Business Week 2020: March 23 — 28

A longstanding tradition in the College of Business, Business Week is a full week set aside to connect faculty and students with business and community leaders. Executives and leaders, many of them UTA alumni, share their experiences and present case studies from their companies to a new generation of business leaders.

Business Week 2020 Schedule of Events and Speakers

Check back regularly for updates and additional guest speakers. Times and locations are subject to change.

Guest speakers will present during regularly scheduled undergraduate and graduate classes during the week. Unless otherwise indicated in the schedule, all students are encouraged to attend the presentations, but space is limited.

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 23

Time Presenter Location
10:00AM - 10:50AM Rob Comer
Bodily Injury Claims Supervisor
Geico Insurance company
COB Room 142
ECON 2305-002
Principles of Macro Economics
Ronald Liggett
11:00AM - 11:50AM Rob Comer
Bodily Injury Claims Supervisor
Geico Insurance company
COB Room 142
ECON 2305-001
Principles of Macro Economics
Ronald Liggett
11:00AM - 11:50AM Beth Horn
Senior Vice President
Decision Analyst
COB Room 349
ECON 3318-002
Data Analysis & Visualization
David Quigley
11:00AM - 11:50AM Shelli Walker
Partner
PeopleResults
COB Room 252
MANA 3318-001
Organizational Behavior
Ifeyimika Ogunyomi
1:00PM - 2:20PM Rance Randle
Vice President North Operations
BNSF Railway
COB Room 243
OPMA 3306-007
Operations Management
Mohammed Nour
2:30PM - 3:50PM Rance Randle
Vice President North Operations
BNSF Railway
COB Room 243
OPMA 3306-004
Operations Management
Mohammed Nour
2:30PM - 3:50PM Chris Eidson
National Recruiter
Statefarm Insurance
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-003
Professional Selling
Anne Gottfried
2:30PM - 3:50PM Jeffrey Kurland
Director of Research Financial Operations
Cook Children's Health Care System
COB Room 142
FINA 3313-001
Business Finance
Thomas Thompson
2:30PM - 3:50PM Brenna Wadleigh
CEO
N3 Real Estate
COB Room 245W
REAE 3325-002
Real Estate Fundamentals
Steve Isbell
2:30PM - 3:50PM Rina Parikh
Audit Partner
Grant Thornton LLP
COB Room 151
BCOM 3360-008
Effective Business Communication
Kevin Carr
2:30PM - 3:50PM Terry Sullivan
Founder
BuzzPro Digital Sales & Marketing
COB Room 348
MARK 3370-002
Social Media Marketing
Lauren Brewer
4:00PM - 5:20PM Chris Eidson
National Recruiter
Statefarm Insurance
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-005
Professional Selling
Anne Gottfried
4:00PM - 5:20PM Matt Aulsbrook
Principal Attorney
Aulsbrook Law Firm, PLLC
COB Room 152
MANA 4322-011
Organizational Strategy
Michael McDaniel
4:00PM - 5:20PM Richard Fleming
Founder / Princpal / CEO
State Tax Group, LLC
COB Room 151
BCOM 3360-011
Effective Business Communication
Kevin Carr
5:30PM - 6:50PM David Mason and Amanda Armstrong
Compliance Examiner
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
COB Room 142
ECON 3312-002
Macroeconomics
William Crowder
5:30PM - 6:50PM Kim Crawford
Partner
Sutton Frost Cary LLP
COB Room 256
ECON 3311-004
Financial Accounting I
Cheryl Prachyl
5:30PM - 6:50PM Julie Christenson
Head FRA North America Region
Alcon
COB Room 245W
INSY 5357-001
Enterprise Resource Planning
Randall Napier
6:00PM - 8:00PM Terry Sullivan
Founder
BuzzPro Digital Sales & Marketing
COB Room 609
TBD
6:00PM - 10:00PM Kathy Weaver and Elizabeth Blake
Director, Talent Acquisition
Lennox International Inc
UTA-FTW HEC @ Santa Fe Station Room 120
MANA 5360-020
Leadership And Teams
Faye Cocchiara
6:00PM - 10:00PM Jake Bailey
Founder & CEO
Split Rock Resources
UTA-FTW HEC @ Santa Fe Station Room 112
OPMA 5361-020
Operations Management
Alper Nakkas
7:00PM - 8:20PM Preston Ash
Economic Outreach Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
COB Room 245E
ECON 3310-002
Microeconomics
David Quigley
7:00PM - 8:20PM Sam Mahrouq
Chairman and CEO
Ikon GPS
COB Room 609
MANA 3325-003
Entrepreneur I
Manisha Vaswani

Tuesday, March 24

Time Presenter Location
9:30AM - 10:50AM Michael Jones
Retired CFO/CPA
COB Room 245E
FINA 3313-003
Business Finance
Anh Tuan Nguyen
9:30AM - 10:50AM Tammy Walsh
Verizon
COB Room 150
BCOM 3360-002
Effective Business Communication
Melody Fowler
9:30AM - 10:50AM Alan Starr
Director
Protiviti: Internal Audit, Risk
COB Room 152
MANA 4322-001
Organizational Strategy
Liliana Nordtvedt
9:30AM - 10:50AM Felicia Rogers
Executive Vice President
Decision Analyst, Inc
COB Room 153
MARK 4322-003
Ad Marketing Mgmt & Strategy
Jeffrey Wallman
11:00AM - 12:20PM Tammy Walsh
Verizon
COB Room 150
BCOM 3360-003
Effective Business Communication
Melody Fowler
11:00AM - 12:20PM Danny Monistere
SVP - Policy & Guidelines
Nielson
COB Room 138
MARK 4335-002
Multicultural Marketing
Elten Briggs
11:00AM - 12:20PM Patti Steelman
Executive Vice President & CFO - Finance
Fort Worth Chamber Of Commerce
COB Room 153
MARK 3323-001
Integrated Marketing Communication
Xiaodong Nie
11:00AM - 12:20PM Gail Stout Perry
Partner
Credera
COB Room 245W
MARK 4322-002
Organizational Strategy
Liliana Nordtvedt
11:00AM - 12:20PM Angela Fares
TBD
COB Room 147
ACCT 3303-002
Accounting Information System
Cheryl Prachyl
12:30PM - 1:50PM Jana Harris
President
Harris Packaging Corp./American Carton Co.
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-002
Professional Selling
Fred Miao
12:30PM - 1:50PM Greg Barron
Founder/CEO
The Barron Companies , Inc.
COB Room 252
MANA 3320-003
Human Resource Management
Wayne Crawford
12:30PM - 1:50PM Bonnie Janzen
Executive Vice President
Decision Analyst, Inc
COB Room 152
MARK 4322-001
Ad Marketing Mgmt & Strategy
Jeffrey Wallman
12:30PM - 1:50PM Brian Chase
Director
Bell Flight
COB Room 243
MANA 4340-001
Business Society
Beverly George
12:30PM - 1:50PM Angela Fares
TBD
COB Room 241
ACCT 3303-001
Accounting Information System
Cheryl Prachyl
2:00PM - 3:20PM Jana Harris
President
Harris Packaging Corp./American Carton Co.
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-004
Professional Selling
Lawrence Chonko
2:00PM - 3:20PM Hisham Masri
Employment Lawyer
Jackson Lewis P.C.
COB Room 254
MANA 3320-006
Human Resource Management
David Gray
5:30PM - 6:50PM Vicky Teherani
President
More2 Wealth Management
COB Room 245W
FINA 3317-002
Financial Institute & Markets
Nima Vafai
5:30PM - 6:50PM Sharon Washburn
Second Vice President, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
COB Room 147
FINA 4324-002
International Corporate Finance
Edwin Altomare
5:30PM - 6:50PM Sara Baker
Manager, Sales Planning
American Airlines
COB Room 139
MARK 4308-001
Sales Force Management
Lawrence Chonko
6:00PM - 8:50PM Brian Happel
Fort Worth Market CEO
BBVA
UTA-FTW HEC @ Santa Fe Station Room 111
HCAD 5333-040
Economics Of Health
Christy Spivey
7:00PM - 9:50PM Chris Burt
Chief Human Resources Officer & EVP
GM Financial
COB Room 153
MANA 5312-001
Managing The Enterprise
David Gray
7:00PM - 9:50PM Mark Pullam
University Relations Director
Fidelity Investments
COB Room 140
FINA 5323-001
Investments
John Adams
7:00PM - 9:50PM Carlos Tapia
Executive Director
American Express
COB Room 252
FINA 5311-001
Business Financial Management
Qing Hao
7:00PM - 9:50PM Clay Dethloff
Senior Vice President Insights & Innovation Group
Decision Analyst, Inc.
COB Room 149
MARK 5311-001
Marketing
Ritesh Saini
7:00PM - 9:50PM Don Chen
Director of Supply Chain
P&H Casters
COB Room 243
OPMA 4302-001
Supply Chain Logistics
Edmund Prater

Wednesday, March 25

Time Presenter Location
8:00AM - 8:50AM Stevie Blakely
CEO and Founder
Orange Compass, LLC
COB Room 149
MANA 3318-010
Managing Organizational Behavior
Thomas Brill
9:00AM - 9:50AM Randy Barnard
President
SCIS Air Security Corporation
COB Room 147
BLAW 3310-001
Legal/Ethical Business Environment
Charles Miller
9:00AM - 9:50AM Stevie Blakely
CEO and Founder
Orange Compass, LLC
COB Room 149
MANA 3318-003
Managing Organizational Behavior
Thomas Brill
10:00AM - 10:50AM Randy Barnard
President
SCIS Air Security Corporation
COB Room 147
BLAW 3310-002
Legal/Ethical Business Environment
Charles Miller
11:00AM - 11:50AM James Sellers
Founder and CEO
Sellmark Corporation
COB Room 348
MARK 4303-001
Retail And Service Marketing
Lauren Brewer
11:00AM - 11:50AM David Roberts
President
Clearfork Group
COB Room 153
MANA 3319-001
Management Process Theory
William Venable
1:00PM - 2:20PM Bruce Schultz
Co-Founder
Boardroom Salon for Men
COB Room 241
MARK 3321-005
Principles Of Marketing
Chien Le
2:30PM - 3:50PM Sandy Reeves
Vice President Treasury
Texas Health Resources
COB Room 149
MANA 3318-005
Managing Organizational Behavior
Feirong Yuan
2:30PM - 3:50PM Rachelle Davis
Regional Training Manager
Republic National Distributing Company
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-003
Professional Selling
Anne Gottfried
2:30PM - 3:50PM Johnathon Angers
Director of Partnerships
Esports Stadium Arlington
COB Room 241
MARK 3321-003
Principles Of Marketing
Chien Le
2:30PM - 3:50PM Travis Franklin
Broker/Owner
Franklin Real Estate Brokerage
COB Room 245W
REAE 3325-002
Real Estate Fundamentals
Steve Isbell
4:00PM - 5:20PM Rachelle Davis
Regional Training Manager
Republic National Distributing Company
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-005
Professional Selling
Anne Gottfried
5:30PM - 6:50PM Nafees Alam
Chief Executive Officer
DRG Concepts
COB Room 252
MARK 3321-011
Principles Of Marketing
Chien Le
5:30PM - 6:50PM Debbie Mol
Director of Finance
City of Mesquite
COB Room 245E
FINA 3313-006
Business Finance
Thomas Thompson
5:30PM - 6:50PM Chris Hammack
Senior Statistical Consultant
Decision Analyst
COB Room 252
MARK 3321-011
Principles Of Marketing
Chien Le
7:00PM - 9:50PM Molly Sandlin
Founder & President
CAET Project Management Consultants, LLC
COB Room 254
ACCT 5302-001
Accounting Analysis II
Melanie McGee
7:00PM - 9:50PM Darien George
Managing Partner
Mackenzie Eason Associates
COB Room 154
MANA 5340-001
Strategic Human Resource Management
Matthew Hirst
7:00PM - 9:50PM Luis Lemus
Investment Management
Goldman Sachs
COB Room 139
FINA 5340-001
Financial Applications
Salil Sarkar
7:00PM - 9:50PM Lei Testa
Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
COB Room 339
ACCT 5331-001
Accounting Research
Cheryl Prachyl
7:00PM - 9:50PM Chris Hammack
Senior Statistical Consultant
Decision Analyst
COB Room 252
ECON 5337-001
Business Economics and Forecasting
Aaron Smallwood
7:00PM - 9:50PM Frank Dyer
Chief Operating Officer
TD Jakes Ministries
COB Room 255
OPMA 5361-001
Operations Management
Bradly Masters
7:00PM - 8:20PM Jerry Thomas
President and CEO
Decision Analyst
COB Room 152
MARK 4322-002
Ad Marketing Mgmt & Strategy
Jeffrey Wallman

Thursday, March 26

Time Presenter Location
9:30AM - 10:50AM Mark Borge
Owner
Best Facility Services
COB Room 154
MANA 3318-013
Organizational Behavior
Feirong Yuan
11:00PM - 12:20PM Garrett Morrow
Director Business Unit Operations
BNSF Railway
COB Room 243
OPMA 3306-005
Operations Management
Santoso Budiman
11:30AM - 12:20PM Sandra Bembenek
Chief Financial Officer and Solution Architect
The Strickland Group, Inc.
COB Room 147
ACCT 3303-002
Accounting Information Systems
Cheryl Prachyl
12:30PM - 1:50PM Sandra Bembenek
Chief Financial Officer and Solution Architect
The Strickland Group, Inc.
COB Room 147
ACCT 3303-001
Accounting Information Systems
Cheryl Prachyl
12:30PM - 1:50PM TBD COB Room 153
FINA 4315-001
Advanced Business Financial Analysis
Qing Hao
12:30PM - 1:50PM Rachelle Davis
Regional Training Manager
Republic National Distributing Company
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-002
Professional Selling
Fred Miao
12:30PM - 1:50PM Garrett Morrow
Director Business Unit Operations
BNSF Railway
COB Room 245W
OPMA 3306-006
Operations Management
Santoso Budiman
12:30PM - 1:50PM Sandy Reeves
Vice President Treasury
Texas Health Resources
COB Room 153
FINA 4315-001
Advanced Business Financial Analysis
Qing Hao
12:30PM - 1:50PM Kevin Peters/Justin Thomas
Decision Analyst, Inc.
COB Room 349
INSY 4315-001
Advanced Web Development
Jie Zhang
12:30PM - 1:50PM Michael Clock
President
Newk's Franchise, LLC.
COB Room 141
FINA 4324-001
International Corporate Finance
Pratima Pratima
2:00PM - 3:20PM Rachelle Davis
Regional Training Manager
Republic National Distributing Company
COB Room 251
MARK 3322-004
Professional Selling
Lawrence Chonko
2:00PM - 3:20PM Maru Iabichela
Founder and Chief Coach
MARU, INC.
COB Room 243
MARK 3321-006
Principles Of Marketing
Ritesh Saini
2:00PM - 3:20PM Paul Howell
Retired Partner
Grant Thornton LLP
COB Room 147
FINA 3317-001
Financial Institute & Markets
Ankita Damani
2:00PM - 3:20PM Brian Ruggeberg
Chief Financial Officer
Decision Analyst, Inc.
COB Room 252
ACCT 3312-001
Financial Accounting II
Terrance Skantz
3:00PM - 5:00PM Kervin Campbell
Director of Public Sector Services
Dunaway Associates
COB Room 149
Goolsby Leadership Academy
Jerry Hubbard
3:30PM - 4:50PM Barrett Jackson
Director, Market Development
Unum
COB Room 152
BCOM 3360-005
Effective Business Communication
Chien Le
5:30PM - 6:50PM Harrison Salter
Finance Supervisor
Atmos Energy
COB Room 339
FINA 5351-001
Seminar In Financial Modeling
Sanjiv Sabherwal
6:00PM - 8:50PM Ryan Harrington
President & CEO
Trinity Healthcare
UTASF112
UTA-FTW HEC @ Santa Fe Station
Healthcare Finance
David Rakowski
7:00PM - 9:50PM Paul Brodie
CEO and Book Publisher
Brodie Consulting Group
COB Room 147
MANA 4333-001
Innovation/Entrepreneurship
Margaret McFadyen
7:00PM - 9:50PM Akbar Thobani
Global Lead Intelligent Automation and Air
PepsiCo
COB Room 153
INSY 5377-001
Web And Social Analytics
Jie Zhang
7:00PM - 9:50PM Raul Gonzalez
Director of Administration
Passman & Jones
COB Room 140
FINA 5311-001
International Finance
Sriram Villupuram
7:00PM - 9:50PM Lauren Bui
Vice President
CHRISTUS Health
COB Room 348
INSY 5373-001
Info System Project Management
Randall Napier

Friday, March 27

Time Presenter Location
10:00AM - 10:50AM JT Fisher
CEO
Vergent Communications
COB Room 149
MANA 4325-001
Leadership In Organizations
Wendelyn Risher
11:00AM - 11:50AM Marc Meadows
Owner
Meadows Analysis & Design, LLC
COB Room 149
MANA 3318-011
Organizational Behavior
Wendelyn Risher

Saturday, March 28

Time Presenter Location
8:00AM - 12:00PM Tra Vick
Financial Advisor
First Command Financial Services, Inc.
COB Room 120
MANA 5360-020
Leadership And Teams
Faye Cocchiara

Speakers



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Nafees Alam

Chief Executive Officer
DRG Concepts
nalam@drgconcepts.com

Nafees Alam is Chief Executive Officer of DRG Concepts, one of the Southwest's and United States' premier restaurant development and operations companies. With Hoque Global CEO and DRG Concepts co-founder Mike Hoque, Alam has led the company into steady and solid growth of brands and locations. As CEO, Alam directs a high-caliber DRG Concepts corporate and restaurant team in delivering top quality culinary and dining to guests every day, with innovations in the ways that cuisine and commerce connect.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Johnathon Angers
Johnathon Angers

Director of Partnerships
Esports Stadium Arlington
johnathonwilliam38@msn.com

Played a critical role in building the bridge between esports interests and Louisiana State University. As the founding president of Esports at LSU, my experience includes developing networks and relationships between esports organizations and local governing bodies as well as creating organic grass-root community experiences – a background that has proved immensely valuable in the coordination of marketing and live event activations on behalf of organizations like Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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Amanda Armstrong

Financial Institution Examiner
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
amarmstrong@fdic.gov

Amanda Armstrong began her career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2010 as a Financial Institution Intern in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Following graduation from the University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, with a B.A. in Business Administration, she was permanently placed in the Shreveport, Louisiana Field Office as a Financial Institution Specialist. After completing her training and promoted to Financial Institution Examiner, Amanda transferred to the Dallas Field Office. Amanda serves as a Subject Matter Expert for Information Technology exams for the Dallas Field Office. She has assisted with Corporate Recruitment for approximately 9 years and routinely meets with local universities to communicate current career and internship opportunities

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Preston Ash
Preston Ash

Economic Outreach Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
preston.ash@dal.frb.org

Preston Ash currently serves as special assistant to Rob Kaplan, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In this capacity, he assists Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan in preparing for public remarks and media engagements, as well as gathering regional economic intelligence for monetary policy deliberations. Previously, Preston served as an Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, overseeing the Dallas Fed's Banking Conditions Survey and collecting data from financial institutions CEO's within the Eleventh Federal Reserve District for use in monetary policy deliberations. Ash has written numerous articles on topics related to community banking. His work has been cited several times in Congressional testimony and in leading news and intelligence platforms such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, SNL Financial, and JD Supra. Ash also previously served as a member of United Way’s Financial Technology Advisory Committee.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 7:00PM - 8:20PM
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Matt Aulsbrook
Matt Aulsbrook

Attorney
Aulsbrook Law Firm
matt@thetexaslawdog.com

Matt Aulsbrook started his first property and casualty insurance agency in 2010 while enrolled in MBA program at UTA. These were independent agencies focused on auto insurance. He expanded to own 5 agencies and sold off all but one in 2019. The remaining agency targets business owners and homeowners. In 2014, he became an absentee owner at his agencies and enrolled in law school full time. He opened Aulsbrook Law Firm in 2018. The firm specializes in personal injury and wrongful death. Shortly after passing the bar in 2018, Matt opened the doors and hit the streets marketing door to door building relationships with other successful attorneys, physicians, and medical clinics. The firm is projected to increase revenue 10 times year over year. Matt Aulsbrook aka “The Texas Law Dog” and his team work to ensure all clients are represented with the upmost respect and compassion.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 4:00PM - 5:20PM
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Jake Bailey
Jake Bailey

CEO
Split Rock Resources
bailey@splitrockres.com

Jake Bailey has over 12 years of oil and gas experience and founded Split Rock Resources (“SRR”) in 2019 with a $140MM equity commitment from North Hudson Resource Partners. SRR is focused on non-operated upstream investment opportunities in the DJ Basin. Prior to SRR, Jake managed existing assets for Crestline Investors and evaluated new deals in the oil and gas space. He oversaw an ~80,000 acre operated position in the Bakken along with ~150 non-op wellbore interests in the DJ Basin. Before joining Crestline, he served as CFO at Tana Exploration, a subsidiary of TRT Holdings, which had operated assets in the East Texas, onshore South Louisiana, shallow water offshore Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico. Jake also has experience in the Woodbine with an East Texas operator. He began his career with a contract driller covering basins in Texas, Arkoma, and Appalachia. Mr. Bailey has a BBA in Accounting and a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and is certified in Corporate FP&A.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
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Sara Baker
Sara Baker

Manager, Sales Planning
American Airlines
sarabakermail@gmail.com

Sara K. Baker joined the Southwestern Division as the Sales Planning Manager in July 2019. In her current role, she oversees a variety of elements including data and analysis, strategic objectives, deepening customer relationships through unique engagements, and hospitality, sponsorships, and assets all while leading a team of powerhouse individuals to stronger development and growth. In 2016, Sara joined the Global Sales & Distribution team and has held several positions including Planning and Strategy and has led the organization through customer segmentation exercises and developed reporting dashboards to better tell the story of the data and drive impact. She joined American Airlines in 2015 in AAdvantage where she promoted actions through insights from Voice of the Customer data to many internal customers throughout the company.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Randy Barnard
Randy Barnard

President
SCIS Air Security Corporation
randy.barnard@scisairsecurity.com

Randy was born and raised in the DFW area and attended UTA from 1983 to 1987. His college career started as a member of the Movin’ Mav football team and a Pre-Med major. After a Freshman year that included a D in Biology, he quickly realized he was in the wrong department and transitioned to the business school as a Finance major. Shortly after graduating from UTA in December 1987, Randy started working as an entry-level Accounting Analyst for Sky Chefs, Inc., a $250M U.S.-based airline catering company headquartered in the DFW area. Sky Chefs acquired its largest competitor in 1994 and then Sky Chefs was acquired by Lufthansa Service Group in 2001. Today, the LSG Group is a $3.2B global company with business in over 60 countries and 35,000 employees.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 9:00AM - 9:50AM, 10:00AM - 10:50AM
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Greg Barron
Greg Barron

Founder
The Barron Companies , Inc.
greg@barronstark.com

Greg Barron has been a serial entrepreneur for over 35 years. Starting his fist business is 1985, Greg has successfully run multiple businesses in commercial construction, engineering, architecture and real estate development. To date, his companies have completed over $750,000,000 in projects across the country. With a degree in finance from UTA, Greg launched his first company from scratch in 1985. A life-long learner and mentor, Greg went on to graduate from Harvard Business Schools prestigious Owner-President program in his late forties followed by Executive Education courses in Forensic Accounting from London Business School. He has served on numerous public and private Boards and is a past President of the College of Business Advisory Council at UTA.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Sandra Bembenek
Sandra Bembenek

Chief Financial Officer and Solution Architect
The Strickland Group, Inc.
sbembenek@stricklandsolutions.com

Sandra is the Chief Financial Officer and Solutions Architect at The Strickland Group with over 15 years of experience in the accounting and finance field. With a background in both technology and accounting, she is uniquely qualified to help companies to bridge the gap between information systems and financial reporting. As a Solutions Architect at The Strickland Group Mrs. Bembenek has supervised the implementation of a customized system of digital data management through M-Files, completely reorganizing the accounting system of the firm. Sandra has also led clients through ERP implementations, paperless billing software installations, and data management projects. Her strong business background melds her ability as a software developer with her CPA license and master’s degree in management information systems to bring a unique blend to a client’s needs in the financial arena.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 11:30AM - 12:20PM, 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Elizabeth Blake
Elizabeth Blake

Sr. Recruiter, Talent Acquisition
Lennox International Inc.
elizabeth.blake@lennoxintl.com

Elizabeth Blake is currently a Sr. Recruiter with Lennox International’s Talent Acquisition team. She received her Executive MBA from University of Texas at Arlington in 2018 and holds a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University. Elizabeth has over eight years of domestic and international human resources experience in various industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and entertainment. Passionate about inclusion and diversity initiatives, she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Lennox Mentoring for Diversity Program and leads the Lennox Women’s Business Council’s Global Outreach Committee.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
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Stevie Blakely
Stevie Blakely

CEO
Orange Compass, LLC
stevie@orangecompass.com

Dr. Stevie Dawn serves as CEO of Orange Compass, a corporate training company dedicated to providing staff and leadership training to organizations. Stevie Dawn brings a variety of experience in the corporate, non-profit, and governmental sectors. She has owned multiple small businesses and specializes in Emotional Intelligence strategies for the workplace. She enjoys challenging people to change their workplace behaviors. Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Wichita State University and a doctorate in Leadership from Colorado State University. With over 20 years of teaching and training experience, Dr. Stevie Dawn delivers training sessions with humor and high-energy that leave all participants inspired.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 8:00AM - 8:50AM, 9:00AM - 9:50AM
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Mark Borge
Mark Borge

Principal
Best Facility Services
mark@bestfacilityservices.com

Best Facility Services in headquartered in Hurst, Texas, began doing business in 2004 and was co-founded by Steve Nobles and Mark Borge. We have over 35 years of combined industry experience within our company, which has been instrumental in positioning us as a resource that consistently provides a high level of personal service to a broad range of facilities. We are now cleaning several million square feet per night of commercial, corporate and institutional building space in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 9:30AM - 10:50AM
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Paul Brodie
Paul Brodie

CEO
Brodie Consulting Group
brodie@brodieconsultinggroup.com

Paul Brodie is a Multi-time Bestselling Author and CEO of Brodie Consulting Group. As a Book Publisher, he helps medical professionals, attorneys, coaches, consultants, speakers, and business owners share their story with a proven system. What makes Paul’s books different is his ability to explain complex ideas and strategies in a simple, accessible way that you can implement immediately.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Lauren Bui
Lauren Bui

VP, Data Management and Analytics
Christus Health
lauren.bui@christushealth.org

Lauren is Vice President of Data Management and Analytics at CHRISTUS Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare delivery system. She is currently building and leading teams that deliver Analytics to power data-driven transformations in Health Care. Over the last 20 years, Lauren has gained experience in development and leadership of strategic initiatives comprising of Data Integration, Distribution Services, Databases, and Big Data Analytics Applications to deliver high caliber commercial systems.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Chris Burt
Chris Burt

Chief Human Resources Officer
GM Financial
chris.burt@gmfinancial.com

Chris Burt has been Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for GM Financial since January 2015. Before joining the company, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources, North America, at LSG Sky Chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Human Resources at Trinity Industries from 2006 to 2009. Chris has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in union and non-union Human Resource management in various industries.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Kervin Campbell
Kervin Campbell

Civil Engineering Executive
Dunaway Associates
kcampbell@dunawayassociates.com

Kervin Campbell leads Dunaway's civil engineering department and began his career at Dunaway in 2003. With a significant portfolio of public works projects including roadways, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain improvements, Kervin has been recognized in the industry for his outstanding contributions to the public safety and welfare and for advancing the profession of engineering. Under Kervin’s leadership, Dunaway’s municipal client base has increased and we have advanced from offering traditional civil infrastructure services to adding innovative roundabouts and 2D water modeling design. He currently serves on the board of the Tarrant County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and is a Past President of TSPE and serves as TxDOT Affiliate Program Liaison and on the Leadership Committee.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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Brain Bell
Brian Chase

Director, Global Government Affairs & Public Policy
Bell
bchase@bellflight.com

Brian Chase is Bell’s Director of Global Government Affairs & Public Policy, where he leads the company’s international and U.S. state and local public policy efforts, legislative affairs, corporate philanthropy, and community affairs. His previously served as Director of Future Vertical Lift Enterprise Alignment, where he led changes across the Bell enterprise – including manufacturing, assembly, IT, supply chain, sustainment, and human resources – to support the U.S. Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift program. During his tenure at Bell he has also led the global communications team, where he was responsible for the company’s media relations, crisis communications, issues management, executive communications and employee communications.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Don Chen
Don Chen

Director of Supply Chain
P&H Casters
don@phcasters.com

ASCM/APICS Member CSCP Professional 12 plus years of End to End International Supply Chain Experience 10 plus of years of Management experience Currently managing teams in multiple countries Born in Shanghai, China originally. Switch from the finance field to Supply Chain in 2008 Education: BBA in Business from Stephen F. Austin University

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Julie Christneson
Julie Christenson

Head, FRA North America
Alcon
julie.christenson@alcon.com

Responsible for financial reporting and accounting activities (including G/L Accounting/Record to Report, Requisition to Pay, and Order to Cash) for the North America Region (US & Canada).

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Micheal Clock
Michael Clock

President
Newk's Eatery
mclock@newks.com

Mike has over 23 years of experience in the accounting and finance fields with 22 years in the restaurant industry. He currently serves as President of Newk’s Eatery. Prior to joining the leadership team at Newk’s, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Good Smoke Restaurant Group, the parent company for two long standing barbecue brands, Dinosaur BBQ and Jim ‘N Nick’s Community BBQ. There his primary responsibility and focus was on financial strategic direction, brand support, and external financial communications for GSRG. Mike has also had the privilege of serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Le Duff America Inc., the second largest Bakery / Café concept in North America and the parent company to la Madeleine Inc., Bruegger’s Bagels, Timothy’s Coffee, and Brioche Doree. He has held leadership roles with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide / TGI Fridays; where during his tenure with the company, he was responsible for the successful consolidation of over 500 company-owned and franchised locations.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Rob Comer
Rob Comer

Bodily Injury Claims Supervisor
Geico
rcomer@geico.com

Rob Comer is a graduate of the University of Teas at Arlington where he was a Goolsby Leadership Academy Scholar. He currently manages a Bodily Injury Claims team responsible for Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. Rob graduated 2012 from UTA’s College of Business with a bachelor of science in economics and immediately launched his career. At GEICO, he has moved up the chain of leadership holding 6 positions since his inception with the company and has led regional initiatives to increase associate engagement and improve customer service. In 2013, Rob served on the strategic steering committee for the College of Business at UTA and has recently accepted a position as the Vice President for the Dean’s Leadership Council.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 10:00AM - 10:50AM, 11:00AM - 11:50AM
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Kim Crawford
Kim Crawford

Partner
Sutton Frost Cary LLP
kim@sfcllp.com

Kim has been in public accounting since 1994, including several years in the Dallas office at an international firm. Her extensive and diverse experience includes, but is not limited to, audits of financial statements of privately owned companies, employee benefit plans and nonprofit organizations, as well as consulting for insurance -related clients. Kim also assists clients with various tax and consulting services. Her responsibilities include being one of the firm’s designated partners for audits of nonprofit entities.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Rachelle Davis
Rachelle Davis

Regional Training Manager
Republic National Distributing Compan
rachelle.davis@rndc-usa.com

With roots extending before Prohibition, Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) is a family-owned business that has evolved into the nation’s second largest wholesale wine and spirits distributor, employing more than 9,000 hard-working Associates across 22 states and the District of Columbia. Rachelle Davis has worked at Republic National Distributing Company for almost 9 years. She has done sales for 3 years, management for 4 years, and has currently been the Regional Training Manager for 2 years. Rachelle Davis loves Republic National Distributing Company because of the people she works with. They are all truly like family to her. She has had some of the best experiences in her life because of Republic National Distributing Company, she states that you cannot beat selling wine and liquor for a living!

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM, 4:00PM - 5:20PM
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Clay Dethloff
Clay Dethloff

Senior Vice President - Innovation and Qualitative
Decision Analyst
cdethlo@decisionanalyst.com

Clay leads the Insights & Innovation Division at Decision Analyst.   Clay is an experienced marketing research professional with 30 years of experience in both leading and delivering qualitative research in the industry.  As the head of Insights & Innovation, Clay is responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of qualitative research, identifying new/innovative qualitative research tools, and overall management of the qualitative team.  He brings to each endeavor the ability to draw upon a wide range of experiences, having conducted research in over 20 different countries and across multiple categories including consumer products, retail/restaurants, healthcare, consumer services, organizations and employee relations.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Frank Dyer
Frank Dyer

Chief Operating Officer
TD Jakes Ministries
fdyer@tdjakes.org

As Chief Operating Officer for T.D. Jakes Ministries, Frank Dyer oversees strategy, marketing, sales and human resources with additional responsibilities for Texas Offenders Reentry Initiatives (TORI). Prior to moving into nonprofit, Mr. Dyer was a senior executive for over 18 years working for three of the “big four” financial institutions in the US - Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Citibank. Throughout his career in banking, Mr. Dyer lead various areas including information management, risk compliance, and credit and mortgage servicing where he focused on process improvement and strategic transformation. As a senior operations leader for fourteen years, he cultivated and mentored managers while promoting diversity and inclusion in the manufacturing of consumer goods production for Phillip Morris, Borden and Dannon.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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JT Fisher
JT Fisher

CEO
Ellum.Net
jt347437@gmail.com
Ellumnet offers super fast Internet up to 1000 megabits per second. Forget all the headaches from using greedy cable companies and sign up for our local high speed internet service today.

Speaking Schedule:
Friday, March 27 - 10:00AM - 10:50AM
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Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming, MBA

CEO & Founder
State Tax Group, LLC
rfleming@statetaxgroup.com

Richard Fleming is the CEO & founder of State Tax Group, LLC a state and local tax advisory firm located in Addison, Texas since 2005. Mr. Fleming has 23 plus years’ experience in the state and local tax arena. Richard is an appointed member of the Texas State Comptroller’s Glen Hagar’s “Taxpayer Advisory Group” which meets to discuss proposed rules and tax laws before they are published in the Texas Register. Locally Richard serves as a school board trustee for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD which serves the cities of Dallas, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Coppell, Addison and Irving. Richard currently serves on several Non-Profits boards benefiting women and kids whom are challenged by life in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Mr. Fleming has been recognized for his leadership, character, and stewardship in the community; as such has received several community service awards for his stewardship.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 4:00PM - 5:20PM
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Travis Franklin
Travis Franklin

Broker/Owner
Franklin Real Estate Brokerage
travis@franklinbrokerage.com

Travis studied Real Estate, Finance and Economics at UTA from 1984-1988 and transferred to UT Austin from 1988-1989. He graduated with majors in Finance and Real Estate and has been in the real estate industry for over 25 years. Travis is broker and owner of his own firm, Franklin Real Estate Brokerage, handling commercial real estate, investment property and is very active in representing the over 55 community. Travis is an avid golfer and volunteers as a coach with the First Tee of Fort Worth as well as being on the board of directors for NPRA – a senior advocacy organization. He enjoys traveling with his wife DeeDee and is passionate about music, playing guitar and singing with the Jessica Brooks Band.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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Darien George
Darien George

Managing Partner
Mackenzie Eason
dgeorge@mackenzieeason.com

Darien George is a thought leader and expert in the talent industry, having spent eighteen years focusing on culture, talent acquisition, talent development, organizational leadership, and organizational change. Darien is the managing partner and founder of Mackenzie Eason, an executive search and consulting firm, and founder of Talent Metrics, an AI cloud-based software that measures an organization’s culture and provides actionable intelligence for executives on how to build a strong culture to improve revenue, retention, and productivity. He has worked with Fortune 50 companies, private equity firms, and top CEO’s, successfully executing searches at the C-Suite level from Vice President to Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Raul Gonzalez
Raul H. Gonzalez

Director of Administration
Passman & Jones
gonzalezr@passmanjones.com

Raul H Gonzalez is proud to be a longtime volunteer in his community and has served on the Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees since 2010. Raul and his wife, Kerry, have been married for 30 years. They have 3 grown children all product from Mansfield ISD.

 

After moving to the DFW area from his home in El Paso, Mr. Gonzalez earned a BBA in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has worked for the Dallas law firm, Passman and Jones, since 1983. As the Director of Administration, he oversees all of the business functions of the firm. Deeply involved in his community, Mr. Gonzalez currently holds volunteer positions with several area organizations, including the Arlington Salvation Army Advisory Council and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a current member of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, the Optimist Club of Arlington and an advisory board member of H.O.P.E. Tutoring.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Chris Hammack
Chris Hammack

Senior Statistical Analyst
Decision Analyst
chammac@decisionanalyst.com

Chris has worked for Decision Analyst since 2012. He is proficient in statistical and visualization programming languages, such as JavaScript, R, HTML, CSS, VBA, Python, SAS, SPSS, Latent Gold®, and Sawtooth Software® CBC-HB and HB-Reg. As a member of the Advanced Analytics Group, Chris specializes in mathematical modeling, interface design, Hierarchical Bayes estimation, genetic algorithms, and data visualization techniques. Chris earned a Master of Arts in Economics from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in International Economics.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM, 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Brian Happel
Brian Happel

Fort Worth Market CEO
BBVA USA
brian.happel@bbva.com

Brian Happel is responsible for overall oversight of the bank's operations in Tarrant County, Texas which includes Wealth Management, Retail Bank, and Commercial Banking. In addition, Brian Happel represents the bank at many of its charitable endeavors and volunteering with colleagues to support the community. In addition, Brian Happel chair's the Fort Worth Market's Advisory Board of Directors which assists the bank and its relationship managers to make sure BBVA is involved in the community and assisting customers and prospects with their respective banking needs.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 6:00PM - 8:50PM
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Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington

President & CEO
Trinity Healthcare, LLC
ryan@trinityhealthcare.com

Ryan Harrington is a founder and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Healthcare. With over 1,400 employees across 23 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 rehabilitation, longterm care and hospice services to residents and patients. Ryan was previously the Chief Financial Officer of a senior housing operator with multiple locations across Texas and New Mexico. Ryan was also previously a Senior Manager in the transaction advisory services and audit practices of Ernst & Young.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 6:00PM - 8:50PM
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Jana Harris
Jana Harris

Owner-CEO
Harris Packaging and American Carton
janah@harrispackaging.com

Jana Harris is a second generation owner and CEO of her family’s manufacturing business, Harris Packaging Corporation and American Carton Company. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from UTA in 1999 and graduated as Summa Cum Laude. Prior to getting back into the family business Jana worked for a Fort Worth cardiologist group in their diagnostic lab. She is still actively involved at UTA through serving on the President’s Advisory Board as well as the President’s Executive Committee. Jana has also been instrumental in the growth of the Packaging Program in the department of Fine Arts at UTA. She also supports her industry by serving as Vice Chair on the Executive Board of the Association of Independent Corrugated Convertors. Jana will serve as their Chairperson in 2021-2022.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Elizabeth Horn
Elizabeth (Beth) Horn, Ph.D.

SVP, Advanced Analytics
Decision Analyst
ehorn@decisionanalyst.com

Beth has provided expertise and high-end analytics for Decision Analyst for over 20 years. She leads the Marketing Science Group and is responsible for design, analysis and insights derived from discrete choice models, MaxDiff analyses, volumetric forecasting and other advanced analytics. She specializes in product and pricing optimization and market segmentation. Beth is consulted frequently by clients and internal account teams regarding best practices in research methodology.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 11:00AM - 11:50AM
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Paul Howell
Paul Howell

Retired Grant Thornton M&A Partner-Central Region M&A Leader
PMH Consulting-part-time M&A consulting
paul.m.howell@outlook.com

Mr. Howell is a Certified Public Accountant and income tax expert focused on merger and acquisitions, tax structuring and planning. Mr. Howell is owner of PMH Consulting assisting companies with acquisitions and divestures strategy development and execution. He is a retired partner from Grant Thornton, LLP where he spent 18 years as a tax partner and the Central Region M&A Tax Leader. At Grant Thornton, Paul structured acquisition and divesture transactions ranging from millions to billions of dollars and facilitated companies with trouble debt workouts, both inside and outside of bankruptcy.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 2:00PM - 3:20PM
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Maru Iabichela
Maru Iabichela

Owner
Maru Internacional LLC
maru@maruinc.com

Maru Iabichela has been called “the Queen of Expansion” for her incredibly transformative work teaching women how to open up energetically, mentally and practically so they can invite in an avalanche of blessings and unstoppable prosperity. Her flagship program Infinite Receiving has touched the lives of more than 300 Infinite Receivers who’ve used her paradigms to experience miraculous results in their lives and businesses. She lives in a house she manifested in Dallas, Texas with her son. You can find her on maruiabichela.com and @maruiabichela on social media.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 2:00PM - 3:20PM
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Barrett Jackson
Barrett Jackson

Director, Market Development
Unum
jbjackson@unum.com

Barrett Jackson began his Unum career in the Dallas field office in 2006 as a Sales Consultant and joined the Dallas Management Team in 2018. He, Sydney, his wife and Pancake, their doodle, welcomed Walker Jackson to the Unum family in September of 2019. Barrett enjoys running and cycling and has completed ten marathons over the past ten year. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and can be found calling the Hogs on most Saturday’s during football season.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 3:30PM - 4:50PM
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Bonnie Janzen
Bonnie Janzen

Executive Vice President
Decision Analyst
bjanzen@decisionanalyst.com

Bonnie manages several account teams and key accounts. She has more than 30 years of consumer insights and consulting experience. Bonnie focuses much of her energy on global strategy research for Fortune 500 companies, integrating qualitative methods and advanced analytics to provide creative solutions and actionable results. She has a depth of experience in research and consulting for strategic initiatives, including new business acquisitions, new business concepts, global expansion, and brand development and extension. Other key areas of focus include communication, advertising, innovation, new product development, in-store environments and omni-channel strategies.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Michael Jones

Retired CFO/CPA
maverick1111@yahoo.com
Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 9:30AM - 10:50AM
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Jeffrey Kurland
Jeffrey Kurland

Finance Director
Cook Children's Health Care System
jeffrey.kurland@cookchildrens.org

Jeffrey Kurland has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience, and has worked in operations management, public accounting, contract pricing and clinical research finance. He currently serves as the Director of Research Financial Operations at Cook Children’s Health Care System, where he oversees the clinical research finance team that supports the development of drugs and therapies for our pediatric patients. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on finance and accounting. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his amazing wife and three beautiful children.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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Luis Lemus
Luis Lemus

Private Wealth Advisor
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
lcl0047@gmail.com

Luis Lemus is a Private Wealth Advisor for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to joining the firm, he served roles in advisory and business development for Lord Abbett, Chiron Investment Management and Highland Capital Management. He has worked in the financial services industry since 2012. Mr. Lemus received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and was also a scholarship athlete in golf. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Sam Mahrouq
Sam Mahrouq

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mahrouq Enterprises International
sam@automax4u.com

Sam Mahrouq is an entrepreneur and global businessman who serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MEI Group (Mahrouq Enterprises International). His most recent focus is iKON Technologies, a vertical expansion of his business products and services in the automotive industry. Also under Sam’s business umbrella are 11 car dealerships, a prominent Dollar Rent-a-Car franchise, MEI Auto Finance, and a real estate investment group. A native of Amman, Jordan, Sam is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business and recently funded the $500,000 Sam Mahrouq Financial Markets Lab. His business philosophy focuses on ethics and not exploiting others around him. He always looks for the win-win in business transactions. In 2016, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Small Business of the Year Award. The galleries in the Arlington Museum of Art are named for the Sam Mahrouq Family in recognition of his financial grant of $500,000 to stabilize the organization financially. He is also a significant donor to the Arlington Life Shelter and Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington as well as Oak Ridge School.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 7:00PM - 8:20PM
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David Mason
David Mason

Compliance Examiner
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
davmason@fdic.gov

David Mason is compliance examiner and corporate recruiter for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). During his 9 year career with the FDIC, Mr. Mason has performed numerous compliance, fair lending, and Community Reinvestment Act Performance Evaluations of financial institutions all over the country.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Hisham Masri
Hisham Masri

Associate
Jackson Lewis P.C.
hisham.masri@jacksonlewis.com

Hisham Masri is an Associate in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Masri advises and represents employers on every aspect of the employment relationship. His practice includes representing employers in litigation in both state and federal court, as well as providing preventive advice and counsel. Mr. Masri’s practice encompasses advising employers on how to navigate the myriad of employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 2:00PM - 3:20PM
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Marc Meadows
Marc Meadows

President
Meadows Analysis & Design, LLC
marc@meadowsanalysis.com

Marc Meadows, president and founder of Meadows Analysis & Design, LLC, is an experienced mechanical engineer whose career spans more than 30 years and a broad spectrum of industries. Meadows has designed and developed mechanical engineering plans for projects up in the air, underground and in the water. Projects include airport passenger loading bridges, oil field drilling parts and structures, waste water treatment plants, Department of Transportation and American Society of Mechanical Engineers trailers, pressure vessels and more. Meadows is licensed to provide mechanical engineering services in Texas, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Speaking Schedule:
Friday, March 27 - 11:00AM - 11:50AM
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Debbile Mol
Debbie Mol

Director of Finance
City of Mesquite. Texas
dmol@cityofmesquite.com

Debbie Mol is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas with 36+ years of experience: 8 years in public accounting and the private sector, 11 years in non-profit and 17+ years in government, including 10+ years with the City of Mesquite, Texas. As Director of Finance for the City of Mesquite, Texas, Debbie directs the operations of Accounting (including payroll processing, Warehouse operations and Print Shop/Mailroom), Budget and Financial Analysis, Purchasing and Collections (including cash receipt functions, Tax Office, Municipal Court, and Utility Billing). She is also responsible for coordinating the City’s annual bond sale, financial transparency initiative, special districts and all financial reporting to the City Council.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Danny Monistere
Danny Monistere

SVP – Client Solutions
Nielsen

In his current role as SVP – Client Solutions, Danny Monistere leads the Local Watch and Audio Policy & Guidelines department to drive consistency in reporting across local TV, radio and digital properties. His responsibilities also include Audio panel compliance and enforcement of ratings distortion and media affiliation guidelines. Danny has over 30 years’ experience in the media research industry and has published numerous industry related articles with the ARF and ESOMAR. He earned a BA in Marketing in 1987 and an MBA in 1988, both from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 11:00AM - 12:20PM
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Garrett Morrow
Garrett Morrow

Director of Equipment Utilization
BNSF Railway
garrett.morrow@bnsf.com

Garrett Morrow is currently Director of Intermodal & Automotive Equipment Utilization at BNSF Railway in Fort Worth, TX, a position he has held since 2018. In this role, Garrett oversees tactical distribution of the world’s largest private intermodal railcar fleet and over 10,000 multilevel auto-racks, along with capital planning, operating expense management and intermodal repositioning programs in support of BNSF’s Consumer Products business unit. After leaving the grain industry to join BNSF’s Ag Products team in 2007, Garrett has served BNSF in several roles of increasing responsibility including: Capacity & Planning, Intermodal Hub Operations, Asset Management, and Customer Support. Garrett’s professional interests include leveraging technology to drive efficiency and boost productivity, growing with customers, and building relationships. Throughout his career, he has been known for his exemplary leadership, commitment to mentoring, infectious energy and humor.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 11:00PM - 12:20PM, 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Rina Parikh
Rina Parikh

Audit Partner, CPA
Grant Thornton
rina.parikh@us.gt.com

Rina Parikh is a Certified Public Accountant and an audit partner in the Dallas office of Grant Thornton. Rina has more than 17 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 services, banks & lending institutions, investment companies, asset management companies and real estate entities. Rina has significant experience in conducting financial statement audits as well as internal control examinations. Rina has extensive experience in evaluating and testing processes and internal controls related to FDICIA banks and SOX compliance for public companies. Rina has assisted several companies with initial public offering, additional equity and debt offering filing reports as required by the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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Gail Perry
Gail Perry

Partner
Credera
gail.stout.perry@credera.com

Gail joined Credera as a Partner in 2019 where she focuses on strategy formulation, strategy execution, and performance management. She brings more than 25 years of management consulting experience across multiple industries, disciplines, and technologies. Prior o joining Credera, Gail worked in management consulting at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), the Balanced Scorecard Institute and other firms. She has also held the role of Chief Strategy Officer at a global software company. She is a co-author of a textbook, The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard which is available in English, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Gail earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering (with a focus on Automation & Robotics) from The University of Texas at Arlington and her MBA in Finance from Abilene Christian University.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 11:00AM - 12:20PM
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Kevin Peters
Kevin Peters

CIO, Information Systems
Decision Analyst
kpeters@decisionanalyst.com

Kevin Peters, CIO, Information Systems, has worked at Decision Analyst for 30 years. He started working in Operations (Survey Programming, Data Tabulation, and Client Support). He actively keeps involved in Microsoft Office Automation to improve business processes and continuously facilitates resource planning by evaluating software and hardware used in the company. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Mark Pullman
Mark Pullman

University Talent
Fidelity Investments
mark.pullam@fmr.com

Mark A. Pullam works in the University Talent group at Fidelity Investments since November 2015. His primary responsibility is building relationships with Colleges and Universities in the SW Region of the US. These states and sites include the following: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, and Utah. With more than 24 years of professional experience, Mark’s strengths are communication and relationship building. Prior to working for Fidelity Investments, Mark was an Associate Director for Employer Relations at the University of North Texas Career Center, under the leadership of Dr. Bonita Vinson. Mark also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Rance Randle
Rance Randle

Vice President North Operations
BNSF Railway
rance.randle@bnsf.com

Rance Randle has served in the rail industry for 20 years in various roles. He began as a train service employee and have served in many transportation leadership and operations leadership positions.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 1:00PM - 2:20PM, 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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Sandy Reeves
Sandy Reeves

Vice President Treasury, Assistant Chief Investment
Texas Health Resources
sandyreeves@texashealth.org

Sandy Reeves is the Vice President Treasury, Assistant Chief Investment Officer for Texas Health Resources, one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the United States. Texas Health consists of 29 acute care, transitional, rehabilitation and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint ventured or affiliated. Ms. Reeves has been with Texas Health since 1987. The treasury department oversees the investment and treasury management of over $6 billion in assets and a capital structure of ~$2 billion in tax exempt and taxable debt.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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David Roberts
David Roberts

President
Clear Fork Group
droberts@clearforkgroup.com

David Roberts drives organizations to higher levels of performance. He combines skills at the strategic, operational, and technical levels to identify business needs and deliver improved processes that have a tangible impact on operations in established and start-up environments. Over David’s career, he has gained senior management experience with top-caliber companies including Microsoft, Websense and McAfee. He provides vision and facilitates organizational change, process redesign, and best practices to increase revenues and improve bottom-line margins across diverse business landscapes, including fast growth and turnaround situations. David has been an executive-level participant in multiple acquisition and investment transactions.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 11:00AM - 11:50AM
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Felicia Rogers
Felicia Rogers

Executive Vice President
Decision Analyst
frogers@decisionanalyst.com

Felicia Rogers is a dynamic insights consultant who leverages more than two decades of business and consumer research experience in her role as Executive Vice President at Decision Analyst. During her career, she has partnered with companies across a vast array of categories such as consumer packaged goods, foodservice, retail, financial services, travel & hospitality, home improvement, and durable goods.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 9:30AM - 10:50AM
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Brian Ruggeberg
Brian Ruggeberg

Chief Financial Officer
Decision Analyst
bruggeb@decisionanalyst.com

Brian Ruggeberg, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer at Decision Analyst, a marketing research firm in Arlington, TX. He has a wide variety of responsibilities including financial reporting and analysis, tax compliance, banking relationships, retirement plan administration, facilities management and others. Prior to joining Decision Analyst he was a partner in a local Arlington CPA firm and an auditor for a national CPA firm. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and has been a CPA since 1983.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 2:00PM - 3:20PM
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Molly Sandlin
Molly Sandlin

President and Founder
CAET Project Management Consultants, LLC
molly@caetpmc.com

Molly Sandlin is the President and Founder of CAET Project Management Consultants, LLC (CAET PMC). She has exceptional leadership skills and expertise in project and construction management, financial analysis and consulting, contract documents and construction administration. Prior to establishing CAET PMC, Molly spent twelve years in customer experience and analysis, financial audit, and accounting positions at Feeley & Driscoll in Boston, MA and American Airlines in Fort Worth, TX.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Harrison Salter
Harrison Salter

Supervisor Finance
Atmos Energy Corporation
harrison.salter@atmosenergy.com

Harrison Salter is a graduate of the University of Teas at Arlington where he was a Goolsby Leadership Academy Scholar. He currently manages a team that is responsible for Revenue, Labor, and Purchase Card Administration for the Mid-Tex and Pipeline Divisions at Atmos Energy Corporation. Harrison graduated from UTA in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and started working for Atmos Energy right away. He moved up through the finance team and has had many roles including project compliance, capital expenditures and revenue.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Bruce Schultz
Bruce Schultz

CEO and Co-Founder
Boardroom Salon for Men
bruce@boardroomsalon.com

Bruce Schultz is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Boardroom Salon for Men. He and his wife Heather originated the concept of a men’s grooming salon in 2004 in Southlake, Texas, and have established Boardroom as the authority and industry leader in men’s grooming. Boardroom’s mission is to help men Relax, Look Great and Feel Confident. Boardroom combines a masculine, country club environment, best team in the industry and consistent client experience to deliver the ultimate relaxed grooming experience. Boardroom has 37 locations, in five states, and is adding 10 plus salons per year as it expands into a nationwide brand. The Schultz’s have also founded Brighten Barber Institute, located in Hurst, TX, and Studyology, located in Southlake, TX.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 1:00PM - 2:20PM


James Sellers
James Sellers

Founder and President
Sellmark Corporation
jsellers@sellmark.net

As an individual who prided himself on taking risks, working hard and striving to be the best, James Sellers was determined to carve a path of success in producing products that enriched the experiences of outdoor enthusiasts at every skill level. Growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, James’ fondest memories are of listening to his father, a marketing professional, share his business philosophies while exploring the woods and taking in the natural beauty of their surroundings—every day was an adventure and every walk, a learning opportunity

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 11:00AM - 11:50AM
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Alan Starr
Alan Starr

Director - Financial Services
Protiviti
alan.starr@protiviti.com

Alan is a Director within the Financial Services Internal Audit practice based out of Dallas and has been with Protiviti since 2012. Alan has a BBA (Accounting) and an MBA (emphasis Finance and IT) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining Protiviti, Alan added value as a lead within the Internal Audit function of a Dow 30 company using his skills across many risk consulting projects within the consumer, mass market, and enterprise market spaces. With 10+ years of internal audit experience, Alan has utilized his expertise to design and execute financial and enterprise risk, internal control, as well as process and compliance assessments within the Financial Services Industry and leads multiple sub-industry practices for the Dallas Office. Alan is a CIA, CISA, and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors - Dallas.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 9:30AM - 10:50AM
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Patti Steelman
Patti Steelman

EVP and CFO
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
psteelman@fortworthchamber.com

Patti has served as EVP/CFO for over 2 years. Prior to this, she was the Vice President and Controller of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce for almost 17 years. She oversees the financial, human resources, administrative and technology areas of the Chamber. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,800 member companies, and its award-winning programs, publications and initiatives are recognized nationwide.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 11:00AM - 12:20PM
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Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan

Founder and Owner
BuzzPro
terry@buzzpro.com

Widely considered to be the LinkedIn Guru, Terry has trained more than 17,000 business leaders, owners and individuals – just like you – from across the nation on how to create their own unique online brands that achieve consistently strong results. After realizing that many business owners and leaders were struggling to use the latest Digital Marketing Strategies to connect with potential clients, Terry created BuzzPro in 2010 to meet this growing need. Since then, BuzzPro has become a nationally recognized Digital Branding and Social Selling solutions training company.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
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Carlos Tapia
Carlos Tapia

Regional Director
American Express
carlos.tapia@aexp.com

Carlos has over 17 years of experience in financial services industry and over 5 years with American Express. Given his history is an accomplished solutions provider for his clients was promoted to Executive Director in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he obtained his undergraduate degree in International Business. Carlos has served as a leader in non-profit organizations, and has been recently recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as and an outstanding Minority Business Leader in 2019. He was recognized for nationally in 2017 by the National Diversity Council for Latino Workplace along with Texas Supreme Court Justice, Eva Guzman, Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, and US Congressman Joaquin Castro for outstanding business and community leadership

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Vicky Teherani
Vicky Teherani

President
More2 Wealth Management
vicky@more2wealth.com

Teherani has proved herself a visionary leader who delivers bottom-line results in multicultural and global environments. Her experience in leading both strategic development and operational change has allowed her to demonstrate expertise in finance, sales and marketing, acquisitions and divestitures, capital restructuring, debt offerings, derivatives and bank relationships. In 2016, Teherani formed More2Wealth Management with her husband, Siroos to help younger generation to develop a habit of savings and investing; and those approaching retirement to live more by participating and making a difference in their community.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Lei Testa
Lei Testa

Principal
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)
lei.testa@claconnect.com

After graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington Lei began her career with Deloitte, and after a few years in public accounting, moved into the healthcare field. After a period with Cook Children’s Health Care System she began a swift ascent through the ranks of finance operations to executive management at US Oncology and McKesson. Upon leaving McKesson, Lei obtained her licenses to provide investment advice and sell securities, and began a new practice focus as a financial advisor with Averett Financial, LLC. In May of 2018, she joined CliftonLarsonAllen as a Principal in the Health Care Sector where she leads their Business Operations Outsourcing Department. She is a past president of the Fort Worth Chapter TXCPA, has previously served on the TXCPA Executive Board, and is a current member of the AICPA Council and the current Chair of the TXCPA Board of Directors.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Akbar Thobani
Akbar Thobani

Director Intelligent Automation and Ai
PepsiCo
akbar.thobani@pepsico.com

Akbar leads the Intelligent Automation and Artificial Intelligence global team at PepsiCo. In his role, he is responsible for the IA and AI solution delivery at PepsiCo. Akbar has been one of the pioneers introducing transformational technology capabilities at PepsiCo such as Machine Learning, Big Data, Internet of Things, Intelligent Automation, and Conversational Ai. Akbar holds a bachelor of science in Computer Information Systems as well as a bachelor degree in Business & Finance. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 7:00PM - 9:50PM
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Jerry Thomas
Jerry Thomas

President/CEO
Decision Analyst
jthomas@decisionanalyst.com

Jerry W. Thomas is President/CEO of Decision Analyst, one of the largest research and analytic firms in North America. He founded the company 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 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. 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 Package Goods products. He began his career at Hallmark Cards, working in brand management, and then moved to Kraft Foods in brand management, focusing on new products. He next worked at a major national research company, before launching Decision Analyst.

Speaking Schedule:
Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00PM - 8:20PM
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Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas

Vice President of IT
Decision Analyst
jthomas1@decisionanalyst.com

Justin Thomas, Vice President of IT for Decision Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington and has spent over 25 years developing software. Justin is primarily responsible for architecting and implementing interactive data analysis platforms, client facing dashboards, and automated reporting solutions. In a secondary capacity, Justin collaborates with the rest of the IT staff on implementing open source software solutions at Decision Analyst. Prior to Decision Analyst, Justin worked as a Programmer Analyst at Perot Systems based in Plano, Tx.

Speaking Schedule:
Thursday, March 26 - 12:30PM - 1:50PM
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Tra Vick
Tra Vick

Financial Advisor
First Command Financial Services, Inc.
tra_vick@yahoo.com
LTC Vick’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Combat Action Badge.

Speaking Schedule:
Saturday, March 28 - 8:00AM - 12:00PM
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Brenna Wadleigh
Brenna Wadleigh

CEO
N3 Real Estate
bwadleigh@n3realestate.com

Brenna serves as CEO & President of N3 Real Estate. She is responsible for all aspects of the company's investment strategy & operations. Prior to joining N3, Brenna served as VP of Strategic Planning at Crescent Real Estate Equities, a $6 billion REIT in Ft Worth, TX. Brenna is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a trustee for CREW in the community and serves as a member of the Advisory Council at University of Texas at Arlington's College of Business.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 2:30PM - 3:50PM
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Shelli Walker

Change Leadership Partner
PeopleResults
swalker@people-results.com

Shelli Walker is a Partner at PeopleResults. Shelli has 25 years experience in human capital consulting, change leadership, executive coaching and talent development. Shelli translates her unique experience to help her clients adopt change and increase their ability to inspire, retain, and develop their people to achieve business results – especially during periods of major change. Prior to joining PeopleResults, Shelli was a Senior Consultant in the Change Management Practice at Accenture. She fulfilled various leadership roles related to large scale change projects brought on by mergers & acquisitions, new technology implementations and organizational growth. Her scope of responsibilities included project management and implementation in the following areas; Change Management, Stakeholder Communications, People Strategies and Training Design/Development.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 11:00AM - 11:50AM
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Tammy Walsh
Tammy Walsh

National Director
Health Care Performance Advisory Services
twalsh@bkd.com

Tammy is a member of BKD’s Health Care Performance Advisory Services division and Physician Services Center of Excellence. She provides consulting services to provider groups and health care organizations related to physician compensation, hospital-physician alignment, revenue cycle, process improvement, budgeting and compliance. Prior to joining BKD, she provided financial leadership for a large ~ 900 size physician multi-specialty not-for-profit group and a small specialty for-profit physician-owned organization. She also has provided chief financial officer services in managed care for top payor entities in Texas, owned her own health care financial consulting services business and provided financial consulting for an international accounting firm.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 9:30AM - 10:50AM, 11:00AM - 12:20PM
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Sharon Washburn
Sharon L. Washburn, FACHE, CTP

Second Vice President
Morgan Stanley LLC.
sharon.washburn@morganstanley.com

Sharon is a Second Vice President with Morgan Stanley. She has been with the firm or its predecessors since July 1993. During her career, she has worked with high net worth individual investors, foundations and Fortune 500 companies and their employee plans.

Sharon has experience working with corporate stock plans including option, purchase and restricted stock plans. Sharon also has worked with our Executive Financial Services Group that is responsible for Rule 144 stock sales and 10b5-1 sales plans. She is a Financial Planning Specialist and will work with your financial team to make sure you have a strategy in place.

Sharon is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. She has helped many clients over the years with their divorces and pre-martial financial planning.

Speaking Schedule:
Tuesday, March 24 - 5:30PM - 6:50PM
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Kathy Weaver
Kathy Weaver

HR Leader
Lennox International
kathy.weaver@lennoxintl.com

Kathy Weaver is a Global Human Resources Business Transformation Leader. She currently works as an HR Leader at Lennox International, a global leader in the HVAC Industry. Lennox is a Fortune 1000 organization, headquartered in Richardson, Texas. She serves as a member of the organization’s leadership team, the HR Leadership Team, and Women’s Business Council. She thrives when helping organizations and teams implement strategic, innovative Human Resources solutions that enhance employee engagement and performance, resulting in increased productivity and business performance.

Speaking Schedule:
Monday, March 23 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM
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