Whiteboard Sessions
May
2
May 31

Whiteboard Sessions

Whiteboard Sessions are 1:1 appointments that you can make with our mentors. The TreeHouse has about 45 professionals with a variety of different backgrounds who volunteer their time to meet with entrepreneurs and give them advice, answer questions, and give feedback.

Meet our mentors and schedule your appointment today!

Finding Technology Resources on a Budget
Jun
2
9:30 am09:30

Finding Technology Resources on a Budget

RSVP Here

Sponsored by Dallas Coding Academy (DCA), the TreeHouse presents "Finding Technology Resources on a Budget."

Join us for breakfast and learn from Yady Diaz and Noor Ain (Houston Coding Academy) what YOU as an entrepreneur without a background in tech need to know when looking for technology resources on a budget.

Free breakfast, free parking, and attendees are welcome to cowork out of the TreeHouse for free for the remainder of the day!


SBDC Office Hours: Steve Sweeney
May
19
9:00 am09:00

SBDC Office Hours: Steve Sweeney

  • Addison Treehouse

**An appointment must be made to meet with Steve. Please book an appointment, here.

Steve Sweeney has over 24 years of broad experience across the private, education, and community sectors.  He spent 12 years in management consulting, where he served primarily Fortune 500 companies.  Steve moved into non-profit management as the CTO of an organization working to close the achievement gap in secondary education.  This fledgling organization utilized a venture philanthropy model that eventually grew into the National Math and Science Initiative.  Mr. Sweeney also has a unique blend of knowledge and experience with the craft brewing & barbecue industries.  He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  See more of Steve's bio on LinkedIn

 

Counseling Services:

  • Business Plans:
    • Business legal structure
    • Mission, vision, strategy, and goals development
    • Market research and analysis
    • Competitor analysis
    • Customer research and segmentation
    • Customer and Location demographics
    • Marketing and sales strategy
    • Website development
    • Content marketing and leveraging social media
    • Developing realistic sales projections
    • Development, modeling, and analysis of financial statements
    • Credit analysis and bankability

    Other: 

    • Leadership development
    • Collaboration and teamwork
    • Outcomes measurement and metrics
    • Business process improvement
    • People and project management
    • Leveraging information technology

    Click here to schedule an appointment with Steve.

    Conscious Capitalism: Redefining Capitalism in the 21st Century
    May
    17
    6:00 pm18:00

    Conscious Capitalism: Redefining Capitalism in the 21st Century

    The Addison TreeHouse is bringing DFW entrepreneurs Conscious Capitalism: Redefining Capitalism in the 21st Century. Join us for a FREE evening on Wednesday, May 17th, aimed to educate and inspire North Texan entrepreneurs and small business owners to serve not just themselves when starting and growing their businesses, but all their major stakeholders: customers, employees, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment.

    What to expect:
    - Free Bites & Drinks
    - Vendor showcase featuring local DFW companies & nonprofits that encompass Conscious Capitalism in their business values and mission.
    - Information and tips on the "who, what, where, when, and why's" of Conscious Capitalism from a panel of experts, led by Whole Foods Market
    - Networking
    - Prize drawing

    The Panel:
    1. Chad Houser, Executive Director/Chef at Cafe Momentum
    2. Suzanne Smith, Founder and CEO at Social Impact Architects, serial social entrepreneur
    3. Nick Marino, Director of Social Change at Tango Tab, social entrepreneur
    4. Doug Levy, Board member for the Dallas Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, entrepreneur


    Thank you to our sponsor, Whole Foods Market.

     

     

    RSVP for free here

    SBDC Office Hours: Steve Sweeney
    May
    12
    9:00 am09:00

    SBDC Office Hours: Steve Sweeney

    • Addison Treehouse

    **An appointment must be made to meet with Steve. Please book an appointment, here.

    Steve Sweeney has over 24 years of broad experience across the private, education, and community sectors.  He spent 12 years in management consulting, where he served primarily Fortune 500 companies.  Steve moved into non-profit management as the CTO of an organization working to close the achievement gap in secondary education.  This fledgling organization utilized a venture philanthropy model that eventually grew into the National Math and Science Initiative.  Mr. Sweeney also has a unique blend of knowledge and experience with the craft brewing & barbecue industries.  He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  See more of Steve's bio on LinkedIn

     

    Counseling Services:

    • Business Plans:
      • Business legal structure
      • Mission, vision, strategy, and goals development
      • Market research and analysis
      • Competitor analysis
      • Customer research and segmentation
      • Customer and Location demographics
      • Marketing and sales strategy
      • Website development
      • Content marketing and leveraging social media
      • Developing realistic sales projections
      • Development, modeling, and analysis of financial statements
      • Credit analysis and bankability

      Other: 

      • Leadership development
      • Collaboration and teamwork
      • Outcomes measurement and metrics
      • Business process improvement
      • People and project management
      • Leveraging information technology

      Click here to schedule an appointment with Steve.

      SBDC Office Hours: Steve Sweeney
      May
      5
      9:00 am09:00

      SBDC Office Hours: Steve Sweeney

      • Addison Treehouse

      **An appointment must be made to meet with Steve. Please book an appointment, here.

      Steve Sweeney has over 24 years of broad experience across the private, education, and community sectors.  He spent 12 years in management consulting, where he served primarily Fortune 500 companies.  Steve moved into non-profit management as the CTO of an organization working to close the achievement gap in secondary education.  This fledgling organization utilized a venture philanthropy model that eventually grew into the National Math and Science Initiative.  Mr. Sweeney also has a unique blend of knowledge and experience with the craft brewing & barbecue industries.  He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  See more of Steve's bio on LinkedIn

       

      Counseling Services:

      • Business Plans:
        • Business legal structure
        • Mission, vision, strategy, and goals development
        • Market research and analysis
        • Competitor analysis
        • Customer research and segmentation
        • Customer and Location demographics
        • Marketing and sales strategy
        • Website development
        • Content marketing and leveraging social media
        • Developing realistic sales projections
        • Development, modeling, and analysis of financial statements
        • Credit analysis and bankability

        Other: 

        • Leadership development
        • Collaboration and teamwork
        • Outcomes measurement and metrics
        • Business process improvement
        • People and project management
        • Leveraging information technology

        Click here to schedule an appointment with Steve.

        Whiteboard Session: Matt Brown
        Apr
        28
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Matt Brown

        • Addison TreeHouse

         Idea Harvest

        Matt is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt with 18+ years in management consulting and entrepreneurship. He has a successful track record in process improvement, strategic planning, business development, and project/portfolio management for the Energy, High Tech, and Telecommunications industries. He has founded two companies and led two other companies from acquisition to exit. Currently, he advises start-ups on business planning, execution, and growth.

        Matt can meet about:

        • Business Planning
        • Leadership
        • Scaling
        Whiteboard Session: Max Whitemeyer
        Apr
        26
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Max Whitemeyer

        • Addison TreeHouse

        DURO-LAST ROOFING, CIRKYT TECHNOLOGIES, INC., MENURUNNERS.COM

        Max is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and business strategist. His background is in product manufacturing with a successful exit under his belt in 2013. Throughout the last couple of years he has ventured and invested in different industries which include but is not limited to product technology, e-commerce, as well as software development. He currently sits on several boards and is apart of an angel investment group with a focus on renewable resource technology.

        Max can meet about:

        • Entrepreneurships / Start-ups
        • Business development / Business planning
        • Sales / Marketing strategy
        Whiteboard Session: Ali Mirza
        Apr
        25
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Ali Mirza

        • Addison TreeHouse

        ISOCIALYOU

        Ali Mirza is the CEO/Founder of social media marketing agency called iSocialYou (www.iSocialYou.com). In the past Ali has created marketing campaigns for several mega brands (Chevy, Lexmark, AA, Papa Murphy) and local startups. iSocialYou focuses on 2 main aspects of digital marketing (1) creating an engaging social brand (2) generating leads through social media.

        Ali can meet about:

        • Social media strategy / Social marketing / Social advertising
        • Creating marketing funnels & lead generation
        • Building your personal brand online
        Whiteboard Session: Jeevan Betigeri
        Apr
        24
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Jeevan Betigeri

        • Addison Treehouse

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        With over 17 years of an all round experience in product development, Jeevan has been extensively working with startups for the last 4 years. His past experience includes work with large enterprises such as Verizon, Waste Management and Hughes Network systems. He currently works with and mentors startups right from the concept stage thru to beta and beyond, and more often than not, steps into a role as their CTO through their journey to beta.

        Jeevan can meet about:

        • Product development planning and strategy
        • MVP planning and execution
        • Managing project costs

         

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Tad Perryman
        Apr
        20
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Tad Perryman

        • Addison TreeHouse

        Tad can meet about:

        1. The importance of developing Mission, Vision, Positioning and Brand Development early in the process of building a company

        2. Strategic Marketing Planning (For the Start-Up) using digital and social media

        3. How to Manage Your Initial Marketing/PR Efforts When Introducing a New Business or Product

        4. Building a Strong Business Presentation for Showcasing Your Company to Investors

        You can schedule an appointment to meet with Tad here. 

         

        Whiteboard Session: Jason Wietjes
        Apr
        19
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Jason Wietjes

        • Addison Treehouse

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        Jason is an intellectual property and technology lawyer. He has experience with all aspects of intellectual property law including the litigation of intellectual property cases, licensing, preparation of noninfringement, invalidity and clearance opinions, and patent and trademark filing and acquisition. In addition, he regularly counsels clients on issues pertaining to IP asset analysis, trade secret protection, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, unfair competition, and the Internet.

        Jason can meet about:

        • Whether to seek patent protection
        • Full circle IP protections and alternatives to patents
        • What every start-up should do to protect itself from common legal pitfalls

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Kristina Libby
        Apr
        19
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Kristina Libby

        • Addison Treehouse

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        Microsoft

        A communications and marketing professional with over ten years of experience, Kristina has worked in every sector (corporate, non-profit and government) and run a few of her own businesses. She currently leads consumer PR for Microsoft and teaches at the University of Florida for their MA in social media program. 

        A writer, consultant and passionate enthusiast for helping people grow scale in their ideas, Kristina is also a new resident of the DFW area.

        Kristina can meet about:

        • Social Media
        • Communications
        • Business Planning

         

        Nocturnal: Late Night @ the TreeHouse
        Apr
        18
        7:00 pm19:00

        Nocturnal: Late Night @ the TreeHouse

        • Addison TreeHouse

        Working late? Join us at the TreeHouse for free coworking from 7pm-9pm every third Tuesday of the month. Fresh coffee, fresh beats, fresh space, all to help you be the most productive you that you can be. RSVP for free here.

        Whiteboard Session: John Wellington
        Apr
        18
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: John Wellington

        • Addison TreeHouse

        Jon Wellington

        LANE GORMAN TRUBITT, PLLC

        State tax attorney with over 15 years of experience helping companies minimize their state tax liabilities, including but not limited to sales/use taxes, income/franchise taxes, property taxes and other industry-specific taxes (telecommunications, severance, hotel). Jon has also assisted companies manage audits, obtain refunds of overpaid taxes, and tax planning.

        Jon can meet about:

        • Tax
        • Property tax
        • Investments
        Whiteboard Session: Elaine Martin
        Apr
        18
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Elaine Martin

        • Addison Treehouse

         

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        Elaine Martin has extensive experience in US and global corporate immigration law. She has been practicing exclusively in the field of immigration law since 1997. Elaine has thirteen years of experience in private law practice, advising companies of all sizes from Fortune 100 corporations to sole proprietorships. Elaine also handles family-based immigration and is an active volunteer with immigrant organizations in Dallas. From 2010-2014, Elaine created and managed the global immigration department of a relocation company. She was responsible for operations and marketing internationally. Elaine helped large clients manage their immigration requirements worldwide. She developed and managed a network of immigration experts in over 130 countries. 

        Elaine is recognized as a leading figure in the immigration community, with many speaking engagements (in the U.S and overseas) and journal articles to her name. She received the Worldwide ERC Meritorious Service award in 2014. Elaine is a native of Ireland, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. She has also lived in Belgium and Australia.

        Elaine can meet about:

        • Advising foreign national entrepreneurs on their US immigration options.
        • Advising companies on their immigration options when they wish to hire talented foreign nationals.
        • Advising on basic compliance issues for companies working in multiple countries

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Buddy Barnes
        Apr
        14
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Buddy Barnes

        • Addison TreeHouse

        Pillar Solutions Group, LLC

        Buddy is a senior executive officer with over 30 years of experience in Business Finance, serving as a Chief Financial Officer and a key member of the executive team of a public company and VP finance of public and private companies from pre-revenue up to over $1 billion in annual revenue with international operations and exposure. Recognized as a strategic thought leader with strong negotiating skills and impeccable business acumen and integrity. Managed acquisitions in the technology and high-tech manufacturing area, as well as, the management of M&A transactions on the sell side. Commercial banking background that has aided him in the management of numerous equity, debt and bank credit facilities. Completed the strategic sale of a NASDAQ public company to a subsidiary of a large Japanese electronics company at an 80% premium to market value, in most recent CFO role. Additionally, managed the successful implementation of CRM and ERP systems and has significant experience in sales organizations, management reporting, corporate governance, board development, in addition to investor relations. A graduate of The University of Mississippi with a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance, and also completed the Mid-Management Certification Program at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

        Buddy can meet about:

        • Venture / Angel Funding
        • Organization / Scaling a Business
        • Bank and Bridge Financing
        Apr
        13
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Rishi Khanna

        • Addison Treehouse

        ISHIR

        Rishi Khanna is a serial entrepreneur and high growth CEO. He enjoys building great teams and guiding leaders in organizations to become better decision makers, stay strategically aligned and operationally agile. He has experience in building and operating businesses in US, UK and India. He is passionate, impact-driven, result oriented, visionary and persistent individual with leadership, operations, sales, marketing, financial and technical experience and skills. He likes to use his time to guide, mentor and assist others to follow their passion and purpose. Rishi has been involved in businesses involved in IT, Casino Gaming, Mobile, Cyber Security, Cloud and Digital Marketing.

        Rishi can meet about:

        • Lean Startup/Financial Discipline in Business
        • Managing Distributed/Virtual Teams (Technical/Operational)
        • Using Scrum Meetings in Business/Operations

         

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Elaine O'Gorman
        Apr
        13
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Elaine O'Gorman

        • Addison TreeHouse

        INVOICECARE

        Elaine manages change in growing businesses. As a general manager, strategist and operational leader, she brings focused, forward movement to the sometimes-chaotic environments created by hypergrowth, leadership turnover and changes in strategy. With a background including both Fortune 500 and venture-backed companies, she combines P/L experience and a focus on measurement with strategic vision and a passion for team-building. Elaine has provided leadership for a variety of high-growth businesses, both as an executive and a board member and has functional expertise in marketing, product, technology and finance. Elaine is also involved in a variety of professional and community organizations.

        Elaine was named one of the 2014 “Top 25 North Texas Women in Technology” by the Dallas Business Journal. She was also a 2007 finalist for the Technology Association of Georgia’s “Woman of The Year in Technology.” Her teams have been recognized with dozens of awards including The Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, BMA Ace awards, the SIIA CODiE awards, the IABC Golden Flame awards, the Best of SaaS Showplace awards, and PRSA Phoenix awards.

        Elaine can meet about:

        • Practicalities of running a growing business
        • Business operations and strategy
        • Organizational development
        Whiteboard Session: Jeff Eiting
        Apr
        12
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Jeff Eiting

        • Addison TreeHouse

        CBRE

        Jeff is co-leader of the Technology and Media Practice Group for CBRE in Dallas. Jeff’s insight into the start-up and entrepreneur community and his focus on mid-cap corporate clients makes him very respected and trusted among real estate advisors. For 16 years Mr. Eiting has established long-term relationships with a number of prominent corporations who have benefited from his representation across the country and on a multi-national level. Over his career, Jeff has managed more than 16 million square feet of real estate transactions valued at more than $2.3 billion. Mr. Eiting is actively engaged in his community and serves on the Board of Directors of two non-profits, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary and BCA’s Leadership Arts. In addition to his board service, Jeff is also involved with organizations such as The Rise School of Dallas, Big Thought, Camp John Marc, The Real Estate Council and the Dallas Museum of Art.

        Jeff can meet about:

        • Sales offices and small businesses
        • National brokerage services and transaction
        • Strategic planning and tenant representation
        Whiteboard Session: Doneric Norwood
        Apr
        12
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Doneric Norwood

        • Addison TreeHouse

        Doneric Norwood- Co Founder and CEO of MenuRunners- A holding’s company aimed at acquiring restaurant delivery services in secondary/tertiary markets in the SW Region.He is a veteran entrepreneur, specializing in Business Development and Operations. Partner of an angel investment group named Genesis Investments. Doneric invests or hold board positions in multiple industries including but not limited to restaurant technologies, and CRM technologies. Doneric also spends a healthy amount of time mentoring and providing leadership to newly launched startups in the DFW and Austin markets. He is active in the community, serving as Chairman for “Hope Housing Foundation”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing homes for families and helping them receive the support they need.

        Doneric can meet about:

        • Sales Operations Strategy
        • Leadership & Teamwork
        • Business Development
        • Startups / Entrepreneurship
        Whiteboard Session: CJ Comu
        Apr
        11
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: CJ Comu

        • Addison Treehouse

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        CJ Comu is a 25 year professional veteran of five companies (two public) as founder and CEO. He has extensive knowledge and experience in building, funding and operating globally. Mr. Comu is currently Chairman of EuroCap Investments PLC, a UK based public holding company (Symbol: ECAP) that seeks to acquire operating businesses through a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization. ECAP is listed on London’s GXG exchange. From 2005-2009 Mr. Comu was Founder/Chairman/CEO of SUN Sports & Entertainment Inc., a public company that produced Live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Boxing Events at facilities such as American Airlines Center, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino. Mr. Comu was responsible for Operations, Financial Management, Budgeting, Venue Contracts, Television Broadcast and Event Management.

        Mr. Comu is a graduate from Langara College in Business Administration and has pursued post-academic studies, in marketing, finance, real estate and law. Mr. Comu is former President of the Addison Rotary Foundation, Former Vice Chairman of Galleria Credit Union, Charter Member of the Investin Forum. Mr. Comu is an active speaker at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to the Business Graduate Program on Venture Finance and Business Strategies. Mr. Comu has conducted business in 20 countries, speaks several languages and been featured in numerous articles and interviews in print, radio and television.

        CJ can meet about:

        • Building
        • Funding
        • Operating globally

         

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Brice McBeth
        Apr
        10
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Brice McBeth

        • Addison Treehouse

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        Brice is the owner and president of Reap Marketing. He started his career at IBM as the Product Manager for a web behavior analytics tool. He left IBM to put some of his learning, ideas and theories to test on the client side. Directing the internal marketing department for Bluegreen Corp, a large, publicly traded, real estate company, he had the opportunity to work with a plethora of marketing agencies. He founded Reap Marketing because he felt there were a few missing pieces in the agency world.

        Brice can meet about:

        • Digital marketing / Marketing strategy
        • Lead Generation
        • Advertisement

         

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Ravi Verma
        Apr
        8
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Ravi Verma

        • Addison Treehouse

        **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

        Ravi Verma is a Public Speaker, Agile Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer, Evidence Based Management Consultant and Blogger with a passion for helping teams recapture the magic of making I.T. As the Founder and Org Whisperer at SmoothApps, Ravi blends ideas from the world of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development to develop strong teams and inspiring leaders at all levels of an organization. With 15+ years of experience in I.T. delivery and consulting, Ravi has a proven track record of delivering multi-million dollar software in Fortune 100 companies like Cisco and Avaya as well as a start-up. He specializes in anticipating, identifying and removing obstacles that pop up whenever a bunch of people work on a bunch of code.

        Ravi can meet about:

        • Leadership & teamwork
        • Agile software delivery - technology startups
        • Managing risk exposure of failure

         

        Click here to schedule an appointment!

        Whiteboard Session: Rosaline Fletcher
        Apr
        7
        9:00 am09:00

        Whiteboard Session: Rosaline Fletcher

        • Addison TreeHouse

        BBVA COMPASS

        Rosaline is the Senior Vice President for the SBA lending department of BBVA Compaas in the SouthWest Region. Compass has been an national SBA lender for more than 10 years. She is an expert in SBA loan products.

        Rosaline can meet about:

        Small business loans

        Finance & Investment

        Whiteboard Session: Suresh Narayanan
        Apr
        6
        3:00 pm15:00

        Whiteboard Session: Suresh Narayanan

        • Addison TreeHouse

        AEROSPACE QUALITY R&D

        Suresh received his Bachelor's of Science from Florida State University and his MBA from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. He is currently the VP of Business Operations/Partner of Aerospace Quality Research & Development where he is responsible for growing and transforming all departments as well as driving revenue growth. He is also the Founder/Managing Partner of Mustang Entrepreneurs LLC which is a small business entrepreneurial investment firm. 

          Suresh can meet about:

          • Strategic growth
          • Operations
          • Finance & Investment
          Whiteboard Session: Tim Rodgers
          Apr
          5
          3:00 pm15:00

          Whiteboard Session: Tim Rodgers

          • Addison Treehouse

          **Please Note: An appointment is required to meet with mentors! Please scheduled an appointment by clicking here.

          Tim has 19 years’ experience in executive leadership in operational and financial roles (COO & CFO). He has successful history of both creating AND executing strategic plans. (i.e., both high-level and detail-oriented approaches). He’s best known for his passion for mentoring and team development. And, has proven track record for creating new business products and developing sale channels yielding significant earnings growth. 

            Tim can meet about:

            • Strategic & Organizational Planning
            • Personnel Management
            • Financial Planning

             

            Click here to schedule an appointment!