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  • 25 May 2016 by Korina Smith

    Pete Anderson of Celergo Global Payroll- Dallas, TX

    Celergo is the leading Global Payroll Service Provider managing local, offshore, and expatriate payrolls in over 140 countries for clients in the Financial Services, Business Services, Technology, and Oil & Gas industries. As the single point of contact for all global payroll needs, Celergo manages changes, calculations, compliance, funding and reporting through standardized global payroll processes that ensure visibility and compliance. Celergo's experienced, multi-lingual staff are dedicated to delivering high quality service from our global offices in Chicago, Bogota, Hungary, and Singapore.  Pete is an accomplished senior sales professional with over 25 years experience in outsourced HR, Benefits and Payroll technology.  He is passionate and driven to help businesses overcome challenges and improve their bottom line.  His focus is on mid market and national account market segments.  Pete is a participant in our upcoming "League of Extraordinairies" focus members group.  Welcome Pete and team!

     

  • 25 Apr 2018 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    April 25th, 2018

     On June 26th-27th 2018, Global Chamber Dallas will be hosting world leader Vicente Fox, who served as President of Mexico from 2000-2006. The President will be addressing the business and impact communities of the metroplex on the "Intersection of Global Business & Social Impact", in collaboration with Impact City and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations.

     This two day forum will include two events open to the public, including a Global Impact Gala where President Fox will present Global Impact Awards to three outstanding influencers in the social impact space, and an open forum where President Fox will deliver a keynote speech followed by a panel of experts in the fields of "The Intersection of Global Business & Social Impact".

    Global Impact Award honorees include Dallas's own Chad Houser (Founder of Cafe Momentum and 2018 CNN Hero), Chris Temple (Netflix Filmmaker), and Vandana Tilak (CEO of the Akshaya Patra Foundation).

     

    Chad Houser's Cafe Momentum is a restaurant that hires and trains former juvenile offenders during a 12 month internship so that they have an alternative opportunity that helps them decrease their chance of returning to incarceration. Chad was nominated by the Impact City leaders Tricia Bridges and Salah Boukadoum and was chosen because his business model is sustainable and has the potential to grow globally.

     

     

     

     

    Chris Temple is the Netflix documentary filmmaker who brought to us the films "Living on One Dollar" that was wildly successful and taught thousands what it's really like to live impoverished in rural Guatemala. He also co-made "Salam Neighbor" a documentary that highlights the realities of the difficulties Syrians experience living in refugee camps. Through his film company, he is able to provide empathy for others globally and education to his audiences about some of humanity's greatest challenges. Chris was nominated by Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas.

     

     

     

     

     

    Vandana Tilak is the CEO of Akshaya Patra, a non profit that feeds over one million children every day in India in schools as a way to break the cycle of poverty by keeping them in school. "Through our Mid-Day Meal Programme, our attempt is to feed the millions of children in India who lack the means, but, have the zeal to learn and achieve. By feeding them one wholesome meal a day, we give them the nourishment and motivation they need to pursue an education for a better future." Akshaya Patra was nominated by Colleen Townsley Brinkmann, CFRE, a member of the host committee putting on the forum.

     

     

     

     

     

    President Fox is a former executive at Coca Cola and is known for being an advocate of trade. He is also very dedicated to his foundation, Centro Fox, which promotes leadership development and encourages innovation. The Fox Foundations and Endowment are focused primarily on children and old people with special needs. The foundation supports two orphanages in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, with special needs. The foundation supports a children's symphony and widowed mothers. The foundation issues scholarships to the best and brightest students of the "Bahio" region of Mexico.

     

     

     

     The Global Chamber’s mission is to engage executives and regional leaders in more successful cross-border trade and investment to accelerate global business growth, increase community success and change the world. There are over 100 chapters worldwide, and the organization is on track to be in 525 global metro areas in the next 3 years. When members join the Global Chamber, they are connected to other members world-wide.

     Click here to see the Schedule of Events, purchase tickets, or review sponsorship packages. Sponsors will have access to private events, including a welcome reception on June 26th, a private breakfast with the Dallas Committee on Foreign relations on June 27th, and a private dinner for gold and platinum sponsors only on the evening of June 27th. There are still speaking and moderating opportunities open for platinum and gold sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship, contact Jeff Campos at jeff@globalchamber.org or click here.

  • 19 Mar 2018 by Global Chamber

    On May 03, 2018, from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM CDT, Global Chamber® Dallas will host an exclusive learning opportunity for any business looking to build and protect its portfolio in a world of interconnected markets and threats. Three distinguished speakers will share their robust experience in the areas of international risk, crisis management, and global branding: Brett Bruen - a former diplomat, member of the National Security Council, Director of the Global Engagement at the White House under President Obama, and current President of the Global Situation RoomMeredith Wilson - a former intelligence analyst at the Pentagon and CEO of Emergent Risk International, and Brady Roberts - a former officer who spent 16 years at the CIA, and current Director of Marketing and Customer Relations at Emergent Risk International.

     

    Brett Bruen will lead two crash courses in Global Marketing and Counter Crises. As Director of Global Engagement at the White House, Bruen was responsible for public diplomacy programs, international media, crisis communications, and global entrepreneurship. He is now a leading expert on counter-crisis management theory, a term he coined during his time on the U.S. National Security Council. While at the White House, Brett coordinated the United States’ response to Russian propaganda, developing the first inter-agency communications task-force to push back against misinformation. When more than 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, Bruen created a new campaign called Let Girls Learn, featuring top celebrities. He also built the President’s Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative that raised billions for emerging entrepreneurs around the world. Now as a leading entrepreneur, Brett Bruen shares his experience and message with audiences everywhere. Mr. Bruen’s overall message addresses universal issues, gleaning insight into the importance of cooperation, collaboration, and compromise. He emphasizes the efficiency of strategic communication and following your passions.

     

     

     

     

    Meredith Wilson brings over two decades of international experience (Australia, the UK, Ireland, Vietnam, Malaysia) in the energy sector, corporate America, and the U.S. intelligence community. Ms. Wilson will be briefing Global Chamber’s guests on developing intelligence techniques to protect overseas brands. After leaving the federal government, Ms. Wilson built a strategic intelligence program at ConocoPillips, worked in regulatory affairs, and structured a political risk program at Kosmos Energy. She suggests that businesses synchronize their risk mitigation with the latest global trends, while also keeping a sharp eye on political leadership, cyber-threats, regulatory burden, and climate change.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are also excited to host Brady Roberts who will share insights on foreign crises case studies from his time working South Asia, the Middle East, and Central Europe. Mr. Roberts is passionate about helping innovative businesses in the field and has translated his almost two-decade long experience with the CIA into valuable advice for those trying to navigate the “modern risk landscape.” A consultant for security technology start-ups, Mentor of Austin, Texas-based cyber security new venture studio Manifest, Mr. Roberts sits on the advisory board of Emergent Risk National, a premier cyber enterprise risk management, strategy and innovation firm.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Please join us for this event by registering here -- cheers!

  • 12 Mar 2018 by Global Chamber

    DALLAS, TX -- From energy companies that pledge to protect the environment, to legal corporations that prioritize pro bono services, coupling success with doing good has become contagious. “In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself,” as the old saying goes, has continued to inspire businesses throughout the world. In the same spirit, on May 2nd, from 6-8pm, Global Chamber® Dallas will host an evening of learning about some of humanity's greatest challenges and how social impact organizations and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are tackling them. We’ll also be sharing future opportunities for movers and shakers in the Dallas impact community.

    The event will feature two engaging speakers with innovative approaches to business: Brett Bruen - a former diplomat, member of the National Security Council, Director of the Global Engagement at the White House under President Obama, and current President of the Global Situation Room, and Kyle Lukianiuk - a social entrepreneur and finance guru turned President of the Good Returns Network.

    Although much of his expertise focuses on national security, specifically counter-crisis management (CCM), Mr. Bruen brings his diplomatic experience at the networking and negotiations table. When almost three hundred Nigerian school girls were kidnapped in April 2014, for example, he created “Let Girls Learn,” a well-targeted social media campaign featuring top celebrities. Bruen's passion for entrepreneurship materialized through Spark Global Entrepreneurship, his White House “initiative that raised billions for emerging entrepreneurs around the world." Mr. Bruen advises businesses to use comparative approaches informed not only by statistics, but also by cultural features and perceptions. Language and semantics, he believes, can help read the cultural mindset of trading partners. Intimate, well-rounded knowledge, Mr. Bruen argues, is what helps businesses secure good deals and good deeds.

     

     

     

    His passion for millennials to address global challenges and experience empowering Latin American women to grow sustainable businesses has inspired Kyle Lukianiuk to developing the Good Returns model. Good Returns is a six-step, customized approach to elevate corporate philanthropy and transformative missions. Its six steps build up on cycling capital via vetted “Impact Organizations” in order to generate sustainable impact on issues like conflict, environment, poverty, health and education. You’re invited to join us, get inspired, and find out more about the changing world of societal impact. Join us!

     

     

     

     

     

  • 01 Mar 2018 by Korina Smith

    Dallas, TX, February 28, 2018 -- Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce its first partnership with the U.S. - China Foreign Trade Center.   While the organization has hosted events on business in Asia in the past, this will be the first trade event in partnership with the China Foreign Trade Centre, in an effort to promote The Canton Fair and give the DFW businesses the scoop on import-export opportunities with China. This one of a kind initiative will be held on March 6th, 2018, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT, at The Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.

     

     

    Set to start in mid-April, The China Import and Export Fair, also known as “The Canton Fair,” in Guangzhou is “co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC and People’s Government of the Guandong Province, and organized by the China Foreign Trade Centre.” With a long uninterrupted tradition, The Canton Fair has been notorious both for its grandiose scale and comprehensive display, attracting a vast array of international buyers and exhibitors, and generating huge business turnover in China. The accumulated export volume to date has amounted to about USD 1.2635 trillion, while the total number of overseas buyers has reached 8.03 million. The fair has tallied 25,000 exhibitors, 200,000 buyers, and 210 countries represented each year.

     

    A representative from the China Foreign Trade Centre will discuss the Canton Fair via video conference, and there will be a panel of experts in person to discuss “Managing Challenges of Doing Business in China”. This discussion will be moderated by Steve Boenick from Hillwood Properties. With his vast expertise in global supply chains, urban development, and international investment, Mr. Boenick will guide the conversation with the event’s distinguished guests that will discuss law, foreign currency, exporting and business in general.  Guest speakers include Mei Zhang, associate in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, Gary MacDowell, Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Dollamur Sport Surfaces, Dr. Chunke Su, Associate Professor, at the UTA Department of Communication, and Oscar Arriaza, Senior Vice President at Bank of Texas.

     

    This event is hosted by Global Chamber®, a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business. We have a presence on every continent with chapters worldwide that are either active and running or have an Executive Director training to launch their chapters. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. Co-sponsoring this event with the China Foreign Trade Center is Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.  

     

    Not even “gods can’t help those who don’t seize opportunities,” this old Chinese proverb says, so come join us, bring your globie friends, make new ones, and learn.  Registration for this event is still open.

  • 20 Dec 2017 by Global Chamber

    'Warm connecting' is a focused, effective way of 'networking' advocated and practiced by Global Chamber®.

    We encourage Dallas metro companies to get connected through our warm connections - across town, across Texas, around the US and around the world.

    There are many ways to network. For many of our members, 'warm connecting' is the best because there is some thought about your business goals before making a warm introduction - and the person who is introduced is known and will very likely be interested to meet you. People are too busy these days to take meetings with people they don't know UNLESS the intro is from someone they know AND there appears to be something in it for them, as well.

    Read more about 12 tips on warm connecting HERE. And join us to grow your business in warm and wonderful ways.

    Read more about our members HERE.

    Our team knows Dallas AND the world... reach out and find out more how we can help you and your company grow more effectively.

    Let's grow globally more effectively in the coming year!

  • 22 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    Congratulations Award Winners!

     

    Thank you all for joining & congratulations again to the awardees!

    “Global Diplomat of the Year": Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre

    "Global Startup of the Year": Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Experience

    "Startup Importer of the Year": Brandon Friedman, CEO & Founder of Rakkasan Tea Company

    "Exporter of the Year In Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Health Exporter of the Year": Craig DiGiovanni, Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year": Milk Snob

    "Global Service Provider of the Year": Jessica Gordon, Director at US Commercial Service

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology”: Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Attorney of the Year”: Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

    “Global Game Changer under 30”: Kyle Lukianuk, President of Good Returns

     

  • 24 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

     

    What a difference a year makes! Global Chamber Dallas hosted its official launch in December, 2015 and spent 2016 experiencing it's first year operating. The year was spent starting meaningful professional relationships, sharing our mission with others, and learning the needs of the international business community in DFW. We were able to establish a wonderful membership base, a supportive Advisory Board and create relevant events to connect our network in person. We received encouragement from others as they shared with us that they felt we were filling a void in Dallas and that there was a specific need for a network that specifically focused on global business.

    In April, 2017, I am thrilled by our progress. We have truly united a global business community that is collaborative and relevant to each other. These community members are building business as they are developing professional relationships with each other and learning how they can support each other. We are seeing new collaborations, more client introductions, and many connections to other parts of the world.

    We continue to add value to our membership base through multiple avenues. Our members get special access to trade delegations, such as the Belgian Trade delegation we hosted in December. Our members get huge discounts, just like the 100% scholarship they received last year to the highly regarded Thunderbird Leadership Development courses. In addition, our members get speaking opportunities where they get the chance to share their expertise with others. We value being able to learn from each other.

    Not only do we connect our network locally, but we also connect our network globally, which is what makes Global Chamber unique. One of our members was in Tokyo for a few weeks, and we connected her to our Executive Director of Global Chamber Tokyo and she was able to set up productive business meetings while in Japan. This is the Global Chamber magic at work!

    Our events keep getting better and better. Our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" was a huge hit, and we got to acknowledge some of the global business professionals that really inspire us through our highly buzzed about award ceremony. One of our Sponsors, Polsinelli, hosted huge Dallas sensation Suzy Batiz, founder of Poopourri, and other amazing women in our Women in Global Business event. Polsinelli also hosted our first Ambassador as a speaker, Vasko Naumovski of Macedonia, and is about to host our second Ambassador next week!

    How exciting that Robert Jordan, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, author and frequent commentator on CNN , MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg and the New York Times Magazine Group is coming to speak at a Global Chamber Dallas next week entitled "Believe it or Not There is Some Good News Coming in the Middle East" 4/27 Polsinelli. Ambassador Jordan wrote "Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia after 9/11".

    Another highlight for us is our first all day event, just three weeks away, called "Threats to the Global Marketplace". We are teaming up with the US Department of Commerce and have organized multiple sessions where our audience will learn from FBI agents and experts in security about protecting their intellectual property, cyber security, economic espionage, risks with foreign currencies and virtual currencies, and more!

    I hope you have enjoyed reading our update! Please stay in touch with us, ask to be added to our newsletter by emailing us at dfw@globalchamber.org. Show up to one of our events any time- we love meeting fellow "globies"!

     

    *From left to right: Lisa Klugiewicz (Global Chamber Dallas) Dr. Simon Mak (SMU Cox School of Business), Kevin Maher (Baker & McKenzie), Meredith Wilson (CEO of Emergent Risk International), Maher Maso (Mayor of Frisco), Ben Clumeck (President of Uber Trade Credit), Lynn James-Meyer (CEO of BioSafe Technologies), Kim Carlson (Gardere), Zorica Ilin (Invest Macedonia), Dawson Williams (Swearingen Realty), Megan Nguyen Trinh (BB&T), Brian Mitchell (Whitley Penn), Brad Timberlake (BB&T), Salah Boukadoum (Founder & CEO of Soap Hope), Herbert Austin (SBA), Jeremy Ivie (BB&T), Roger Cunningham (CEO of United Risk Inernational), Alisa Strickland (Cityplace Events), Korina Smith (Global Chamber Dallas

  • 13 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. Global Chamber nominates and awards Milk Snob, a multi-functional cover for nursing and car seats, with Emerging Exporter of the Year.

    Founded in 2015 and based in the DFW area, Milk Snob is a lifestyle brand for modern parents. Milk Snob was born from the belief that parenthood should be functional and fashionable, and all its products ladder up to one overarching goal: to create simple and stylish essentials for parents around the world. The core product, the multifunctional cover, can be used for infant car seats, nursing, shopping carts, swings, high chairs and more. It is available in over 30 custom prints that change throughout the year and are designed exclusively for the brand. Milk Snob also carries other baby essentials including swaddles, wrap carriers, blanket and hat sets, and the brand new ‘Pouch’- a modern twist on the traditional sleep sack.

    In a short period of time, Milk Snob has expanded its US-based team, has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and has grown its global presence in over 170 countries and 250 stockists.

    Accepting the award on behalf of Milksnob is Dana Bean, the Director of Retail for Milk Snob, leading the wholesale team in their international expansion. As an emerging exporter, Milk Snob has a long pipeline of innovations and is expecting to expand to 27 new countries in 2018.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters worldwide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives, and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Melanie, Dana, & Babette of Milk Snob along with these other incredible leaders:

     

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr., CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk, President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni, Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC. Read more HERE.

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers! 

  • 07 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    7 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Service Provider of the Year' will be awarded to Jessica Gordon. Jessica Gordon is the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Dallas-Fort Worth Office where she leads a team of industry-focused, international trade specialists to assist small to medium-sized North Texas companies to grow their businesses through launching an export business or increasing their sales transactions in target markets around the globe. 
    The Commercial Service Dallas-Ft. Worth office is one of 100 plus U.S. Commercial Service offices around the nation dedicated to assisting U.S. companies to expand their businesses by exporting, through providing export counseling, business matchmaking, market intelligence, commercial diplomacy, and trade advocacy. On average, U.S. Commercial Service clients increased their revenues by an average of $622,575, enabling increased employment by 7.2%, and safeguarding 3 jobs over the last 12 months as a result of the organization’s assistance.   81 percent of clients indicated they were highly likely to recommend services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. 

    In addition to heading the Commercial Service Dallas Ft. Worth office, Jessica serves as the Executive Secretary of the North Texas District Export Council (NTXDEC), the Commercial Service Dallas-Ft. Worth’s lead partner of trade professionals appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to provide international trade guidance to the local business community, where she is the chief Commercial Service liaison for Commerce and NTXDEC engagement on international trade development issues and expanding the North Texas exporter ecosystem.  Jessica is a member of Toastmaster’s International, the World Affairs Council, and many professional and community organizations.  A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned double degrees, a BA in Spanish and a BSBA in International Business, from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a graduate of the Else School of Management MBA Program at Millsaps College. 

    Jessica was nominated by last year's Global Service Provider of the Year winner Alale Allal of the Small Business Administration.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Olga and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC. Read more HERE.

  • 08 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    We are awarding Brandon Friedman, who tells the story of an unconventional transition from Public Affairs to social impact, with "Startup Impact Importer of the Year"! He founded Rakkasan Tea, a company that 'works with farmers in post-conflict countries to deliver the best loose-leaf tea you've never had'. 

    Brandon launched Rakkasan Tea Company in 2017 as a way to meet growing U.S. demand while promoting peace and economic development in post-conflict countries. He has completed the Specialty Tea Institute's Level I and Level II courses on his way to becoming a Certified Tea Specialist recognized by the Tea Association of the USA.

    Brandon is also the CEO of The McPherson Square Group, a PR and strategic communications firm he co-founded during more than a decade as an adviser to Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies, and fast-moving nonprofits. In 2014 – 2015, Brandon served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he played a key role leading communications for Secretary Julián Castro and the department’s 8,000 employees. Brandon previously served as a vice president with global PR firm FleishmanHillard, as the first Director of Digital Strategy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and as a spokesperson for VoteVets.org. He began his career in 2000 as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

    A regular media contributor since 2007, Brandon is quoted in the press often and has appeared on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN. For his work in communications, he has been profiled by The Washington PostPR WeekStars and Stripes, and Government Executive. Brandon's memoir, The War I Always Wanted, was recognized in 2010 by The Military Times as one of “The Best Military Books of the Decade.” He contributes as a regular guest columnist for The New York Daily News and has also been published by The New York TimesThe Washington PostTIME and The Guardian. Brandon was selected in 2010 as a Truman National Security Fellow and designated an “emerging leader” by Government Executive in 2012. In 2013, he was named by Stars and Stripes as one of the most influential voices on Twitter for veterans policy. Brandon has an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA from LSU in Shreveport.

    Brandon was nominated by Jeanne Whitesides, Deputy Director of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters worldwide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Brandon and these other incredible leaders:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr., CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk, President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni, Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC. Read more HERE.

  • 07 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    7 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Attorney of the Year' will be awarded to Olga Torres, of Torres Law, PLLC. Olga Torres is the Founder and Managing Member of Torres Law, an International Trade Law Firm. Ms. Torres handles notable international trade matters for numerous companies worldwide and specializes in the areas of U.S. customs, exports, economic sanctions, anti-corruption compliance, and industrial security matters.

    Due to her experience and qualifications, Ms. Torres has been selected for recognition in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs – a guide to the world’s leading trade and customs lawyers, economists and anti-dumping consultants. Chambers and Partners USA also listed Ms. Torres as a Recognized Practitioner in the areas of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions law in 2017. Ms. Torres has been rated for three consecutive years as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for Thompson Reuter’s “Super Lawyers” publication, a distinction given to less than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state.

    As a recognized leader in trade law, Ms. Torres was recently reappointed by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). In this capacity, she advises the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which is the U.S. Department of State’s principal link to the Department of Defense, on its regulation of defense trade in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act and its implementing regulations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

    Ms. Torres is a frequent speaker and moderator. She has lectured on international trade for organizations, universities and government agencies in different countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, France, and Canada. She was previously an attorney in the International & Cross Border Transactions group at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Torres is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., the State of Texas, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

    Olga was nominated by Global Chamber Dallas Advisory Board member, Dobrina Dobreva, who is an immigration attorney. "Olga Torres is amazing. She is well known I the community and has done some amazing work in the import/export arena" Dobrina says.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Olga and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

  • 06 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    6 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics' will be awarded to Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    Since 1979 Orion Fans, a division of Knight Electronics, has been designing, developing and manufacturing a broad line of AC fans, DC fans, fan trays, fan accessories and blowers to meet the continuing thermal management needs of OEMs worldwide. Fast responses, short lead times and better inventory management programs result in lower inventory carrying costs for OEMs.

    David Luna is the Global Account Manager for key global distributor partners. He is also the VP of Marketing for ORION responsible for the website content, sales and marketing tools, advertisement, press releases, and coordination of marketing efforts with stocking distributors. Global reach and expansion is their goal and spending more time in Europe and throughout the world is a must. David likes to say, "Globalization means Localization!"

    Knight Electronics / Orion was nominated to receive an award by David Royce of the US Commercial Service, a collaborator of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Craig and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

  • 06 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry' will be awarded to Craig DiGiovanni – Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Craig DiGiovanni has over 29 years of experience in the Healthcare field. Craig’s early experience was at Tecnol Medical Products, a leading global manufacturer of disposable medical products. Craig’s tenure at Tecnol led him into Domestic and International Sales, Sales Management and finally to the Director of Business Development. Craig’s experience at Tecnol enabled him to manage a sales force both domestically and internationally, develop key relationships with international distributors, acquire and transition products into Tecnol and manage the operations surrounding a private label manufacturing relationship with Johnson and Johnson International. Following the sale of Tecnol, Craig and his partners created Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products in early 1998 and through acquisitions and product development, Medi-Dyne has established four core brands of products, Tulis, Cho-Pat, ProStretch and 2Toms, that are sold in a variety of markets in over 70 countries.

    Craig continues to lead the sales, marketing, acquisition and product development of the company and is looking forward to celebrating Medi-Dyne’s 20th anniversary this spring. Craig holds a BS in BusinessAdministration from Bowling Green State University.

    Medi-Dyne was nominated by David Royce of the US Commercial Service, a collaborator of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Craig and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"   Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

  • 03 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Startup of the Year' will be awarded to Joshua Johnson, Sr of Global Expertise! Josh is CEO & Co-Founder of Global Expertise, a leading Global Immigration HR Services company providing innovative On-Demand/SaaS/Human Capital Management HR Immigration services and professional development tools to both the international service provider community as well as directly to multi-national clients worldwide. Labeled as a leading HR Tech Startup, Global Expertise continues to significantly increase access for Global HR to elite-level immigration solutions from any country – to any country via its exclusive service model and tech platform: GLOBALLINK.

    Global Expertise was nominated by Igal Svet of National Geographic and Greg Donovan of Atlas Group International.

    Prior to Global Expertise, Josh’s career spanned more than 15 years within the international business community as an entrepreneur within the entertainment & pro-sports industries working with such notable profiles as American Idol, Ariana Grande, Billy Joel, Major League Soccer, and the UFC. As part of his dedication to making positive impacts on the world Josh is an advisor to multiple non-profits as well as a leading AI Innovator based in Austin. He is married to fellow Global Expertise COO & Co-Founder Amberley Johnson, and when the couple is not leading their industry through innovation they are consumed with the pleasure of their 4 kids; including their 15-year-old daughter to whom Josh will fully admit is the only person on earth he is scared of.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.  

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Josh and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry" Medi-Dyne

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers!

  • 02 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Game-changer Under 30' will be awarded to Kyle Lukianuk a man who is committed to changing the world. Kyle was nominated by last year's recipient of the Social Impact Leader of the Year award, Salah Boukadoum. Salah has worked with Kyle on several initiatives and when we asked him to nominate someone to be recognized he was quick to acknowledge Kyle's work and urged us to consider him.

    Kyle is a social entrepreneur with a love for business and a passion for the power of millennials to address world-scale challenges. Kyle is a co-developer of the Good Returns model and current President of Good Returns Network, an organization that develops new ways for businesses to give back and maximize the impact of their financial resources. Kyle is certainly a huge Game Changer! He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has called Dallas home for 10 years. Prior to joining Good Returns, Kyle worked in finance and risk management, most recently at KPMG, and served on the board for Chiapas International, a non-profit addressing global poverty. We are proud to have Kyle and other young innovators collaborating in Dallas and worldwide. They offer help without expecting a return (excuse the pun, Kyle!)

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Kyle and others. Last year's winners include:

    “Global Leader in Social Impact" Salah Boukadoum, Founder of Good Returns model

    "Global Elected Official of the Year" Mayor of Frisco, Maher Maso

    “Global Educator of the Year” Dr. Simon Mak, Ph.D, SMU's Cox School of Business

    “Global Startup Leader of the Year” Jason Croft, Jason Croft Video/Marketing

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Allal Alale, Small Business Administration

    "Global Bankers for Exporters of the Year" BB&T Team

    "Global Exporter of the Year"... Lynn James-MayerBioSafeTech 

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Kevin Maher, Baker & McKenzie

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers!

  • 06 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce "Global Innovator for Education Technology" will be awarded to Ramesh Balan, CEO and Founder of Knomadix Corporation, at our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas!

    Ramesh Balan is a serial entrepreneur, a successful business executive, an inventor and a technologist who has always believed in thinking differently – using unconventional outside-the-box approaches to solve large-scale complex problems in many industries, including Interactive Media, Telecom, Healthcare, and, most importantly, Education.

    His latest venture, Knomadix, builds interactive mobile solutions that transform how educators teach and how students learn. With its fresh approach to creating and delivering customized digital content, Knomadix is leading the emerging mobile education market with digital tools for teachers, curriculum specialists, content developers and school administrators. In addition, Knomadix recently launched Number Sense, an artificial intelligence based app that helps students master math skills while developing critical thinking and cognitive skills through gamification. We were introduced to Ramesh's work through our Advisory Board member, Hubert Zydorek, of UT Dallas' Center for Global Business.

    Ramesh is extremely passionate about Knomadix’s mission to transform education using a platform-based approach to delivering interactive and differentiated learning to students worldwide. Ramesh’s passion for education started at a very young age. He lost his father at the age of 7 and was raised by his mother, a life-long educator. He was inspired by his mother, who started her career as a high school teacher and later became the superintendent of the City of Madras -- Department of Education, that provided education for over a million students. Ramesh later observed through the eyes of his children how much an educational reform was needed to engage students, especially in science and math. Knomadix is an expression of Ramesh’s commitment to K-12 education. Today, less than three years after its launch, the innovative technology is being tested for large-scale deployments in five countries around the globe to transform K-12 education.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters worldwide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Ramesh and other 2017 award winners:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry" Medi-Dyne

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year" Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers!

     

  • 31 Oct 2017 by Global Chamber

    31 Oct 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Francisco de la Torre, Consul General of Mexico, will be accepting the "Global Diplomat of the Year" award at our second annual "Grow Globally Fair" on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    Mr. de la Torre was nominated by Global Chamber Dallas Executive Director, Korina Smith. “I've had the chance to attend several of the Consul General's presentations. I've always been impressed by his passion for international trade and his dedication to a positive business relationship with Texas and the United States. He's doing a stellar job representing his country here in Dallas."

     Francisco de la Torre began his post in Dallas on June 1, 2016 and was previously posted in Argentina and Brazil. Over the years he has had several director positions serving in various diplomatic roles. You can read his full bio HERE.

    The Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business. Our millions of trusted resources, followers and connections in over 5,000 cities support members growing globally by filling in the gaps that happen across borders.

     

    Other awards will also be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2017. Last year's winners include:

    “Global Leader in Social Impact" Salah Boukadoum, Founder of Good Returns model

    "Global Elected Official of the Year" Mayor of Frisco, Maher Maso

    “Global Educator of the Year” Dr. Simon Mak, Ph.D, SMU's Cox School of Business

    “Global Startup Leader of the Year” Jason Croft, Jason Croft Video/Marketing

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Allal Alale, Small Business Administration

    "Global Bankers for Exporters of the Year" BB&T Team

    "Global Exporter of the Year"... Lynn James-MayerBioSafeTech 

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Kevin Maher, Baker & McKenzie

  • 10 Aug 2017 by Global Chamber

    We are thrilled to be hosting our 2nd annual "Grow Globally" Fair this fall!  We are looking to acknowledge and honor some of the movers and shakers in global business in the DFW area.  If you know someone who should be nominated, please email us at dfw@globalchamber.org and share with us their accomplishments and why they should be honored.  It is required for the recipient to be present for the event.  

    You can use the categories from last year (listed below), or you can even suggest a new one if you see fit:

     

    "Global Elected Official of the  Year"

    "Global Exporter of the Year"

    "Global Social Impact Leader of the Year"

    "Global Educator of the Year"

    "Global Export Bankers of the Year" 

    "Global Startup Leader of the Year"

    "Global Attorney of the Year"

    "Global Service Provider of the Year"

     

    This is a great way to recognize such great work that so many of you do all year!  Please join us in nominating others.  Our exact date and location will be finalized in the near future.  

  • 19 Jun 2017 by Kimberly Carlson

    Joe Payton and the GeniusDen were early supporters of Global Chamber Dallas, after launching in Dallas in December, 2015.  The GeniusDen hosts several events for Global Chamber Dallas, and believes in the mission of helping businesses thrive.  Gardere attorney Kim Carlson, Global Chamber Dallas Advisory Board Member, sat down with Joe Payton, founder of GeniusDen, a Global Chamber collaborator. 

    Kim:                What is GeniusDen?

    Joe:                  GeniusDen is a business incubator.  We’ve created a new category with GeniusDen because a business incubator typically means it’s either a university “technology” incubator that has a bit of campus space and some technology that they want to develop and has some grad students and a professor and advisors and they want to incubate some ideas for their discovery.  Or, it means a rich guy who has some of his ideas in play, maybe some of the IP that he owns, and he pushes that out with the leaders; so he hires a smart woman, or hires a smart guy and they go pursue his ideas and make his dreams come to fruition.  This GeniusDen is new category in that it is more of a slower organic growth process.

                            GeniusDen is an executive suites/coworking space where members pay rent.  In addition to the space, however, they also get my full attention and the focused attention of our advisors and our resources that we bring to support their business growth.  They also get the community resources of other owners and these peers help one another a lot.

    Kim:                What inspires you?

    Joe:                  From birth, I have been around entrepreneurs with my family and I’m a big believer in the power of entrepreneurship to transform civilization, to civilize society.  It’s very easy.  To me, it’s mathematical.  An idea works in the real world or it doesn’t.  If it works, the market wants it.  If it doesn’t work, the market doesn’t want it.  And being a part of helping people grow personally to become better, more effective business leaders and running their company simply at a better profit, being a part of that process is personally gratifying, and I’m structuring it so that it is also financially successful.

    Kim:                What are some of the public facing services you offer?

    Joe:                  GeniusDen puts on social gatherings that get the art community engaged.  We bring in artists and musicians once a month - two artists and a number of musicians - to simply put their art out on the walls.  GeniusDen has a constant rotating show of new artists, so we have a space where we have new art and new ideas being shared on the edge of creativity.  Good business for them :supporting the arts and artists and selling art.  The benefit to our community at GeniusDen is that of curated conversation in a non-pressure, non-lecture environment. Folks come through and they end up, inevitably, meeting each other and connecting.  Before you know it, the investor guy that was there for the art show is hanging out with entrepreneur lady and they’re having this really cool non-structured, non-“networking”, human conversation that turns into a “let’s go meet.”  I’ll see them a week later in a conference room.  That’s one of the public facing things we do.

                            The second public facing thing we do is through our Professional Development Speaker Series. Again, about once a month key leaders, opinion leaders and subject matter experts come out to present on deliverable take-away, tactical-level advice, knowledge and skills.  It is all free.  They come in and put an event together.  They have the slide deck. They have the presentation. They convey the knowledge.  They do the handouts.  We record that, put that on YouTube, transcribe it, and put it out to our free library which people can watch and download later.  It’s a growing library of presentations at www.Genuiusden.com/events  and it’s available to everyone.

    Kim:                What is GeniusDen’s mission?

    Joe:               GeniusDen has a three-part mission:  To be a force multiplier; to bring the future into the present; and to interrupt cycles of poverty.  The cycles of poverty could be obvious or literal.  It could also be the cycle of poverty you find when you’re at the outer edge of your capacity.  You, for example, are a competent lawyer.  You met the requirements of that competency.  But if you started a law firm and now you’ve got to lead other lawyers, you’d be drawing on leadership skills that you might not have developed yet.  So how do we help you develop those skills so that you’re a better leader?  We emphasize the importance of having balance – we like to be grownups.

    Kim:                Does a typical start-up entrepreneur have a set personality that you see over and over again, or is it all across the board?

    Joe:                  The two traits that come to mind are tenacity and hard work; they are just willing to do the work.  Introverts, extroverts, sales-oriented and soft businesses all have great success and they all struggle with things they don’t know.  As they say, it’s not the things that you know and you don’t know that hurt you; it’s the things that you “know” that “aren’t so” that hurt you.  The humble learner is a successful entrepreneur: humble, hungry, curious and interested.  The minute you walk in and don’t have anything to learn, you’re in the wrong room and you need to not be there, or you need to change your attitude and you need to really be there fully, and present.  We want to encourage humble leadership.  That’s one of our values. 

    Kim:                What are some of GeniusDen’s other values?

    Joe:                  I touched on humble leadership, which implies integrity, decisiveness, strength, commitment, loyalty and generosity.  We like to hold onto a vision of prosperity verses abundance, so that means the universe is not going to make you a ham sandwich.  Our success channels through thrift, disciplined, meaningful and passionate work.  You’re going to carry your own bag.  You’re going to do this yourself.  We believe in self-reliance.  You’re responsible for getting what you need out of this experience.  Temper that with active gratitude.  We feel we’re blessed to be here and we’re looking for opportunities to be in service to others and to contribute to virtuous cycles.  We hold to an attitude of excellence.  That excellence comes from a disciplined, structured action around a plan.  Whatever we put together we want to continuously improve it.  We believe in continuous improvement.  We’re willing to change.  We’re committed to learning and we help one another figure out how to do it better.  We want to be engaged and active, but we want to hold a position of being happy.  Is this making us happy?  Is this keeping us happy?  What we’re doing … is it open? Is it positive? Is it inclusive? Is it healthy? Is it fun?  With all this, we want to build deep relationships.  Open, honest based on respect, accessibility, professionalism, trust, accountability, sensitivity, and cooperation.  Those add up to environments that bring the most contribution from all parties involved.

    Kim:                Love it.  Anything else you want to share with Global Chamber?

    Joe:                  We recently finished our expansion of GeniusDen.  In our space next door, we’ve added four large offices that office 10 people, two medium offices that office 8 people, and two smaller offices that office 4 people.  There is also a group work table with seats for 8 people and a great lounge with some really cool leather couches and chairs.  It’s very nicely laid out. So they’re selling out or leasing out, but we have available space.  We’d love to have folks come check it out if they have a team they’re looking to fill space with.  We have found some great success with established companies that are opening a Dallas office.  It’s a great environment for them because they find a community of their peers.   

                               Kim:                Thank you for your time today.  I’m sure members of the Chamber will benefit from your insights.

      Go to https://www.GeniusDen.com for GeniusDen leadership events.”

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