Interview with Nick Pencis – Episode 18

Nick & Jen Pencis took over the business in 2006 after the death of founder JD Stanley left his family unable to continue the operation. Nick & Jen have kept the spirit of JD’s recipes and methods alive, as well as adding their unique flair to the joint. They have been named “One of the Best BBQ Joints in the World!” by Texas Monthly Magazine, finding their story published in David Gelin’s book “BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbecue Belt,” and Daniel Vaughn’s “Prophets of Smoked Meat” published by Anthony Bourdain. Nick & Jen have tried to recruit the best staff to ensure the highest quality food and fun atmosphere.

Stanley’s has been family owned and operated since 1958. The site where Stanley’s sits today was a BBQ restaurant for two previous owners before being bought and renamed by J.D. Stanley in the late 50’s. The history of BBQ is long and strong in this spot.

In 2013, Nick & Jen expanded the joint’s cooking and seating capacity, introduced the friendliest full-service bar in Texas, and brought back weekly live music. “Mom & Pop” Pencis are proud of their “Little Engine That Could” and are honored, grateful, and proud to carry on a great Texas tradition! As always, they encourage all to “Be Kind and Have Fun!”

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Interview with Thomas Wheat – Episode 17

Mr. Thomas Craig Wheat is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC, (PHH) an exclusively pediatric private duty nursing provider. PHH services pediatric patients from birth to 21 years of age and employs only skilled nurses, LVN’s and RN’s, to care for our patients.

Mr. Wheat oversees the executive team members; as such, he is responsible for the annual revenue, profitability and overall success and growth of Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC. He is also a part of the marketing team, responsible for educating hospital administrators, case managers and other referral sources regarding services provided by PHH. Mr. Wheat serves on the Board of Managers and the Advisory Committee.

Mr. Wheat is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in The Lone Star – Dallas Chapter. He serves on their Executive Board as Member Chairman and on the YPO Regional Board as Membership Officer over the five YPO chapters in North Texas. Mr. Wheat has been a member of Legacy Forum where he served as Member Chairman and he sat on the Legacy Forum Board of Directors.

In 2016, Mr. Wheat was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The ChildCareGroup (CCG) with a three-year term, and he was appointed to The Board of Directors at Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. In 2017, Mr. Wheat was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the North American Development Group “NADG NNN REIT.”

Mr. Wheat has served on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Council (HHSC) which he was originally appointed by Governor Rick Perry and then re-appointed to serve an additional term. He is also appointed to the E-Health Advisory Committee at HHSC, a selection made by HHSC Commissioner, Charles Smith. As a voting member of this council, Mr. Wheat has been a part of the team responsible for developing rules and policies for the Commission. The HHSC is a state agency which seeks to provide the leadership and innovation needed to achieve an efficient and effective health and human services system for Texans.

Mr. Wheat holds a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Along with both degrees, Mr. Wheat received a Tennis Scholarship from Texas Tech University.

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Interview with Bobby Stroupe – Episode 16

Bobby Stroupe is the Founder and President of ATHLETE Performance Enhancement Center (APEC).  Coach Stroupe has directed human performance systems for nearly 20 years while expanding his influence as an author, consultant, speaker, and educator. His experience includes working with school systems, collegiate teams, professional teams, businesses, corporate fitness and individuals alike. His coaching ranges from youth athletes to some of the top names in multiple professional sports including 1st round picks, Super Bowl and World Series champions. APEC has been a part of developing over 20 athletes that trained in the APEC system in grade school, and continued all the way to the professional ranks. Stroupe and team currently support over 100 athletes in the NFL and MLB alone. Among many accomplishments by his athletes, Bobby has been credited with supporting arguably some of the best in the game of baseball and football including NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. Coach Stroupe has been featured as a top trainer for multiple sports and athletic performances on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, NFL and MLB network, STACK, Bleacher Report, and many more.

Bobby has presented on various human performance topics at notable coaches clinics internationally, including the NIKE Roundtable and the China City Bowl tour. Stroupe launched the CAPEC certification at Nike World Headquarters in addition to doing work with Nike Training and the Nike Young Athlete division. Bobby serves on the Advisory Committee for Wellness and Exercise at Tyler Junior College. Stroupe and staff have powered strength & conditioning for TJC baseball during their four time in a row National Championship run.​

As an entrepreneur, Stroupe and team built APEC from a grass field in 2005 to today, a world wide training leader in human performance. Bobby serves as the president for APEC, making strategic decisions, designing training systems, and guiding an elite team of coaches that power two locations (Tyler, Fort Worth).

Coach Stroupe belongs to an elite group of physical therapists, athletic trainers, and human performance practitioners as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science. Stroupe has also been named a RSCC*D by the NSCA due to 10+ years of demonstrating high standards and professional practice.

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Interview with Holly Reed – Episode 15

HOLLY brings her love for Texas and for taking on big ideas to her role as Managing Director, External Affairs, for Texas Central. As a native Texan, she is passionate about bringing the train to her home state and sharing its benefits transforming how people think about travel, putting people to work and saving lives.

Working on the Texas high-speed train is a perfect fit for Holly, as it builds on her career of working on other transformative projects involving critical infrastructure. During Holly’s 25-year career at AT&T, she helped facilitate network deployments of high-speed internet, mobility networks, and communication infrastructure.

At Texas Central, Holly leads the team supporting the external initiatives of the multi-billion dollar project driving awareness of the positive impacts on jobs and economic development, growing support and coordinating with State, Local and Federal stakeholders. Her responsibilities include public policy, outreach, government relations and branding, media and communications activities.

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Interview with Dr. Robin Pinkley – Episode 14

Dr. Robin L. Pinkley is the Duchossois Endowed Professor of Management and Organizations at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and past Chairman of the Organizational Behavior Department and Director of the American Airlines Center for Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution. Dr. Pinkley is the founder of the M2M [Master to Master] Center for Profitable Negotiation, focusing on negotiation research, training, consulting and deal-making. She previously served as Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Pinkley received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Pinkley has been a frequent speaker in management development programs and a negotiation consultant for corporate and government organizations in nine countries. A sample of her clients include Accenture, Allstate Insurance, ARCO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Florida, DFB Holding Company, Devon, DPT Laboratories, Freeman, General Electric, Generational Equity, Jones Lang LaSalle, JP Morgan Chase, Kodak, Legacy Bank, Lockheed Martin Vought, Macy’s, Maxim Integrated Products, Mobil, NASA, Physician’s Leadership Association of America, Pioneer Natural Resources, Presidential Leadership Scholars Program (G. H. W. Bush, G. W. Bush, W. J. Clinton, & L. B. Johnson Presidential Centers), Reliant Energy, Remington Hotel Corporation, Rewardstyle, Samson Investment Company, SBC Communications, Sewell Motor Company, 7-Eleven, Sony Ericsson, State Farm Insurance, Staubach Real Estate Company, Southwest Airlines, Southwestern Bell Company, Strasburger & Price LLP, Targetbase Marketing Consultants, Taylor Publishing, Texas Children’s Hospital, Toyota-Lexus, Unilever, Warner Brothers, and Yahoo! She has been a member of the Board of Directors for Solidus Technologies and NW Leadership Society. She is also the Chief Strategic Officer of the newest to market high tech healthcare company, Bed Beacon LLC.

A subset of Dr. Pinkley’s media coverage includes interviews on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Marketplace Radio (NPR), quotes in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and quotes in magazines such as US News and World Report, Money Magazine, Monster.com, Fortune Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Redbook, Working Mother, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal and D Magazine.

Dr. Pinkley was the President for the International Association of Conflict Management. She served as a Chairman of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, as well as, Member at Large and Program Chair. She was also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Conflict Management.

Dr. Pinkley is co-author (along with Greg Northcraft) of “Get Paid What You’re Worth: The Expert Negotiators Guide to Salary and Compensation”. She is also the author or co-author of articles on negotiation and managerial conflict resolution, which appear in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and the International Journal of Conflict Management.

Dr. Pinkley’s is the creator of the Gain-Gain Approach to Profitable Negotiation. Her research focuses on the sources and consequences of negotiator power, the use of strategic bidding strategies, and the strategic application of “value context theory”. This research has earned Dr. Pinkley the Edwin L. Cox 1994 Outstanding Researcher Award, a Frank and Susan Dunlevy Faculty Research Fellowship, a Corrigan Fellowship, a Dorothy Cullum Fellowship and a Marilyn & Leo F. Corrigan Junior Faculty Endowment. She is also the recipient of the Southern Methodist University’s Golden Mustang Award for innovative teaching and the Carl Sewell Distinguished Service to the Community Award.

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Interview with Rogers Healy – Episode 13

Rogers Healy Bio:

Rogers Healy was born to build, market and sell. Rogers was born in Corpus Christi, moved to San Antonio as a child, and then made his final Texas stop in Dallas in the early 1990’s. From day one, he’s always looked for opportunities to network, learn and work harder than anyone.

Rogers’ real estate launched back in 2001, while an undergrad at Southern Methodist University. A self described opportunist, Rogers saw the need for fellow students to get assistance when looking for off campus housing.
“I’ve never had a problem doing the work others didn’t want to do. Everyone needs a
place to live, so I found a way to help my friends at SMU, whether they were renting
their first apartment, or buying their first condo.”

After a few years of learning the business of real estate, Rogers launched Rogers Healy
and Associates Real Estate in 2006. Determination and energy proved to be the perfect
ingredients for getting RHA launched, and even still, that’s the approach. In 2008, Rogers founded Healy Property Management, which has grown to one of the most successful property management firms in Texas. In 2009, Rogers founded Healy Global Relocation, which is the only company in the world that helps clients with all their real estate and moving needs, all over the world.

“I’ve been blessed to have found success in business, especially in the world of real
estate. That’s always rewarding, but the the truest joy I experience is with my people.
Seeing them grow, watching them learn and being a part of their lives gives me a sense
of impact and a full heart. No deal will ever replace that.”

Rogers Healy and Associates is a multi-time winner of the ‘INC 5000’ fastest growing
companies in the US, ’The Best Places to Work in Dallas,’ by both the Dallas Morning
News and the Dallas Business Journal, the ‘SMU 100 Fastest Growing Businesses’
award, and the ‘100 Fastest Growing Companies in Fort Worth,’ by Fort Worth

During Rogers’ tenure in business, he’s been the recipient of many notable awards,
including REALTOR Magazine’s ’30 Under 30,’ The Dallas Morning News Executioner
of the Year, The Dallas Millennial Club’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year,’ The Dallas
Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40,’ the Collin County Business Press’ ’40 Under 40,’ The
Park Cities People’s ’20 Under 40,’ The ‘Most Influential Leader in Real Estate,’ by
Luxury Home Magazine, ‘Power Player’ by Dallas Modern Luxury, D Magazine ‘Top
Producer’ and ‘Best REALTOR.’ In 2018, Rogers was recognized as one of the Top 100
REALTORS in the country (out of over 2,000,000 people). With over $4,000,000,000 in closed deals and counting, Rogers aims to always be at the top of the list. Rogers is the real estate expert on national TV for Fox, Fox News, Fox Business News,

In his free time, Rogers loves spending time with his family, his three dogs (Black Lab Batman, Weimaraner-Coach, and Amigo, his German Shorthair), his church at Highland Park Methodist, Crossfit and listening to vinyls on his record player.

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Interview with S.M. Wright II – Episode 12

About S.M. Wright II

At the young age of 18 S.M. Wright became the Sr. Pastor of his father’s church, the People’s Missionary Baptist Church. In the midst of a mass member exodus and financial troubles Wright went to local Dallas business leaders and made the case for why his ministry was so vital and sought out their guidance. At the urging of John Stemmons, S.M. founded the S.M. Wright Foundation. Today the Foundation serves thousands of underprivileged children and families through programs such as Christmas in the Park and Beds for Kids. S.M. II has continued his father’s legacy of civic and ministerial leadership. S.M. is widely respected as a community leader amongst elected officials, business leaders and other non-profits. 
It was such an honor to sit down with this Titan and hear the story of growing up learning at the knee of his father S.M. Wright Sr., a leader during the civil rights era and one of Dallas’s most influential leaders. Please enjoy this interview with my friend S.M. Wright II. 

About S.M. Wright

S.M. Wright was born in Dallas on February 7, 1927 to the Reverend Calvin and Mary Wright. He grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Dallas, the Bon Ton community. As a child, he was determined to “be somebody” so he focused on his education, graduating from Lincoln High School and earning a bachelor’s degree from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas. He later earned a master’s and doctorate degree from Bishop College.

Dr. Wright became the pastor of the People’s Missionary Baptist Church in South Dallas in 1957. A natural leader, he served as advisor to elected officials, businessmen, and civic leaders. He was known for his ability to unite ethnic groups peacefully. During the turbulent 1960s, Dr. Wright worked with city leaders to foster integration in education, employment, and political representation as well as in restaurants, hotels, shops, and swimming pools. He died on November 3, 1994. To honor his legacy, then Governor George W. Bush changed the name of Highway 175 to the S.M. Wright Freeway in 1995.

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Interview with Rogge Dunn – Episode 11


I was honored to sit down with Rogge Dunn this week here is his bio:

The Texas Connection
Rogge Dunn is a fifth generation Texan and second generation Dallasite. Dunn and his wife, Cathy DeWitt Dunn, are active in charitable, political and civic causes.

Recognized Trial Expertise
Dunn was recognized in 2018 as one of the top 100 attorneys in Texas by Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly. Dunn has been repeatedly honored as one of the top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth including in 2018  by Thomson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly

Every year from 2003 through 2019 Dunn has also been designated a Texas “Super Lawyer,” by Thomson Reuters. 

Since 2003 Dunn has been repeatedly honored by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas.  Dunn was so honored in 2019.

Dunn is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and has taken cases all the way to jury verdicts and arbitration awards in seven states and eight Texas cities.

He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward White, Inc.) for Commercial Litigation and Employment Law-Management.

Dunn’s closing arguments from two trials were recorded for the Million Dollar Arguments audio series.

Another closing argument Dunn made at a trial was printed in Trial Magazine.

Dunn’s Cases Covered by the Media
News organizations seek his expert opinion on legal issues, and report on his cases including: the CBS Evening News,The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, BBC Radio, Anderson Cooper 360, U.S. News & World Report, the Today Show, CNN, CBS This Morning, USA Today, MSNBC and The National Law Journal.  Click here

Complex Litigation
Dunn is one of only 35 attorneys in Texas Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and in Labor and Employment Law. He litigates business, employment and personal injury disputes throughout the country.  

He has represented clients in disputes arising in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, England, France, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain and Qatar.

Dunn handles employment, partnerships, FINRA arbitration, class actions, defamation, privacy issues, shareholder oppression, “business divorce,” non-competes, trade secrets, whistleblowing and significant personal injury matters.

While Dunn’s high-profile cases have garnered national and international attention, he has discretely resolved many more cases not listed on our website. Dunn knows that many clients need a quick, quiet and confidential resolution.

Dunn helps individuals and corporations in delicate or compromising situations who need a sophisticated and discrete touch. These include everything from assaults, regulatory violations, sexual battery, doxxing, secret videotaping and illegitimate children.  

Clients who need an experienced and politically connected problem solver hire Dunn.  We are experts at controlling the external optics to protect our clients’ reputations.

Representation of High Profile Individuals
Rogge Dunn represents ultra-high net worth individuals, Fortune 500, executives, as well as General Counsels, private equity firms,  coaches, professional athletes, Olympic gold medal winners, Judges and University Presidents.

One of the highest testaments to Dunn’s abilities is the fact that many companies and individuals Dunn has sued, later hired Dunn to represent them. 

Controlling the Narrative in Sensitive Cases
In this instant messaging and social media environment, stories go viral in a matter of seconds.  Working with top PR firms, Dunn ensures the facts involving legal claims are portrayed accurately.  

Paper Pushers Can Take You Only So Far
Choose your attorney carefully.  Many attorneys are adept at pushing paper, but seldom take cases all the way to a jury verdict.  Ask the lawyer specifically how many times he or she has obtained a jury verdict.  Dunn is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.

Hiring an experienced trial lawyer who flourishes at trial increases your settlement leverage.  If the other side knows your lawyer is bluffing, you will leave money on the table or overpay, if you are a defendant.  When the other side knows they are negotiating against a seasoned trial attorney, you maximize your settlement position, as either a plaintiff or defendant.

Thinking and Operating “Outside the Box”
Dunn earned his spurs as a Senior Partner in two different mega-firms with offices around the world.  While huge firms are a good choice for many matters, they are bureaucratic and often lack flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit.  

Dunn formed our Firm to provide the contingent fee flexibility and personal service lacking in most big firms.  

Is Your Case Too Small?
Most of Dunn’s work involves high dollar, “bet the company/bet your reputation” matters.  However, as Dunn says, “I became a lawyer because I enjoy fighting for a good cause.  There is no greater privilege in my work than righting a wrong and slaying a Goliath.”  

Dunn’s success gives him the financial security to accept smaller matters, work on a contingent fee and a pro bono basis.  

Dunn Understands Executives and Business Owners
Successfully resolving business disputes requires more than good negotiating skills.  It requires appreciating how businesses operate and executives think.  

Dunn is an Adjunct Professor in the SMU Executive EMBA program.  His 20+ years of teaching, including listening to and exchanging business solutions with successful entrepreneurs enables him to reach business-smart solutions.

Change-in-Control Agreements
Dunn has advised C-level executives in  mergers, change-in-control and “poison pill” battles involving  Baker Hughes, Chevron, Dresser, FedEx, Frozen Food Express, GE Energy, Halliburton, Kinkos,  Pizza Inn, Sperry-Sun Drilling, SunEdison, Unocal and the Williams Companies.

Corporate Investigations
Fortune 500 companies hire Dunn to investigate corporate governance and other sensitive matters.  One of Dunn’s investigations was cited by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as a basis for his client (CBRE) obtaining a summary judgment. Sandstad v. CB Richard Ellis, 309 F.3d 893 (5th Cir. 2002).

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Interview with Atlanta Braves Pitcher Josh Tomlin – Episode 10

Josh Tomlin is a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. Josh is from Whitehouse, TX where he began his baseball career. Upon graduation he went to Angelina College then Texas Tech and was eventually drafted in 2005 by the San Diego Padres but did not sign. He eventually found his way to the Cleveland Indians organization after being once again drafted in 2006. 

Josh made his major league debut July 27, 2010 against the New York Yankees. The Indians won the game 4-1. Josh finished his first season with a 12-7 record over 26 games in the 2010 season. Josh was a member of the Indians 2016 ALCS championship team and played in the 2016 World Series. 
Josh is now a 14 year veteran with the Atlanta Braves after signing with the Braves in 2019. In this interview Josh discusses his career first as a fielder and then surprisingly becoming a pitcher. He also shares his mental mindset in dealing with adversity and as he puts it not being a high rated player. 

“I’ve always played like I have nothing to lose because I don’t.” Josh’s mental strength, discipline and level head have helped him survive a 14 year career that has included ups and downs. In August of 2012 he underwent Tommy John surgery. “I never thought I wouldn’t make it back. That was never a thought.”

This was by far one of my favorite interviews yet. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Josh’s wisdom, insight and humorous take on many of the aspects of climbing your way from the “dirt floor club houses” of the minor leagues to the big stage that is the major leagues.

Please enjoy this visit with MLB pitcher and fellow East Texan, and Texas Titan Josh Tomlin.

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Interview with Gillea Allison – Episode 9

Gillea Allison is the President of D Magazine Partners, responsible for revenue
growth and marketing efforts across D Magazine publications,  dmagazine.com ,
and People Newspapers. She has held roles as a digital strategist, marketing
director, and community builder across political campaigns, private brands, and
nonprofit & advocacy organizations. Before moving back home in 2016, she
worked for Blue State Digital in New York, an agency and technology
company that develops and executes digital strategy for organizations ranging
from Sierra Club to EMILY’s List and Ford. She was also on the digital
leadership team for Obama for America 2012 in Chicago. She’s an Executive
Board member of Dwell with Dignity and the Coalition for a New Dallas, and
graduated from Fordham University with honors.

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