Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast

Pearson Partners hosts quarterly Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast events to discuss business trends. The complimentary event is by invitation-only for senior management leaders and private equity partners to share knowledge and network. To request an invitation for future events, please contact .

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Learn from Experts

Gain industry and economic insight from noted business leaders.

Network with Peers

Brainstorm with fellow North Texas senior executives.

Connect with Us

Interact with our consultants and clients.

Past Events:

Future Focus: Macro Trends and their Global Impact

September 12, 2017

  • Lane Conner, Founder and CEO, Fuzse/li>
  • Jennifer Sanders, Co-founder and Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance
  • Michael Vidikan, Founder and CEO, Future in Focus

Winning the War for Talent

Glen Goodman, Warren Strickland, Stephen Konstans, Lisa Nelson, Keith Pearson

June 6, 2017

  • Glen Goodman, VP Human Resources, Global Talent Acquisition, Sabre
  • Lisa Nelson, SVP of Human Resources, Match Group
  • Warren Strickland, Sr. Advisor and Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company (and Pearson Partners board member)

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2017 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Cross-Border Business in a Changing Global Environment

March 7, 2017

  • Ruth Curran, Managing Partner, MERC Partners and Global Chair, IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide
  • Rob Gurney, Chief Executive Officer, oneworld
  • Kevin P. March, Senior Vice President & Principal Financial Officer, Texas Instruments

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2017 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

A Forward Look to 2017

Keith Pearson, Maribess Miller, Renee Arrington, Meredith Walker, Robert Estrada

December 6, 2016

  • Robert A. Estrada, Senior Managing Director, Dallas, Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc.
  • Maribess Miller, Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Member of Board of Directors for Midmark, Triumph Bancorp, Golden Seeds Fund LP and Zix Corporation
  • Meredith Walker, Principal and Chief Economist, MMW Research; Board of Councilors, EastWest Institute; Member, Business Executives for National Security
  • Renee Arrington, Moderator, Pearson Partners International

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Global Uncertainty: The Election, Terrorism, Brexit

September 13, 2016

  • Clint Bruce, Founder and President of Trident Response Group
  • David Donabedian, C.F.A., Chief Investment Officer, Atlantic Trust
  • Honorable Robert S. Driegert, Shareholder – Robert S. Driegert Attorney

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Picking a President

June 7, 2016

  • Talmage Boston, Shareholder, Winstead PC and author of soon-to-be-released book, “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents”

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Texas on the Fast Track
March 8, 2016
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  • Tim Keith, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Central Railway
  • Holly Reed, Managing Director of External Affairs, Texas Central Railway

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

A Look Forward to 2016
December 8, 2015
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  • Justin Duke, CFA, Senior Wealth Manager, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2015 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Private Equity and the CEO: Building a Healthy Relationship
September 15, 2015
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  • Chris Abraham, Chief Executive Officer, Service King
  • Tim Bacci, President and Chief Executive Officer, Daegis Inc.
  • Mike Bidwell, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Dwyer Group
  • Suzanne (Suzy) Kriscunas, Managing Partner, The Riverside Company
  • Sheldon (Shelly) I. Stein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Glazer’s Distributors
  • Moderator: Linda A. Wilkins, Founding Partner, Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group LLP

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2015 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Why Business Chooses North Texas
June 23, 2015
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  • Dale Petroskey, President and CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2015 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

The Digital Business Dream Team: How the CIO and CMO Collaborate for Success
March 16, 2015
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  • Kristen Dearing, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Alliances, Brierley+Partners
  • Andrew Laudato, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Pier 1 Imports
  • Sharyn Leaver, Vice President and Group Director Serving CIOs, Forrester Research

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2015 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

The Economic Impact of DFW International Airport in the Global City System
December 9, 2014Photo of Q42014 breakfast speaker

  • Sean Donohue, CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2014 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

The Future of Higher Education in North Texas
September 9, 2014Breakfast panelists Q32014

  • David E. Daniel, Ph.D., President, University of Texas at Dallas

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2014 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

CEO Compensation: How Much is Too Much?
June 3, 2014Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q2 2014 photo

  • Donald P. Delves, Director, Towers Watson
  • Suzanne Kriscunas, Managing Partner, The Riverside Company
  • Cynthia Pharr Lee, President, C. Pharr & Company
  • Ronald A. Rittenmeyer, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Expert Global Solutions, Inc.
  • Linda A. Wilkins, Partner, Wilkins Finston Law Group LLP

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2014 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Vision 2020: The Future of the North Texas Business Climate
March 4, 2014Spotlight Series breakfast panel photo

  • Chelsea McCullough, Executive Director, Texans for Economic Progress
  • Bill Sproull, President & CEO, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Metroplex Technology Business Council and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership
  • Mabrie Jackson, CEO of The North Texas Commission
  • Chris Wallace, CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce (and soon-to-be President of the Texas Association of Business.)
    (Mr. Wallace did not attend due to a flight delay.)
  • Moderator: Dr. Robert Potter, CEO, R.J. Potter Company, and Former CEO, Datapoint

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2014 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

2014: Slow Recovery or The New Normal?
December 10, 2013Image of Panelists Q42013

  • Greg S. Young, CFA Senior Portfolio Manager, Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2013 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

The Compelling Case for Diversity on Boards of Directors
September 10, 2013Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q3 2013 photo

  • Julie England, Board Member, Checkpoint Systems; Board Member, Intelleflex; Board Member, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Renee Hornbaker, CFO, Stream Energy; Director, Eastman Chemical; North Texas Chapter President, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Yon Jorden, Board Member and Chair of Governance Committee, Maxwell Technologies; Board Member, Methodist Health System; Former Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee, Magnetek; Former Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee, US Oncology
  • Whitney Johns Martin, Co-founder, Co-chair and Managing Director, Texas Women Ventures

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2013 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

The Constant Evolution of the Chief Financial Officer
June 11, 2013Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q2 2013 photo

  • Jeff Kupp, Chief Financial & Operations Officer/President, Authentix
  • Shaun P. Mara, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Dean Foods
  • Skip Moore, Partner, Deloitte
  • Tracy L. Morris, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Capital Southwest Corporation

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2013 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

What’s the Big Deal about Big Data? How Companies Capture What They Know About Their Customers to Innovate and Gain Market Share
March 5, 2013Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q1 2013 photo

  • Steve Holland, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Kevin Jones, Vice President, Dell Services, Dell, Inc.
  • Keith Morrow, CIO & EVP, Shared Services, Epsilon Inc.
  • Steve Vandehey, Vice President, Hitachi Consulting

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2013 Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast summary.

Post-Election Clarity: Opportunities and Risks in 2013
December 4, 2012Pearson's Esteemed Panel Q4 2012 photo

  • Norman P. Bagwell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Texas
  • Rhys J. Best, Chairman of the Board, Crosstex Energy LP
  • Gregory J. Corona, Chief Executive Officer & President, Mozido
  • Mark C. Layton, Chairman, CEO, President, PFSweb, Inc.
  • Shaun P. Mara, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Dean Foods

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2012 Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

America’s Healthcare Crisis: The Road Ahead
September 4, 2012Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q3 2012 photo

  • James M. Greenwood, Chief Executive Officer, Concentra
  • John B. McWhorter, III, President, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and Senior Vice President, Baylor Health Care System
  • Dan Thomas, President & CEO, Provista
  • John R. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, MedSynergies

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2012 Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Women Leading Companies: Creating access to Capital, Opportunity, Talent and Teamwork
June 27, 2012Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q2 2012 photo

  • Angela Barrie, SVP Sales, Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp)
  • Lucy Billingsley, Partner, The Billingsley Company
  • Mary Murcott, Chief Executive Officer and President, NOVO 1
  • Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO, Dallas Women’s Foundation
  • Billie Williamson, Americas Inclusiveness Officer and Client Serving Partner, Ernst & Young (retired)

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2012Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Discussion with Mayor Mike Rawlings
March 8, 2012 Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q1 2012 photo

Pearson Partners is pleased to have welcomed the mayor as the speaker at our Q1 2012 Spotlight Series Breakfast event, where he shared highlights of what’s happening around the city and answered some great questions from many of the local business leaders in the audience.

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2012 Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Navigating Global Turmoil: A CFO Perspective
December 6, 2011Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q4 2011 photo

  • David B. Brown, Chief Financial Officer, Dresser, Inc.
  • Patrick H. Daugherty, Former Partner, Highland Capital Management, L.P.
  • Steven J. Janusek, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    and Treasurer, Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc.
  • James E. Shields, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MoneyGram International, Inc.

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2011Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

The Global Economy and Its Effect on Our Business Climate
September 13, 2011Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q3 2011 photo

  • John D. Skjervem, Executive Vice President, Northern Trust
  • Anas F. Alhajji, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Natural Gas Partners
  • Scott H. Colvert, Investment Partner, Trinity Hunt Partners

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2011Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Are You IPO-Ready?
June 7, 2011Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q2 2011 photo

  • Joseph Beard, Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Robert D. Davis, Executive Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Rent-A-Center Inc.
  • Aamir Husain, National Leader, IPO Readiness Services, KPMG LLP
  • Ron Nash, Partner, InterWest Partners

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2011Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Private Equity 2011: What Role is it Playing in the Economic Recovery?
March 8, 2011Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q1 2011 photo

  • John W. Madden, Managing Partner, Sequel Holdings, L.P.
  • Whitney Johns Martin, Co-Chair and Managing Director, Texas Women Ventures Fund
  • Patrick K. McGee, Partner, Brazos Private Equity Partners
  • Jeffrey A. Stern, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Amir Yoffe, Principal, CIC Partners L.P.

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2011Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

The Business Impact of Pending Tax and Regulatory Changes
December 7, 2010Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q4 2010 photo

  • Mark Flagg, Dallas Region President, Texas, Northern Trust, NA
  • Joe Norville, National Tax Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Dave Rader, Former Chief Financial Officer (retired), Frito-Lay, Inc.
  • Christopher Ray, Managing Director, Natural Gas Partners

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2010Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

State of the Innovation Engine in North Texas
September 14, 2010Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q3 2010 photo

  • Jackie Kimzey, General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds
  • Drew Koecher, Partner, KPMG LLP
  • John Reed, General Partner, Azalea Ventures, LLC
  • Jean-Louis Trochu, Corporate Development and Venture Capital Program, Texas Instruments, Inc.

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2010Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Keeping Pace with Lightning-Fast Innovation
June 8, 2010Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q2 2010 photo

  • Ed Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, CompuCom Systems, Inc.
  • Paul D’Alessandro, Partner, Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
  • Steve Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, e-Rewards Market Research
  • Susan Schramm, Head of NAM Marketing & Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2010Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Capital and Financing: Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Economy
March 2, 2010Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q1 2010 photo

  • Robert D. Davis, Executive Vice President – Finance, CFO and Treasurer, Rent-A-Center
  • John F. Dragovits, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • Manny Fernandez, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Victor J. Schmerbeck, Managing Director, Corporate Finance, FirstSouthwest Company
  • Laura Wright, Senior Vice President Finance and CFO, Southwest Airlines Co.

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2010Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Reasons to Be Optimistic: The Opportunities for Growth & Investment as We Enter the New Year
December 8, 2009Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q4 2009 photo

  • Gilbert M. Cassagne, Chairman, CEO and President, Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc.
  • Rosalyn T. Mallet, President and CEO, PhaseNext Hospitality
  • W. Keith Newton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cocentra
  • James D. Shelton, Chairman of the Board, Legacy Hospital Partners, Inc.

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2009Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Are We On the Road to Recovery? A Discussion on the Global Economy
September 1, 2009Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q3 2009 photo

  • Warren Strickland, Senior Director, McKinsey & Company
  • Norman P. Bagwell, Chairman & CEO, Bank of Texas, N.A.
  • Peter Beck, Managing Director, The Beck Group
  • Rhys J. Best, Chairman, Crosstex Energy, LP
  • J. Coley Clark, Chairman & CEO, BancTec, Inc.
  • Ronald Rittenmeyer, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, EDS

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2009Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Healthcare & Life Sciences: A Political and Economic Discussion
May 19, 2009Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q2 2009 photo

  • Dennis R. Cryer, MD, FAHA, Chief Medical Officer, Cryer Health
  • John Frenzel, Chief Financial Officer, Conifer Health Solutions
  • J. Darren Rodgers, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • Daniel R. Waldmann, Vice President Government Relations, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  • Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, Director, NTEC

Learn what was discussed in our Q2 2009Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

Taking Charge in a Time of Change
March 3, 2009Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q1 2009 photo

 

  • Joe Colonnetta, Partner, HM Capital Partners
  • David Levy, Manager – Affiliate Finance, Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Jack Lewnard, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Gas Technology Institute
  • Mark R. Wasem, Partner – Energy Practice, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Learn what was discussed in our Q1 2009Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

The Global Economic Impact on Texas and the Southwest U.S.
December 2, 2008Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q4 2008 photo

  • Norman P. Bagwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Texas, N.A.
  • Patrick H. Daugherty, Partner, Head of Distressed and Co-Head of Private Equity Group, Highland Capital Management, L.P.
  • Dr. Lyssa Jenkens, Chief Economist and Vice President, Dallas Regional Chamber
  • John D. Skjervem, Chief Investment Officer, PFS Division, The Northern Trust Company

Learn what was discussed in our Q4 2008Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

The Global Economic Outlook for Year-End 2008
August 26, 2008Pearson's Esteemed Panelists Q3 2008 photo

  • Michael P. Durante, Managing Partner, Western Reserve Capital Management
  • Robert A. Estrada, Chairman and CCO, Estrada Hinojosa & Company
  • Kenneth J. Nicholson, General Manager – Southwest Region, Clean Energy Fuels
  • Marshall Payne, General Partner, CIC Partners, LP
  • Jay W. Swent III, SVP – CFO, ENSCO International, Inc.

Learn what was discussed in our Q3 2008Spotlight Series Breakfast summary.

The Power of Servant Leadership
October 2, 2007

  • Jack Lowe, Jr., Chairman of the Board, TD Industries
  • Jeff Lamb, Vice President People, Southwest Airlines
  • Eric Brueger, Senior Vice President, Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Ann McGee-Cooper, author, Being the Change: Profiles from Our Servant Leadership Learning Community
  • Shari Krueger, Pearson Partners International

CIO: The Path Beyond the Position
February 21, 2007

  • George Assenheimer, principal, Capgemini Americas Outsourcing
  • Steve Davis, chief information officer, SOURCECORP
  • Max Hopper, founder and president, Max D. Hopper & Associates
  • Dan Jones, former managing partner, Dallas Tatum LLC
  • Renee Baker Arrington, Pearson Partners International

The Cost of Private Equity Capital
October 31, 2006

  • Coley Clark, President & CEO, BancTec
  • Joe Colonnetta, Partner, HM Capital Partners
  • Bill Fry, President, Easton-Bell Sports
  • Brent Hagenbuch, President, Titus Capital
  • Shawn Kelly, General Partner, Teakwood Capital
  • Wyche Walton, Managing Director, Haas Wheat & Partners

Board Expectations of the Chief Financial Officer
June 14, 2006

  • Jay Swent, CFO, ENSCO International, Inc.
  • Mark Buthman, CFO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • C.H. Moore, Managing Partner (Retired), KPMG, LLP – Dallas
  • Mike Gleason, President and CEO, HMG Capital Advisory Group

HR and Recruiting Trends in China and Beyond
January 31, 2006

  • Keynote Speaker: Trevor McCormick, Pearson Partners Asia Partner (Foster Partners Asia)

For more information or to request an invitation for future events, please contact . Please note that attendance is by invitation-only for senior executives and private equity partners.