December 1 – Greg Smith and Barbara Williams

On the December 1st edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:
Greg Smith – President/CEO, Accudata Technologies and Barbara Williams – CEO, Careington International Corporation

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Greg Smith, President/CEO, Accudata Technologies

GSmithUpon taking his position as president and CEO of Accudata Technologies in 2002, Greg Smith reorganized the company to meet the ever-changing marketplace and pursued an aggressive business strategy to diversify and expand the company’s services.

Under his direct guidance, Accudata built its network from the ground up, transforming the company from a single-service provider to the leading source of multiple data-validation technologies and a premier access hub for validating information associated with telephone numbers for businesses and consumers across the globe.

In addition, Greg became the first in the industry to suggest the addition of wireless and VoIP LIDB’s for true caller ID as well as collect calling services on wireless and IP-based phone systems. He expanded his company to reach a new consumer base by developing and distributing Privus Mobile — the world’s first comprehensive mobile caller ID service for smartphones.

Phone: (972) 390-2610





Barbara Williams, CEO, Careington International Corporation

As chief executive officer of Careington International Corporation since 2000, Barbara Williams oversees one of the largest non-insured, direct-pay model health care product aggregators and administrators in the nation. During her 25-year career at Careington, she has helped the company build a stellar reputation as an innovator, serving some of the nation’s most respected Fortune 500 companies.

Barbara and her team have expanded these same successful business models to the United Kingdom under the affiliate company, Munroe Sutton LLC. The Healthy Discounts brand by Munroe Sutton incorporates the successful health care solutions developed by Careington under Barbara’s leadership in order to provide access to savings on private dental and optical care throughout the UK.

Since 1979, Careington has helped over nine million members save on dental and other health-related costs by delivering affordable non-insured, direct-pay health care products and services to the market. Dedicated to improving individual health and well-being, Careington’s diverse portfolio of innovative consumer savings plans is designed to help program members save.

Phone: (800) 441-0380

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Host Steve A Klein, Barbara Williams, Greg Smith

November 24 – Aaron Graft and Johnette van Eeden

On the November 24th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:
Aaron Graft – President/CEO, Triumph Bancorp, Inc. and Johnette van Eeden – CEO, Star Wellness

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Aaron Graft, President/CEO, Triumph Bancorp, Inc.

Aaron Graft is the president and chief executive officer of Triumph Bancorp and is the founder of the Triumph Bancorp group of companies, which include Triumph Savings Bank, Triumph Commercial Finance, Advance Business Capital, THE National Bank, Triumph Capital Advisors, and Triumph CRA Holdings.

Triumph Bancorp is a financial holding company with interests in wholesale and community banking, commercial finance, and investment management.

Prior to establishing Triumph Bancorp, Aaron served as the founder and president of Triumph Land and Capital Management, where he oversaw the management of over $300 million of commercial real estate in receivership on behalf of various lenders and led the acquisition of $65 million of distressed debt and real estate. He began his career as an attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski, where he focused on commercial real estate transactions.

Aaron received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Baylor University and is an active member of the Lone Star chapter of YPO and Watermark Community Church in Dallas.

Phone: (214) 365-6900

Johnette van Eeden, CEO, Star Wellness

Headshot - JVE COLOR fullJohnette van Eeden is CEO of Star Wellness, a company she founded in 2003. Today, Star Wellness is a recognized leader in onsite medical screening and laboratory services that help corporations, local governments and school districts implement wellness programs to control or reduce healthcare-related expenses.

The company has more than 200 clients in 20 states and now offers franchises, with locations in Houston and the Panhandlle.

Johnette has been honored by Women’s Enterprise Texas and Women’s Enterprise USA magazines as one of the Top Women’s Business Enterprises in both Texas and the US.

A native Texan, Johnette devotes a large amount of time to working with schools and children.  She has been a volunteer for Junior Achievement and Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has served on the reader panel for Family Fun magazine and as a contributing editor for Working Mother magazine.

Phone: (817) 571-6425

2013-11-11 00.41.46Host Steve A Klein, Johnette van Eeden, Aaron Graft