August 1- Mary Kennedy Thompson, Mr. Rooter Corporation & Michael G. Schneider, A-1 Locksmith and Safe

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

Mary Kennedy Thompson – President, Mr. Rooter Corporation

Michael G. Schneider – CEO, A-1 Locksmith and Safe

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Mary Kennedy Thompson, President, Mr. Rooter Corporation

Mary Red jacket 2011Mary Kennedy Thompson has been president of Mr. Rooter Corporation since 2006.

Mary came to Mr. Rooter from national franchisor Cookies by Design, where she was president of the franchisor corporation. She came into the franchising industry as a franchisee first when in 1994, when she opened a Cookies by Design® franchise in Austin.

In 2000 after selling her businesses, she was recruited to the home office to build the first field program for site visits and training and also created and taught the first marketing training programs for franchisees.

At the end of her first year as president of Mr. Rooter Corporation, U.S. Business Review selected Mary as one of its 2007 Editor’s Choice Executives of the Year. Today Mr. Rooter is the fastest growing plumbing franchise with more than 336 locations worldwide.

Franchising Information: Sam Thurman (254) 759-5820


Michael G. Schneider, CEO, A-1 Locksmith and Safe

0707764Michael Schneider took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Joe East Enterprises Inc. in early 2012. Joe East Sr. established A-1 Locksmith in 1949 and now Joe East Enterprises holds A-1 Locksmith, Safe, and Security Group.

Michael started an entrepreneurial school of hard knocks with Joe East where he sold real estate, partnered in an Event Sound and Lighting company, and created the Electronic Security Division called the “A1 Security Group.”

Today, A-1 Locksmith and Safe has 40 mobile service technicians and 10 walk-in retail locations providing sales and service in:  lock and key products, Car remotes and laser chip keys, Safe sales, delivery and service, security camera, alarm installation and monitoring.

Phone: (972)/(817) 690-8464

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July 25 – David F. Bristol, Employee Solutions and Douglas Ritter, USFI

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

David F. Bristol – CEO, Employee Solutions

Douglas Ritter – President, USFI

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David F. Bristol, CEO, Employee Solutions

David BristolDavid Bristol is a serial entrepreneur and retired combat veteran Air Force fighter pilot. He currently is CEO of Employee Solutions, one of the largest staffing firms in north Texas, which he started in 1997.

Today, Employee Solutions has revenue in excess of $75 million and employs up to 3,000 temporary employees and 79 full-time corporate employees with 13 offices in Texas and Oklahoma. He is also a co-founder of Sub Assembly Group and Provider Solutions.

Employee Solutions was named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing list and the Dallas100 for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.

Phone: (855) 565-8367

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Douglas Ritter, President, USFI

portraitDouglas Ritter is President of USFI, a marketing solutions company that creates desire for its client’s products and services.

Prior to USFI, Douglas was a partner at Ascend Marketing for four years and has extensive Telecom experience, with AT&T, Verizon and NextiraOne.  Before his years in Telecom Douglas worked at a variety of top-ten advertising firms in New York.

USFI is able to do what’s best for their clients; they manage the creative, production, distribution, and warehousing of their clients’ merchandising and promotional materials. As a result, their clients realize improved efficiencies and speed-to-market.

Phone: (972) 444-8381

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