds a BA from Duke University, a JD from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from University of Nebraska. He is licensed to practice law by the United States, Texas and Pennsylvania Supreme Courts. He is honored to have graduated from SBA’s Emerging Leaders program and is presently attending Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. US2 has been awarded the SBA Region VI Prime Contractor of 2014, LEED Gold Certified Building, DoD Pike’s Peak Small Business Contractor of 2013, and Peterson AFB Small Business Contractor of 2013. Outside interests include Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Advisor, Board Chair of Bible Study Seminar Non-Profit, Ski Instructor, Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt) View Guest page

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Cindi Reagan Smith

Cindi Reagan Smith graduated from St. Margaret's Hospital School of Nursing in Montgomery Alabama in 1973. After working in Intensive Care and the Emergency Room, she worked as an RN in an OB-GYN office. Cindi learned of a physician group needing another Nurse Practitioner and decided to take the plunge when she found they would pick up the tab! After attending the University of Colorado Health Science Center in 1981, where she earned her Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, Cindi worked for 9 years in Denver, Colorado. During her 35 year nursing career, she also worked in Out-Patient Surgery, Radiology and Hospice. Living in Carrollton, Texas, Cindi is ridiculously happily married to Mal Smith, has one daughter, 8 grandchildren and two dogs. Chloe, a Bichon Frise and her Afghan hound, Mr. Chairman go to work with her daily. View Guest page

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Dr. Yoram Solomon

Dr. Yoram Solomon is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Interphase Corporation, and the inventor of penveu. Prior to Interphase, he served in numeral strategic and executive positions in Texas Instruments, PCTEL, Voyager Technologies, and Solram Electronics. He practiced innovation in Israel, Silicon Valley, and North Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, an MBA, and a law degree. Dr. Solomon was a Professor of Technology and Industry Forecasting at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the University of Texas. He serves on the boards of trustees for the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, he chaired the innovation and technology council steering committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber, and is a founding member of the North Texas Angel Network. A sought after speaker and author, Yoram published “Bowling with a Crystal Ball”, a book describing the process of predicting the technology future. View Guest page

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Dr. Yoram Solomon

Dr. Yoram Solomon is an inventor, a creativity and innovation researcher, coach, consultant, and trainer to large companies and their employees. For his PhD he studied why people are more creative in startup companies than in mature ones. He also holds an MBA and LLB. Yoram was a professor of Technology and Industry Forecasting at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UT Dallas School of Management; is active in regional innovation and technology commercialization; and is also a speaker and author of four books, many innovation and creativity articles, nine issued patents, and more pending. In 2015 he was elected to the Plano, Texas ISD Board of Trustees. He is a member of NACD and SHRM. View Guest page

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Paul Spiegelman

Paul Spiegelman is Chief Culture Officer of Stericycle, a NASDAQ listed global services organization with 13,000 employees and is the Founder of BerylHealth and The Beryl Institute. Paul also co-founded the Inc. Small Giants Community, an organization that brings together leaders who are focused on values-based business principles. As the former CEO of BerylHealth, Paul led a unique, people-centric culture for a company that won nine “best place to work” awards, including the #2 Best Medium Sized Company to Work for in America. Paul was honored with the Ernst & Young 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Paul is a sought-after speaker and author on leadership, employee engagement, entrepreneurship, corporate culture, and customer relationships. He makes frequent radio and TV appearances and writes columns on culture for Inc. and the Dallas Business Journal. He’s the New York Times best-selling author of Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way you Lead. To learn more about Paul, please visit www.paulspiegelman.com View Guest page

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Dr K.Shelette Stewart

Dr K.Shelette Stewart currently serves as the Associate Director of Business Development for Executive Education for Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. She is also the principal and founder of Stewart Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and business consulting firm based in North Dallas, Texas serving both corporate and non-profit clients. The mission of Stewart Consulting is to help business leaders connect their business plans with their purpose so that they excel personally and professionally and drive performance, productivity, and bottom-line profitability for their organizations. Shelette is a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program Specialist, professional speaker and author of the book, “Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life”© which won a 2012 Christian Literary Award and has been formally endorsed by 14 business leaders including Dan Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A. She is available for speaking engagements nationally and internationally. More insights are available on www.stewartconsultingLLC.org and www.revelationsinbusiness.com. View Guest page

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Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart (CEO) of ES Interims, a company that provides key interim talent to companies seeking to achieve even better results. ES Interims was started in 2005 to provide companies alternatives for hiring the expertise they need to grow. “Adding to the payroll is not always the correct action.” Interims are a way to get results while conserving cash. View Guest page

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Lila and Jeremy Stewart

ari Mari’s roots are born out of married couple, Jeremy & Lila Stewart’s time spent living in Indonesia, where each worked on projects related to improving kids’ lives: Jeremy, making a documentary film on kids suffering from malnutrition; Lila, volunteering with an orphanage. Moving back to the States, they decided the next project they undertook would go to help kids, and when they saw an unmet need for comfortable & colorful flip flops at the premium level, they married the two passions together and partnered with their childhood friend, John Veatch, to found Hari Mari in 2012. Discovering that pediatric cancer is the most fatal disease among American children, it clicked. Hari Mari’s commitment sees $3 from every pair purchased going to support kids battling cancer. It’s called Flops Fighting Cancer. Since its launch, Hari Mari has quickly grown to include nearly 300 retail partner stores across 36 U.S. States, Japan, Canada and the Bahamas…with more to come. View Guest page

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Angie Strader


Angie Strader is the Owner & CEO of 360 Wraps, Inc., a family-owned business that began in 2007 and is one of the most nationally recognized brands in the vehicle wrap industry. Including a B.B.A. from Texas A&M, Angie has a professional background of 20+ years of leadership, management, and corporate training. Her career began with eight years as a police officer and hostage negotiator in the USAF. After the military, Angie’s career included times as an entrepreneur as well as management positions in corporate America. In 2009, Angie co-founded Wrap Buddies, Inc., a non-profit organization that wraps medical devices for children free of charge. Wrap Buddies has wrapped close to 2,000 cranial band helmets at their 360 Wraps location in Dallas while providing free training and resources to wrap shops across the country who also want to support the Wrap Buddies mission by wrapping children’s medical devices at no charge. View Guest page

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Andrew Szabo



Andrew Szabo, aka The Marketing Chef® is an inspirational keynote speaker, marketing author, and strategic facilitator who works with organizations and entrepreneurs to strategically stir up profitable new revenues by becoming “simply irresistible®”. With over 30 years experience in the industry, clients have included Dell, HSBC, Hyatt Hotels, Sony, and R.K.O. and a myriad of smaller ventures.

He’s the author of Foundations to Irresistible Marketing a 5-disc CD set + 150 page manual which the late Zig Ziglar called “the whole shootin’ match.” Ebby Halliday, Dallas’ “First Lady” of Real Estate, described Simply Irresistible as ““The best marketing presentation I’ve seen.”

During his tenure at Rapp Collins the world’s largest direct marketing agency, Andrew was responsible for presentations that each generated in excess of one million dollars in revenue for the firm. View Guest page

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Lee Taft, J.D.

Lee Taft, J.D., M.Div, of Taft Solutions, is a pioneer in the movement to transform cultural and legal responses to conflict. His scholarship focuses on the interrelationship between accountability and healing in mediation and litigation contexts. His essays have been published in the country’s leading scholarly journals such as the YALE LAW JOURNAL, the MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW, and the HARVARD HEALTH POLICY REVIEW. His unique protocols – based on twenty years experience as a plaintiff’s litigator and a Harvard education in religion and ethics – integrate forgiveness theory with praxis so that conflicts are resolved, relationships preserved, and both economic and human capital preserved. For more information see: www.taftsolutions.com and www.restorativemediations.com View Guest page

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Kathy Taylor

Kathy Taylor is president and CEO of HerdWise, where business owners and professionals go to transform their leadership and communication skills through interactions with horses. (Yes, horses.) A certified Equine Specialist with over 40 years of horse experience, Kathy was awarded the Innovator Spirit Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners for her unique and effective approach to professional and personal growth. She provides coaching, workshops and retreats for corporations, small businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations and was honored to speak recently at TEDxUTA. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Leadership with Horse Sense. View Guest page

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Andrea Thomas


Andrea Thomas is the creator and owner of ScratchMeNot, a brand that manufactures clothing designed for children with sensitive skin. Her product was originally created for her daughter who began suffering from eczema at 2 months of age. She quickly realized that other moms, with similar stories, would need her solution. As a business strategist, she shares with aspiring and busy entrepreneurs the How behind the business strategies she used to create a successful business in a way that is easy for a person on-the-go to absorb and implement quickly, especially to make sure Profitability is built in to their businesses. View Guest page

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John Todd


John Todd made a major change in his life at the age of 53. He decided to leave the corporate world and become a small business owner! He assembled a team and searched the Dallas Fort Worth market for a small business that had a sound yet interesting business model. After looking at telecom, printing, dry cleaning businesses and the sort, he found a residential remodeling company. The model felt right, the financials made sense and most importantly, the company created a level of excitement that Mr. Todd was looking for. Now, 12 years later he is the Dallas Builders Association’s Remodeler of the Year (for the 5th time) and an Honored Life Director. Mission accomplished. Mr. Todd will discuss the steps he took to retool Elite Remodeling from a discount provider to a full service value added provider. More importantly, his commitment to education, technology and processes to build the foundation for growth and the company’s ability to endure the ups and downs of the construction. View Guest page

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David Torrance

David brings a number of years of experience in running large organizations ($1B) and smaller businesses ($50M) with proven results, in various functionalities, industries, global geographies, and economic conditions. David has taken businesses that were negative in cash flow during severe economic conditions and turned them into profitable sustainable companies through organic growth and acquisitions. David is a former senior executive with EnPro Industries and Georgia Pacific. He has an impressive background in the plastics/polymer, agricultural products, and chemical industries. David has enterprise excellence over his operating career in industries in U.S, Asia, South and Central America, UK, and Canada. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. View Guest page

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David Torrance

David Torrance brings a number of years of experience in running large organizations ($1B) and smaller businesses ($50M) with proven results, in various industries, global geographies, and economic conditions. David has taken businesses that were negative in cash flow during severe economic conditions and turned them into profitable sustainable companies through organic growth and acquisitions. David is a former senior executive with EnPro Industries and Georgia Pacific. He has an impressive background in the plastics/polymer, agricultural products, and chemical industries. David has enterprise excellence over his operating career in industries in U.S, Asia, South and Central America, UK, and Canada. View Guest page

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John Tschohl

John Tschohl, called the “guru of customer service” by USA Today, Time and Entrepreneur magazines, is a best-selling author, internationally recognized service strategist and president of Service Quality Institute, the global leader in customer service. For the last 31 years he has solely focused on helping organizations drive a service culture and create a customer experience through his technology built on practicality, simplicity and common sense. With his credibility and focus on empowerment and the power of the social media he has the ability to emotionally communicate the power of the service strategy from top executives to the total workforce. Featured on major television shows from Good Morning America, CNBC and PBS to USA Today’s cover story, newspapers, radio stations, and magazines from almost every corner of the world. John’s technology and books are in 11 languages, represented in over 45 countries, and 90 percent of Service Quality Institute’s business is international. View Guest page

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Brittany Merrill Underwood


Brittany Merrill Underwood has made an extraordinary impact through her dedication over the past 12 years to transform the lives of impoverished women and families through the Akola Project. She was named the ‘Best Person in the World” by Yahoo in 2014 and was honored by clothing manufacturer Levi as one of 50 women around the globe who've changed the political, cultural, spiritual shape of the future. She was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from SMU in 2013, the Young Leader Award from Dallas Women’s Foundation in 2014, and awarded a silver medal from the Business & Interfaith Peace Award given by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation in Rio. She's been featured on the likes of the Katie Couric Show, CNN’s Young People who Rock, Fox Business and Modern Luxury. In 2014, she was asked to join the mentoring class for the Laura Bush Women’s Initiative and joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University as an adjunct professor in 2015 where she teaches on social innovation. View Guest page

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Johnette van Eeden


Star Wellness® helps control healthcare costs for employers by taking preventive health screening services directly to the employee in the workplace. Founded in 2002 by Johnette van Eeden, it has grown to a recognized brand with 4 Texas locations that have delivered successful events for over 200 clients in 23 states. Ms. van Eeden has successfully completed Executive Education Programs from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She completed post graduate studies in Entrepreneurship with Biz Owners Ed in 2014, was recognized in 2012 by The Dallas Business Journal for Who’s Who in Health Care. She was profiled in several magazines: Chief Executive, Octane, and D CEO. She is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program and a 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Finalist. Star Wellness® was also ranked #42 of the top 500 emerging diversity owned businesses for 2015 View Guest page

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Charles (Chuck) Waldrop


Charles (Chuck) Waldrop has been Director of the Government Contracting SBDC, a part of the North Texas Small Business Development Center since 1999. His organization assists small businesses in 49 North Texas counties in obtaining contracts, with federal, state, and local government agencies. Since January 2006, our clients have been awarded over $450 million in contracts. Mr. Waldrop was most recently Project Manager of the Contracting Opportunities Center, a San Diego based nonprofit organization assisting small businesses in obtaining contracts/subcontracts from all levels of government. During a management and training career spanning 40 years, Mr. Waldrop has helped managers of hundreds of small businesses to significantly improve their organizations and win over $1 billion in contract awards from aerospace companies and government organizations View Guest page

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Chris Westfall

Chris Westfall is the national elevator pitch champion, and the author of The NEW Elevator Pitch. He has appeared on CNN, ABC-NEWS, NBC-TV, and in The New York Post. He’s coached clients on Dragon’s Den, and helped secure multi-million dollar investments for a variety of individuals and organizations. Serving as a coach and consultant, he’s worked with Cisco, RE/MAX, Unilever, HP, and dozens of other Fortune 1000 companies. An award-winning MBA instructor at a top-20 business school, he is widely recognized as an expert on marketing, branding and leadership. His keynote, Secrets of the NEW Elevator Pitch, helps companies to create a story that’s captivating and concise – leading to new revenues, new partnerships, and new investments. Passionate about helping tomorrow’s leaders, Chris is the publisher of The Millennial CEO by Daniel Newman. Originally from Chicago, he resides in Dallas with his wife and two daughters, and is an avid supporter of the performing and visual arts. View Guest page

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Jeff Whittle


Jeff Whittle is the Founder and Managing Director of Whittle & Partners, a Texas consulting boutique dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, owners and leadership teams build better businesses. Jeff practiced law for 15 years and has 20 more years of executive business experience. He has run businesses ranging from startups to 300-employee operations, and 2012 was named to the National Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Award. He is one of a handful of people designated by EOS Worldwide as a Certified Implementer for The Entrepreneurial Operating System. View Guest page

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Debra Williams

Debra Williams began her career in the hospitality industry owning two successful venues. After selling her businesses she became the Director of Sales and Marketing for Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center and led them to their most successful years financially. Debra is on the Board of Trustees of her Temple and serves as the Board Chair for Blondes vs. Brunettes an organization that supports Alzheimer’s disease. She and her husband Ben Williams live in Dallas with their two children. View Guest page

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Dr. Patrick Williams

Dr. Patrick Williams, Ed. D., MCC, BCC One of the early pioneers of coaching, Pat is often called the ambassador of life coaching. Pat has been a licensed psychologist since 1980 and began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak and other companies along the front range of Colorado. He then started his own coach training school, the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), which specializes in training those with a human services orientation. Pat is a past board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is past president of ACTO, the Association of Coach Training Organizations and an honorary VP of the Association of Coaching Psychology and a Founding member of Harvard University’s Institute of Coaching. In May of 2006 Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village ( www.CoachingtheGlobalVillage.org) initiative to bring coaching methodologies to villages in developing countries and to leaders of non profits and nongovernmental organizations who serve them. View Guest page

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Brad Wohlander

Brad Wohlander, CEO of Sentry Network Services, has extensive senior management experience in business-to-business technology solutions, and is an acknowledged leader in the industry.. Mr. Wohlander has been in the technology space for his entire career, serving as CFO or CEO of five technology companies earlier in his career. Mr. Wohlander founded Sentry in 2009, and has served as CEO since its inception. Mr. Wohlander received his undergraduate degree from New York University, and his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Council, the CRN Channel Intelligence Council, the Rotary Club of Dallas, the North Texas Chamber and the Houston Partnership, among others. In addition, Mr. Wohlander serves on the Board of several smaller north Texas-based companies. View Guest page

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Theresa Zimmermann



the co-author of the book “Evolved…Engaging people, Enhancing success.” Theresa is a featured contributor to two world-wide business publications through LinkedIn. Future Focus Group provides solutions to the small and mid-cap organization so that they may have success tomorrow. View Guest page

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Adam Zuccato



Adam Zuccato is a Partner Relations Consultant for Multi Health Systems Inc. He has his BPsych (Hons) and BCmn. While completing his education Adam played football for the University of Guelph for four years. Adam has been involved with the Big Brothers and Boys and Girls Clubs for the past 12 years. He has been working in the Talent Management field for four years. One of the interesting aspects of the work Adam does is the different types of individuals he is able to work with. Everyone from athletes and research students, to executives and military personnel. This variety allows him to see how Emotional Intelligence (EI) is leveraged through-out a number of different job functions. EI is also the focus of many coaches’ development business and as such Adam works quite extensively with entrepreneurs who make this a cornerstone of their business View Guest page

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