September 1 – Geoffrey Fischer and Mark Davis Bailey

On the September 1st edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Geoffrey Fischer – President & Founder, and Mark Davis Bailey  – President & CEO, Original Pancake House-DFW

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Geoffrey Fischer, President & Founder,

Geoff Fischer launched one year ago and provides an easy way for people to compare area health care providers and prices, read reviews and bid on services on-line.

DealWell focuses on cash-pay health care, including elective procedures and nonelective services, and targets the growing population with no insurance or high deductibles.

Since being hired at the University of Chicago’s Digital Media Laboratory in 1996, Geoff Fischer has built, run and fine-tuned dozens of innovative and high profile websites.

At the MSN division of Microsoft, Geoff led teams that built sites for “Access Hollywood”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Season One of “American Idol” before taking the role of Executive Producer for Sports, which saw him lead MSN’s partnerships with FOX Sports and NBC Olympics.


Mark Davis Bailey, President & CEO, Original Pancake House-DFW

DavisMark Davis Bailey got his first taste at Food Service while working in the student cafeterias at Texas Tech University, eventually becoming Student Manager of the largest unit on campus.

Completing a degree in Architectural Design, Mark declined an offer from Disneyworld (which his Parents have never forgiven), opting instead to work for himself, and subsequently a high profile firm in Dallas. After twelve years practicing Design and Construction, Mark entered Graduate school to study International Business.

As an undergraduate, Mark founded an investment club with one of the investments in the Original Pancake House opening their second restaurant in 1989. Mark was Architect and General Contractor for that unit, and his club acquired 10% ownership and later acquiring 10% in the 4th unit as well.

In 1999, Mark was invited to purchase the company and lead expansion in the metroplex. The acquisition was completed in 2001, so Mark became President/CEO of OPH–DFW and its four locations. In 2007 the company opened a 5th location (North Plano), and in May 2010 opened their 6th unit in Grapevine (acquiring that real estate, as well). In May 2012, OPH relocated their first/original unit (26 years in operation), which now features a “Seattle Style” coffee bar/lounge, and doubled its revenue within one year.

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August 25 – Roland Dickey, Jr. and Caroline Reaves

On the August 25th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Roland Dickey, Jr. – President & CEO, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants and Caroline Reaves  – CEO, Mortgage Contracting Services LLC

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Roland Dickey, Jr., President & CEO,  Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants

Dickey_Roland  Jr   Dickeys, Knox/HendersonRoland Dickey, Jr. is the grandson of company founder Travis Dickey, Sr. Since becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants in 2006, he has expanded the restaurant’s reach from 20 to over 320 restaurants nationwide.  Dickey enthusiastically leads the charge for global barbecue domination, one store at a time.

Dickey’s Barbecue is now officially the world’s largest barbecue chain with no plans of stopping.  Dickey has earned his stripes as a third generation restaurant owner who worked for years in other restaurant concepts to hone his skills. He leads his growing team with a tough-as-nails, take the bull by the horns leadership style that has produced exceptional results in growth and brand innovations. His passionate style has been a game changer in the fast casual restaurant industry and has made Dickey’s Barbecue the fastest growing restaurant brand in the country.

Caroline Reaves, CEO, Mortgage Contracting Services LLC