November 11/12 – Mark Parmerlee, Golden Chick and Bill Hunter, Valerian Technologies

Our Guests for the November 11th/12th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show:

Mark Parmerlee, President & CEO, Golden Chick

Bill Hunter, CEO, Valerian Technologies

Join us Friday afternoon at 3:00 and Saturday afternoon at 2:00 for an Encore Presentation on 770 KAAM (

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Mark Parmerlee, President & CEO, Golden Chick


Mark Parmerlee began his career in the restaurant industry at only 15-years-old washing dishes. Mark worked in the hospitality and commercial real estate industries throughout the years until an old acquaintance asked him to become the operating partner of Golden Chick (formerly known as Golden Fried Chicken) in March of 1989. Mark agreed to join Golden Chick while they were filing for bankruptcy.

Founded almost 50 years ago in San Marcos, Golden Chick is a family-oriented, quick-service restaurant that prides itself on perfecting its Golden Fried Chicken, Golden Roast Chicken and Golden Tenders®, along with offering a variety of other chef-inspired menu items. With dine-in, drive-thru, catering and home delivery service capabilities, the Golden Chick restaurant chain has more than 160 locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Pakistan.

Mark eventually became President and CEO of the company (even though he originally intended this position to be temporary for him), and now 27 years later he is still the president and his children are all involved in the company as well!

Phone: (972) 831-0911


Bill Hunter, CEO, Valerian Technologies


As a visionary leader, Bill Hunter excels in entrepreneurial risk-taking and building company value. His career spans family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Bill is CEO of Valerian Technologies, formerly Signature Card; a leading plastic card company that supplies businesses of all sizes with unique gift cards, swipe cards, plastic ID cards and more.

Valerian Technologies offers full-service design, production, personalization, custom printing and data management for gift, promotional, loyalty and membership card programs that strengthen consumer engagement.

Valerian Technologies is expanding beyond gift and loyalty card programs to direct mail and data management services. It’s also on the hunt for like-minded companies to acquire or to merge with as part of a quest to grow revenues from $12 million a year now to the $30 million-to-$40 million range over the next couple of years.

Phone: (972) 783-7600

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