June 16 – Evelyn Costolo and Michael Gibbons

On the June 16th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Evelyn Costolo  – CEO of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC)

Michael Gibbons –  Former FBI Chief of Computer Investigations, Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal and speaker at The America’s Future Series: CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT


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Evelyn Costolo, CEO – Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC)

Evelyn Costolo, CEO Wipe Out Kids' Cancer

Evelyn Costolo is CEO of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC), a Dallas-based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funding and awareness for childhood cancer research.  Founded in 1980, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer has raised over $4 million in the crusade against childhood cancer and spent over 30 years funding programs to not only fight childhood cancer, but to also provide hope and support to kids and families battling cancer.

Costolo has a strong track record in leadership positions including highly successful fund-raising roles for several Dallas non-profit groups.  She held multiple positions with Junior League of Dallas from 1999 through 2010:  Financial Vice President, Development Vice President (where her team exceeded goal and netted more than $1 million), Community Volunteer Fair chair, and Research and Development Chair (where she led a 45 person committee that allocated $1 million and 1,500 volunteers to the Dallas community.

Costolo was a member of the Texas Ballet Theater’s Council of Patrons, and a past member of the board of directors of Community Partners of Dallas and of Victims Outreach.  She served on the Ways and Means Committee of University Park Elementary, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of SMU’s Kappa Kappa Gamma, and was the 2009 chair of the Expanding Worlds luncheon. She lives with her husband and two children in University Park.

For more information about Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, visit wokc.org.

Michael Gibbons, Former FBI Chief of Computer Investigations, Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal and speaker at The America’s Future Series: CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT

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J. Michael Gibbons is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Global Forensic and Dispute Services industry and a strategic information security specialist with over 25 years of experience on a global scale.

Mr. Gibbons offers a proven record of improving processes, reducing costs and mitigating risks by developing and implementing technical solutions that enable secure, reliable information sharing and computing for such major organizations such as Marriott, JPMorgan Chase, FDIC, ING, Freddie Mac, USAA, Department of Homeland Security, and F.B.I.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Gibbons was a Principal at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he directly managed security services delivery at a major financial services client and three US federal agencies. Mr. Gibbons worked directly with the chief information security officer (CISO) and external audit staff to remove audit findings at a financial services regulator, and prepared a long-term strategic vision for security for a large US Agency.

For more than five years, Mr. Gibbons was a Managing Director at BearingPoint, and was a Vice President for Security Services for Unisys for three years where he implemented a Security Operations Center that monitored the network security of three major U.S. Agencies including the TSA.

Mr. Gibbons served a 15-year tenure at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Special Agent, Chief of the Computer Investigations Unit, where key highlights included overseeing all cyber crime investigations for the FBI, nationally and internationally. In 1995 he established and led the largest Federal Health Care Fraud Task Force in the nation, still in operation today. The most notable investigation led by Mr. Gibbons was documented in the New York Times Bestselling book titled “The Cuckoo’s Egg”, which resulted in three convictions for cyber espionage in German Federal Court.

The America’s Future Series: CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT

Thursday, June 27 from 7:15 am – 7:00 pm

Irving Convention Center

500 W. Las Colinas Blvd

Irving TX 75039

For more information: IrvingChamber.com/Cyber

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June 9 – Jack Long and Roger Dalton

On the June 9th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were Jack Long  – President & CEO of Cookies by Design and Roger Dalton –  Founder & President of the Dalton Gang Inc./Subway Regional Office


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Jack Long, President & CEO – Cookies by Design

Jack Long is President & CEO of Cookies by Design, which provide customers with freshly baked, hand-decorated and personalized cookie gifts, averaging around $50 per cookie bouquet or basket. The company has 100 locations across the country, including four corporate shops and 96 franchises, which include six shops in the DFW area.  They have just signed agreements to go International in South America, Mexico and Canada.

Cookies by Design also has two corporately owned giving Centers in Dallas and Los Angeles that ship products than cannot be hand delivered.

Jack Long came to the United States from Great Britain in 2005 after having started a communications company that was later purchased by MCI.  He bought a Cookies by Design franchise in Fort Myers, Florida and became CEO and President in 2011 directing 60 people while continuing to commute most weeks between Florida and Dallas.

Phone: 1-855-Cookies

CookiesByDesign.com

Roger L. Dalton, Founder/President – the Dalton Gang Inc./Subway Regional Office