September 19 – Chris MacFarland, Masergy and James Pool, TurboChef

On the September 19th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Chris MacFarland – Chairman & CEO, Masergy

James K. Pool, III – President, TurboChef Technologies

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Chris MacFarland, Chairman & CEO, Masergy

ChrisMacFarlandChris MacFarland is Masergy’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer. Under Chris’ leadership Masergy continues to grow at a profitable and rapid pace including the key milestone of $1 billion in cumulative revenues achieved in January 2014.

Masergy owns the largest independent global cloud-networking platform for enterprises. They also provide advanced cyber security and business communication services, all with an unmatched customer experience that their larger rivals can’t deliver.

Chris is a seasoned entrepreneur and was selected as Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year finalist in 2013. Prior to joining Masergy, Chris served in various senior executive positions at BroadSoft, McLeodUSA, Allegiance Telecom, Verio, OnRamp, CompuNet and Compu-Tek International. Chris currently serves on the board of directors for Access Media 3, SMBSuite and iTopia.

Phone: (866) Masergy (627-3749)


James K. Pool III, President, TurboChef Technologies

James K Pool III HeadshotJames K. Pool, III has been the President of TurboChef Technologies, Inc. in Carrollton, a division of the Middleby Corp., since 2011. James is instrumental in pioneering ventless products for the kitchen, including the world’s first ventless conveyor.

In addition to his role as President of TurboChef, James was recently named President of Stewart Systems, based in Plano, and Baker Thermal Solutions, based in Clayton, North Carolina. Both companies are industry leaders that specialize in bun and loaf bread baking equipment.

Joining TurboChef in 1995, James has been the principal engineer for TurboChef over the past decade. He also led procurement, customer service and manufacturing, overseeing each of these facets of the TurboChef business while developing the world’s leading rapid cook technologies.

Phone: (214) 379-6000


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Chris MacFarland, Host Steve A Klein, James Pool

September 12 – Mark Smith, Merritt Hawkins and Drew Clancy, Publishing Concepts

On the September 12th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Mark Smith – President, Merritt Hawkins

Drew Clancy – President & CEO Publishing Concepts

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Mark Smith, President, Merritt Hawkins

Mark SmithMark Smith is President of Merritt, Hawkins, the nation’s largest and most recognized physician search and consulting firm. Merritt Hawkins is a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS), the largest healthcare staffing organization in the United States and the innovator of healthcare staffing solutions.

Mark has over 25 years of experience with Merritt, Hawkins and served as Vice President of the firm’s Eastern Regional office in Atlanta prior to relocating to its corporate office in Dallas. He’s responsible for strategic planning and operations for Merritt Hawkins, providing both overall strategic direction and daily management of recruiting, personnel, financial and related functions.

Mark is a leading national expert in the areas of medical staff planning, physician recruiting strategies, physician compensation, physician retention and physician practice patterns. He has consulted with hundreds of hospitals, medical groups and other health care organizations nationwide on issues ranging from provider needs assessment to clinical search strategies, compensation formulas, and retention strategies.

Phone: (469) 524-1400

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Drew Clancy, President & CEO Publishing Concepts

Drew-ClancyDrew Clancy is President and CEO of Publishing Concepts, the nation’s leading publisher of printed alumni directories and online alumni communities.

PCI is a third generation family business and dates back to the Rockwell F. Clancy Company, which was the nation’s first alumni directory publisher in 1921.  Today PCI works with many of the nation’s top universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

Drew graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and earned his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Phone: (800) 395-4724

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Mark Smith, Host Steve A Klein, Drew Clancy