March 31 – John Lee and Carla Weiland

On the March 31 edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were John Lee and Carla Weiland.

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John Lee Pic John Lee

John Lee is CEO of Digital Growth Strategies. Following a 20 year career working at Dallas advertising agencies such as The Richards Group, Temerlin McClain, Calise & Sedei and running marketing at during the first Internet boom, John formed social media consultancy Digital Growth Strategies in September 2008.

Working with both B2C and B2B brands, the mission of DGS is to help clients drive growth through a strategic and integrated approach to social networking technologies.

John helps companies build better relationships with customers via external social media activities and better enterprise-wide operational performance via internal social networking initiatives.

Client experience includes: Texas Instruments, Alliance Data, Virbac Animal Health, Illes Seasonings and Flavors, Michael’s Stores, CiCi’s Pizza, Chipotle, Whataburger, YoCrunch Yogurt, the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth and the Community Council of Greater Dallas.

carla weilandCarla R. Weiland

Carla R. Weiland is the Chief Executive Officer of Camp Summit.  Camp Summit is a non-for-profit “sleep away” camp for children and adults with special needs.  Since 1947, Camp Summit has offered a unique program in Argyle TX, which offers campers a wide variety of traditional camp activities at a facility that allows even a person in a wheel chair to ride a horse or go down a zip-line.

There are no other camps in our region and only a handful of camps in the U.S. that offer a camping program comparable to Camp Summit. The program is unique because campers are accepted without regard to the severity of their disability.

Carla joined Camp Summit in 2003 and comes to Camp Summit with a varied background in Non-Profit and Camp management.  She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.

She has worked with numerous camps throughout the country and served as President of the Texoma section of the America Camp Association (ACA). She is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Richardson program and involved in many community organizations.  Carla is inspired by our campers daily and continues to be an advocate for camping and providing services for individuals with disabilities.

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Host Steve A Klein (left) with guests Carla Weiland (center) and John Lee (right)


March 24 – David Hicks and Bill Wallace

On the March 24 episode of PlayMakers Talk Show our guests were David Hicks and Bill Wallace.

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David HicksDavid Hicks

Co-President – HomeVestors of America

David Hicks joined HomeVestors in 2005 as Director of Franchise Systems, quickly
developing a process of coaching franchisees. From 2006-2009, he coordinated the
franchisee support for the company as Vice President of Operations. In January 2009, he
became Co-President with Ken Channell.

Before joining HomeVestors, David was president of NEFX, Inc. in Richardson,
Texas from October 1999 to March 2005. Prior to 1999, he was president of Success
Motivation Institute in Waco, Texas. David graduated with a BS in chemistry from
Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest buyer of houses in the
U.S., with 50,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors trains and supports it’s
independently owned and operated franchisees that specialize in buying and rehabbing
residential properties. Most commonly known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company,
HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each community.

In 2012, for the seventh consecutive year, HomeVestors was among the prestigious Franchise Business Review’s “Top 50 Franchises,” a distinction awarded to franchisors with the highest level of franchisee satisfaction. For more information, visit

Bill WallaceBill Wallace

The founder and long-time leader of Success North Dallas, Bill Wallace has often said his greatest skill is putting the right people together. Emanating from a rolodex that would put the U.S. government to shame, Bill’s generous “connection-making” has benefited countless individuals who have turned to him for trusted referrals, strategic business support, personal coaching, and educational mentorship.

Bill’s professional career flourished along with his development of Success North Dallas, first as owner of Wallace Financial Group—a provider of business continuation planning, insurance and financial strategies and estate and family protection—and, later, as Chairman and CEO of The Wallace Companies, a consulting firm specializing in capital development and executive management strategies.

Wallace is a charter member and past president of the Addison Rotary Club, a long-time member of CEO Netweavers, a past member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and the New England Financial Leaders Association, and the Author of “Peacefully Rich™ the Financial Road Less Traveled.” He has also served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Advisory Boards of St. Acuin Montessori School, Bryan’s House, and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. In recognition for his work in the community, The Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values honored Bill with the Heroes of Humanity Award in 2009.

Wallace Companies, Inc.
Wallace Financial Group
Success North Dallas

Off: 972-380-0003
Cell: 214-686-7778
Fax: 972-930-6279

4500 Westgrove Drive, Suite 350
Addison, TX 75001

Host Steve Klein with guests

Host Steve Klein with guests Bill Wallace and David Hicks.