BUSINESS WEEK 2017
Theme: Destination North Texas
March 20-24

Featured Speakers

Nafees Alam
Nafees Alam
Nafees Alam (’02 B.S.)
Chief Executive Officer
DRG Concepts
Nafees Alam is the chief executive officer of DRG Concepts, one of the Southwest's most premier restaurant development and operations companies. Since starting the company in 2005, Alam has led DRG Concepts into steady and solid growth of multiple brands and locations. As CEO, Alam directs a high-caliber corporate and restaurant team in delivering top-quality culinary and dining experiences to guests every day.

DRG Concepts is an independent restaurant operating company with several successful brands that continue to receive local, regional and national acclaim: Dallas Fish Market, Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, Chop House Burger, Oven & Cellar and Farmers Common—all with original locations in Downtown Dallas and additional brand expansion throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Alam is a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Arlington. He also received his MBA in entrepreneurship from SMU Cox School of Business in 2014, earned while leading DRG Concepts. He received the Early Career Achievement Alumni Award from the UTA College of Business, and the National Restaurant Association's Faces of Diversity American Dream 2015 Award for his entrepreneurship and success in the restaurant industry, with pioneering impact on the revitalization of Downtown Dallas. His expertise in the restaurant business is featured as an exemplary and guiding case history in the acclaimed National Restaurant Association ProStart program and curriculum for high school culinary students in 2016.

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Debra Bennett
Debra Bennett
Debra Bennett ('94 M.S.)
Partner
Ernst & Young
Debra is a partner in the SWR Transaction Advisory Services Transaction Tax group of Ernst & Young with over 20 years of experience. She advises clients on mergers, acquisition, divestitures and restructurings with an emphasis on corporate federal tax issues, including taxable and tax-free reorganizations, bankruptcy, insolvency, Section 355 transactions, and multinational internal restructurings. Debra focuses on domestic and multinational clients in the Southwest area. She has worked on complicated cross-border carve outs and transactions across a number of sectors including Energy, Transportation, Technology and Life Sciences. Debra leads the Southwest Area bankruptcy tax and internal restructuring practices currently advising public and private companies on divestiture/carve-out transactions. She also advises PE funds on structuring and due diligence of portfolio acquisitions. She has specialized expertise in the preservation of tax attributes in acquisitions, divestitures and insolvencies through leading numerous engagements with both large and middle-market clients. Debra is the author of several articles in the area of corporate taxation, and publishes a regular column, "Corporate Tax Watch," which appears in CCH's Taxes – The Tax Magazine every other month. Debra joined the Dallas tax practice in 1995 after serving an internship with Ernst & Young's Fort Worth office.

Debra holds a Master of Science in taxation from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Sanjay K. Bhasin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

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Don Bouvier
Don Bouvier
Don Bouvier ('99 MBA)
President
UCR Development
Don Bouvier, President of UCR Development, brings over twenty years of commercial real estate development experience across several project types with a strong emphasis in retail shopping center development.

Don has successfully completed large scale shopping center projects anchored by Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Belk, Kroger and Safeway, as well as provided single tenant fee development services for Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC which resulted in the opening of 30 Firestone Complete Auto Care Facilities across the United States.

Don began his development career consulting both municipalities and private land development clients as a licensed Engineer for Kimley-Horn & Associates. His educational background includes the study of Architecture at the University of Arizona prior to receiving his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. He received an MBA from The University of Texas at Arlington with an emphasis in Real Estate Finance.

Don is a past board member of The Real Estate Council and an alumnus of its Associate Leadership Council. As an active member of his community, he has served on city boards and commissions including city plan commission and president of DFW’s largest voluntary HOA.

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Carl Brady
Chief Technology Officer
Stream Realty Partners

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John Brookby
John Brookby
John Brookby (’00 M.S.)
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Development
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
John Brookby is assistant vice president of planning, marketing and leasing within the Commercial Development Department of the world’s fourth busiest airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In this position, he is responsible for directing and managing revenue-generating development of airport real estate.

Brookby is broadly experienced in aviation and real estate development with a background in architecture, construction, financial modeling, and project management. He has extensive knowledge of master planning, commercial building design and construction, real estate financial analysis, and development processes. As a multidisciplinary professional, Brookby has a Master of Science degree in real estate from The University of Texas at Arlington, where he has also been an instructor in real estate courses, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University. He is a licensed architect in the state of Texas, an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Greater Dallas Planning Council, an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before DFW Airport, Brookby was a commercial development manager at TownSite Company in Fort Worth, a project manager with RTKL Associates, Inc. in Dallas, and an architect with Carter Burgess, Inc., in Fort Worth. His experience includes leadership in several significant commercial and mixed-use projects. He also has a Private Pilot license and a lifelong interest in aviation.

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Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown
Lead Decision Science Analyst
USAA
Jeffrey Brown is the lead decision science analyst for USAA, and is a retired U.S. Navy Submarine Warfare Officer. He has been an analyst with USAA since 2012, and was previously an analytical adviser for several U.S. Army brigade combat teams across Afghanistan who were conducting counter-insurgency and counter-improvised explosive device operations. He has experience as an operations research analyst for the Navy Warfare Development Command and for Submarine Tactical Development Squadron Twelve, completing several projects involving naval technical and cultural infrastructures.

Previously, he was a long-range planning analyst for USSTRATCOM in Omaha, Nebraska where he coordinated with national level agencies and academia to assess the impact of alternative future scenarios on strategic planning and force structuring. He maintains an independent consulting practice evaluating and monitoring non-profit organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The University of Texas in Austin, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Navy Nuclear Power School, and an M.S. in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

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Lauren Bui
Director of Enterprise Data Architecture and Information Management
Christus Health

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Kristi Cawley
Vice President of Sales, Skilled Nursing
Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.

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Brian Chase
Brian Chase
Brian Chase ('94 B.S.)
Director of Global Communications
Bell Helicopter
Brian Chase is the Director of Global Communications for Bell Helicopter, where he is responsible for the company’s media relations, crisis communications, issues management, executive communications and employee communications. He previously served as Director of Global Public Affairs, leading international public policy and government relations, U.S. state and local government affairs, and corporate philanthropy.

Brian has held a variety of other roles in the space industry, including Vice President of Washington Operations for the Space Foundation, leading state relations and strategic communications for NASA contractor United Space Alliance, and serving in senior policy and communications roles for U.S. Congressman Dave Weldon (FL). He began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, working on the International Space Station program.

Brian, a North Texas native, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and has completed Textron’s Growth Leadership Program at the Fisher College of Business Executive Education at The Ohio State University. He and his wife reside in Hurst, Texas, with their three children.

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Robert Comer
Robert Comer
Robert Comer ('12 B.S., '15 M.A.)
Liability Claims Supervisor
GEICO
Robert Comer is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington where he was a Goolsby Leadership Academy Scholar. He is a Supervisor in the Liability Claims department at GEICO. Robert received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UTA in 2012 and immediately launched his career. At GEICO, he has moved quickly up the chain of leadership holding 5 positions since his inception with the company and has lead regional initiatives to increase associate engagement and improve customer service. In 2013, Robert served on the strategic steering committee for the College of Business at UT Arlington and now works to develop business strategy at GEICO in addition to guiding a team of liability specialists.

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Kim Cummings
Kim Cummings
Kim Cummings
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity
BNSF Railway
Kim Cummings is assistant vice president, Human Resources and Diversity at BNSF Railway. In this role, Kim has responsibility for BNSF Railway’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She also provides leadership to the HR matrix teams supporting Law, Compliance and Audit Services, and Technology Services. Kim splits her time on several boards that include: The University of Texas at Arlington Human Resource Advisory Board, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), the Source of Hope and the Multicultural Alliance.

Kim has spent over 20 years in leadership roles encouraging and promoting employee engagement in companies that include Belo (Broadcast Media), Burger King Corporation, Dell and Target Corporation. Kim has received numerous community service awards. She is a leadership recipient of the 2012 "HR Professional of the Year" designation by Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 DiversityFIRST™ Award from the National Diversity Council, and was named one of the 2016 Texas Most Powerful Business Women by Texas Diversity Magazine. She holds a Senior Professional designation in Human Resources and certified employee relations credentials. Kim is a professional member of the Fort Worth Human Resources Group and National Society of Human Resource Management.

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Roland Dickey, Jr.
Roland Dickey, Jr.
Roland Dickey, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Roland Dickey, Jr. is chief executive officer of Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. He is the grandson of company founder Travis Dickey, Sr. Since becoming president and CEO of the third-generation, family-run company in 2006, Dickey has expanded the restaurant’s reach from 20 to more than 500 stores nationwide. As CEO, Dickey has elevated his family’s company to new heights by enthusiastically leading its evolution from a local barbecue joint to the fast-casual chain it is today. Through explosive growth in franchising, Dickey’s Barbecue now reaches guests across the country and is officially the nation’s largest barbecue chain. But with Dickey at the helm, the third-generation family business still prides itself on authentic, down-home food served with a signature brand of southern hospitality.

Dickey joined the family business in 1999 after working in leadership positions with a national Mexican food chain. In 2014, he was honored by Restaurant Business Magazine as part of the Power 20 in the restaurant industry. In addition, Dickey’s Barbecue was named “Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain” by Technomic in 2013, and “Top 5 Growth Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News and “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine in 2012.

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Elvia Espino
Elvia Espino
Elvia Espino
Community Outreach Specialist
Tarrant Regional Water District
Elvia Espino’s determination, enthusiasm and success are fueled by her passion to fulfill her life-long dream of working in the field of communications. Her first job in the field was with KXLN-TV, Houston’s Univision affiliate. She previously served as the community engagement and special projects manager for the Harris County Sheriff’s office in Houston, the largest in Texas. During her time at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Espino was successful in executing innovative community and marketing campaigns that dramatically improved community relations between the 4 million residents that call Harris County home.

Before her appointment to the sheriff’s command staff, she served as the Spanish-speaking spokesperson for Houston-based LifeGift Organ Donation Center. Espino was instrumental in garnering international and national media placements for the New York Times, MSNBC, Nickelodeon and Spanish magazine show, "Primer Impacto," as well as forming workplace partnerships with business entities to combat the growing need for more registered organ and tissue donors in Texas.

Recently, Espino was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Special Education under the Texas Education Agency. A sought-after experienced public and motivational speaker, Espino is often invited to speak at schools, jails, colleges, conferences and more on the topics of educational achievement, women's empowerment and corporate leadership. She obtained a Master of Education degree from University of St. Thomas and completed the Advanced Executive Communication program at Harvard University’s Extension School in 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from University of St. Thomas, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California studying organizational change and leadership.

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JT Fisher
JT Fisher
JT Fisher ('92 MBA)
Founder
Athletohub
Born and raised in southern California, JT Fisher earned his undergraduate degree from Embry Riddle University, where he trained to become a professional pilot. Flying became relegated to a hobby as his career took him into aerospace, aviation, and air transportation management for more than 20 years. He worked in finance and operations roles at companies such as McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), American Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.

While working in the Corporate Development group at American Airlines, he completed his MBA at The University of Texas at Arlington. His professional capstone in the aviation sector was to head the restructuring office for the successful bankruptcy reorganization of Delta Air Lines. Subsequently, Fisher served as CFO of telecommunications provider Charter Communications, and later as CFO of Austin Industries, Inc., in Dallas. He also served on the board of directors of Austin Industries and Limelight Networks, Inc. Fisher currently serves on the College of Business Advisory Council at UTA.

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Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
State Tax Group, LLC
Richard Fleming is the founder and CEO of State Tax Group, LLC, a boutique state and local tax advisory and consulting firm located in Dallas (Addison) Texas since 2005.

Through Richard Fleming’s leadership, the firm has recovered $25.3 million dollars for their clients through sales tax refund recovery projects, audit defense services, tax amnesty agreements, tax research, property tax reviews and appeals, as well as through various consulting service projects. Simply put, State Tax Group helps CEOs and business owners to increase their bottom line through state and local tax savings. By creating dollar savings, clients view State Tax Group as their trusted tax advisor.

Richard has over 23 years of experience in the state and local tax arena. He is an appointed member of the Texas State Comptroller's "Taxpayer Advisory Group" which meets to discuss proposed rules and tax laws before they are published in the Texas Register. Richard and State Tax Group were featured in the Texas Business Report by the Texas Association of Business in the April, 2013 issue. The Texas Business Report is a monthly publication of the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, an organization that creates and fosters a business-friendly climate in Texas and throughout the country.

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Scott Greene
Scott Greene
Scott Greene
Vice President, Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Scott Greene is Vice President of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. He has the stewardship for Lockheed Martin’s Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver military strategies. He is responsible for growth in applications that range from Long Range Precision Fires, tactical missiles, tactical platforms to unmanned, autonomous systems solutions. He has more than 25 years of multi-disciplined experience in the aerospace industry, and he is the first executive to lead the Ground Vehicles line of business.

Prior to this role, Scott held successive vice president positions at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York site leading the areas of Systems Integration, Business Development, Advanced Programs and most recently, Vehicle Systems. He has a comprehensive business perspective, rooted in years of partnering with U.S. and international customers to deliver complex system integration programs, including rotary and fixed wing aircraft, space systems and naval missiles. Scott has supported several lines of business within the corporation and has significant experience in the international marketplace.

Scott is located in Dallas and holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Cornell University. He is an Advisory Council member for the College of Business at The University of Texas at Arlington and serves on the Dallas USO Advisory Council. Scott is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association and the Association of the United States Army.

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Sherry Griffin
Griffin Consulting

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Paul D. Hain
Paul D. Hain
Paul D. Hain
Market President, North Texas Region
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Dr. Paul D. Hain is Market President of North Texas for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas(BCBSTX). Prior to BCBSTX, Dr. Hain was Vice President and Medical Director of Population Health and Network Development at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Before moving to Dallas, Dr. Hain was the Associate Chief of Staff and Medical Director for Quality at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where he was the founder of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program. He has completed terms on both the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Section of Hospital Medicine and the State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee.

Academically, Dr. Hain has published in multiple journals and lectured nationally concerning the varied topics of quality improvement, risk management, readmissions, patient throughput, the use of the APR-DRG system, and dashboard use in hospital medicine. He continues to practice medicine at Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Hain received his MD from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and he completed his pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Hain received his BS in Engineering from Rice University, and subsequently worked as a corrosion engineer in Alaska.

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Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington
President and Chief Executive Officer
Trinity Healthcare, LLC
Ryan Harrington is a founding member and the president and chief executive officer of Trinity Healthcare. With more than 1,000 employees across 17 locations, Trinity Healthcare specializes in the operation and management of nursing homes and hospice services. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the company provides a broad range of services to residents and patients by engaging licensed administrators, registered nurses, social workers, licensed therapists, physicians, pharmacists and dietitians to care for residents and patients.

Harrington was previously the chief financial officer of another senior housing operator with 14 properties located across Texas and New Mexico. He was also previously a senior manager in the Transaction Advisory Services Practice of Ernst & Young. While at Ernst & Young, he provided financial due diligence and audit services for private and public companies. In addition to leading Trinity Healthcare, Harrington also serves on the Board of Directors for another senior housing operator with more than 30 locations, and for a dental practice servicing the long-term care market.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and received both B.B.A. and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Michael Jacobson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Arlington Chamber of Commerce

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Beverly D. Johnson
Beverly D. Johnson
Beverly D. Johnson
Managing Partner
PJS Services, LLC
Beverly D. Johnson serves as a managing partner and financial adviser for wealth management and comprehensive financial planning. She has over 20 years' experience as a business leader in the areas of finance, marketing, supply management and manufacturing operations, and has worked as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies, as well as major franchises, on projects in the areas of finance, operations, and the development of nonprofit entities. She has spent over seven years as an educator teaching personal finance and business in colleges and universities, to under-served communities, and to corporate partners.

Beverly serves on the Advisory Board for Financial Literacy and Personal Finance at The University of Texas at Arlington and as a Congressional Military Liaison to the U.S. Military Academy, where she helps lead, motivate, inspire, and guide high school youth interested in attending. She also partners with high schools in Texas to chair an annual program, West Point LEADS (Leadership Ethics and Diversity in Stem)/STEM CEO. She has authored a book entitled, "Written Amongst the Tears" and writes a financial column for a local magazine.

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Wes Jurey
Wes Jurey
Wes Jurey
Chairman
Texas Workforce Investment Council
Wes Jurey is chairman of the Texas Workforce Investment Council. Currently serving his second term as the governor’s appointed chair, he was originally appointed by Governor Rick Perry to a six-year term on the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC), in 2007. TWIC is the state’s Workforce Investment Board, under the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, providing strategic planning and evaluation for the Texas Workforce Development System, inclusive of seven state agencies. In 2013 Governor Perry re-appointed him as chair, and to a second six-year term.

Jurey established the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development in 2004, which was selected as one of 12 sites nationally for the workforce Innovation Networks Initiative, a project of the Ford Foundation and U.S. Department of Labor. Built in partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington, the City of Arlington, and the Tarrant County Workforce Investment Board, the facility houses virtually every major education and workforce development stakeholder in Tarrant County.

He was one of 20 individuals named to a White House Task Force in 2013 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop recommendations for federal technology transfer. In 2015, he was named as a founding member of the America Invents Acts Pro Bono Advisory Council. He began his career in nonprofit management in 1968, which includes serving the Methodist Church, the YMCA, the Oklahoma Department of Institution, and 18 years professionally with the Boy Scouts of America.

From 1990-2001 he served as president and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; and from 2001-15 he served as the president and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Born in Enid, Oklahoma, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, is a graduate and former faculty member of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Institute, and a Certified Fundraising Practitioner. Currently, Wes serves as a member of the College of Business Advisory Council at UTA.

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Larry D. Kemp
Larry D. Kemp
Larry D. Kemp ('80 B.B.A.)
Chief Operating Officer
Kemp & Sons General Services, Inc.
Larry D. Kemp is a 1980 business school graduate from The University of Texas at Arlington. Kemp began his professional career at IBM. He was promoted and selected from a small group, within IBM Executives, to become part of the Financial Management Team responsible for marketing and offering one million dollar finance options to qualified IBM clients.

In 1998, this fourth-generation entrepreneur took over the family’s small commercial cleaning business, which was launched by his father in 1972 with only ten dollars. Today, the environmental cleaning company features more than 200 employees and services nearly $22 million in contracts. Not only has the company’s sustained growth been recognized twice by the Harvard Business School, Kemp & Sons General Services has been covered by INC., CNN Money, Forbes, Dallas Morning and several other media outlets.

Kemp & Sons General Services has a strong presence in the North Texas region and bordering states with a satellite office in Huntsville, Al.

Larry Kemp is focused on aligning business strategies to ensure healthy growth, expansion and diversity into various market segments throughout the United States and globally.

Larry currently serves on the College of Business Advisory Council at UTA.

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Leah King
Leah King
Leah King
Senior Vice President of Development
United Way of Tarrant County
Michelle Kirby is senior vice president and chief people officer for Texas Health Resources, one of the nation’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems, with more than 23,000 employees of fully owned/operated facilities. Michelle leads Human Resources and Texas Health Resources University for the system. She joined Texas Health in 1990 as manager, Compensation, at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. In 1998, she became vice president, Compensation and Benefits, for Texas Health’s Human Resources Information Systems. She was promoted in 2005 to vice president, Human Resources, for the organization and in 2008, became Texas Health’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Michelle is a founder of Texas Health’s Be Healthy program and was recently recognized by the National Business Group on Health® with their Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles® Platinum award. During Michelle’s tenure, Texas Health has become a Fortune Top 100 Best Companies to Work For including the #1 ranking in Healthcare, #1 for Women, #1 for Diversity and #1 in the state of Texas. Michelle won recognition as one of four chief human resources executives of the year by Human Resource Executive magazine in 2012. She has served on the faculty of World at Work since 2000 and is a member of the HR Advisory Committee for the Master of Science in human resource management program at The University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2013, she has served as the chair of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Health Care HR Executive Committee.

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Michelle Kirby
Michelle Kirby
Michelle Kirby
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Texas Health Resources
Michelle Kirby is senior vice president and chief people officer for Texas Health Resources, one of the nation’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems, with more than 23,000 employees of fully owned/operated facilities. Michelle leads Human Resources and Texas Health Resources University for the system. She joined Texas Health in 1990 as manager, Compensation, at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. In 1998, she became vice president, Compensation and Benefits, for Texas Health’s Human Resources Information Systems. She was promoted in 2005 to vice president, Human Resources, for the organization and in 2008, became Texas Health’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Michelle is a founder of Texas Health’s Be Healthy program and was recently recognized by the National Business Group on Health® with their Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles® Platinum award. During Michelle’s tenure, Texas Health has become a Fortune Top 100 Best Companies to Work For including the #1 ranking in Healthcare, #1 for Women, #1 for Diversity and #1 in the state of Texas. Michelle won recognition as one of four chief human resources executives of the year by Human Resource Executive magazine in 2012. She has served on the faculty of World at Work since 2000 and is a member of the HR Advisory Committee for the Master of Science in human resource management program at The University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2013, she has served as the chair of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Health Care HR Executive Committee.

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Kalyan Madhavan
Executive Vice President; Group Head, Members and Markets
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

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Amy Martin
Director of Sales and Marketing
Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.
Amy Martin began her career in the health care industry at age 23 as a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator, working for almost five years managing facilities ranging in size from 55 to 135 beds with budgets of $1-$2 million/year. In 1998, she was promoted to regional director of marketing for Sun Healthcare, offering support and oversight for the marketing and admissions procedures for 13 nursing home facilities. In 2000 she became the sales and marketing director for Town Village Arlington Independent Living in Arlington, Texas, a 215-unit luxury, active-lifestyle community for seniors aged 55 and older. When her twins were born, Martin established a home office and remained connected to the senior living industry, providing catering services for American Retirement Corporation regional staff, contracting to provide Mystery Shop services for various senior living communities, and serving as a senior ministry presenter for her church. Martin resumed her full-time career by joining Brookdale Senior Living in 2008 as a health care sales specialist and transitioned to her current role as the director of sales and marketing at Brookdale Pecan Park in 2009.

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John Merrill
John Merrill
John Merrill ('11 B.S.)
President, Founder and Author
Tanglewood Total Wealth Management
A pioneer in the fee-only investment advisor community, John Merrill began his financial services career in Houston in 1974. In 1979, Merrill founded Tanglewood Total Wealth Management, Inc., a firm providing financial planning and investment management services. Over the years, the Houston-based firm has expanded geographically, with clients across the U.S. and in six foreign countries. Today, Merrill manages more than $649 million in client assets.

Merrill was named one of Barron's America's top 100 Independent Advisors in 2009. In 2008, Worth Magazine named him one of America's top 250 Wealth Advisors. He is author of several books including "The Sure Road to Investment Success", "A Portfolio For All Seasons", "Beyond Stocks", and "Outperforming the Market". He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Christine Mickey
Vice President and National Leader of CBRE, Inc.'s Private Sector Colleges/Universities Team
CBRE

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Pam Minick
TV Hostess - "Gentle Giants"
Rural Free Delivery (RFD) - TV

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Debbie Mol
Manager of Accounting Services
City of Mesquite
Debbie Mol joined the City of Mesquite team in September of 2008 as Manager of Accounting Services. In February of 2012, she was promoted to Director of Finance and has served in this capacity since that time.

Prior to the City of Mesquite, Debbie served as City Controller for the City of Midland, Michigan, worked in various accounting positions in the non-profit sector, served as Manager of Finance for a major office furniture company and began her career in public accounting as an auditor with BDO Seidman. Overall, Debbie has 32 years of experience in the area of accounting and public finance. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University with a major in accounting and obtained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the State of Michigan in 1986. She has since transferred her CPA license to the State of Texas. Debbie is active in the Government Finance Officers' Association of Texas and often volunteers for various religious and civic organizations.

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Cole Napper
Talent Analytics Manager
Toyota North America

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Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson
Partner
Financial Resource Group, LLC
Matt Nelson has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including owning his own healthcare consulting firm, three years as Director for a healthcare consulting firm, and over twenty years as a financial officer in both proprietary and non-profit healthcare systems. His areas of expertise include capital planning, long-range strategic financial planning, financial feasibility studies, due diligence assessments, business process redesign planning, rate structure analysis, productivity analysis, and financial information systems.

Matt has been a Partner with Financial Resource Group, LLC since January 2000. Consulting engagements have included interim chief financial officer positions, operational and financial assessments of hospitals, and working with hospitals in implementing budgeting and financial reporting systems. Prior to opening his own consulting firm, Matt was a director of a regional healthcare consulting firm. He has led consulting engagements including being a financial advisor for a $100 million bond issue for a hospital in East Texas, interim chief financial officer for a 300+ bed hospital (five months), and interim chief financial officer for a 500+ bed public teaching hospital (thirteen months).

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Jan Norton
Jan Norton
Jan Norton
President
Jan Norton, LLC
Jan Norton is a global financial executive who thrives on finding new opportunities and helping people build them into true business advantage. Jan is an active angel investor specializing in life sciences, and a financial advisor, coach and mentor to successful executives and entrepreneurs. She is a frequent speaker on both organizational management topics and start-up funding topics. Prior to her corporate retirement, Jan was responsible for internal controls in operations in 35 countries for Galderma, a Swiss pharmaceutical company. Previously, Jan held executive financial roles in France, Switzerland, Panama, Canada, and the U.S.

Jan received a B.B.A. from Texas Christian University and holds a CPA and CGMA. She serves on the Business Assistant Center Educational Foundation Board, and the Accounting Department Advisory Board at The University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, Jan is a member of Financial Executives International, the AICPA, and the TSCPA.

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Rina Parikh
Rina Parikh
Rina Parikh
Audit Partner
Grant Thornton
Rina Parikh is a Certified Public Accountant and an audit partner in the Dallas office of Grant Thornton. She has more than 13 years of public accounting experience at Grant Thornton and several years of prior auditing experience. She has focused primarily on auditing both public and private companies, including financial service, banks, broker dealer, investment companies, private equity funds and real estate entities. Parikh has significant experience in conducting financial statement audits as well as internal control examinations. She has extensive experience in evaluating and testing processes and internal controls related to FDICIA banks and SOX compliance for public companies. She has assisted several companies with initial public offering, additional equity and debt offering filing reports as required by the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts.

Parikh serves as office champion for the Dallas office’s women’s initiative, focusing on recruitment, retention and development of women, including implementing leadership programs, organizing internal and external networking events, implementing professional development and business development programs for women.

She has also served on the firm’s National Banking Audit Taskforce, whose goal is to design the most effective and efficient audit approach for banking and financial institution audits. Parikh received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from Bombay University in India, and she is a Chartered Accountant from India.

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Andrew Pryor
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
ECi Software Solutions

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Rance Randle
Vice President, North Operations
BNSF Railway

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Daniel G. Reynolds
Daniel G. Reynolds
Daniel G. Reynolds ('85 B.B.A., '13 M.S., '15 MBA)
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Calloway's Nursery, Inc.
Daniel G. Reynolds joined Calloway’s Nursery, Inc. as CFO in preparation for its initial public offering, after having consulted with the founders of this multi-store specialty retailer of lawn and garden products throughout the startup phase. He has led the company's finance, accounting, information technology and administration through the startup, initial public offering, turnaround, merger and acquisition and recapitalization phases.

In 2015, Daniel joined the company's Board of Directors, and assumed additional responsibility for real estate development and administration. The Fort Worth Business Press named Daniel the Outstanding Public Company CFO for 2015, having demonstrated over the long term his leadership skills, managerial capabilities and technical prowess.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, a Master of Science in accounting, and an MBA, all from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Caleb Roberson
Caleb Roberson
Caleb Roberson ('13 M.S.)
Veteran Programs Manager
Trinity Industries
Caleb Roberson combines over 13 years of military service and more than 5 years of corporate recruiting experience to help companies engage, attract, and recruit military veterans to their organizations. He currently serves as the Veteran Programs Manager for Trinity Industries where he is responsible for the recruitment of former service members into the company’s numerous business units and locations.

Prior to joining Trinity Industries, Caleb was the Manager of Military Recruiting for BNSF Railway. He is currently a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, attached to 14th Marine Regiment in Fort Worth, Texas and serves on the advisory board for the University of North Texas’ Student Veteran Center.

Caleb holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Bill Seeger

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Reginalea (Reggi) Sturns-Kemp
Reginalea (Reggi)
Sturns-Kemp
Reginalea (Reggi) Sturns-Kemp
Chief Executive Officer
Kemp & Sons General Services, Inc.
Reginalea (Reggi) Sturns-Kemp is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, College of Business and The University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture.

Upon graduating from college, Reggi was hired as a Regional Account Manager for a national health and beauty supply company. Following a number of years spent working with the Federal Aviation Administration in the areas of employee evaluations, retention and training, Reggi opened, owned and operated a Design Construction Consulting and Specifying Company called A Claim Design and Development.

Reggi joined forces with her husband to manage and operate a once small janitorial business which was founded by her late Father-in-Law. With her guidance, Kemp & Sons General Services focused on making critical investments in technology, processes, employee training and back office operations. Her goal was to position the company to aggressively go after new market segments like the Federal Government, Health Care and Transportation. Revenues increased 18 fold from 1998 to the present time and a satellite location was opened. Currently, she is working on a growth plan that includes an online internet company and global expansion.

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Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
Founder
BUZZPRO
Before he founded BUZZPRO in 2012, Terry Sullivan was Director of Marketing for Verizon Communications where he launched many successful national marketing programs that gained more than 456,000 new customers and reduced churn by more than 6% annually, in spite of multiple price increases and competitor product launches. Widely considered to be a "Guru of LinkedIn," Terry has trained more than 6,200 business leaders, owners and individuals across the nation on how to create a unique online brand that gets results. His inspiring training programs focus on keyword optimization, branding and Social Selling strategies that help his clients tap into the unlimited world of Social Media to get better leads, more prospects and clients.

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Lei Testa
Financial Advisor
Averett Financial, LLC

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Akbar Thobani
Akbar Thobani
Akbar Thobani ('96 B.S.)
Senior Manager of Innovation and Emerging Technology
PepsiCo
Akbar Thobani is the Senior Manager for Innovation and Emerging Technology at PepsiCo. He is a transformational innovator with proven experience in developing innovative technology concepts and prototypes focusing in the areas of emerging technologies. He is well versed in current technology trends and their applicability to various business domains. Akbar has also worked on developing strategies to implement analytics and data products resulting in transformational business impact. His current areas of focus include machine learning, predictive analytics, natural language generators, and cognitive computing.

Akbar earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1996. An avid learner, he stays engaged with local data science communities. Currently, he is serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in business analytics degree program in the UTA College of Business.

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Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas ('63 B.B.A.)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Decision Analyst, Inc.
Jerry Thomas is president and CEO of Decision Analyst, one of the top 20 research companies in North America and a company he founded in 1978. He leads the overall strategic planning for the firm, heads the executive committee, serves as a consultant to client service teams within Decision Analyst, and plays a key role in the design of the firm’s proprietary research services and related mathematical models.

He has served as a research and analytic consultant to many major companies over the years. During his career, he worked on the development and marketing of personal computers, word processors, printers, copiers, educational toys, electronic calculators, digital watches, microwave ovens and many new consumer packaged goods. He began his career in brand management at Hallmark Cards, and then Kraft Foods where he focused on new products. He next worked at a major national research company before launching Decision Analyst in 1978.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations for many years, and helped launch the graduate program in marketing research at UT Arlington. He is a member of the UTA College of Business Advisory Council, which he headed for many years, and also is an adviser to the college’s marketing research graduate program. He has an MBA from The University of Texas, and took graduate courses in economics at Southern Methodist University. He is a student of marketing strategy, new product creation and mathematical modeling.

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David Underwood
David Underwood
David Underwood
President and Founder
SigmaPro Engineering & Manufacturing, LLC
David Underwood is the founder and CEO of SigmaPro Engineering & Manufacturing, LLC, a multi-million dollar business which employs about 150 people in North Fort Worth. David lives in Keller, TX.

Today, SigmaPro is 17 years old, and continues to grow. The sheer difficulty in molding very small plastic parts to such tight dimensional tolerances is in itself a barrier to competition. Also, unique incentive pay programs and a leadership culture of "fast-response" to customer needs, developed specifically for this company, have allowed SigmaPro to do the unlikely—to flourish as a U.S. manufacturer.

David sits as a virtual board member within a group of eight entrepreneurs who lead diverse companies of similar sizes as SigmaPro. David also serves various charitable efforts and Christian ministries through board membership, financial support and strategic advisement. David’s creative side is demonstrated thru the dozen or so U.S. patents that he holds. He is best known for creative, unusual, and simple solutions to complex and difficult problems.

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John Vallance
Audit Partner; Co-Leader of the Whitley Penn Energy Group
Whitley Penn

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Tra Vick
Tra Vick
Lieutenant Colonel William H. (Tra) Vick, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, Army South G4 Mobility Division Chief
U.S. Army
LTC Tra Vick was commissioned as a Transportation Officer through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. After attending the Officer’s Basic Course, he was assigned to the 372nd Transportation Company at Fort Campbell, KY where he served as a platoon leader and Executive Officer. While doing his platoon leader time at Fort Campbell, LTC Vick completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Management at Austin Peay State University.

In 2003, LTC Vick deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the battalion S4 for 106th Transportation Battalion. Upon his return, LTC Vick attended the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course (CLC3). After CLC3, LTC Vick was assigned to 509th Personnel Services Battalion at Camp Casey, South Korea as a company commander and battalion S4. After his tour in South Korea, LTC Vick returned to Fort Campbell, KY where he served as a Support Operations Transportation Officer, Forward Support Company Commander, and Support Operations Ops Officer in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. During that tour of duty LTC Vick was deployed to Iraq two more times. In 2008, LTC Vick was selected for Advanced Civil Schooling and attended The University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree.

In 2011, LTC Vick was assigned to 168th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Sill, OK and served as the Support Operations Officer for fourteen months and the Executive Officer for ten months. During this assignment, he worked with various state and local organizations to not only ensure the readiness of 168th BSB but also a variety Oklahoma agencies. Upon completion of his time at Fort Sill, LTC Vick was assigned to 8th US Army, G4 at Yongsan, South Korea where he served as the Supply and Services officer for the Assistant Chief of Staff G4.

LTC Vick is currently serving with US Army South at Fort Sam Houston, TX as the Chief of Mobility Operations Division in the G4. His next assignment will be in the private sector as a retired Army officer.

LTC Vick’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Combat Action Badge.

He is married to the former Stacy Knight of Breckenridge, TX and they have two sons Tyler (13 y/o) and Ethan (11 y/o).

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Pete Walsh
Pete Walsh
Pete Walsh
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Velocity Intelligence Group
Peter Walsh is a forward-thinking, business-minded technologist focused on business strategies and technologies to enhance fan experiences at major sporting venues around the world, while also generating revenue returns to the team owner/venue operator. Walsh is the former CIO for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys. Previously he was the regional CIO for Nokia Americas, head of Sports and Entertainment for AT&T’s Network Integration, vice president of Sports and Entertainment for SignalShare and worked on the U.S. Space Shuttle program at NASA. Walsh brings extensive technology and business experience in the sports and entertainment, government, telecommunications, and consulting industries.

Walsh spent seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was responsible for leading the technology team supporting 40 disparate lines of business, including the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, coaches, players and staff; a $250M/year merchandise operation; two MRI Centers; oil and gas businesses; real estate developments; the Cowboys Golf Course; and many other lines of business. He was responsible for AT&T Stadium’s technology design and implementation of the converged network, distributed antenna system (DAS), Wi-Fi and video distribution system earning the venue a reputation as the most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venue in the world.

Walsh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a finance concentration from California State University, Fullerton. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the UTA College of Business and sits on the Advisory Board for the HonorGuard Network. He previously held the position of vice president and president of the National Management Association and is a fundraising committee member for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Sharon Washburn
Sharon Washburn
Sharon Washburn ('86 B.B.A.)
Second Vice President and Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
Sharon Washburn is a second vice president with Morgan Stanley, a firm she has been with since 1993. During her career, she has worked with high net worth individual investors, foundations and Fortune 500 companies and their employee plans. Washburn has experience working with corporate stock plans including option, purchase and restricted stock plans. She also has worked with the Executive Financial Services Group that is responsible for Rule 144 stock sales and 10b5-1 sales plans. She is a financial planning specialist and a portfolio manager.

Washburn is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She has helped many clients over the years with their divorces and pre-marital planning. She is a member of Collaborative Divorce Texas. Prior to working with corporate stock plans, Washburn worked with a retirement planning group at Morgan Stanley focusing on estate and retirement planning. She recently developed a financial literacy teen boot camp held at the local library, which is available for schools or groups.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, she worked for Judson Malkin & Bloom (JMB) concentrating on real estate limited partnerships. In 1989, she joined PaineWebber (now UBS) working in various positions. She is a member of the UTA Financial Literacy Advisory Board. She is president-elect for the Family Place Partners Advisory Board, and is a member of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum and the Dallas Arboretum.

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Judge Glen Whitley
Judge Glen Whitley
Glen Whitley ('76 B.B.A.)
Tarrant County Judge
Tarrant County
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley presides over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. He is a leader on transportation, efficient government, and support for veterans and military families as well as youth and children’s issues.

Judge Whitley earned an accounting degree from The University of Texas at Arlington, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and co-founded the accounting firm Whitley Penn in 1983. Judge Whitley was elected a Tarrant County Commissioner in 1996 and Tarrant County Judge in 2006.

Judge Whitley is a past president of the National Association of Counties and of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, organizations that help local government develop policy, recognize regional opportunities and make collaborative decisions. He is a past chairman of the Regional Transportation Council and the Texas Conference of Urban Counties. Judge Whitley is currently a member of the University of North Texas System Board of Regents.

Under his leadership, the county’s transportation bond package helps cities build and widen roads. He has played a leading role improving access and care at the JPS Health Network. In 2010, Judge Whitley was nationally recognized by American City and County magazine as County Leader of the Year. He and his wife, Brenda, live in Hurst, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

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Gary K. Whitt
Gary K. Whitt
Gary K. Whitt
Senior Vice President and Manager, Texas Public Finance Banking
Bank of Texas
Gary K. Whitt has 35 years of commercial banking experience, the last 20 with an industry focus in the Government/Not-For-Profit/Healthcare sectors. His primary responsibilities and experience have included coordinating the delivery of a variety of financial services to a client base that includes cities, counties, school districts, not-for-profit entities including higher education and K-12, acute-care hospitals, specialty hospitals, large clinic operations, healthcare service companies, medical device companies, and biotechnology companies. His last two assignments required building these business units from a starting point of zero.

Gary has had roles lending credit approval for these type entities, with a territory over the years including all parts of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. He has managed underwriters and analysts while being responsible for making presentations to rating agencies and bond insurers on behalf of the bank’s clients.

In addition to his role on the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree at The University of Texas at Arlington, Gary serves on the board of Faith in Practice, a Houston Not-For-Profit which seeks to provide healthcare to the poor in Guatemala through short-term mission trips. Gary is a commissioned Stephen Minister, having been trained to assist others who are experiencing crisis.

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