Picture Jeff Crilley retired from TV news after 25 years in the business to start the country's first "all journalist" PR firm. During his career he made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and The CBS Early Show. He has been recognized by his peers with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award and in 2004 was named by the Texas Associated Press, "The Best TV Reporter in the state.” For more information, visit www.RealNewsPR.com.
Thomas Meyer is the founding President and Principal of Thomas E Meyer & Associates, founded in 1985. Tom has been a business advisor and consultant for over 25 years. He is an expert at growing mid-market companies by strategic planning and execution, cash management, and people decisions; sales force hiring and training; and helping clients achieve enterprise transformation through process improvement. He is a Certified Gazelles International Coach, and has provided management coaching and mentoring to CEOs, COOs, Admirals, and Senior Level Executives in the US and China. Tom’s consulting experience encompasses an extensive range, including supply chain process implementation, obtaining government financing, marketing, and accounting.
His clients have included EDS, Data Products Corp, Olivetti, the US Navy, Clipsal (a major supplier of electrical products in Hong Kong), Hengan (a large manufacturer of paper products in China), AMTRAK, Booz-Allen Hamilton, and a number of mid-market fast growth Gazelle companies including Baker Brothers Plumbing in Dallas.
Tom’s Naval career began as a graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he graduated with honors. Following seven years aboard SSBN and Nuclear Attack Submarines, he attended and received his MBA from the Harvard University School of Business with majors in Marketing and Finance.
John Brown is a Serial Entrepreneur with over 50 years experience in a wide variety of industries and companies, including an International Company he founded in 1976 and ran for 28 years. John is a family man, with three sons and eight grandchildren, and recently celebrated 57 years of marriage to his West Texas high school sweetheart, Kay. John is a member of Denton Bible Church and also attends Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas.
John holds a BSME from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MBA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He received the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam and used his GI Bill to get his Commercial, Multi-Engine and Instrument Pilot Ratings. He has over 1,000 hours as pilot in command.
John was a valued employee of Conoco for many years, beginning as an Associate Engineer & Staff Engineer (Houston, TX) and progressing to Plant Engineer (Egan, LA); Plant Foreman (Grand Chenier, LA) and Buyer & Senior Buyer (Lake Charles, LA). He also served in a Special Assignment analyzing and evaluating large investment opportinities and reporting to the now retired President of Conoco. John has conducted Seminars and Workshops in over 100 cities throughout the US.
John is a 35 year Lifetime Member of the CEO Club and was a Founding Member of the Dallas PAC (Presidential Advisory Council) and SUPER PAC. He Chairs the Dallas Chapter of the CEO Club. John became a member of Mensa in 1969 and is included in Marquis Who's Who in America, Finance and Industry, South & Southwest and the World. John was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who and has been listed in Marquis Publications for over 20 years. John was also a member of the Inner Circle of the President's Council of the Republican Party and was a Contributing Author for the Book: Steel Homes.
For the past 7 years John has been CEO of Texas Business Centers in Denton providing Office and Warehouse Space and Business Services. He is Chairman Co-Founder of the Boardroom (www.BoardroomLessons.com), now in it's 7th year, and his passions are his Faith, Family and Businesses of all shapes and sizes.