April 17, 2018

DEA Meeting: The Potato Sack Chronicles with Bill Bancroft

The Potato Sack Chronicles

with Bill Bancroft

Jennifer Blakeney introduced Bill Bancroft, our guest speaker from Conbrio, a Dallas-based coaching and consulting firm.  Bill shared with us "The Potato Sack Chronicles:  Lessons from a lifetime of serving and leading that can help you be more effective personally and professionally." 

When Bill was a young person, he was a Peace Corp volunteer, sitting on potato sacks, coming out of Bolivia in the back of a truck.  These sacks were hand-woven and hand-dyed of hand-spun threads and were meant to be durable, holding 100-150 lbs of potatoes.  He was heading out to work with poor, agrarian farmers with sheep.  They only used as much of the wool from their sheep as they needed, but he was there to train them to start thinking about marketing their wool and improving their lives.  Making that change in thinking was really difficult!

The potato sack doesn’t just symbolize the two years of his life in Bolivia, it is a metaphor for servant-leadership, what he has done all of his life.

Servant-leadership allows people to be innovative and creative and invites “aha” moments which establish change that lasts!  In the words of Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu writing in the 5th Century B.C. , “The highest type of ruler is one whose existence the people are barely aware. The sage is self-effacing and scanty of words. When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, all the people say, ‘We ourselves have achieved it.’ ”  Decide to serve and then make a conscious choice to lead.  Givers (not takers) are those who succeed.…

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DEA Meeting: Take Time to Travel
5 Stand Shooting Event

5 Stand Shoot and BBQ May 1st!

After the rain, we have rescheduled our shoot!  Come join us to shoot clays, eat delicious BBQ and have a great time from 3:30-6pm on May 1st at Elm Fork Shooting Sports!  We WILL have a morning meeting that week so be sure to plan your calendar accordingly!  This will be 5-Stand Shooting.  Michael Bosco’s brother will provide BBQ jalapeno poppers and chopped brisket sandwiches and we will have water bottles and soft drinks available.

We will have foam ear plugs available, but fee free to bring any additional hearing protection or protective eyewear you would like.

The cost for the event is $30/person for food and clays and you can bring or purchase (at the event) whatever ammo you want to shoot.

If you signed up for the original shoot, you are still on our list!  If you didn't sign up before but would like to join us, email Dianna to let us know if you would like to come and if you are bringing guest(s)!

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First Meeting of B2B Group!

First Meeting of B2B Group!

The first meeting of the B2B group will meet May 8th for lunch at noon at Brian Eltis' office.  The group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  The purpose of the group is encouraging leads.  They will emphasize generating leads for 2-3 companies each month.  They will also focus on 1-on-1's. The address for Complete Supply is 1624 W. Crosby, Unit 144, Carrollton, TX 75006. 

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President Mariann Montgomery welcomed everyone to meeting #4,614 of the DEA, celebrating 83 years!

Results reported to date for 2018 are $399,165 and Money Spent is $209,302!

Thanks to Jennifer Blakeney and Cooper Bibb with Sewell Lexus for a great presentation last week!


Good News Stories!

Darren Gardner, TEKS Inc., has a new daughter-in-law!

Braden Howell, New York Life, was in the New York office last week and was elected to the Executive Committee at New York Life, an honor only .04% of all New York Life advisers receive!


30-Second Commercial!

John Anderson, Complete Mailing Partners: If you know of anyone with a postage machine with an analog fax line, it won't work after June!  Have them call to get set up!

Marcello Guercini, Craddock Lumber:  if you are building a deck or pergola, make sure you get treated lumber that is treated for ground contact so it will really last!  Home Depot does not sell lumber treated for ground contact; come to Craddock Lumber to get the best products!

Michael Bosco, Safe Haven Pest Control, the termites are swarming!  If you see "winged ants", have Michael come take a look or send him a picture and he can take care of the problem!


Happy Birthday to:

• 17th - Ryan Long, Sewell Infiniti

• 19th - Dr. Maude Cejudo

• 20th - Ron Schulz, Supreme Lending

• 21st - Sam Crockett (Honorary Life Member)

• 21st - Aaron Williams (A-Star Plumbing)

• 22nd - Dr. Paul Chafetz

• 23rd - Randy Herman, Cornerstone Chem-Dry


Austin Owens, Cornerstone Chem-Dry, has graciously offered to help those of us struggling with the "posting", "liking", "checking in", and finding where it is really "@"!  He will be available right after the 1st and last meetings of each month, or by scheduled appointment.  If you would like to sign up to be in one of his groups, email Austin or Dianna.

Austin's contact information is on the DEA website!


Julie Grant, Julie Grant Interiors, introduced our guests today:

• Jeremy Bermender with Atomic Design & Consulting, Jeremy@atomicdc.com.

• Michelle Spangler with Infused Oils & Vinegars, chefmichelle@infusedoilsandvinegars.com, guest of Maude Cejudo.

• Alan Robinson with Anti-Social Media, Alan@Antisocial-Media.net, guest of Austin Owens.

• Bernie Jezercak with SynchLab Media, berniejezercak@gmail.com.


Second Week Publication

Proposed Classification Change

The following firm has been approved for publication by the Board of Directors for a change of classification.  If you have an objection, it must be submitted in writing to the DEA office no later than noon on April 23, 2018.

Preferred Business Solutions

Current Category:  Office Products and Supplies

Proposed Category:  Office Furniture


Second Week Publication

Membership Proposal

The following firm has been approved for publication by the Board of Directors.  If you have an objection to this firm it must be submitted in writing to the DEA office no later than noon on April 23, 2018.

Anti-social Media

Alan Robinson

P.O. Box 488, Keller, TX  76244
Classification:  Social Media Marketing
Sponsor:  Austin Owens


Second Week Publication

Membership Proposal

The following firm has been approved for publication by the Board of Directors.  If you have an objection to this firm it must be submitted in writing to the DEA office no later than noon on April 23, 2018.

Atomic Design and Consulting

Jeremy Bermender

8105 Rasor Blvd, Plano, TX 75024
Classification:  SEO
Sponsor:  Darryl Galen


Open Category:  Credit, Debit Card Processing, vacated by Emerald Business Solutions.  If you know someone who might be interested in this category, bring them!


Innagural Book Club April 23rd at Dr. Paul's house!

The DEA Book Club will meet the evening of April 23rd from 6:30-8pm at Dr. Paul's house (12508 Renoir Ln, Dallas) to discuss our first book: Extreme Ownership:  How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink It's not too late too late to get a copy and join us!  Give it 3 chapters and then decide if you want to join us!

Please email Dianna to RSVP if you would like to join us!

Bill Gates says to read 50 books a year.  Mark Cuban says to read 3 hours every day.  Warren Buffet says to read 500 pages every day.  President Mariann Montgomery says we are improving minds and attitudes by studying the written word.  Dr. Seuss says the more you read the more places you will go, the more places you will go, the more things you will learn!

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DEA Golf Outing

Golf Outing

Join us at Cowboy's Golf Club on June 26th for a 1:30 shot-gun start!  For golfers, the fees include lunch, dinner and a great afternoon of golfing in between!  Prizes and raffle drawings at dinner!  Register today, just reply to this email!  

Golfers:  $135.00 (if registered before 5/15); $145.00 (registered after 5/15); Hole Sponsor – $150.00; Lunch only – $37.50; Dinner only – $37.50; Lunch & Dinner – $62.50


Get on the Calendar!

We are scheduling presentations for the summer, starting June 5th!  Don't let your best date get away!


2018 IEA Conference

The 2018 IEA Conference is in Charlotte, NC, September 26-28, 2018.  If you are interested, more information is available in their video!


Board Report

Chris Boots, Halo Branded Solutions, presented the Board report for April 10th, indicating there was a total of 42 present with 3 guests recording:

• 27 “A” leads

• 21 “B” leads

• 39 “C” leads

• 16 One-on-One’s 

• 30 Leads Received

• $19,654 results

• $10,382 spent with members

The Big Results-getter was Sewell Cadillac  The Big Spender was Biggers Law Firm.  The Big “A” Lead giver: Remarkable Painting. The Big "B" Lead giver:  Dr. Janell Kenny.  The Big "C" Lead givers:  Complete Mailing PartnersBiggers Law Firm.



The $30.00 raffle drawing was won by Kevin Taylor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management!


• April 23, DEA Book Club

• April 24, Take Time to Travel

• April 27, New Member Orientation, 11:30am

• May 1, Alamo Title

• May 1, 5 Stand Shoot

• May 2, Board Meeting, noon

• May 8, Peopleistic

• May 8, B2B Group, noon at Complete Supply


18208 Preston Road, Suite D-9317
Dallas, Texas 75252
Telephone: 214-528-1082

Celebrating Our 83rd Anniversary 1935 - 2018