January 5 – Ted Beaman and Blake Woodall

On the January 5th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Ted Beaman – President, Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke

Right click to download | Subscribe to the PlayMakers Podcast

Blake Woodall – General Partner/VP of Sales, Vent-A-Hood

Ted Beaman, President, Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke

With more than 24 years in the restaurant industry, Ted Beaman is President of Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke, a funky Texas BBQ joint.

As President, Ted has developed strategic plans for selecting new markets and expansion, and is currently working to open Bone Daddy’s second Houston location.

Prior to joining the Bone Daddy’s team, Ted honed his restaurant experience with Boston Pizza Restaurants and Metromedia Restaurant Group. Ted worked as Vice President of Business Development at Boston Pizza where he was essential in the company’s growth from 15 locations to more than 50 by streamlining building costs and development timelines.

During his time at Metromedia Restaurant Group, Ted was Vice President of Finance for Bennigan’s and served on the leadership team responsible for five consecutive years of increases in sales and revenue.



Blake Woodall, General Partner/VP of Sales, Vent-A-Hood

BLAKE__017Blake Woodall is a general partner and the vice president of sales for Vent-A-Hood.  Founded in 1933, Vent-A-Hood is based in Richardson and is the oldest manufacturer of residential range hoods in America.  This third-generation family-owned business just celebrated its 80th anniversary.

Blake oversees the advertising and marketing programs for the Vent-A-Hood brand and its products across North America. He actively serves on the boards of Vent-A-Hood, Vent-A-Hood Realty and Milestone Distributors — all family-owned businesses based in North Texas.

Vent-A-Hood products are sold in all 50 states as well as Canada. And each range hood is individually engineered for performance in addition to style.


2013-12-07 16.33.30Blake Woodall, Host Steve A Klein, Ted Beaman

December 29 – Dan Butcher and Jim Hanophy

On the December 29th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:

Dan Butcher – Managing Partner, Strasburger & Price

Jim Hanophy – CEO, Operation Kindness

Right click to download | Subscribe to the PlayMakers Podcast

Dan Butcher, Managing Partner, Strasburger & Price

Dan Butcher is one of the top tax attorneys in Texas as well as managing partner of Dallas-based Strasburger & Price,  one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country.  He counsels clients on tax matters, particularly in the areas of state and local taxation.

His firm’s current clients include 7-Eleven and Rent-A-Center while employing 85 lawyers in Dallas and 38 in Collin County.

Under Dan’s leadership, Strasburger broke from the industry standard in 2007 and cut billable requirements for first-year lawyers from 1,920 hours to 1,600 hours. That allowed more time for showing young associates the ropes without training those lawyers on the client’s tab.

The firm simultaneously created a mentoring program in which incoming associates were required to spend 550 hours shadowing senior attorneys.



Jim Hanophy, CEO, Operation Kindness

Jim Hanophy is a passionate animal advocate with more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofits. As the chief executive officer of Operation Kindness, Jim oversees day-to-day operations; supports animal rights legislation and identifies and cultivates fundraising opportunities.

Operation Kindness is the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas.  Located in Carrollton, Operation Kindness saves more than 3,000 dogs and cats every year.  Under his leadership, the Operation Kindness staff and volunteers care for an average of 300 animals at the shelter every day, with an additional 100 animals living in the organization’s foster home network.

Jim leads with compassion, integrity and follow-through.  He joined Operation Kindness in July 2013 after seven years in a leadership role at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) — a nonprofit agency that works with disabled adults to help them find jobs through vocational rehabilitation, as well as helping families with disabled children to reach their full potential. Under his leadership, Jim’s group provided services to 85,000 people annually and he was responsible for a budget of $235 million.


Phone: (972) 418-PAWS