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Texas Veterans Business Summit: Where Opportunity Meets Action!

November 13, 2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Hosted by
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Momentum Texas
In partnership with
Allies in Service, Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas, U.S. Small Business Administration, Texas Veterans Leadership Program, Texas Veterans Commission, U.S. Veterans Administration and U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce

The Texas Veterans Business Summit and Entrepreneur of Year Luncheon was an exchange and celebration of innovative ideas where veterans interested in the “who, what and how” of starting or growing a business can get advice, network and access unique resources.

Prominent figures from the entrepreneurial and investor community—“veterans” of the business world— participated in interactive panels.

The luncheon recognized the Veteran Entrepreneur of Year.

The Texas Veterans Business Summit focused on:

  • Advertising your business
  • Creating procurement opportunities
  • Transitioning your business for the future
  • Identifying finance options
  • Ongoing technical support
  • Navigating your veteran-owned business toward success



9:00 a.m.

Registration check-in

10 a.m.

Welcome and Overview


Richard Fisher
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Maj. Gen. James L. Williams
U.S. Marine Corps (ret)
Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas


Sylvia Sotelo Kidd
Momentum Texas Inc. Board

10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session


Jan Collmer
Retired Executive


Freddie Streeter
The Streeter Group


Gary Lindner
U.S. Air Force (ret)
President and CEO
People Fund


Sue Malone
Vice President of Marketing
Superior Financial Group

11:45 a.m.

Networking Break


Concurrent Workshops
Explorer Track
Audience: Veterans who are thinking about starting a business.
Topic: Guidance for a successful business launch.

Emerging Owner Track
Audience: Veteran entrepreneurs who are launching or have launched their business.
: Managing and sustaining growth

Contractor Track
: Veteran businesses
Topic: Expanding into government, private or prime contractor procurement and supply opportunities.


Explorer Track: Business concept development, business planning and nuts and bolts of starting a successful business


Cassandra Hardwick
Senior Consultant
Genesis Preferred Solutions


Glenda Overstreet
Business Consultant/Veterans Specialist
Best Southwest Small Business Development Center


Keith Kennedy
District Director
Dallas Area SCORE


Nicole Baldwin
Beauty Advocate
BIAO Skincare


Emerging Owner Track: Building the advisory and management team and tech support and recognizing the importance of networks and networking


JP Hogan


Grant Seabolt
Seabolt Law Group


Efren Villanueva
Business Advisor
Job Connection Education Program


Christopher J. Feola


Contractor Track: Identify experts who can provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking major contracts


Chuck Waldrop
Center for Government Contracting


Gregory James
University of Texas at Arlington Cross Timbers Procurement Center


Timothy Woods
Woods Consulting Group


Alex Fender
Veteran Entrepreneur/Owner Funnel Science

1:15 p.m.



Keynote speaker
Brig. Gen. Casey Blake
Deputy Director
Army and Air Force Exchange Services


Al Zapanta
President and CEO
U.S.–Mexico Chamber of Commerce


Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Terrance F. Henderson
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Comerica Bank

3 p.m.

Concurrent workshops


Explorer Track: Definition of markets, marketing, use of social media and access to capital


Terri Williams
Director Contracting Resource Center
South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Corp.


Tarsha Polk
The Marketing Lady


Billy Medina
Economic Development Specialist
Small Business Administration


Mike Donovan
Business Planning and Consulting


Emerging Owner Track: Franchising as a business option and access to capital


Brian Bascom
President and CEO
U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce


David E. Omholt


John Petteway
District Manager Greater Dallas
Wells Fargo Banker


Contractor Track: A vendor description of requirements for contractors and two veteran entrepreneurs talk about securing major contracts


Don Carter
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Cartgroup International


Vincent J. Hrenak
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Vice President
Supply Chain for Network Centric Systems

4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

6 p.m.


Contact Information

For more information, contact Roy C. Lopez at 214-922-6207 or


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