On the July 14th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:
Chris Abraham – CEO, Service King Collision Repair Centers and Janette Monear – President & CEO, Texas Trees Foundation
Chris Abraham, CEO, Service King Collision Repair Centers
Chris began his career at Service King in 1995 as a Service Advisor and moved into management the following year. He managed three different Service King locations over the next eight years, two of which he opened.
In 2004, Chris joined the operations team in the Service King Support Center to manage the company’s insurance DRP network and customer service department. In November of 2008, Chris accepted the challenge of assembling a team to develop the Houston market with the goal of having a multi-location collision repair operation to compliment the company’s success in the DFW market.
Since then, the Houston market has grown in revenue to over 70 million in collision repair services in three years with 12 facilities throughout Houston, Texas. His leadership in the Houston market helped Service King to be named #1 in the 2011 Houston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” contest. Giving back to the community is a priority for Service King and under Chris’s direction; Service King’s 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Houston raised an excess of $50,000 for local charities in 2011.
On January 4, 2012, Chris was named President of Service King. In August 2012, Chris assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Board Member. He is responsible for Service King’s national expansion efforts while fulfilling the company’s goal of becoming the premiere collision repair organization in the United States.
Chris is married to Tiffany, his wife of 18 years, has three daughters and resides in Frisco, Texas.
Phone: (866) 730-5464 (KING)
Janette Monear, President & CEO, Texas Trees Foundation
Janette Monear is President and CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation, a private nonprofit dedicated to “Greening North Central Texas,” creating healthy communities through tree planting, education, outreach, and policy. Under Janette’s leadership, the Foundation maintains two urban tree farms and supports tree-planting projects and education outreach for municipalities, schools, utilities, and builders/developers.
Her twenty-eight year career in urban forestry has given her the opportunity to work with cities, developers/builders, citizens, policy makers, environmental professionals and diverse populations. She is a member of ISA International and the Texas ISA Chapter, served on the Arboretum Board for St. Johns University, the USDA Forest Service Technology Transfer Team, the Dallas Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, The Texas Urban Forest Advisory Council and the Katy Trail Landscape Committee.
Her experience, combined with her passion for urban forestry and community development led her to create the City Trees Sustainability Guidelines & Best Practices and the Open Spaces – Clean Water guidebooks, Community Tree Planting Manual, and the Environmental Service Learning manual for students and she was one of the authors of the USDA Forest Service Tree Owner’s Manual. Janette also wrote and edited the public television documentary “Spirit of the Trees.” Monear is a frequent speaker and panelist at regional and national environmental and land development conferences.
Phone: (214) 953-1148
Host Steve A Klein, Janette Monear, Chris Abraham