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Session Speakers

Jeff Yale

Jeff Yale serves as Adjunct Professor, TCU Neeley School of Business. His specific courses of instruction include Ethical Business Decision Making and Principles of Marketing.

Over a 30 year career with Alcon Laboratories and Bristol Myers Sqibb he served in several commercial leadership roles including VP, Pharmaceutical Sales, VP, General Eye Care Global Marketing, and Director of Training and Development. 

Yale has an MBA from the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business at Valdosta State University. In 2004 he studied at the Harvard School of Business, participating in the 10 week on campus Program for Management Development.

He is an active board member and Past President of the MISD Education Foundation, and is a member of Rotary International in Mansfield. Yale also participates in other volunteer activities in support of our community. He and his family have lived in Mansfield for 23 years.

He is passionate about practical application of academic business principles, particularly the practical application of principles for developing and executing business strategy for a competitive advantage. 

Terrie Chantel

 Terrie Chantel has 12+ years being a business owner helping entrepreneurs & small business owners with their finances to secure a financially fit lifestyle.

Known as the go-to for credit help & taxes, Terrie Chantel has helped hundreds become financially fit and free both as a Tax Professional and Credit Consultant.

She began teaching free lessons on both Taxes and Credit on Facebook Live and instantly became a viral sensation with her very first video reaching almost a half million views. Today, thousands continue to watch to learn.

She's garnered her social media presence into an online business where she teaches financial literacy through various digital products, and her audience is steadily growing. She not only educates, but she motivates and inspires with messages that implore her audience to grow.

Her brand is simple. Inspiration and Education. One video at a time.  

Dr. Paul Hunt

  For over 20 years, Dr. Paul Hunt has served as a Public Speaker, Consultant and Trainer across both Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.  He has taught and published in the areas of leadership, administration, education, goal setting, long-range strategic planning and staff development.  Dr. Hunt is a native of London, England where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Newbold College, England.  He later earned a doctorate in Leadership and Administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  His approach to leadership is transforming and has positioned him as a sought after consultant to numerous organizations.  His oversight and direction in providing analysis and recommendations for enhancement is nothing short of a catapult to reaching maximum potential.  Dr. Hunt has been married 22 years to Petronella Hunt, an accountant and academy business manager.  They are proud parents of 3 children - Ashera, Kaniel and Sammara.


Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor is a Founding Partner of TaylorMade Consulting Group, LLC in Mansfield, Texas.  

His team of professionals have over 60 years’ experience developing businesses and getting positive results.  

TaylorMade provides clients with smart, honest answers that are focused on the critical issues and the most promising opportunities.  The TaylorMade team has experience consulting businesses in the areas of; Digital Marketing, Business Strategy, Leadership Coaching and Training, Video Production, Photography, Social Media Marketing (SMM), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Graphic Design, and Website Development.  TaylorMade clientele include Mansfield ISD, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Mansfield Funeral Home, MR Development, Sinsational Cakes Bakery, City of Dallas, Coppell ISD, Dallas Regional Chamber, and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 

L’areal Lipkins

Managing Partner Acuity Systems, Inc. 


Since joining Acuity Systems in 2009, L’areal has helped thousands of sales people and business owners get out of their own way and achieve success they only dreamed of. 

By combining humor and practical solutions, L’areal challenges sales people (and owners) to break through their comfort zone, raise their standards, and determine their own future.

She has worked with companies like Sprint, Aflac, Lennox, Oracle, and Indeed just to name a few. 

Executive Leadership Panel

John Phillips, FACHE

President, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

John Phillips is president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, having assumed the role in August 2011. He oversees operations of a 254-bed non-profit tertiary, acute care hospital with more than 1,000 employees and 200 physicians. Phillips has been instrumental in leading and growing the hospital, which just broke ground on a new $11.8 million 82,000 square foot professional office building and in December opened a $118 million Amon G. Carter Heart and Vascular Center and patient tower in 2015, to meet the needs of the communities in Tarrant, Johnson and Ellis counties.

Pete Shopp

 Sr. VP of Business Operations for Mouser Electronics
Pete Shopp oversees operations and logistics, facility, quality, export compliance, legal, insurance, pricing, asset management, business processes, product data and other areas of the business. He has navigated the company’s facilities expansion and distribution logistics to stay ahead of the growth - with no down time during the process. Under his direction, Mouser built a state-of-the-art distribution center in 2000-2001. The 23-year Mouser employee led the transition to the new warehouse management system in 2004, followed by several upgrades to increase capacity, speed and accuracy. In 2006, he guided another major building expansion for the company, expanding the distribution center and corporate headquarters to an impressive 750,000 sq. ft. Recently, he played an integral role in setting up Mouser’s China RMB company, including the legalized corporation and logistics operations. He has an MBA in executive management. 

Eric Benink, MD


Dr. Eric Benink was named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Medical City Arlington in November of 2016. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience.

Dr. Benink previously served as Senior Vice President and CMO at Regional One Health, CMO at Northwest Community Hospital and CMO at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Dr. Benink was also a clinical instructor and assistant professor for the emergency medicine residency program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and held faculty positions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and Rockford campuses. Specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Benink also served in the United States Air Force during the Gulf War.

Dr. Benink’s clinical expertise has been shared at numerous lectures on topics as varied as sports injuries, trauma in pregnancy and assessing the critically ill patient.  He has also been part of several research projects that have been presented at national conferences and published in medical journals.  

Dr. Benink earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency and served as Chief Resident at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. 

Finance Panel

Monty Goddard

Plains Capital Bank

Brian Rudd

BBVA Compass Bank

Richard Schimming

American National Bank

Jake Hardin

American National Bank

Healthcare Panel

Dr. Jaremy James, D.O.


Methodist Mansfield Medical Clinic

Jaremy James, DO is board certified in internal medicine, He graduated from Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also served as assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UNT Health Science Center. With experience in primary care, Dr. James, will discuss obesity at the Big Connect physician panel and can help you stay healthy and on the go.

Dr. Siddhartha Rath

Medical Director of Trauma Services

Dr. Jason Lowry, MD

Baylor Orthopedic and Spine

City and County Round Tables

Mayor David Cook


Mayor Ron Jensen


Mayor E. Dewayne Richters


Marty Wieder, AICP

Director of Economic Development
City of Grand Prairie 

Andy Ngyuen

Tarrant County Commissioner

Scott Welmaker, CEcD

Director of Economic Development for the City of Mansfield

Tarrant County

Melissa Lee –Tarrant County Assistant Purchasing Agent

M. Teresa Lobacz – Tarrant County HUB Coordinator

Diana Miller

Executive Director

Johnson County Economic Development Commission

Ralph A. McBroom C.P.M.

Johnson County Purchasing Agent