June 30 – Paul Bettner and Craig Boswell

On the June 30th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Paul Bettner  – Game Developer & CEO of Verse, Inc.

Craig Boswell – Co-Founder & President of HOBI International, Inc.

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Paul Bettner, Game Developer & CEO of Verse, Inc.

Paul Bettner has been creating interactive entertainment for 20 years.  At Microsoft Game Studios, Paul helped create the blockbuster hits Halo Wars and Age of Empires.  In 2008, Paul and his brother David left Microsoft and founded Newtoy, Inc.  They created the smash hit Words With Friends and changed mobile social gaming forever.

In 2012, Paul founded a new game development studio: Verse, Inc. Today, Verse carries on the tradition of creating beloved products that connect the world through play.

Paul is an avid pilot and devoted family man.  He lives in a 110 year-old home in McKinney, Texas with his lovely wife Katy and their three adorable children, Eloise, Arthur and Charlie.

Phone: (972) 542-5880


Craig Boswell, Co-Founder & President of HOBI International, Inc.

Craig BoswellCraig Boswell is Co-Founder and President of HOBI International, Inc. and has been extensively involved in the design, development and deployment of electronics demanufacturing and recycling techniques.

Craig’s background includes nine years experience as an electrical engineer for Texas Instruments, Inc. As Founder and President of HOBI International, Inc., Craig plays a key role in developing HOBI’s processes and procedures for data security, asset tracking and asset disposition services.

In his current role at HOBI, Craig travels throughout North America meeting with corporations and assisting them with designing systems that allowing them to maximize revenue and minimize cost through proper lifecycle management of IT and mobile devices.  He has worked closely with corporations such as AT&T, Barnes and Noble, Nokia, and Agero to create reverse logistics, asset management, and asset disposition solutions that are industry best in class. These systems focus on data security solutions, cost reductions through innovative logistics management, and revenue maximization through sales channel optimization.

Phone: (214) 951-0143


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June 23 – Todd Meier and John Roehll

On the June 23th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Todd Meier  – Mayor of Addison, TX

John Roehll –  Executive Vice-President and Partner of Dependable Auto Shippers

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Todd Meier, Mayor – Addison, TX

2013 Mayor's Official PhotoBefore being elected Mayor in 2011, Todd Meier served as a member of the Addison Town Council and as vice chairman of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Committee.  He is currently serving as Vice President of the Metroplex Mayor’s Association.

Currently an attorney with Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP in Dallas, Todd counsels clients in the technology, manufacturing, financial services, commodities, and service industries. He works with individuals and businesses on transactional and operational matters, and provides litigation services as needed.

He is a former assistant district attorney for Dallas County, where he tried more than 300 jury trials during his tenure. Todd is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Todd’s business career included serving as president and general manager of Rodger Meier Cadillac, Meier Oldsmobile, and Meier Infiniti, one the most successful and well-known auto dealership groups in Dallas.

As head of a private investment firm he founded in 1998, Todd reviews, analyzes, and performs due diligence on investment prospects and assists in transactions involving start-up businesses to mid-size private equity investments.

He has two children: Brennan, a recent SMU Law School graduate currently clerking for US District Judge Jane Boyle, and Mackenzie a recent Wake Forest Master’s degree graduate now working as a business analyst at PWC.

 Addison TX.gov

John Roehll, Executive Vice-President and Partner – Dependable Auto Shippers

John Roehll serves as executive vice president and partner at Dependable Auto Shippers, one of the largest vehicle relocation companies in the United States representing corporate and retail clients since 1954.

The company ships vehicles of all types including cars, recreational vehicles, trucks, antique cars, motorcycles, custom cars, ATVs, boats, vans, and even planes.  Based in Mesquite, Texas, Dependable Auto Shippers has branch offices near Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

Roehll is responsible for guiding the overall strategic direction of the company, as well as business development for all revenue channels. This year marks his 20th anniversary with the company.

He is a member of the Employee Relocation Council (ERC), American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and the American Auto Auction Association.

Phone: (888) 817-6203


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Todd Meier, John Roehll & Host Steve A Klein