Gail Stolzenburg is a certified professional networker and founder of Texas High Achievers, which hosts events featuring international speakers. He is a senior resource consultant focusing on wellness and wealth, a columnist for Houston’s Small Business Today Magazine and host of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce Personal Development Networking events. Gail is a past emcee for hundreds of events including several Olympic Games, a published author on topics of wellness and wealth, and is soon being inducted into the USA Judo Hall of Fame.
As the nation’s only Corporate Strategist™, Hank Moore works with boards of directors, CEOs and executive teams of corporations guiding them toward a profitable vision and increased shareholder value. A former White House advisor, with a 30-year track record of consulting organizations, Hank Moore’s presentations directly impact companies’ future progress, ways of relearning old knowledge and applying Big Picture vision.
In 1971 Marcello began the first Spanish language television talk show in Houston for KHOU TV Channel 11. Marcello is considered as one of the pioneers of Hispanic Television in the United States. As a Restauranteur, Marcello and his wife introduced their famous Argentinian Empanadas known as “The New Adventure for the American People”.
In 2003 John was inspired to create a custom Bible geared for the oil and gas industry called God’s Word for the Oil Patch, Fuel for the Soul. There are now over 350,000 copies in print in English, Spanish and Portuguese. There is also a free app called Oilfield Bibles where the testimonies can be heard in all four languages.
Red O’Laughlin is a retired Navy Captain, international speaker, author, and independent publisher. His expertise is in health and wellness, specializing in longevity. He researches the chemical cause and effect relationships of disease generation at the cellular level. You must treat the cause of a problem to correct it. Red is also the author of two major books on senior health and wellness – Longevity Secrets For Healthy Aging (How to live to 100, with body of a healthy 50 year old and the mind of a 25 year old) and The Joy of Ageless Health (How to be healthy, vibrant and active as you age).
Dave McCabe is the Founder and CEO of the Sailing Angels Foundation which serves special needs children & adults; additionally, he is the owner of the Blue Marlin Sailing School. Both organizations operate out of the Portofino Harbour Marina, in the Kemah area. In 2011, the non-profit “Sailing Angels Foundation” was formally established. The patrons come to enjoy this unique “hydro-therapy” sailing experience where they are provided the opportunity to ‘work’ to the best of their abilities.
Jessica Taylor, known by many in the health care and senior industry as the “Dementia Whisperer” is co-owner of Platinum Senior Care, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Dementia Life Care Coach recognized by the National Alzheimer’s Association. She is certified as a trainer for several prestigious dementia care models and continues to build her knowledge and skill set to provide better care for individuals living with dementia.
Zina Garrison is a former US Olympic Champion and tennis professional. In the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea she earned the Olympic Gold Medal in doubles with Pam Shriver, and then defeated Shriver in the singles to win the Bronze Medal. Zina then continued a professional tennis career. In 1990 she beat Monica Seles and Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in back-to-back matches before losing the final to Martina Navratilova while reaching a career high attaining the Number 4 slot becoming the first African American woman since Althea Gibson to reach a Grand Slam. Garrison retired from professional tennis in 1996, at the age of 33, having ranked in the top 25 for 14 consecutive years. During her career, she won 14 top-level singles titles and 20 doubles titles.
John C. Erickson, CEO and Chairman of Erickson Retirement Communities created Retirement Living TV with the goal of establishing a dominant one-stop portal for boomers and seniors. Mr. Erickson has been involved in the senior care industry since the early 1970s, acquiring and developing moderate-income retirement housing in Florida and Arizona.
“Helping others to achieve a winning edge” is the mission of Shirley White, a certified career coach, workshop leader, author, and founder of Success Images. For the past 34 years, she has written “Dr. Shirley’s Career Corner” for BIC magazine. Dr. White is a retired Senior Leadership Training Facilitator for the LSU School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development.
Earl Heard is the CEO and Founder of BIC Alliance, which publishes BIC Magazine — North America’s largest multi-industry, multidepartmental energy and construction publication. He has 40-plus years’ combined experience in industry and marketing, having served as an industrial training manager and buyer for Ethyl Corp. in Baton Rouge, La., before founding BIC Alliance in 1984. Having spent the past 30 years helping grow industrial service companies through marketing and training consultation, mergers and acquisitions and executive recruiting, Heard has a wide range of contacts in petrochemical, refining, construction, environmental and other sectors. He founded BIC Media Solutions in 2005.
In his role as an ambassador, Earl is active in helping BIC Alliance marketing partners and readers of BIC Magazine and hopefully others find greater faith, hope, peace, happiness and success through BIC Media Solutions where we fund and co-produce meaningful media and events. These activities include funding, co-producing and promoting inspirational, entertaining, and faith/ family-friendly books, movies, TV shows, a speakers bureau and events that help enhance lives and create better relationships at home, work and in our community.
John Zapalac is the Managing Director of BIC/IVS Investment Banking. He joined IVS Investment Banking in January 2007 as Managing Director. He is responsible for originating, processing and ultimately closing investment banking assignments. Zapalac has been involved in the investment banking industry since 1994, primarily working on middle-market leveraged buyout transactions. Prior to joining IVS Investment Banking, he was a vice president at McFarland, Grossman & Co., an investment bank located in Houston.
His past work experience also includes working as a portfolio manager for BHF Capital, overseeing a $750 million debt fund that invested in senior bank debt of leveraged buyouts and add-on acquisitions; Ryan, Beck & Co., analyzing commercial bank mergers; and an internship for Trivest Inc., a $250-plus million leveraged buyout fund, analyzing private equity leveraged buyout opportunities. Zapalac received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University and a degree in corporate finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated from Citibank’s School of Banking.
Mark F. Peters is the Director of Strategy & Planning for BIC Alliance and BIC Media Solutions. With over 30 years of industry related experience he has been a frequent speaker addressing oil and gas industry issues at seminars, conferences and users groups. He holds a BA degree in psychology from Brown University.
Tracy Balsz, Founder of IndieMarketing, is an entertainment marketing consultant providing expert creative strategy in the development, production, and distribution of films and television content. Located in Los Angeles, she has successfully positioned dozens of films and television shows in the marketplace over the last 15 years.
Jim Schmidt a.k.a. Armadillo Jim is a speaker, master of ceremonies, author, producer and tv host. He is also founder and president of the Put on Your Armor Foundation. He is nationally known as a frequent television guest known as “Armadillo Jim” and seen live by 2 million children and students across America and Canada with his tame, pet, armadillos and through his educational program called “put on your armor”.
Hiett Ives has over four decades of multi industry success and is a recognized expert within the Trade Events industry. He has developed his ShowDynamics.com trademark, “Event Leads GUARANTEED” promise which is employed worldwide by clients in a variety of product and service verticals. He’s the author of an Amazon #1 Bestseller, 88 Successful Event Strategies, which provides tips and techniques on staging effective business to business events.
Jose E. Gonzalez is the Co-Founder Founder/CEO of PROVICOM, Inc. and 4 times Emmy award-winning Producer and Director. He’s one of the founders of the first Hispanic Newscast in the city of Houston for the Telemundo Network. Provicom was the creator of the Internationally acclaimed show Ritmo Latino that aired in the US and Latin America for 12 years.
Rose Gladner has been in media sales for over 25 years. Her father always said, “find something you love to do every day and you will never work a day in your life.” Rose has raised monies for countless organizations including Women and Children First, Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association(board member) and Arkansas Red Cross (board member).
Brian Bearden, CEO of Upstream Marketing helps his clients to determine their target market and how to best reach them. Before starting his online marketing and web development career in 2003, he worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies handling marketing and sales initiatives. With over 17 years’ experience with industrial, oil and gas companies, Upstream Marketing is a leader in industrial online marketing. Brian wrote a book titled 52 Tips To Turn Your Website Into A Sales Machine which became an Amazon Best Seller. His goal behind the book was to help business owners understand the power of online marketing.
Douglas B. Maddox is the Founder/CEO of DBM Communications, Inc. and DBM Films and award winning Producer and Director. His latest film, Christmas Ranch is on Showtime and Netflix DBM Films distributes award winning films including : Elvis Home Movies (Elvis Presley), The Rack Pack (C. Thomas Howell), and The Bill Collector (Danny Trejo), Undaunted (Josh McDowell), and Christmas Ranch (Francine Locke, Taylor Lyons and Allen Williamson).
Emmy Award winner Andre’ Moreau went from a career as a university fundraiser into television at the age of 27 and never looked back. His career has spanned 36 years working in top markets nationwide, covering hurricanes, earthquakes, Presidents and a Pope. He is currently managing editor and anchor at Louisiana Public Broadcasting, co-hosting “Louisiana: The State We’re In” and other programs.